Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and Mafia, with a marine park home to whale sharks and coral reefs.
Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. The northern villages Nungwi and Kendwa have wide beaches lined with hotels.
We visited Tanzania in September 2016 to celebrate Ronnie’s birthday. We stayed at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Zanzibar – Nungwi and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dar es Salaam – Oyster Bay. On Zanzibar island, we explored Stone Town, including the East African Slave Trade Exhibit, visited a local village and spice farm, and explored the Exhibition at the Former Slave Market and Preservation of Christ Church Cathedral. We sailed on a dhow through the crystal-clear waters to a private island where they snorkeled, relaxed on the beautiful beach and enjoyed a BBQ lunch on the beach. We also visited Mikumi National Park.