Recently I traveled inland away from the lake to Shinyanga – this town is a few hundred kilometers from Lake Victoria and the differences were stark.
The landscape was arid and dry and the trees were almost autumnal in look – dried and parched leaves decorated the branches but more noticeable were the vast array of seedpods dangling in the breeze.
The beobab trees by contrast were coming into leaf and even had some fruits hanging.
Across the dusty landscape cattle roamed in herds seeking out water. Many river banks were completely dry but others had pools of water dwindling in the sun ahead of the incumbent rainy season.