Blogs from Tanzania, Africa - page 325


Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi September 1st 2006

Well, I've booked my climb of Kili - heading off on 12 September, and am now wondering about the sense of taking on the biggest physical challenge of my life… Am thinking it would have been far more sensible to treat myself to a luxury safari for my 34th b-day rather than face the -37 degree summit. The Guardian here (that's the Tanzanian version and nothing like our very own Grauniad) reported the other day that 2 men lost their lives for a $3 duck. They tried to steal it and an ‘’ enraged mob ‘ took them down and beat them to pulp. They also cut off a third miscreants toe. I can only imagine this is to force him to waddle for the rest of his life. I guess he’’ll have to visit a ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam August 31st 2006

Early Thursday morning we left 7 degree Cape Town travelling through JoBurg (which was a cold 2 degrees) to Dar es Salaam (which was a hot 32 degrees when we landed). Getting through the immigration and customs was quite a process with the inefficiencies in the local systems especially not believeing in any sort of organized ques. The drive from the airport to the hotel was quite different than South Africa. The roads were quite crowded (and not maintained as well) and many more people were walking along the street. Later on in the evening we drove along the ocean and had the locally made cassava chips and drank cocnut water (madaf) from the street vendors. After seeing a few oceanfront hotels, we had a dinner at a local Indian-Chinese restaurant. We noticed the many casinos ... read more
Aiport shuttle
Curio Factory
Curio Market

Africa » Tanzania » East » Kibaya August 31st 2006

The spirit of the chimps and jane goodall i did not feel until we walked about ten minutes into the forest, i was so upset over the bearacracy of the park. it is so badly runned and the visitors get no respect at all, unless of course you spend thousands of dollars there. anyway, the first day it was just us and a dutch couple. i hate to admit this, but i think its how the universe wanted it and its how life was before cameras, but i brought my video and the charger but i forgot the converter, so i have no video of my experiences. i will tell you what i wrote in the forest though. there are three communities, five families in each community and about 6 in each family. there are total ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City August 30th 2006

14th to 19th August: More Kenyan Adventures Having crossed the border back into Kenya from Uganda, we clearly had lots more Kenyan adventures in store. From Eldoret we travelled to Lake Baringo, hippo territory! Hippos kill more people in Africa by crushing them with their massive teeth than any other creature in Africa so...We camped right next to a hippo infested river! The trips to the long drops were pretty scary, particularly as the lads took a liking to hiding in the bushes and jumping out on us. Didn't sleep much the first night and when I did I dreamt about being attacked by a hippo...the noise of the beasts fighting sounded like it was literally right outside your tent...still claim they really were peering in the window! Our first encounter with a swimming pool was ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam August 30th 2006

The flight to Dar es Salaam boarded on time despite the complaints from the cranky British tourists - who thought they had been waiting too long in the lounge before boarding. Now I hate to stereotype..but have found in the last few weeks that the Brits and the Germans can be quite rude - not sure what that is about! Any way… as we approached the plane on ground each of us picked out our luggage that was lined up in rows on the tarmac. I was quite relieved with this as I physically saw my luggage put on the plane. What I didn’t see happen was it removed some 15 minutes later - as I learned later from a fellow passenger. We had a smooth flight - most of the plane was full of German ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam August 27th 2006

This is the last day of our holiday in East Africa. A driver from Tamarind took us safely to the airport. We left very early, 10 o’clock to avoid any rush for our 13.35 departure. We were at the airport 10.50 and checked in without fuss. With 50 kg luggage between us we had to pay overweight to Dar es Salaam. But Tsh 10.000 (ca 50 NOK) was reasonable, we felt. However, we did not see any flights scheduled for 13.35 on the handwritten board just behind the check in counter. Well passed the security checks we discovered our boarding passes did not have the flight number noted on our ticket, PW 731 but simply 452. Shortly after 12 noon flight 452 was called for and we boarded an ATR 72-200, a twin-turboprop with 72 seats. ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park August 27th 2006

The title of this blog is the same as the bumper sticker on one of the land cruisers my tour group spent the best part of week travelling around in and it truly became our motto for the week. There was never a hurry and there was never a problem ("hakuna matata")! I have excluded the details of the first 36 hours in Africa (from my arrival in Nairobi through to my entry into Tanzania) from this blog simply because it was entirely painful - switching hotels, transfers not on time etc. Thankfully, once in Tanzania, the trip was very smooth. My tour group included me, 2 Americans and 5 Canadians so it was small but relatively cohesive group. And just so many highlights to share. We visited Lake Manyara for our first safari and saw ... read more
Lake Manyara
Lake Manyara II
Serengeti sunset

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City August 26th 2006

From the Serengeti and Crater we headed towards Dar es Salaam, stopping halfway at a gorgeous campsite in the middle of nowhere, surround by fantastic red mountains. We not only got to upgrade to a room for a few dollars, but had a swimming pool and tennis court! Had a little underwater swimming contest with Scott, and only after he whipped my arse did I find out he was a free diver… bastard!. Our campsite in Dar es Salaam was awesome, right on the beach. We arrived early for once and actually had some time to chill out. Of course, everyone stripped off and headed straight for the ocean. Sharon and Kurt got jiggy with some jellyfish, but the rest of us were unscathed. I got to see my first bluebottle, which promptly signalled the end ... read more
Camping on the beach in Dar es Salaam
A real bed at Mbweni Ruins Hotel
Our very own balcony

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha August 26th 2006

i lied because kigoma and lake tanganika are not options. i am in kigoma. this is the real africa, thats all i can really say. the train, it was bush the whole way long. 2 days of the train and all there was was bush and the occassional small village. now i am in kigoma. real africa here. lots of congolese refugees and burundi people and its a totally different atmosphere. mountains on the lake. my internet is out so i go for now. but my god i am glad i did this trip. dar is a bubble.... read more
Mikume-zebra running from bus

Africa » Tanzania » East » Dar es Salaam August 24th 2006

NOTE: THIS TOUR WAS A RECCE FOR MOTOAVENTURES WHO WILL BE OFFERING THE CAPETOWN TO ZANZIBAR AS OF JUNE 2007, FOR MORE INFORMATION: WWW.MOTOAVENTURES.COM 21 days, 8 244 kms, 5 countries and millions of pot holes later - Tom nearly missed one! We got in to Dar in great time after a quick stop in Morogoro, where Nina (Jens’s mum) was born, to find the city of Dar Es Salaam, a huge bustling city with busy people all over the place. We knew then that the tour was over, it was time to celebrate our safe arrival from the wild and cold Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful peaceful Indian Ocean. It didn’t actually sink in until Tommy left yesterday morning for Zanzibar to meet his family. That’s it for now, all the great memories are now ... read more
The locals at one of the hundreds of townships along this "road"
An African village
The day we got lost

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