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Moshi – Morogoro

Summary: got up early; long riding day (530 km) to Morogoro; road conditions are excellent, finally found a hotel with an internet connection (however not fast enough to upload pictures). Heute um viertel nach 6 aufgestanden, den Rest zusammengepackt und um 7 zum Frühstücken….

Kilemakyaro Lodge

Summary: Left Arusha in the morning; stopped by a policeman who was only interested in knowing the top speed of my bike. Destination was Moshi, in particular the lodge that I had to leave last Saturday because of mixing up the dates. I was…

Arusha National Park

Summary: In the morning, the started for a mountain walk, escorted by a competent and friendly ranger with a loaded gun; watched a herd of buffalos and walked two hours uphill below Mt. Meru (4500 m). After a break, we descended through a lush…

Ngorogoro

Summary: oops! No water in the morning (toilet/shower);  before entering the Ngorogoro National Park, the driver decided to ask for help and ordered another car as he didn’t dare to enter the crater with the Landcruiser giving problems; after 1 h waiting time, a…

To Lake Manyara (Great Rift Valley)

Summary: the morning was spent again in the Tarangire Park; many animals spotted and pictures taken (check the pictures); lunch at campsite and transfer to the next camp. Pit stop and welding of the exhaust manifold on the road. Visit of Lake Manyara National…

Tarangire National Park

Summary: Rain in the morning. Despite a power failure, I managed to post the previous article; meeting the other participants (three couples from Germany, Austria and Switzerland), buying fried stuff for lunch break, buying drinks (water) in a huge store, after half an hour:…

Verloren in Zeit und Raum

Summary: Departure from Usambara mountains with better weather; no petrol in Mombo;  managed to get the last 5L of a filling station; nice view in the plains next to Usambaraand Pare mountains; petrol in Same; first view on Kilimandjaro covered in clouds; stop next…

Rain???

Summary: morning surprise: rain! The rainy season is supposed to start in one month! After 2 hour waiting, I departed from Tanga. The day saw sunny periods and strong rain showers, according to the locals this is not normal. On acceptable to good roads…

Rough tracks in Tansania

Summary: Late departure from hotel; crossing Mombasa with lively traffic; ferry boat trip to the other side of Mombasa; good road through green and hilly landscape to the border; border post reminded me that I had no insurance for Kenia, asked me to invite…

Jambo!

Summary: Sitting under palms at the beach; flights were OK without problems; attitude switched to ‘relax’ mode; no probs at immigration and customs; cargo company asked for 240$ for custom fees (18$), warehouse storage (94$) and their services; in the end bargained down to…

Lift-off in 4 hours

Summary: waiting for take-off at Düsseldorf airport. Despite massive reductions in luggage weight, still some kgs too much. Had to leave back spare chain and cam shaft (too heavy). Biggest challenge ahead: getting the bike out of Kenian customs tomorrow. Now flight to Munich…

Noch zwei Wochen…

Summary: Motorcycle is basically ready for the trip. Visas received. Lot of shopping done, particularly anti-mosquito stuff. Medicines purchased. Safari in Tanzania booked. Telelens for repaired camera ordered. Puh, ein grosser Brocken ist geschafft. Die XBR ist fahrbereit. Nun gut, mir ist am Ende…