Trip Start Apr 24, 2012
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Enjoying the countryside along the road and well impressed with the huge numbers of coconut palms. Three different kinds of palms. Two for the purpose of oil extraction (cooking and medicinal) and the other the ordinary coconut oil.
Kigoma is a big town with a harbor and a railway station. It also houses several political offices, hospitals, and the all famous "Livingstone I presume" monument. It has a diverse population which makes it very interesting to be on its streets.
Jakobsens Beach is almost a world on its own. Tucked away just over the hill, it is quite private. It belongs to Ottwa Jakobsen, originally from Norway, but a true Tanzanian
Ottwa offered to take us to town as it was Sunday and he had some business there anyway. He showed us where to shop. They don’t have anything that faintly resembles a super market as we know it. Instead there are loads of little shops with limited stocks and very expensive to boot. We shopped at Deus Shop and managed to get Nescafe, butter, Vienna’s, eggs, bread, doom etc.
Ottwa was kind enough to take us on a tour of town before ending up at an American Mission where he had to load a welding machine. We got back to camp at about 7pm.
Next morning at 5h30 we would make use of a “charted” boat to take us to Gombe Park. We met Gerald and Renate Henkel, fellow campers that would join us on the boat ride. Ian and Kiara also arrived as well as three people from Poland. We would share the cost of the trip and hopefully arrive at Gombe early enough to go on the first tour. The alternative is to take a public water taxi that would make it a three day trip. See photos of the water taxis.
We shared tips and info w.r.t. the destinations we covered with Gerhard and Renate. It was very helpful. They have been doing this type of thing for 13 years and had much to contribute. We ended up friends and hope to visit each other at some point. Very importantly they could give us a contact number for a fellow German in Dar where we could store our vehicle while going over to Zanzibar.