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Nov 6, 2013 - Zanzibar, Stone Town

(starting this episode while waiting for our flight from Zanzibar to Tanga) Oct 29th We enjoyed our last Sopa breakfast with Upendo and loaded up for the Serengeti airport with lots of time to spare if we saw something along the way which caught our eye. We got caught up in a convoy of vehicles and so decided to take a detour so avoid getting too dusty before our flight. Saw a few lions languishing near a tree we had passed the day before. It appears that this is one of their favourite places. Otherwise the drive to the airport was quiet...

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African Safari 2013

Jul 6, 2013 - Last day in Zanzibar

Awake early again, before the call to prayer from the speakers near our window. Another great breakfast enjoying beautiful views over Stone Town. Spent the morning walking through the maze of alleys looking for likely restaurants and trying to find the Hindu temple that can be seen from the hotel and looks like it is in the “next block” – no success. Back to the hotel to regroup and start our search again. Success and it was only 2 streets away but you had to know exactly where to go, we finally stumbled across it. Spoke with Hindu minister...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Zanzibar's Stone Town

Awake early (0520) to hear the mosque across the lane call to prayer. Great relaxed breakfast in Emerson's roof top Teahouse, the open air dining on top of the hotel. Lovely start to every day. Did a morning walking tour of Stone Town with Abdul, a young politically-outspoken lad who seemed to have some strong opinions. We covered much of the area that we had walked through the previous afternoon but we gained much more information and a better understanding of the area and history eg. Stone Town is 97% Muslim, contains 56 mosques, 2...

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Jul 4, 2013 - At last - Zanzibar here we come!

We went for a walk around Dar's local streets to spend time before ferry departure at mid-day. In cold light of day this area of Dar isn’t so scary but still far from an attractive holiday destination. Our ferry was Kilimanjaro IV just delivered from construction in Hobart which we mentioned to a crew member. We were then introduced to the owner/manager of Azam Marine who was kind enough to spend 10-15 minutes talking to us about Hobart which he has visited several times – for delivery of ferries. Good cruising - very calm crossing. On...

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Dec 17, 2012 - Shoppen

Heute sind wir wieder zurück nach Stone Town gefahren und haben den restlichen Tag dort verbracht. Eigentlich waren wir shoppen, aber natürlich haben wir uns auch so die Stadt angeguckt. Besonders interessant waren die Straßen die nicht so touristisch waren und ganz andere Sachen verkauft haben.

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Deike in Afrika 2012

Dec 14, 2012 - Zanzibar

Heute sind wir von Dar Es Salaam mit der Fähre nach Zanzibar gefahren. Dort sind wir zuerst ins Hotel gefahren und dannach hatten wir den ganzen Tag zum Erkunden der Stadt gehabt. Es gab total viele kleine Geschäfte mit lauter unnützem Zeug. Am frühen Abend haben wir mit der Gruppe zusammen den Sonnenuntergang bei Drinks an einer Bar direkt am Strand genossen und sind danach auf den Nachtmarkt von Stone Town gegangen. Das ist ein Markt nur für Abendessen. Besonders beliebt bei uns war die Zanzibar-Pizza. Das ist eine Art Teigtasche die mit...

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Deike in Afrika 2012

May 26, 2012 - Back to Dar es Salaam

We return to Stonetown. A brief opportunity to do some shopping then onto the ferry for our return trip to the camp, with Steve and Eunice. We are disappointed not to have more time in Stonetown to investigate the town – really does look quite interesting. We arrive back in time for a late afternoon swim. We also decide to upgrade as we have to be underway by 4.30am tomorrow. ‘Upgrade’ is a loosely used term – mostly just timber or cane walls with thatched roofs containing only a bed – the floor usually just matting over the sand. Still...

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May 25, 2012 - Nuwingi

Up early and down to the beach. We board our cat and make our way out to a small island. The motors are turned off and we sail. Eventually, when we near the island, some board the small tender and set out to do some snorkelling. The tender returns for us but by the time we reach the others they are waving frantically. It seems the sea is full of jellyfish and they are being stung quite badly. We pull them aboard and return to the cat. A light lunch of fruit before we set out to another area closer to the main shore. David sits on the...

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May 24, 2012 - Prison Island

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...

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May 23, 2012 - A ferry to Zanzibar

We leave Steve and Eunice and our truck and board the local ferry to take us into the city. Just with our daypacks for the next couple of days. We hunt down an ATM that works and get out our Tanzanian Shillings. Always an issue deciding how much to get – don’t want to be left with a stash of them at the end. We have also used quite a bit of our US dollars since we left Livingstone so are now trying to budget them. From there we catch an inter island ferry to Zanzibar. A 2 hour trip and quite ‘rocky’. The ferry seems to be working quite hard...

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Mar 28, 2012 - Zanzibar

the photos are of our stay on Zanzibar island. The blog entry is only about Stone Town. The old part of Zanzibar city. A night in Zanzibar city Jenny, Audrey and I went out to watch the sunset while Walker took a break in the room. We wandered through the tight, white washed alleys of Stone Town towards the ocean, shooing away the touts and vendors selling tours, trinkets and drugs. Stone Town is like an upscale Lamu, the alleyways are a little wider, they’ve covered the sewer system with paving stones, the buildings are bigger and there...

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Oct 26, 2011 - Stone Town, Zanzibar

- Returned to Stone Town - Went shopping, got lost in small market streets, visited the "House of Wonders" - here there was David Livingstones Medical Kit and also the First Elevator in Africa. - had a really nice day, just very hot and lots of hastle in the markets from people trying to sell us things. - had banana fritter and icecream again! - Went for a final group meal as several people leave us tomorrow :( - also get quite a few new people who we already met in Zanzibar, so will all change again!

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