Weekly Photo Challenge: V2V Collage

A submission to this week’s photo-challenge: Collage  Two years ago we were in the middle of our epic journey across Africa from Lake Victoria to Victoria Falls. I’ve decided to revisit this blog and to update it having never done so since it was composed on route. It’s a work in progress but I hope to…

The End of the Journey

We are home and after 29 days on the road it is good to stop. Some statistics about our journey We traveled a total of 5500 miles. We visited 5 countries. If you’d like to see more here is our day by day itinerary Tanzania Malawi Zambia Botswana Zimbabwe (courtesy of the Victoria Falls bridge) We passed…

Day 29 – Moshi to Mwanza

The one thing I am not going to miss about this holiday will be the early starts. The alarm goes off at 4:15am and we are up and ready for breakfast at 5am with our hosts. Tembo Tamu has been a real home from home and I would recommend it to anyone coming to this…

Day 28- Moshi to Msisu Village and Coffee Plantation 

We wake to rain! The first we have seen four weeks. Moshi means smoke in Kiswahili and The mist covered mountain is as if shrouded in smoke. Looks like we’ll be unable to see it on this visit. Today we are going on a coffee tour. This will take us over 2000m up onto Kilamanjaro…

Day 27 – Moshi

Moshi is the closest town to Mount Kilamanjaro the tallest mountain in Africa. Sadly you can’t see it most of the time. We are here in Moshi as an extension to our holiday plans. We also need to drop our son at the airport where he will take a flight to Nairobi,Kenya where he will…

Day 26 – Kipepeo Beach to Moshi

       Another glorious sunrise means another early rising as we pack up the tent.     It seems like much longer but after only a day we leave Kipepeo Beach and head back across the ferry. It’s along queue of cars but 5000TzS gets us access to the emergency gate – whether this is a…

Day 25 – Dar Es Salaam to Kipepeo Beach

We get off the train at 12:45am after 57 hours (see last post). We’re tired and a little disgruntled. Having anticipated a delay, we have not booked any accommodation tonight – we considered the train might be a day late but 12 hours late is a bit of a nightmare scenario. We are approached by…

Day 24 – Mbeya to Dar Es Salaam

Throughout the night the train chugs on. I sleep when we’re moving but wake when we stop. We stop at least three times overnight. Whenever we start there is always a jolt as the carriages bump one another. Soon though the sound of the tracks lull me back to sleep. I wake just after sunrise…

Day 23 Kapiri Mposhi to Mbeya (Tazara Train)

We make our way across Zambia. We have managed to cram our bags under bunks and in a storage area. There are four bunks a small table in our compartment. Pillows and blankets are provided. The train is a little decrepit- there is no light switch – just two wires which need to be tied…

Day 5b- Mbamba Bay to Likoma

Just before midnight there is a knock at the door of our guesthouse. There is a man outside. The landlady has gone to bed, we are up awaiting the arrival of the captain of our intended boat at 2am. We wake her up and she lets him  in. It is the owner of another boat…

Day 5a –  Mbamba Bay 2

After the peace and quiet of recent days the night is noisy. A local party blares out music through the night in typically Tanzanian style. As we toss and turn In our separate dorms we both mull things over. Some questions. Why a night crossing? What about the boat? Who is the captain? We meet…

Day 4 – Mbamba Bay

I wake at just before 7. The sun is rising, the smell of smoke from charcoal fires permeates the morning air. We are staying put today. After two heavy days of travel it is time to put our feet up and relax. One peculiarity of our accommodation is that all of us are in a…

Day 3 – Songea to Mbamba Bay

Yet another early start – up at 4:30am to get taxi at 5am except our taxi driver had overslept so no pickup until 5:45 for a bus which departs at 6am. We arrived so late last night we have not arranged for tickets do it is risky. Luckily there is room for us and our…

Day 1 – Mwanza to Dar Es Salaam

We are up at 5:30am in order to get the taxi to the Airport. The usual scans and searches at this provincial airport. Small as it is there are still two places where we need to remove shoes and electronic items. The flight is smooth and we land ahead of time.   Then a wait…

Changing Plans

We’ve not even set off yet, but are plans are going to have to change. Two problems have arisen today. 1. The TANZARA train from Dar Es Salaam to Kapiri Mposhi is fully booked for next week. This was our way into Zambia. My wife’s malaria in recent weeks delaying our preparations and so we…

Welcome

Welcome to this new blog, which will chart our travels in the next few weeks. It is a companion to our main blog Tanzalongs but is specific to our journey from Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania to Livingstone in Zambia, home to Victoria Falls and back again, hence the name Victoria…