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The Cholo's bar was supposed to be the happening place in Nungwi. The bar is really quaint, built with bits and pieces of wooden retrieved from the sea.. and with two old boats. Che Guevara watches over you while you drink there - there's a nice flag with his face there. And yet... when we were there, nothing was happening - no one sat there, and the place was definitely dead. For the record, the other handful of bars were just as deserted as the cholo. Nungwi is not exactly the happening place which people want you to believe. To us, anyway, it did not matter much.
Dress Code: Dressed, obviously.
Updated Apr 21, 2006
If you need to buy some mineral water and don't feel like walking as far as the traditional village, or if you need some biscuits, a pen, a sun lotion or even... rent a bicycle, the worldwide minimarket - located right on the beach, is the place to go.
Go there at low tide, since when the tide is high the shop turns into a little island and is completely surrounded by water - it also closes down for those hours.
What to buy: Anything basic. You won't find much there except some basic survival stuff. Priorities...
Written Apr 23, 2006
Address: Nungwi beach
When the tide is slow, local people hand about the water and look for something in the shallow water... very mysterious... eventually I started to realize: some people looked for shellfish hidden under seaweed and corals, while other were out to see what their rudimental (but effective) traps had caught. There seemed to be an abundance of shelfish - sadly enough it never found it way onto our plates, as no restaurant was serving it. On rare occasions we also saw some women gather seaweeds, which they then hung to dry so that they culd be used to fertilize the earth.
Updated Apr 22, 2006
While massages themselves are not a tourist trap, those performed in this part of the island surely are. Zanzibar does not have a tradition of massage, and it is quite evident if you try one - really nothing special.
Unique Suggestions: In all fairness the massage girls are really lovely people and a great laugh - have a massage to enjoy their company rather than the massage itself.
Written Apr 23, 2006
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring coral shoes - it's really important as the sea is dotted with sea urchins. Every day a handful of tourists managed to walk on one of them, and all ended upp in tears - not to mention the fact that they could not manage to take out all the stingy bits.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring some high-protective sun lotion (50 factor or something similar) unless you want to get a sunburn, even if you sit in thhe shade.
Photo Equipment: Photo equipment is hard to come by... bring all you need with you.
Written Apr 22, 2006