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THE EAST AFRICAN SERIES, DAY 27&28

Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha – Zanzibar

Arriving into Zanzibar. Another long ass travel day awaited us but hopefully the effort would be worth it as we were now headed for guaranteed nice weather in Zanzibar.

THIS HAD TO BE THE BEST AIRPORT LOUNGE IN THE WORLD

Unlike the other times when we went between lodges, there would be no safari drive and if I am honest I think we were glad because it meant we would be on a properly paved road after just a few hours.

Mt Kilimanjaro

WHERE IS ARUSHA?

Arusha

4-HOUR DRIVE

It’s amazing how you can forget how driving is meant to feel when you have done nothing but drive on dirt roads for the past week but getting on that tarmac felt like an absolute privilege, which I suppose it is in this part of the world.

Also knowing we wouldn’t arrive at the airport coated in dust also helped so we settled down to try and enjoy the ride.

DAILY INFO….

  • FLIGHTS – Arusha – Zanzibar
  • HOTEL – Breezes Beach Bar
  • ATTRACTIONS – Beachtime
  • STEPS – 9,500 & 3,100
  • MILES COVERED – 597.1 miles

CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTRE

Arriving earlier than expected we had 2 hours to kill before check in so we headed to the Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha. When we arrived and realised it was pretty much just an art exhibition I didn’t have high hopes, I’m not one for museums or art.

But…it was surprisingly very good to see some wild and wacky pieces, some as expensive as $200,000! If you ever do come, make sure and check out the bottom floor, I think that’s where they put all the mad shit that would freak you out.

ARUSHA AIRPORT LOUNGE

Back to the airport which was basically just an airstrip and marquee but had the best lounge I have been to. Ok it didn’t have any facilities but you were about 3 metres from all the action and it was absolute organised chaos. Seeing planes coming and going, refuelling, cleaning, it was great to see the logistics of a small airport.

Arriving into Zanzibar

OUR PLANE

As you might have known by our route, we avoided contact with any light aircraft because mum and sister just can’t face it. We were promised this would be a sizeable plane but that didn’t stop vicki looking at every plane that landed with absolute apprehension. As far as she was concerned she would be assuming we were flying in a 1 seater until she seen otherwise. Then look of relief when she spotted our plane coming into land from 200 miles away!

Arriving into Zanzibar

ZANZIBAR

Thankfully the plane was as promised otherwise I have no doubt vicki would have happily made the drive (or walk) back to Nairobi.

We didn’t see too much of Zanzibar as the sun was setting as we arrived but it was off to Breezes for a quick bite and an early night. 12hour travel days are underrated!

Arriving into Zanzibar

  ABOUT ZANZIBAR:
  • Zanzibar is not an island but an archipelago. There are two main islands Pemba and Unguja, which is often referred to as Zanzibar.
  • It is often assumed that Stone Town is the capital of Zanzibar. However, the capital is Zanzibar City, in which Stone Town is situated.
  • Second only to tourism, spice farming is a major part of the island’s economy. Zanzibar is often referred to as the Spice Islands, due to the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper that are grown there.

Arriving into Zanzibar

FINAL THOUGHTS

Great to finally get to a place and know you aren’t on the move for a while. Day 28 was spent doing blog chores and work, always good to have a catch up day.

NEXT UP

Dining at the famous rock restaurant!! Click to read.

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
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This post is part of The East African Series, for the entire series click here or for episode 1, click here.
To watch the video of my trip, head to my highlights on my Instagram.

Question Time

  • Do you mind flying in light aircrafts?
  • What’s your favourite airport?
  • Safari or beach holiday?

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