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Dolphins and monkeys in Zanzibar

days 7 and 10

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Jozani forest

We take a tour to the Jozani forest. It's a very private tour: just the two of us, plus the driver/guide, of course, and a girl who is supposed to be a guide-in-training. We are told that she is a champion sprinter (?). The guide tries to convince us to help her study in Europe. Hum ....
The jungle is beautiful, but the atmosphere is hot and stuffy. And yes, there are Colobus monkeys.
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Nearly no other tourists: they have less than 100 visitors/day.
On the way back, we discuss political matters with the driver ... Zanzibari don't like continental Tanzanians who appropriate all the available jobs on Zanzibar (but maybe the latter do not want to work?) ... Zanzibar is rich enough and could subsist as an independent country ... Zanzibar is a safe place, which should however be avoided on election years (!).

Snorkeling trip

We leave for Kiwengwa, where we take a speedboat. The sky is overcast. It's low tide.
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The start of the trip is very rough, especially whe we pass over the coral barrier. Suddenly, the boat stops: the captain has noticed that there are dolphins around. It's very dificult to take pictures of them, but the video shows them better.
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We continue to the Mnemba island, where we dive and snorkel. The island seems to be beautiful, but is only accesible to guests of the hotel located there. They are definitely very lucky, and also very rich: 1700$/night for a double room.
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Yesterday, I bought a waterproof camera: i.e., a plastic shell housing a single-use camera. I take pictures, and realize that the camera becomes heavy: it's full of water!!! On the way back, new encounter with the dolphins. Some people are so excited that they jump into the water and try to swim with the dolphins, without any success. The boat brings us to Pwani Mchangani, the village with the school, and we go back to our hotel.

Posted by ortho158 08:15 Archived in Tanzania Tagged zanzibar

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