Adventures With Nachel

Joined November 2015
  • Day187

    One more beach holiday...

    June 3, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌙 63 °F

    So, we decided to come back to Zanzibar! Yes, it is that great. We wanted to explore a different part of the island so have a few days booked at a bungalow in Nungwi (Kajibange Bar & Guesthouse) with the intention of spending our last few nights in a different town. However, we arrived last night and we like the location and the vibe so much we are finding out if we can stay here until we leave for Egypt.

    Last night we met some of the host staff (Gibson, Christian, and Suleman) and ended up joining them and a Moroccan couple for dinner. Suleman had fetched a freshly caught King Mackerel (pictured) and cooked it for over an hour on the spit above the beach fire. Even Rachel, who doesn't really like seafood, thought the fish tasted amazing! It had just been caught and was absolutely delicious. For anyone coming to Zanzibar, we highly recommend the seafood.

    As a bonus, most of our friends from the safari are arriving in Nungwi today, so we will get to continue hanging out with them! There are plans in the works to do some diving with at least one of our friends in Mnemba which is supposed to be beautiful. We also found out there are some swimming caves/lagoons a short walk from here so we'll head there one day as well.

    For now, though, we are set up on the beach for a late lunch. The tide is in, the view is great, and Kajibange has a collection of friendly kittens and a puppy, all of whom are adorable.
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  • Day185

    THERE ARE LIONS LYING UNDER OUR TRUCK

    June 1, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    Hi everyone! We're back in the land of running water and real beds after five days spent camping in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Our time on safari was INCREDIBLE, spanning amazing natural scenery, unparalleled wildlife viewing, and the best tour group I think either of us has ever been with. There's way too much to give a true play-by-play, so here are some of the highlights:

    *We spent a day touring the village of Mto Wa Mbu ("Mosquito River Town"), meeting the local inhabitants and learning about their way of life. There are more than 120 native tribes living in Tanzania, and nearly all are represented in this village. We found the tour enlightening, learning about their agricultural practices, carving and weaving, homesteading, and enjoyed a delicious local lunch. We then journeyed to the Maasai village on the outskirts, to see how G Adventures is helping the local community through their respiratory health-focused Clean Cookstove project. The Maasai continue to live a nomadic existence, herding livestock and building huts for accommodation. Some of their practices range from uncomfortable to ghastly for westerners (mostly FGM, along others), but we found it valuable to learn about these folks who are the original inhabitants of the wildlife areas

    *Our time in the Serengeti was simply awe-inspiring. We camped under the stars, with the sounds of wildlife ever-present outside our tents. During the day we drove in a modified Land Cruiser with an open roof, following the game across the vast, endless plains. We saw lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffalo, cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, jackals, zebras, wildebeast, hartebeast, Thompsons gazelle, impala, warthogs, vultures, ostrich, hippos, dik dik (miniature antelope), crocodile, vervet monkeys, a serval, mongoose, topi, baboons, marabou stork, a monitor lizard, secretary birds, ibis, crowned crane, pelicans, heron, and vast numbers of other small birds. It was incredible

    *After two full days game-driving in the Serengeti, we spent a half-day driving around deep in the Ngorongoro Crater. This area is known for its saltwater lakes, vast quantities of ungulates, rhinos (which unfortunately we did not see), and hundreds (if not thousands) of migrating flamingos. The true highlight of this experience was when a pair of lions (one male, one female) wandered over and quite literally took a nap underneath the rear of our truck! (Hence the title, pictures below)

    There are just a few photos below; keep an eye out on Facebook for a full album Rachel will post this week. We loved it! (Edit: we can't find the camera connector so it will be awhile.)

    Shoutouts to all of our amazing new friends from the tour: Meg, Donna, Alex, Joe, Angus, Adon, Colin, Kenneth, Emily, Amy, Stan, and Annette!
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  • Day184

    Campfire!

    May 31, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    Just wanted to share a picture of our campfire tonight. G Adventures focuses on sustainable tourism so worked with the conservation rangers to arrange for us to have this fire tonight on the rim of the Ngorogoro Crater. We've had an excellent week with G Adventures in Tanzania!

  • Day180

    Adventures in Traveling #689

    May 27, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    Just spent three hours at the Dar es Salaam airport between flights getting broken pieces of sea urchin spines out of Nick's foot, during which the airport had a brief but total power outage.

  • Day175

    Zanzibari Diving

    May 22, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    Jambo! This afternoon we completed two dives in the lagoon off Paje with Buccaneer Diving. The water was very choppy compared to the calm of Tioman Island, but it was worth it nonetheless. We saw some unique and beautiful coral landscapes more diverse than what we've seen before. Rachel especially enjoyed the sea anemones of many different kinds and colors. We went on the search for seahorses in a sandy plain with some intermittent seaweed, and we saw three of them; that was so cool to see them in their natural habitat. Another highlight was seeing a sizeable octopus hiding in a hole in the coral; it was changing colors between dark and light, presumably in an attempt at camouflage. Nick also spotted a ray that quickly fled when it realized we were getting nearer. Also interesting were lionfish and some very small and very colorful lobster type animals. After the dives, we joined the Germans from our dive trip for beers and dinner, and we had an enjoyable evening exchanging travel stories and cultural perspectives.

    We are currently scheduled to dive again on Tuesday, but if the water remains this choppy the guide said they would be doing the same two dives. If that's the case, we wouldn't want to do these dives again in the same weather so are talking about a day snorkel trip to Mnemba Atoll, where everyone tells us you can see amazing things from the surface. Tomorrow, though, is the last mostly sunny day on the island so we're going to enjoy the sunshine on the beach!
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  • Day172

    Paradise (again)

    May 19, 2016 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌬 86 °F

    It's starting to feel like we're bragging about all these beautiful beaches we're getting to go to. But, here we are again, on a nearly deserted beach. This time on Zanzibar. We arrived late last night and discovered that low season is basically empty. There have been other tourists around, but they are few and far between. We found one restaurant open for dinner last night and there was only one other family there. Rachel tried the ugali with curry, a traditional Tanzanian dish eaten by hand. Nick had the chicken masala, of course. Here's a picture of today's paradise, Nick the cat whisperer, and the plane we took here. Hope you all are enjoying the warm weather as well!Read more

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