Dar Es Salaam

Trip Start Jan 07, 2008
Trip End Jul 22, 2008

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Kipepeo Camp

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

I must share wit you my 28 hr bus journey from Malawi to Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania. It was a true African experience, i was the only Muzungu (white person) amongst aboot 60 others, the bus was crammed with peeps standing/sitting in the aisle. This of course made me feel quite luxurious in my seat, reclining seat that be it, with an opening window. Everybody was very friendly, this one man was nice enough to kind of take me under his wing, made sure my bag was stored (crammed into the bottom), made sure i found way around the border ok and that i got off at the right stop (that's always a challenge). We didn't stop much so eating and peeing was a novelty, i learned quickly when all the other ladies ran off and headed for the bush, i should follow... never wanted to stray very far though cuz the bus would leave without you. Anyways i enjoyed it for the raw experience and could've been much worst....wasn't too hot so wasn't sweating like a mofo which would've made me grumpy.. didn't hardly sleep at all so i was glad when my journey was over and wouldn't jump at the opporutnity again...only in a different country of course.

I quickly found myself a hotel as i arrived at midnight so wasn't too picky with my choice....in the morning i asked for some tp (toilet paper) as there wasn't any in da loo and i learned there wasn't any and it's not included in the price - lesson learned, never make assumptions! I usually always have tp with me as it's an essential but of course i had ran out at this stage... i can see the humour in the situation now.

I quickly moved a bit out of the city to a wee village and found a camp with lodges/huts right on the Indian Ocean... it was absolutely lovely!! ..compared to Dar, very dirty and noisy! The waves were quite strong and went bodysurfing in afternoon. Then had a night cap with a few beers preparing myself for another bus right the next day. I apparently choose the top of the line bus company to take me to Arusha, it was lush!! ....even for western standards! There were complimentary drinks, biscuits, aircon, and old movies! I felt a bit guilty taking such a posh bus but i figured i had my African bus experience and deserved it......yeehaw!!

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