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Crossing the border to Tanzania and home

A minibus to the main road leaves at 5am. From there we take a bus up to Mocimboa de Praia. Here we have lunch and then take a flatbed truck to the border town of Palma. We find a guesthouse that has several expats working. A huge natural gas field has been found off shore, and the preliminary drilling is about to commence. We hear that the population will swell by 5000 within a year.
From here we wait for a life to the border, eventually opting for motor bike taxi which loads us aboard and heads along the dirt road to the Immigration. From here we must cross the river, and negotiate a guide and boat. As forewarned, the guide wishes to renegotiate as we reach the first sandbar. C using her Spanish and basic Portuguese sticks to her guns and beats them down. We have to go up a tny bit, but basically they have met their match here! We walk across the sand banks and take a small boat the final way and reach Tanzania. We manage to get a ride in a pickup to the Immigration, and only then realise the we have been sitting next to the Immigration officer! We buy transit visas for 30 USD each, and then carry on with the pickup to Mtwara. We have a big late lunch of squid and chips, and then take a dalla-dalla to the small town of Mikindani. We stay at a lodge called 10 degrees south, and happily relax for the next couple of days after our arduous travels across the border.
The little town is explored and we are invited to share tea and cakes with the locals on a sunday morning in the sun.
We leave the next morning on the bus to Dar Es Salam, and spend our final days readying ourselves for our return to Europe, and the next leg of our journey.....

Posted by bumble_bee 07:18 Archived in Tanzania

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Hi! I found your travel story very interesting. We are going to make same route this month and we would like to know the name of the guesthouse you stayed at in Palma. Thanks in advance

by grecox

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