2012 Under African Skies travel blog

Enjoying a scratch

Old quarantine station

Our Dow


We meet after breakfast and walk to the beach. Fitted out with flippers and snorkels before boarding a dow – local wooden boat. The boatman a sight to see – just in stretch bathers, very nice eye candy. Pity he donned shorts and top as we set off.

We make our way very slowly through the rolling seas, the dow rocking from side to side and, like the ferry yesterday, a zig zagging course. The small outboard motor seems to be struggling, many times gets close to stalling – David thinks may have some water in the fuel.

We eventually make it to Prison Island. Originally built as a prison but not used as such – became a quarantine station instead – during the 1800s.

We visit a land tortoise sanctuary. They are more active than I have seen before – even a couple mating which is an interesting experience. No fear of humans.

Back into the dow and off for a spot of snorkelling. A couple of us decide not to, so stay on the island.

Our eventual trip back to Zanzibar much smoother than the ride out.

A bite to eat and then into the bus for an hour trip to Nuwingi in the north of Zanzibar.

A great hotel on the beachfront – the rooms nice and spacious. The usual hotel that Gecko use is not open for another couple of weeks.

There is much discussion on what optional activities we will do tomorrow. A bit of competition between the locals with their dows and a guy with a catamaran. The vote is for the cat tomorrow



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