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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

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City November 2nd 2012

Day 19 - 25 Thinking of the wee ones and Halloween! Here we are at gorgeous North Beach in Zanzibar...lately, we just keep moving from one amazing beach to another! After two long, bumpy and hot days we camped on the beach ....water 30C plus . Next day onto a small ferry to the city and then the very modern catamaran for the 2 hr ride to Stone Town Zanzibar...what a great old city...a real convergence of Asia, Africa and Europe. Stayed at a lovely old hotel after so many nights of tents! All of us went to dinner at a great roof top Indian restaurant then to the Stone Town city night market for a feast of food smells and dancing! On the 31st, off for the spice farm tour and fruit sampling en route ... read more
Jeff getting ready to dive
Where is Dianne

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City October 25th 2012

There is a magic to Zanzibar. This is an island that has so many different facets and so many secrets and little gems- both from its past and from its present. Its perhaps the spice in the air that intoxicates its inhabitants and turns it into a kind of a science fiction dream like " Dune"- another planet- another world... ... and as you begin to learn more about it ... it never ceases to show a completely new side of its multifaceted diamond...or at least in this case... the deep safari blue of its purply rainbowy sapphire tanzanite. Like this beautiful stone... the deepness of its character transcends many different cultures and traditions ... and resonates its rustic history in the archaic delapidated architecture of Stone Town...another mystery of mazes and incense... mess and mayhem... ... read more


Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City October 22nd 2012

A Passion for Passion !- The best Frutijuice treat in Zanzibar I've had some time to taste the different fruit juices in Stonetown and elsewhere on the island of Zanzibar- on my wanderings through the maze of Stonetown and in different places around - north-south-east west- Kizimkazi- Ngwe- Mtembwe-Jambiani... I discovered the Baboo Cafe owned and run by Miriam… and her husband. I've tried even the juices in Lazuli restaurant- Tembo Hotel- a four star hotel overlooking the seafront - and a great place for watching the sunset... but all of them pale in comparison to Miriam’s passion fruit juice on the terrace overlooking the sea in her specially constructed Zanzibari cushioned chairs.- and I'm not the only one. I went with a juice and dairy expert from South Africa- Frik Grobler of Dewfresh. ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Kendwa October 19th 2012

Zanzibar is an Arabic word meaning ‘black island’. Although part of Tanzania, the small island boasts its own government and remains mostly self-sufficient with the exporting of spice and coffee, thus the nickname; spice island. The island itself was beautiful, surrounded by clear waters and white sand; it is easy to see why the island is a tourist favourite. Massage huts lined the beach with music cascading over the beach chairs and their lazy occupants. The beer is cold and the food, when visiting local haunts, is dirt cheap. The people were an interesting mix of charming, seemingly lazy locals offering their services; pushy and insistent beach boys and downright rude foreign business owners. We arrived via ferry to Stonetown, the streets were narrow and confusing, almost maze like. Each door way boasted stunningly crafted doors ... read more
Kendwa Beach

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City October 17th 2012

Trouble for Tin Tin In Toytown! I usually dont get hysterical about stuff and Ive got a pretty good threshold for chaotic situations. There have been several times in my travels when Ive been confronted with some difficult circumstances... but I was happy to walk around Stonetown today with my tin tin t-shirt rip off... however, as I was catching the taxi-dulla dulla to Jambiani to start my new life on paradise beach...something terribly shit happened... Current update on the Unrest: Its peaceful, the orads have been cleared... apparently some people were arrested but they too have been freed- some as young as 15. Its Monday now- the worse day was Friday- after prayers and yes one policeman was beheaded by the mob- they had to sew it on for the funeral... its a pretty bizaare ... read more
burning down paradise.

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City October 16th 2012

Stone Town kan kategoriseres med et ord; annerledes. Virkelig annerledes. Her får man virkelig følelsen av å være lang hjemmeifra. Dette er gamebyen av Zanzibar, på samme måte som gamlebyen i Panama ligger også denne på UNESCO sin verdensarv liste. Dette betyr at UNESCO sørger for å ta vare på byen slik den var før, eller at byen er vernet om man ønsker å si det slik. All rekonstruksjon må vær i samsvar med slik bygget ser ut i forkant. På denne måten vil byen aldri bli "ny". Den vil bevare de gamle konstruksjonene og turistene vil kunne se hvordan byen er blitt beholdt. Per i dag er det mye rekonstruksjon av bygninger. Byen er livlig, varm og spennende. Vi leide en privat guide som tok oss med på en to og en halv timers tur ... read more
Stone Town
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Matemwe October 15th 2012

Siste dag med steiking av flesk er gjennomført. Aleksander er nesten svart og jeg ser ut som… ja, nesten slik jeg så ut før jeg dro. HVIT. Æsj. Hater å aldri bli brun, samme søren hvor mye jeg soler meg hjelper det jo ikke!! Men men, vi har hatt det helt topp her på Ocean Paradise Resort, total avslapping og bare kos. For to dager siden var jeg å fikk aromaterapi av en av damene på hotellet, hun var utrolig dyktig. Jeg hadde fått en skikkelig låsning i nakken ett par dager før (mest sannsynlig etter aircondition på rommet) og denne verket fortsatt. Hun fikk myknet opp hele skiten å jeg er nå mye bedre. Hun børstet og flettet håret mitt til og med før hun var ferdig. Snilleste dama!! Det allerbeste med hele dama var ... read more
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