CAPTAIN’S LOG JUNE 2003
Early June saw us on a 3 day trip to Lazy Lagoon some 30nm north of Dar. We were accompanied by friends who had also been to Zanzibar with us at Easter. Their two boys are becoming quite the little sailors and thoroughly enjoy the experience of living aboard.
We departed Dar at 1000, sailed out and zig zagged our way up the Zanzibar channel with the anticipation of catching at least one of the many tuna, wahoo, barracuda and dolphin fish that we sighted, however all we managed to land was multiple catches of seaweed!
Foxes Lazy Lagoon Resort” at 1700 and after sundowners had a delicious seafood dinner before retiring.
Next morning we motored across the lagoon by way of the Mbegani Fisheries Development Centre and anchored on the western side of the lagoon by Mlingotini village where we proceeded to explore the islands, sandbanks and mangrove forests by the collective usage of our dinghy and kayaks. It was a memorable experience, discovering an area where the local population of pink backed pelicans roost. I have seen these birds on few occasions whilst in Tanzania so this was quite a buzz. Later we found a number of fresh turtle tracks where during the previous night turtles had attempted to find a suitable nesting site to lay their eggs. We did not find any recent nest so it may be that the turtles left to find a more suitable site.
Kasiki Marine Camp, a small resort with a number of bandas for accommodation, run by two Italian women who produce great food and the best cappuccinos we’ve tasted in Tanzania. We savoured cappuccinos and home made ice-cream whilst enjoying the bird life and great view overlooking the lagoon from their elevated location.
Later we motored back to anchor off Fox’s resort. Some mutual Dar friends happened to be there for the weekend, so sunset, whilst the remainder of us enjoyed a tranquil evening on board under the stars.
Sunday morning saw us under power on our way back to Dar. We intended to have a dive on either of the two reefs close by Mbegani. The first had few fish and poor visibility so we moved on. Opening Regatta to conclude a very enjoyable weekend.
We are sure you are all aware of the constant warnings being given by the many and varied Embassies, Consuls & High Commissions of the “Imminent threats to East Africa of Terrorist Attacks”. What you may not be aware of is that there have been multi party elections in Kenya & Tanzania that have created significant changes to existing regimes and there has been no violence nor election rigging.
What has happened due to these warnings is that tourism in many developing countries, one of the major forex earners, has been decimated and tens of thousands of local people have been laid off. There are no social benefits and unfortunately this is where the seeds of discontent are sewn.
We are also affected but we are in an infinitely better position to deal with it, however we hope that foreign media spares a thought for the local communities that are devastated as a result of their warnings!
Later in June we decided to treat ourselves and take advantage of the Serena safari package that was being offered at a special off-season rate. It was a 6 day 5 night safari to the northern circuit including Serengeti, Ngorongoro Cater and Lake Manyara.
As we wended our way back out of the crater in the afternoon we savoured the sun-tinged golden bark of the Fever Acacias and appreciated the magic of this place. After our second night at the Serena Ngorongoro Lodge, we continued on to the Serengeti.
zebra, wildebeest and gazelles on the move. It was a fascinating experience watching these animals and how they organize themselves for this annual event up and back across the plains. The migration was heading towards the western corridor of the Serengeti and from there it heads north to the Masaai Mara before returning in December. The number of animals involved in the migration exceeds 2 million.
As the grass was longer than the other times we have visited the Serengeti, we were treated to different sights than before, including mating season for the wildebeest, lions and hippos. Also there was an abundance of bird life, which kept us occupied for hours. It was fun to identify the various species between the 3 bird books we were carrying. The illustrations and photos can be so disparate in different books. We spent 2 days on the Serengeti before heading back to Lake Manyara for the final day of our safari.
bird life along the lake shore.
Without going into great detail, as we could write pages about the magical experience of safari life in East Africa, we can certainly recommend a safari and sail package to you with a part of your time animal watching on land followed by a relaxing week or so, swimming, diving and sailing aboard “Amarula”.
If you are interested we are negotiating with some safari companies and will be happy to quote a price for you.
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