Jenny AAC Friends & Family Trip Report I – Zanzibar!

September 10, 2012  By: Gretchen

We received this trip report from Jenny – we’re surprised she had time to write when she was having so much fun!

Heading to Zanzibar is a perfect way to relax after summiting Kilimanjaro! Our first night was spent in Stone Town at a small boutique hotel called Kisiwa House. The staff was all smiles, welcoming us with a delicious fruit juice in an airy courtyard. After settling into our rooms, we headed to Africa House to watch the sunset from the rooftop. (Make sure and get there early for a good seat!) Luck was on our side as we settled into the last front row table, sipped a Kilimanjaro beer and enjoyed the spectacular sunset before us.

We wandered around a bit exploring the night market and sampling a sugar cane juice before heading to the 3rd story of tatu for a light dinner of grilled fish and French fries! Bellies full, we wound through the narrow streets back to our rooms for a welcome night’s sleep in the comfortable air conditioning.

The next morning after breakfast on the rooftop of Kisiwa House, we were met and transferred to Breezes Beach Resort – about 1 hour from Stone Town.  On arrival, we were warmly welcomed with fresh fruit juices and cool clove-scented towels! Eager to put our toes in the sand, we dropped our things in the room and took a walk down the firmly packed sand of the white sandy beaches. The afternoon consisted of relaxing in the comfortable lounge chairs by the sea and enjoying a delicious dinner complete with fresh fish and pineapple flambee for dessert!

The extra calories proved to be a great idea as the next day we headed to Kizimkazi for diving and swimming with dolphins! The dolphins are wild and you do need to be a strong swimmer, but as soon as they approach your boat, you jump in to alongside them! It’s an exhilarating experience. Next, we had an underwater safari – we explored the reef by scuba, and saw a huge lobster, large schools of colorful fish, bright coral, and even a spotted manta ray! Back home to Breezes where we are preparing for another amazing dinner – it’s Swahili night!