Uzi Island – untouched and true
Uzi island has managed not to be involved in the tourism development and most of Uzis are fishermen and paysants. The islands scenery is fascinating and lush with mangrove, banana plantations and huge mango trees. The island is part of a conservation area and is an eco system with sea weed, corals and a big variation of plants, and sea- and land animals.
The island can only be reached by boat or at low tide when the only road to the island surfaces. Abdullah our friend will meet us and take us to his home and family where they will climb the coconut tree to pick us some madafuu, the young coconut frequently drunken for its purifying effects. Then we attach the family´s ox to the carriage to take an uncomfortable but highly authentic tour in the islands prime vehicle. We will visit the other village and do some tasting of local food and fruit on the way.
Once back at Abdullahs home his wife and mother has prepared a lunch that we eat together in Abdullahs house. After that we go back to Unguja( which is the real name of Zanzibar- Zanzibar is the whole archipelago consisting of hundreds of islands) with a wood canoe and sail until we reach the mangrove where the paddle will be our engine. After a full day of impression we return home by car.
Place: Unguja Ukuu
Duration: 6-7 hours
Place: Uzi Island - South Zanzibar
Date: 15 Feb-2016
Impression & Feelings: A true experience