Tanzania Day Five: Sea Turtles, Monkeys And Marlins On Zanzibar Island
After my morning walk on my fifth day in Zanzibar, I had a quick breakfast at my resort, and was off on another tour arranged by Cholo Tours and Safaris. I was scheduled to take the Safari Blue tour. This tour included swimming on a beautiful beach, snorkeling and viewing marine life. However, it was located on the other side of the island. I did not feel like driving through the traffic.again. It would have been almost a two hour drive one way. So I arranged, with Chlolo , a tour on the north side of the island near my resort.
I was picked up by my driver around 8:00 and we drove the same road I walked earlier to the fishing village of Nungwi . My driver was pleasant and provided so many details about life on the island as we drove to the village.
We entered the village and arrived at the Zanzibar Nungwi Zoo. I am not a big fan of zoos. I feel animals should live free. However, some serve a purpose, such as aiding injured animals or protecting endangered ones. So I sometimes visit them on my travels.
The zoo in Nungwi was small but the guides had a genuine concern for the few animals that were kept there. They were mainly monkeys. I was greeted by this blue monkey as soon as I entered the zoo. He followed me throughout my visit. He was a favorite of the guides and was allowed to roam free in the zoo.
I enjoyed the presentation of the zoo guides and learned a lot about the animals and the Island of Zanzibar. Here is a link to some more photographs from my visit to the zoo. Tanzania Day Five. Nyngwi zoo. October 2 2019.
After my visit to the zoo we drove a short distance to the Mnarani sea turtle Aquarium. Having just visited the leatherback sea turtles in Trinidad and Tobago in April I was excited to learn about the turtles that were native to this part of our planet.
My visit to the aquarium was one of my highlights of my visit to Zanzibar.Here is a link to some more photographs from my visit to the sea turtle aquarium. Mnarani Aquarium October 2 2019.
We were fortunate to watch a lucky local fisherman and a huge marlin fish he caught in the local waters. Here is a link to a video of him and half the village hauling it in to a truck at the market. https://youtu.be/ykbIwCwNBwk
Located only about a mile from my hotel is gorgeous Kendwa Beach and its famous white sands. It wasn’t easy driving to the beach. Once we left the main highway from the village the road was narrow and rutted and in many places only wide enough for one vehicle.
And there was a lot of motor vehicle traffic.After driving on the rutted dirt road for about a mile I saw the reason for the traffic. There was a new large hotel and many recently constructed shops and restaurants.
We parked and I walked a short distance when I saw the pristine white sands of Kendwa Beach. It still remains mainly undeveloped but one can see, with all of the new construction, that it will soon look like most of the other beaches on our planet. Sad. I know the island folks need the tourist revenue but I wish they could leave some of the beaches unspoiled.
I roamed the beach , but not for long, it was past noon and the intense tropical sun was making it quite hot. I returned to my vehicle and arrived back at my hotel in time for a late lunch. I wish I could have seen the Safari Blue tour, but I think I enjoyed my morning on the north shore of the island even more. Here is a link to some more photographs from the village and Kenwa Zanzibar fishing village afternoon visit. October 2 2019.
before enjoying my last delicious meal. I had an early flight and a long drive to the airport so I retired early looking forward to the next part of my adventure. Here is a link of some photographs from my afternoon hike and the sunset. Zanzibar Day Five afternoon hike and sunset October 2 1019.
… everyone knew that all islands were worlds unto themselves, that to come to an island was to come to another world.”