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Saturday, August 5, 2000
Stone Town, Zanzibar (Unguja) to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
Latitude: 6° 49' 18" South
Longitude: 39° 16' 58" East
Altitude: 35 feet
From Seattle: 11228 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Safari Inn

Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Regions: Zanzibar Archipelago, Greater Dar es Salaam
Route: Ferry: Stone Town - Dar es Salaam
Path:Stone Town, Zanzibar (Unguja) - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Linear:52 miles
Weather: Overcast / Mostly Sunny / Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1213
Linear Dist: 235133
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 267
More stats...
Hotels: 431
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 129
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4162

Journal Entry:
Had breakfast then headed to the port to check on ferries again. The touts vying for their commission were incredibly annoying and it was a major headache just to find out the times of the various ferry lines. Spent the afternoon shopping but didn't buy anything. We tried to call the Safari Inn in Dar es Salaam to make reservations (we had hoped to splurge a little and at least get a warm shower) but they were full. Wandered around some more and got lost. Eventually ended up at the old slave market (now a cathedral) and then at the market. When we'd stopped for a coke we were able to rationalize Amy buying some souvenirs so we went back for more shopping. Amy ended up buying a very cool batik kanga (sarong) but we couldn't find a good enough frame (the other thing she'd decided to buy).

Decided to try and make the 1:30 ferry and bought a ticket (from the office - just to spite the annoying touts who get nothing from the main office). Got on the ferry and had a very rough ride back - lots of people being very sea sick made it pretty unpleasant even for those of us who weren't. Took a taxi to a new hotel that we had hoped to stay at but it was full too. So we walked by the Safari just in case - and they had one room! Actually the same room we stayed in on our arrival to Tanzania. Called the bus line and made reservations for tomorrow morning's 6:15 bus to Mbeya. Spent the evening working on email, then having dinner (back at the same restaurant), and then at the internet cafe. Before retiring we arranged taxi for early tomorrow morning.

Related Sites:
Swahili Coast
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Tanzania
CIA World Fact Book: Tanzania

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