Heading East to the Beaches of Zanzibar

Sagando Bungalows was almost in the middle of nowhere. I think there was one other person staying there with me and there were a few staying in the hotel by the beach (the much more expensive option) meaning we basically had the stretch to ourselves. I never actually went in the water there. Despite being from Sydney, and from Australia for that matter, I’m not someone that runs to the water as soon as I hit the beach. I prefer to sit on the sand or borrow a nice lounge chair – from the expensive hotel – and read a book or write. I love sitting with the view of the water, hearing the sound of the waves hitting the shore. The idea of sitting on the edge of an island, 11,000 kilometres away from ‘home’ made me happier than it generally should.

The food prices were more than I expected, I guess that’s what you get for going to the most touristy Island in Africa and not eating at the local food kitchen like I found in Stone Town. Still surviving on two meals a day I had taken to eating a late lunch/early dinner in the afternoon, hoping it would get me through until bed time. The breakfast involved fresh fruit and jam on toast, something nice and simple that I hadn’t had for a while, although the edge of the toast was a little soggier than ideal, but worth it as part of my two meals. The life of a backpacker, right? On Monday I was treated to pancakes instead of soggy toast and I couldn’t be happier, soaking them in ‘pancake syrup’ which was apparently 2% maple according to the bottle, making my early morning exercise on the beach redundant.

The rain unfortunately continued while I was at Michamvi and I sought coverage on the front porch of my bungalow which was costing me the same price as a shared dorm in another place. There are certainly perks to being in the middle of nowhere on a touristy island. We were 20 minutes away from the nearest town from what I could tell, Bwejuu, located next to the more popular town of Paje where I was to stay my next couple of nights.

I loved my time in Michamvi and felt it was exactly what I needed, a couple of days by myself on a very secluded beach. The weather didn’t scare me off, giving me a chance to catch up on some Netflix in bed without feeling guilty. I would’ve liked to continue my stay there just so it meant I didn’t have to repack my bag, get to my next place and unpack the essentials again. However I was excited to see a new part of the island and I had heard great things about Paje, I only hoped it would live up to the hype.


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