The final day in Zanzibar was a memorable one with all 7 of us trying our hand at kite surfing with differing degrees of success. It hardly mattered, the view was not too bad whilst sat awaiting our next attempt.
With its steady year-round winds, flat shallow waters protected by coral reef and paradise sandy beach, Paje beach is well-known as one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the world and with the hotel owners also owning the neighboring high-end Kitesurf club: Zanzibar Kite Paradise it seemed rude not to give it a go before sadly packing for the overnight journey home.
And as I sat on the final Kenya Airways overnight flight home, before falling contentedly to sleep, I was able to reflect on what a truly fantastic and seamless adventure it had been. Even if largely unbeknownst to us the global media had been having a field-day with the Lamu bombings which coincided with our time away, we had felt safe and cocooned in each and every fabulous property that had become our home away from home. Flights ran on time, connections were not only met but positively added to the experience (I got to see the real Africa), hosts and staff alike were some of the warmest people I have ever met and most of all I got to see scenery and skies I will never forget and the full array of African wildlife in all its spectacular, breath-taking majesty. I would return in a heart beat!
And don’t just take my word for it, I could be biased…..
Operator comments on Mahali Mzuri:
“Loved the location of the lodge. Beautiful views. Loved the quirky design of the tents and communal areas. Pool was a great addition as not too many lodges in the Mara offer a pool.” – Claire Picknell, Mahlatini Luxury Travel
“Very luxurious – almost didn’t feel like there should be that much luxury considering we were on safari!! Would suit certain clients very well. Beautiful surroundings.” – Lily Read, Quintessentially Travel
Operator comments on Naibor:
“My sort of camp! Really love it” – Tom Blakey, Imagine Africa
“The game drives were great and the cars were great. Relaxing at the lodge between drives would be perfect as you have so much on your doorstep. The location right on the river is amazing and you could just spend your time there with the hippos and elephants that come to the water.” – Claire Picknell, Mahlatini Luxury Travel
Operator comments on Enasoit:
“Walking, horse riding, pool fun, night game drives + lion stalking. I haven’t had a better two days at a lodge in Africa.” – Ben Nelson, Turquoise Holidays
“Has to be in my top 5 properties in East Africa. Faultless” – Ben Oxley-Brown, Steppes Travel
Operator comments on Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa:
“Love what they have done here. The site is unbeatable, prime location on the beach. Love the beach villas and how they open up onto the beach – very cool! The lodge fits in perfectly – the barefoot, not over the top luxury combined with its location is perfect. This property is right up my street.”- Ben Nelson, Turquoise Holidays
Behind the scenes there is an amazing set up with the vegy garden and workshop – I can see how much effort is going into this place.” – Jamie Taylor, Africa and Beyond