East African Safari

Tour dates: 24 Jan to 22 Feb 2007.
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... and mud continued

Some of our stops got even more spectacular

This is the lorry just after we lost the bull-bars and headlights...

...and here are the said items where they occupied most of the inside of the truck for some weeks.

Still, I think everyone was enjoying it!
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This visit confirmed my feeling that Malawians are some of the friendliest people in Africa.
Here a lady shows us how to sift Cassava.

This is the soaked Cassava being dried.

Here is some being turned into lunch.

Ideally one adds fish.
Here are some dugout canoes, used for fishing.

There are lots of them.
It looks as though making them could be hard work.

Snorkeling in Lake Malawi

We did have a visit to a small island to do some snorkeling.

Fish there were numerous, but mostly very small...

...although there were some larger things in the water.


There are lots of stalls selling hand-crafted ornaments.

Plenty of sellers in supermarket car parks too.


I took this photo soon after we crossed the border.
I soon realised we were in a predominantly Muslim country when someone shouted angrily at me for taking a photograph!

Southern Tanzania has some beautiful mountainous regions.
The road through is good, but lorry traffic can be a problem


We crossed to the island to spend a few days.
Here is the long hot wait to board the ferry.

This is Stone Town, near our hotel.
Photo is taken exactly where there was a power cut as we walked back during a dark night.

Here a boat repair yard.
Most building and repair of dhows is done with hand-tools.

Spice Plantations

We had a very enjoyable visit to the Spice Plantations.
Not exactly factory-farming here!

Our guide showed an amazing ability to manufacture spectacles from banana leaves.

He showed us a huge range of spice plants and other plants too.
The seeds of this one can be used to dye your lips red.

This plant is more familiar.
The central stone is a Nutmeg and the red fibre around it is Mace.

Locals call this twisted palm the "Kodak Tree".
(Because so many tourists photograph it)

I also used the opportunity to sneak a picture of an ox-cart.
They are present everywhere in Zanzibar, but photography is frowned-upon.

Kendwa Beach

We next travelled right up to the northern end of the island to have a "relaxing beach holiday".

We stayed at Sunset Chalets, which is one of the hotels there.
Accommodation is in chalets on the slopes above the beach.

Outside are flowers and Geckos run around the walls.

Our bed was vast and canopied in mosquito net.
Flowers on the folded sheet was part of the service.

Dining and bar areas are on the beach.

There are sun shelters if you want them.

There are dhows on the sea.

One morning we walked along the beach to the South...

...and met a fine collection of crabs living in holes in the sand.

Mikadi Beach

Later we returned to Mikadi Beach before our return to the mainland.
The campsite had some tall coconut trees and a nice line in notices.

The Snake Park

We travelled on beyond Arusha to the Snake Park.
While we ere there it was "feeding day" at the park - a somewhat bizarre experience, but memorable!
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