We stayed at Tembo hotel, a beautiful place with a pool and wonderful breakfast buffé.Since we came here straight from Kilimanjaro we were tried, dirty and fascinated by the fact that we had real toilet. I’m surprised that we were alowed to fly to Zanzibar and that we were allowed to check in into the hotel. We were stinking! One week climbing up to Kilimanjaro with no showers, imagine that. But we were allowed to check in anf take a hot, nice hower. Life was good.
The town was very sympathic. We wandered around, exploring the narrow streets. We visited many shops, talked to people and walked, walked, walked. The narrow streets hide surprises everywhere. Cute shops, small cafés and very nice atmosphere.
One thing that we noticed were signs. Almost every place had at least one. Big and small. There were wonderful hand-painted sign everywhere. They were pretty and ugly at the same time and very genuine.
We also found a school that we visited. The kids were very cute. We talked to the teachers and kids said in one voice “Good morning visitrs! How are you visitors!” There were both very young kids and older students in the school.
Food and drinks is another story, even better. Seafood everywhere and very fresh. I was in heaven. We also visited the Mercury’s Bar. Freddie Mercury was from Stone Town and had a bar here. The bar still exists and server drinks, good food. Of course it’s touristic, but it’s OK. We enjoyed it.
And one day we got a little surprise, a vision of the future. My friend and I were siting, drinking coffee and into the restaurant came two older ladirs. One was dark-haired and looked pretty muck like me, theother one was readish-haired and looked just like my friend. They looked just the two of us, 50 years from now.
Since our place, where we stayed didn’t have place on the beach we sat down under some shady umbrellas that belonged to some other place. We figured that if they don’t want us there they will tell us to go and we will. And soon after we arrived a big “”Mama” came out:
T the end of the trip we also went snorkling at the Prison Island outside the Stone Town. The snorkling was good.Maybe even better than diving. Almost at least. I got a snorkle that was leaking, so water sipped in and I got more and more in my mouth for ebery breath that I took. It was a challenge to continue, but I made it and afterwards it was fun.
How about Prison Island?Prison Island was, once, a prison. It almost like Alcatraz or Robin Island. It’s an island meant as prison. Pretty close to the cicilization and yet, so very far away. I wonder how it felt to be prisoner here? Once upon a time someone imported small turtles from Galapagos. Well, giant turtles, but young. They grew bigger and stayed on the island. Now the island together with the turtles is a tourist attraction.nt turtles from Galapagos. The island is beautiful and it was cool to see the giant turtles.
Last but not least we visited a jungle on Zanzibar.We walked around with a guide who poited out different creatures, plants and told us different stories of this region. The guide was good until he started to tell us about voodoo in the forest. It was still OK, but it got a bit funny. Maybe I should be more scared?
We saw also mangrove part of the forest and climed on the roots. Pretty strong roots.The wateer was not to high, so climbing on the roots was possible.
And finally we saw the red Colubus monkeys. There are not many places that you can find them, abd this is the only on Zanzibar. They are very cute creatures, looking like they all were having bad-hair day. They come very close.
Zanzibar was a wonderful place. Very nice people, sunny beaches, happy kids, wonderful food, you name it!. Stone town was a very special place as well. The island belongs to Tanzania, but could be an own country. It feels different and someway independent. I liked both Zanzibar and Stone Town. The whole Tanzania as well, by the way.