De Addis Abeba a Ciudad del Cabo (From Addis Ababa to Cape Town)


P is for paradise in Paje (and beyond) – Part two
February 17, 2012, 7:49 pm
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We hired a Vespa for the day yesterday (and christened her Maya) so we could explore a little more of the island. After a few mishaps at the beginning of the trip (which included getting the wheel stuck in the sand causing me to fly off the back and land quite hard on my bum – lucky for me my African bum affords me a lot of cushioning so I don’t even think I have a bruise today), we had a really good day and saw some more beautiful sights.

Here they come!

Here they come!

The pilot . . .

The pilot . . .

and his co-pilot (and cargo)

and his co-pilot (and cargo)

Our first stop was Kizimkazi, a small fishing village about 30km south of Paje.  The main reason people go to the village is to arrange a boat trip to swim with the bottlenose dolphins.  However we were pretty content just to swim in the sea (it’s a beautiful little spot) and leave the dolphins in peace.

Beautiful Kizimkazi

Beautiful Kizimkazi

Kizimkazi

Kizimkazi

A Kizimkazi cave

A Kizimkazi cave

Agua Brava - part 2!

Agua Brava - part 2!

Taking in my surroundings

Taking in my surroundings

On our way back up north to Michamvi (20km from Paje) we stopped off for lunch at Kiddo’s Cafe in the middle of Jambiani village (only 2.5km from our guesthouse) as it had been recommended to us by someone we’d met in Paje – we definitely weren’t disappointed and only wished we’d hired the scooter earlier so we could have enjoyed the delights of the cafe sooner. In addition to the stunning location, the food was delicious and filling too. I had muesli for lunch (I know, maybe a strange choice but it was also recommended and it was oh so good) with raisins, fresh pineapple and mango and roasted cashews to add to the mix and Alberto gorged on fish and tasty vegetables (the fish deal was eat as much as you like for about £4 but he could only manage one serving). We enjoyed it so much – and I needed to taste the fish for myself – that we ended up going back for dinner a few hours later :-)

Kiddo’s is attached to a gorgeous little guesthouse – Mango Beachhouse (it only has three rooms) – which is owned by a German lady (the house used to be her own private home before she converted it to a guesthouse three years ago) and we said that if we ever come back to Zanzibar, we’d definitely stay there.

Our lunch spot, Kiddo's Cafe

Our lunch spot, Kiddo's Cafe

The view from Kiddo's Cafe

The view from Kiddo's Cafe

Today’s our last day on the beach so we spent it in just about the same way as we’ve spent most of the others – being quite lazy and not doing very much! I spotted these kids playing just a few metres from where we were having lunch at Paje Beach Restaurant and Lounge (another great place for food – it’s a very basic set up but the chef does wonders with the simplest of ingredients) and couldn’t help but take a picture.

Kids swinging from an old boat on Paje beach

Kids swinging from an old boat on Paje beach

Tomorrow it’s back to Stone Town (can’t wait) for three days to explore some more and learn how to make a good pilau on a Swahili cooking course. Then we start the next adventure to Malawi (only about 7-8 weeks before we think we’ll cross the border into South Africa!).

Enjoy your weekends and we’ll send more news soon.

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Daniel Craig – eat your heart out!! Mind you, his “co-star” doesn’t look too bad either! And the pilot and co-pilot look quite happy & relaxed before their adventure! Maya the bee? – there was a SA tv programme years ago -is that what your Vespa sounded like?
Happy cooking and eating!
Love Mom x x

Comment by Cheryl

Kizimkazi and Paje, wow!

Comment by Valerie McIntosh

Absolutely amazing – postcard pictures. Now is that a ring I see on the left hand (in taking in my surroundings) and you somehow missed that out in your newsletter????? Kiddo’s cafe maybe the proposal spot?? xxxx

Comment by Renee du Plessis

Hello Nay. Yip, it was pretty stunning. Have had the ring for a while now (surprised no-one’s really spotted it until now – and no, it’s not an engagement ring, Alberto knows I wouldn’t mind something a little shinier if he decides he still likes me after our trip) – Alberto gave it to me the day before we left London as he thought it’d help with me not being hassled so much while we’ve been travelling. It has worked sometimes and other times when people have asked if we’re married we’ve said yes, which was a bit weird! Hope you’re all good. We leave Tanzania in the next few days to Malawi so will be in touch soon. xxx

Comment by Simone

dont you guys want to fly me there for a “quick” visit!!!
looks flippin awesome.

Comment by Tyronne




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