Karatu District

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  • Day15

    Safari Day 3: Ngorongoro I

    August 17, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Heute waren wir im Ngorongoro Nationalpark. Entstanden durch einen ehemaligen Vulkankrater, welcher nach und nach zusammengebrochen ist, bietet der Park ein unglaubliches Landschaftsbild.

    Man beginnt im Regenwald bei 3.000m Höhe (zumindest laut unserem Guide 🤔) und fährt dann in den Krater. Hier wechselt sich das Landschaftsbild von trocken, karg bis zu wild und grün in nur wenigen hundert Metern und es wird einem nicht langweilig die Landschaft zu betrachten. 😍

    Zu den bereits bekannten Tieren, gesellten sich heute noch Büffel, Hippos und eine größere Anzahl hinzu...

    (Aufteilung zwei Footprints wegen der Bilder)
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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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  • Day442

    Large hole

    January 12 in Tanzania ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    This old volcano, possibly larger than nearby Mt Kilimanyaro, erupted 2.3 million years ago to leave the world’s largest unflooded and unbroken caldera. Research suggests various hominids have occupied the area for some 3 million years.
    Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, the 600m deep crater forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem.
    People come here to see the animals of course. The resident population, estimated at 20 – 25,000 large mammals, is contained within a natural sanctuary with favourable rainfall and sunshine leading to abundant food supplies. Wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, eland, hartebeest, elephant, rhino, waterbuck and bushbuck all eaten by leopards, hyenas , jackals and lions.
    The lakes, Ndutu and Masek, are both alkaline soda lakes, sustaining the swamp environment which complements the savannah plains.
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  • Day162

    Elefantenfamilie im Lake Manyara NP

    February 7 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Schon als wir glaubten, dass dieser Tag vergleichsweise unspektakulär werden wird, tauchte eine ganze Elefantenfamilie aus dem Gebüsch neben und vor unserem Jeep auf. Da die Jugendlichen die Straße zum Kampfplatz machten konnten wir längere Zeit nicht weiter.

  • 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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  • Day21

    Tansania Impressions

    August 23, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Soo, jetzt waren wir knapp 3 Wochen in Tansania und man muss wirklich sagen, dass es nicht annähernd genügend Zeit ist, sich ein richtiges Bild von diesem Land zu machen... aber es ist extrem, wie viele unterschiedliche Facetten dieses Land zu bieten hat!

    Von Regenwald, Mooslandschaft, Wüste, Busch, Berge, Erd- und Grüntöne in allen Nuancen 🌴🌵🌿, wilden und zahmen Tieren - naturmäßig ist hier so unheimlich viel vertreten 🦜🦒🦓🐘☀️

    Die Menschen, welche wir kennen lernen durften, waren herzlich, freundlich, aufgeschlossen... 🥰 es war nicht unüblich, dass wir direkt mit Brother oder Sister angesprochen wurden und auch die Kinder waren so erzogen, dass man sich immer freundlich grüßte und winkte ☀️👏

    Aber wir haben in dieser Zeit auch viel Armut gesehen und viele Lebensgeschichten gehört, bei denen wir erstmal schlucken mussten (über Arbeitslosigkeit, Armut, Zwangsverheiratung, Gewalt, Ausbeutung...) und feststellen, wie gut es uns doch eigentlich geht und wie selten wir das von Herzen wertschätzen... 😏

    Aber die Menschen hier machen einfach das Beste aus den Gegebenheiten und sind dankbar, lebensfroh und schauen meist nach Vorne ☺️
    und davon konnten wir einiges lernen. 🥰

    Danke und Danke Extrek Afrika.

    Fazit: Heute mal etwas ernster.... 😅
    🎶 Stop your fighting give your brother some help and do you believe in something higher than yourself and you full of love that mean you know your full of wealth got to lace up your shoes buckle your belt... 🎵

    🎶 You See my Id then you know that we are one and you see my Id does it matter where we from and so at the end a man is just a man my identification - Weh mi guh suh Then 🎵
    (Gentleman Id)
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