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 is heading for 300,000 views. This is obviously work in progress and I keep on updating or adding to it. Any questions about anything I haven’t covered yet are most welcome.
For current specials, videos and events that I know of please visit my facebook page “Zanzibar Insider Buzz”.
Tour guides: Please be careful only to choose registered tour guides (ask for their ID issued by the Zanzibar Commission for Tourism!). You will be fined if you use unregistered tour guides. Tour guides have to complete a costly training course which has to be initially financed by their families and paid back from the earnings of the tour guides. In case you need a recommendation you are welcome to contact me.
COVID-19: Please make sure you read the latest Travel Advisory dated 12 August 2022 (see photos on the page “To do or not to do”).
Please be aware that when you check in for your return flight, you need to complete a “departure COVID form” and get your COVID test verified at the desk opposite the check in desks.
A word of caution: An increasing number of tourists fall in love with Zanzibar and want to buy property here. Be very careful! Please read my recommendations on the page “To do and not do do”, scroll down to the section “Leasing property on Zanzibar”. Please bear in mind that Zanzibar is a tropical island, everything here works at a verrrrry slow pace, which applies to everything and anything!
Happy reading and enjoy exploring Zanzibar.
Sunny greetings and Karibu sana!