Category Archives: Zanzibar

Picturing Zanzibar – Advice for Photographers

With my Zanzibar trip now firmly behind me, I’ve looked back and tried to condense what I experienced into guidance for future visitors and photographers. This was my first trip to East Africa, and I came away with a lot … Continue reading

Friday, February 2, 2024 in Micro Four Thirds, Photography, Travel, Zanzibar

Starfish and Snorkelling

Several of us tacked a few days onto the end of the tour, primarily for a lie in the sun next to the Indian Ocean. For that the Z Hotel was perfect, with a beautiful pool literally on the edge … Continue reading

Thursday, January 4, 2024 in Travel, Zanzibar

The World’s Third Worst Panorama 2023

As is traditional, here’s my group panorama from the “last supper”. From left to right Louise, Andrew (yours truly), Other Andrew (“Spike”), Ann, Mark, Richard, Lee, Sarah, Nicola, Jon and Michelle. As it was shot in very low light I … Continue reading

Thursday, December 14, 2023 in Travel, Zanzibar

Another Day, Another Village, Very Different

The departure time for the morning shoot was set even earlier than on previous days and I again demurred, preferring to catch up on sleep now my body had adapted to the warm. Apparently I missed a shark being landed … Continue reading


I carefully did not set my alarm, so that I would not have to get up to join the sunset shoot, which would be another walk up and down the length of the beach. However this all proved academic when … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 in Travel, Zanzibar

I Love Work, I Could Sit and Watch It All Day

We made an early start and met our new guide, Omar, at about 5.30. He immediately set off at a pace which would not have disgraced some military route marches, through the rough back streets of Nungwi. This was a … Continue reading

Monday, December 11, 2023 in Travel, Zanzibar

Bububu and M’Kokotoni

I eschewed the opportunity for a 4.30 start. Instead I took advantage of the lack of an arms race between the various religious factions regarding who can wake up whom earlier, and had a bit of a lie-in. After a … Continue reading

Sunday, December 10, 2023 in Travel, Zanzibar


We made an early start and headed for Zanzibar’s South East coast. The trip took a bit longer than expected, but at least we were in a comfortable air-conditioned bus. After dropping our luggage at the hotel we headed for … Continue reading

Friday, December 8, 2023 in Travel, Zanzibar

Market Forces

Night 2 was an improvement on night 1, but I was awoken by an unfortunate combination of back-ache (something to do with all the steep stairs?) and a very early Muslim call to prayer. We started at the big Malindi … Continue reading

Thursday, December 7, 2023 in Travel, Zanzibar

The Zanziblog

No sooner is the Red Rock Blog committed to the Internet, then I’m off travelling again. This is yet another catch-up multiply deferred due to the pandemic. While all the travel this year has been great, it’s been a bit … Continue reading

Monday, December 4, 2023 in Travel, Zanzibar