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Wednesday, July 19, 2000
Arusha to Mtu Wa Mbu, Tanzania
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Mtu Wa Mbu, Tanzania:
Latitude: 3° 22' 28" South
Longitude: 35° 52' 6" East
Altitude: 3239 feet
From Seattle: 10813 miles
Lodging: Camp - Jambo Camp

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Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Region: Arusha
Route: Safari: Arusha - Tarangire National Park - Mtu Wa Mbu
Start: Arusha
Stop 1. Main Gate, Tarangire National Park
End:Mtu Wa Mbu, Tanzania
Linear:87 miles
Weather: Overcast / Mostly Sunny

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Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebra Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Starling Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras & Wildebeests Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Giraffe Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Giraffe Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Giraffes Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Giraffes Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Giraffes Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Giraffes Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephant Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Zebras Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Elephants Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Giraffe Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1196
Linear Dist: 233845
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 264
More stats...
Hotels: 416
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 127
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4145
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Journal Entry:
We scrounged around for a hurried breakfast (ended up with dry muffins and water). Got picked up promptly at nine (as advertised) but then had to drive around Arusha picking up gear and waiting for the others. The others joining the us are a couple of older men from Greece - seem a bit somber.

Drove an hour and a half to Tarangire National Park. The game drive wasn't to exciting - mostly the typical: zebras, giraffes, elephants, the antelopes (impala, gazelle, and water bucks), and birds. The driver is a bit surly - not too informative, kind of grumpy, and honestly not very good (most of the sightings were just following other cars, and we didn't see anything exciting). All in all it was a good first day of safari - we saw enough to keep us entertained, but it can get a lot better.

From the national park we drove to and around Lake Manyara to the town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River - I stayed there last year when I was on safari). The campsite is a bit commercial but not to bad and they have showers (cold) and flush toilets. A big negative was dinner - it was lousy! Last year I was pretty unimpressed with the safari company, but the meals were always fantastic. At least the campsite has beer...


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

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