Arriving in Zanzibar, December 22 at 6 am

Zanzibar Travel Blog

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Arriving at the airport of Zanzibar.

We arrived in the very small airport Karibuni in Zanzibar around 6 am. Unguja is the Swahili name for Zanzibar. It is often used to distinguish the island from the Zanzibar Archipelago(which also includes Pemba). The word Zanzibar comes from the Arabic Zinj el-Barr or "Land of the Blacks".

As soon as we got down from the airplane, we got our luggage. Very quickly and manual indeed. It was a very special, exotic and fascinating first encounter with the people of Zanzibar. Such a different culture, as if we were transported through the centuries, to the ancient kingdom of Persia, to the Oman days with its caliphs and sultans, to the coast of India with its sensual rhythms:):)Men wearing kanzu (white robes) and kofia (caps). Women in their flowing black bui-bui (cover alls).

No problem of taking care of siblings:)


Zanzibar is an archipelago 60 miles long and 20 miles wide and has a total area 610 squaremiles.. The local people are an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds.A mix of influences from the Indian continent, the Arabian peninsula, the African mainland and Europe. Islam is the dominant religion and practiced by most Zanzibaris, although there are also followers of Christianity and Hinduism. Zanzibaris speak swahili. Fishing and agriculture are the main economic activities of the local people. Once Zanzibar was the worlds largest producer of cloves.

One of Zanzibar's most famous sons is Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, born Faroukh Bulsara in 1946 in Stone Town to Parsee parents.. He lived on the island until he was about eight years old, when he was sent off to India to boarding school. His family left Zanzibar in the wake of the 1964 revolution, and never returned.

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Arriving at the airport of Zanziba…
Arriving at the airport of Zanzib…
No problem of taking care of sibli…
No problem of taking care of sibl…
The village outside our lodge Red …
The village outside our lodge Red…
Some of the houses in the village.
Some of the houses in the village.
Jambo to our friends:)
Jambo to our friends:)
Sunset at Jambiani.
Sunset at Jambiani.
They became our dear friends:):)
They became our dear friends:):)
Jambo:)
Jambo:)
Jambo:)
Jambo:)
Cute:)
Cute:)
Jambo:)
Jambo:)
Thats great!!!!
That's great!!!!
Already tired??????
Already tired??????
Think Ill go home:)
Think I'll go home:)
Bye, bye going home:)
Bye, bye going home:)
Look what we can make of the sand.
Look what we can make of the sand.
Geee!!! What a great first day:):)
Geee!!! What a great first day:):)
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