Tunza Lodge

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Mwanza on Lake Victoria

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 ferry at Kigongo is on steroids! By far the biggest one we have been on, not to mention the cheapest.  Kigongo is based on a small strip of the lake although once there, it seems like unreal.  This gave us insight as to just how big Lake Vic actually is.

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.  We were shown a gate entering onto the beach where we could camp.  Quite THE spot.  When asked where we were from, we were happy to learn that Tunza’s “owner” was also South African.  Jan Schoeman.  I tell you, the South Africans knows a good thing when they see it.  We were given the key to a chalet so to have a bathroom to our disposal.  Another lucky break.

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.  Where after we could do no more than use sign language for the next couple of hours as the music was blasting from the strategically placed truck.  Fortunately for us, not many attended and the party was over by sun set.  When they asked us to help once again – but to no avail as the Tata was properly stuck. I was able to baby sit some Masai kids while all this was going on.

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. 

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We are about to reach our highest point (Closest to the Ecuator) and then back down through Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and RSA.
Still have no idea when we will be back.

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