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2012 - ZANZIBAR

FOLLOWING THE SAFARI & BEFORE THE CRUISE, A SIDE BAR TO - ZANZIBAR.


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PREVIOUS DAY....

ZANZIBAR HAS BEEN ON MY MIND SINCE ABOUT 1959 or 1960

My father worked for the now defunct Colonial Office, in London.

This, back in the day when Britain actually had an Empire & colonies.

He was offered a two year posting to Zanzibar, doing what, I know not. Certainly not ambassador or anything like that. A lower level flunky of some sort I imagine.

A doctor advised my mom to get prescription sunglasses made to help with her Asthma & she took the advise.

Whether it would have helped or not we will never know.

My dad came up with an excuse for not going that sounded plausible at the time.
40 years later he told me a different excuse.
I think he just bottled it.

My sister & I would have been going to school in Nairobi and traveling 'home' to Zanzibar for Easter, Xmas & such.

Imagine that!

A kid from the outer-most suburbs of London, living in Tanganyika as it was then I think.

What an adventure!

The Mau Mau were very active in Nairobi at the time so maybe not being there was for the best, but I am still annoyed at my dad

Anyway - all that to explain the attraction of Zanzibar & the reason for the side trip.
I wanted to send my sister a postcard with "ZANZIBAR - FINALY".

In the event I did not do that, so here are some photos for her.

AS I WAS LEAVING KILIMANJARO, A DIGNITARY WAS COMIMG IN FOR THE RWANDA CONVENTION. AND HERE'S ME THINKING THE RED CARPET WAS FOR ME.

SUNSET ALERT - THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM IN HERE.

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THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE GETTING OFF HERE. I WENT TO THE LUGGAGE AREA - AND - NO BAG.!
A GUY RUNS OFF TO FIND IT AND THEN DEMANDS A TIP.
HE GETS A DOLLAR FOR BEING SO CHEEKY.

OUTSIDE THERE IS A TAXI RAMP & THE CAPTAIN HOOKS ME UP WITH A TAXI DRIVER, WHO HANDS MY BAG TO ANOTHER GUY - WHO ALSO WANTS A TIP, ANOTHER DOLLAR. FOR TAKING MY BAG ALL OF 10 FEET TO THE CAB.
NOT THE DRIVER, MIND YOU, THE OTHER GUY.

MAN - THIS COULD GET EXPENSIVE...NOT REALLY!

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THE HOTEL - VERY EXOTIC...

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RIGHT ON THE BEACH...

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THIS COULD BE MORE FUN THAN I THOUGHT...

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THE RECEPTIONIST ARRANGED A TAXI DRIVER TO TAKE ME ON A TOUR AROUND STONE TOWN.

FIRST STOP IS TO VISIT INSIDE THE OLD SLAVE QUARTERS BESIDE THE ANGLICAN CHURCH.

A OLD GUY TOOK ME AROUND THE CELLARS WHERE YOU CAN SEE SHACKLES & INSIDE THE CHURCH. HE HAD SOME INTERESTING & SOMETIMES AMUSING ANECDOTES ABOUT BOTH, NONE OF WHICH I REMEMBER.

EXCEPT, MAYBE, THAT DR LIVINGSTONE'S HEART IS BURIED HERE.
WHICH OBVIOUSLY WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR TONY BENNETT'S SONG - I LEFT MY HEART IN ......

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THE MOSQUE IS NOT FAR AWAY...

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ON TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM - I DID NOT GO LOOK INSIDE...

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DOWN TO THE OCEAN......

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AND INTO THE SIDE STREETS OF STONE TOWN. THE TAXI DRIVER KNOWS LOTS OF PEOPLE HERE & HE WOULD STOP TO CHAT WHILE I FOUND A STEP TO SIT ON TO WATCH THE PEOPLE GO ABOUT THEIR DAILY BUSINESS...

ALL VERY RELAXED. NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE ANYWHERE.
LOOKED AROUND THE FORT.
LOTS OF WALKING AROUND AND GENERALLY TAKING IT EASY.
HAD A DRINK WITH THE TAXI DRIVER AT THE GARDEN OVER LOOKING THE SEA.

THIS IS 2012 - IN 2013 THERE IS THE TERRIBLE INCIDENT HERE OF THE TWO ENGLISH GIRLS HAVING ACID THROWN AT THEM. VERY SCARY I KNOW, BUT I WOULD NOT LET THAT STOP ME FROM VISITING ZANZIBAR AGAIN. BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE. IF WE WERE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM ALL WE WOULD NEVER GET OUT OF THE HOUSE - WHICH IS WHERE MOST PEOPLE GET HURT ANYWAY.

HOPE THOSE GIRLS GET WELL & MAYBE EVEN GO BACK. THAT WOULD BE A FANTASTIC THING.

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AND HEAD BACK TO THE HOTEL...

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AND.....

LOOK OUT,

"HERE COME THE SUN.... DOO DOO DOO DOO"... ( WITH APOLOGIES TO THE BEATLES )

WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE THE CLIP HERE BUT FEEL FREE TO SING ALONG.....

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IT'S THE NEXT DAY NOW AND AGAIN THE RECEPTIONIST ARRANGED A TAXI FOR ME.

THIS TIME TO A SPICE FARM - ZANZIBAR BEING KNOW AS THE SPICE ISLAND.
CLOVES USED TO BE THE BIG THING.

WE AGREED A PRICE BUT THE TAXI DRIVER SAID IT WAS TOO MUCH & GAVE SOME BACK!!!!
AYE, CARAMBA!

I ENJOYED THE TOUR BUT IT IS THE WRONG TIME OF YEAR TO SEE TOO MUCH IN THE WAY OF SPICES. THE RIDE WAS GOOD FUN ANYWAY & HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE YOUR CHICKENS TO MARKET?....

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THEN IT IS OFF TO CAPE TOWN VIA DAR ES SALAAM AIRPORT, THE CRAZIEST AIRPORT IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, PASSING THIS RATHER LARGE LAKE, THE NAME OF WHICH I DO NOT KNOW...

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AND LANDING IN A RATHER SOCKED IN CAPE TOWN

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TO WAIT FOR THE CRUISE TO ENGLAND.....LATER

Posted by hasbeen 04:05 Archived in Tanzania Tagged east_africa Comments (0)

2013 - OCEANIA - DAR ES SALAAM & ZANZIBAR

A CITY DRIVE IN DAR ES SALAAM & A CROSS ZANZIBAR DRIVE TO JAMBIANI VILLAGE & THE SEAWEED FARMING


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DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.

I passed through here last year and it has the most chaotic airport I have ever experienced. Beats Frankfurt even.

Not too much to say about my time here.
We seemed to drive round & round in circles trying to get around the construction that is going on everywhere. That's probably a good sign by not when you are trying to get from A to B.

Did see this in down town though. Not your average supermarket...

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And we went to a place where people were making the stuff to sell to tourists...see the pile of wood on the guys head?


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Some really great looking artwork

This looks like Stone Town to me..

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& we visited a wood carving area .The men sit on the floor holding wood  between their feet while chiseling away. Lots of works goes into all that stuff the tourists try to buy for peanuts. 

The pee stop was at another swanky hotel with a great looking pool

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Sat on deck taking in the harbour life &

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ferries crossing back & forth. They can certainly pack the passengers on board.

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Getting tired now. Two more stops and we get a rest out at sea for 2 days.
Zanzibar up next. I was there last April & stayed around Stone Town & my resort.

ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

THE SPICE ISLAND

This time Sandy & I are taking a private tour across the island to visit a village & see the ladies farming seaweed with a side trip to see the famous Red Colobus Monkeys in the Jozani forrest.

Our day did not start out too well.

The non-English speaking driver kept driving around Stone Town, stopping at various places, disappearing into buildings or talking on the phone.  We had no idea what he was up to but it was enjoyable just waiting, stationary in the car watching the world go by.
Eventually a guy poked his head in the window & started chatting & then to my surprise, gets in the car. Turns out he's our guide. They had forgotten we had a booking & brought this guy in from retirement to guide us. We stop at a market for him to pick up some food for us & finally start to cross the island.

We stop for the guide to go into the bush to show us something - I forget what.

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& then we stop at this place....

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where this lady & baby appear & the guide asks for permission to go round her garden.

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This looks like an overgrown weed patch to me but turns out to have an amazing assortment of spices & herbs

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Close by there were 3 or 4 ladies setting up a little roadside stall with what looked like food so I had the guide take us over for a chat & see what's cooking. Potato stew - I think - too much for me so the driver finished it off. I think Sandy was a little taken aback that I was eating it. Tasted ok to me. Spent a little time with the ladies & their kids & off again only for the guide to realise he had lost his cell phone. So - back to the first stop. No way is he going to find his cell in this jungle but Sandy says it probably dropped out when he reached up into the tree & she suggests he phones his number from another phone & lo & behold, finds his phone.

Back on the road & across the island we get to the beach....

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& a visit to the practically devoid of life, Jambiani village

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where we visit these two making stuff from coconuts. Mother & daughter. Did not think the old lady would be able to get down on that little stool.

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This was being cooked in their place...glad we didn't eat here. A bit too stone age.

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A wander around the village which was still strangely empty of people but did have some livestock..

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Then a quick chat with the local witch doctor - really - he showed us herbs & such that he uses. I think we woke him up so we did not stay long, just in case - ......

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Then back to the beach for the seaweed farming...

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The sticks catch the seaweed as the tide goes in & out.

A Japanese guy introduced it a few years ago & the entire crop gets sent off to Japan.

Someone is making cash out of this but I doubt it's the Zanzibaris.

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Does look nice though..

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 The guide was born in the village so he was saying hi to everyone & they were all smiles to us. We had a meal in a shack with sand for the floor

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then came outside where a few kids were shining up the tree to get our coconut desert. 

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& we really lucked out with the monkeys as soon as we got to the forest.

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and crabs in a mangrove swamp

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We also lucked out with the weather. Others who were at the forest got drenched while we never got wet at all. Except when I went walking out to sea to see the seaweed.

Fairly flew back to the ship as the guide wanted to make sure we made the ship in time. I would not like to drive here. Just hold on & trust the driver.

A good trip but Zanzibar is not everyones cup of tea. Hot & not exactly the cleanest place on the planet. Very Muslim. Very exotic. I like it. 
Wonder how my mum would have liked living there for 2 years. Probably would have loved it.
My dad had an offer to come here when I was about 11, but he declined.

Mombasa Kenya tomorrow, except it's been cancelled. Surprised it wasn't cancelled ages ago but the US state department have just issued an advisory. Pirates? Terrorism? who knows - it's a nice break anyway. 

Awfully tiring all this relaxing.

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