Tucan Travel – Safari & Beach Tour Day 11 – 13
...I was so well-fed that I actually fell asleep in the van on the way to Nungwi Beach...
We arrived and checked into our room, no wait! We checked into our very OWN hut! How cute they were! As tired as I was and as comfy as the huge bed looked, this was the time I had been looking forward to the whole trip. I wanted to get out there, walk around in the sunshine & let my toes sink into the white, soft sand. And I wanted to go for a swim of course - we were at a Zanzibar beach here after all!
Home with a view... and a supermarket right on the beach.
First we set out to explore the little shops and restaurants along the beach and I was trying to find a store that would rent out paddle boards – I had my mind set on paddle boarding in Zanzibar! It always looks so cool (and easy!) in other people's youtube vlogs! It was right up there on my bucket list now and I wanted to make it happen here.
After a while we found a shop and they agreed to rent us out three boards for the next morning for about $20 per person. The rest of the afternoon was spent well in the warm Indian Ocean. For our dinner the restaurant which belonged to our hotel, The Nungwi Inn, prepared a table for us out on the beach from where we could watch the sun set over the ocean. Paradise, anyone? Our entertainment for the evening was a bunch of local guys performing back flips and other acrobatic moves for the tourists and probably as their daily workout. There were also a few Masai men wandering around – I’m still not sure why exactly they were patrolling the beach... Maybe they were lifeguards?! In any case they were super friendly, chatted to us and unlike some other locals didn’t try to sell us boat tours, souvenirs or -worse- weed... Come to think of it, maybe the Masai were just there to keep an eye out for the tourists’ safety.
Zanzibar sunset & dinner time...
The next morning we rocked up at the paddle boarding shop and realized that it was low tide and that there was no way we could get that far out to paddle. Rookie mistake... we returned in the afternoon and by now it was overcast and it had rained heavily on and off for the last couple of hours.
We got our boards and went out into the choppy waves – not ideal for first-time paddle boarders – but hey, the rains had stopped and I had the time of my life! I had tried surfing in Australia before (in Surfer's Paradise out of all places) but this was going to be so much more fun! I'm just not a surf babe I guess. But paddle boarding? Anytime!
After some initial fails I got the hang of it and I’d like to believe that several years of yoga practice have helped me in balancing on the board in these rough conditions. Anyway, it was super fun and that hour went by way too quickly! I definitely know what to research before any future beach holiday: paddle board rental :)
...more paradise, please... and yes, there were some random cows on the beach...
After breakfast on day 13 we had to head back to Stone Town where we wandered around a little bit more, enjoyed some great coffee at the Zanzibar Coffee House & shared one last meal as a tour group together – and I had actually come full circle on this trip: my first proper meal in Africa was Ethiopian and so would be my last one at this cute little Ethiopian restaurant in Stone Town. I mean, look at this! Yum!
All along I had wondered what it’s like to be in Africa during the rainy season. This was supposed to be it after all! But apart from our last two days in Zanzibar – where I witnessed a monsoon like I’ve never seen one before! – we were so super lucky with the weather those whole two weeks!
With a heavy heart we said goodbye to each other as this was the end of our tour with Tucan Travel. As always on these tours you arrive awkwardly, not knowing anybody and then you end up making friends & travel buddies for life! Thanks to tours like this I have met so many wonderful people from Australia, the UK, New Zealand and the USA (I always happen to be the only non-native English speaker for some reason...).
I knew I would miss Africa and this bunch of awesome people but it was time to say goodbye and each go our own way... Maybe see y’all on the next Tucan Travel tour? ;)
I hope you enjoyed this little travel diary about my first proper overland trip in Africa. I am currently in the middle of putting together another post with frequently asked questions about traveling in Africa, joining a tour abroad and general info that might come in handy if you’re planning a safari.
Let me know on Facebook or Instagram if you have any questions regarding this trip for me and I’ll be happy to answer them! :)