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Hitch-hiking through East Africa
(06.06-26.07.2004)

Trip via East African countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia. 6'000 km by hitch hiking, and 4'000 km by buses. More in africa.kligys.

 
 

Ethiopia [Jun 06-12]



Addis Ababa --> Moyale (770 km)
 


the first morning in Africa
 


surroundings of home of my friend - Bruck
 


the first trip to Addis downtown
 


got the chance to participate in the birthday party
 


Happy Birthday boy
 


The cake!
 


eating with hands...
 


a lot of signs, because street did not have names...
 


the main square of Addis - Mesqel square
 


sheeps in the middle of the town
 


polishing shoes - very popular business, but the white man you don't see often
 


the street
 


the sign at the university campus
 


finally hitch-hiking! just got lift from United Nations' 4x4 vehicle
 


UN car sends info about its location every 2h
 


kids on the way
 


once i took a bus, it was a short ride, but met very nice guy - Fikru. i was invited to his house later
 


and was offered a cup of coffee. they did not have tea, because it was coffee growing region
 


Fikru's brothers are building one more house out of clay
 


the coffee factory
 


got lift from small truck, which had delivered oil tank for the factory
 


boy at the factory
 


and his girlfriends...
 


the last 200km to Kenya I made by bus, because of veeery low traffic on the road
 


no doubts, we had tire problems on the way... several times...
 
 


Kenya [Jun 13-22]      [top]



Moyale --> Nairobi --> Mombasa --> Kisumu (2'300 km)
 


From the North Kenya towards Nairobi, the first day people would travel 250 km on such a road
 


but the rest 250 km (the second day) they make faster, because conditions are much better
 


such a truck - the only transport for 500 km from the border towards Nairobi
 


during my journey we were around 35 people travelling together
 


about half of passangers are muslims
 


on the way you see only the empty desert...
 


in some places we passed domestic camels...
 


and such huts...
 


in the villages one could always buy milk and tea (with milk :)
 


tea village
 


tire problems in Africa very soon becomes a tradition
 


while our car was fixed by the driver, others used the time for...
 


brushing teeths with branches from the nearby bushes...
 


must admit that it took them sometime to fix the car...
 


after the first day - everything soaked in the dust...
 


on the second day's morning I had to say good bye to my truck brothers
 


because I got a lift from S.Korean missioner directly to Nairobi, which was much faster
 


in North Kenya there were many different...
 


and colorful tribes
 


finally I reached Nairobi
 


but stayed only one day, because it looked too big and too crowded
 


my host in Nairobi was nice guy Onyango, who runs a safari company with his Japanese wife...
 


then i hitch-hiked to Mombasa, which had cosy downtown...
 


but it was very hot and humidit...
 


In the evening we had some talks with travel agency owner - Nelson
 


and afterwards I travelled to the city at Lake Victoria - Kisumu
 


popular mean of transportation here - bicycle-taxi
 


saw many of "Hotels". in Kenya it is place for food, but not for accommodation
 


kids near Lake Victoria
 


Jerry was my host in Kisumu for 4 days
 


he used to work in the market
 


that is why he has many friends over there...
 


one of them is still using the iron heated with coals
 


in the market...
 


looks messy?
 


clothes' section
 


the chairman of the market in banana section
 


the chairman again...
 


specialist of traditional medicine
 


...and the chairman, of course...
 


the most interesting section - from these cans they make metal suitcases!
 


boy in the market
 


orange ladies asked themselves to be taken by camera
 


creative knife sharpener, I would say
 


this is typical Masai tribe man
 


they are very often employed as...
 


watchmen, because they are good in shooting with bow and arrow.
 


Tanzania [Jun 23 - Jul 10]      [top]



Musoma --> Arusha --> Tanga --> Morogoro --> Dar Es Salaam --> Mbeya (2'900 km)
 


In Musoma city near Lake Victoria I visited PEDGO (People’s Education Group) school, where two girls...
 


polish Agnieszka and german Friederike were doing voluntary work. next to them - director of the school - Mr. Joligar
 


the classroom!
 


lesson...
 


in the first days of their stay, girls were observing the classes...
 


sometimes they teach two subjects at the same time in one room
 


once Agnieszka brought the worst learners outside and explained mathematics on the wall
 


PEDGO learner
 


and her school mates
 


the brightest mathematician
 


this boy was also very smart in maths
 


just see how much he works!
 


several hours I had to give new and new exercises in maths
 


but in the end it was a bit boring... :)
 


my geography leasson lasted only 10min...
 


Indian Ocean in Tanga town
 


...
 


...
 


"Governmental Hospital" - Coca-Cola in developing countries
 


in Tanzanian roads buses pass every 5-7 minutes and all of them are crowded!
 


after Tanga I head for Morogoro
 


where stayed several days with Chris
 


who makes these kind of handcraft in his free time
 


he would also make ones with your name (on the right)
 


we used to eat outside, in front of his house
 


and here you can see me washing my clothes :)
 


one morning we went for...
 


hiking in the mountains next to Morogoro
 


luckily, the weather was friendly :)
 


very greeny mountains though
 



 



 


very often we passed buildings like this one
 


finaly we reached our destination
 


where was very very old house
 


build by Germans
 


and the present owners of the house sticked this kind of notice on the entrance
 


one day me and Chris we went to Dar Es Salaam for a tour
 


which had, no doubts, 100% beaches
 


it was Kigambone beach, full of tourists...
 


and men fishing the girls :)
 


one day Chris brought us (me and few dutch gilrs) to the Masai village
 


where we spent one night in the tents
 


and left that place early next morning
 


Chris usually contacts the village headman by mobile phone
 


this Masai family had plenty of cows
 


over 50 I would say
 


in one time they get about 3 liters of milk per cow
 


milk is kept in such utensils
 


there are tousands of flies in the village
 


kids had plenty of them as well...
 


miling in the morning
 


Masai kids...
 



 


models :)
 


good morning!
 


Masai women
 


tourist excursion has finished - returning to the civilisation
 


from Morogoro I went to Mbeya, where I met Bon Ros (on the left)
 


and his friend rasta guy
 


who convinced me for 5$ to climb up a small hill and observe the sunset over the town
 


town view
 


and the sunset - with the sun going down in the mountains behind us...
 


and the shadow was covering the town...
 


rasta guy had such a souvenir shop...
 


and finally
 


I said for Tanzania "goob bye"...
 
 


Zambia [Jul 11-26]      [top]



Tunduma --> Lusaka --> Ndola --> Livingstone (2'700 km)
 


from Tanzanian border to Lusaka (1000 km) I travelled in the pickup of Toyota Hilux
 


an average speed was 100 km/h, so the journey took about 10 hours
 


in Lusaka I met the members of organization that takes care about orphan children...
 



 


one of them, Mr. Chansa, owns a small school
 


where half of learner - orphan kids
 



 



 



 



 


the name of the school is
 


Ndinawe Memorial School
 


of course, most of the learners are with school uniforms
 



 



 



 


one day
 


I went to visit Ralph and his wife
 


and used the chance to use this toilet :)
 


in the area you can try some dry rats with salt :)
 


one weekend i hitch-hiked to Ndola town, where accommodation is really expensive
 


so I decided to ask for help in Hindu Temple
 


where I set my tent up in the car parking under the roof...
 


on the Zambian/Zimbabwian border in Livingstone town
 


I enjoyed the views of Victoria Falls...
 



 



 



 


with many rainbows around...
 


and shower in the air