Mchanga Beach Lodge
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... choppy so we both sat out the back and enjoyed the
fresh air and waves. The boat arrived in Stone Town where we planned
to stay for a few days. Zanzibar has its own immigration so upon
exiting the boat you have to fill out another immigration form and
clear customs and then you got hassled by touts trying to get you to
stay at places where they can get commission. We knew where we were
going but a tout still followed us. Upon arriving at 1001 nights ...
... 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 ...
'Pole pole' is Swahili for 'slowly' and it is definitely the motto here. Everything happens in its own sweet time. There's supposed to be a saying that Europeans have the watches but Africans have the time. Maybe so, but Tanzanians must also have a lot of patience.
The safari in Arusha was great; we saw zebras and baboons up close, as well as plenty of buffalo, warthogs, colobus monkeys, black vervet monkeys, flamingoes and various types ...
... to decorate classes so had to leave there. Besides that we also did a painting day with the smallest ones! And there were really a lot of colors! Not only on hands and papers but clothes also. We did palm stamps on the paper with colors that kids chose and than attached that to the wall; also writing their names. Was great to see them doing it with passion and they wanted again and again ! Not only kids enjoyed it but principal and teachers as well. Even the schools cook ...
... biggest turtles I've ever seen! We fed them, and since they weren't caged we got to get up right by them! I could have stayed there all day. We watched a couple of them mating too, which was....interesting haha. But they were so amazing, I loved it. There was a little pen for the "teenagers" and a different one for the babies. The babies were tiny! But the teens were still a lot bigger than any turtle I've seen at home. The adult turtles all had numbers painted on their backs, ...