6th November 2010
We are driving back towards Arusha via Lake Manyana. We have come this route on the way up, but today the landscape looks much more dramatic through the interplay of clouds and light.
The temperature has been pleasantly cool in the last few days. Cool is relative of course. It’s still T-shirt weather, but I am no longer sweating buckets.
We pull up at our last camping ground near Arusha at 9.30 am, one of the shortest journeys we had in the last 3 weeks. (We left at 7am this morning, and I expected to keep going until lunch time.)
AH and I don’t know what to do with all this leisure time. Suddenly we have time to take photos of the process of erecting a tent. Usually, it has been a race against sunset...
We’ve chosen a spot under a pepper tree. AH is currently a bit obsessed with them after being told in Zanzibar that peppers only grow as creepers. He now points out every single pepper tree along the way.
We also have a view of a beautiful flame tree, the kind of tree I already admired when we were travelling through Zambia.
I’m glad we got here early because this site is popular with overlanders. Haven’t seen so many trucks since Kande Beach.
The wildlife here consists of guinea fowl, superb starlings, goats and snakes from all over Africa – the latter are luckily behind glass.
Everything else roams freely. Wonder whether anything will make its way into the truck or into the tents. The starlings are bold enough to come right into our dining area to pick up crumbs from the plates...
I like that the owners of the campsite are really involved in the community. They have started a free hospital that specialises in treating snake bites. 8 classrooms for 40 pupils each have also been built (usually classes have more than 100 pupils, just like in Malawi), and a village got its own watering hole at the cost of 10,000 US$.