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…