Relaxing in Zanzibar

Most of our time in Zanzibar was spent on the beach or by the pool relaxing. We did, however, do a few things worth writing about. Our most memorable experience was celebrating Eid (the end of Ramadan) in the village of Bwejuu. This was an unexpected surprise — we got the invitation from a friendly local while walking along the beach. The next thing we knew, we were in the middle of the town soccer field with a hundred families enjoying the festivities. It was a site to see; everyone was dressed in colorful, new clothes. Kids, completely hopped up on sugar, were savoring sweets, happily running around, playing with new toys. A huge swing was packed with adventurous children grinning from ear to ear. In Zanzibar, where 99% of the population is Muslim, the celebration lasts four nights. We were fortunate enough to see the first night from this intimate little town and the last night from Stone Town’s bustling Forodhani Gardens.

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Other Highlights from Our Stay:

  • Snorkeling through a coral reef from a traditional dhow fishing boat
  • Wandering through Stone Town’s alleys
  • Visiting the Jozani forest, the only remaining home of red colobus monkeys

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