Long bus day. Joseph (from Nyika Safaris) met us at the hotel with a taxi. At the bus station there were some problems over when the bus was leaving so Joseph fixed it and moved us to another bus (ah, the joys of having them responsible for the bus). We still had to wait on the bus over an hour before it finally started moving (at 8:30) but it was nice that someone else had to deal with the chaos.
The drive was fast - we only stopped for a couple police checkpoints, breif stops to let people on or off, and a ten minute lunch break. Actually it was uncomfortable fast at times - around the curves it sometimes felt as if the bus was going to roll over! The lanscape was interesting - mountains and savanna, baobabs and villages there was almost always something to look at. Near Arusha we got our first view of Mount Kilamanjaro - only the snow fields and peak were visible - apearing to hover in the sky like a cloud of stone and ice.
So nine hours after leaving Dar es Salaam we're in Arusha! Exiting the bus we were imeadiately swamped with people ("Taxi!"; "Safari!"; "Government regulations - you must book your hotel here!"; etc.) - I was prepared for it, but luckily we didn't have to deal with it as there was someone from our safari company waiting for us (this keeps getting better and better!) We drove to the main office, where we relaxed, paid the balance, and made arangements to be picked up Wednesday morning. Moses, the manager, also called around to find us a hotel room then had us driven to the hotel. We checked in, hung out, then headed out to the most incredible meal yet. It was a bit expensive (relatively) but was amazing Indian food.