Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
AU
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > July-September 2019 (87) > PLAINS,GAME & AU TO M O B I L E S

PLAINS,GAME & AU TO M O B I L E S

While northern Tanzania boasts some of the continent’s most popular attractions, there is plenty of opportunity to explore lesserknown — but by no means inferior — attractions and get a real sense of what the country is all about. Phil Clisby travels from Arusha to Dar in a car, rediscovering his backpacking spirit of adventure

This button here. You see? The red one, ” points Alan Msuya, our rental car handover guy. “This is the panicky button. ” I’m just outside Moshi at the Mountain Inn, home to 4x4 Safari Rentals and, as the lodge’s name implies, a cracking view of Kilimanjaro. It’s comfortable accommodation, with excellent food — particularly the curry — and ideal for the budget-style, self-drive safari on which I’m about to embark. As well as the big red button, which is linked directly to the rental company’s HQ, our 4WD Tata Xenon is equipped with a GPS tracker and a phone, enabling the staff to keep track of our whereabouts should we run into difficulty. Self-driving in Tanzania is a relatively new venture, but with a good road network and excellent ground support, it is, in my opinion, the best way to experience the country. It’s backpacking for the more mature traveller. Someone, like myself, who wants the experiences that getting off the main track brings, but without having to sleep in a shop doorway or travel on a train sandwiched between a basket of rotting tomatoes and six chickens.

Walking the plains of Mkomazi,
JUTTA LEMKE
where we encountered our anxious elephants; driving into Saadani National Park

I settle into the driver’s seat and, with an element of trepidation, point the car in the direction of Arusha. There’s a lot to take in at first: indication, or lack of it (“In Tanzania, indicators are a luxury, ” our guide Living Temba tells us); people strolling nonchalantly along the road; police speed checks and stop barriers; weaving motorbikes, and buses that pay scant attention to anyone else. But I soon settle into the rhythm and it’s still a darn sight easier than driving in London.

READ MORE
Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Travel Africa - July-September 2019 (87)
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - July-September 2019 (87)
$7.99
Or 799 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 4.25 per issue
SAVE
47%
$16.99
Or 1699 points

View Issues

About Travel Africa

Why Botswana? Where to go, what to see, how to plan for your trip to this amazing country • Slow safari - letting wildlife come to you • Kaokoland, in search of remoteness • What it's really like to walk in Luangwa • Self-drive Tanzania • Know your owls • Sierra Leone rises • 60 reasons to visit Nairobi • Lapalala Wilderness... and much more!