Iringa

Driving driving driving
Iringa, Tanzania

 


The holiday is over. Back to reality. 4.30am reality!

Today was a long driving day, heading South towards Malawi, stopping off overnight in Iringa. We left at 5am, after putting down the tents and drove back through a deserted Dar!

After 3 hours on the road we stopped off for breakfast at a petrol station stop. I usually have a travelling rule of not eating any fruit or vegetables that have either not been cooked, or can’t be peeled. But I had to break this rule today – there were children selling plum pyramids – they looked so good! But would only sell them in 20’s – so I now have 20 plums, but cost under £1! Breakfast, lunch and dinner sorted! Our whole truck probably bought over 100 plums.

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Enroute, we passed through Mikumi National Park, the fourth largest National Park in Tanzania. Unfortunately we were unable to stop – you get fined, but the driver did slow down so we could take photos. Saw the usual – reticulated and Masai giraffes, elephant, zebra, warthog and impala.

The scenery has changed – we are now driving through mountainous areas. Lots of fruit and vegetable road selling – red onions, corn, mango, pineapple, potatoes – all arranged into cute pyramids. At some point, we were stopped for speeding, after paying a fine of 30k TZS (about £12), we were back on our speedy way!

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We ate lunch on plastic chairs at a colourful road side cafe – the local recommendation being chip omelette (chips myayi) – exactly as it sounds!

At 6pm, after 13 hours on the road, we arrived at our Iringa campsite. Iringa is a small town in the mountains of the Tanzanian Southern highlands, 1,600m above sea level – another cold night to look forward to! The campsite was cute – each area had a thatched roof tee-pee shaped hut and they sold chocolate brownies! More like chocolate cake, but all the same, the first time we’ve had anything so good!

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