Malawi Part I – Chitemba and Livingstonia

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Getting across the border and into Malawi was easy peasy. One day Hugo will remember to do his post about our border crossings and all the red tape involved. For now we will stick with: no problems encountered! Continue reading

Tanzania Part VIII – The last few days…

Another beautiful sunset in Tanzania

By now, we are all quite comfortable saying a few basic words in Swahili:

Hello – Jambo / Mambo / Habari; Reply – Jambo / Poa / Nzuri / Nzuri sana; White person – Mzungu; Your are welcome – Karibu; Thank you – Asanta sana. Continue reading

Tanzania Part VII – Zanzibar

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After our eventful boat trip to Zanzibar, we finally reached Kendwa Rocks Hotel, as recommended by our travel guide and other travelers. We still can not get used to the prices that hotels and lodges in Africa charge and what you actually get for the price. It just doesn’t compute. Kendwa Rocks was more of the same, five star prices at two star service, food, facilities and accommodation. Continue reading

Tanzania Part VI – Peponi Beach

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Driving from Serengeti to Karatu, we had to pass through the Ngorongoro conservation area again, and paid US$ 160 for the privilege. You don’t go into the park itself, see no wild animals, only drive along its boundaries, a massive rip-off. Continue reading

Tanzania Part V – Serengeti National Park

 

Serengeti rotskoppie

Serengeti rotskoppie

Throughout our trip I have been desperate to see a lion up, close and personal. I refused to take a photo of a lion if I needed my big lens. I would also settle for an in-your-face roar that resonates in your stomach. A fence between us would be nice, but as long as the lion is not hungry, that’s not so important… Continue reading

Tanzania Part IV – Ngorongoro National Park

20 – 24 August 2015

First view of the crater

First view of the crater. The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.

After breakfast at Jungle Junction, we said our last goodbyes and left for Tanzania. And met our first corrupt cop in 25,300 kilometers! Continue reading

Kenya Part III – Aberdare National Park and back to Nairobi

17 to 19 August 2015

View of Lake Naivasha

View of Lake Naivasha

The first 20 kilometres of the road from Lake Naivasha to Aberdare, was tarred. From there on we followed a gravel road taking us up to 3,100 metres above sea level. The road was winding through small farms and villages, with the biggest climb at the end near the gate to the National Park. Continue reading

Kenya Part II – Nairobi

5 – 14 August 2015

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The first part of the road from Maasai Mara to Nairobi was horrible. Mainly because of the bad corrugation but also due to the crazy drivers bringing guests from Nairobi to the Park. They had no fear, speeding on the gravel road at speeds that would have me make them stop and let me out if I was one of their passengers. I’d rather take my chances with lions and elephants; I’m sure it would be safer that way. Continue reading

Kenya Part I – Maasai Mara

1 August 2015 – 5 August 2015

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After only four days in Tanzania, we were finally in Kenya. We had to come to Kenya via Tanzania and the southern shores of Lake Victoria as our insurance did not cover us north of the Equator, unless we pay a prince’s ransom. Continue reading

Tanzania Part III – Lake Victoria

Another day, another borderjump. Customs and Immigration at the Rwanda side were smooth and easy. Tanzania, not so much, and for no apparent reason other than that someone wanted and incentive to be a little quicker. Continue reading