Boma (Burigi)

Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Biharamulo - Boma Lodge

Leaving Jakobsen's Beach was a bit like leaving behind family.  We got along with Gerard and Renate famously and was sad to say goodbye.  They would stay on another day or two as the bush on the front wheel needed replacing. They will be going south where we are going north. Hope to one day do some travel with them.

Just as Luke’s weather report predicted, it rained.  Not a lot, but enough to leave pools in the dirt road.  Everything looked fresh as we drove through a lovely stretch of road.  The road is considerably more busy than what we are used to.  At some point a truck lost its container and was obviously stuck there for a while as they had made a new road around it. 

We started seeing Masai with their cattle.  Most impressive animals with huge horns.  The Masai in this region is far from the "real thing". There are only a couple of tell-tale signs that identify them.

We came across a number of storks in just about every village en route.  The storks seemed to have taken on the job of garbage clearers. They are rather ugly and out of place.

We did not bother to visit Burigi or Biharamulo Parks as we were told that there are no animals left in the parks.  This being because the area was used as a refugee settlement for a long period and this resulted in the animals being poached till there was none left.

We stayed at The Boma Lodge, and historical German fort on the outskirts of town.  It has sadly come into disrepair but still offers accommodation to travelers.  It must have been a great place in its hay day. At least it gives one a sense of security as the gates are locked for the night.

An exciting day lay ahead as we would reach the most northern point of our trip tomorrow.  Lake Victoria or more specific, Mwanza.   After that we will start the slow southward journey back home via Dar, Zanzibar, Malawi and Mozambique.
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