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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi November 20th 2020

Lundi 26 octobre : c’est aujourd’hui qu’officiellement mes vacances commencent. Ça ne sera pas facile. Entre 6 :00 et 8 :00 du matin. C’est le chaos a l’aéroport de Bangui. J’ai fait mon test pour le virus chinois le vendredi matin, pour avoir le résultat le samedi matin, or le samedi matin ce n’était pas prêt. Je me pointe quand même le lundi matin à l’aéroport. Qu’est-ce que je peux faire ? Ils refusent que je fasse le check-in sans le certificat de l’Institut Pasteur. Par la grâce de Dieu et grâce au dispatch de la MINUSCA, je réussi à retourner au centre-ville à l’Institut Pasteur et à obtenir rapidement mon certificat. Je laisse mes valises dans le bureau de MOVCON a l’aéroport. L’aller-retour vers le centre-ville ça s’est bien passé, le gardien de sécurité ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar October 26th 2019

After three weeks of constant moving, activities and being on someone else's clock we were certainly looking forward to some R&R on Zanzibar...starting with four days on the beach in Jambiani, we couldn't have picked a more perfect spot to give our poor muscles some down time after the Kili adventure we had just finished...and no more camping! Lol...while I really enjoyed the tenting experience the thought of a proper bed and ensuite for the remainder of our time in East Africa was more than appealing... Half the climb group were heading to Zanzibar as well, so we hung out together for a bit at the airport before saying our final goodbyes...flight was interesting in the fact that the cruising altitude was actually less than the summit of Kili, that brought some serious perspective to the ... read more
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A-frame at Belvedere
Collecting seaweed...

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City August 9th 2019

I had to pinch myself that Alex and I were actually about to land in Zanzibar. We were looking forward to this exotic spice Island, not just for the dream destination but for a rest. After many one night stops, fourteen flights, and early morning bumpy game drives, this was our first four night stop. Our hotel was located on the beachfront so we were able to enjoy the seabreeze each evening having a sundowner from our balcony. Zanzibar had a very colourful history of Portuguese and Omani Sultan rulers, a British protectorate followed by independance then a revolution and eventually joining with Tangayaka. Zanzibar even had the shortest war in history lasting between 38 and 45 minutes. We wandered the maze of streets and narrow alleyways in the mornings, lazed by the pool in the ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar June 28th 2019

A visit to the island of Zanzibar has always high been on my bucket list, having heard many times of the great sandy beaches along with atmosphere of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Stone Town, and this desire was only further increased after my visit to Oman a couple of years ago when I learnt of the historical trading relationship between these two countries. Given its colourful history, you can see evidence at times of each of African, Indian, Arab and European cultures, within each of the architecture, the cuisine and the people. While I declined to take one of the offered spice plantation tours, having experienced a similar tour previously in Granada, there was plenty of evidence of the presence of their products in the various markets, thus giving rise to Zanzibar being known ... read more
The front facade of the Old Dispensary
The evening food market at Forodhani Gardens
A local game of soccer at sunset

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar December 30th 2018

Getting to Zanzibar was easy! We flew with Precision Air from Arusha's tiny airport to Zanzibar's International but not-much-bigger airport. It was all a bit rustic but it was a pleasant enough experience. Before we knew it we were in a pre-arranged taxi and on our way to our hotel just outside of Zanzibar town. The Zanzibar Ocean View Hotelwas more or less deserted! It was a little more rustic than we had anticipated for the price but it was ok and the restaurant served a great breakfast. It wasn't all good though. On our first night there was a very loud wedding party but they finished at 10pm which wasn't so bad. Christmas Day was a different matter though and the Christmas party (that us paying guests were not part of) had music so loud ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Jambiani November 16th 2018

Zjutraj naju je še lepo upsavalo nazaj v spanec »škrebljanje« dežja. Se je vlilo in ker ni oken na šipah se je fajn slišal dež. Ko sva vstala je tudi deževalo, rahlo. Torej brez sonca danes. Kar nama je odkrito povedano, prav pasalo, glede na to, da naju je včeraj pa malo le zacmarlo. Šofer je prišel po naju ob 10ih, ko sem se vsedla v avto je za mano sedel še en njegov prijatelj; madona sem se ga vstrašla! Sploh nisem pričakovala, da še sedi kdo za mojim hrbtom, pa še tak črni so ko noč ti domorodci tukaj. Skratka, šli smo na drugo stran otoka, severno od Zanzibar cityja, to je zahodni del otoka, midva sva na spodnjem vzhodnem delu. Tu so baje najlepše plaže, na tej strani. In smo šli pogledati t.i. suženjske ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar November 15th 2018

Danes sva si budilko naštelala… ker so naju ob 8.30 prišli pobrat, ker sva se včeraj zmenila za izlet; z ladjico oz. bolje rečeno čolnom. Obljubljena je bila galeja kot od Krištofa Kolumba. In midva sva verjela v nekaj večjega od lesenega čolna. Ha ha ha dobila pa leseni čoln, kjer nas je bilo gor 14 turistov in 12 domorodcev. Še prej so naju pobrali v hotelu, kjer nama je ta frajer, ki nama je prodal izlet malo razlagalo teh masajih tukaj, na obali. Pravijo jim plastični masaji. Ha ha ha in to zato, ker niso to tisti ta pravi masai, ki živijo na celini pod Kilimanjžarom, ampak so sicer iz celine, obelečejo se kot masai z mačeto v roki in hop po turistih. In mi turisti najprej kupimo, da so kao pravi masai. Spijo po ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Jambiani November 14th 2018

Kaj bova počela pa danes? Nič pametnega.. ha ha ha zajtrk sva si vzela na easy, kot vsaki dan seveda. Poklicala sva Injo preden je šla v v vrtec. In potem je spet zmanjkalo štroma. In ga ni bilo… mahnila sva jo v smeri proti Paje, to je tam, kjer sva bila prvi dan; sja danes kaj dosti res ne bom imela za pisat, ker res nisva počela nič pametnega. Prva postaja nama je bila masaža na plaži; tete so naju super istočasno zmasirale. Čeprav sva najprej mislila, da naju bo pobralo od vročine v kolibi s pogledom na morje, naju ni. Aja, še prej naju je ustavil en majstor, ki prodaja kajtanje, ture, transferje itd. in gled ena to, da nisva za ležanje… naju je prepričal za en izlet, da se nama bo dogajalo še ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City November 13th 2018

Za danes sva si naročila prevoz v Zanzibar mesto, oz. Kameno mesto/Stone city. Glavno mesto, ki je včasih bilo pod Omanom oz. ga je osvojil Sultan iz Omana, kjer so držali sužnje in jih po 10 000 dnevno deportirali v Oman; zraven vseh drugih stvari seveda, ki so bile tukaj – hrana, zemeljske dragocenosti, dragi kamni; Vidi se vpliv Arabcev, kasneje Britancev – vozijo po levi, štek doze in vsa elektrika je identična, kot v Veliki Britaniji še danes. Pa vpliv Evrope, a najbolj je viden arabski vpliv. Mesto je res zmedeno, konfuzno, ulice niso ravne, kar zavijejo, ozke, vse enake. Ko naju je šofer odložil na takem punktu, ko je veliko turistov je nekak vhod v mesto; tu se je takoj nalimal t.i. vodič. Najprej sva bila v dvomih, če bi ga vzela, potem pa ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar November 12th 2018

Spanje do onemoglosti, ene 9 ur skupaj. Zdaj sva se pa naspala in spravla noter za nazaj. Zajtrk lepo s pogledom na turkizno svetlo morje, kako se odmika. Tukaj sta oseka in plima blazno veliki; razlika ene 3 m ziher. Morje se res potegne ful nazaj in potem pride skoraj do obale. Le kaj je za zajtrk v topih drugega kot obilo sadja, en kos toasta in jajc in palačinka. Aja in puter in marmelada. Kava je instant, mleko normalno – »alpsko«. V Afriki je vse naredi si sam, vsaj tukaj; stoli so - tukaj je vse naredi sam: na terasi imava stole narejene »doma«, pomeni kosi lesa, lepo obtesani in zvezani skupaj s kožo živali; sediš na eni bogi kravici, lepo na mehkem usnju pod ritjo. In tako je veliko stolov tukaj. večina; ograje, štenge, ... read more
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