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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar July 13th 2013

There are 18 people on our tour, their ages range from 18 to a 76-year-old couple which are just inspirational (yes Mum and Dad you still have many years to go) We have Americans, Dutch, Polish, Italians, Australians and even someone from Bulgaria. Imagine spending your day (5am start until 9pm in a truck driving on some of the worlds worst roads because the main ones were closed.) That is how we spent all day Thursday and Friday…. As we travelled though the countryside bumping along and trying to avoid hitting our heads (no seatbelts) we noticed how slowly there was more of an Islamic feel and less of a Christian one. Zanzibar (where we were headed – an island off on Tanzania has a 95% Islamic population of a million people.) Arriving at Dar Es’ ... read more
Night market in Stonetown
Slave Market
Slave market - the chain is the original

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City July 11th 2013

As I write this blog we are sitting at the Zanzibar international airport ready to head to Nairobi for one night before we board the homeward bound plane tomorrow afternoon so I guess this will be one of the last blogs for this trip. You can all sigh a collective sigh of relief! I wil catch you all up with what's been happening since the last time. After we finished a night at the snake park we headed down towards the East coast of Tanzania and the city of Dar Es Salaam (Dar) which took two days of continuos travel. We arrive on the outskirts of Dar at about midday and were told we had about 10 kms to travel to the seaside camp ground so should be there by 3pm? The population of Dar is ... read more
Relaxing awaiting sunset, Stonetown
Roof tops of Stonetown
Streets of old Stonetown

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City May 23rd 2013

On a prolonged ferry trip to a small, isolated island named Pemba, watching the Indian ocean unfold before you, one feels compelled to stare out at the sea. The peaceful deep blue expanse, with a solitary turquoise and white trailing into the horizon to mark where we came from, competing with the noises of children, families, people selling food or tying up their chickens. Mesmerized more by the sea than the people, I found myself singing to the ocean, a soundtrack to this trip i could never have anticipated: Don't throw your barbie dolls in the ocean There are more important things for them to do .....They're going to come back to manipulate you. Malibu beach party, how come I could never go? Barbie you have it all together, how come you always know what to ... read more
First Sunset in Pemba Island
Snorkel Steve beside the boat
Hermi the Hermit Crab

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City April 30th 2013

It's becoming clear to me on this trip, that I am basing most of my knowledge about Africa on the Lion King. But hey, a lot of the locals have been referencing it, so why not? One even told me thought he thought the Lion King really was the best representation of the 'circle of life' in the animal kingdom. At the moment I'm back in Stone Town. I spent three days at Jambiani, which was plenty of time to relax and do nothing. I don't intend to do much in Stone Town either, except try to learn my way around more of the old town and find some more good local restaurants (found a great one today, for about $3 I got a drink and huge plate of curry and rice). Can I just say, ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Jambiani April 28th 2013

The last couple of weeks feel like a bit of a blur. After Uganda, we stopped for a couple of nights at Lake Nakuru (it was pouring with rain when we arrived, so five of us upgraded to a cottage where we ended up cooking as well, because of the weather). There was a cute little jack russell there called Buster, who was good company when I wasn't feeling too well the next day. The others went off on a game drive, but I stayed in to rest and give my body some time to catch up on the trip. After Nakuru we spent a night at Lake Naivasha. It was much drier and sunnier there, so it was actually fun to stay in/put up the tents. In the morning one of the other girls and ... read more


Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi March 13th 2013

Days 30-37: White sands and snorkelling in Zanzibar, African slave trade history, game driving in the Serengeti and the surreal Ngorongoro Crater Jambo everyone, Apologies again for those who have been waiting for the next post we know it’s been awhile… T.I.A. Rocking up to our accommodation in Zanzibar in our van with little to no expectations we strolled into what you could only describe as paradise. The whiteness and softness of the sand was stunning, not to mention the breathtakingly turquoise colour of the sparkling water in which little local boats floated close to the shore. The sun was shining strongly (Simon keeps questioning whether the sun is really this hot in Australia- the answer that I’m sure his mum Chris would agree with at the moment, is yes). We enjoyed a lovely ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City January 21st 2013

So we finally made it to Zanzibar after nearly missing our flight. I decided we would leave at 2pm from the hotel in order to catch our 6:30pm flight. When we got there we were told the flight had been changed to leave at 3pm (at this point it was 2:50) and they had just closed the cabin doors, and we should have received an email telling us of the change. Needless to say, we had received no email. They called the captain and held the plane, telling us if we didn't get there by running we would be locked out of the flight and that it was our fault. We ran, fueled by our animosity towards nairobi and the disasters it had dopped upon us. We made the flight wheezing and coughing and received some ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar January 20th 2013

My Friend Dayna arrived on Januray 7th at 3:30AM. She and I worked together at Citytv in Toronto and she decided to pay me a two week visit. It was great to see someone from home who knows me, has history with me, and understands my sense of humour. After a two hour nap, we were up and heading to the 9:30AM ferry for Zanzibar. With such a tight schedule, we had to make the most of our time together. We arrived in Stone Town and checked into our hotel and hit the streets. Being exhausted from her 20+ hour flights, we wandered aimlessly through the streets. The heat and humidity on Zanzibar is far worse than Dar, so needless to say we stopped several times for breaks before heading for a nap. After the nap, ... read more
A Break From The Heat
The Night Market In Stone Town
The Night Market In Stone Town

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City January 2nd 2013

For the last 4 days we've been living large in Zanzibar - the Tanzanian equivalent of the Caribbean. In a bout of deja-vu we were forgotten at the airport by our tour group and had to make a few phone calls before we were eventually picked up. When we made it to the hotel there was only one room remaining which had a twin bed. Yay... After sorting out the room, we were free to explore Stone Town, which has remained relatively untouched since it's founding. The town is well named, as there isn't a wooden structure to be found - wood being used only for intricately carved doors to important buildings and landmarks. Another suitable name could have been 'Maze Town', as there isn't a rhyme or reason to the layout of the town - ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City December 11th 2012

Jambo!! I have now been on my overland tour with African Trail's for just over a week. We are travelling from Nairobi down to Livingstone in Zambia. It has been incredible to say the least. After leaving Brackenhurst Conference Centre in Limuru I made my way to Karen Camp in Nairobi where the tour started. Before too long Jay arrived from Sydney (a friend from school). We were introduced to the rest of the tour group who had been travelling through Uganda. Our group is reasonably small due to the low season at the moment but they are all great people, mainly aussies too. There is Jasmine and Dylan who are on their honeymoon (the coolest honeymoon and the coolest couple!), Nora from Germany, Nicky from Aus, Jay and I and then Harley and Rachel from ... read more
Ngorongoro Crater Entry
Ngorongoro Crater
The Serengeti National Park

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