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Mar 14, 2014 - Zanzibar Pwani Mchangani Final Few Post

Good bye to Africa and DAR final. Mix of final pictures. Great fun. Weather was great. Traffic horrible. People middle of the road...some really aggressive women!!! ha 98% Muslim... They tolerate us ha. Meet great new friends in Zanzibar. Glad the ferry made it safe!!! Next Turkey

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Mar 8, 2014 - Zanzibar, Waikiki Motel in Pwani Mchangani

We stayed 2 nights in DAR on the beach at MEDITERRANEO Hotel & Restaurant - Dar Es Salaam - Tanzania.f It was a beautiful mid-priced motel on the Ocean. We only left with a taxi to a ATM. We had to rest up and enjoyed reading watching the sea and local people go by. On Saturday we took the Ferry (I was hesitant on this as a ferry did go down in) At least 20 passengers are still missing after the MV Kilimanjaro II ferry was struck with strong waves in the Nungwi area in Zanzibar Sunday (January 5th), throwing several passengers overboard,...

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Oct 23, 2013 - Zanzibar

I try to keep myself reasonably fit but I think I need to re-examine my fitness routine. I was on Zanzibar Island cycling down the road from our resort to the village of Kiwengwa. I saw a cyclist ahead of me and as I was going downhill I soon caught up with him. Actually he was not alone as his wife was riding side-saddle on the rear carrier and his 3 year old son was between his arms on the bar on his ancient bicycle. This is a common sight in Tanzania and Zanzibar. I said “Jambo” (hello in Swahili) and continued on my way. A few minutes...

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Oct 12, 2013 - Safari on the water

Well we were up and at the front desk for our pick up, today it was Ibraham a private driver for hire that Safari Blue uses to transfer clients. We had a very interesting ride Ibraham was quite informative along our 1 1/2 hour ride there telling us about the little villages and pointing out interesting spots. You'll have to ask us more about the ride, as we talked about politics and farming and tourism and he was quite interesting. We travelled all the way back South (past Stone Town) to Fumba for our Safari Blue trip. It was quite busy,...

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Oct 11, 2013 - Bungalow on the Beach

Okay firstly I should apologize for my horrible spelling. Those who know me know i rely on spell check at the best of times, the blogsite doesn't point out your mistakes and then I am typing on an iPad on the blog so there are likely some that I just can't see either. We were up and downstairs about 8am for breakfast, although neither of us wanted anything. So we ended up just sitting in the lobby on the swing waiting for our guide(s). Ali from yesterday and Mudy (green shirt) who meet us in the airport along with a driver scooped us up...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Negotiating the streets of Stone Town

Had a decent nights sleep (again under a mosquito net - you know they aren't as 'romantic' when you actually have to use them all the time as the photographs can look - but the ones at this hotel are much better than the ones at the Livingstone hotel). We made it downstairs with enough time for breakfast - fresh fruit, eggs and toast. Then our guide was there and we were off for our tour of Stone Town. Glad that we had a guide to lead us around the narrow twisty streets and laneways, most all without any names (honestly - just nicknames...

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Oct 9, 2013 - tropical island weather

We land this morning in Zanzibar, Tanzania ...hot and humid here (30+) on this island is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. We arrive to our hotel in amongst the higgley piggley streets, small narrow, and definately not laid out on a grid, or any other logical system. This will be a challenge negotiating our way around. The hotel (Dhow Palace) is full of Morrocan flair and antique furniture. We are so glad to see an a/c unit in the room :) and actually a tv too (will be nice to catch some world news!) Beat from the overnight flight, and after...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Zanzibar, Tanzania

Once famous for its spices, in Zanzibar...Africa meets the Orient in a maze of beautiful buildings, beautiful bazaars, and stunning sandy white beaches. The capitol, Stone Town, with its winding narrow streets and colorful markets offers a fascinating step back in time. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a truly intriguing experience to walk through history. The Islands spice plantations offer some of the world's finest cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Zanzibar is steeped in a rich and fascinating history, which is reflected in...

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Jul 3, 2013 - Weeks 9 & 10 - Zanzibar

Hello all, This is probably my last blog so I hope you've all enjoyed reading them and keeping up with what I've been doing. I'll now tell you all about Zanzibar which is a lovely place!! Stonetown On Sunday 23rd June we got a ferry the short way to Zanzibar from Dar, but it was very different to our previous ferry journey as it was a bouncy catamaran on the sea which made me feel quite seasick. It also took slightly longer than planned because as we were approaching the island there were reports of a man overboard from another boat so we...

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Aug 14, 2012 - Zanzibar: the Spice of Life

We are now enjoying meeting locals in Zanzibar. Our experiences with the wildlife were great, but I think both Unsu and I feel most engaged with meeting local people and hearing their histories and stories. We met an Indian man named Rohit who runs a photo shop that his father started here after they arrived from Gujarat, and they have pictures from the 1930s of all the state dignitaries who have been in Zanzibar. The shop is filled with all these great black and white photos of the main political events of this place, all taken by the...

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Mar 27, 2012 - Day 71 - Zanzibar...Kendwa sunset

A stay in Zanzibar is not complete without a visit to the northern tip and the white beaches of Nungwi and Kendwa. We chose the latter as we had heard that Nungwi had very few beached left due to erosion and overdevelopment. I asked the taxi driver to take us to Kendwa rocks resort for sundowners and when he stopped the cab and announced, "We're here" I thought he might have been joking. A rubbish strewn dirt track where stray dogs outnumbered people was not exactly what I had in mind. The beach must be close so we got out of the car and...

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Mar 26, 2012 - Day 70 - Zanzibar...Spices and Slaves

Jason arranged a spice tour for mum, dad, Gary, Cathy, Saba and me while he opted to stay by the pool with the boys. Our car came at 8.30am to pick us up and take us first to a community run spice plantation. Before leaving the hotel I wet a bandana and wrapped it around my head that's how hot it was. The bandana was dry by the time I climbed into the taxi. At the plantation we met our guide for the day, a Zanzibari man called Ali who spoke a mixture of Swinglish and cockney with a south London accent. He later revealed the man who had...

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