Tucan Travel – Safari & Beach Tour Day 10 – 11
We landed in Stone Town in the early afternoon and the heat and humidity were super intense! Interestingly, while most of Kenya and parts of Tanzania were Christian, Zanzibar was mainly Muslim. That meant I had to dress slightly different too – loose fitting summer trousers and t-shirts with sleeves to cover my shoulders did the trick. People here are used to tourists and I saw my fair share of westerners in super short shorts and tank tops. But hey, each to their own – I was happy dressing a little more modestly. We spent the afternoon wandering around exploring this fascinating maze of small alleys with the ever-present smell of spices in the air. The next day we got a guided tour to some of the most interesting parts of town.
And of course some doors of Stone Town!
In the afternoon we headed out of town to visit a spice plantation where we got to touch, smell and try some of the weirdest plants & spices I’ve ever seen and also some pretty common ones...
Lemongrass,Turmeric & some other local plants. The one bottom left excreted a juice which when applied to wounds forms a band aid over it! Pretty cool stuff, Mother Nature!
At the end of the tour we sat down for some taste-testing of local teas and fruits, had the opportunity to buy spices & handmade soap and received some seriously cool (and literally plant-based) hand-made jewelry!
Lemongrass tea - Spice tea - grapefruit - mini banana
After the little rest we kept walking until we reached a small settlement and in one of the houses a local family cooked lunch for us which we ate traditionally sitting on the floor -
it was an amazing experience!
Well-fed we were soon back in the van and off to the beach at last... tbc ;)