Africa Overland 2017
Africa Overland 2017
  • Spice Island
    • 22/09/2017
Zanzibar, Zanzibar, a name to conjure with, the island famed for spices, beaches and slavery...
Spice tour was informative walk around an agricultural research centre, smelling and tasting leaves, roots and fruit.
Beaches are sandy, sun is hot, sea is warm and blue, however the beach is also roamed by touts offering snorkelling tours, cruises, etc etc, even some dubious looking Masai with a herd of cows on the beach, also offering boat trips?!? Gift shops abound, full of paintings which, whilst created live on the spot, all follow a handful of presumably popular common designs...

Went scuba diving at Mnemba atoll, first time in 16 months, and due to the choppy weather reducing visibility, not the best. Not the greatest coral either, and plentiful trumpet fish and moray eels OK but not new and exciting.

The capital, Stone Town, is a hugely interesting place with narrow alley ways forming a maze between staunch colonial houses with impressively grand studded doors.
A trip to the site of the old slave market was suitably sobering, the scale of the operations, the brutality and callousness of the "traders", the confusion and suffering of the victims....

Ending the stay on a more cheerful note with rooftop sunset cocktails and a night food market with BBQ meat, Indian somosa, schwarma, and savory "pizza" pancakes.
Early start tomorrow for the ferry back to the mainland and the start of the long drive towards Malawi...


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