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Friday, September 18th 2015, 1:19pm

Africa Trip June 2015- 7 Countries, 3 Months, 18 800km – Tanzania Ruaha 6 - 11 July 2015

Careful when passing through the Rusumo border (Rwanda/Tanzania) there is only a single office for coming in and out – we almost drove through both sides without stopping. Unfortunately the Tanzanian customs did not accept that we had a multi entry TIP so had to pay the $25 again.
So back onto the potholed road to Nyankanazi and Nzega. Arrived early evening and stayed at Forest Inn. Very cost effective at about R 50 bb with a great pub and the best chicken masala ever. Next morning looked at the Toyota dealer but not open at 7:30 and looked dodgy so on we went plus no autobanks accepting our master card. Headed on to Singida, Dodoma then pushed through to Iringa – arriving after dark. The road from Dodoma is new and a stunning drive with huge baobab forests and then the mountain pass. Around Singida had allot of attempted bribes from traffic police for speeding – we were the slowest car on the roads, but Robyn talked her way out of them – 60 000 with receipt or 30 000 shillings no receipt. The busses on the roads are dangerous and the truck not as bad but driving was a stressful affair. At Iringa we could not find Huruma guesthouse (T4A) so booked into the MR Hotel on the main road - cost effective and an excellent chicken curry. Also the guard in the garage washed the car for us during the night. After stocking up from the market and bartering for a case of beers (need a crate to get a new one but were able to pay a deposit for crate which we got back from the same place on our way back from Ruaha).
The road to Ruaha is a corrugated nightmare – Fortuner was floating on the road at 20km/h – scary. 3 hour drive to the gate ($40 per vehicle/day, $30 pppd entry, $30 pppd camping - $840 for 4 of us for 3 days). We camped in the public site which is on the river banks with stunning views but basic ablutions, cold shower and a large store room. As the camp was almost empty we chose a beautiful site under a jackelberry tree – bad move as every night 2 elephants came to eat the dropped seed pods – bit scary to see only an elephant eye from the roof top tent. We saw plenty of game, huge herd of buffalo, lots of lions (one female walked through the camp roaring at 7 in the morning), cheetah hunting and much more. 3 nights was enough time for us and it was time to move on to Malawi but first the 8 hour drive to Kasumulu border.
We were happy to leave Tanzania – it was expensive, very dirty, corrupt and dangerous driving the roads to busses, trucks, bicycles etc. just doing their own thing at speed.
jhcolclough has attached the following images:
  • Baobab forest.JPG
  • MR Hotel Iringa view from rooms.JPG
  • Ruaha Public Campsite No 1.JPG
  • On our front door step.JPG
  • Ruaha plains.JPG
  • Ruaha River.JPG
  • Ruaha.JPG
  • Followed this guy for a few km.JPG
  • Ruaha River view site.JPG
  • Must have a sunset picture.JPG



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Friday, September 18th 2015, 2:48pm

Nice pics, lioness looks awesome. Seem to close for me.Corruption always takes the shine off but part of our lives now.:)

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Friday, September 18th 2015, 4:13pm

Corruption always takes the shine off but part of our lives now.

I think most of Africa works that way


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