Jambo Tansania: Massai traditional dance in Tanzania
City with a view

Moshi

view on Kilimandscharo in Moshi

Kilimanjaro International Airport (which unfortunately is anything but international) can be an uncomfortable arriving: in a non-air conditioned, humid arrival hall without ATMs to be able to pay in cash the required visa. Be sure to bring dollars.

woman on street in Moshi with fruit sellers

I was enthusiastic about Tanzania right from the start. Pure exoticism and the red earth of Africa made the five-day stay on the mainland unforgettable.

My recommendation for a place to stay ist at Edmund´s. He was our driver these days, has a great knowledge of the city and turned know his dream into reality to open a guesthouse.

woman carrying stuff on streets of Arusha
Safari in the

Tarangire National Park

overloaded bus on streets of Arusha

From Moshi it is a four hour drive to Tarangire National Park, but the observations on the way were at least as spectacular as the safari itself. After passing through the largest city in the region, Arusha, Massai crossed the highway with their herds of goats at regular intervals.

people in front of market entrance Arusha
chaotic traffic in Arusha
motorcyclists on highway to Tarangire Nationalpark
Hello

Big Five

The Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest park in Tanzania, but it has the largest elephant population in the country. Never before on safari have I seen so many animals in such short time – after only three hours the Big Five. Check out to spend this special day with Jimmy.

road sign in Tarangire Nationalpark
zebras in water Tarangire Nationalpark
elephants at water hole Tarangire Nationalpark
giraffes and zebras Tarangire Nationalpark
elephant closed eyes Tarangire Nationalpark
lion with kill beneath a tree Tarangire Nationalpark
Massai doing fire in Tanzania

The visit to the Entrance Gate at the Massai village is overwhelming in one way, but it is a pity that there is only a standard tourist program and individual requests are denied.

Massai jumping and dancing in Tanzania
Heading to

Usambara Mountains

people selling fruits in Usambara mountains

The journey to Lushoto is only something for strong nerves or better said the bus driving in Tanzania in general. The busses were all just before falling apart and overcrowded with far too many passengers. And without air conditioning, at 35 degrees outside temperature.

The last part to Lushoto felt a little queasy, because to board up a narrow serpentine road without being able to see the oncoming traffic, simply cannot be a good idea. But the landscape distracted at least a little from the risky turns. Passing waterfalls, small villages, farms and fruit sellers at the roadside.

housing in Usambara mountains
women selling fruits at bus in Lushoto
woman in garden of Irente view point lodge

Irente View Cliff Lodge is the perfect stopover for hikers for a rest with homemade bread, curd, cheese and homemade jam.

Place to stay: Lawns Hotel, which is located a little outside on a hill. From the big terrace one has a fantastic view to the mountains, the garden is huge and in the evening it is heated with oven and fireplace – also in midsummer it gets very fresh in the evenings.

woman walking through Lushoto in Usambara mountains

With a local mountain guide I hiked to the Irente Viewpoint. The view is simply brilliant and on the way there there is a lot of local life to observe. The route led over brooks, fields and meadows, past many small villages. Everywhere a friendly „Jambo“ (hello) was shouted to me and the children smiled mischievously and shouted „Mzungu! (White).

boy on top of Irente view point Lushoto