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Riding to Dar es Salaam Tanzania

January 30, 2018

 

Day 100-106 I Km : 14569 I Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

Kamipun akhirnya masuk ke negara ke 9 di Afrika yaitu Tanzania. Enter dari border Kasumulu sebelah selatan Tanzania. Kesan pertama ketika riding di Tanzania sekitar 112 km menuju kota Mbeya, pemandangan alam yang begitu memukau. Suasana tentram dan sejuk. Pegunungan hijau dan pedesaan (rumah beratap seng) lalu sepeda motor lagi mangkal alias tukang ojek juga ada. Dan yang bikin kaget ketika saya melewati perkebunan teh berasa seperti riding di Jawa Barat. Saya pun berhenti disebuah warung untuk istirahat, walaupun kebanyakan tidak bisa berbahasa Inggris namun warganya ramah dan sopan.

 

Perjalanan dilanjutkan ke arah Timur. Dari Mbeya saya menuju Ibukota Tanzania, Dar es Salaam yang persis berada di pesisir Timur negara ini. Lumayan masih panjang, kira-kira masih harus menempuh jarak sekitar 800 km lebih. Kota pemberhentian pertama sebelum Dar es Salaam yaitu Iringa. Perjalanan kesana sungguh menyenangkan. Jalan aspal yang lebar dan luas dan juga pemandangan alamnya yang berbeda dari sebelumya. Tampak pegunungan berbatu dan mulai banyak pedesaan dan juga ramai hilir mudik truk-truk logistik. Di Tanzania memang pom bensin selalu ada disetiap distrik atau ‘wilaya’ sama dengan Wilayah dalam Bahasa Indonesia. Jadi saya tak perlu kawatir soal bensin. Makananpun ramai yang jual. Tinggal lihat lokasi yang ramai dan dipenuhi kursi serta parkiran sudah pasti jualan makanan, karena disini punya sawah jadinya nasi menjadi makanan pokok juga. Di jalur menuju Morogoro melewati hutan yang membelah gunung, jalanan menjadi banyak kelokan dengan tikungan tajam bikin asik riding di jalur ini karena ngantuk jadi hilang. Di Morogoro sendiri ada jalur melewati Mikumi National Park. Sejauh 50 km kita diharuskan berkendara dengan speed limit 30 km/jam dan dilarang memotret atau akan kena denda. Saya sangat menikmati jalur ini karena berbagai binatang liar terlihat dari pinggir jalan, mulai dari Jerapah, Zebra, banteng, Gajah hingga Impala dan kalau beruntung bisa lihat kelompok Singa juga, tapi kalau kita lewat pakai motor kayaknya serem juga jalur ini.

 

Dar es Salaam memang kota macet tapi tak semacet Jakarta, untunglah sigap dan lincah karena sudah biasa dengan kemacetan di Jakarta jadi macet di kota ini masih kategori normal. Banyak kendaraan roda 3 sebagai kendaraan umun juga selain taksi, mini bus dan motor taxi alias ojek. Kami mampir ke KBRI di Dar es Salaam, dan bersama staff PenSosBud di KBRI Dar es Salaam, kami diliput oleh beberapa media ternama di Tanzania, diantaranya di interview oleh Capital TV & Azam TV dan beberapa media cetak. Wahh seru banget!

 

 

Salam Adventure.

 

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Day 100-106 I Km: 14569 I Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

We also finally entered the 9th country in Africa, Tanzania. Enter from the Kasumulu border south of Tanzania. The first impression when riding in Tanzania was around 112 km to the city of Mbeya, the scenery was so stunning. The atmosphere is calm and cool. Green mountains and countryside (houses with zinc roofs) then motorbike taxi drivers. And that made me surprised when I passed the tea plantation feeling like riding in West Java. I stopped at a stall to take a break, even though most of them could not speak English but the citizens were friendly and polite.

 

The journey continues eastward. From Mbeya I headed for the Capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam which is right on the east coast of the country. Pretty long, it still has to travel more than 800 km. The first city stop before Dar es Salaam is Iringa. The journey there is really fun. Wide and wide asphalt road and also different natural scenery from before. Rocky mountains appear and start many villages and also crowded up and down logistics trucks. In Tanzania, the gas station is always available in every district or 'wilaya' is the same as the territory in Indonesian. So I don't need to worry about gasoline. Even food is crowded. Just look at the crowded location and filled with chairs and parking is sure to sell food, because here has rice fields, so rice becomes a staple food too. On the path to Morogoro through the forest that divides the mountain, the road becomes a lot of curves with sharp turns making fun riding on this path because sleepiness is gone. In Morogoro itself there is a path through Mikumi National Park. As far as 50 km we are required to drive with a speed limit of 30 km / hour and are prohibited from taking photos or will be fined. I really enjoyed this path because a variety of wild animals were seen from the roadside, from giraffes, zebras, bulls, elephants to impala and if you were lucky you could see the lion group as well, but if we passed using a motorbike it seemed too scary.

 

Dar es Salaam is indeed a city jammed but not as crowded as Jakarta, luckily swift and agile because it is common with traffic jams in Jakarta so traffic jams in this city are still in the normal category. Many 3-wheel vehicles are public vehicles as well as taxis, mini buses and motorbike taxis or ojek. We stopped by the Indonesian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, and together with the PenSosBud staff at the Indonesian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, we were covered by several well-known media outlets in Tanzania, including interviews with Capital TV & Azam TV and several print media. Wow, it's fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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