Delighted to have Wendy and Daniel, my sister-in-law and nephew, with me for a few days following a mission trip to Musoma in Northern Tanzania. Alas, they've now gone, flat seems very empty without them, but a great few days while they were here!
It continues to be absolutely fantastic that Zanzibar is only 1.5 hours away by ferry, make every effort not to get used to it! One of the places I think is essential to visit is Prison Island for the giant tortoises, I've been there before but Wendy and Daniel haven't, here they are:
Also took the opportunity to visit the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park which is the home of some most amazing red colobus monkeys:
Readers with memories going right back to my first posts in Jamaica will remember my fascination with road signs, particularly those which would only ever be found in restricted parts of the world. Well, how about this example?
Also there are blue monkeys (I think I've got this right, please correct me if not!):
and the most extraordinary mangroves, not sure if these pictures do justice to them:
Various other things which didn't come out very well, only had a small camera with me - a gecko almost invisible against a tree trunk, incredibly small frogs and butterflies in a sanctuary which alas came out blurry - but able to see a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis which was a bit amazing. (Random question: why do butterflies have such a complicated life cycle? Will look this up on the Internet but any answers in the meantime very welcome!)
Well, think that's it for now, except to say - and I realise this is rather short notice - I'm having some people round on Saturday, if you're in Dar es Salaam do drop in between 11am and 5pm. The occasion will become apparent in the next blog entry. Also, I'm hoping to persuade Wendy, Michael and / or Daniel to write another guest blog entry bout their time in Musoma, watch this space!