Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar

We had a wonderful few days on the coast near Pangani and had a bit of a treat in the Capricorn guest house. We barbecued every night on the beach.

Prawn, crab and steaks. We went out on a dhow for a day with Bruce and Madeleine and did some snorkeling on the reef.

Water was a bit cloudy but a great day in the sunshine.
We then headed south to Dar es Salaam stopping off to see the Livingstone church in Bagamoyo and saw some of the very poignant signs of the slave trade, sadly the woman’s craft center was a bit of a disappointment unless of course you are a fan of assorted concrete heads!
Bruce and Madaleine left us after two very exciting weeks spending the last night in the 5* Movenpick hotel whilst we scuttled off to Mikadie beach campsite!

We arranged a few days without the van in Zanzibar ( leaving it with Lucio at Mikadie Beach along with several large overland trucks) and visited Stonetown we stayed in a backpacker hotel and splurged on Lobster and wine on the beach…. bliss! We had a fascinating full day looking at Spice plantations. clove, vanilla, pepper ( did you know that black, red, white and green pepper all come from the same vine?) turmeric, cardamon, cinnamon ( did you know that the root of cinnamon is the source of camphor?)

Harvesting the cinnamon bark

We saw the site of the old slave market now the Anglican Cathedral Church of Christ with its red flecked marble floor where the whipping post was sighted… its memorial statues

and the “slave pens” and spent hours walking the atmospheric streets.

and markets.

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