Travel Blogs from Stone Town
... due to poor weather conditions, though. That just seems to be our luck with boats on this trip. The sky had been overcast all day, sprinkling during our spice tour, but we thought it had cleared up in time for our dhow excursion. The winds were too high and they deemed the sea too rough, however, so it was not to be. It was a disappointing blow, but we recovered and decided to save that money for (hopefully, weather permitting) another sunset boat cruise in ...
... the old town dating back several centuries to Arab and Portuguese occupation and the slave and spice trade. We thoroughly enjoyed going through the shops that lined the narrow streets and did a lot of bargaining for some lovely things. Donna got the deal of the day when she gave an absurdly cheap price for a lovely wooden mask type carving and the fellow accepted her offer. I occupied myself checking out the jewelry stores in the hope of finding a good deal on ...
This morning we got the ferry over to Zanzibar island. A convoy of tuk tuks came to pick us up from the campsite. There wasn't much room on the ferry but we squashed in at the front on the top deck. Arrived just before midday - a two and a half hour journey. We settled into the hotel briefly then went for our spice tour - not what I had expected. I thought it was a tour around a spice market, but it was a tour of a spice plantation. We saw star ...
- Local people always appreciate if you can say at least “hi” and “thank you” in Swahili.
- Karibu! = Welcome!
- Jambo! = Hello!
- Habari? = How are you? -> Mzuri. = Fine.
- Mambo? = What´s up? -> Pwa. = Cool.
- Asante (sana). = Thank you (very much).
- Hakuna matata (matatizo in Zanzibar) = No problem.
- Paka = Cat
- Mzungu = White ...
... to what must be a mosque, before entering a no-mans-land of low coastal scrub before arriving at "our" village.
We stop here to drop off Bonnie's bag for repair at the village boot makers, but it ends up as a while you (we all) wait job, about 20 minutes.
The village is pretty basic, concrete block buildings in crooked streets, not busy, and not too picturesque. We thread our way down narrow lanes to our accommodation, Amaani Bungalows in Nungwi, ...