A second submission to this week’s photo challenge: Anticipation
Two years ago we were lucky enough to visit Zanzibar just before Christmas – an island of the coast of Tanzania which is a dream destination for many but right on our doorstop it’s an affordable destination.
This Christmas we are spending the holiday period back on Zanzibar and very much anticipating our return to this Island Paradise.
Red Colobus Monkey
Sunrise over Zanzibar
Taken from our trip to Zanzibar in December 2014. Photos from the edge of paradise.
Red Colobus Monkey
African Monarch Butterfly
A second submission to this week’ photo challenge :Numbers
Taken on Prison Island, Stone Town, Zanzibar back in December 2014. You can read the full post here but here isa quote from the original post.
When under British Protection the Governor of Zanzibar was friendly with the Governor of the Seychelles. As part of a gift exchange Zanzibar was given four Aldabra Giant Tortoises in 1919. These bred quickly and soon numbered over 200, but theft saw numbers reduce to only 7 by 1996. Finally with the help of World Animal Protection a program was put in place to build an enclosure and return tortoises, some found in Dar Es Salaam. Now numbers are are approximately 170. The oldest of these is 191 and there are several over 100 years old. Anita and I were both able to find tortoises who were our age (mere youngsters by comparison).
The tortoises all had numbers painted on their backs – indicating the age of the tortoise.
Aldabran Giant Tortoises
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Door”
At Christmas we visited Zanzibar and spent a few nights in Stone Town renowned for its ornate carved doors. Some were in a state of disrepair others pristine – here are a selection.
as with so many of my blog posts from Zanzibar – I was not able to share the photos taken with the camera. More than most of my posts our Spice Tour on route from Ocean Paradise to Stone Town lacked the visuals so here it is with added pics.
Six months have come and in our new Tanzanian home. We landed in Mwanza on 22nd August and so our first full day here was the 23rd. Half a year on I share some of the pictures which have been part of our time here. For those on Facebook I have shared something similar but some different pics here.
Getting our bearings and making new friends.
Red Billed Firefinch
Us at Dancing Rocks
Waves at Sunset
View of the Lake
Sunset from Kirumba
September – Start of term, Nature, Malaika Beach
Red Cheeked Cordon Bleu
Variable Sun Bird
Hamerkop – Crest Down
Eastern Grey Plantain Eater
Approaching a School
The Cut Through
Mwanza Flat Headed Agama
Monitor on the Rocks
Malakai Beach Resort
Vervet Monkey in the Tree
In the Bins
October – Travelling beyond Mwanza (Camping and Serengeti)
Cuppa at St Dominic Annex Beach
Mwanza Flat Headed Lizard
St Dominic Annex Beach
Buffalo with Oxpeckers
Lions in the long grass
November – Birthdays, Fairs, Wag Hill and The Rains
December – Zanzibar and Christmas
Prison Island – Zanzibar
Past the Joint
Red Knobbed Starfish
Hipolimnas Misippus Male
January – More birthdays
Joel + Onyango
Carrying baby Jane, African-Style
Vitumbua (African Donuts) – delicious
New Dressing Gown
Another retrospective from our Zanzibar holiday with added pictures from our camera. On one day we took a trip out to sea on an Ocean Safari. The original post is here.
The day consisted of snorkeling, a trip to a coral lagoon, a sand bank and an island where we ate lunch. However. the highlight of the day was seeing dolphins in the wild.
Zanzibar Coral Island
A year ago this was what we were posting
Whilst Ocean Paradise we took a stroll along the beach down to a pier and enjoyed the wildlife and scenery as we went. The original post is here but this post adds in some camera pics to supplement the iPhone pics.
Our stay in Zanzibar was split between two locations. Our first five days were spent at Ocean Paradise on the North East Coast. The accommodation was luxurious and as well as a pool we had an amazing beach close by. These pics include camera shots.
One of the first things we did in Zanzibar was to take a walk out to the Coral Reef discovering numerous sea creatures hidden in the low tide rocks and pools. You can find out more here the gallery below includes camera photos to add to the phone pics first time around.
Red Knobbed Starfish
This is the first of a look back at our trip to Zanzibar before Christmas. Largely photographic these posts use photos taken on the camera as opposed to the iPhone.
Jozani Forest is in the south of the island and is home to Red Colobus Monkeys who seem completely at ease with human visitors. We got some great close-ups.