The first of 46 days of overlanding and camping
Trip Start Apr 26, 2010
169Trip End Dec 02, 2010
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Today we were up and out early. Breakfast at 6.30am was a buffet that was pretty good. Omelettes made to order, bacon and sausages, that sort of thing, and I had the most amazing mango, it was great. We took our bags down to our truck named Christie after supermodel Christie Brinkley, found a seat and we were off. The truck is pretty well kitted out. There are 2 x 4 seats with a table and 18 other seats plus a front cab for the drivers. Theres a fridge, 2 chilly bins, a bookshelf with books to read or swap, a powerboard and all sorts. Theres even a corkboard with maps, itineraries, photos etc.
Todays drive was quite big and one of the worst according to the guides. The road was really bumpy in parts because they were redoing so much of the road, so they just divert you off onto the dirt. So it was on-off all day.
The countryside started off quite barren but it green up a bit once we crossed into Tanzania, which also has more hills and mountains. One of the coolest things we saw though were the Masai people in their villages. They are typically a nomadic tribe who roam their lands herding cattle towards water etc. They wear such bright clothes – coloured fabrics that just layer across their bodies. They have a lot of jewellery and the men even have the big long holey earlobes like I've seen in pictures, all with big earrings. It was pretty cool. So we saw their mudhuts and even village markets selling their jewellery and crafts.
At the border crossing today, the masai girls asked whether I wanted to buy a ncecklace, which I said no, then they asked if I wanted to swap. So I had a black one that came with one of my dresses that they pointed out they wanted, so I was happy to swap. So now I have a cool black Masai necklace. Quite stoked about that one.
We saw a lot of interesting things along the way, like kids waving and yelling hello and Jambo, African ladies travelling with baskets on their heads (yes they actually do that) etc, but I think the photographs rather than descriptions do it more justice.
We arrived at the Snake Park, our camp for the night – along with about 5 other overlanding trucks and set up our tents. The tents are really rugged and sturdy. They are army type material with 4 poles, connecting in a cross. Easy to put up though, so that is good.
We had spag bog and veges for dinner, not a bad first meal and I wrote 20 pages of this crappy paper diary and it was off to bed.