Nairobi to Arusha - Welcome to Tanzania!

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
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Trip End Jun 12, 2006


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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Arriving in Nairobi it looks like quite a modern city. The first thing I noticed were no boda bodas - how the hell were people meant to get around? Taxis!

I took my complementary breakfast with the bus company - Chips, eggs, fried battered sausage and tea, before jumping on the next bus to Arusha. After the Black Kites of Ethiopia and the Maribou Storks of Uganda, this cities bird seemed to be full of some dirty looking black and white ibis.

Once we left the rush hour traffic of the city, the plains opened up and I could see for miles. Just on the trip down to the Namanga border crossing there were plenty of zebra, ostrich, gazelles and also camel. Not too sure what the later was doing there, they were a long way off track from the Sahara! There was also a whole host of Massai people en route wandering along the road.

Wanted to change $20 when I got to the border so I had at least enough money for a taxi once I got to Arusha. I must have been half asleep when I got to the border as although I knew exactly how much I should get for $20, I excepted 2500 Tanzanian shillings - 1/10th of what I should have got - Oh well that would still suffice for the taxi to a hotel.

Was this a sign of things to come in Tanzania?
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