Bagamoyo

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Flag of Tanzania  , Pwani,
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We left Peponi to make our way south. We  crossed the river with the ferry (first one in a while) at Pangani. We would travel about 260km to Bagamoyo.  One option would be to go through Sadaani Park but we opted to go past it as it was expensive and we were all a bit "parked out".

The road was bad and wet after some rain.  We joined the tar road before Wami bridge not too far from Bagamoyo.

Bagamoyo is somewhat of a surprise.  The old and the new, in terms of accommodation, in huge contrast right alongside one another. 

We stayed at Travelers Lodge, after checking the other camp (Bagamoyo Beach resort). There were other  “overlanders” at Travelers Lodge too.  One, a South African travelling on his own, three Swiss and a Belgium couple.    As usual we all got together over a beer to discuss our travels. 

That night we made a delicious (fresh from the fish market) calamari and shrimp pasta.  Not as good as Peponi's seafood platter, but very close.

Next morning we would stop at the fish market again before leaving to Dar es Salaam.  We managed to find a Red Snapper destined for the fire.  Old town Bagamoyo, has many interesting buildings with the characteristic carved wooden doors.  Several craft markets and an old mission station.

The fish market was an experience, there are dozens of little stalls, each having a big frying pan on the coals in which hundreds of tiny fish were cooked. The smell of boiling oil, the charcoal and the fried fish was enough to keep Anita and Rini at a distance. Ronald and I went in search of fresh sardines to no avail. the Red Snapper was just as good.

We left Bagamoyo with the intention to go check the potential vehicle storage, which Ronald and Rini are planning to use and a possibility for us while we cross to Zanzibar.
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