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Day 16 - Heading home

Zanzibar to Nairobi and home

sunny 93 °F

The Breezes Beach Club is so pleasant, we hated to leave. However, we definitely wanted to check out Stonetown and do some shopping before flying home.

Stonetown is about 1 hour from Breezes. There are so many shops to choose from in Stonetown, it is pretty easy to spend your money quickly. After getting our last minute gifts, we enjoyed a nice lunch on the beach at the Tembo House Hotel before driving the 15 minutes to the airport.

The Zanzibar Airport has to be one of the worst airports I have ever flown through -- even on a good day. But this was not a good day :-) The computers were down, and how we ended up with boarding passed and getting our luggage checked is still a little vague to me.

It's about 1-1/2 hours from Zanzibar to Nairobi. Kenya Airways was quite nice and even served a snack on this short flight.

In Nairobi, we had to go through customs and get our luggage, and we were happy to see that it made it!

There is only one evening flight from Zanzibar to Nairobi, and unfortunately it was sold out. Therefore, we got to spend 6 hours in the Nairobi Airport. We found a pleasant coffee shop to pass the time where the televisions highlighted all the rioting in the Nairobi area. Hard to believe from the safe confines of the airport....

The nice thing about the Northwest/KLM flight home is that you leave at night, so you can get a lot of sleep on that 8+ hour flight to Amsterdam. The Boeing 747's only have one movie screen to watch, but if you get on a 777 or an Airbus 330, you will have a private movie screen with games.

Thanks to our tour operator, Adventures Within Reach, for a great family trip to Africa!

Posted by bolderwork 11:47 Archived in Tanzania Tagged transportation

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