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    • Day176

      Zanzibar H3

      June 25, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Looking at their FB group, it appears there was a Zanzibar H3 from 2016-2019. Not sure if COVID took the wind out of their sails, or some other reason. We had about 25 hashers invade the island for a PAN AFRICA HASH prelube event, and resurrected the ZH3 for the day.

      Starting from the Voi resort on the eastern side of the island, our 5 km trail made its way through many narrow shiggy dirt trails, on its way down to the beach. From there it was fun in the sun until reaching the over ocean bar for a beer check with a view. We then finished up along the beach back to the resort, and had a lively circle with tons of laughs. A great day hashing in Tanzania.

      Fly the trail along with the hare . . . https://www.relive.cc/view/vwq1BD5YzBv
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    • Day2

      Ankunft auf Sansibar

      October 27, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Nach dem Nachtflug mit einigen Startschwierigkeiten und technischen Zwischenfällen sind wir endlich morgens am Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, auch genannt Kisauni Airport (engl.: Zanzibar Island Airport) angekommen und wurden nach Kiwengwa, im Osten der Insel, in unser Hotel Sultan Sands geshuttelt.
      Auf dem Weg haben wir dann auch direkt unsere späteren netten Bekannten Melanie und Kai kennengelernt.
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    • Day32

      Boxing Day in Stonetown, Zanzibar

      December 26, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      I got up early and packed my things for an early trip back to the historical Stone Town in Zanzibar. My foot was still getting the odd twinge of pain which I will have to put up with for a while. We got on the coach and headed back across Zanzibar through small towns and villages of breeze block and tin roofed houses and people waking up for another hot day's work. The Zanzibar countryside was green and lush after an unusual amount of rain which, luckily, we didn't see in Nungwi. Banana plants coated the roadsides for the whole length of our journey with palm trees rising up behind them. As we headed south it began to shower with rain, but by the time we returned to the agricultural university to complete our spice tour, the heavens had opened into a downpour. We were able to taste various fruits such as star fruit (very sour), passion fruit (texture of snot), jack fruit (mild sweet taste), pink grapefruit (sweet and delicious) and an orange. Next we tried herbal teas such as lemon grass tea which was lovely but ruined for me when they mixed it with vanilla. We also had masala tea which was lovely and spicy with the heat of ginger in it. We were also given a peanut type cake made with raw cane sugar which had a slightly unpleasant burnt taste to me. Then we watched one of the local men climb a coconut tree, performing some acrobatics about 20 metres up while also singing the proverbial Swahili song 'Jambo Wana' which has become a bit of an 'ear worm' on this trip - once you hear it, it goes around your head continually until you fall asleep. We then tasted the coconut milk fresh from a coconut which was lovely and apparently the hangover cure I needed yesterday. We also tried the coconut flesh which I found a bit tasteless and enjoyed less. Fortunately, the heavy rain that seems to fall more on the interior of the island than on the coasts, had abated by the time we got back on the bus to Stonetown.
      We checked in at the Safari Lodge Hotel in one of the warren of small backstreets that make up Stonetown. The hotel had an Arabic feel to it. Our local guide, Patrick, showed us around the town in the port area where there is an old fort built in the 1700s by invading Omani Arabs. He showed us where the food night market happens and the 'House of Wonders' where the first electric lighting in the whole of East Africa was installed by the sultan, We then had lunch in an Indian restaurant and then did some exploring. We visited the fort which has now been turned into an area for selling arts and crafts. It has an outdoor theatre. The tourist information centre is also situated in the entrance and the helpful member of staff told us about the ornate doors carved in wood without hinges and with metal domed spikes in the door. He explained that these were Indian style doors and the spikes would keep the elephants out in Imdia. There are also Arabic style carved doors in Zanzibar. We also visited the local music school who were putting on a concert of traditional Zanzibar music that evening. We then returned to the hotel to rest and get some respite from the intense heat of the Zanzibar sun. Stonetown is definitely a town of faded past glories, with the exception of the old fort, its buildings are in a very dilapidated state and the town is clearly very poor. I was perhaps expecting the legendary Stonetown of hundreds of years ago rather than the town of today.
      After a well needed rest and a cold shower, we headed out to find the old slave market museum situated where there is now an Anglican cathedral. It was about 4.30pm and the narrow streets were bustling with people and children returning from work and school. We walked past mosques with men chanting and praying. It was a fascinating assault to my senses as the Islamic people and culture are so different than in the west. We eventually found the old slave market and were given a informative tour of it by a helpful guide. He explained the horrific history of the slave trade in Zanzibar where 10000 slaves per day were sold in the market and twice a week. They forcibly removed from countries across East and West Africa and transported in horrendous conditions, often dying of disease or thirst on the journey or the packed boats. If they made it to Zanzibar they were kept chained in small chambers up to 50 per chamber all lying on top of each other. They had to toilet in a channel that was washed out by the tide. They also had to throw the bodies of those that died in there over three days with no water or food, into the same ditch to be washed into the sea. Those that survived that were chained to the 'whipping post's where they were wiped to see who were whipped to see who were the strongest and would fetch the highest price. The slave market was overseen and promoted by the Omani sultan and slaves were shipped to the Middle East. The men were often castrated to prevent them having offspring. The women were often raped and of they became pregnant they were killed to prevent them having the child. An Anglican bishop began buying the slaves to free them in the late 1800s which put him in conflict with the sultan who wanted the trade to continue. The bishop enlisted the Bristish navy to force the sultan to bring in the abolition of legal slavery in 1873. However, the trade continued illegally on a nearby island until 1909. An Anglican cathedral was built with the altar on the site of the 'whipping post' to commemorate the atrocities that occurred there for over 400 years. There was also a powerful sculpture in the grounds by a Swedish sculptor showing the African slaves in a chain that was originally used to real slaves. The museum gave more information about the trade. The whole experience was very upsetting but also important to see and learn about. We thanked our guide and gave him a good tip. Later, a very dapper old Zanzibar man with a big smile and declaring himself as looking like the actor Morgan Freeman, showed us some other aspects of the slave trade and said that he had been the guide of the Archbishop of Canterbury on his visit to the Anglican cathedral in 2007 - he was a great character and it was good to meet him at that point to lift our darkened mood.
      The heat and humidity was stifling as the evening approach and I bought a coke to try and quench my thirst and alleviate my dehydration from constant sweating. We walked through more narrow local streets to find our way to a rooftop bar overlooking the sea where we met our fellow travellers for a drink. I had absolutely no appetite for an evening meal due the heat. We walked over the the 'night market's which sets up every evening to sell food from many food stalls near the port area. It was buzzing with local people and life. I managed to buy a 'pizza' of prawns, avocado, onions and assorted vegetables which was then pan fried more like capatti than a pizza. It was tasty but I struggled to force it down due to my lack of appetite. Lauren and rushed across to the school of music as we were already late for the performance of traditional music by the students of the college. We were met by a bright young man who studied music at the college and dreamed of continuing his studies in London. He showed us to where the performance was happening and we sat down on steps as most of the chairs were already taken. The traditional Zanzibar music had a strong Islamic influence and was wonderful to watch and listen to. Two female singers performed in turns with a band of maybe ten players on traditional instruments played behind. One of the women singers was a wonderful singer and a quite mesmerisingly confident performer, bringing members of the mainly white, tourist audience up to the front to dance with her. As the music continued, the more I felt immersed in the musical style and cultural roots from which it comes. It was a wonderful experience and both Lauren and I were very happy we made the effort to go to it. Despite my early disappointment at the worn and faded glory of Stonetown, as the day progressed, I appreciated more and more the fascinating and vibrant islamic culture of the place. We returned to hotel, slightly relieved that we had managed to find it through the warren of streets, and I got another cold shower and settled down for a difficult sleep under the mosquito net, in the oppressive Zanzibar heat, the ceiling fan whirrimg and my foot twinging with an urchin spine stabbing pain every time I turned over.
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    • Day11

      Letzter Tag im Paradies

      November 5, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Den letzten Tag genießen wir noch einmal am Strand, mit Wassergymnastik, gutem Essen und auch nochmal einer kleinen Einheit Planschen im Meer. Dann heißt es aber Koffer packen, denn es geht morgen früh raus...Read more

    • Day9

      Besuch einer Schule und relaxen...

      November 3, 2022 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Heute genießt Mama die wunderschöne Hotelanlage inklusive des Traumwetters...und betätigt sich, wie immer wenn wir keinen Ausflug machen, beim Aquafitness mit unserem Lieblingsanimateur Hussein.
      Vanessa macht einen geführten Spaziergang ins Nachbardorf und schaut sich eine Schule, die vom Kindergarten bis zur 8. Klasse geht, an. Ansonsten steht heute nur Entspannen auf dem Programm.
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    • Day13

      More from the spice farm

      August 9, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      A few photos of our lovely coconut leaved hats etc and a video of one of the guides climbing a huge coconut tree. Very impressive !!
      We left the spice farm around 11am and then went onto a quick tour of stone town. The old part of Zanzibar town which was small streets and lovely old buildings with beautiful carved wooden doors. Decided if we ever came back we would love to stay there instead of our all inclusive resort which is nice but not really Zanzibar.Read more

      Traveler

      Just like that!

      8/11/17Reply
      Mary Seed

      Oliver would be pleased having a hat

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      Mary Seed

      Is this ia new spice girl!?

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    • Day12

      And relax....

      August 8, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Yesterdays trip to Zanzibar was definitely an introduction to African travel. Our so called direct flight to Zanzibar with 12 passengers and one pilot stopped twice before we got to Zanzibar. First at tanga and then in a field to drop off some passengers who got in a 4x4. The final passenger had to sit up front next to the pilot and we were directly behind them. The pilots classic words of "don't touch anything" will remain with me for a while. Still it was interesting and when Oliver needed the washroom in tanga we exited through the door of the cockpit.
      When we got to Zanzibar it was much more populated than the rest of the places we have been. We were relieved to see the sign with our name on in the mass of humanity outside the airport and had an hour drive to our resort. The Neptune resort is all inclusive which makes things easy and appears to be full of Russians and germans. It is lovely to rest by the beach for a day without bouncing around in a truck.
      Zanzibar is famous for spices like cardamom and cloves so tomorrow we are doing a spice tour. However today is just ..... relax.
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      Traveler

      What a great photo!

      8/8/17Reply
      Mary Seed

      Hope the water's warm this time

      8/8/17Reply
      Mary Seed

      I suppose these little planes provide a good taxi service as they can probably land almost anywhere

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      Traveler

      Yeah, I'm guessing you could relax there!

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    • Day13

      What i didn't know about spices

      August 9, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Apparently I didn't know very much about many common spices and really enjoyed the tour of the local spice farm this morning. I didn't know both vanilla and pepper plants are vines, that the mace around a nutmeg is a beautiful bright red colour, and that there are two types of cardamom- one that grows along the forest floor and one that grows upwards.
      Whilst we wandered around with our guide his apprentice made us beautiful weaved hats, necklaces and bracelets from coconut leaves.
      We were worried TSA would not be happy about us bringing back spices so we declined however we did buy a couple of bars of turmeric and vanilla soap.
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      Traveler

      No idea nutmeg looked like that straight from the tree, no wonder people fought to get it 100's of years ago

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      Traveler

      The red around the nutmeg is the mace. Beautiful smell to it and used in Chanel no 5 !

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    • Day122

      ZANZIBAR

      November 4, 2020 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      You guessed right! ZANZIBAR. We have arrived from the main land after 15 minutes of flight. YES! 15 minutes. We needed much longer to get from the bus station to the airport. Crazy.

      Here you have some details about Zanzibar in advance :D

      Zanzibar island itself is approximately 90km long and 40km wide.
      The island’s economy depends on agriculture and fishing. Considerable areas of fertile soil and a favorable climate enable the production of a variety of tropical crops, most importantly cloves and coconuts. Local food crops, such as rice, cassava, yams, and tropical fruit, are also important. Fish is an important part of the diet, and local fisheries employ perhaps about one-tenth of the population.

      And now from our feelings it´s most probably the best we have ever seen. Color of the ocean is turquoise blue and sand is sooo white that when sunshine is shining so that the reflection is really strong in your eyes. You cannot leave the house without sunglasses. We were a bit surprised that around 10 o´clock is low tide and water is so far that you cannot go to swim, but we should not complain anyway as we are in the paradise... right? :)
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    • Day10

      Walk to the village 1

      June 9, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Jeden Montag und Donnerstag wird der Walk to the Village kostenlos vom Hotel aus angeboten. Von einem anderen Hotelgast erhielten wir Süssigkeiten für die Kinder und Stifte für die Schule. Er selbst wollte die Tour nicht noch einmal machen. Betriebsblind wie wir waren nahmen wir die Sachen mit.
      Mit Trinkwasser ausgestattet ging der Marsch Richtung statt los. Nach weniger als 15 Minuten erreichten wir den Ort und waren sogleich von den Kindern umringt. Ein erstes Verteilen von Süßigkeiten artete in Chaos aus. Um die Ecke der örtliche Kiosk. Wer nichts dabei hatte konnte sich hier eindecken. 2 Beutel Lutscher 15$. Ein Einheimischer kann sich dies nicht leisten, sprich der Kiosk ist nur für die Touristen welche wöchentlich von allen Hotels ins Ort geführt wurden. Wir gaben unsere Süßigkeiten dem Tourführer und er brachte nur kurzzeitig etwas Ruhe in die Menge.
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