Another 4 days in paradise!
22.08.2011 - 27.09.2011
Nicola and I leave for our Cape Town trip at the end of August and I have a few days to use up so I decided to go see Michelle in Dar and then hop on the ferry for a bit of Zanzibar sunbathing and fun!
Back on the bus again to Dar - this must be the 5th time I have done this trip now! The trip is 9 hours, the roads are OK and the coach is pretty comfortable for once! The guy sitting next to me was from Uganda travelling to South Africa where his brother works - he is the youngest in his family and in Africa that is definately the best to be as your family all look after you. His bus journey was going to be a long one through Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique to J'berg - if he made his connections he could do it in 2-3 days.. if not it would be a lot longer - TIA (this is Africa)
Kigamboni - A piece of paradise in the middle of Dar
I arrived in Dar and headed straight to Michelles place - an area called Kigamboni (KB) - a little piece of paradise in the middle of dumpy Dar - it is a small beach island just off from Dar only reached by a very busy buselling ferry. The place is amazing such a different feel to it than the hustle and bustle of Dar.
Michelle met me off the ferry and took me to meet her tailor - she is designing and making some dresses out of the local fabric to take back with her to sell in Australia! Fantastic idea! They look wonderful, the tailor is a lovely local guy and is charging her next to nothing (its a fair local price and he will make a good wage from her for the next 6 weeks) to make these beautiful creations. We then headed back on a taxi motorbike (Tuk Tuk) to her house. She is renting with a couple of other expats for a couple of months - her house mates are lovely and very interesting guys - a proffesor and a guy running a cotton NGO.
While we were in Kigamboni Michelle took me to Mikanda which is a small bar and beach resort in KB. It was a fantastic place, the food was excellant we stayed for the day and chilled out, caught up, planned our trip to Zanzi and swam in the beautiful blue sea!
The next day we left at the crack of dawn to get the first ferry to Zanzi, as we waited for the ferry to leave we went in search of coffee - we asked a local guy who showed us to a man selling coffee on the street - he gave us both a very small cup full and at 6am we sat on the pavement sipping coffee in the dark with a whole crowd of local guys! The ferry over was lovely - it was sunrise when we left and the sky was amazing - actually made Dar look very beautiful - if thats possible?!
It was lovely for both of us to be back on Zanzibar - we headed staright up to Kendwa where we had stayed before - neither of us had rooms but we figured we would easily find somewhere - how wrong could we be! Everywhere was booked up!! Michelle found somewhere for her and her boyfriend Kili and I went in search of something more budget.. I went to ask at Kendwa rocks - who have dorm rooms and they told me that had no space but gave me some other idas. I went all over trying to find places - I rejected one as the shower facilities were disgusting - after no joy I headed back to Kendwa rocks to beg for a room! While I was out looking they had a cancellation so I was in luck - $30 for room and breakfast nice!
That night after a few sundowners - had to be done as Michelle was leaving the next day we headed to Umbrella our favourite local restaurant and had amazing fish - although we waited an eternity for it! The power went out half way which we new would not bode well for our food arriving any time soon!
After bidding Michelle goodbye the next morning I spent the day relaxing running a bit and sunbathing a lot! I had made some friends from England the previous night so I had some people to hang out with at the beach and go to the Sunset party with later! We had dinner that night in a very exclusiv resturant down the beach - it was lovely and I had the most amazing seafood pizza - cheapest thing on the menu!! The sunset party was a lot of fun - I also caught up with some of the local friends I had made last time which as really nice.
On Saturday Nicola - my volunteering friend from Moshi came over from where she was staying on the other side of the island to see Kendwa - the amazing sunsets and come out to the famous Kendwa Rocks party. We had a great time that night, they loved the beach, the local restaurants and the party!
I stayed one more night in paradise putting the final touches to my pretty impressive tan and saying my goodbyes to the beach and all my friends that I had made - I love travelling on your own as you meet so many people that way! The next morning after a run and a swim I took the bus back to stonetown to meet Nicola. We took the ferry back and stayed in dumpy Dar before our early flight the next morning to J'berg and then onto cae town - south Africa.
I am really gutted to be leaving Tanzania - I have had the most amazing wonderful time here but I know I will be back!!!
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