Mafia Island

Trip Start Nov 01, 2011
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Trip End Nov 01, 2012


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Flag of Tanzania  , Pwani,
Saturday, December 3, 2011

The reason we came to Mafia Island was to take advantage of the snorkeling in the marine reserve and experience an island that was not as developed as Zanzibar.

We spent 5 nights in Mafia and a couple of lovely days snorkeling in the marine reserve, before deciding to make the journey back to Dar Es Salaam and head towards Malwai.

The journey back to the mainland was tough going. The boat was a rickety looking wooden thing carrying about 80 passengers, and the voyage was four hours. The water was extremely choppy, not enough to put us at risk, but enough to ensure there was a lot of sick passengers.

1st rule of seafaring - If there is the slightest possibility of sea sickness, get to the edge of the boat.

Unfortunately, Charlie and I were the only passengers aware of the 1st rule of seafaring. Instead, everybody else would leave it until the vomit was on the tip of their tongue before clambering over everybody else to get to the edge. People were being sick on each other, on themselves and all over my bag. It was absolutely disgusting.

After the boat arrived back on the coast we caught a 4 hour bus back to the outskirts of Dar Es Salaam.

Dar Es Salaam has a reputation of having awful traffic and although the bus arrived on the outskirts at around 5pm we had no idea that the 8.2km from Kilwa road to Libya Street would take 3 hours and 40 minutes! It was terrible, I had no idea traffic like that was possible.






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