So I've now left my wonderful hostel and started my overlanding trip (which is also luckily wonderful).
The last few days were quite intense, but very sweet, I was given a traditional african dress and scarf by Mama Mary when I went to say goodbye to the Special Needs School and all the kids sang me a song. Then when I went to say goodbye to MeruView 2 of the kids gave me goodbye presents (a bracelet and some earrings) and all the kids in my class made me cards which was really sweet.
The trip back up to Dar wasn't the most enjoyable I've ever had (not really helped by the Konyagi night the night before!) An 11 and a half hour trip with a bus that nearly broke down twice and a baby lying on my lap from the woman next to me. Although actually quite sweet but did mean I didn't get to move much. I met Nick without much problem and the next day he took me over to the place where I started my tour and I met some of his friends. When I actually arrived at Kipopoe Beach to meet everyone I found they were all in Zanzibar apart from some of the men staying looking after the truck, interesting but a beautiful beach so worth seeing.
The next day we headed to Zanzibar early the next day where I finally did meet my group (all lovely and mainly English) in StoneTown. Weirdly there's another Eliza on the tour, from Australia, but to avoid confusion we just call her Sheila.There was a slight setback as I hadn't realised I was meant to get my passport stamped (illegal immigrant) but I managed to go back and explain this to a slightly confused man and finally got it sorted. Then we all headed up to Northern Zanzibar and stayed at Sunset Beach resort for the next 3 nights, a very luxury start. Zanzibar was amazing, white sand and clear water, just beautiful. And the restaurants served pizza which was an added bonus! On the second day there we went snorkelling in the Indian ocean a little while along the bay. It was amazing. The boat we started off in looked like something out of pirates of the carribean and after we switched to the speedboat we saw dolphins swim past and flip in the air! We saw lots of beautiful fish, which mainly we identified by their finding nemo names. Then someone spotted some nearby dolphins and we rushed over to see them, and luckily for us ended up being able to snorkel right above them (one swam at me at one point which was a little scary!) We finished up with a delicious beach barbeque(fresh fish and fruit) on this amazing beach. Then we sat and played in the sea. The sand is so soft there that if you press down on it bubbles of air escape, it's like a jacuzzi!
After Zanzibar we headed to Iringa where we stayed in a very nice little campsite with wonderful brownies and hot chocolate and HOT SHOWERS!! Then we crossed over the border to Malawi. In Malawi a few of us did a 30km walk (although more when you include having to walk to the start point) up to the top of this hill to visit the Livingstonia museum which was interesting. On top of this (basically mountain) are all these hospitals and colleges started up by missionaries, pretty amazing stuff.
After Malawi we headed to Zambia which was beautiful. Last night we went on a sunset/booze cruise which was amazing. (Gap yah to the max). We went upstream and could see the water cloud that comes off Vic falls downstream. We also saw some crocs and me and Eliza saw a hippo pop out too although everyone else seems to not believe this to be true for some reason.
So today we crossed over into Zimbabwe and now here we are! As we crossed the bridge between Zambia and Zim we saw Vic Falls, which was an absolutely incredible site.
Lots of love to everyone xxxxxxxxxxxxx