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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #80 on: February 19, 2012, 01:39:49 pm »
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #81 on: February 19, 2012, 01:41:32 pm »
Cannot wait. I'm planning a similar trip ,but would love to hear about yours.
How long in advance did you plan the trip?

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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #82 on: February 19, 2012, 01:42:46 pm »
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #83 on: February 19, 2012, 01:43:50 pm »
Mooi so Schalk. Ek het gewonder of julle die trip sou doen. Nou weet ek. Sien uit na die fotos.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #84 on: February 20, 2012, 04:04:47 pm »
Day 12      16/12/2010             LivinstoniaŚMbeya in Tanzania                277 KM
The next morning we went for a nice hot shower. The hot water get warmed by a donkey (that is a hot water system where a wood fire under a tank warms the water and then runs in pipes down the mountain with gravity to where the open air shower is). After the shower while making breakfast at the open air bar the lady told us that there is a very nice waterfall nearby. She said it was a couple of hundred metres away. You can either ride there or take a shortcut by walking. So after breakfast we decided to walk as we still wanted to make it across the border and into Tanzania. The lady said no need to explain how to get there, the dog will show us. It was a steep climb up the mountain and the few hundred meters became about 3 KM and 3KM back. The falls however was very nice (see photos). We returned about 10.30 am and packed up and left thanking the couple for really looking after us. We went down the same 22KM gravel pass that we came the previous night. The camp and the pass was one of the highlights of the trip. We then crossed the border close to the northern point of Lake Malawi. At the border we enquired about how to get to the Kalambo falls as it is the 2nd highest falls in Africa. The lady said that we have to travel to Tunduma and from there stick close to the Zambian border through villages. There were no roads and only foot paths where pedestrians walk and bicycles ride. I really wanted to see the falls as a friend of mine said he could not find it in his 4X4 and that you must take a boat on Lake Tanganyika to get there. So I had a point to proof. From the border we travelled in the rain to Mbeya. Halfway the cops had a roadblock and showed that we must stop. They had AK 47,s in their hands and Juan did not see that they wanted us to stop and rode past. Fortunately they did not shoot. We arrived just after dark in Mbeya and found the Monrovian Church who offered camping and even had a dining room with a menu. We camped close to the offices. The bathroom had a Muslim toilet and shower. I thought that to be strange for a church. Like in most places in Tanzania only the cold water worked if at all. I joked from there on that Africa is the place where you get hot beer and cold showers. Yes you have to specially ask for a cold beer and in 90 % of the time you will only get a warm one. At dinner we met a group of school children from Australia on tour that has been to Mahle Mountains National Park to see the Chimpanzees. You have to go to the park and then take a boat on Lake Tanganyika and get off and go into the bush from there the to see them. So our route over the next few day were to  first go and see the Kalambo falls then go and see the Chimpanzees and then to go and see the Gorillas at the southern part of Uganda. It worked out different in the end.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #85 on: February 20, 2012, 04:10:36 pm »
The top part of the falls
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #86 on: February 20, 2012, 04:13:02 pm »
The falls
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #87 on: February 20, 2012, 04:16:15 pm »
What a great trip!

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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #88 on: February 20, 2012, 04:17:44 pm »
As I said before every waterfall that we have been to has got a special flower or two.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #89 on: February 20, 2012, 04:21:01 pm »
A wooden bridge near the falls
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #90 on: February 20, 2012, 04:24:09 pm »
Where ever we went in Africa the children always waved at us.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #91 on: February 20, 2012, 04:27:00 pm »
On the way down from the mushroom camp to the main road
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #92 on: February 20, 2012, 04:29:57 pm »
On the way down from the mushroom camp to the main road with Lake Malawi on the left.
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #93 on: February 20, 2012, 04:32:38 pm »
On the way down from the mushroom camp to the main road with lake Malawi in the background
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #94 on: February 20, 2012, 04:38:24 pm »
On the way down from the mushroom camp to the main road with lake Malawi in the background

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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #95 on: February 20, 2012, 04:40:38 pm »
The nice part of the road on the way down
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #96 on: February 20, 2012, 04:43:23 pm »
Saying good bye to Lake Malawi. What a beautiful time we had next to her.
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4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #97 on: February 20, 2012, 04:48:54 pm »
Karibuni means welcome. The Monrovian church where we spend the night.
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2/Ride Reports>Long Tours>Africa Tour To The Equator And Back In 40 Days
3/A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet
4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
5/Use the rocks in the your way to build stepping stones-Herman Zapp
 

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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #98 on: February 20, 2012, 04:51:12 pm »
What a great trip!

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4/Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe in and enthusiastically act upon must come to past-Paul J Mayer
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Re: Africa tour to the equator and back in 40 days
« Reply #99 on: February 20, 2012, 05:22:55 pm »
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