Trip Start Nov 03, 2011
23Trip End May 10, 2012
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We spent the afternoon wondering around Stone Town in the pouring rain and then headed to Africa House to watch the sunset with the rest of the guys from our trip. Half of Italy seemed to be in the bar which was quite odd but apparently they are one of the only countries to fly directly here and so lots of the local speak Italian, very weird!
We awoke the next morning to yet more rain and then headed out on a spice tour in the middle of the island. Our guide for this was a very funny local man who had been taught English by a cockney
Following the tour we had lunch in a local village and then drove to the north of the island to our next hotel which was right on the beach. We had a whole day here and so we decided that the time had come to show our white bodies to the sun. We spent ages covering ourselves in factor 30 before settling down after breakfast on the beach. The plan had been to enjoy the whole day doing very little more than reading our books but after an hour we moved to the shade as we were just so hot. Thank goodness we did as I have never been so burnt! The combination of our white skin and the equator resulted in our poor bodies turning purple. It was a very sleepless night as we were on fire and the power went off so the fan in our room stopped working!
We had 2 nights in the north of the island and so had lovely fresh fish each night and lots of the lovely local beer. It was great to chill out on the beach and watch the sun setting, even if our bodies felt the heat!
The next day we were back on the ferry and returned to Dar es Salaam for a second night. From here we headed west and so inland to Iringa which was about 500km. We stayed in a lovely camp site on a farm in the middle of nowhere. Brilliantly even when the campsites are really remote there is always somewhere to get a beer, I could get used to this!