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Saturday, July 15, 2000
Cairo, Egypt to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:
Latitude: 6° 49' 18" South
Longitude: 39° 16' 58" East
Altitude: 476 feet
From Seattle: 11228 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Safari Inn

Today's Travel:
Country: Tanzania
Region: Dar es Salaam
Route: Egypt Air Flight 821: Cairo - Dar es Salaam
Path:Cairo, Egypt - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Linear:2941 miles
Weather: Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1192
Linear Dist: 233390
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 264
More stats...
Hotels: 413
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 126
Hostels: 261
Transit: 76
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4137

Journal Entry:
I woke up after a few hours sleep as we were descending into Entebbe (we didn't even know the flight was going to stop there!) Most of the other passengers got off and few (if any) got on so we had most of the plane to ourselves for the remainder of the flight to Dar. Landed in Dar es Salaam early and got through immigration without any great drama - though we couldn't get multiple-visas. Outside we negotiated a taxi for far cheaper than we should have been able to. Turned out there was a safari sell going on - no problem, as we want to go on safari and it sounds like a good deal so we agreed to meet the man tomorrow morning. Checked in to the same hotel I stayed in last time I was here - it's been cleaned up and is even nicer than it was.

I was originally supposed to fly down from Cairo the day after Amy and I hadn't canceled my tickets yet (everyone was closed yesterday) so I called Kenya Air - and found out I didn't have a flight tomorrow. I had a flight last week, I'd forgotten that we'd changed the flights to have an extra week in Egypt! Anyway I canceled the return flight and verified that the rest of my itinerary was still there.

Settled down for a two hour nap that ended up being almost four. Spent the evening wandering around. Eventually we found a restaurant that I remembered being good - and it still is - yummy Indian food. While we were waiting for our dinner a very polite young man dropped off his business card and asked if he could talk to us after dinner. We went and talked to him - he worked for another safari company. We both liked them, but there was a very hard sell at the end. We left agreeing to call them tomorrow. I have a slightly better feeling for this company than the other one, as they're in the book (and were last time I was here as well), and so have a reputation to protect.

By the time we finished talking with Joseph (the safari rep) it was dark. We walked around some more on a quest for mosquito coils, then had a couple beers at a cheap locals bar before heading back to the room for a relatively early night.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Dar es Salaam
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Tanzania
CIA World Fact Book: Tanzania

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