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Trip Report Perfect Holiday in Zanzibar

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Better late than never! I've been putting off writing a trip report because then it means our holiday is well and truly over.

In October my husband, my 6 year old son, and I flew from London to Zanzibar via Nairobi. Our layover in Nairobi was about 12 hours. The fiancé of a work colleague who lives there arranged for us to use her driver. He took us to the Giraffe Center, the David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary, and the orphanage at the Nairobi National Park. The Giraffe center was the highlight. We got there just as they opened, watched as the giraffes lazily walked over for breakfast and had the place to ourselves. The Elephant Sanctuary was adorable but had to deal with some unhappy tourists. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and blame the heat! We should have listened to the reviews of the animal orphanage and skipped it. It did seem a bit sad and cramped. However, I'm so glad we didn't because we had such an interesting time. Several different schools were there on field trips. At least a hundred children or so. We were the only white people. At first the children watched us out of the corners of their eyes. My son could feel them watching him and he was uncomfortable. So I knelt down to talk with him and them. After a few hello, how are yous, they all pushed into to touch my son's arms and hair; he's bit ginger. It did freak him out a bit at first but once he understood they were just curious and to see them all laughing and smiling he relaxed and enjoyed himself as well. As we were walking out more schools were lined up to come in and he walked down the line, high fiving them all like he was some superstar.

In the evening we flew to Zanzibar. We landed in the dark so couldn't see anything -- no street lighting of course! But the road was terrible and my husband and I were both a bit worried. We shouldn't have been of course, our prearranged shuttle van dropped us off at our villa in Matemwe and our holiday truly began.

I'll finish the report in the next post.

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