In Warm Water
Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
102Trip End Dec 16, 2010
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Today: 278 km
Total: 20,675 km
The next morning was again an early wake-up. When we left Moshi, we were blessed to get a magnificent view of Mount Kilimanjaro and promptly took some photos before the clouds hid her again from us. We went into town stopping at the artist market and buying some more Christmas presents before going for a milkshake and cake. Then it was time to head towards Peponi Beach Resort. We were excited to be heading towards the sea again, and even more excited to be driving towards the white sands of Tanzania.
We arrived late at Peponi Beach Resort, so only had a chance to set up camp, cook dinner and listen to the sounds of waves crashing over and over. I tried phoning home for my mom’s 50th birthday, but could not reach her, so a belated: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
The next morning we woke up with the water almost right up to our campsite. The sun was coming up over the horizon and the scene was set for a beautiful day.
Bennett and I went into town looking for cheaper internet and some swimming trunks. We caught a lift with a truck heading in our direction. When we reach Tanga, the ‘spietkops’ pulled us over and fined the driver for having too many passengers in the front of the truck. When we finished with our Tanga sightseeing, we decided to rather take a taxi back to Peponi.
We found some cheap internet at the resort next to ours. So all internet business were to be done there for the week to follow.
Later the day we all went for a swim in probably the warmest sea I ever set toe in. I am not kidding when I say it was like sitting in a warm bath. I should also add that the rest of the week the sea was not as hot as that day.
The next day was Tanya’s half birthday, thus we had mieliepap for breakfast. For lunch we treated her for some brownies and ice cream at the restaurant. It took some effort to lure her there, but PB’s ‘it is time for a Tabasamu meeting’, got her to go. When the brownie came with a candle in, I was the only one singing happy birthday, but with my beautiful voice it didn’t matter to me.
That night one employee at Peponi took us to a pub at the back of the village near Peponi. There we had some warm Raha banana beer with the locals. The beer is really potent and goes straight to the head, especially when you haven’t had much to eat during the day. After the drinks we headed per foot to his house, with PB and me ordering another beer each for the road.
At his house he spread out a carpet for us to sit on outside his house, and then served us an incredible dinner under the stars. His kids, with some other local kids as well, stood around us, while we and our host dirtied our hands with the delicious food. Tanya and Bennett shared a lobster, while the rest of us ate calamari, octopus, fish and rice. When we first saw he food we thought it wouldn’t be nearly enough, but we could not even finish everything. With blown up stomachs we made our way back to camp and into bed.
On the 29th it was my half birthday, but the day was spent chilling around. I read my book, and did some sand writing, while the others lazed around doing their own thing. We were left without gas again with the pipe having a leak. This left us with only the element to heat water and some very doggy wood to make fire…. restaurant here we come!!
On Saturday everyone went snorkelling, except for me who had the 24hour flu. A little boat took the four out, with 3 other Peponi guest as well, to a little island called Sand Island. It only appears during low tide. They spent the afternoon there having lunch and seeing loads of different fish and sea life.
After the snorkelling the four came back, showered and then we all made our way to the owner of Peponi’s house to watch the Currie Cup Final. In a really good game of rugby the result went in favour of the Sharks (this is me not boasting), who taught the WP how to play rugby (this is me showing my Pretoria blood and not being humble).
The last day at Peponi was spent planning our trip to Zanzibar. We also took that day to shower and clean ourselves a bit (well, it was my first shower there, and won’t rule PB out of the dirty bunch). The wet weather made for a lazy day and we at least made some kind of fire for the last night.