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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. .
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The rooms are spread in the garden, in small bungalows.
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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.
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But the coral here just looks like concrete, and doesn't look like the coral reef that you would expect.
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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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