Postcard Perfect Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach Inn Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach – Zanzibar

“This place looks like it jumped straight off a postcard.”

This was Matt’s reaction after we checked into our beachfront lodging, walked out onto the white sand and gazed at the perfect turquoise water.

Zanzibar Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean rolling in

AfterΒ our unbelievable 3-day safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, our group was given a short reprieve from setting up and taking down tents to relax and enjoy some (much needed) beach time on Zanzibar. We stayed for three nights on Nungwi beach and the sand and water were absolutely perfect!

The area has a great mix of relaxation spots during the day and restaurants and bars to visit in the evening. We enjoyed cold Safari and Kilimanjaro beers during the hot afternoons, followed by grilled Kingfish for dinner.Β It was just what the doctor ordered after eating our camping dinner meals for the last 10+ days.

Cows on Nungwi Beach

Cows having a beach day

Nungwi beach is so nice, even the local cows need to have a little fun in the sun. πŸ™‚

Africa House - Stone Town, Zanzibar

View from Africa House – Stone Town, Zanzibar

After our three days on Nungwi passed, we headed back to Stone Town where our ferry would be picking us up to take us back to reality (and camping). We did get the chance to stay in Stone Town for one evening and walk around a bit. There is certainly some history in the town, but we unfortunately didn’t have enough time to really dig in and explore. I guess we’ll have to make a return trip, too bad. πŸ™‚

And for those Queen fans out there, we were able to visit the official birthplace of Freddie Mercury. Impressive, I know.

The birthplace of Freddie Mercury, Stone Town Zanzibar

Birthplace of Freddie Mercury of Queen

Well, we will literally be off the grid for the next few days bush camping (wish me luck!) on our way down to Malawi. Two nights and almost three full days with no showers or bathroom…my worst nightmare has come true.

About Alana

Alana is one-half of Great Big Globe. She loves animals, the Wisconsin Badgers, exploring new countries and chasing the sun.


  1. These latest photos of Africa are wonderful, especially the beaches and ocean and cows–and Waxy πŸ™‚
    We are finally in the 60s, and my grandson Kramer and I are going out to play chase-and-sit Frisbee–he runs after it and then sits on it–new Frisbee rules! Love to you both, Mommy

  2. Looks awesome and I’m sure you’re enjoying some beautiful weather! The cows on the beach was interesting to see! We enjoyed meeting our ‘grand puppy’ over the weekend with Megan and Pawel. Yesterday was sunny and hot – a balmy 25 degrees! Gotta love it! We’ll look forward to hearing about your next camping trip! Love you guys!

  3. Hi Alana,

    Awesome-ness! Didn’t know that Zanzibar had white sand beaches or that it was on the Indian Ocean. Shame on me for that lol πŸ˜‰ I had different images in mind. The white sand looks just like the beaches here on the Bukit of Bali, with the clear, sometimes turquoise colored water lapping gently at the sands.

    Inspired images, and enjoy your time off of the grid!


  4. Hope you guys had a great beach vacay away from your tent! Enjoy the rest of your safari.

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