Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Fortunately it was a fairly clear day when we left Arusha which allowed us to see Mount Kilimanjaro (although be it from a distance) as far as we travelled. We were told to take photos of Old Killi whenever the opportunity presents itself as there are no guarantees that you will see it again. Thank goodness because that was exactly what happened. For the next day or two Kilimajaro was completely invisible.
We drove through Moshi at the foot of Kilimanjaro, a rather big town with lovely gardens. Here prominent properties and shacks share the glorious views of the mountain. Town is very busy with life taking its normal flow. We did not manage to find a place to fill up the gas but strangely enough found a small book shop with mainly school supplies
We took the road over Marangu to Lake Chala. It is picturesque. Bananas flourish here and everyone that is able to walk or drive or push a cart, brought their bananas to the market. The hill country is under cultivation as far as the eye can see. We thoroughly enjoyed the route – as a matter of fact we did not even notice the turn off to Lake Chala. Going back about 9 km we started to descend to Lake Chala. Very soon the area became very dry. The campsite at Lake Chala is however fantastic! Nice green grass to pitch the tent, fire wood, hot CLEAN showers, electricity as well as a strong supply of clean fresh water.
The views from Lake Chala is as remarkable. To one side you have the lake, to the other Mount Kilimajaro and toward the other two side's veldt galore. There are signs of elephants frequenting the area. Apparently because the Lake borders Kenya on the one side, they often have animals migrating through the property. While we were there hundreds of LBJ’s came to the water hole twice a day.
When we arrived Rine and Ronald (from Nederland) were already there. They insisted we were following them! We continued to have a lovely time with them and decided to travel together toward Dar. With lots of travel stories to tell the conversation did not stop for hours.
We set out with Rene and Ronald to the West Usumbaras Mountains. We would be staying at Mambo View Rest Camp.