Tanzania
Karatu

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  • Day15

    Safari Lodges

    August 17, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Die Lodgen während der Safari-Tour waren einfach ein Traum 😍

    In der ersten Lodge waren wir komplett alleine, was uns zuerst etwas spanisch vorkam, was jedoch unbegründet war!

    Wir hatten super Zelt-Zimmer mit kreativer Dusche und ein richtig leckeres Abendessen + Frühstück. Das einzige was wir vermissten war die Herde Elefanten, welche angeblich jede Nacht durch das Gelände laufen sollte? 🤔

    Die zweite Lodge war einfach nur edel und fein, fein, fein...😎

    Von Pool, mit „unauffälligen“ Bademäntel, über günstige Massagen, Badewanne bis zu sehr leckeren Buffet war einfach alles vertreten 👍

    Am ersten Abend haben wir uns einfach total übergegessen, so dass es an diesem Abend 4 Foodbabys 🤰gab und es uns nur noch elend ging.. 🙊🙈
    Lernfähig, wie der Mensch ja einfach ist... haben wir das Prozedere dann direkt am nächsten Tag einfach wiederholt 🤣🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️.

    In der zweiten Nacht erhielten wir dann Besuch von einer kleinen Affengruppe, welche wohl Riesenspass daran hatten mehrmals über unser Blechdach zu hüpfen und ein paar mal gegen die Scheiben zu klopfen 😅

    Fazit: 5kg mehr nach dem Urlaub sind safe... 🙈😂
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  • Day14

    Safari Day 2: Tarangire

    August 16, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Heute sind wir schon morgens im Tarangire Nationalpark gewesen, was toll war 😃

    Es ist spannend den Tieren so nah zu sein und ihr normales Verhalten beobachten zu können, welche einfach mal 0,0 Angst vor den Jeeps haben. 😅

    Tarangire könnte man gefühlt auch den Park der Zebras, Antilopen und „Gnudels“ nennen 🦓😂
    Aber auch ganz viele andere Tiere konnten wir sehen 😍 unter anderem auch ein paar Löwinnen 👏🐘🦒

    Fazit: O-Ton unser Guide: It is far, but not too far mhm... mhm jaaa.... yes, yes it is different mhm... mhm but quite similar... yea yea mhmmmm... 🤔
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  • Day442

    A big adventure

    January 12 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    I splashed out on a day trip to Ngorogoro to see some of the sites unique to Tanzania. It was going to be tight day with the sites to visit quite far apart.
    At 6 a.m. the ShikaTours manager, Jon, turned up with his driver Bakari so that we could accomplish everything in daylight hours. They came in a Toyota Landcruiser, a different car from that planned, but I thought nothing of it, even though the windscreen was cracked.
    We raced a couple of rusty buses 154 km down the road to the park turn-off in the spitting rain, exacerbated by non-functioning windscreen water jets. Everything in this region is focused on safaris: for the bus drivers the "East African Safari". The buses drive flat out between staging posts in order to be first to collect passengers, overtaking on the inside, on curves and over blind hills as the opportunities arise.
    For some reason I could not understand, my driver kept drifting off the lane and hastily correcting the drift. Perhaps I thought, it was because he spent a large part of the trip dialling or answering people on the phone. Our speed would slowly decline and one or both buses would racket past showering us in a muddy spray. Then he would accelerate and pass them again to repeat the cycle further on.
    His instructions were to stop for coffee along the road and eventually he did stop at a buddies trinket shop alongside the main road. He wondered off leaving me to find coffee in the warehouse, filled with the same stuff in the Arusha Masai Market. Alas there was no coffee.
    The next stop was at a hotel where the company obtains lunch boxes for its clients. There it was suggested that I buy a coffee for TSh 3000 - instant coffee that is, which normally costs TSh200. The driver said nothing so we left.
    We passed a Army checkpoint without stopping and then pulled up at the Tourist and Diplomatic police guard hut. Bakari disappeared inside and ten minutes later came out with a policeman who got into the back seat. He moved the car 3 metres into a parking space and they both got out. As the fourth Tourist Troopy came and went as we sat there, I wondered what was going on and enjoying the scenery.
    A few minutes later I was summoned inside to find the driver locked in a cage - with our day's schedule. He told me the problem was the cracked windscreen.
    I returned to the vehicle to practice square breathing: in, pause, out, pause on the count of four. It didn't really work though and when the policewomen came out in her white gumboots , (brand name "Polisi",) I was still seething. She asked me in surprisingly good English what the driver had told me was the problem.
    "No, no," she replied, "he's drunk" and proceeded to tell me about the size of the numbers recorded by the breathalyzer.
    "But don't worry, I will find another driver for you. Just wait half an hour."
    And, mirabile dictu, she did. Another driver turned up and we set off one and a half hours late, leaving Bakari in pokey.
    Another 15 minute drive and we arrive at the Park entrance. Another delay: our vehicle does not match the paperwork and there should be another person with me. Luckily, the new driver Ima was an old hand at this game and I had the receipt from Shika Tours so we lost only half an hour.
    Windows wound firmly up, we gently ploughed through the baboon pack tourist watching on the road and onto the park dirt tracks. I said I wanted to go to Laetoli where the oldest footprints in the world are located, but the driver just headed off to the Leakey museum without saying anything. He claimed later that it was too far and not accessible anyway.
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  • Day22

    Flamingo Lodge, Karatu

    December 16, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Pleasant drive to campsite through some amazing scenery on the way. I am feeling a bit rough from my fall earlier today so had a snooze.

    The site is a lovely shady campsite attached to an expensive lodge with a pool. We peasant campers have to pay to use the pool.

    We arrive mid-afternoon and pitch our tents on the lawn and then spent the afternoon sitting in the shade and chatting until it was dinnertime.

    Now that the short rains have eased off, or hopefully stopped, I have reverted to camping again. In a tent, that is.

    The biggest hassle in the beginning, apart from the rain, is organising my stuff into gags suitable for different circumstances such as camping, hotels, away from truck nights etc. I have a system and it removes the stress for me. Luckily, last year, on my Silk Road trip, I bought a good sleeping mat and sleeping bag so I'm assured of a warm and comfortable night's sleep. So long as I'm not eejit enough to pitch my tent on a slope so I'm slipping off the sleeping mat all night. I did that once or twice!

    Off to bed early for a late departure the following morning for Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.
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  • Day18

    Flamingo Safari Lodge

    June 26, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    This afternoon we left the camp in a 4WD to make our way to begin our safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Conservation Park. This part of the trip is not with ON THE GO TOURS and was booked through GREEN BEE-EATER SAFARIS, our drivers name was the 'Jungle Master' with a name like that I have high expectations!

    We arrived at the Flamingo Safari Lodge and our tents were being set up for us as we arrived, we were told dinner would be ready by 7pm and that no help would be required - which is strange as normally we would set our tents up and help with daily chores such as cooking, cleaning and security but this company do all that for us so that we have more time on safari.

    Since there was nothing to do we went to the pool and had a couple beers along with some hot chips! The other two groups arrived about an hour later than us after doing a village tour so we joined them in the bar for a few more beers.
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  • Day10

    Acacia farm lodge

    August 6, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I think this is my favourite place to stay so far. I love the lodges hidden within large expanses of greenery and I love the fact they have their own vegetable garden and small coffee plantation. All the vegetables for the restaurant come from the garden and they are delicious. We saw eggplants the size of a small melon, carrots, lettuce, cucumber. Zucchini, tomatoes, onions, spinach, melon, cabbage, potatoes. They now have a fruit garden too and in 3 years they will not have to buy any fruit either. Emily and I went on a tour of the farm and some surrounding forest and now know if we were stranded like a Masai we could at least recognise which tree is the "toilet paper tree" which is the "sandpaper tree" and which we need to cut the sap to wash our clothes. Will all come in very handy in northern Virginia I am sure.
    Tomorrow we leave after breakfast for a 3 hour ride to the airport and then onto Zanzibar which everyone tells me is beautiful.
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  • Day9

    Crossing the Serengeti

    August 5, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Blimey - a very long day in the truck. 10 hours in total and 9.5 of them on bumpy dusty roads. There was a roar of excitement when we hit tarmac around 5pm. We crossed from the Western side of the Serengeti to the Eastern side - detouring a couple of times as the lions were out in force and we saw our first cheetah!! We had lunch in a place where you could see for miles in all directions and I realised how happy I was our 4X4 has two spare tyres on the back.
    We left Serengeti park and into a dusty barren area where you would think that life could not be supported. Saw our first mirage of a lake in the distance and dust swirls. In amongst all this were many Masai tribes and their goats. Amazing they have enough to live on. I didn't photograph as they don't allow it. It is a particularly dry year and the dust was so bad.
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  • Day9

    Into the Ngorongoro Crater

    August 5, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Just as we thought we couldn't stand the dust any more we started to climb some undulating hills and then up to a view over the Ngorongoro crater- Beautiful. Then the trees started to get greener and the foliage thicker and we moved into a completely different climate. We are staying at the Acacia Farm Lodge which has a working coffee plantation onsite just outside the small town of Karatu. Finally we are not under canvas and have a kettle in our room. Yippee !!Read more

  • Day10

    A beautiful morning in a "caldera"

    August 6, 2017 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Caldera was not a word I have used before now. I was reliably informed the Ngorongoro crater was not a crater but a caldera. So having looked that up it is like a sinkhole formed when a volcano collapses. The wildlife inside is isolated from the rest of the world and i can say this one was breathtaking. If I was ever picturing the garden of Eden this would be close. A salt lake with flamingos on it, wildebeest, hippos lounging in beautiful rivers, elephants, zebra, lions of course. Even saw ostriches mating and a very unusual cat called a serval - very much like the cats you see in Egyptian paintings with the big pointy ears.
    Unfortunately Emily couldn't do her trick with the binoculars as I left mine at the breakfast table at the last resort (duh) and Oliver left his in his room this morning. So I did my best with photos and videos although I don't think they capture the expanse of the caldera and the beauty in there.
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