Wednesday March 6 to Pemba, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar

March 10, 2013 by  

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Depart Ilha de Mocambique at 740am for Dar es Salaam (Place of Peace) airport via Pemba airport in Mocambique and then a third very short flight to Zanzibar both via LAM (Linhas Aereas de Mocambique). We have a 2 night stay right in Stone Town in Zanzibar, site of some fascinating history and culture. Our car trip from Ilha to the airport was a little over 2.5 hours and we were very tightly packed into a small van. Luckily it’s a fun group always a few laughs; everyone is good-natured and appreciative to have this great experience together. The trip was especially hard on Gord (and our other injured members) as he was in the middle seat and squished but others weren’t much better off. Once at the Nampula airport it was a mad dash to find passports, fill in exit cards, ensure our luggage was all there, have the fellows put cords on the luggage to ensure the zippers don’t open in transit (cost 50 local per bag, 100 for our two which is about $3 and we gave $5 USD which is the only currency we had). Dinner is arranged on the rooftop of the Jafferji House in Stone Town, Zanzibar. It is fascinating and memorable to be in this very old and historical city (of 1.2 million) and we are delighted when we hear the 8pm Call to Worship from the several very old mosques (90% of the inhabitants are Muslim, we are told). We are aware that so much history has transpired here over the centuries. We can’t wait to get out tomorrow to see it all in living colour!

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