A Toast at the Coast
Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
15Trip End Jun 25, 2009
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We met another tourist from England and a couple of guys, one English and one South African, who were working on building a new ferry, on our first evening
The second trip, which was billed as a day of sunbathing, snorkelling and fishing for tuna, sounded amazing…. We struck out for a tiny sand bank island at low tide as it gets completely submerged at high tide. One of the lads is a big surfer and spotted some breakers on the other side of the island, so he dropped us off and headed with the local boat driver to see if the surf was any good. After about an hour we received a phone call that the local driver had let salt water into the engine and they were now stranded! Fortunately there was another group of tourists on the island and they were able to rescue them and give us a lift back – and that was that, no snorkelling and no fishing!
The nearest big town to Pangani is Tanga and, as we needed to get some supplies we decided to head there for the day and check out some local caves while we were there. Amboni caves are very beautiful, formed from limestone and have a number of local tales and superstitions linked to them!
About 80km south of Pangani is Sadaani National Park, the only park in Tanzania to incorporate the coast line. We decided to visit the park and stay in the reserve for one night
We’d been told of a reasonably priced beach resort close to Pangani and decided to check it out for a couple of nights before heading back inland to the mountains. Peponi beach resort is lovely (Peponi means paradise in Swahili!) and we rented a tent pitched under a bamboo shelter. The resort has its own dhow and run daily snorkelling trips which we took one day and although we got rained on as the boat left the resort, the weather soon cleared up and we had a great day snorkelling around the reefs and then relaxing on another sand-island. That night we shared an enormous sea-food platter and a cheeky glass of vino or two as we realised it was exactly one year till we tie the knot!
So what’s next? Lushoto is in our sights, a mountain town surrounded by thick rainforest, a real change from the parts of Tanzania we’ve seen so far!