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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City August 24th 2012

Weird "Zanzibar" facts: 1. One of the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby "road" movies had them taking a voyage with Dorothy Lamour to this mystical island. 2. Freddie Mercury, lead singer of "Queen", was born in its capital city, "Stone Town". 3. A skanky strip bar in downtown Toronto is called, "Club Zanzibar". 4. A flight on "Precision Air" gets you from the Tanzanian capital "Dar Es Salaam" in 30 minutes...15 minutes to get the passengers and the luggage loaded into the claustraphobic propeller plane and 15 minutes to actually fly to the island. It was however, a most magnificent ending to my first "African" journey. A visit to Zanzibar is in many ways, a time travel back into the times of sultans, fine silks and aromatic spices. It is a predominantly Muslim island and while I was ... read more
Old Shutters of Stone Town
If the Door Could Speak...

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

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a man who seemed to know a lot about whats going on here in Zanzibar. He said- " The zanzibar ferry disasters could easily have been prevented had the boats not been overloaded and more onboard lifesaving equipment been available." Did you know the final tally for the first disaster of the ferry that sunk off the coast of Pemba just after ramidan two years ago...WAS MORE THAN THE TITANIC DISASTER!... 1972 people perished from a tally of over 2 200 people. That is incredible. And it was hardly even reported in the world press. To this day the vice president of Tanzania - Who is also the president of zanzibar- has said: " it was the will of God!"... Perhaps. But ... read more
dar es salam- port into africa
the journey

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City July 19th 2012

After a night at Mikardi beach we made our way on tut tuts to the ferry terminal where we waited to board the ferry to Zanzibar. After taking a motion sickness tablet we buckled down for the two and a half hour journey, we were very lucky as the waves were quite calm. (A week later we found out that the ferry we caught had sunk with 150 people dead) After passing through immigration and finding our hotel in the maze like streets of Stone Town we found a cafe on the waterfront and treated ourselves to some delicious lunch. After lunch some of our group made their way to the slave market or did a spice tour. We decided to wonder around ourselves, we found an amazing local market where I brought some dresses made ... read more
Port in Old Town

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City July 14th 2012

A slow day today, went on a spice tour in the the morning which was actually a lot more interesting that I thought it would be - who knew that mace & nutmeg came from the same plant? Had the otion of going to the beach or returning to Stonetown after the tour and as I'll be spending the next 4 days on the beach opted to go back to Stonetown and continue wandering the narrow alleyways, it's a very cool place. Had a look at the House of Wonders, so called because it was the first house in East Africa to have electric lights, running water and an elevator - all wondrous things. Went down to Forodhani Gardens for dinner - a giant open air BBQ - probably the best thing on offer was the ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City July 13th 2012

One more early start, hopefully this is the last one. Joined the crush to get aboard the 7.00am ferry and 2 hours later I'm fighting my way through the touts on the Zanzibar wharf. The Princess Salme Inn is only 100 metres from the port, built in the old Moorish style with an open courtyard interior and loads of stairs. Zanzibar is a lot more laid back than mainland Tanzania, even the touts don't push as hard, I think I'm going to like this place. Spent a couple of hours wandering around the narrow winding streets of the old town and found myself going past the same shops time after time, the place is like some sort of crazy maze. Took a $10 2 hour walking tour of the town in the afternoon so I'm slowly ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City March 1st 2012

Spice tour this morning. Lunch at the coast. Tour of Stone Town, old slave market and shopping the rest of the day. On safari shooting pictures of people now instead of animals.... read more
Marge Simpson Look alikes
Clean your plate Pedro

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City February 24th 2012

I take back every bad word I ever said, and every bad thought I ever had, about Stone Town. Well, not every single one, but most of them. It's not a bad old place, really. We went back there today and we had a couple of hours to kill before catching the ferry to the mainland. I had resolutely decided to stay inside and catch up on some blogging and banking, more to avoid being assaulted/groped/offered drugs than because my to-do list was particularly urgent. But in the end I headed out with Sarah and Rebecca to explore the Stone Town labyrinth some more and give it a second chance. We found ourselves in the shopping district, where men and women wove at looms inside dimly lit rooms, and the shop doorways were awash with colourful ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City February 14th 2012

Pemba Next part of this endeavour of a “backpacking” experience takes us to the beautiful Island Pemba in Tanzania. Located a scorching five hours boat ride from Dar es Salam with a brief stop on Zanzibar to cram up on fuel and more passengers Africa style i.e. the floor is equally good place to sit. Not remembering to much of the horrible accident in 2011 when 800 passengers went down with the ferry running the route from Dar to Pemba where overweight was the supposed cause of the capsizing. However after arriving to Pemba, trying to get transport to the hotel were I was to meet up with my parents and sister, only to realise they wanted as much as the charge for the boat ride to this island I got on the local bus. The ... read more
Dow trip
Night dive

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City February 13th 2012

It takes less than three minutes to form an opinion about someone you have just met. I believe that something similar must be true for places as well, because it didn't take long for me to decide that I didn't like Stone Town. I'm not sure what, exactly, made me decide this. It might have been the anti-tourist man who shouldered into me so violently, and deliberately, that at home he'd be arrested for common assault. It might have been the eight year old girl who ran up to me and Rebecca and groped us. It might have been the cockroach in our room. It might have been the smell of old fish and sewage that roiled through the streets and choked me when the breeze picked up. Or, I don't know, but it might even ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City January 13th 2012

Zanzibar was definitely one of the highlights of our trip, but our time there had some ups and downs. We arrived at about 4am after 24 hours in transit. This was the wackiest transit in our itinerary as the only way we had been able to get a flight to Zanzibar was to fly from Maputo all the way up to Addis, then back down to Dar Es Salaam, then to Zanzibar. That, coupled with the 5-hour drive from Tofo to Maputo to catch the first flight (and my stressing out about getting stopped by the police and missing our flight), meant that we were ready to crash on whatever horizontal surface was available at our hostel, called Warere Town House. We had only booked a room for the following 3 nights, thinking it wasn't worth ... read more
Chuck posing in one of the huge doorways in the House of Wonders
Chuck checking out the view from the fourth floor balcony of the House of Wonders
African entertainment

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