After working Usumbara Mountains of Tanzania for two years I decided it was time to quit my job and return home to the Netherlands. Before I left, however, I was determined to do a farewell trip through East Africa. Luckily for me two friends were eager to join me. We decided to do a motorcycle trip around Lake Victoria. Let me give it a try to describe in words how this trip blew my mind and still puts a smile on my face today: East Africa by motorbike – this is how you do it!
After a long struggle choosing between local-bikes and Japanese ones we chose a Skymark 125 cc. It was both the price and the fact that the locals know these bikes (which means there are spare parts at hand in case of breakdowns) that led us to this choice. We started the trip in my backyard: the Usumbara Mountains, immediately rough terrain. Within the first 10 kilometres, all three of us felt the magic of the bike: invincible, a cocktail of an immense sense of freedom and a healthy dose of anxiety about what was ahead in the weeks to come.
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