Stonecity, Zanzibar

Trip Start Jun 05, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Flag of Tanzania  , Zanzibar Archipelago,
Sunday, June 17, 2012

Woke up around 6:00 and took some pictures of the ocean and how close our tent was to the water.  We prepared for a 7:00 am breakfast.  We didn't have to flap the dishes, as they will dry at the camp.  We boarded the truck and it took us as close to the ferry as it could.  We walked a few hundred meters and waited for the small ferry.  We were the last ones on the ferry because Victor told us it was safer that way.  Apparently pickpockets are not that uncommon.  The ferry was only about 15 minutes long and cost 200 tsh.  In otherwords, we could but 7 tickets for less that $1.  The newspaper was 500 shillings and the bathroom was 200 tsh.  The we walked about a kilometer to get to the large ferry that would take us all the way to Zanzibar. It was hot and we were carrying our luggage for the next three days, and it wasn't that safe of an area to be walking.  The big ferry was $35 each way, so MUCH more expensive, but it was a very nice boat.  Dar es Salaam has a very modern looking skyline compared to Nairobi.  There are lots of boats, from wooden dugout canoes and wooden boats all the way to huge freight ships from China.  Dar es Salaam has a population of about 3.5 million people, most of which are Muslim.  The people wear very brightly colored smocks and head scarfs.  We got off the two hour ferry ride, got passport stamps, met our local guide and he showed us to our hotel.  We checked in then had the afternoon to explore.  We found a little spot to eat, Miles ordered a chicken sandwich and I had beef although it wasn't very good.  It included fries and we got a drink and it was only about $7.40.  We looked at shops and Miles got a white Adidas Zanzibar shirt, we got post cards, spices, magnets, bottle opener, soap, etc.  We walked along the water and enjoyed our time.  Around 4:15 we went back to the hotel to rest and fill out the postcards.  We were supposed to meet the group at the Africa Hotel at 6:00.  During our outing we also found internet.  Miles used 30 minutes and I used 37 minutes and it only cost us about 67 cents.  What an amazing deal!  We hung out at the African Hotel for awhile, watched the sunset over the water, enjoyed good conversation with Ernie and Marlene, then headed to the night market at Fordoham Park.  There was every type of seafood imaginable on the tables.  They had calamari, octopus, lobster, prawn, shark, white tuna, and much more.  Miles got calamari, blue marlin, and white tuna for 12000 shillings.  We all had the pressed sugar cane to drink.  It was much better tasting than I thought it would be.  Ernest got his "chips" and Marlene got maiza and a falafel.  I had a tomato and cheese Zanzibar pizza and a banana and chocolate one too.  I tried the beef samosa but it was way too spicy.  I tried to see if there was a poor person who would want it, but the power had gone out, so it was hard to see anything.  I threw it away and within 30 seconds someone was over digging it out of the trash to eat. Ernie had to pay 5000 shillings for some french fries, but while I was waiting in line for my pizza I asked the booth next door how much fries were and the guy told me 2000 shillings.  I told Ernie that there was a booth that was selling fries for 2000 shillings so he went and ordered some and came back and said that he was charged 5000shillings.  Of course, I could not have that. Those people are so slick!  None of the prices are posted so they just make up a price and I hate that.  I went over and told them they lied, and that I wanted the 3000 shillings back, and I stood there until I got Ernies money back!  We walked back to the hotel and let our food settle for awhile.  We used the internet for 30 minutes, got a Pepsi (it does not taste like US Pepsi), went back to the room and went to bed.
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Mom on

Glad you got to have some free time! You were on a ferry on the Indian Ocean! WOOT! Can't wait to hear of your scuba diving experiences and the night market foods will be interesting, too!

Hope you had fun exploring on your own for awhile!

P.S. I will forward blogs to the person you asked me to!

Lots of Love,


Mom on

Foods definitely sound "interesting"! lol! Thanks for updating!

Tuek Newby on

Hey guys - sounds like you're having an awesome time. I just bought my plane ticket for East Africa this past week so I'll be there for a month in December. I hope you guys can give me some pointers on certain things that are a MUST. Can't wait to see all the photos!

sciencefun on

So happy to hear that you will be coming here. We will have to talk before you make all your plans. There are many amazing things. I know there are a few places that we have been that we wish we could have stayed longer. We get back July 10th, and will have better internet access then :)

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