We arrived in Dar late after our bus from Arusha found a nice cheap place to stay and had dinner at Jambo Inn another good curry. That night at about 3 in the morning we were woken by a generator for the car park next door electricity had stopped again. The noise was unbearable went down to see if we could change rooms we could not at about half four it stopped and we managed to sleep. The next day we wandered around Dar. Not a lot to see went to the very underwhelming botanical gardens. We did buy a book and a tickets to Zanzibar for tomorrow. People tried to scam us when we were buying the tickets but got them for the correct price from the counter. That night went to a very nice Lebanese restaurant then an early night.
No electricity cuts day so leaving our big bags behind headed off to Zanzibar for a week. The ferry was a gentle ride across in Stone town we went to find a dalla dalla so we could get straight to Kendwa beach. A persistent taxi tout eventual wore us down with a very good price and we were quickly on the beach. In Kendwa we were staying at the cheapest place on the beach but it was very nice just a banda on the beach. The banda was just a couple of mattress in a thatched hut but they were literally on the beach a hammock outside and then the sea. We spent our first day on the beach relaxing had food at our little beach side restaurant very good food this week was going to be good. Later that night we went down the beach to where the GAP group was staying as it was Amy's birthday had a few drinks, then a few more, then went skinny dipping in the sea. Very refreshing.
Next day we did very little again relaxing is very easy. We did head down the beach to say good bye to all the GAP group. We booked a trip snorkelling the next day with Brent and Kathy to Australians staying at our place to make sure we did something.
The snorkelling was good fun lots of fish, my favourite was a stingray type one with very blue spots on it. Also lots of very colourful starfish. The snorkelling was by a private island rumoured to be owned by Bill Gates. It was a six hundred dollar fine if you went on the beach. We stayed around the coral. For lunch we went to another beach on the way we saw a small pod of dolphins very good to see them. Went for another snorkel from the beach not many fish but a few very beautiful starfish and a few spiky sea anemeis near the boat very careful when putting my feet down. I felt a little burned on the way back, by the evening it turned out my whole back was burnt. I think Brent was even more burnt than me.
We needed money today so I headed into Stonetown leaving Keeley to relax on the beach. There is nowhere to get money out in Kendwa or around. On my way to get the dalla dalla I was picked up by a van working for one of the big resorts who took me into town for two dollars. In Stonetown got out the money and decided to head to a museum as it had taken me an hour and a half to get in and did not want to do nothing. The museum was called the House of Wonders it was a very good well thought out museum. Heading back to Kendwa I got a dalla dalla that was very crowded but took only a little bit longer than coming into town. Spent the rest of the day yes you got it relaxing on the beach.
This morning we had to leave our banda and go into a bungalow as all the bandas were booked up. It was nice to spend sometime in a double bed with a fan and a private bathroom. I spent the day in the shade protecting my body. Keeley had a henna tattoo and her hair plaited which took most of the day. She had wanted both since Kathy had them done a couple of days ago.
We tried to walk over to Nungwi beach to go to the aquarium but the tide was to high. We went back picked up Brent and Kathy and got a taxi. During negotiations Keeley ended up locked inside a taxi with us outside. Once a price is agreed with a taxi you get it, Keeley was freed and off we went. Nungwi village was bigger than I thought it would be. It was interesting watching the local Dhow builders as we made our way to the aquarium. The Aquarium was not really an aquarium at all but a turtle sanctuary. You got to feed the turtles and even pick up some of the smaller ones they were very heavy. It was good fun. The walk back was bit of a wade up to our waists but we made it camera intact. Last night on Kendwa we had a really good time the people at our place were great as was the food.
On our way to Stonetown with Kathy and Brent we had a spice tour. This basically involved going to a spice farm. It was quite interesting and a kid made us where things made out of banana leaves.
Keeley and Kathy had a ring a hat a necklace and a bag. Brent and me had a hat and a tie. We all looked a sight. The tour was probably a little pricey but ended up in Stonetown. We wondered the streets of Stone town much more interesting than Dar. The building all very close and lots of amazing door carvings. For dinner we headed to some gardens where lots of stalls were cooking good cheap food.
In the morning went back on the ferry a bit rougher than the crossing here. Kathy was outside throwing up, one of the guys spotted people being sick and shepherded them outside not an enviable job. Another day to spend in Dar, I went to the Museum not up to much but did have a bike made entirely out of wood including the chain out of bark. Mbeya next then onto Malawi.