What would you do if you were stuck on an island? This happened to me not only once, but twice before. Luckily on both occasion it wasn’t a deserted island. The first time was four years ago when I was in Seychelles for a work event. I was due to fly back via Nationwide Airline, but got grounded. I ended up spending three extra days in Seychelles waiting to catch a flight back to South Africa.
I used these three days to explore Seychelles as I didn’t have time during my initial stay as I was working. My flight back to SA was then from Seychelles to Doha International Airport with a four hour stop over and back to South Africa. Just last week I got stuck in Zanzibar due to 1time being grounded. I was due to fly back on Saturday November 3, but the airline got grounded the day before. It was then a scramble to try and sort out an alternative flight back home. How hard could it be to get a flight back to South Africa? Surprisingly hard, as it turned out.
Well, this is how my day went : on Saturday I left Mapenzi Beach Resort at 4am in Zanzibar, drove an hour to Stone Town; then caught a ferry (two hours) to Dar es Salaam, where I had a six hour wait for my flight. So what do you do if you have a six hour wait? I used this time to explore this beautiful city that I had never been to before and was blown away by its beauty. I then had a connecting flight to Kenya, where I had a three hour wait and I drove around exploring Nairobi.
The highlight of this stop was the Nairobi National park and seeing the Giraffe. My connecting flight from Nairobi landed back in SA at 1am on Sunday morning and I eventually got a flight back to Cape town at 11am. It may sound like a nightmare, but I turned my 1time disaster into an Africa Adventure.
So there you have it: five African cities in two days: Stone Town; Dar es Salaam; Nairobi; Johannesburg and Cape Town.