Blogs from Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa - page 5


Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 24th 2010

We seem to be back into the zone of dodgy internet connections and no wifi so I am not too sure when I will get this up. Perhaps, if I am lucky in Dar Es Salaam, before we move off into Malawi. Two weeks in Tanzania is not really enough but then you could always spend longer in most countries and, I guess, you can always come back at some time. Zanzibar, just for instance, is a place you just might come back to if you were looking for an interesting place that is not going to tax you too much in touristing, but could be quite dangerous in terms of developing your capacity for laziness and generally lolling about. This post takes us from Karatu in the north down to Dar Es Salaam and across ... read more
Camera at the ready
It was halfway up a hill
A lot of work for a drink

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi January 2nd 2010

So from the craziness of the few weeks before Christmas and the Kenya - Uganda - Rwanda - Uganda - Kenya loop it was time to cross into Tanzania and experience some real African wildlife moments. From our base in Arusha we took a three day trip to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater as a wonderful introduction to Tanzania. The Serengeti of course is one of the most famous National Parks in Africa and its huge 14,000 sq km size means it was always going to be an exciting adventure to see what animals we were going to meet there. We worked out that in the two half day game drives in the park we probably didn’t even cover 1% of the park so in fact we were incredibly lucky to see the array of wildlife ... read more
Me, Nat & Jo looking over the Ngorongoro Crater
Illusive Leopard

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi October 5th 2009

So Alice and I have been here in Zanzibar on the north-west coast since wednesday and it's absolutely brilliant! It's pure paradise. I love it ! The sea is so blue/green and the sand is so white, it's like flour. The days we've had here have been amazing.. We live in a small hut with 2 double beds and a bathroom with flushing toilet and a shower! The shower is amazing after only using buckets for the past 6 weeks unfortunatly there was only luke warm water the first night so it's been freezing cold showers ever since. We've spent a lot of time on the beach just relazing, reading and listening to music, lying in the hammocks, having drinks in the evening.. I'm so glad i'm travelling with alice as she's so much fun, absolutely ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi October 1st 2009

9/9 - 18/9 Our 7 hour bus trip from Arusha to the coast was going relatively smoothly (well, as much as is possible in Tanzania …lots of unsurfaced roads, driving on the other side for no apparent reason and hair raising overtaking) until just outside Tanga when the bus gave up the ghost. We waited for a while but lost faith in the guy wielding a rusty looking wrench so decided to jump on a dala dala - a kind of mini-bus that drives even more crazily than the main buses and takes anything that breathes - ie people, chicken, goats… From Tanga then, we caught the last bus from Tanga to Pangani River. We stayed at a very tranquil little place just north of Pangani called Peponi’s. It’s run by Jilly and Denys who are ... read more
Sundowners at our Peponi's home
The 'Kill" - Our skipper shows us catch of the day - Octopus
view from Flame Tree Restaurant, Zanzibar

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi September 24th 2009

After a couple more days of long driving, we arrived on the coast of Tanzania in Dar Es Salaam in order to get the ferry over to Zanzibar. Zanzibar was amaaaaaazing. We spent a night in Stonetown, which is the main town on the island. It is full of narrow streets lined with touristy shops, with people trying to drag you into them - "looking is free" "I give you good price" "hakuna matata"... We had dinner at a food market right by the sea, which was incredible - around 50 food stalls selling lots of different foods. We tried these mini fried pizzas which were delicious (vegetable one for dinner, and then a chocolate one for dessert!). So cheap as well. Elbie, our tour guide, then took us down some really dark backstreets and arrived ... read more
Food market in Stone Town
Masai art market
In the spice plantation, with our all natural lipstick

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi July 12th 2009

Hey everyone !!! So i am back in Dar Es Salaam and in an internet cafe that is extreemly slow but because I love you guys so much i decided to update all about my vacation in Zanzibar and about my upcoming adventures. I believe i stopped at us hanging out in Kendwa. Emily and I decided to stay a second night in Kendwa and go snorkeling in what we were told is the most beautiful area to snorkel on the island. As we were walking the streets a lady came up to us and showed us a business card and told us she can get it for us for cheaper as well as rides back to stone town. We asked about her in the hotel and the people in the receptions told us she is ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi April 29th 2009

mambo friends!! got to be quick as usual coz the computers in Africa are rubbish. so... i made it to Africa... finally! when i arrived in dar i was told that my visa was about to expire (a mix up with the way they worked on my part...hmm...a slight waste of 50 quid), so i had to spend ages going to the cash point, then converting the Tanzania shillings into us dollars (coz thats the only currency they would take for visas!) then going back to immigration to sort it all out. grrr. finally sorted it out and headed to the ferry port for zanzi.. missed the ferry by 3 mins (what is it with me and 3 mins?) and was hassled left right and centre from all and sundry, as is customary in tanz... not ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi March 10th 2009

Monday morning, Luc and I caught a bus from Moshi to Dar Es Salaam. It left around six o'clock in the morning and didn't arrive in Dar until around 2pm. Eight hours on the bus across one of Africa's bigger countries was not too comfortable but not one of the worst journeys I have been on during my time in Africa. Luc found it very hard despite the fact she was asleep for the majority of it. Upon arriving in Dar we were greeted by lots and lots of taxi drivers all offering the "many cheapest price" to the ferry for Zanzibar. The first price quoted was 20,000 TSH which is about £10. After a bit of arguing and me being generally stubborn we managed a price of 11,000 for a half an hour journey. Once ... read more
Stone Town
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 9th 2009

Sorry folks, I must apologize for the brief hiatus from blog entry... internet acces in eastern and most of southern Africa is absolutely shite and you pay a small fortune for it! So we arrive in Dar-es-Salam at rush hour and i swear to all the gods, whomever and where ever they are, that if they get us through this town in less than 4 hours, i will never complain about traffic in Dublin ever again! To help the time pass, we pumped up the volume and conducted our very own dance party in the back of the truck- only a few mohitos were missing! To make our visit to Dar more entertaining- the local children danced alongside our truck- it was precious and they showed us a step or two. I love to see children ... read more
Busta Move
Sunset on Zanzibar
No shirts, no shoes, then service

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 9th 2009

Our apologies for not getting a post up sooner. We spent the last week on the island of Zanzibar and then safari'ing through the Maasai Mara. In this post I've included pictures from our island vacation. We rented a bungalow on a pristine sandy beach for about $35 US dollars a night, and spent our days snorkeling, getting sun burned, and being lazy.... read more
Stone Town

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