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Nungwi Beach

Nungwi Beach is one of the main areas you will find information about online when planning a visit to Zanzibar, and for good reason. It has powdery white sand, turqouise blue water that simply looks unreal – I remember standing in awe. I never get tired of looking at beautiful water.

Nungwi is all you expect from a tourist beach front; restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, water sports and regular party boats that include food, bottomless drinks and music you can groove to. I even got some beautiful henna done.

Here are 10 reasons you should visit Nungwi if you go to Tanzania:

  1. It’s an island paradise(!) 😍 (hyperbole?, yes but no)
  2. It’s warm all year round. Zanzibar is located near the equator and gets sunny weather most of the time, so tan me up please! (Averaging up to 32°C & 9 hours of sun) 🌞😎
  3. Beautiful sunset views. Again because Zanzibar is on the western coast at the top of the island, its perfect to get your insta moments and have people wishing they were laying up there too. You can enjoy a drink on a rooftop as the sun sets or get on a sunset cruise on a dhow. (Did someone say baecation criteria being ticked?) 🌅
  4. Experience nature up close. Baraka Natural Aquarium is a conservation site run by locals, but that deserves a blogpost all of its own. So keep an eye out 😉
  5. Nightlife! As the sun sets, the beach comes alive. Visit Cholo’s Bar – it’s the oldest in the village. 🥂
  6. Enjoy local flavours. There are countless restaurants that will cater to your tastes, you have everything from French inspired to classic Italian in addition to local flavours. 🥘
  7. Build a dhow. You won’t actually do the back breaking work yourself, but you can get a personal look at how it’s done. Dhows are used to catch fish and other seafood in Zanzibar, and some of the fisherman will give a ‘Dhow building 101’. 🚣🏾‍♀️
  8. Walk, walk, walk. Locals are used to tourists walking around, but please be respectful of the local culture and cover up – shoulders and knees. Try the village market and get the best in local fruits and veg. Try the local faves; date nut bread, fried plantains and octopus! Spice galore again – so much to take back home for friends and family.
  9. Melting pot of cultures. Nungwi beach is in Zanzibar which is an important location for the spice trade, trade always brings people together and as people pass through they leave bits of their culture behind. Asian, European and African cultures, can be seen in the religion, values and cuisine.
  10. Beach boys. The souvenirs will come to you, or maybe it’s a dhow cruise you’re after? Water sports? A picture. The Maasai people will try and sell it all, but they are not overbearing. A firm ‘no’, and they will leave you alone.

There are many beautiful beaches in Zanzibar, but Nungwi stays top 5 no debating. Nungwi has so much hustle and bustle, but you still feel secluded; I don’t know but it’s beautiful. 🧘🏾‍♀️

Best time to travel: All year round; June – October, January and February are the driest months

Places to eat: Le Macis Zanzibar

As always, keep up with us on @sarahambitious // @trippinwithsj x

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Iceland attractions

Iceland is full of natural wonders, it feels otherworldly. You’ll stop and want to make the moments last forever.

Here is my list of attractions on the Southeastern route, that you can’t miss out on!

Top attractions 🎡 

Blue Lagoon – theee location for that Instagram shot. It’s also one of 25 wonders of the world. Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal spa and it’s located in a lava field. You can lodge at the hotel if you like or if you want to save your coin, just book a day pass. There are a range of options; it’s a matter of booking the one that suits you 😍

Hallgrimskirkja Church – in central Reykjavik, is a Lutheran parish church and it’s one of the tallest structures in Iceland. Wherever you are in the city, you can see it. You can walk around at your own leisure or pay for a tour to go right to the top. It’s a good place to start your exploring.

Sun Voyager – is a structure on the waterfront in Reykjavik. It makes for a pretty picture and an opportunity to walk around the city.

Strokkuris a natural geyser and when I went my arrival was timed perfectly to see it doing what it should do. It’s part of a park and there are other natural sites to see, a plaza type place to shop and get some food, use the toilet etc.

Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss forget all about what TLC said, chase these waterfalls! Waterfalls, waterfalls and more waterfalls 😍

Thingvellir National Park – is a great spot to gain an understanding of the ancient Icelandic culture and makes for a beautiful walk. It’s pretty big and there are many sites to see.

Reynisfjarais a popular black sand beach. If you’re a GoT fan, you’ll recognise it from some scenes; this is the case for many locations in Iceland.

Diamond Beach – no, you’re not about to strike rich 🤑 it’s called Diamond Beach because of all the glaciers on the black sand and those that float in the surrounding water 😍. Climate change is real and although this is a natural occurrence, the impact rising temperatures will have on this area and others, really worries me ☹️.

Skaftárhreppur is an unreal location me. Iceland’s landscape took my breath away, and this area didn’t disappoint. You can spend hours hiking here and you wouldn’t realise how much time has passed.

The Northen Lights – on my trip I managed to see the Northern Lights not once but twice! I’d always wanted to see them but I didn’t think I’d get to so soon in my life 🥺😂. The key for optimal viewing is darkness, no light pollution, no pollution-pollution either 😂 so Iceland is perfect for this. Happy hunting if you decide to chase the aurora.

Here’s a look at these excursions

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Iceland

So Iceland is open 🤩 their main focus is getting people to explore some of the less popular parts of the country. This won’t be an issue because Iceland is hugeee, so please be prepared for long days on the road whether you drive or follow a group around. 

On my trip to Iceland, I chose to explore the Southeastern part of the Golden Circle. Doing Reykjavik > Hella > Hofn > Reykjavik; the total trip lasted 6 days and consisted of roughly 5 hours of driving on a few days in between destination.

So load up the playlist, podcast and snacks! If you want to do this trip, you’re going to need it all. 

Getting to Iceland 🇮🇸 

Icelandair have sales regularly and they offer a great service. As always check Skyscanner for your dates to see if there is anyone flying cheaper. 

Accommodation 🏨 

Booking.com and airbnb are the plugs. Once you’re sure on the route you’d like to explore, you need to pinpoint reasonable stops in between your sightseeing so you can rest and recharge. 

Getting around 🚘 

If you can drive I’d recommend hiring a car and driving, it’s another expense but does aid your enjoyment of the trip. You’re on your own timetable and can social distance to your hearts desire! 

Top tips: 

  • Buy snacks and drinks beforehand!!! (Iceland is expensive; btw this will be a running theme)
  • Beware of the wind! There are countless horror stories of the Icelandic wind blowing car doors the wrong way and making the trip MUCH more expensive. So please hold onto the door 🥺
  • N1 & Bonus offer free toilets 🚽 on the Ring Road route, all other toilets charge.
  • Layers, layers, layers – layer up as it’s cold

In the spirit of keeping this post short and sweet, I’ll stop here and be back soon with some of the best places to eat and explore 😍😌

For a taste of what’s to come, check out our highlight.