The Three Sunrises

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Duniani Lodge

Flag of Tanzania  , Zanzibar Archipelago,
Monday, June 7, 2010

Our final night at Ilboru was uneventful and we spent the following morning taking advantage of their internet to do some research and make other bookings. Joseph arrived to take us to the airport and once again it was the happy Joseph. Arusha airport is very small and upon arrival our bags were transferred straight to the only check-in desk and then out to the luggage trolley, meanwhile we sat in the waiting area, browsing the shops and watching the single TV. Once our flight was called we proceeded through security and into an even smaller waiting area beside the tarmac where we watched our plane roll up a few yards way. A short walk across the tarmac and we boarded the aircraft, probably the largest that comes into Arusha holding about 70 passengers. The flight itself was excellent, probably one of the best we've taken the entire trip; smooth, friendly service, free drinks and snacks and only about an hour in length ("Thanks" Precision Air). Zanzibar is quite spectacular from the air, white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise waters.

The only certainty for Zanzibar was our first night’s accommodation and so we made our way to the Clove Hotel hoping that they could give us some advice on where else to go on the island. Lisette (the Clove owner) suggested Kendwa would be good for the kids and so we took her advice, did a spot of internet research on recommended hotels and hopped into a taxi. Kendwa is just below the northern tip of the island, has beautiful white sand beaches and unlike at many of the beaches on Zanzibar you don’t have to wait for high tide to be able to swim. The village and beach are about 2km off of the main road along a bumpy dirt track. The taxi bumped and crawled its way down to the string of resorts and after checking out a few, we settled on Duniani Lodge; a small place with only five bungalows, a good bar/restaurant, lots of bandas and a great location. Having dumped our bags in our room, we quickly donned swimwear and made our way down to the beach in time for sunset and as the kids played in the sand, we sat beneath a banda supping happy hour beers, watching the dhows as the sun dipped below the horizon while chatting with a couple of Maasai warriors – does life get any better than this?

Time flies when you’re having fun and the three days at Duniani seemed to fly by; we really didn’t do very much other than play on the beach, eat, drink, sleep, and enjoy the sunrises and sunsets! Late one evening, after the kids had fallen asleep, we were in the bungalow when we heard a rather loud noise as if something was gnawing on our bed???? Sarah was quite alarmed by this and so Derek was called into action to find out just what kind of creature it could be and take care of it. After removing the bedding and mattress there was nothing to be seen, but still the sound continued….we soon realized that we had a termite (or local variety thereof) inside the bed slats! The owners kindly brought us a new base and having put the bed back together, we climbed into bed and were just dropping off to sleep when the noise started again……aarggh, clearly the little blighter was in the actual frame and not in the slats! By this time though Sarah was now satisfied that it would prefer to eat wood than her and decided to let it be….and as loud as it was, it wasn’t any worse than Derek’s snoring so unlikely to prevent her from sleeping!

The kids had great fun playing on the beach, building Maasai villages from sand, finding shells and following hermit crab trails. As a family we probably relaxed more in our three days in Kendwa than at any other time during this trip. Everyone was a little sad to leave Kendwa, but as our next destination was back to vibrant Stone Town we went happily on our way….
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