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.
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.
Tarangire National Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).