Zanzibar Retreat Hotel
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It is only 25 minutes driving from Pongwe to Matemwe, but the place is totally different. The beach here is one long white stretch, very nice as well. The little hotel is very nice and staff is very friendly. And the even have a happy hour from 4:00pm to 6:00pm (yes, you are allowed to start at 4:00 here, yayyy!!). So of course we are going to …
- 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 ...
... I was in luck and after only fifteen minutes a slightly sleepy Captain was raised from his slumber to act as my interpreter. I then found out I could not get to Pangani but they could do Mykweba. Now this place didn't even register on the lonely planet map let alone give any idea on what options I might have there. So in short it was perfect. We then started on price, they at first suggested $40,000 to which I replied $5,000 which they were a bit shocked with but ...
An early start - left john in bed to go up to the dive centre to get kitted out for snorkelling at 7.15. Boat left the hotel jetty at 7.45 to catch the high tide.
14 in total on the boat - 6 diving, 2 snorkelling, 4 instructors and the boat drivers. We were taken out in ...
... the shade of trees and buildings . Stone Town, in the 1860's, was the port from which slaves were transported to various countries. This ceased around the 1890's but the images still remain. We took a tour of where the slaves were held and traded and the subsequent building of an Anglican church and monastery on the site. Come sunset we were seen sipping cocktails on the balcony of the ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet