On our drive out of Arusha, heading towards Karatu, we came across a town where Maasai were gathering for some markets - trading of sheep and goats etc. Vitalis (our safari guide/driver) drove us into the town for a look at what was happening.
Below: at first I wasn't completely aware at what was going on...
until the man moved away to reveal the goat being butchered.
a very patient dog waiting for scraps
Driving down the main highway there were still many diversions off the sealed road - a French company is resurfacing the whole road from Arusha to the turn off to Mto wa Mbu.
We stopped in Mto wa Mbu for some shopping and lunch.
bargaining for paintings
fish drying in the markets
We ate lunch at the Fiesta Complex. I had asked Vitalis to take us to a local nyama choma (BBQ meat) place.
the meat locker
Sylvia enjoying the ambience
bananas for sale
In Karatu Andrew posted the postcards Sylvia has been faithfully writing to friends and family back home (she will probably arrive home before them).
We stayed at the Country Lodge in Karatu. It has beautiful gardens!!
It was a nice easy day to begin our safari.