Monthly Archives: September 2015

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

Rwanda Part III – The last three days

After a pleasant enough stay at the Kinigi Guest House we set off for Lake Kivu on Saturday 25 July.

Running along the Congolese border for 90km, the 2,370km² Lake Kivu is one of a string of ‘inland seas’ that submerge much of the Albertine Rift floor as it runs southward from the Sudan to Zambia. Continue reading

Rwanda part II – Mzungus in the mist

Mzungu: Swahili for “white/European person” (courtesy Wikipedia)

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We are still amazed at what a beautiful country Rwanda is with all its mountains. More than a thousand hills, I’m sure. It is a pleasure to drive on the beautiful, tarred roads, albeit slowly. There are people and bicycles everywhere, and taxis veering past you at hair-raising speeds. It seems as though every centimetre space are in use. The mountains have all been contoured, manually, and the crops abound. Rice, corn, wheat, potatoes, tomatoes, chrysanthemum and more. Continue reading

Rwanda Part I – Border Jumping and Kigali

Rwanda is a land-locked country in Central Africa. Also known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda has five volcanoes, 23 lakes and numerous rivers. The country lies 1 270 km west of the Indian Ocean and 2 000 km east of the Atlantic – literally in the heart of Africa.

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Tanzania Part II – Jane Goodall’s chimps

On Day 140, a Monday, we left Katavi for Kigoma, on the north-eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika near Burundi. It meant taking the terrible B8 again and being shaken about for hours. At least the last 80 km were tarred, a fantastic surprise. This road wasn’t even on the map and saved us an hour according to our GPS’s estimated arrival time.

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