Just another day in ‘paradise’

Sunset in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Prior to our trip, international media had warned of political tensions that had been simmering in Zanzibar since the disputed elections of 2015 which resulted in a re-run in early 2016, itself marred by reports of violence.

As we drove from the airport to our hotel, posters of Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, incumbent Governor of Zanzibar and Tanzanian President John Magufuli both belonging to the ruling party, CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi) lined the streets. The absence of any opposition posters was perhaps a silent hint of the challenges facing one of East Africa’s most vibrant communities.

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Maya Angelou may have had Africa on her mind when she penned those famous words, “And still I rise…” Although Africa may have her troubles, her people seem to have abundant resources of resilience, a resilience which we saw on display throughout our visit. At no time did we feel unsafe in Zanzibar City the capital of Unguja and Pemba, the main islands which are part of the Zanzibar archipelago.

Locals in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Girls in Zanzibar City, Zanzibar

Therefore, after breakfast the following morning, we met up with a local guide for a walking tour of Stone Town, the historic and oldest part of Zanzibar City.

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