Arusha Coffee Lodge to Tarangire

OK. So there haven’t been many photos yet, but be patient! 

After a great night’s sleep in our villa at the Coffee Lodge, we had breakfast then a stroll around Shanga - a set of workshops with associated gift shop where people with disabilities are employed. Hand weaving, glass blowing, artwork, beadwork…….so much. They focus on recycling materials, so many of the glass beads are made from old wine bottles and fabric animals are made from “old” shirts. 

The Coffee Lodge became a hive of activity during the morning with safari vehicles coming and going. We met our tour “manager”, Jessica, who gave us a thorough briefing of where we will go, what to see, what to do…and not do! The wait for our kick off was rather long - we weren’t up to a walking tour of the plantation, but enjoyed a coffee (what else?) and muffin while watching a traditional band and dance group. 

Our driver/guide, Sija, arrived at 1.30, but the rest of our party had to get lunch before we could set off - scheduled for 2.30. Our travelling companions were a delightful family from New Zealand, (Owen, Janet , Connor and Jessie) and 

From here we travel west along the A104 to the Tarangire National Park gate - and that’s where the real adventure begins.

  © Richard Miles 2019