Tanzanian safari – Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater

The success of any holiday experience is very much down to the operators and, in the case of safaris, the drivers.  They get you to the parks and then show you the wildlife.  This was of course the best part of our safari as we had such a superb and experienced driver – Martin.

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Benny Hill and Cheetah Kill

I met some friends for an open water swim the other day, and one said to me “I’ve been reading your blog – when are you posting next?” So I thought I had better get this blog entry done before I forget entirely what happened on safari.

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Nungwi, Zanzibar – diving, beaching and biking

Setting up a new office for a company is a pretty stressful experience. Add to the mix a country that isn’t your own and you have the perfect excuse for a deserved week at a beach resort.  After ten months of getting Four Communications Oman legally established and operational, I was claiming my week.

Anyone that knows me understands well that I can’t lie on a beach for a whole week. Clare is the same. Nungwi is a fishing village at the most Northern tip of Zanzibar that has evolved into a mix of backpacker and mid-priced beach resorts.  We chose Nungwi as although Clare is not a diver, the area offers both the best scuba diving and snorkeling in Zanzibar, as well as other activities we both enjoyed, such as cycling/exploring and open water swimming. Continue reading

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Just saying “Zanzibar” evokes an exotic bucket list place to visit, so when I moved to Muscat, I was delighted to discover there were direct flights to Zanzibar. With flying time of just under five hours, another bucket list place could be ticked off.

Zanzibar is a group of around 50 islands between 45 and 55km off the coast of mainland Tanzania. The two largest islands are Unguja and Pemba. Unguja is widely referred to as Zanzibar and has a long and diverse colonial history involving Portugal, Oman and the UK before being given its independence in 1963. A 31 day revolution in 1964 resulted in the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, creating Tanzania. Continue reading