I'm on my way to Nairobi. I took the ferry fron Stonetown to Dar Es Salaam at 1:30PM and ended up staying at the Safari Inn (7800Tsh single, 13200TSh double). After eating for about $1 a day in Stonetown for about a week due to Barclays Bank UK declining my VISA card for some day and preventing me to get any cash (For the record, as of now there is no ATM in Zanzibar so the only way is to use the cash advance service of Coastal Travels) I decided to treat myself and eat to in a luxury hotel. I wanted to eat real nice food (I am French, right ?)
I have decided to stay a couple more days here in Zanzibar and more exactly Nungwi. Pete from Sensation Divers gave me a good price so that is really interesting. Moreover I found that I can fly for $106 from Zanzibar to Nairobi with Air Kenya making a ferry/bus trip totally useless. Wies should probably join me by tuesday and start her Open Water course (first step to be certified) she will probably stay 2 weeks around Zanzibar and I will probably leave by the end of this week. Note, that it has been raining all night and the day has been cloudy here. Maybe the rainy season is really starting. It is already a month and a half late and I have had excellent weather both in Kenya and Tanzania. Everything has an end.
I have been in Nungwi since yesterday and I like this place. I have been reconcialited with the dives in Zanzibar. I have been diving with Sensation Divers and staying at Amaan Beach Bungalows ($10/night). Here you have a nice visibility, lots of turtles, plenty of fishes and....very nice beaches. This contrast heavily with the dives in Stonetown where I can qualify the dives as 'terrible'. In short the marine life is totally absent due to local fishermen playing a little bit too much with explosives...
After being a tourist for some days in Zanzibar (roughly, doing a Spices tour, seeing Red Colonus monkeys and swimming with dolphins) I moved to the north of Zanzibar in a place called Nungwi. I plan to stay there probably until Sunday and then try to find my way back to Nairobi. I'm hesitating between taking a Kenya Airways flight ($150) or taking the ferry and then a long bus ride (13h) from Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi (all this about $70)
Today I have been going to Kizimkazi to swim with dolphins, this was an interesting experience though I'm wondering what are the dolphins thinking about all this mess. At first we were only 2 boats and it was not too stressfull but not so long after 8 boats were turning around and chasing them to drop the people in the water.
A couple of pictures from the day in Stonetown.
I arrived in Zanzibar yesterday after spending the night in Dar Es Salaam. I arrived from Tanga earlier than expected as it took us only 4h15 rather than the 5h30 expected. Which means that of course we were driving -very- fast and that you'd better not look too much in front of you if you don't want to have an heart attack.
I finally decided to leave to Dar Es Salaam. I will leave in about 2 hours (12:30PM) from Tanga by bus (5h30, 4500TSh). I will spend the night there in order to get some cash for Zanzibar and go to British Airways to delay my flights. As this is a small world, I have just received a mail from Roger and Cheryl (Australians I met in Nairobi, we spent a day in Mount Kenya together) that tell me they are right now in Zanzibar.
I arrived in Tanga saturday around 1PM and found my way to where Wies and Saskia were staying. We went on the beach on the afternoon (sorry guys, no pictures ) and spent the evening at the local swimming club restaurant (good and cheap food !). Overall, Tanzania is cheaper than Kenya for many things (for the records, roughly 1KSh = 13Tsh or $1 = 1000TSh).