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 over 210,000 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, videos and events that I know of please visit my facebook page “Zanzibar Insider Buzz”.
CORONAVIRUS: Zanzibar opened her borders to passenger flights/arrival by ferries in June 2020. Arriving tourists will be screened by handheld devices. They must have proof of a valid travel insurance cover for Corona related issues. Apparently travel insurances of overseas companies don’t cover Corona related issues. Petra, the owner of Mellow Moods Guesthouse in Bwejuu, Zanzibar, took the initiative and talked to a renowned local insurance company. They put together a package to cover tourists for Corona related issues. You can contact Petra via firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest directives (20 July 2020) by the Tanzanian government: “All travellers whether foreigners or returning residents entering the United Republic of Tanzania will be required to present a valid NEGATIVE COVID-19 certificate from an approved laboratory in a departure country tested within 72 hours before travel. Upon arrival travellers with signs and symptoms related to COVID-19 may undergo testing.” This directive already is valid for arrivals in Tanzania mainland. It will come into effect for arrivals on Zanzibar on 01 August 2020.
Hotels received strict regulations to ensure the health of their guests and staff alike. For updates as well as info on hotels that are open (to my knowledge) please visit my Facebook page “Zanzibar Insider Buzz”.
A word of caution: An increasing number of tourists fall in love with Zanzibar and want to buy land here. Be very careful! Please read my recommendations on the page “To do and not do do”, scroll down to the section “Buying property on Zanzibar”.
Happy reading and enjoy exploring Zanzibar.
Sunny greetings and Karibu sana!