2020AfricaCountries SummaryTanzania

Summary: Tanzania

3,771 km in 43 days. We have our first accident in Tanzania. Nothing spectacular, but an accident in Africa always costs a lot of time and nerves: Discussions, police station, clarification, revision, clarification again … after one day everything is done, and everyone is satisfied. The police are everywhere in Tansania: behind every bush, to confront traffic offenders and of course to cash in. So, we are pleasantly surprised that we can get through all the controls without any problems. In the south-west of the country it is very green and humid, which makes our hikes to crater lakes very mystical. In Isimila we look at great sandstone formations. And in the pretty town of Iringa we actually catch a tire claw, which Karin quickly “removes” through her acting skills in the form of getting a hysteric cry outburst. In the Udzungwa Mountains we hike to the beautiful Sanje waterfalls. On the coast, in Bagamoyo, the dreamlike Indian Ocean awaits us with diverse coastal impressions and tropical palm gardens. Of course, Zanzibar should not be missing and so we go for a week to the well-known holiday island, which fortunately is not as populated as normal due to Corona. So, we spend wonderful beach days there, including snorkeling on the breathtaking Mnemba Island. Tanga is unspectacular in itself, but since Oliver spent the first four years of his life there, we naturally want to take a closer look at it. Then we continue to the idyllic Usambara Mountains, where someone is sneaking into Shujaa and is stealing some money. But the beauty of the landscape, an extensive quad tour and an eventful hike compensate us for this incident. Over the South and North Pare Mountains we drive to Moshi, the base town of Kilimanjaro, and drive around the mountain to actually get into a driving mud fight on the other side. In the Arusha NP Karin stays at a beautiful lodge to devote herself intensively to yoga, while Oliver climbs Mount Meru which is a unique experience for him. Then we drive through the Maasai savannah towards the Rift Valley and enjoy the solitude of this barren, but magical Maasai area. Then of course we also visit the classics Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti, which gives us wonderful viewings of big cats including their babies that we have never experienced before. The landscapes there are simply unique, and we have to say that they are so popular for a reason. The way to Uganda leads us through the completely untouristic West Tanzania on partly very lonely slopes.

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