Off to the spice island of Zanzibar
Trip Start Jul 03, 2010
21Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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At the airport we waited in the small outside departure lounge - such as it was and found that our plane was a little 12 seater Coastal Airways flight
Unfortunately there was a mix up and there was no one to meet us at the airport but very luckily someone was holding up a placard to Unjuga Lodge but for a different party. We managed to get them to send another taxi to pick us up and take us the 58km to the lodge..
Unjuga Lodge was lovely with a beautiful setting right on the Indian Ocean close to Kizimkazi village on the Western side of Zanzibar's southern most tip. It is owned by Ralph and Elies, a Dutch couple who in July 2005 designed the lodge with the help of Ivan Sutua an architect in Zanzibar. All the walls are made from coral stones and lime just like the traditional buildings of the island and the roofs are made of 'makuti' or woven palm trees leaves. Inside each of the villas it is open plan except for the toilet and bedroom. There are concrete benches to sit on - 'baraza' style. Our villas were Sea View Villas and ours particularly had a direct sea view and a private terrace to watch the ocean. Even the shower room was open plan with a screen to protect one's modesty from passing boats or people on the beach. There were two beds one in the bedroom and another in the loft.
Kizimkaze is the nearest town and it is famous for the dolphins although fishing is the main activity. There was also a family of Black-tailed monkeys with an adopted Red Colobus monkey that climbed through the rafters of the villas
The boys immediately made their way down to the beach and played with the vortex unfortunately this game was cut short when George was stung by a jellyfish. A liberal dousing of vinegar neutralised the sting and he was left with nothing more serious than a wasp sting.