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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha August 1st 2014

First entry of the trip. Though I should have started earlier. It has been a hell of a week. I flew from KL to Amsterdam, where my flight to Edinburgh got cancelled. I had to queue for NINE hours just to rebook my tickets. Not an experience I want to repeat. At least they fed us food (cold ham baguette) and water. When I finally arrived in Edinburgh (late at night as opposed to morning), I had to deal with my UK sim card. I then showered and slept, too tired to have dinner. PS: I got a business class seat to Edinburgh (the food was nice but the seats weren't that much different). The next morning, I was so starved of food I felt dizzy the whole day, even though I forced myself to eat ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar July 30th 2014

Da wir am Vortag beschlossen haben eine Tour zur Gewürzfarm und Stonetown zu besichtigen werden wir um 9 Uhr abgeholt. Zuerst geht es zur Gewürzfarm. Dort erklärt und zeigt uns ein deutschsprachiger Guide die verschiedenen Gewürze. Das ist sehr interessant. Ich wusste nicht dass z.b. Kardamom eine Wurzel ist, Vanilleschoten ähnlich wie Bohnen aussehen und Pfeffer eine Schmarotzerpflanze ist. Ein anderer klettert für uns eine Palme rauf und richtet dann die Verkostung her. So können wir Kastanienapfel, Kokosnuss und vieles mehr verkosten. Da die Tour gratis ist kaufen wir im Anschluss natürlich etwas ab. Wir entscheiden uns für Muskatnuss, Vanilleschoten und Zimtstangen. Übrigens wird Zimt, wie wahrscheinlich viele wissen aus der Rinde des Baumes gewonnen, interessant ist jedoch, dass nach nur zwei Wochen die Rinde so w... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro July 26th 2014

This was written a while ago if you were interested in how the trip went. *** So it's been one week since I've been back from Tanzania. All that training, all that hard work and now I'm sitting back home and trying to remember the feeling while I was there. I told some people to really live in the moment while we were there because I knew how it would feel when I returned, been there done that. Kilimanjaro was an unexplainable accomplishment that you can only understand if you have done it. We met the last of our group in Amsterdam and had a great time searching for Hywel! Everyone targeted single men walking around--too funny. Luckily, I knew what Hywel looked like :) The climate in Tanzania was surprisingly mild in September, not humid. ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » West » Sumbawanga July 19th 2014

So what happened next, Laura and I settled down in Budapest and never went travelling again. Well as much as it would be a nice idea to have appeased the travel parasite that lives within us that was not the case. I took on a job - and it's with this wacky new age thinking that I find myself sitting in the Acropole Hotel in Khartoum thinking blimey I have been to a few countries since Hungary and yet I haven't written about any of them! So here is a bit about a few trips I have made to Tanzania. The first time I came here was way back in 2005, living in the foothills of Kilimanjaro in a village called Moshi. I came back to the village and they were happy to see me if ... read more
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Tim and the Giant Banana, ZZB

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Kendwa July 14th 2014

10, 12-14 July: Zanzibar diving and Kendwa Beach 10 July: Michael, Linus, Hiko, Samantha and I were going diving. The dive centre made an Absolute Africa boat for us all to go together as the others were going to snorkel and we had two doing a discovery dive at mnemba atoll island area. After a two hour boat ride we arrive in the area. Near the island we got to see a pod of dolphins which was really neat and fun to hear them as we went diving as well. The first dive had many fish as we were divi along the reef wall. However, there was a current so we had to move dive sites for the second one to a calmer area especially for the discovery divers. The second dive was alright but nothing ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar July 11th 2014

8, 9 and 11July: Dar es Salaam to Stone Town and Stone Town 8 July: A very early start to the day to catch the ferry to Zanzibar. A few people get seasick so the idea was to sit outside with them and I could tell them stories to distract them. We found a nice spot on the back of the boat on the second story looking out of the water. I sat with Emily and Rachel and it was nice to find out more about their work and listen to interesting stories as I talked about my time in Singapore and working there. We arrived in Stone Town on Zanzibar around lunchtime. The port was crowded and took us sometime to collect everyone in our group to go through immigration there. We handed our passports ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha July 8th 2014

Episode 3: The best time in Northern Tanzania (with a few photos added) Firstly, I apologise up-front for the length of this blog, but it has been several days since my last entry and there was a lot to document - and this ain’t the half of it. Anyway, we have been on safari in the middle of the Serengeti and elsewhere, where the internet is, well, superfluous. We have just spent eight days in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and the lesser known but equally spectacular Tarangire National Park. It has been utterly brilliant, with wonderful landscapes, superb wildlife, warm sunny weather, a great guide called Emmanuel, and wonderful lodges along the way. To get here, we flew from Zanzibar to Kilimanjaro Airport. Flying into Kilimanjaro airport, we spotted the eponymous mountain rising from the plains. ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania July 7th 2014

5 July: Ngorongoro to Arusha Early morning start for a game drive win wake up at 5:30 to go to the Crater in 4x4s. Our group will fill three cars. Samantha and I had first jumped into the car with a few people. We had some stares like, why are you in this car. After a little while, a comment was made about the birthday boy Mark and emails wouldn't fit in the car, so I volunteers to leave. Samantha joined because she and I wanted to be together. We ended up in the car with the group of people who had joined us half way though and had formed a click. After we were in the cars, we had to wait a while which is always a little frustrating as we were all up and ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania July 4th 2014

3 July: The Grumeti to Serengeti Early start so we could go for a morning walk through the park area. We woke at 6 and our guides picked us up at 6:30. The walk was filled with interesting information about elephant poo. It is all grass as they have terrible digestive systems. There is the whistle Theron tree that when disturbed, ants come out of the balls that are on the branches of the tree and with the leaves eaten by giraffes and animals, the ants will go into their mouths and bite them. So the ants protect the trees and the ants have a place to stay so the tree protects the ants. We also saw a heard of elephants. They picked up our scent and started running away from us as they yelled out ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Centre » Iringa July 3rd 2014

Distance Travelled Today: 245 km Elapsed Travel Time: 13 hours 24 min Lodging for the Night: Kisolanza Farm This morning was another early morning. We woke up at 5:15 so that we could shower (the water was actually hot today!!), pack up and take down our tent before our 6am breakfast. We had a wonderfully prepared breakfast of French toast and Elysia's team (just her and Matt; team D, or team dik-dik) was finally on a rest day but Mike and Anna (Team E aka The Eh Team - even though Anna is not Canadian) were on clean up duty. After breakfast we were off on another driving day. We only drove 5 hours but of course due to the early wake up, we were all exhausted. We passed through some very beautiful mountains and lots ... read more
This was at our stop to admire the baobab  trees
This was at our stop to admire the baobab  trees
This was at our stop to admire the baobab  trees




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