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Jan 20, 2013 - And finally.....Tanzania

Off we set on our final Intrepid trip from Nairobi to Zanzibar. We had 17 trip members on this trip, a mix of Australian, Swiss, Canadian, Dutch, NZ. We were mostly camping, but on this trip we had a cook, as well as the driver and tour facilitator. On the first day, we drove straight to the border and crossed into Tanzania. Here the currency is shillings 1500 to the US $ (so things sounded expensive!) The official language is Swahili, the same as Kenya. There seemed to be fewer people, better roads, more open spaces and larger farms. This...

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Mar 23, 2010 - The story so far

The story so far ... Well after a 14 hour flight with a 3 hour stop over in Dubai we made it to Dar Es Salaam slightly lacking in sleep but all the merrier to have seen Neil 'Bob the Builder' Morrissey on the plane, woop. We were met by the taxi driver, Sulley Muntari, who took us through the town to Kipepeo village (look it up) where we spent two nights in a beachfront hut that had a bed, a fan and a mossquito net with large holes in, what more can you ask for? So we sacked off the cultural cycle tour of Dar Es Salaam had fifteen hours...

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Feb 11, 2010 - Long overdue...

Ok, so as a lot of you know I am home from my trip already. Unfortunately I was only able to make one update while I was away, the internet connections were too slow and would have cost me a lot of money to make regular updates. So I'll just continue sharing the journal I kept for the trip, I'll just pick up where I left off with the first update. Here goes... January 13, 2010: Day 3 Up at 5:45am for a 6am game drive. We headed back to the Serengeti to see what we might be able to catch during the morning hours of the migration. Water...

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Jan 19, 2010 - Nungwei

Monday January, 18 What a nice, relaxing day! We're getting used to cold showers as they turn the generator on from 6 - 9 am and from 6pm to 2am. It doesn't seem to be enough to heat the water. We're lucky if we have water pressure. We've been waking up around 2.30 am as that's when the air gets really humid and hot without the fan. It wakes us up at 6 am when it suddenly comes on again. After a leisurely breakfast we met some of the others for a snorkeling excursion, got outfitted and waded into the ocean to get to the boat that didn't...

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Jan 18, 2010 - A week in and this is my first update...I suck!

Alright, this might be a long update since this is really the first chance that I have had. I've been keeping a journal so I'm just going to type what I've been writing. Here we go... Jan 1, 2010: Arrival Well I arrived safely and without any issues in Nairobi, however, my luggage was not so fortunate, it didn't make it onto the plane in Amsterdam. I was told it was expected in Nairobi the following morning, but since the tour was set to leave at 8am I had a feeling it would be an issue. There was no point being too upset about it, I had my...

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Jan 17, 2010 - Zanzibar

Now is time for real vacation. We slept in, enjoyed breakfast on the roof and set off in a van for the spice plantation. We learned that pepper corns and vanilla beans grow on vines and saw how many of our spices are grown. Most are picked by hand...tedious work. I bought some saffron which is apparently very expensive (not here) and will have to figure out what to do with it when I get home. A crazy fellow who called himself butterfly showed us how they climb ridiculously high palm trees for coconuts and sang a song and did a dance while...

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Jan 8, 2009 - Zanzibar

Spent one week in Zanzibar. Three nights in Stone Town and four nights at a beach called Kendwa. Kendwa is discribed as a back packers sort of place in the guidebooks. The books have failed to get updated. Rikke's dad was kept up all night by the resort next to our accomodation. It's packed full of greasy italian tourist who were singing kareoke till like 4 in the morning. Beach was great though. The last day we were there, I packed up my backpack and day pack and set off with both of them to the next beach. It was between high and low...

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Sep 13, 2008 - Zanzibar

9/13/08 Zanzibar! The word evokes exotic images of spice markets and ancient twisting stone walkways. This little island, now part of the country of Tanzania, did not disappoint us. For such a small place, Zanzibar has just about everything, from a vibrant and excitingly foreign main town, beautiful beaches, and rainforest. The main town, Stone Town, has only recently gained independence from Oman sultans, and the citizens adopted their religion, architecture, and culture. Before the sultans Zanzibar was colonized by the Portuguese, and...

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Nov 4, 2007 - Zanzibar

Zanzibar October 6th - 9th By popular demand the children have written this updatae on our trip to Zanzibar, hope you enjoy it! This is what Caroline had to say: We went to a place called Zanzibar; it is an island of the coast of Africa. There were beautiful beaches and the sand was white as snow. The water was clear as could be and was very warm. We had fun swimming in it. We would take walks along the beach and find pretty shells. One day during a walk that mommy and I were taking a group of native girls came running up to me, saying...

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Oct 3, 2007 - Zanzibar

Left Lake Malawi to head into Tanzania, had a night in Dar es Salaam. Nice city but nothing great. the next morning we got a ferry over to Zanzibar. Stayed in Stonetown for a night it is a lovely old town with a huge slave trade history. when we arrived it was so bloody hot and muggy as for the first time in three months it rained! We went to a beach resturant and sat there for the afternoon. Georgia and I had a few drinks then meet the others to go to the fish market for dinner. Heaps of seafood. Back to African House, resturant on the...

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Aug 28, 2007 - Zanzibar, Africa

Zanzibar was a welcome respite from hauling our asses up Kilimanjaro and then getting jostled around for 5 days in a Land Cruiser in the Serengeti (don't get me wrong, we loved every minute of it). We stayed at two very different, but both really awesome places while we were there. The first was a room over a bar on stilts over the Indian Ocean with an amazing view. We were right next to a beach bar run by Rastas so we chilled out on beds made from driftwood and boat netting at night and just relaxed. Then we moved on to a legit beach...

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