A bit more of Zanzibar

Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
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Trip End Sep 31, 2008


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Sunday, July 20, 2008

So, there we were back in Dar. We spent a few days on South Beach camping in the tents provided, living off Chipati's and tomato for breakfast, Chipati and avo for lunch and Chipati and beef stew for supper. A really healthy diet, the life of a backpacker!
 
We then made our way to Zanzibar on the ferry and met up with Sash and George, The Austrians. We had a fun few days in Stone Town wondering the streets, dodging the money-making Touts (the guys who try sell you just about anything and take you just about anywhere to try make a buck) and tasting more deliciously greasy food.
 
The team, now consisting of the Husteds, Dups's, the Austrians and Jerome and Denise, a couple we met at our lodge in Stone Town, squashed into one of the hair-raising dalla dallas and made our way north to Kendwa. We managed to find the cheapest accommodation in Kendwa, and began priding ourselves in being the cheapest group on the island. The place we found was called Kendwa Villa and with a name like that one would've expected a stunning mansion on the beach. Well, perhaps one day it will be just that but as long as it remains under construction, the best thing about it will just be the price! No, the staff were actually so cool and made such an effort to make our stay as comfortable as possible.
 
The days at Kendwa were mostly spent relaxing, reading, strolling along the beach and snorkeling while the evenings were spent playing beach volley ball and exploring the many restaurants set up on the beach. The highlight was definitely the snorkeling trip to Mnemba which consisted of a 2 hour bumpy boat ride to the island during which we saw dolphins, turtles, a whale shark, which came right next to our boat, and Franci caught 2 beaut fish! We then spent a good while exploring the untouched coral reef, snorkeling through turquoise blue water with millions of absolutely beautiful tropical fish!!! The day was ended off with delicious lunch, consisting of fresh fish, more chipati's and fruit served to us on a deserted beach.
 
After a good few days in Zanzibar we made our way back to Dar on the overnight ferry, spent a few more days in Dar on South Beach and then made the big journey back to Mwanza by train. One would have thought that this time we were prepared for the trip and knew what we were in for but somehow this journey seemed to be a whole lot worse on the way back, this time they managed to squash even more people in the passage and outside the toilet so that there were now 3 times the amount of people outside the cabins then inside. We also nearly lost our self-appointed team-leader Chris who suffered pretty badly all the way home. After packing all that medical kit with us and not having used any of it once so far, the one time we actually needed it, it sat 100 miles away in Mwanza! We finally made it back to Mwanza though, the wild-wild west, in sort of one piece and were unfortunately hit by another bout of misfortune! Can you believe it! Frodo, being the victim this time, was somehow broken into while we were away and slowly but surely the Dups's discovered that Franci's socket set, new balance takkies and the camping light (sorry folks forgot to tell you about that) were all gone! What a bugger, oh well. But, yet again, our dear-old friends from Mwanza, Tom and San came through for us and invited us over for another cracker supper at their place to lift our spirits.
 
Just to let you know we did finally make it out of Tanzania and into Rwanda, a mere 2 and a half weeks after our first attempt to leave the country!!  
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dusted
dusted on

Keep on keepin' on
Hi Dups'

This is just to let you know that someone is still following your travels. Send us an update, don't be so slack on this blogging thing. Also, you better bring us a doggy-bag from Mombasa

Chris

dusted
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Hey hey
Hey you guys!!

Where are you and where have you been???? We now in Nairobi, missing you chaps. Hope drive is going well. Keep us posted.

Love us

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