During my trip to Stone Town in Zanzibar, I met Msaira Mohamed, a herbal medicine specialist or “madawa” as they’re known in Tanzania. Listening to him tell the story of how he took on the herbal medicine shop from his father was incredibly interesting. And people come to Stone Town from far and wide in hope that this ‘medicine man’ can heal their ailments.
This was just one of the magical experiences I had in this UNESCO World Heritage site on Unguja, the most visited island in the Zanzibar archipelago.
I wrote about this, and my visit to Zanzibar’s paradisiacal east coast, for SUITCASE Magazine, telling readers about the Omani Arab history of the island, the labyrinthine streets (you will almost certainly get lost in) and must-visit spots such as The Secret Garden, the Zanzibar Coffee House, Jaws Corner and the Mrembo Spa. I also shared my experience of the fabulous Zawadi Hotel and the glorious spots you will find on the island’s southeast coast such as Paje and Jambiani Beaches – a great place to visit if you are interested in watersports.
Feel free to also browse some related posts I have written on the blog, including A paradise stay at Zawadi and Reasons to fall in love with Zanzibar. You can also browse some other stories in my Africa category of the blog.
In the meantime, you can read the article for SUITCASE magazine in full here.
Escape to the Spice Island: Zanzibar
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