ART BY TINA

KENYA
THIS IS AFRICA
The #africanadventure Hakuna Matata! Karibu! Jambo! Jambo!
Rosa Bussarna. 5 veckor. 6 länder. 500 mil. 26 nya vänner.
 
This is my story: 
 

Tanzania to Kenya. Day 26. Another bus day, from Karatu, crossing the border to Kenya and Nairobi - 10 hours of sleeping, reading, talking and singing The Lion King soundtrack, trying to sound like a zebra. Funniest sound ever. Put up our camp at someones backyard. Surprise: Free wifi in the livingroom.

 

Kenya. Nairobi. Day 27. Pancake breakfast! Visited a giraffe center, gave them food and trying to avoid blue tongue giraffe kisses. Then we visited a center for baby elephant orphans, there was 25 of them, from 3 month up to to 2 years old. Sad baby elephants that lost their mommy in one way or another. Cruel world. Lunch at a mall then back on the bus for a few hours from Nairobi to Naivasha. Instead of safari animals I did my own bus game viewing. Spotted Kenyan bus names: Angel, Guardian, Only prayers, Sparkles, Martial, Blessings, Digital, Pirates, Glorious and God's powder. Our camp, situated by Lake Naivasha, Camp Cannelys. Beautiful place, cozy bar - but also home of a million mosquitos. Fall asleep to the sound of motorbikes - turnes out that's how hippos sounds. Elephants, giraffes, one sheeta and hundreds of other animals. Then the real adventure started - one of our cars got stuck in the mud - and the rescue car did the same. What to do? The park was closing and it's really dangerous to be in the park at night. So - 16 people in one car. Hey ho let's go! Before we left the park, we where so so lucky, a lion mom and her two tiny lion babies walked (and jumped) in front of the car. Amazing!

 

Kenya. Day 28. Left the bus and our bus driver Gunnar at the camp in Naivasha - two vans picked us up -next stop: Maasai Mara for a couple of days. Went off road for a couple of hours until we reached our tent camp in Maasai Mara, close to the national park. Before sunset we took the cars to the park for some game viewing. Elephants, giraffes, one sheeta and hundreds of other animals. Then the real adventure started - one of our cars got stuck in the mud - and the rescue car did the same. What to do? The park was closing and it's really dangerous to be in the park at night. So - 16 people in one car. Hey ho let's go! Before we left the park, we where so so lucky, a lion mom and her two tiny lion babies walked (and jumped) in front of the car. Amazing! The rest of the evening we spent around the bonfire at the camp listening to a few maasai men telling us about their culture. Very interesting. So diffrent from the world we live in. Makes you think about your life - and wondering if they really telling us the truth. Update: later we where told another version of their reality.

 

Kenya. Day 29. Early morning safari time in Maasai Mara National park. On a cliff we saw a lion mommy and her three one-year old babies taking a nap in the morning sun. So many elephants, big, small and everything in between, so close you could almost touch them. We went all the way down to the border where Maasai Mara in Kenya becomes Sarangeti in Tanzania. Took a short walking safari trip. 40-ish happy hippos and two happy hippo babies sunbathing on the rocks in Mara River. Wow! On the way back to our camp we stopped at the maasai village for a guided tour. Can't really describe it by words. I just hope they are happy.

 

Kenya. Day 30-31. Happy new year! Woke up super early, 4 o'clock in the morning - hot air balloon safari over the landscape of Maasai Mara. Super expensive (425 usd) but worth it! Magic view and after 2 hours up in the air - we was invited to a luxury champagne, bloody mary & bacon breakfast. Could there be any better way to start the last day of 2015?! After the great balloon adventure we packed our bags and jumped into the cars - back to Naivasha and the pink bus. Let's celebrate new years! And we did - almost all of us was awake until midnight (record of this sleepy group) - two minutes after we where only four left haha. But we celebrated for all of us. Springbock & pimms, good combination. The day after I slept til 11, woke up, cleaned the bus and spent the rest of the day by the next camp pool. Lazy day. Great start of 2016! 

 

 
TANZANIA
THIS IS AFRICA
The #africanadventure Hakuna Matata! Karibu! Jambo! Jambo!
Rosa Bussarna. 5 veckor. 6 länder. 500 mil. 26 nya vänner.
 
This is my story: 
 

Zanzibar back to Tanzania. Day 22. Bye bye paradise island, cold beer, comfy bed, air condition, turqouise ocean and swimming pool. Hello pink bus and hot dirty roads. Happy to be "home" again! Spent whole day and night on a roadtrip throught the beautiful Tanzanian landscape. Way past midnight we decided to camp at a gas station in the middle of nowhere.

 

Tanzania. Day 23-24. Woke up on christmas morning with the snow covered peak of Kilimanjaro as view. Pretty magic. Finally snow on christmas! Another bus driving day to reach our destination and meet up with two other Pink Caravan buses - let the christmas party begin! But first - food & booze refill in Arusha. Taco night at Camp Kudu Lodge in Karatu. After a good but pretty cold nights sleep - all day pool party and then christmas celebrating with 60 swedes.

 

Tanzania. Day 25. Safari day! My first safari - ever! The Ngorongoro Crater in karatu. First thing we learned Pumba from Lion King means zero brain because they have so short memory. Our driver called me Pumba - no comments. Awesome day, the view, the nature, the animals - undescribable! Game viewing: baboons, waterbocks, donkeys, eagles, shakals, buffalos (soooo many!) wildbeasts, ostrichs, hyenas, springbocks, gazelles, a wierd big grey bird, storks, hippos, uganda cranes, 1000 pink flamingos, 1 hat beast, 2 black rhinos, 8 elephants - and 26!!!! lions. One of the best days so far! Spotted 4 of 5. The Big five: elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion. Check! Ugly five: Warthog, wildbeast, hyena,  gam (dead meat eating bird, name?) check! Next safari mission: leopard & marabou stork.

 

 
 
ZANZIBAR
THIS IS AFRICA
The #africanadventure Hakuna Matata! Karibu! Jambo! Jambo!
Rosa Bussarna. 5 veckor. 6 länder. 500 mil. 26 nya vänner.
 
This is my story: 
 

Tanzania. Day 15-16. Off to Dar Es Salaam. Spotted my first wild elephant, got so happy that I started crying - everyone laughed haha. In the middle of nowhere, our pink bus went out of gas. Luckly we were prepared for that kind of emergency. On the road again after one hot hour that also turned into lunch break. Our camp for the next couple of days, Sunrise Beach in Dar Es Salaam - beach bar and kitty cats, welcome to paradise! Two days of bus cleaning, beaching, beering, partying! Pink party!

 

Tanzania to Zanzibar. Day 17. Jambo jambo. Bad bad hungover. Stupid champagne, wine, beer, rum & coke, smirnoff cocktails and salmiak shots. But we had a lot of fun! Took the boat from our camp to Dar Es Salaam and then the fast ferry to Zanzibar. Staying at a great place right by the beach - Ocean View Resort. Feels good to sleep in a real bed after 16 days on the bus roof. Had sunset mojitos at Africa House in Stone Town - and then the best chicken kebab ever at the city night market. In bed before midnight, can't be party queen every night.

 

Zanzibar. Day 18. Omelette and water melon breakfast. Stone Town city tour. Boat ride to Prison Island - an island that was suppose to be a prison - but it was to beautiful so the prison turned into a vacation house instead. Now - hotel for rich people. Giant turtle safari - the oldest one, 192 years old - oldie but goldie. Balcony drinking party. Wierd special indian kebab dinner in Stone Town + a lot of drinks and desserts. Late evening mission: finding the Freddy Mercury Bar - found his house but the bar where nowhere to be found. Instead we found a sleeping taxi driver and woke him up. Ocean View please.

 

Zanzibar. Day 19. The day my belly crashed. Went on a spice tour in the forest. Puked behind a tree and almost died. After the nearly dying experience we jumped on a bus and went from Stone Town to the other side of Zanzibar - Nungwi Beach. Heaven on earth. Our hotel is the shit, spent a few hours until sunset by the pool - and then went to sleep. Needed to take care of this crashed body. Tomorrow is another day.

 

Zanzibar. Day 20-21. Back on track after 14 hours in bed and three bottles of coke.  Spent the day by the beach, walk & talk with local guy Harry, mojito by the pool. Celebrating two birthdays, calamari dinner, got another cat bff, searching for a raggae bar - ended up in a place next door to our hotel. The day after we took a swim with 30 turtles, playing on the beach and some Ndouvo-beer drinking by the pool. Life sucks.