Peponi Beach

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tanga to Peponi

We arrived to a winding down Tanga on Saturday mid day. The streets were just about deserted on the water front where we drew money before going in search of a place to eat. 

"Down Town" was however still a buzz with people everywhere.  We could hardly make head way in the busy streets through the market section of town.  Taking in the sights, sounds and smells proved more than enough to occupy our minds while following the GPS without much thought.  Just about then we were brought back to reality when a cop stopped the car in front of us and then turned to us too.  We were going up a one way street.  Ronald and Rini were right behind us but luckily he was wide awake and swiftly made a turn to go further. We tried reasoning with him (the cop) but he was set on giving us a fine. Ronald came back for us and tried to help out but it was to no avail.  The cop took Carlos' drivers license and insisted we follow him to the “cop shop”.

Not happy with parting with ones drivers we insisted on having it back, this had the cop climb on board with us to take us there himself.  Not knowing how long this will take we told Ronald and Rini to go ahead. We will meet them at Peponi.  It did not take long.  All they wanted was money and after  paying R150 we were free to go.  Better even. The very same cops drove ahead of us to show us to the “super market” we were in search of when we got the fine.  When the first shop was closed they “went the extra mile” and took us to another one.  Thank goodness too, we got there just in time. We were the last shoppers to be let in before they closed for the day. 

That was enough of Tanga for us. We did not even try go find Ronald and Rini for lunch. We made our way to Peponi.  Peponi’s owner is Dennis, an Englishman.  They have been at Peponi for 18 years.  Peponi was a real oasis in so many ways.  Besides the location and safe camping, they have a restaurant that makes the best food I have had in a very long time.  That, together with the company we were keeping, made for a memorable stay.

On the second day Rini and I went next door to buy baguettes. Capricorn is another “resort” but offers only self catering rooms.  Annabelle, the owner, is a delightful lady with a Deli and Boutique on site.  They make clothes on the spot to your requirements as well as sporting a big variety of unique clothing.  Carlos bought two shirts and Ronald and Rini had some items made for then.  They could go pick it up 2 days later.

We ended up staying over at Peponi for 4 nights.  Several other “overlanders” frequent the spot which made for interesting conversations.   
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