Sojourning in Tanga

The last time I updated this section, I shared my experiences trying to find my way to Tanga. Every bus going to Tanzania was fully booked. I used a three-wheeler taxi, known as tuktuk, from downtown Mombasa to Likoni Ferry. After crossing to the other side, I boarded a van en route to Lunga Lunga via Diani. Between Lunga Lunga and Horohoro One Stop Border Post, a bodaboda (motorbike) was my only option.  

When I made it to the Tanzanian side, I hopped into a Tanga-bound van. Along the way, the driver and his passengers took their time interacting with friends and relatives in every village. At some point, we deviated to a fishing camp to deliver a parcel. No one seemed to be in a hurry, myself included. This was an opportunity to experience life in Swahili communities.

Upon arrival, I asked my bajaji rider to recommend a guest house that would cost me USD 15 - 20 a night. For the record, a tuktuk is referred to as bajaji in Tanzania. He took me to Golden Memory Lodge on 14th Street. Later on, I found out that Golden Memory was the best choice for a traveler whose budget doesn't exceed the said amount. 

I had barely slept the previous night because I was exploring Mombasa by night. The plan was to indulge in a half-day tour of Tanga and go to bed immediately after dinner. As I planned the rest of the day, I considered visiting the Amboni Caves. However, the distance to the caves compelled me to ditch the idea.

I had lunch at Forodhani Gardens before heading to Raskazone Beach. At Raskazone, I kicked back and relaxed. It was a hot afternoon, but the cool breeze from the ocean was simply invigorating.   

Late in the evening, I took a walk around the municipality. Walking enabled me to observe and absorb more. Before returning to Golden Memory, I spent some time playing bao with wazee wa Tanga while sipping black coffee served in those tiny cups they normally use.