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ETIOPIEN
THIS IS AFRICA
The #africanadventure Hakuna Matata! Karibu! Jambo! Jambo!
Rosa Bussarna. 5 veckor. 6 länder. 500 mil. 26 nya vänner.
 
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Kenya. Day 32. Bye bye Africa (at least that was the plan). Drove from Naivasha to Nairobi. Was suppose to visit an orphinage, on the way to the slum we ended up in a middle of a riot - or it had just been one. Two motorbikes was burned and we decided to turn around. After less then an hour or so our excellent driver made it happened and we could continue to the airport. Just to figure out our flight was delayed 3 hours - and 3 hours became 4...and we totally missed our connecting flight in Addis Ababa. Africa didn't want us to leave - so we checked in to a luxury hotel and stayed 24 more hours.

 

Ethiopia. Day 33. Woke up in my super comfy giant hotel bed. Hotel breakfast, sadly no bacon. But pancakes make me happy! Jumped in a cab that took us to National Museum of Addis Ababa - so we could say hi to Lucy - the first human (found) on earth. 3.2 million years old. Only 105 cm short, I win for once. Our guide told us about the history of human kind and the culture and art work of Ethiopia. Interesting! We learned that Addis Ababa means new flower. But the city is more about construction than nature. I would say. What to do when you need to kill time in Addis - go and see the new Star Wars movie of course! Double premiere for me since I haven't seen a single one of them. Around midnight it was time to do a new attempt to get home by air. May the force be with us.
 
And yes. We came home, safe and sound - after one of the best experiences ever.
Africa always wins! 
 
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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.
 
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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.