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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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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Jambiani November 11th 2018

PO dveh letih sva se odpravila spet novim dogovodivščinam naproti. Že ko sva bila na Šri Lanki, z Injo v trebuhu, malo pikico, sva rekla, da bova 1 x na leto pa šla sama na oddih. In zdaj 18 mesecev po prihodu najinega največjega zaklada na svet, nama je uspelo. Izbrala sem (Vili je rekel – bilokam, izberi, meni je vseeno J), sem izbrala nekaj, kjer je toplo, cenovno zelo ugodno in ne predolgo za letet. In v okolici ni bilo drugega, kot Zanzibar. J Iz Benetk via Istanbul direkt na Zanzibar, otoček ob tanzanijski obali, večji, kot Sejšeli. Malo adrenalina je bilo na menjavi leta v Istanbulu, kjer sva dobesedno odletela iz prvega aviona v drugega in molila boga, pride tudi prtljaga z nama. Let je bil OK, malo nas je treslo, malo sva spala, ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City September 22nd 2018

Tanzania day 14 Lost in Stone town, my name is Taxi and a summary of Tanzania and Zanzibar Homeward bound today so it’s time for the usual conversations after we’ve visited somewhere. Things like could we/would we live here, would we come back and would our cat Cosmo like it? We wouldn’t live on Zanzibar; the attitude to women is far too oppressive and we like holding hands when we are out and being able to give each other a hug. Simple things but in a sexist society they are things that can get you hurt. The only reason we would come back would be to revisit Cheetah’s Rock or, even better, work there. We have enjoyed it here but seen nothing else that would make us rush back-we still have lots of places to see ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City September 22nd 2018

The ferry port at Zanzibar is something Glyn described as a well oiled machine. This is sarcasm, as sheer chaos with a lack of information and people blocking the entrance as they swarmed to get through immigration is not oily. But it is sweat-soaked as the heat was intense stuffed with packed bodies and luggage. It was a necessary evil to get us on our way home. Earlier I put a cleanish tshirt and deodorant in my hand luggage so I don't stink too badly on the plane, but things aren't looking hopeful and pity the poor people sitting near Glyn and myself. After packing, we had time for a last wander around Stone Town, buying essential souvenirs and tat before doing a self tour. We were stuck in there for ages getting lost, having gone ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City September 21st 2018

Tanzania day 13 Three adventures in one day including giant tortoises on Changuu, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa. We had a bit of a shock this morning when some hot water came out of the shower. It didn’t last long but we have called the relevant authorities and the Garden Lodge will hopefully be dealt with accordingly. Claire was so disturbed she threw the toilet roll into the toilet. We failed to sleep though to a 7am alarm despite staying up late last night writing about what an exciting day we had yesterday. There was no noise-we have seen no other guests where we are-but we were both awake by 6:30. After breakfast up on the roof, this time even better as they had avacado, it was time for another trip. Today was our rest day and before ... read more
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