We had decided the night before to take 150 km longer, but tarred road over Schinjanga, instead of the Gravel Road to Geita, in hindsight it was perhaps a mistake, we learned in Mwanza, that most of the route is tarred, but whatever . At 6 o’clock I’m up and make coffee on the gas stove.
Shortly after 7, we’re on the road. Despite the tar the route takes time. We drive over 400 kilometers to Mwanza, Tanzania’s third largest city on Lake Victoria. In Mwanza we are unlucky, on the grounds of the Yacht Club, where we wanted to camp, there will be a party and just today we can not camp there, such a crap. The Yacht Club is the premier destination for campers in Mwanza. We pass the Ilemela Beach, here the Bahigi Beach Resort have a camping opportunity, but at the Beach there is only the Malaika Beach Resort, a hotel complex, whose prices exceed our level strongly.
We are sent into the Tunza Lodge, as we can go camping on the beach of Lake Victoria. The lake is pretty dirty, and although the locals at the dock are splashing in the water, we do not feel like a bath in this broth. It is already 3 o’ clock and we go back quickly the 8 kilometers to Mwanza, after all we have to buy stock for at least 2 weeks. I search my way through 4 small stores, for water, toilet paper, juice, cookies, Diet Coke, bread and a few tomatoes to buy. Meat is almost not available and so I buy only a kilo of minced meat. Luckily we find some bottles of brandy and a few cans of beer and back it goes. In light of the setting sun over the lake, we eat in the restaurant of the lodge.
We enter into conversation with a South African family living in Bukoba. They invite us to spend the night on the way back with them. We drink a beer (or two) together and tell each other our adventures in Africa, the family lives on a sugar cane farm. We are late to bed, again guarded by Maasai, this time we have the Lake Victoria next to us, not the Lake Tanganyika.
Km 401, 9 hours, 30 °, cloudy and sunny, 15 000 TSH in the Tundja Lodge, Mwanza
Tags: Mwanza, Schinjanga, Tundja Lodge, Bukoba, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania