June 13, 2016

Back "HOME" to Tanzania - an adventurous crossing of the Rovuma River

After a good night sleep at Chez Natalie, thank you Natalie, we had a quick stop in Palma, last town before the border, a fishermen city now booming a bit due to the oil and gas exploration. A good stop where to stretch your limbs before doing a rather bumpy ride up to the border, and the Rovuma River. 

As many other activities on this journey, our border crossing is also depending on the tide. For between 5 and 7 days a month high tide is to low... To low for the ferry to operate. As we knew and had planned for this we had a new vehicle woth now Davis as our driver/guide waiting on the other side.

So while we embarked on a rather exiting rivercrossing, Mohammed drive the first vehicle inland to the Unity Bridge and a rather long drive back to Dar es Salaam. 

We - The dream team on the other hand watched with amazement the boat/raft made to ferry a new pick up across beeing prepared, and made our way to the wooden boat to take us across the first åart of the river.

Thereafter while walking across the sandbanks in the middle of the river heading to the last boat to get to our car, feeling and probably looking as a bunch of refugees sneaking over a border, we saw behind us our friends ferrying the pick up over... Only in Africa!

Safely arrived and greeted by Davis, we did a detour to Msimbati to see the maybe most beautiful beaches of Tanzania, just making it before sunset.

Then our first short drive in the dark to Mikindani and overnight at The Old Boma, a great places with tons of charm and character. 

Today we do Mikindani, Lindi and on to Kilwa Masoko for 2 nights. 

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