The Island of Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Above Photograph – a beachwear fashion shoot on Kendwa Beach, Zanzibar
I wrote the below on my final visit to Tanzania, which was supposed to last three days but turned into three weeks.
Unable to face the prospect of more nights in my hotel in Dar es Salaam this weekend, I decided to take a ferry over to the island of Zanzibar, a two and a half hour boat ride away, for a couple of nights.
I went with the most expensive and reputable boat operator, having read about recent Tanzanian maritime tragedies, where hundreds of people drowned when their ferry capsized off the Zanzibar coast, and the island’s white sands became littered with bodies. I wasn’t taking any chances (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2035825/Zanzibar-ferry-disaster-Desperate-survivors-cling-mattress-190-drown.html)
Current government estimates are that over 1,000 bodies remain trapped in the sunken vessel, which lies too deep off the coast to be assessed by divers, so I thought paying for the safest boat was a wise decision.
The trip across was smooth, relaxed, and air conditioned.
As soon as I arrived in Stone Town I felt a massive weight of stress and hassle lift off me, as I excitedly found my hotel in the winding backstreets.
Next morning I travelled over to the beach village of Kendwa, in the north of the island, where I have been before and where I knew I would find magnificent beaches and dazzlingly blue, clean sea, with surprisingly few people around.
And it was just as I expected – a wonderful break from dire Dar and our tempestuous transaction.
While I was on the beach a bikini photo shoot took place next to me, so I couldn’t help but take a couple of photos…
I love Zanzibar; it’s totally relaxing, and this is the happiest I have felt in nearly three weeks, although that’s not difficult, given how the rest of the visit has gone, as our business venture slowly, painfully and expensively crumbles before my very eyes.
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