Category Archives: Tanzania

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


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

maasai village-5

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

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

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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Tanzania part I – The not-yet-Chinesed B8 to Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park

Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago. Continue reading