This is a combined two days as we crossed western Tanzania, through Iringa and on across the border into Malawi.
Here we have some very rural areas of Tanzania, not very long before we crossed the western border in Malawi. The river is the border.
You see commerce along side every road just like this. Everything is for sale. As in most countries, the small villages alongside the border are busy stopovers for travelers and truck drivers.
This is the border crossing parking lot. The boys may just be hanging around, but more typically I saw that the were the goat herders.
Due to security concerns I did not get any pictures of the border crossing, but it was interesting. Young men selling wireless minutes, truck drivers handing out facilitation payments to get their paperwork completed faster, all kinds of people coming and going. It was one of the wilder border crossing I have made.
Tanzania on the left, Malawi on the right.
Mattresses, lumber (they possibly make furniture here too) and lovely new dresses! Consumer goods for sale!
Every where in Africa people sell fruit and vegetables by the roadside. This is a warm humid area so you get bananas, mangoes, etc.
You may be able to see that they are wearing traditional Maasai clothing.
Some houses along the way. The fence at the back will be to protect the Maasai dwellers goats or cattle from attack at night
Africa runs on the Matatu below, this is a bus stop and they are literally everywhere you go.
This is the foundation of public transportation, cheap and frequent to catch. I was told that they don’t really have a close schedule, he will look to fill up with passengers before he leaves if he can.
Here we have some very rural areas of Tanzania, not very long before we crossed the western border in Malawi.
First up is a really run down hut, but I think people lived there. This is one of the poorest areas that I saw.
A local Mosque
A view of the mountains across into Malawi
The amazing Boabab tree. The tree is also called the upside down tree, the bottle tree, and “the tree of life”