Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nungwi, Zanzibar, January 14, 2016

We had a 5 am start for the ferry to leave Dar Es Salaam for the island of Zanzibar.  Our first activity was a spice tour.  

Lemon grass has a very strong citronella flavour-

Tumeric grows as a tuber-

And looks lots like carrot-

The safari ants form two outside walls while the workers file through the center-

The Kapok tree can cause breathing difficulties and is used for caulking wooden boats-

The spikes on the trunk are dangerous-

The cinnamon tree produces black and green berries-

But cinnamon comes from the bark of the tree.

This looks like rambutan on the outside-

but the berries are a good dye-

Jack fruit are gigantic and excellent tasting-

The leaves on the teak tree are huge circles-

Jambo shimmied up the coconut tree to cut one down for us-

We went to our guide's home for lunch.  They have lived here for 6 years and the walls are still raw concrete-

The beach is gorgeous: white sand and beautiful blue water-

 Looking forward to diving tomorrow!

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