We have had floods of biblical proportions here recently, haven’t we?  In fact very few people have escaped at least some degree of disruption from them.

Going to Tanzania we were prepared for everything.   We had various vaccinations, took anti-malaria tablets, stocked up on Pro-Plus, Strepsils, Dioralyte, Immodium, plasters, wet wipes, sun tan cream.   You name it we had it.   Thinking it would be hot and humid, well it is Africa.  Everybody knows how hot and humid Africa is.   Linen trousers and loose fitting tops were the order of the day.

Not for one minute did we think we might encounter rain.

Oh how wrong we were.   It poured on Thursday.   Which meant the traffic was horrendous.   Routes that should normally take ten minutes were taking an hour and a half.   Because when some of the roads looked like the one above and when a huge proportion of the motorists are on mopeds or little three wheeled tuk-tuk type vehicles they can’t do the usual speed so it means the whole city can get grid locked.


Shops closed due to water pouring in.   Roads impassable.   Traffic gridlocked.  All because of floods.

You see, Africa really isn’t so different from England, after all.


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  • Wow that looks crazy and who’d have thought you;d see that much rain in Africa! #whatsthestory xx

  • Gosh wasn’t expecting that image, always presume Africa will be hot and dry. Streets like this must cause absolute mayhem elsewhere, no wonder there was such an increase in journey time. Adrenaline is a wonderful thing but it must have been quite tiring too. So glad you had a good trip, you’re all amazing x #whatsthestory

  • Wow, that is an amazing, and surprising, photo. It must have added a certain something to your trip… #WhatstheStory

  • Wow, not a photo you would expect to see in a post about Africa. That must be awful… at least here in England we have the means and resources to ‘rebuild’ after such events, it must be so hard over there to put everything back to how it was 🙁

  • Despite reading/watching everything you three shared with us from Tanzania it is still very hard to imagine what it must be like for them. Makes you realise just how very lucky we are. Thanks for going there and sharing with us back here x

  • Oh my and I bet it caused plenty of hardship on communities already struggling with everyday life. Umbrella and wellies to add to the packing list next time!