A run in with Tanzanian immigration
Trip Start Sep 29, 2010
124Trip End Nov 30, 2011
The Tanzanian border was one of the busiest we have seen so far – not in terms of people queuing at immigration, but the shear amount of trucks, buses, cars and people milling around
Once again there was an obvious change in vegetation as we drove through Tanzania, mainly due to the change in altitude. There were a lot more hills which bring with them a slightly cooler climate, allowing banana and tea plantations to dominate the landscape. There were quite a few roadside stalls selling produce, as well as a market selling nothing but bananas. I am a little bit annoyed with myself though, as I spent more time playing celebrity heads and having interesting discussions about things like how to do a bush pee, rather than looking out of the window enjoying the scenery – I've definitely made a note to myself not to do that again.
Our progress was slowed somewhat by the Tanzanian love of speed bumps and weigh bridges, every one of which we had to stop at, or face a fine. It was therefore late afternoon by the time we arrived at our campsite, not helped by losing an hour when we crossed the border.
Our campsite in Iringa had a lovely bar area - a traditional rondavel with gas lamps and small clay stoves filled with hot coals
Our next stop is Tanzania’s largest city and former capital, Dar es Salaam.