Arusha - The town of tout!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Where I stayed
The Minja Hotel

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Into the Minja Hotel and I was accosted by touts on the street in the 5 yards from my taxi to the entrance. I thought that was bad, but after I'd dived into the shower there were a bunch of them waiting outside the shower for when I exited and thought they had a chance of selling me a trip as I walked back from the bathroom! Probably not exactly what you need after a long trip! After cake and coffee in a nice café I met Glen and his friend, 2 NGOs from northern Kenya and Uganda who were involved in feeding programs. We decided to go our own separate ways that afternoon and see what information we could find on safaris. I was also in the process of checking on e-mail and buying a phone (the number is +255 74 693 7745 and should be good until about Mar. 23rd when I hit Mozambique if anyone wants to give me a call.) so in the end I only managed one operator. Moses Wildlife Safari & Tours. I met up later that afternoon with Glen and we decided to go our separate ways as I had slightly longer and wanted to go to the Serengeti. I was going to do a whirlwind 5 day tour of Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, and Tarangire.

We had rain that afternoon - lots of it - I guess the rainy season is coming. Arusha had also had a lot of rain over the last few days. Mt. Meru, towering above Arusha and clearly visible looked very cool as all the rain had fallen as snow on it's summit.

Dinner at the Jambo Coffe House with Glen + friend. They showed me some truly horrific pictures of some kids with malnutrition whom they were both working with.

First things first though. In a new country it is important to get a handle on the local beers. We tried Safari, Serengeti and Kilimanjaro beers - original names eh! For anyone not wanting to take part in the research side of things and just get started with the best beer Safari came out the winner and came close to Uganda's premier amber nectar - Nile Special.
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