Just a very brief update, really just to post some pics to give a better idea of these very salubrious surroundings we find ourselves in.
Peponi is great fun, very quiet but very sociable, good food and plenty of cold drinks. It has been great easing into a good few beers without having to remember to continually restock the freezer or fridge. Also it has been a good break, especially for Anne, eating from the restaurant and not having to worry about fires, cooking and especially washing up. It has been a well-earned holiday. At US$6,50 pppn camping is a steal, especially seeing that campers are treated exactly the same as those in the bandas, with full use of all the camp facilities. The bandas seem very nice and would be a good change from camping but were all booked out during our stay.
If anyone planning a trip through Africa should imagine it to be one glorious long holiday, let me pop that illusionary balloon immediately, it is hard work much of the time. When on the move there are always organizational matters to occupy your mind, travelling in Africa even on the main routes, requires plenty of planning and concentration. Driving and logistics are seldom simple and a successful trip does not just fall into your lap. Continually anticipating and avoiding problems does tend to wind one up at times. Good fortune has smiled upon us, even when things looked like they might unravel a bit. We would not swop this experience for anything. All the research, planning and advice has paid off tremendously. However those we have met on the road with different personalities and who just wing it completely, also seem to have a wonderful, although probably a more stressful time.
Just to confirm that our 6 night stay on Zanzibar has been finalized and we will fly in from Tanga on 2 Jan. Peponi’s Carys has kindly offered to store our vehicle and also allowed us freezer space for residual meat at no charge for which we are most appreciative.
For those interested in visiting Peponi Beach Resort in the future here are some more pics.
Main Photo. As you can see the tide goes out considerably and swimming is not really possible at low tide. This is when the swimming pool comes into its own. At high tide the small waves break right on your doorstep and the sandy beach almost disappears, but swimming is great. The beach sand is not the startling white colour as further north with a brown tinge to it. The water temperature is a warm 28-30C. There is no reef to snorkel over but the resort’s dhow departs daily for lunch on a sand island, stopping at some coral reefs for snorkeling.
1. The campsite. As can be seen the sites are shady and tucked in amongst the coconut palms and other more shady trees. The makuti-roofed shelters are a great place to put your chairs and table. Each has an electric light and plug power point, very handy. There are about 10 sites and tents are for hire as well. Out of peak season there should be no problem in securing a beachfront campsite.
2. The very sociable beach-side bar.
3. The local fishermen have fish traps on the flat reef trapping fish at low tide.
4. A dhow discharging its passengers at low tide on the sand bar beyond the reef.
5. The resort from the seafront aspect at low tide, one hardly wears shoes here. The large resort grounds are private property, security is topnotch and one is never bothered by local “beach boys” or vendors.
6. The local small fishing dhows with their outriggers, at low tide just south of Peponi.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL, may 2016 be as kind to you as 2015 has been to us. We are of course thinking of our family, pets bulldogs and friends, missing them all so much at a time like this.