Roving Reporter



Matons and tyre changes

26 September 2012 | 9:26 - By Karen Ashford

Too early for breakfast - again. Luckily I brought a stash of espresso bags with me from Australia…I can cope with many deprivations, but have real strife if I'm deprived of coffee.

Kigoma airport - one that didn't make it. I was told this was a successful crash because no lives were lost. An airport worker told me the wreck remains not as a testament to safety, but because it was too costly to remove. The terminal is at the right. (SBS)

Kigoma airport - one that didn't make it. I was told this was a successful crash because no lives were lost. An airport worker told me the wreck remains not as a testament to safety, but because it was too costly to remove. The terminal is at the right. (SBS)

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Going underground

25 September 2012 | 14:27 - By Karen Ashford

Another early start. After getting into Arusha at about 10pm, grabbing a bite to eat and taking a much needed shower -  mercifully now with hot water - I'm up at 4.30am to process yesterday's vision, prep the kit and pack my bags.

Welcome - mind the razor wire. (SBS)

Welcome - mind the razor wire. (SBS)

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The sands of time and the Watatoga boogie

24 September 2012 | 8:52 - By Karen Ashford

A glittering black crescent of sand shines starkly against the golden grasses of the Serengeti plains.

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Truck tyre sandals and smoked goat

22 September 2012 | 8:44 - By Karen Ashford

We're due to set off at 7.30 from Oldupai Gorge, but things don't always run according to plan. The lodge at Ngorongoro crater has recently sold from government to private ownership and standards have slipped.

Early morning over Ngorongoro crater. This dawn's soundtrack was the throaty rumbling of a lion.

Early morning over Ngorongoro crater. This dawn's soundtrack was the throaty rumbling of a lion.

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The elephant outside

17 September 2012 | 13:02 - By Karen Ashford

There's an elephant 20 metres away and the car won't start…

African elephants have large ears (the Indian variety have smaller ones), but we can't really see this fellow's set as they're folded back safely out of the way of the acacia thorns, which can be up to 5 cm long (SBS)

African elephants have large ears (the Indian variety have smaller ones), but we can't really see this fellow's set as they're folded back safely out of the way of the acacia thorns, which can be up to 5 cm long (SBS)

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SBS multimedia correspondent Karen Ashford reports from Tanzania where she is on assignment, and finds that the country is not so different from her home state of South Australia.

Hot fish soup for breakfast. I was disconcerted when the restaurant staff dropped to their knees in greeting as I entered. Unused to such subservience I dropped to me knees too!

Hot fish soup for breakfast. I was disconcerted when the restaurant staff dropped to their knees in greeting as I entered. Unused to such subservience I dropped to me knees too!

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