It shone like gold ... so pretty that I just couldn't resist a close up.
We watched the plane land on the airstrip and bonus!! It was a VIP one - a proper VIP one! Sacha (Beho's manager) said that this plane was used by Government dignitaries when they needed to fly internally. There were only 6 proper passenger seats, the pilot and co-pilot seat (which was occupied by a passenger). Real luxury with deeply upholstered leather seats and loads of space ... pity the flight from Dar to Pemba wasn't as luxurious. *duh!*
We had a 3 hour wait at Dar for our connecting flight and that was delayed due to all flights being held back to allow the President of Tanzania to take his leave. He was flying out on some jaunt so us lesser mortals had to suffer for a while longer! Suffer because Dar Domestic Airport does not have aircon apart from one small area outside of café - which is where we parked ourselves while 'killing time'
Pemba flight called and ... what a difference to the earlier one taken that day. This one was on a 'large' plane. By large I think somebody said it was a 21 seater! It might have had 21 seats but ... for midgets! I had a single seat but I couldn't sit properly as there was no leg room. Had to sit at an angle with legs in aisle (well, gap between the seats to allow people on and off). It was very hot and none of us could get the airflow working. Poor Jackie and Anie had squeezed themselves into the back, double seats. Big mistake! If we hadn't landed at Pemba when we did I think Jackie would have been carried off plane. 45 minutes of sheer hell and from the 'cor blimey to the ridiculous' in one day where the flights were concerned!
Arriving at Mkaoni Port, Pemba.
Fundu Lagoon (pronounced Foo-n-doo) is not accessible by road so, after a 45 minute, absolutely fascinating, drive from the airport near Chake Chake, the island's capital, we arrived to pick up our next transport. Nope, not dhows ...
... or this luxurious specimen but ...
Feeling the breeze through the hair was certainly welcome ... and cooling.