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Fiona We set off on the early morning ferry to Zanzibar which we were sharing with, among other things, a double mattress, a coffin and rather a lot of (living) people. We managed to get seats on the top deck though and it was a really lovely crossing. The water looked amazing and the weather was perfect. We decided to stay in Stonetown, the main …
... roof and read our Thailand book. We had to check out of our room at 10am, and our flight was not until 4.30pm. So we spent the morning sitting around the hotel watching tv. We got a taxi to Zanzibar airport which was even worse than prestwick! The check in desks were outside! We got in to the departure lounge and could see all the planes, which were absolutely tiny. We sat worrying for a bit that we would be on them but thankfully our plane was a bit bigger, although it ...
... and bicycles. It's a very lively town, to say the least! All the locals greeted us with a very friendly "jambo" (Swahili for hello). We had only been walking for a couple of blocks when a man came up to us. He wanted to be our guide and after some bargaining we agreed that he would show us all the important sights. We took his asking price down from $15 to $6, so it seemed like a good deal ;-). He called himself "captain". We were happy that we met ...
... the little beasties travel to avoid predators. After looking at another dizzying array of plants that I thought only existed on the telly, we met a family of Colobus monkeys, with their characteristic red backs. Like their cousins, homo sapiens, they eat everything - their name locally is 'tree poison' and with good reason. We saw the remains of last year's planting of 50,000 almond saplings (barely a plant surviving) and the remains of numerous aged mango ...
I am not sure how to blog about Zanzibar without feeling quite self-indulgent. I suppose it would be akin to blogging about a beach holiday in the Caribbean- with a few twists. But because no one really wants to read about a beach in excessive detail, I will do my best to focus on the aforementioned "twists" rather than the predictable descriptions of a beach break.
Well, our journey to Zanzibar itself warranted the paradise awarded to us upon arrival. We left our awful camp ...
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