I am a horseback rider, so naturally I was drawn to the idea of riding a horse along the beach and going swimming. I didn't make reservations in advance since I didn't know what the weather was going to be like. We ended up taking a taxi to the stables from Nungwi Beach for about $25, and when we arrived, a very nice gentleman was able to accommodate my wishes. He called up the owner to see if something could be scheduled, and they recommended coming back at 2pm when the tide was up. The man walked with us to the beach where we relaxed for a few hours before my ride.
At 2pm, we went back to the stables and I met my horse, Byron, who was extremely well behaved. He was skinny, but it looked like all the horses were well fed and had lots of hay. It was just me riding today, and I did the 1-hour ride with swimming at the end. Once my guide realized I was experienced, we trotted, cantered, and galloped up and down the beach. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. The swimming was fun as well, although I was led by the guide by a halter and lead rope. I have ridden bareback many times, but this ride was extremely uncomfortable since Byron's spine stuck out A LOT. There were times I had to put both my hands on his back and lift my body up to give my crotch some relief. Despite that, Byron was great and seemed to be enjoying himself in the water.
All-in-all, I had an amazing time. The owner was very friendly and actually cut back the price a little since we finished in less than an hour (since we rode faster than most groups). She even offered to help us find a taxi at the end of our ride. I think it ended up being around $35, which was well worth it!
If I ever return to Zanzibar, I will definitely do another ride along the beach, although I may forego the swimming (but it's something you must do at least once!).
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