Louis and I have been back for a week now after an unforgettable trip! Its good to see our families again and I guess another trip which is as long as this one is out of the question in the near future.
After paddling for about 20 km and realy feeling great, we ran out of lake and had to stop and book in at the Hotel Club Du Lac Tanganyika in Bujumbura. It eventually all came to an end after many months of planning, organising and trying to get fit. We are realy greatfull to our employers and wives for allowing us to take on a project like this.
Allthough we only covered 40 km today, we feel great, we realy had a good day. We left late this morning because Morne interviewed a few people about conditions in the area. He is compiling a documentary on our trip.
Our report is very brief as we experienced problems with the charging of the satellite phone's batteries. We had a problem getting through the customs on the Burundi side of the border. It took us close to two hours .
We did 41 km for the day and we are about 12 km from the Burundi border. The place is called Kiziba and we are alone on the beach close to the village. Toppers and mash was "'enjoyed" tonight, a very welcome change to the boring boerewors and rump steak that we had at Kigoma. A real welcome change was to hear new jokes. Our pool of jokes got a bit boring after hearing the same ones over and over. "Have I told this one yet?". Thanks to Brent and we hope it will last at least up to Saturday.
Again we were reminded of how fortunate we are when we visited a clinic to hand out mosquito nets. Speaking to one of the GP's, we were told how rife malaria is in the area. We felt good today doing our bit to combat this problem, especially amongst babies. A big thank you to Bill and Robyn Geech whose business, Wag Hill Lodge, donated these nets. The lodge is situated outside of Mwanza on Lake Victoria.
We had a quiet day of sleeping , snorkeling, with a short visit to the Livingstone museum in Ujiji.
The whole Kigoma area is rich in recorded history. About 10 km south of Kigoma is a place called Ujiji. This is where Burton and Speke first reached the shores of Lake Tanganyika in 1858. It is also the famous meeting place of Henry Stanley and Dr David Livingstone in 1871. Livingstone's goal was to expose the horrors of the slave trade. Stanley came looking for him.
Jacobsen's Beach. Marilise, Morne's wife, relaxes on the beach. This picture was taken on a previous Tanzanian trip with a visit to Kigomo.
The 30 km done today felt like a walk in the park. The water was rough, but knowing we only had a relative short distance to go, it felt easy. We are at Jacobsen's beach where we will be staying in rooms until Monday morning. It is an undisturbed site just south of Kigoma Bay.
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