On Tuesday we drove down from Nairobi to Moshi, which was about a 7 hour drive in total. We left Nairobi at 6:30 am to avoid its horrendous traffic. On the outskirts of the city we passed a group of cement factories. In the early morning light, the scene looked like something out of a Science Fiction film. I was reminded of the complexity of development and environmental conservation.
The landscape quickly turned to savannah, much like what you would see in the Maasai Mara or Serengeti game reserves. We didn’t see any exciting animals, however. Just some cows mingling on the highway at one point, and a disoriented sheep at another.
Good thing they have signs for that.
Apparently they also have signs to indicate that land is NOT for sale. I saw more than one of these.
Once in Tanzania, we were surprised by how many police checkpoints there were along the highway (and also by how many female police officers there were!). Every half an hour or so we would come upon a small sign in the road, or a piece of metal barrier set across the road, indicating a police checkpoint. A vehicle only has to stop if a police officer flags them down. We were stopped two or three times, I guess to check the driver’s paperwork. They never asked to see our Passports/Visas, although one officer did comment on our pile of luggage in the back.
Aside from that, our trip was uneventful, and we made excellent time, thanks to the highway upgrades paid for by the African Development Bank and constructed by the Chinese contracting companies! “China Offers Sincere, Unconditional Help to Continent” More complexity…