South Beach Dar es Salaam
In the morning we paid. The manager gave us reduction, although we did not stay as long as we had arranged. But the Internet connection was too slow, so we had to leave, because we had to work a little bit. We were leaving for South Beach Dar es Salaam, which is situated South of Dar es Salaam, as the name indicates, we wanted to go to Sunset Beach Hotel, where we had been already three years ago. As it was Sunday, police everywhere on the road and we were stopped frequently for the most obscure reasons, but we always could manage to get away without paying anything.
Eventually we arrived at the Sunset Beach Hotel, but it has changed a lot, they had built additional Bandas, so our old place where we stayed last time was not available anymore and they had doubled the price. There was another one Kipepeo campsite, but they do not allow dogs. The next one was nice, but not at the beach, so we drove the road back, and next to Kipepeo there was a plot, which had a food stall at the beach and a strange building, which was not clear what it was at all. We drove to the food stall to inquire where there is camping, and a Raster guy immediately came to our car and said, Camping no problem, and pointed to this strange building. It turned out it was a guest house called Paradise guest house. The Raster guy asked a ridiculous price and I was about to drive off when he said ok, camping is 8000 Tsh, which is about 6 US$ for both of us. That was rather cheap and suited for a longer stay. We pitched up our tent at the grass and parked the Land Rover under a tree with good shade. We slept quite ok, although it was very opposed to all kinds of people walking along the path.
In the morning I got up to prepare coffee and when I opened the Land Rover I discovered that our dog had got diarrhea and the car looked terrible. I quickly let her out, but anyway it was too late, so I closed my nose and prepared coffee, cleaning would be the next task after coffee. When I paid the caretaker of the place, he offered us a room for the same money. We had a look at it, it was not so bad, it was a huge double bed with mosquito net and even a fan, a private bath with toilet and shower. It was not bad so we moved into the room. It was of course more comfortable than the tent, for sleeping in the Land Rover it was too hot, so it was a most welcomed offer. We put a table inside, and as it was dark inside, we could comfortable work on our computers and the Internet was really fast.
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