10 Must Follow Zanzibar Influencers on Social Media #ZanziChat

To think of travel is to seek inspiration through imagery. The richer the imagery, the more inspired seem to be.

The name Zanzibar evokes images of something exotic and seductive. Like many island nations, Zanzibar does not disappoint and satisfies the imagination for powder-soft white sandy beaches and azure-blue waters, spectacular coastline, heady spices, fresh food, cultural and geographic diversity and fun people.

However, unlike equally beautiful islands such as the Maldives, Zanzibar comes with the added bonus of being characteristically African; bringing with it the unique mix of simplicity and complexity that is a delight to photographers and videographers. We feel that these influencers have truly captured the spirit of Zanzibar through their dreamy photography and videography.


#1: The Instagram Storyteller: Nasrin Suleiman

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Location: Zanzibar

Key quote: “If you look for me, a plot of land by the sea is where I will be.”

Featured on: Passion Passport, 10 African Travel Instagrammers to follow in 2016 and Instagram Blog

10 Must Follow Zanzibar Influencers on Social MediaWhy did we choose her? Graphic designer Nasrin uses her photography to tell a love story of her homeland. From the lively streets of Stone Town to the hardworking fishing communities, her images capture an authenticity of spirit which needs no Instagram filters. We found her thanks to Travel Concept Solutions.



#2: The Drone Meister: Mathias Arvedsen



Location: Denmark

Also active on: Vimeo and his website Arvedsen[dot]com

Key quote: “Beautiful nature, delicious fruit and smiling open minded people are three of many reasons to go to Zanzibar.”

Featured: Winner, Landscape/Travel/Natural Wonder Category, 2016 Bay Area Drone Film Festival, Santa Clara, California. Officially selected at the 2016 US Drone Film Festival held in Oklahoma City Museum of Arts, Oklahoma City.

10 Must Follow Zanzibar Influencers on Social MediaWhy did we choose him? While planning our trip, we stumbled on his drone video titled ‘Zanzibar From Above’ thanks to AFK Travel and must have watched it multiple times. Video journalist Mathias used a DJI Phantom 3 Pro, GoPro Hero 3+ and Canon 5DMKIII to perfectly capture a literal ‘birds-eye’ view of Zanzibar’s contradictions: her beauty and her burden.



#3: The Free Spirit: Haifa Beseisso


Location: Palestine and United Arab Emirates

Most active on: YouTube: Fly With Haifa

Key quote: “…As an Arab, a Muslim girl, I’m a human being. I like jumping from mountains, I like diving, just like you! We can be friends! In my purse I have a lipstick, not a gun…” – Emirates Woman Magazine

Featured in: Arabian Business Magazine, Arab Women Magazine, Mosaic of Muslim Women

10 Must Follow Zanzibar Influencers on Social MediaWhy did we choose her? Our trip to Zanzibar included a stopover in Dubai. While looking for influential bloggers from the UAE we came across Haifa, a playful, adventurous and daring under-30s Muslim entrepreneur. Haifa’s slick Zanzibar highlights video challenged us to immerse ourselves into the local culture for a richer experience of Zanzibar.


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