Sounds like an intro at an AA meeting 🙂 But no, I am not an alcoholic. I have a let’s say infatuation though, which is Zanzibar!
Born in Germany many moons ago, I emigrated to South Africa in the 80s and found my final destination in Zanzibar. After several holidays I moved here permanently in 2011. I am truly blessed to live on my little dream island and am enjoying every minute!
Yes, Zanzibar has the most beautiful powdery white sand beaches lined with coconut trees and the ever warm Indian Ocean with gentle waves (especially the east coast of Zanzibar is protected by a coral reef that keeps the big waves out and also sharks and any other undesirables). But the Zanzibaris make this island so very special: Zanzibaris smile with their eyes, genuinely, and welcome us foreigners with open arms and a hearty “Jambo” to their home – Zanzibar.
A while back I started a facebook page “Zanzibar Insider Buzz” with info, specials etc on Zanzibar, mainly for my friends and associates all over the world. It became very popular and I got so many requests for information that is not easily found on the usual (commercial) websites. I then began to write a document covering all sorts of topics on Zanzibar. That document very quickly became too big and I had to find another portal.
That’s how this blog was born. Here you find information on the island from my perspective, based on my knowledge and experiences made as a Zanzibar resident of many years. I am equally humbled and excited that this blog has been viewed 130,000 times so far. This is obviously work in progress and I keep on updating it. Any questions about anything I haven’t covered yet are most welcome.
For current specials or events that I know of please visit my facebook page “Zanzibar Insider Buzz”.
Please note that I cannot recommend places of accommodation. Zanzibar has now over 400 hotels, guest houses, hostels and so forth. Kindly consult Tripadvisor, booking.com etc and their latest reviews.
I just received a lovely email from a couple who recently visited Zanzibar, especially on the topic of renting a car. There are so many misleading stories on the internet about driving here and police stops. Please see below.
Happy reading and enjoy exploring Zanzibar.
Sunny greetings and Karibu sana!
Feedback received February 2018:
I’m writing to thank you for the terrific job you did on your “insider buzz” website. I consider myself very lucky to have found it on google soon after I’d booked a trip to Zanzibar. Together with the Bradt guide it meant that I was very well prepared for the trip. we saved a lot of time because we didn’t have to find things out for ourselves.
your top tip, in our case, was the recommendation of Kibabu cars. we are independent travelers and felt a bit stuck out on the east coast at the Paradise beach resort. at the resort, they even discourage guests from using dalla-dallas! The Bradt guide, too, doesn’t recommend renting a car. but the fact that you do, assuming certain rules are observed, gave us confidence. we called Kibabu at 9am on a sunday morning, and at 11 we had our Suzuki, including local driving license and full Insurance. they only charged 20 dollars to deliver it. although we were frequently stopped by police, they were always friendly. one policeman on a motorbike even stopped to direct us back to the east coast. the lack of signposts was a challenge, but apart from that we had easy rides.
on our last day, at your suggestion, I visited a local school to deliver the pens I’d brought. I had a nice chat with a teacher and the registrar and took some good pix (see attached).
again, thank you very much. your input made us enjoy our holiday more than we would have done without it. feel free to use some or all of this mail on your website.
with best wishes,
terri and pieter jan from amsterdam and france
This short video was sent to me by Matthias who spent a week on the island in April 2016. Thank you Matthias. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/nKKqEnejVGw
More videos of people who were here are on my facebook page.