Tobias Riedle

Hi, I'm Tobias, traveler, fan and founder of FindPenguins. Never ignore wanderlust 🌅🌍🌏! Feel free to contact me for feedback and ideas:
Living in: München, Deutschland

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  • Day55

    Not long ago we arrived at this place called „Africa“ not knowing what to expect. Now after 2 months of slow travel, hundreds of local buses, good and not so good local food and after meeting and sharing experiences with a lot of locals, it feels different.

    We had a truly great time, we felt welcome everywhere and haven‘t really crossed any criminality (well, apart from the one incidence in Nairobbery).

    We‘ll definitely go back one day, “Asante sana” to Kenya and Tansania.

    Our last 3 days we spent in Paje. It is the place we liked most on Zanzibar, that is why we returned to our beach front bungalow and to our Maasai friends.

    It felt good to be back at a place we already know!

    We did some Kitesurfing, had more coconuts and a lot of time to work on our tan ☀️🌴.

    Now cold Germany is calling and we are happy to be back in about 12 hours. Cu 🤙
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  • Day51

    Looking for the last destination of our trip, we went to Kiwengwa, where we found a lovely little place called Bahati Villa.

    However we ended up staying only one night here, partly because this place gives you the feeling of being in Italy. The Masai and coconut boys here all speak close to fluent italian and the general greeting on the beach is “Ciao, come stai” 🤔

    Still it was worth coming here, as there was a wedding happening on the property next to ours. The moment the music (and party) started, all the nicely dressed mamas with headscarfs started twerking, alone, together, on the floor, together on the floor or other very obvious positions 🐩✌️. How fun to watch, too bad we didn‘t have a camera with us!

    Of course we had pizza and pasta for dinner ✌️🇮🇹
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  • Day49

    2 days Nungwi at Makofi Guest House.

    Compared to the rest of Sansibar, Nungwi is full of tourists, with solid hotels right at the beach front, but all in all, there still weren‘t too many people around.

    The beach is nice and not tide effected, swimming at low tide is possible 👍.

    We went to a turtle rescue place and had a nice candle light dinner with a table right on the beach!

    Oh, and all our spread out luggage was moved from one room to another after the first night - without our knowing or presence!? 😳Read more

  • Day48

    Because we spent a long time at the beach already, we decided to go back to Stone Town and to do a cooking class.

    We went shopping at the market, then took a Dalla Dalla to a spice farm, had a quick spice tour and then started preparing a fish curry, a vegetable curry, pilau rice and chapatis (watch out friends, next time on a dinner invitation, you will get African food and fresh chapati).

    Awesome experience really!
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  • Day46

    Today we went snorkelling to the so called “Blue Lagoon” on Zanzibar. It was amazing snorkelling in very clear waters with lots of smaller fish and colorful corals. I can really recommend it 🐠🐟!

    It is best to go at low tide, a boat is not really necessary to reach the spot (it is really close to the beach). Nevertheless we did hire a mango tree dhow from a local fisherman and sailed there.

    Our perfect little day trip ended with a yummy octopus mango avocado salad 👍
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  • Day45

    Michamvi is very chilled out, there is not much going on and a lot of places are Bob Marley style.

    We stayed in Mpole Guest House, had a nice room and a huge breakfast. The beach is only a few meters away and a nice sunset view bar is also around the corner.

    We spent most of our time with Thomas & Dorit, a couple we met in Paje and who originally told us about this place.

    Thomas twice bought fish, octopus, calamari, crab, shells and even sea snails 🐌 from the local fishermen and we cooked it on our camp fire 🔥, very cool and apart from the snail, very yummy!Read more

  • Day41

    Zanzibar has no whale sharks, but there is a dolphin tour. We have never been in the water with dolphins before, so we booked it, although suspecting, that this is gonna be a different experience.

    The whole tour is very stressful, surely by far more for the dolphins than for us. The dolphins hang out at the bottom of the ocean waiting for the boats go away. But they need to breath. So when coming up to the surface, about 10 boats speed towards them, even encouraging the swimmer to touch the animals!! 😡

    It is always nice to see dolphins, but this wasn‘t a nature experience, a strong gasoline flavor in the ocean water did the rest for us...
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  • Day40

    White sand, colorful skies, a nice Bungalow, Masai beach boys, awesome fish currys and masala chips, oh, and Konyagi nights ✌️. These things explain or 5 nights in Paje quite well.

    Very strange things however occurred to the soap in our bungalow. First night, while sleeping, two packs of soap right next to the sink simply disappear! We didn’t really have an answer to this, the monkeys, that come to our roof at night, have no way in. We get a new soap and take very good care of it. But two days later, after we return from a local bar, the soap is gone AGAIN! Creepy sh*t. The next morning we find out, that the rats or rodents sometimes eat soap 🐀😳??

    In the mornings, we do some work (Christmas is coming) and in the afternoons we hang out on the beach, playing soccer or ring toss with the local masai boys. There are a lot of Masai guys here, selling their jewelry on the beach. Almost all are really nice and we are having good times with them. We also see them doing their Masai dance and jumping. Cool stuff!
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  • Day38

    Sitting next to the pilot in the airplane of Coastal Aviation, we landed on Zanzibar, our last destination of this trip.

    First location, Stone Town. With its narrow streets it is a little bit like a maze, a pretty place, but also a pretty touristy place!

    Here we see more Mzungus (white people), than at any other place on our trip so far. However for us, it was quite refreshing, to meet fellow travellers. We didn’t mind at all. By coincidence, we met 2 Greek friends, we knew from Nicaragua 3 years ago.

    Best thing about Stone Town: Food! Generally Africa hasn’t served us the best food, but here things are changing. We love the Zanzibar kitchen, the Biryanis, the curries, the spices, ... it is so good, that being full after a meal sucks 😲!

    We were staying 2 nights in the Jambo Guest House, then took a Dalla Dalla to the beach.
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  • Day35

    Today we redid the whale shark tour and the experience was better than the time before, it was a sunny day ☀️!

    If it’s sunny, the visibility under water is generally better and we also like the sun 😎. But apart from this, the plankton is attracted by light or the sun, so it comes closer to the surface. Because whale sharks like to eat plankton, they also do come up to the surface and therefore we could see them better (and we are sunburnt now).

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  • Day33

    For 2 nights and 2 dives we went to Utende, inside the Mafia Marine Park. The entrance fee for the park is $24pppn, so it is not the best place to spend, if you are on a budget.

    We stayed in a tent in the Big Blu, which was really comfortable for a tent and the food was very good.

    The first afternoon we did a little tour to ruins (which we weren‘t really interested in) and to a blue hidden lagoon full of jelly fish and with crystal clear water. There were a few jelly fish and a lot of natural waste floating on the surface. It was nice, but not quite what we expected.

    The next day, we went diving - and we hadn‘t done this in about 5 years. After a quick refreshment we dove through very pretty corals with lots of tiny fish, even saw a turtle and some hidden rays. The visibility underwater however was pretty bad, again a bit unlucky, but really cool do be diving again after such a long time ✌️.

    That‘s already it, out of the park and back to Kilidoni.
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  • Day30

    Today we did a bucket list kinda thing: Snorkelling with whale sharks 🐋🦈✌️

    We took a Afros boat out in the morning (with 4 customers and 4 staff) and although the conditions were far away from optimal (cloudy and windy) we quickly discovered our first whale shark about 1km off the coast.

    We all jumped in and tried to follow the shark around, which is not always easy, especially if it swims quite deep (like this one). After a couple of minutes we were really exhausted, gave up and returned to the boat.

    We did this a couple more times and after the shark disappeared, another boat found an even bigger whale shark with about 6-8m length - nobody really knows exactly.

    Same procedure!

    Because of the cloudy weather, the sharks didn’t come to the surface, maybe a little downside of the day. Apart from it, we all had an amazing experience - an experience that is harder and less relaxing than we’d expected in the first place (the whale sharks are moving quite fast)!

    We‘ll definitely go again on a sunny day 😎
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