The work trip that i will never forget was to a little town called Ngara in North Western Tanzania for seven weeks. It remains my best ever trip to-date. Why was it the best ever.
First the accommodation. We stayed in these ex-winter (Sweden) games containers. They were shipping containers converted to 2 bedroom cozy apartment of sorts. Fully equipped kitchen, heaters, air conditioning and a balcony overlooking one of the best views that side of Tanzania. They called the compound Afri Line.
Food. They had this great cook who would whip up whatever the team asked him for and sometimes little unexpected surprises. Some of my colleagues opted to cook their own meals. That worked well too due to the fully equipped kitchens and easily accessible cheap local food.
The views..every morning when we woke up, we found ourselves above clouds. Yes, it was that high as you’ll see from the pictures.
Exercise. People could jog from the work-site which was 20 odd kilometers away back to base every other day, Jump off a bridge into murky waters of Ruvuvu River..Pure bliss i tell you.
I learnt how to ride a motor bike in this place and rode over 300kms around the expansive area neighboring Burundi and Rwanda. We could hire the motorbikes from town for as little as USD 7 a day and fuel them for a similar amount. Some of my colleagues and me rode motorbikes to work a couple of times a week. Over weekends the guys would rent 5 or so motorbikes and ride around the area. We once rode to the Y axis known as ‘Mafiga Matatu” named after the 3 cooking stones used in the village.
Some of my colleagues took a week-end drive into Kigali, Rwanda (3hours) from here and had a great time there. I’d been to Kigali before and didn’t think i needed to make the trip.
To top it off, we used to get ice cream from an Arab owned shop in town that sold everything from powdered milk to petrol and stationery.
Seven weeks flew by so fast and before we knew it, we were headed back home to Kenya on our lovely chartered Dash 8.