Tanzania Travel Report No. 49, 09.09.2011 - 31.10.2011

Tukuyu - Mbeya - Iringa - Mikumi - Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar - Bagamoyo - Moshi - Arusha

The south of Tanzania is scenic and hilly. Just a pity, that almost everyone learns at English lessons the sentence "give me money". Tanzania is no country for cyclists with weak nerves, as buses and lorry drivers know no mercy and push the weaker street participants from the road. Cycling through the Mikumi National Park is allowed and it was an impressive experience to see lots of wild animals from the bike saddle (everything except lions).

In the 3 million chaotic capital of Dar-es-Salaam we are allowed to stay with Roland and Annemieke (cyclists from the Netherlands who live here).

To Zanzibar by ferry, the long-awaited magic spice island. Stone Town, Zanzibar's old town, invites to roam its narrow streets and view the beautiful carved wooden doors and balconies . By bike, the island is circled fast.

A 4 day safari through Tarangire - Serengeti - Ngorogoro National Park is exciting. The close observation of the "big five" (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, rhino) along with many other wild animals is fantastic. The last night in Tanzania we are camping in the bush again spontaneously. Some Maasai people watch while putting up our "house", before they go on with their sticks and spears.