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Zanzibar: the east coast

days 4 to 15

sunny 35 °C
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We stay at the swimming pool, while waiting for our bus. We reach the east coast, and follow a road that gives access to all the hotels. But there is nothing else here: no village, no shops, no restaurant, ... It looks like everything is done to keep the tourist inside his all-in hotel. The hotel is structured as a number of huge huts for the reception, bars and restaurants. .
The rooms are spread in the garden, in small bungalows.
It is very nice, although not as good as the one in Stonetown. The beach is just incredible, with white sand and green water. At low tide, you have to walk a couple of hundred meters, among shallow pools of water, while trying to avoid the sea urchins (and the salesmen) to reach the coral barrier that breaks the waves.
But the coral here just looks like concrete, and doesn't look like the coral reef that you would expect.

There is no private beach, but the gardens of the hotel are a terrific place to relax: you just select your chair, someone brings you a mattress, and then you move your chair under a palmtree for shade. Great!
Dinner tonight is on the beach: good local food, and african dances; the dancers seem to genuinely enjoy it.
Our cellphones do not work here (tri-band mandatory), and the hotel phone is very expensive (6$/min); we'll use the Internet instead.

Posted by ortho158 06:30 Archived in Tanzania

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