Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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So, we will reach a mile stone today. We are heading toward Mwanza (the over grown village, as Ottwa calls it) on Lake Vic.
We travelled through great agricultural areas – really enjoying to see everyone involved in farming. The road is busy with many buses and taxi's. Once we reached the edge of the lake at Kalebezo, the road became tar. There are big areas where rice paddles can clearly be seen, although not with rice at the moment. Again, the emphasis here is on farming.
Getting closer to Kigongo, the scene changes with many giant granite boulders reminding one of Nelspruit in a way
The water, unlike in Tanganyika, is green and dark in places. The trip on the ferry was soon something of the past. The big engine made light work of the 3-4 km crossing. As a matter of fact. Two ferries run simultaneously, crossing in the middle.
Next is Mwanza. What a shock! No "over-sized" village at all! It is more like Lusaka. If Mwanza is referred to as an “over-sized” Village then Dar must be 10 times its size. Mwanza is a city in all respects, complete with an airport that carries a fair amount of air traffic.
When we arrived at the Yacht club, they were hosting a wedding which left little space for camping not to mention the noise that could be expected of such an event. Luckily it was still early enough to go to Tunza Lodge on the other side of town.
The staff, in particular Feair or Feairmont, was most welcoming and helpful
With the sound of the waves in our ears and a lovely fresh breeze we went to bed and woke up in the same way. Early morning was a busy time for fishermen as traffic on the lake was hectic till about noon. I forgot to mention that we also have full internet signal at Tunza and electricity too. Sounds too good to be true.
We have no less than 5 resident dogs looking after us – think they belong to the Masai Security Guard. Ema, a young student, helped me to organize some sandals that the Masai make.
At around 11 am we were informed that there would be a end of year beach party help right next to our tent on Tunza beach. Hehheee. This, we decided will have to be fun or else it might spoil our stay. Carlos soon got involved in helping the “party truck” to get unto the beach
I got to play with some Masai kids while Carlos was busy with the winching of the truck. We managed to write and update our blog while the party was in full swing.
Silence has returned to a somewhat deserted Tunza Lodge tonight. We are doing the last of the updates before going to bed. Tomorrow we plan on going to the Serengeti, or rather to a camp just outside the border of the Serengeti – also on Lake Vic.