The village of Kigombe just down the beach at Peponi is reputed to be the oldest in Tanzania. Regardless of that claim there certainly was a large fillet of ships in the bay and each evening just before sunset a number of villagers would make their way down to the beach. Laden end with buckets and other containers carrying lamps or ropes they would wade out into the shallow waters heading for their boats.
They would then spent the night on the waters of the Indian Ocean their lamp lit boats strung like pearls across the horizon.
The following morning they return fish ready to sell or take home for food.
Ten years ago I visited a different Fishing Village on the other side of Africa in The Gambia
Day two of our travels and after 18 hours on the ‘road’ yesterday a more relaxed morning. We were staying at Rafiki Backpackers where we had stayed one night in the summer on our journey through Moshi on our trip from Lake Victoria to Victoria Falls.
The previous night I was asleep as my head touched the pillow and I woke up refreshed after a solid night’s sleep. A leisurely breakfast and a trip to Nakumat (the lack of a proper supermarket in Mwanza makes this a must if only to pick up some coffee supplies and a Valentine’s present 💝, secretly smuggled out when Anita was unaware!).
Back on the road we headed South East past stunning mountain landscapes (Pare and Usambara Mountains) and on towards Tanga. One day we must return and visit these mountains and see for ourselves this amazing landscape).
A five hour journey to Tanga and a half an hour on a rough unsurfaced road brought us to our final destination of Peponi Beach along a stretch of coast near Pangani, this to be our home for the week.
Pitching the tents in the light for a change and eating a tasty meal complete with a free Valentine’s Day pudding!
Fatigue set in and after two days of travel we needed to sleep. There was a lovely breeze, but even with the fly sheet open we sweated buckets in the hot night time air. The ocean climate being significantly more humid than we are used to in Mwanza. This and the slowly deflating air bed meant a fitful night’s sleep – we’ll need a puncture repair kit!
Today we were up early for a day on the High Seas. Traveling to the South of the Island we boarded a boat organised by Safari Blue.
Travelling out to sea we first stopped over a coral reef where we spent some time snorkeling.
Then we stopped on a sandbank for refreshments.
Leaving the sand bank we again did some snorkeling over a region with losts of fish. No pics of the fish but as the camera is sadly not waterproof.
Returning to the boat we travelled on to a shallow lagoon within a coral island. A swim in the warm waters was on the agenda.
Then out into open sea in search of dolphins. After about 15mins weaving across the waters we finally encountered a small pod of Humpback Dolphins. This was a real highlight, though sadly this species are too shy for swimming with humans 😦
After our encounter we were back across to another coral island for lunch and a chance to swim, play volleyball,.walk or just relax.
After an hour or so it was back to our starting point. An excellent day!