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  • Day13

    Kilimanjaro National Park

    July 25, 2017 in Tanzania

    Free day in the Kilimanjaro National Park, approximately 15km from Mount Kilimanjaro. Walked to Kilaysia waterfalls located at the bottom of a steep jungle covered ravine with three of our truckmates. Quick swim as it was freezing cold.
    Managed a quick glimpse of Kilimanjaro as the cloud covered it except for 20 minutes.

  • Day15

    Truck Life

    July 27, 2017 in Tanzania

    Our truck is 21 years old, has six wheels and weighs about 9.5 tonnes. It's called Chui, meaning Leopard in Swaheli, as it is our drivers favourite animal. Our driver, Often, is fantastic and is from Nairobi. He has been doing this job for over 20 years, is very passionate and thorough with everything and keeps the truck immaculate and in good working order. It's not uncommon for him to do a full days driving then get under the truck to change something. We have an Australian guide, called Vicky, who is about the same age as us. She is really good at her job and is a good laugh too.
    The day starts with the cook group, who had cooked dinner the previous night, preparing breakfast 30 minutes before it is served , usually toast and porridge or eggs. Meanwhile everyone else is packing up their tent and belongings usually in the dark so we can get away early straight after breakfast. Often people pass the time on the truck looking out, listening to music, reading, sleeping or playing cards, using the big eskies as a table. Not always easy when the beach and sides are open. Roadside lunch stops are quick, with everyone helping the cook team to prepare it, either bean salad, pasta salad, salad sandwiches or cous cous. Some days we just pick up our own food from roadside cafes and stalls, like samosas. On the way to camp the new cook group will be given their budget and have to shop at either a market, roadside or supermarket and buy fresh ingredients for dinner, breakfast and lunch. Evening meals usually take up to 2 hours to prepare as alot of chopping is required. Meals are cooked on the three coal burners and require some careful management as hot water is also needed for washing up as well as cooking the meat, veg and carb dishes. Others put up tents, handwash clothes, sit around and chat, play cards or go to the camp bar. Most campsites are at a campground that is fenced in, has showers that are often heated by wood fires, or cold showers, toilets and a bar.
    Most people travelling are British, although we have some Australian, American, a Maltesse, Danish and an Ecuadorian with generally around 23 people. There are various places that people can join and leave.
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  • Day15

    The long drive home

    August 12, 2017 in Tanzania

    On the truck yesterday I overheard a discussion between two English passengers about the heatwave in England back in June. And as we do, I thought back to myself swimming in the Thames, getting sunburnt at Royal Ascot and popping the top on the Campervan to let the breeze in because it was too hot to sleep. It also feels like it was so long ago, holidays have a habit of that as I am fairly sure that if I were to ask anyone who was in Melbourne if they remember the big chill of June 2017, they would say it hasn't ended! But for me it seems so long ago due to the amount of ground I have covered.

    Yesterday I set off with my new group for the longest drive of the trip so far. We left the powder white sand of northern Zanzibar at 7.30am, spent two hours on a ferry (I stared at the horizon for 1 hour and 50 mins before being drenched by a torrential downpour) then two hours in gridlock traffic in Dar es Salaam (me awake, everyone else asleep) before driving another 9 hours to camp. It was a no lunch day and we were given 10 mins in a mini mart to buy snacks before getting back on the truck. Snacks means biscuits or cassava chips. I also found a can of chilled sparkling pineapple juice. Winning.

    Our camp is in a national park and one of the best camps so far. There are hot showers, a restaurant/bar, swimming pool and, so the sign says, wifi. But let me say, that it's African wifi. I have now learned the true meaning of that. I am told it costs an establishment $250 US per month to maintain a wifi connection, and needless to say, many of these places have issues with "the network" when you arrive so you take the signs with a grain of salt.

    The group are heading off shortly on an optional game drive and I am staying put as we have another 6 hour drive this afternoon to our next camp. Not even the pull of the animals could make me want to break down the tent in the dark today. So I am sitting here with all the activity happening around me, just happy to be able to stand still for a couple of hours in my own company. Very few people get to experience even a fraction of what I have done over the past couple of months and I haven't lost sight of how fortunate I have been to have taken this trip. I also haven't lost sight of the fact that it's not over yet.

    The rest of the long drive home is jam packed with life changing experiences. We will see lots more animals, we get to spend a couple of days off the grid again at Lake Malawi, we are donating clothing, bedding and lots of goggles (a fellow passenger is a gym/pool manager and brought them with her) to some people in Malawi and the final stages will be visiting some of the places we went to 20 years ago in Zimbabwe. I still have memories of Bulawayo and the Rhodes National Park and of course Victoria Falls. It will be sort of a homecoming before coming home.

    If there was ever a way to wrap up the long drive home, then I would say this is picture perfect. But please, no cassava chips today.
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  • Day60

    Dar es Salaam

    February 28 in Tanzania

    Wir haben ja nun schon viele Touren in unterschiedliche Slums, Townships oder Favelas gemacht. Dementsprechend hielten wir uns für einigermaßen gut vorbereitet, in Dar Es Salaam eine City Tour zu machen (https://www.kizito-tours.com/). Aber dann war es doch noch etwas anderes, als wir es erwartet hatten. Wir hatten beide das Gefühl, in den Organismus von Dar es Salaam einzutauchen, durch die Lebensadern der Stadt zu fließen: Zuerst auf dem Kivukoni Fish Market (https://migrationology.com/dar-es-salaam-fish-market-auction/) und später auf dem Kariakoo Market (http://www.kariakoomarket.co.tz/): viele Gerüche, Geräusche, Farben und andere Sinneseindrücke prasselten auf uns ein. Überall eine Vielzahl von Menschen, die einkaufen, sich treffen und unterhalten, Spiele spielen usw. Zwischendurch ging es auch um die historisch-kolonialen und moderne Architektur, das war eher stadtgeographisch lehrreich. Nach mehr als 6 Stunden Tour mit Ferdinand waren unsere Köpfe (bei 34 Grad) mit Eindrücken so voll, dass in unsere Unterkunft gefahren sind uns und dort dem Indischen Ozean und dem "Kilimandscharo'" hingegeben haben. Schon verrückt, was so eine Tour auslösen kann.Read more

  • Day27

    Kom ons bespreek: waatlemoensap

    October 7, 2016 in Tanzania

    Waatlemoen in 'n glas. Somer deur die buig van 'n strooitjie. Hoekom drink ons dit nie meer gereeld nie? Ons is in Dar es Salaam en eet middagete by Ranger's Café voor ons nou-nou die ferrie vat na Zanzibar. Ons eet: vis met kokosneutmelk-kerrie. Verdomp lekker. Net grate oor.

  • Day6

    Tanzania Moshi

    August 17, 2016 in Tanzania

    Het vliegtuig ging iets later weg dan gepland maar de 20 minuten vertraging is onderweg ingehaald zodat we op tijd aankwamen in Tanzania. Een prima vlucht gehad van de KLM met voldoende eten, drinken en entertainment.
    De douane in Tanzania werd na het afgeven van vingerafdrukken en een foto snel doorlopen waarna de chauffeur van de reisorganisatie, Frederic, ons stond op te wachten. In een ritje van zo'n 40 minuten bracht hij ons naar de Kilimanjaro Lodge, ons eerste verblijf.
    Gedurende de rit vertelde hij allerlei leuke feitjes over Tanzania zodat de rit vlot voorbij was. Buiten was het al donker waardoor we nog weinig van het landschap hebben gezien.
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  • Day26

    Zanzibar Port

    July 4, 2017 in Tanzania

    It is time to leave Zanzibar and head back to Tanzania.
    I have had a great few days in Zanzibar but I am now rested and ready to continue with my adventure.

    We were one of the first ones through their 'customs' (which makes no sense because we aren't leaving or entering a different country) and the luggage scanner, we sat down where there was plenty of room for everyone and their bags. About an hour later they advised they would start boarding we made our way to line up and were told by security to sit down. We sat down and they began letting up each row one by one and leaving us to last, we boarded the Kilimanjaro-5 and it was completely full. There was seat numbers on our tickets but apparently that doesn't mean anything because people were in our seats, we were made to go up to the top deck where half of us sat on the floor and the other half stood.

    The ride was about two hours long and what made it worse was about thirty minutes in I began getting motion sickness. I thought I was going to vomit, I was trying everything - standing, sitting, looking forwards, looking backwards but the only relief I got was laying on my side. If it had been any longer I probably would have been vomiting.
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  • Day82

    Ostküste Afrikas: der Indischer Ozean

    December 23, 2016 in Tanzania

    Nach dem zuletzt sehr gemäßigten Klima, durch die Lage Kigalis mit rund 1600 Metern, traf mich das feucht-heiße Klima der tansanischen Küsten wie ein Schlag, was die Überfahrt nach Sansibar am Folgetag nach meiner Ladung in DarEsSalam nicht besser werden ließ. Dafür wurde man mit kristallklarem Wasser und tadellos blauem Himmel entschädigt. Und war ich im ersten Reiseabschnitt (von Kampala nach DarEsSalam) noch alleine unterwegs, waren wir (beginnend mit der Fährüberfahrt) dann zu siebt. Jana, meine Mitbewohnerin aus Kampala, hatte zusätzlich 5 Freunde aus ihrem deutschen Austauschprogramm “Kulturweit" für den Sansibar-Urlaub begeistern können. (Lara aus Kenia, Jamilia aus Mali, Timo aus Äthiopien sowie Ole und Lena aus Ruanda). Doch selbst jetzt war die Gruppe noch nicht komplett, Astrid, eine zweite (schwedische) Mitbewohnerin von mir, war bereits eine Woche früher (mit Tauchkurs) vor Ort und auch sie hatte zwei Freunde dabei, die jeweils über Weihnachten und zwischen den Jahren mit uns zusammen unterwegs waren. Die 12 Tage Aufenthalt auf der Insel haben sich in drei Stationen aufgeteilt: Jambiani und Paje an der Ostküste, sowie Stone Town an der Westseite der Insel. Mit dem öffentlichen Nahverkehr (Matatu Taxi-Bus) in Jambiani angekommen (aber auch schon am Fähranleger in Stone Town), war ich überrascht von der Armut/ dem einfachen Lebensstil, der trotz des starken Tourismus vorherrschend war.Read more

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