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After leaving Mwanza we took a short
cheap flight (£35) to Dar Es Salaam to avoid the 14 hour bus
journey. We arrived late at night and stayed at Safari Inn which was
cheap and cheerful. The next day we briefly walked around Dar (Not
much to see) before boarding our 2 hour Catamaran to Zanzibar. The
boat we booked through was Azam Marine and cost $35 each. This was a
brand new fast catamaran which had European standards :-).
It got ...
... quite well, as we had a man helping us by fussing and getting us to cut the queues! Not only did we stand out because we were quite obviously foreign, but we were now pushing in front of others!
The boarder is approximately a mile long and so when we walked outside the building of where we paid for our visa, and seeing our bus drive off down the road wasn't the most reassuring thing! But for some unknown reason still to this day, they drove all the way down to the gate ...
... every interaction tainted by money, because every single transaction involves haggling to avoid extortionate overpricing. I don't like feeling like I can't trust anyone in case they are trying to scam me, because they very often are. But it's worth it, because the country is stunning.
Yesterday we took the ferry to Zanzibar, which has a very different feel - much more chilled out and friendly. Our budget hostel has a roof terrace with ...
... story to 10 different people :) Must-do in Zanzibar!!!
After arrival in Paje we started looking for a place to stay. As usual we were being followed by local guys. We went to several different resorts or hostels, quoted in all of them and finally decided to stay in quite a cool hostel called Original Teddy“s Place. The hostel was located directly on the beach. It provided a great view of the Indian Ocean. It was very calm and empty.
There was another ...
... It was awful.
Michael disappeared, leaving the prawns frying so your hero jumped into the breach and finished the cooking and got them served before Michael returned.
It was a relief to get out into the fresh evening air.
For our final evening we decided to go for the regular buffet with all the other guests. After we were entertained by Maasai warriors doing their Lion dance again before flogging us more tat at inflated prices.