Nungwi: Driving to the northernmost tip of Zanzibar

Dark rain clouds loomed over the horizon as we came to the end of the tar road.Ahead, lay an uneven mud road full of potholes, some filled with water. It didn’t seem like I was anywhere close to a beach. Nungwi, the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island, I was told had the picturesque white sand beaches with aquamarine waters. Then abruptly, the road came to an end and a midst coconut thatched cottages, I could see some blue water in the horizon.

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Walking down to the beach we got a view of the waves gently lapping against the white sand shores.  Being on the very northern tip of the island, the water is not affected very much by high and low tides, making it one of the best swimming beaches on the island. Due to the overcast skies, the beach wasn’t all that inviting to swim as the rain had washed ashore a lot of seaweeds. The water wasn’t the usual deep turquoise blue, but on a sunny day I can imagine that it would make a perfect picture postcard.

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On our beach walk we came across colourful sea creatures washed ashore


Nungwi is the largest village outside of Stone Town – it’s not big, but it’s a pretty good sized village. The village is famous for its dhow (a traditional East African) sailboat building. It’s about a 1 to 1 ½ hour’s drive from Stone Town and you usually get stopped by the cops along the way, so make sure you have your papers in order. We got stopped 4 times (thrice for a license check and once because one of them wanted a ride!).

For tourists, there are lots of sea activities like diving, sailing and snorkeling and the beach is lined with restaurants. If you’re looking for a beach holiday in Zanzibar, then Nungwi is the place to head to!


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