Friday, March 18, 2016

Zanzibar, a taste of postings to come...


Our arrival into Stone Town.
We flew Mango, who are the most expensive,
but it is a direct flight.



The Emerson on Hurumzi.
We EVENTUALLY came to enjoy the exercise that these stairs provided.
All 69 of them!
But, what was at the top was well worth the climb...


The bed in our room.
Beds in Zanzibar were specifically designed high above the ground.
For two reasons...
So that a chest could be fitted underneath,
and to stop small children getting onto the bed.
What looks like a sail above the bed is, in fact, an AC unit.
It was to be a life saver, as the humidity during our stay reached 80%


Our first meal at the hotel.
Prawn and pineapple skewers.
Delicious.


In order to get images without being "harassed" by store owners,
I took to going out VERY early in the morning.
This is one of the major intersections that separates Stone Town from New Town.
It was also the only intersection with a traffic light.


Early morning coffee for some of the locals.


Part of the vista from our hotel room.


I am so sad that this building STILL has not been renovated.
It is the House of Wonders, and it dominates the foreshore area.


You HAVE to enjoy a meal in the Secret Garden at Emerson Spice Hotel.
The food and the location are both superb.


The view from the mangrove lagoon where we spent time
during our outing with Safari Blue.


We visited several destinations with Eco & Cultural Tours.
The first was Prison Island, where we were able to interact with
Giant  Tortoises originally brought from the Seychelles


The second was a cultural tour to Jambiani Village
We did try to buy this property...
but although it had a stunning view,
it needed a LOT of repair work.


Some of the local school children on their way home


There are two things that my wife really loves...
Butterflies...


And swimming with dolphins!
And she got to see both on this trip


Most photographs are of the doors in Stone Town.
I decided to focus on the windows!


The local market in the early morning light.


There are 100's of cats in Stone Town.
They seem to be looked after by the local population,
but they are not as "friendly" as the ones we found in Istanbul


Our final night was spent at the Park Hyatt Zanzibar!

We spent a full day with this company,
Dhow "cruise", dolphin spotting and lunch on an island!

We spent most of our time in Zanzibar at this hotel.
In the heart of Stone Town, it has "quirky" decor,
great food,wonderful views and very friendly staff


We enjoyed two meals at this hotel.
A sister hotel to the one that we stayed at.
But a totally different style.


We used this company to organize
the tours that we did during our stay.
Highly recommended.


Our final night in Zanzibar was spent
at this awesome hotel.
A return visit for me.



For getting around Zanzibar,
we used this transfer company.

Images on this trip were shot on
a Canon SX60HS.
www.canon.co.za


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