Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. --- Mark Twain

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam

Day 282.
30367 km since the beginning of the journey.


The Tanzanian road from Arusha towards east was decent and with little traffic.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tanzania - Olduvai Gorge

Written in Arusha, on the next day after visiting Ngorongoro Conservation Area .

Young Masai by the side of the road.


In contrast to the cities around, here it is much easier to take pictures of local residents , as they almost demand having been photographed, and of course for a small fee.

In any case, tourism is an important source of income for the residents of the region.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tanzania - Serengeti

Day 270
28,708 km since the beginning of the journey.

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is one of the world's most famous natural parks, the area is 14,763 km2 and it is probably one of the world's most filmed National Park.

The word Siringet means Endless Plains in the local Masai language.

The western entrance - Gate Ndabaka. And as this park is really huge - the planning of this visit needed more time than usually. The ticket is valid for 24 hours since the moment one has passed the gate entrance and entered the territory. Before the onset of darkness, it is necessary to reach the overnight place, which is nearly 140 km away from the entrance. There are certain places to stay for the night and after 7 p.m. moving around in the park is not permitted (in fact, it happened that I could not reach the overnight place before dark).

So when to start moving at 11 a.m. then 8 hours should be enough to cover 140 km, but as it turned out - if one still stops and watches and takes pictures - it is not enough.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tanzania – Mwanza

Tanzania, Mwanza
Day 265.

Kobero a small town, the border of Burundi - Tanzania. By far one can see the red and white barrier. There is no queue, no large or small cars. And this time no "action", because all around this afternoon is somehow a sleepy and dizzy. I parked the car next to the barrier, only slowly comes a local moneychanger. Jambo, Change Money?? I will let him know that with him and with the money I will deal when all the other formalities are completed and begin to look for the necessary persons. I find the Immigration and they are surprised to see a white person entering the room. But after the exchange of greetings I am directed to a back room to the next officer, who , without having a closer look at the passport shortly announces - "$ 40".

'I am astonished and I declare that I am still trying to leave Burundi, and it should be free. The officer checks the passport, finds Burundi transit visa and says that all is ok, and I can get the stamp of departure from the previous room. And so it was, without further ado.

Next – the formalization of the car for leaving the country. It took only a few minutes. As usual, some questions about the whereabouts of Estonia are required. But if you point upwards and explain, that in Europe, between Sweden and Russia, then they get it . That`s all, no messing with personal things, or checking the engine number of the car. No thoughtless wasting of time. It was just nice, courteous and accurate service.

Return to the car, and already five or six money changers have gathered around. After briefly trading over the swap rate, I change the remaining Burundi money into Tanzanian money.


View back to Burundi.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Burundi Summary

Back in Burundi, Bujumbura

The plane landed half an hour after midnight. The flight was half-empty, there were four white people of us who arrived at the state. The new visa was a transit one and it was given to me at the border at midnight. Three days should be enough to travel to Tanzania. Compared to Estonia - Burundi is a smaller country and all the border stations are within 6-8 hours drive from the capital.

In the dark everything seems the same as before leaving , only the weather is warmer and more humid. After all the rainy season has begun.


The car was in the same place I had left it – the parking place of the hotel Du Source – and untouched. This secure parking place for two weeks was found in the last moment, when less than two hours were left until the departure of the plane.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Briefly in Estonia

Day 262
28 108 km since the beginning of the journey

In fact this post is written in Tanzania, Mwansa, by the lake of Victoria. As there was a two-week break of the adventures in Africa and first it included the flight : Bujumbura – Kigali – Nairobi - Amsterdam – Tallinn.


It meant sitting on an airplane for 18 hours . First – Kenyan Airways.