Last night we stayed in Dodoma (the Capital City of Tanzania) and arrived late and as per usual this combined with a late arrival means problems finding somewhere to stay. For one, its dark and there's no street lights at all anywhere. We found somewhere just on the outskirts for 5000TSH including a shower in the morning and we were very happy. We camped in their carpark with security who got the 5000TSH in his pocket straight from the manager. This was the Rock Hotel near to the Lutheren Church and one the way to Dar Es Salaam.
Tonight we have done one better. The marvellous people at Dragonaires Bar and Restaurant in Morogoro have let us use a room for free !!!! would you believe it !!! Its like Christmas. They are being so nice. Its 6:30pm and we have somewhere to stay, somewhere to shower and somewhere to eat and drink !! The car is safe and sound and the manager here is being a star.
but i want to talk about it.
Two locals in their car $14usd
Two UK citizens in their car $420usd
now whats logical of fair in that. We chould charge all foreign tourists in the UK 3000% more.......Angry, you have no idea.
We left Mombasa and carried on back to Voi to go to Taveta to cross into Tanzania. We stopped at the same Total Petrol station to get lunch and ditch all the Kenyan money on fuel. Its cheaper here than Tanzania.
At the border the Kenyan side was easy. The Tanzania guys wanted me to pay again for the vehicle tax. Something i'd already paid last time and its valid for a month. They put up a strong fight but in the end they caved-in and we got through by paying the fuel levy only ($5). We'd asked at two separate borders last time if we needed to pay the vehicle tax when we came back in and both said "no, do not pay it you have paid it for a month" So when this one border insisted, i stood my ground. Two beats one in my book. We shall check another border (4th one) when we leave as either the first two borders were wrong or the third was. I want to know. It was $20usd saved. If we stay past the 16th we need to pay it again however.
We stayed outside a bar last night and they put the music on again at 8am this morning. We had a cool nights sleep.
Today we passed Kilimanjaro. Not much cloud. See Pictures.
Today we went to the Hotel where we stayed in 1991 when we were both young. This was the Nyali Beach Hotel in Mombasa and its not changed much. They still have dress restrictions in the restaurant and the pool where we both learnt to scuba dive was the same. We wandered around the gardens trying to figure out which room we stayed in. Hopefully when we get home we can figure out where we stayed. The hotel will always be in my mind as the one where i finished Super Mario Land on the Gameboy (5 hours) sat on the toilet after getting the worse food poisoning i've ever had from a prawn sandwich. Many weeks later we were still bad and this lasted of course when we returned home. We ate again in the bar today but only a samosa and some fries. My stomach is OK so far.....
Tea Plantations - Kericho, Kenya
Last night was the most uncomfortable we have been. It was very hot and humid all night. It was over 30c when we went to bed and stayed there almost all night. It may have gone down a bit but i didn't notice !
Its nights like this that make you wonder if a roof tent is any better. We have the fan in the "bedroom" and you don't get that in a roof tent. I even resorted to opening the sliding side windows for only the second time and the lack of wind contibuted to the difference the made....none ! The ventilation in a roof tent would be similar and no wind would make the tent very hot. Having not slept in one i can't comment but we are still thinking of getting one later on.
Henning has been hit by a bus and is injured and so is his bike. Its not major but not good. His bike needs some minor repair and so does his arm. One of the little taxi buses the same ones that broke my wing mirror. Yesterday i rammed one and he actually stopped to let me past. There's a first for everything. These buses are ruining africa's traffic and they are all death traps.
A good nights sleep was had by all and we found our first puncture in the rear wheel. Slow pucture at that as i had noticed it was low the day before pumped it up and it went down again. After removing the wheel it was the standard nail in the edge. They never seem to go in the middle. Always near the edge (about an inch in). Repaired with Tyre String and off we went.
A question for Mike or those that have...How long have you driven on a stringed tyre ? I know the official line is temporary but really can it last the life of the tyre. I understand it can quite easily. If i get it pluged properly it will need a balance so i'm lothed to get a roadside place to do it as they cannot balance it. I could get this done in mombasa but is a plug really needed ?
This time is just the nice police station in Masimba and we are camping in the front garden rather like last time. So please don't panic and start calling the embassy. We're quite safe here and not in a cell,,, but the bedroom does have a grill on its windows.....Matilda has window guards.
He left jungle junction a while ago and is due into Entebbe, Uganda tomorrow. His bike is fixed and he's wondering why he's travelling after such a long wait in JJ Nairobi. I've explained to him that to travel you need to move from one place to another. Something he seems to have forgotten. His confidence is rattled rather like my steering guard. He needs to tighten his nuts and get moving !!!
What the hell am i on about...... Henning.
There's also a girl involved......these things happen to a single bloke and sometimes to married men (no luck on that front for me as i'm still in love with the 22 year ball and chain). Maybe i will have more luck in south America.
Success. I've found the rattle. Turns out it was the steeing guard coming loose. I removed the water pump tensioner and replaced the water pump with a new one as it was leaking (like always) but seemed to be getting worse. I thought it might have been that but once re-filled the rattle was still there. So a bit of revving later and laying on my back under the car i spotted the offending loose bolt. So i now have a non-leaking water pump (fingers crossed) and a non-rattling car.
Nile River Explorers - Jinja - The source of the Nile.
Nabugab Holiday Centre - Lake Nabugabo Uganda
Ferry Port - Busisi Side to Kigonga
Spice Motel - Bukoba, Tanzania
Spice Motel - Bukoba, Tanzania
No Road - Being Built between Bujoba and Gieta
back at Jungle Junction.....bah !
Not too happy about being back here but they've fixed the light in the toilet so i can avoid peeing in the dark. They've also alegedly sorted out the internet access and seem to have followed the advice i gave someone about "patch tuesdays" and the windows updates. Theyv'e asked all not to download windows updates. I doubt anyone will listen.
The border crossing from Tanzania to Kenya was painless and super quick. No money was paid as we have all the visa's and stuff. If we have gone in Rwanda we would have had to pay again.
We like Tanzania ! Not only are the police nowhere near as bad as we were told they even gave use free accomodation. So to all those that say they are corrupt. So far none have been. Not a single dodgy ticket in any country for that matter. We shall no doubt break that rule in Mozambique but we shall see.
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