After about four weeks of staying in, sometimes luxury, hotels and lodges it was time to camp again! This time at a grassy area at the Mwanza Yacht Club. Proper campings are scarce in Tanzania. After that we drove to the border and camped at a German Fort. The next day we passed the border of Rwanda.
One of the most unique experiences in Africa when talking about wildlife is ‘The Great Migration’. More than a million wildebeests migrate throughout the year. According to our research the wildebeests had to be in the ‘Western corridor’ of the park. We started hesitating while we were in the park. Weren’t we too late?
The next morning the Ngorongoro crater was our first highlight of the day. After taking in the views we proceeded to Serengeti National Park. Next to all the pretty things we saw the highlights for me were the gazelles, lions, elephants, hippos and even a leopard in a tree!
Arusha NP is one of the smallest in the area but is known for its diverse scenery: swamps, plains, mountain and the Ngordoto crater. Tarangire National park was the next park on our list. Some books describe this park as one of the few places where you can still admire the African nature the way it was intended.
What an adventure driving to Emau Hill. The road was muddy and steep. The last kilometers we had to walk. The owners are very unfriendly but the location is perfect and we saw a lot of chameleons. The next day we went to Lushoto and did a hike to Irente Viewpoint. We drove further to Moshi and saw the Kilimanjaro.
Since Dar es Salaam isn’t exactly the ‘place to be’ we left early the next morning in the direction of Bagamoyo, a little fishing village 70 km North of Dar. The main purpose of staying here was to acclimatise: have a nice lunch, visit the local fish market, admire old ruins and stay in a lovely B&B.
The boutique hotel is actually a huge beach house with a colonial touch. The Italian owners decorated the seven rooms in a beautiful way. It truly was a paradise. Moreover the location was perfect. When you go down the stairs of the garden you step onto the white beach with palm trees at either side.
After two hours on the boat we arrived in the little harbor of Stone Town. The special thing about Stone Town are all these little alleys that make you feel like your going back in time. There lots of culture and the fact that you can easily walk through this city is what makes it unique in Africa.
The goal for today was to reach the top of the highest waterfall, Sanje Waterfall, in Tanzania. With its 180 meters that’s quite a tough mission. After we had seen the top our guide Charles insisted on showing us the base as well. All the way at the bottom it became clear how high the waterfalls actually were.