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Wednesday, June 9, 1999
Dar es Salaam to Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek), Lake Manyara, Tanzania
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Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek), Lake Manyara, Tanzania:
Latitude: 3° 22' 20" South
Longitude: 35° 51' 12" East
Altitude: 3085 feet
From Seattle: 10812 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Fig Lodge

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Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Regions: Dar es Salaam, Arusha
Route: Air Tanzania Flight TC 534: Dar es Salaam - Kilimanjaro; Taxi: Kilimanjaro - Arusha; Safari: Arusha - Lake Manyara - Mto wa Mbu
Start: Dar es Salaam
Stop 1. Kilimanjaro
Stop 2. Arusha
End:Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek), Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Linear:416 miles
Weather: Rain / Partial Sun

Available Photos:

Mt Kilamanjaro Airplane, Tanzania

Baboons Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Zebra and Wildebeest Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Baboons Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Mother and child baboons Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Mountains Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Wildebeest Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Giraffe Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Buffalo Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Buffalo Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 790
Linear Dist: 146001
Countries Visited: 57
Regions Visited: 227
More stats...
Hotels: 237
Friends / Family: 160
Camping: 114
Hostels: 217
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 3021
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Journal Entry:
Had to be up very early to catch the taxi to the airport. Good flight - The dawn was spectacular and Mt Kilamanjaro was very impressive sticking out of the clouds - I would love to see it on a clear day! Split a taxi into Arusha with some engineers (US$50 to Arusha!). In Arusha called the safari company from the engineer's hotel and they said they'd be by to pick me up in five minutes. ten minutes later they called back to ask what I was doing there. I said I was there for today's safari - they said they didn't have room for me, that I wasn't on the list. They said to hang on and called back in another ten minutes - said I could go tomorrow - I refused, and was very pissed off after having gone to all the trouble to catch a plane so that I could make it on time. Took a taxi down to the conference center where all the safari companies have offices and told them off in person.

Started looking around the center and found a company that had a safari leaving today that I could get on. Actually the safari had already left to pick up people but they drove me down to the travel agent where I bought a ticket to Zanzibar directly from Arusha (so I could have an extra day on safari) and then got picked up by the Land Rover. When I'd asked about the others on the trip the director had told me that they were from Nairobi. When the truck picked me up there were two black women already on it, which fit, but when one of them asked me where I was from it was definitely not an Kenyan accent! They were both Americans - Lois a retired psychologist from Pittsburgh on a three month trip around the world (63 and carying a backpack!), and Aretha a young lawyer from Philadehia. It turns out that they'd been on safari in Kenya with the same company and had aranged the this trip through the Nairobi office - hence the report that they were from Kenya.

The drive to Lake Manyara was good - it was really surreal seeing all the Masaai people in traditional garb on the street and even riding bicycles with spears and all. The Lake Manyara park was ok, but I didn't see anything really exciting. We're staying at a lodge tonight - I thought I was camping so this was a pleasant surprise since it's already been paid for. Terry an Australian guy met me us here to join the safari. Had a great diner then went off early to bed - it's been a very long day.

[Original entry lost - Reconstructed from notes May 2, 2000]


Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Tanzania
CIA World Fact Book: Tanzania

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