The other side of Table Mountain – Cape Town


Planning to travel in Africa?  The magnificent Table Mountain is a drawing card and the starting point is the infamous Cape Town for most… today we look over and behind of Table Mountain.

Table Mountain

The perks of traveling to Africa are endless. Instead of scanning the game parks for rhino or setting off for a day sampling Cape chardonnays, take a  look at the other side.

The townships of Cape Town….. You inhale the roots of freedom, exhaling air of human rights, justice, and reconciliation. A flow from shebeens to sangomas, the emotional sensory vibe sets you sparkling off with a vivid social culture. Nothing is amiss as every township bubbles with its own unique story about its struggles and how it evolved and revolved to its current state

A treasure in the center of Cape Town – Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

Beyond the hustles and bustles, just beyond the city of Cape Town, you find Bo-Kaap.

The “Bo Kaap” is one of the most interesting parts of Cape Town culturally and historically. Colorful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa add to this unique Cape experience. It is a multicultural area, tucked into the fold of signal hill. Use the cobblestoned streets as your guide and you will be lead into a lively suburb filled with brightly colored houses from the nineteenth and seventeenth century, shrines of Muslim saints, an abundance of beautiful Mosques, and the very first mosque that existed in South Africa.

Use the cobblestoned streets as you are lead into a lively suburb filled with brightly colored houses from the nineteenth and seventeenth century, shrines of Muslim saints, an abundance of beautiful Mosques, and the very first mosque that existed in South Africa.

The residents of Bo-Kaap are mostly descended from slaves who were imported to the Cape by the Dutch during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. They came from Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Java Malaysia. Some of them were political exiles and convicts. They were known as “Cape Malays”, which is incorrect as most of BoKaap’s residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent. Their many Indonesian traces of vocabulary in the dialect of Cape, for example, “trim-

They were known as “Cape Malays”, which is incorrect as most of BoKaap’s residents are not entirely of Malaysian descent. Their many Indonesian traces of vocabulary in the dialect of Cape, for example, “trim-makaasi” thank-you, as well as  “kanalah” please! There are also many words, which have also been substituted with Afrikaans.

Funnily enough, Afrikaans evolved as a language of its own through a simplification of Dutch so that the slaves could communicate with the Dutch and each other since they all came from different countries and cultures. Muslims were the first to write texts in Afrikaans.
Cape Carnival

Each year on the 2nd of January, the Bo-Kaap celebrates a big street party, the “Coon Carnival” in the center of town. It was originally introduced by the Muslim slaves who celebrated their only day off work in the whole year. Nowadays men, woman, and children march from the Grand Parade to the Green Point stadium, singing, and dancing.

 

Kramat

Kramats or Muslim Shrines are burial sites of Saints of Islam. Cape Town residents have for a number of generations paid their respects these Shrines. There are three Karamats in Bo Kaap, and Signal Hill behind BoKaap has two.

 

 

Bo-Kaap Museum

One of the oldest buildings in Wale Street 71 houses the “Bo-Kaap Museum”. It is necessary to see since it feels like your stepping back in time. Built in by Jan de Waal in 1768, the museum was originally the home of Abu Bakr Effendi, a well-known Turkish scholar and prominent leader in the Muslim community. He was brought here in the mid-19th century to help quell feuding between Muslim factions and is believed to have written one of the first books in Afrikaans. The house has been furnished to re-create the lifestyle of a typical Malay family in the 19th century within a national socio-political and cultural context. Look for works by artist Gregoire Boonzaire, who’s famous for capturing the chaos and charm of neighborhoods such as the Bo-Kaap and District Six.

The Dutch brought slaves that were skilled artisans, political exiles, artisans, religious leader’s famous scholars, and convicts too. Islam, who roots started in Saudi Arabia some 1400 years ago, was brought to the Cape in the 1700’s. Skills and talents passed down from generation to generation accompanied these slaves. Not only skilled artisan but also superb cooks and cuisines blossomed. The Cape Malay Cuisine is not only delicious but also unique and has played a huge role in South African dishes.

A township tour can be one of the most illuminating and life-affirming experiences you will ever have.

 

The Soul of Township Tours in South Africa

The Tales of South African Townships

Township in South Africa reflects the celebration of joy in human rights, freedom, justice and reconciliation. From the experience of shebeens to visits with sangomas.

A township visit is an emotional and unique sensory experience that is abuzz with the vivid social culture. Each township tells a story of its own about how it was established, the struggle through the years of apartheid and the current age it has evolved into.

South African townships have an irresistible soul and vibe that will welcome you and give you the experience of a lifetime!

Alex  –  “Township of Rhythm”

Alexandra Township -Gauteng

Alexandra is affectionately known as ‘Alex’, it is  Gauteng’s oldest township. Initially, it was established as a residential area. This was in 1905 by a white farmer. He aimed for a white suburb and named it after his wife. In 1912 it was transformed into a native township. Black people were allowed land ownership.

In 1913 the land act dissolved land ownership rights by blacks. Alexandra continues in migration as it was close in proximity to the employment opportunities in Johannesburg.

‘Alex’ has an interesting and turbulent and past, a fascinating present, and a very promising future.  It also has it’s own community radio and TV station.

Alex is the hub of culture, root culture is rhythm and vibe.  Alex has been home to luminaries like Hugh Masekela, a renowned jazz maestro as well as Nelson Mandela.

Popular culture like theaters in the townships was a dynamic force which gave life and hopes to the people, it’s a dynamic force that gave hope.

A township tour will give assess to the best shebeens in where you can quench your thirst on the tradition umqombothi, an African beer that is home-brewed, and taste amazing local delicacies.

You can also stock up on arts and crafts from street vendors, curios and explore the world colorful traditional medicine world.

The outdoor markets, the St Hulbert Catholic church, Mandela Yard Precinct and traditional healers create a fascinating new and old blend making Alex a fascinating township tour.

A Visit to  the iconic township of Soweto

Soweto is the fifth most popular destination for overseas visitors to the Gauteng province. It’s ‘Jozi’s’ tourism drawcard.  And one of the biggest attractions is the Mandela Museum, in Vilakazi Street.  The former four-roomed home of Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is a deeply moving experience, that reminds us of our past, and gives us hope for the future.

The Hector Pieterson Memorial is three blocks from where 13-year-old Hector was shot and died on 16 June 1976, the day when students in Soweto marched against the repressive imposition of  the Afrikaans language in schools

Soweto tours start with,  Hector Pieterson Museum and the Regina Mundi church.No trip to Soweto in Johannesburg is complete without a visit to Regina Mundi, the largest Catholic Church in the most popular Soweto.

It’s been a spiritual haven for thousands of Sowetans, it has also played a pivotal role in the township’s history of resistance against apartheid.

The Ubuntu Kraal is a collection of straw-roofed rondavels that form a homestead, popular as a wedding and conference venue.

Many will also be interested in the Soweto  Festival. The Soweto Festival is held annually

Soweto Festival

The venue is the magnificent Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, the site of the signing of the historic Freedom Charter by anti-apartheid organizations in 1955.

This is the ideal place for the people of Soweto to congregate over Heritage weekend as the Square is a national monument.

The Soweto Festival centers around an exhibition and day-long entertainment events.

 The  capturing visit to Katlehong

Katlehong

The Katlehong township area smoldered with political tension in the early 1990s and the name was associated with violent protests and a low-level civil war amongst factions.

This, however, is a thing of the past and in some way seems to make the Art Centre even more of an achievement for being there. Some of the most exquisite examples of ethnic artwork are housed here and the center seems to have been as influenced by the emotional turmoil of the township as its inhabitants once were.

 

Welcome to motherland Africa! Welcome to South Africa!

 

 

 

Strolls and sightings in Africa – Travel Adventures in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Motherland Africa –  Zambia and Zimbabwe

The majestical journey to Zimbabwe is engraved in a superb tradition where hospitality reigns supreme.

Twenty years ago Zimbabwe was the richest country in Africa with tourism as a major industry.

Zimbabwe’s political stature led to it become one of the poorest, with an inflation rate that is the highest in the world. People used to call it the breadbasket of the continent, but after a while, no food was available even for those that had mountains of money.

Once upon a time, it was the continent’s breadbasket but eventually there was no food available, even for those stacked with mountains of money.

Nowadays many may be reluctant to consider exploring Zimbabwe. No worries if the feeling of uncertainty is there, Zambia shares many of the same attractions.

The tourists’ attraction focus is the great Zambezi River. It forms a natural boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Zambezi River

The Zambezi  River is a river system that is the fourth largest in Africa. It runs through six countries. All starts off with a  little spring in the Mwinilunga District in the northwest part of Zambia.

This is close to the  Zambian,  Zaire and Angola borders. This spring bubbles between roots of trees and eventually becomes a mighty river that carves the magnificent Victoria Falls.

The  Zambezi is a calm flow forward, then it builds speed racing headlong in a tumble downwards in hundreds of feet becoming a  natural world wonder then it zig-zags through  Batoka Gorge.  Energy is then captured and it is converted into a hydroelectric form of power by the Kariba Dam, and further down into the  Mozambique CaboraBassa dam.

The Zambezi river flows into  Kariba Dam for 281 kilometers. It is 40 kilometers wide at one point. It heads north from the dam wall,  then back east until it is flanked by Lower Zambezi National Park, located in Zambia, and the  Mana Pools National Park located in Zimbabwe. This zone supports one of the most important wilderness areas in Africa.

 

After the confluence of Luangwa, Zambezi River flows into Mozambique to the  Indian Ocean. The best family holiday to venture on anyhow and anywhere is a  houseboat located on Kariba.  If you prefer game viewing or fishing or even just chilling with drinks on the deck it is one magical experience that is unforgettable.

In 1960 after the building of the largest dam, Kariba, it evolved into a popular visiting place with activities like swimming,  fishing, boating, and game viewing.

Eventually, all the experiences were combined into the houseboat introduction.

A perfect way to appreciate vast water, islands, distinct trees that are half submerged and islands from a comfortable houseboat!

It takes you to

  • Matusodona Game Park,
  • Charra Bay
  • Spurwing Island
  • Gache Gache Communal Land
  • Fothergill Island

Kariba, the name originates from ‘Kariva’,  a  term that means ‘trap’. This refers a rock that jutted out from the wild, swirling entrance gorge waters!

That rock is currently a hundred meters below water. Legends name the rock the great river god, Nyaminyami’s home. Anyone that came a bit too close got sucked into the river depths!

On a search for adventure? There is an upstream cruise to  Victoria Falls, an adventure to last a lifetime.

Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), only became known to the Western world as Victoria Falls after David Livingstone discovered it in 1855. It took many thousands of years for erosion to create the magnificent natural wonder. The falls are much taller and longer than Niagara Falls.

Many assume that Zimbabwe is a better view of the Victoria Falls, however, keep in mind that  David Livingstone, the well-known explorer discovered the Victoria Falls from Zambia.

He had heard about the sacred site for tribes like the Batoka. Finally, Livingstone, paddled by the  Chief Sekeletu of the Makololo to an island in the center of the Zambezi,  called the  Livingstone Island currently. The water was low but there was a tremor of fear as he approached the wall spray.

If the choice is Zambia you get to stay in a charming town, Livingstone, a popular base for travelers on a venture to experience the Victoria Falls.

There is bungee jumping,  high adrenaline adventures.  Then there is white water rafting in the Zambezi and even riverboarding, where you get to surf upstream.

If you stay in Livingstone on the Zambia side, the Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari is a great way to experience the river and see the scenery along the shores.

The Victoria Falls stay should include an unforgettable flight over the 7th Natural Wonder of the World. Soar high up with eagles and experience the sight from above!

Great Zimbabwe has many ancient ruins built in the 13th and 14th centuries, a UNESCO World Heritage site since the year 1986.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins- Unesco World Heritage site

The Zambian flag features the national bird of Zambia, the Fish Eagle. red, black, orange and a green background

Welcome to motherland Africa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONLY IN TANZANIA – PART 2

The Journey Continues – Endemic and Endangered in  the heart of motherland Africa – Tanzania

Why Safari in Tanzania? The question pounded on. My journey, my search continued.

 

I clearly affirmed in Exploring the splendor of Tanzania – ‘Journey into all dimensions delving into the mystics and wonders of the heart of ‘Motherland Africa’ Tanzania.

My personal quest launched:


Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
We are situated on the road between three major hotels Sunrise, Kipepeo, and South Beach in Kigamboni , a fifteen minute ferry ride from Dar es Salaam. A walkaway to the beach we are ready to welco...

10 Endemic Primates in Tanzania

 

  1. Rondo Dwarf Galago

    Rondo Dwarf Galago

Arkive species - Rondo dwarf galago (Galagoides rondoensis) These are rare and highly endangered animals found only in Tanzania. They weigh 60 grams and they continue to decline in threatened forests.The Rondo Dwarf Galago is classified into 25 of the most endangered species in the whole world.

The animal is losing its habitat due to forest fires and deforestation. This particular species has no conservation program to maintain them and few Tanzanians know of their existence.

2. Mountain Dwarf Galago

Mountain Dwarf galagoes are found in the Udzungwa Mountain National Park, the Udzungwa scarp forest reserve in Tanzania as well as Taiti Hills forest reserve Kenya. Their main threat is loss of habitat due to deforestation and conversion of the land for agriculture.

3. Zanzibar Red Colobus

Arkive species - Kirk’s red colobus (Procolobus kirkii) Endemic to Zanzibar (Unguja), they are mainly found in the southeast, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park as well as the agricultural area in the south. In Mangrove swamps and coral thickets in the southwest.

4. Abbots duiker

A large forest antelope found exclusively in Tanzanian Forest Mountains. They are called ‘Minde’ in the local language Kiswahili. This antelope is a rare Duiker in  Africa.

Due to hunting and deforestation, it is endangered  and is under protection of private and national companies

They are located in the humid, high sections of the Kilimanjaro, Usambara Mountains,  the Ilole forest as well as the Rubeho Mountains. They can also be located in the  high evergreen peaks of  forest hills

5.  Pemba Flying Fox (ARKive)

Arkive species - Pemba flying fox (Pteropus voeltzkowi) The Pemba flying fox is one of the highly endangered species in the country of Tanzania.

The Pemba flying fox is a highly endangered in Tanzania. It is a large bat that weighs between 400 to 650 grams. It feeds on  flowers and fruits and  lives in the forests, mangroves, and graveyards

Found on in Tanzania on Pemba island, when the population in Pemba grew the species subsided. The population is now increasing as they are learning to adapt and live near people

6.The Desperate shrew

 

This species, rare small located in the  Udzungwe Mountains southern The rare small animal, the shrew, is disappearing due to deforestation in these areas. They are found in only in the ideal climate of Tanzania.

7. Gray-faced Sengi(ARKive).

Arkive species - Grey-faced elephant-shrew (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis) Grey-faced elephant-shrew are larger than other shrews and are sparse in color with glossy stiff fur.

8.The Kipunji(ARKive)

Arkive species - Kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji) The Kipunji is an  Old World monkey species that living in  Highland Tanzania forests. The kipunji  ‘honk-bark’ call , distinguishing it from  close relatives,

9.The Sanje Mangabey (ARKive)

Arkive species - Sanje mangabey (Cercocebus sanjei) The Sanje mangabey is an endangered Old World monkey of the white-eyelid mangabey Tanzania group. They are 5 to 65 centimeters in length and weighs about seven to nine kilograms, they are greyish in color. They live forests on ground-dwelling and are threatened by poaching and to hunting.

10. Demon African Mole Rat (Mammals of Tanzania)

Mammals of Tanzania

The demon mole rat is solitary. communicates seismically to other mole rats and predators by head banging its burrow.

 

 

There are numerous issues affecting the conservation of animals in Tanzania. These are inclusive of poverty and education, wildlife and human health, the growth of the population, pressures of sustainable development, the planning of land use, financial and technical capacity. These issues need engagement for any conservation programs to help Tanzania conserve an extraordinary environment and wildlife sector.

  • the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa(CEPF)
  • The Eastern Arc Forests (WWF)
  • Eastern Afromontane (CEPF)

Species are under several threats including fragmentation and habitat loss, conflict, natural resource management that is unsustainable and hunting. The climate changes have a negative effect on the biodiversity in Tanzania as well.

Welcome to Tanzania.  Explore the unknown. Join the Journey! Coming soon ‘Only in Tanzania’ – Part three. #EXPLOREMOTHERLANDAFRICA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Africa Day – May 25

 

Today is May 25th. Diarise this day. It is a special day. It is ‘Africa day’.  On this day the motherland Africa reclaims its dignity, peace, and justice on the continent.

This special day is celebrated all over the continent and acknowledges the progress that Africa has made while it reflects on the common challenges faced all over Africa in the global environment.

Celebrations by Africans all over the world, it a calling that Africa will rise again!

 

The Origins of Africa Day

The history of ‘Africa day’ can be traced back to the April 15th in 1958. The first Congress on African soil took place in  Accra, Ghana. Convened by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the prime minister of Ghana, it comprised of leaders from Egypt, EthiopiaLiberia, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia and the Cameroon.

There was an initiation to create 'Africa freedom day' or 'Africa liberation day' It finally became 'Africa Day'. Africans celebrate 'Africa Day' to commemorate African liberation and unity.

The conference was aimed at showcasing Africa liberation movements and progress.  It was about symbolizing determination of Africa to break free from foreign exploitation and domination. It was a platform to reject colonialism. It sowed the seeds of what was to become the  Organization of African Unity.

In 1961 on the 9th of December 1961, Tanganyika gained independence and became known as Tanzania. Julius Nyerere was an influential force behind the Organization of African Unity (OAU) currently branded as the African Union.

Between 1958 and 1963 seventeen African countries gained independence from colonizers. The time arrived, a calling to celebrate liberation.

On the 25th of May in 1963 by thirty-two free nations joined in unison and launched the OAU.This was led by  Julius Nyerere from Tanzania, Kwame Nkrumah from Ghana, Sékou Touré from Guinea and Kenneth Kaunda from Zambia. Since then 21 more countries joined in. South Africa the final, after the demise of the apartheid regime.

The original mission of the OAU was about freedom for Africa.  Most of Africa was still under colonial rule in the 1960’s. The mission was to defend sovereignty, restore dignity and human rights of the people in Africa. Since then Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25th.

In our modern age, Africa day is a national holiday is some countries. Diaspora communities gather in ceremonies exchanging cultural attire and exchanging traditional recipes from their motherland Africa

Over half a century has passed since then, themes  and colonialism that was the common enemy at that time had eventually withered away,

In current times the community of Africa states commemorates Africa day highlight theme seems for nation building the nation.This year it is the all about the development of youth in Africa.

We need to always reflect on the roots behind this special day. What does it mean to us in present times? Unity is one honorable goal. We need to remove barriers between the nations.

Africa day is about harmony and peace. It is worth celebrating. It is an achievement that African the African Union was formed. It is an achievement that Africa countries can unite peacefully.

In the beginning, Africa day was about finding for independence.  We are fighting for development in current days.The  African Union is about the promotion of democracy in all countries on the continent of Africa, it is about the promotion human rights, it is about sustaining economies in Africa by preventing conflict and the promotion of common markets.

We need to celebrate our motherland, our Africa!

 

Only in Tanzania : All About the Ethnic Tribes of Tanzania

Tanzania on the tip of cultural tourism

When people talk about the continent of Africa, you will always hear about vast scenic landscapes, safari game drives, and the wildlife.

Undoubtedly, these are synonymous with the continent of Africa. But there is much more….. another slice of life filled with rich cultures,  enlightenment, and traditions that span over many years.

All about the people of Tanzania

Tanzania is rich in cultural diversity. There are approximately 120 Tanzanian ethnic groups. Then there are immigrants from the rest of the world as well.

The native tribes are predominantly of Bantu origin and represent 95% of the inhabitants in Tanzania.

Then there are Nilotic speakers and hunter-gatherer descendants.  Europeans, Asians, and Arabs consist of below 1 %. Each ethnic group has a unique language, culture, and social structure.

The largest of the ethnic groups are the Sukuma. They represent approximately 13% of the Tanzania population. The other groups each represent less than 5 %. Ethnicity reflects geographic areas.

Tanzania has never had inter- ethnic conflicts in contrast to other parts of Africa. The main reason could be that Tanzania has many groups of which none predominates. Ethnic identities have weakened over decades,

Two of the largest ethnic groups are culturally and linguistically related.  These are the Sukuma and Nyamwezi in the western part of Tanzania.

Sukuma

Largest ethnic group in Tanzania.The Sukuma are the people of the ‘North'. They are in the northwestern part of Tanzania concentrated on the Lake Victoria southern shores. The Sukuma language has Niger-Congo roots
Sukuma

“The wind does not break a tree that bends” – Sukuma proverb 

Nyamwezi

The Nyamwezi are the second largest ethnic group in Tanzania.They are an ethnic group that migrated from Central Africa.Their ancestral homeland is in the Tabora Region, Shinyanga Region, Singida Region and the Katavi Region. Nyamwezi is Swahili in origin translating into "people of the moon" and also means"people of the west". 


 
Chagga
From the southern Mount Kilimanjaro slopes in the north east of Tanzania, the Chagga are the third largest of ethnic groups in Tanzania. They believe in integrating hardships as building blocks off success  and speak three dialects
chagga

Chagga Proverb
Swahili: Usipopata taabu hujawa mtu.
English :Suffering is prior to attaining success or perfection.

Hadzabe tribe

The Hadzabe tribe lives remotely in caves apart from other people around Lake Eyasi. 
Hadzabe's, also called  'Hadza’s' are Africa hunter-gatherers. The Hadza wanderers  do not keep livestock or even grow food. They wander in groups. Each day starts with bows and arrows ,hunting and foraging fruits and veggies.
Hadzabe
Iraqw tribe

The Iraqw, of cushitic origin are located in the Mbulu highlands. They are withdrawn group that grows their own food and tend cattle.They avoid selling animals or crops unless it is crucial.
Haya 
Located in the Kagera,Tanzania.The Haya language is a Bantu language dialect. Originally known to be skilled metal workers. The modern age of Haya people are cultivators.Traditionally the Haya lived in dwelling in a shape of a beehive without any walls but thatched from the roof to the ground.
  1. Mtowa Mbu are from the  Lake Manyara, a diverse Arusha tribe in the entrance to the Manyara national park. Visitors get to see local produce from palm oil, baskets, papyrus mats and banana beers . 
    Visiting the Wakurya Boma from in the west of Serengeti brings an experience of the traditional Wakurya lifestyles and food with traditional dancing and even possible traditional healer visits.
  2. Maasai                                                                  A Nilotic ethnic group that is native to Kenya and Tanzania. They are mainly herders. The  Maasai culture has remained unaltered involving a rich oral songs and literature .
  3. Masaai
    The Digo                                                                A Muslim tribe living in the north of Tanzania and east of Kenya,they are concentrated on the Northern Tanzania coastal strip on  Pangani River fertile plains  between the Indian Icean and Usambara Mountains. Fishing, farming and trading are main income sources.The Digo are talented in song storytelling and song rituals  .

 

Other Tanzanian Tribes-

Makonde, Kwaya, Gweno, Hehe, Ha, Ikoma, Mande, Akiek, Kamba, Alagwa, Gorowa, Balouch, Bembe, Kisi, Kutu, Kwavi, Luo, Luguru, Bende, Magoa,  Dhaiso, Zaramo, Yao, Zulu, Zinza, Zyoba Ware, Timbuka, Wanda Zigula, Swahili, Tutsi Twa, Vinza Nyaturu, Nindi Ngoni, Kerewe, Ndonde,Kimbu and many more.


Karibu ! Welcome to Tanzania…..

 

ONLY IN TANZANIA! PART ONE: Why choose Tanzania as a travel destination?

Recently in a conversation with an eager traveler on the lookout for the best Safari, I was asked, why Tanzania?  A good Safari is just that, anywhere. I could not answer him. It was not a single line answer for a short conversation.  I thought about it for several days........

Why travel to Tanzania?


Why choose to safari in Tanzania? Well, it is the beginning of creation?

Why ? I embarked on a journey to gather myriads of reasons. And there are much more. An eternal series.

There is so much unique to ‘just Tanzania’. We have birds, trees, fish, mammals and even butterflies that you will see only in Tanzania!

Let’s talk about Tanzania.

As I clearly spelt out in ‘Exploring the splendor of Tanzania’, my echo continues ………….

‘Journey into all dimensions delving into the mystics and wonders of the heart of ‘Motherland Africa’: Tanzania

On a general  fact and  figures note :
We have the mainland, previously known as  ‘Tanganyika’  just after Independence when it merged with Zanzibar and became known as Tanzania.
  • Tanzania, the mainland together with the island of Pemba and Zanzibar cover  945,200 sq.km.
  • The agricultural country Tanzania has 40 million hectares of arable land
  •  It is abundant in natural resources including minerals, flora, and fauna.
  • The Ngorongoro Crater (3,647 meters) is  the largest in the entire world and has the largest concentration of animal species
  • Lake Tanganyika is second deepest and  the longest and second deepest lake in the world
  • Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa
  •  Lake Victoria the second largest lake in the world.
  • There are also other lakes such as Lake Nyasa, Lake Rukwa, Lake Eyas and Lake Natron that pieces up the inland water to 60,000 sq.km.
  • Tanzania has  coastal line of that is unbroken for approximately 800 kilometers. The ideal beach getaway.
  • Tanzania portions part of biodiversity spots:

  • the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa(CEPF)
  • Eastern Afromontane (CEPF)
  • The Eastern Arc Forests (WWF)
  • aCoastal East Africa (FEOW)
  • World’s three richest lakes for endemic freshwater fish species

  • Lake Victoria (FEOW)
  • Lake Tanganyika(FEOW)
  • Lake Malawi (FEOW).
Lake Victoria

All you can find in Tanzania and nowhere else!

citizen report announced that 27  new endemic species of animals were discovered, exclusive to Tanzania. Not anywhere else in the world but in Tanzania’s the Eastern Arc Mountains.

The biological potential was an instant qualification to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Scientists from the Italian Science Museum advocating range inclusion in the Unesco list spent an entire decade surveying the mountains in Tanzania. Twenty-seven  vertebrate species were found in the forests new to  science and fourteen other species discovered that were unknown before

UdzungwaMountains forests in the south-central of Tanzania,  researchers found a multitude species whose confined to the Eastern Arc mountain range,  A curious chameleon species was of  three newly discovered reptiles belonging to genus Kinyongia . A Mahege Mountains discovery.

The geologically ancient mountains and forests persistence of forests for million of years result in extraordinary living forms.

It is an important site existing in Africa for vertebrate forms. Some of these species are one hundred million years old and are evidence of forest stability and unique evolution history of the mountains.

Red Colobus Monkey

We have a list of mammal and tree species endemic to Tanzania, and probably much more will be discovered.

Explore Motherland Africa – Tanzania will continue posts in the  ‘ Only in Tanzania’  stream in a discovery of all the unique features in the heart of The Motherland -Tanzania!

Tanzania butterfly

 

 

 

 

Why Visit Mbeya in Tanzania?

Take a Step Back in Time………..

 Hike up Livingstone Mountain, and visit Mbozi meteorite stones.The 8th largest meteorites in the world dating back thousands of years ago
There are hot water springs and bat caves of a fort 200 years old.
In the south-west of Tanzania, there is a town called Mbeya. Travelling overland from the neighboring land of Zambia, this is the first urban settlement you will see.
Mbeya is a major transit and trade junction between Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.

 

Mbeya is a town located in south-west Tanzania. The thriving town of Mbeya sprawls in the  Loleza Peak (2656m) shadow . It is located between the mountain range of Mbeya in the north and the Poroto mountains in the South East.

The scenic lush, mountainous area is a farming region for tea, coffee, walking and cocoa and bananas. The cool climate walking and botanical excursions and scenic viewing of the hills are an undiscovered ‘travel in Tanzania’ destination.

 Mbeya is a magnificent landscape of Tanzania, a creation of relief forms from African Rift Valley volcanic eruptions, which lies towards the south- west of Dar-es-Salaam.
Mbeya offers a range of activities from safari's, fishing and hiking mountains

There is fresh,pure and clear water in river catchments near the Poroto and Tukutu mountains.
Natural flower gardens make great botanical excursions

 

  • Mbeya Peak
  • Tea plantations
  • Utengule Coffee Plantation
  • Kaporogwe falls
The climb up to the Mbeya peak reaches 2,826m is steep and takes approximately three hours. Across the mountain, slopes willed the luscious indigenous flowers with a sparkle of colorful butterflies.
 The Ngozi Crater Lake in the south of Mbeya towards Lake Malawi and Tukuyu. The footpath winds through a bamboo jungle with trees and wild bananas where colorful birds and mesmerising little mammals hide amongst the thick vegetation.
The climb of one hour will bring you to the rim of the crater for magnificent views of the Kiwira Natural Bridge and stunning waterfalls.
The Kiwira was miraculously created by the fast flowing river. It is known as ‘Daraja la Mungu’ by locals meaning the Bridge of God.
Rungwe Mountain is at a peak of 2960m and it is the highest in the south of Tanzania. The active volcano for over million years dominates the entire area surrounding Tukuya. The cast forestland with rock terrain and upland scrub is uninhabited and has occasional visits.
The scenic Matema Beach is a 130km drive away from Mbeya. The winding road passes through tea estates and high mountains before descending on the Lake Malawi tropical shores.
There are  trips with local fisherman to the village where there is unique pottery and nearby the mouth of the river, crocodiles and hippos are spotted.. The Sisi Kwa Sisi community is an exploration of the roots of rural life in Africa.
Sisi Kwa Sisi

There are daily buses from Ubungu Bus station that take approximately ten hours and railway services as well

 

Getting ready for a backpacking venture in Tanzania

With its natural landscapes of wonder,the blessed land of Tanzania is one unforgettable destination to set foot on in the world. It is not extremely expensive, but there is so much to do. This leaves you yearning to experience all you can, and that can leave your wallets undernourished and the magnetism will leave you craving to come back.
Safari

The Venture to Travel Africa – Tanzania

A ‘must have’ trip to Tanzania can include mountain climbing, safaris, city bustling excitement and beach relax escapades. The ideal backpacking trip venture can include reaching the highest summit to the wilderness of Serengeti in the north until chimpanzees at the Gombe national park in the west.

The Tanzanian journey for most and many begin in the city of Dar-es-Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, a natural start for a tour around  Tanzania.

It is a fascinating mixture of cultures. Dar-es -Salaam is a compelling insight into city life in Africa.  The Kariakoo market is jam packed with an allure of remarkable food and exotic products. Dance and nightclub joints leave you thumping to East African beats of Tanzania

There are cities in the north and the south of Dar-es-Salaam where you find camping and beach relaxation points. It is recommended to get in tune with Tanzania in the city a few days before jetting off to the natural wonders beyond the buzzing city life.

Trekking and Wildlife in Tanzania- The North

The essence of a  travel in Africa is an experience of rich unique nature and wildlife.  The northern side is where mount Kilimanjaro the highest summit in Africa is located and amazing sightings along the way. A week can be dedicated to climbing the mountain.  On route up, there are cabins and camps to spend nights and rest. It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro at any fitness or temperature level. Reaching the top can be tedious but exhilarating!

Safari in Tanzania

We have ample opportunities in Northern Tanzania to experience fascinating wildlife on a safari tour. There are alternatives to the known and most visited parks like Serengeti National Park. One is the Arusha National Park, between Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Arusha National Park has a wide variety of flora and fauna that differs from the Serengeti National Park. It has savannah, marshes, and forests. The highlights include the  Ngurdoto Crater,  Mount Meru and  Momela Lakes.

Mount Meru is the alternative to climbing Kilimanjaro. A unique opportunity to explore abundant wildlife. There are buffaloes, elephants, zebras,  antelopes, monkey and bird types and leopards too.

There is a wide range of Safari options including the Lake Manyara National Park. The park has teeming hippos and gains its fame for masses of flamingos.

Another highlight is tree climbing lions. Spend a  tent night camp and the evening can be spent absorbing and reflecting on the mesmerising day experiences and watch the sunset in a backdrop of huge baobab trees.

If you decide to travel through the west of Tanzania, chimpanzees in Gombe are the highlight in the Gombe Stream National Park. The park is near the border of Burundi near the Tanganyika lake and the only pathway there is a boat ride to the deepest Africa continent endeavour. Jane Goodall researched chimp behaviour in Tanzania since 1960.  Chimpanzee sightings are special experiences. Baboons and monkey sightings, as well as approximately 200 bird species, can be possible in Gombe. There are many options of accommodation in lodges and lakeside camps or the permanent campsites.

The Remote Wild of Tanzania: Kalambo and Katavi

Close by Lake Tanganyika next to the Zambia border is the Kalambo waterfalls. These are the second highest in Africa, 235 m tall.  Visit Kalambo in conjunction with a trip to the Katavi National Park. The least visited because of it so so remote. Great opportunities to see wildlife. Katavi, a river delta has may elephants, hippos and crocodiles

Serengeti

The highlights include the mesmerising annual migration of the wildebeests in Serengeti. The south Serengeti and moving to north Kenya as well as the Maasai Mara from about August to September. Safaris are in the range of $300 for about three or four days if you carefully plan.

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro with its snow-capped peak is a drawing card on a note. Experts say that the top glacier with the iconic snowcap will melt away by 2020, so get a move on to experience the soon to be the extinct wonder! The costs are between $850 and 5000 depending mainly on your willingness to rough it up.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar , the spice island is the world apart from the mainland of Tanzania, it is a hidden Arabic alcove, and if you ignore the five-star hotels, you can experience the island that is forgotten by time. Blue waters and giant tortoises together with food markets to making your mouth water in a full moon party.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater has more animals than you can imagine. It is brutally something else. Even months can pass by in a heartbeat in Tanzania.

The Tanzania  Backpackers Budget

  •  $30 to  $40 per day  excluding Safaris and climbing Kilimanjaro
  • Food: expect to spend $4 for each meal on the street and about $ 3 to $5 at semi décor cafés. Accommodation ranges from $10 to $15 dollars per night
  • Transport: Buses are about  3 dollar for an hour of travel, but it is common for them to be late
  • Zanzibar is almost 100  percent Islamic and culturally sensitive with dress and behaviour. The mainland is more of a mixture but cultural awareness remains key.

There is Visa and MasterCard ATMs  in most of the major towns and cities, visa are at $50 and are available when you land at the airports

Travel to Tanzania and start changing life and influencing others breaking free from to ‘real world’ padlocks in the wastelands that drown magnificence.

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Reaching The Highest Point in Africa – Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is the tallest and the most famous mountain in the continent of motherland  Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro is in the north of Tanzania, located in the Kilimanjaro National Park.

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Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano which has three separate volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo, where the Uhuru summit is located.

Kibo is dormant but it is not extinct.  Three hundred and sixty years ago, the last eruption from Kibo occurred. Volcanic activity that occurred  two hundred years back and resulted in the ash pit (that is visible from the Uhuru Peak)

 Hikers journey through five differing ecosystems – from alpine desert to rainforest right up to the arctic snowcap. Climbing 19,340 feet up is undoubtedly an empowering adventure of note.
 Approximately 35,000 people launch to climb each year. The number of people that actually reach the top of the summit remains an elusive statistic.

The “Kili” climbs can take between five and nine days, depending on the route you choose and the time you have for the mission and reach the altitude.

There is a total of  Kilimanjaro routes. Three routes from the south including, Machame, Marangu and Umbwe , two routes from the west – Lemosho and Shira, from the  North-East Rongai.  Another option is the Northern Circuit approaching from the with Lemosho as the starting point, and circles around the north  following a summit passage through Gilman’s Point.

The first successful Kilimanjaro expedition took place 125 years ago. In October 1889, mountain climbers on a mission to reach the peak conquered the Mount Kilimanjaro after forty years of previous attempts.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the most iconic peak in the world.

 The Venture to Kilimanjaro

Snow capped and close to the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro attracts climbers from all over the globe. Reaching Africa’s highest point is a challenge many seek to undertake. Why?

It is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

Open plains rise up to touch soaring clouds with snow capped peaks at an elevation of 5895m.

Every ecological system existing in the world can be found on the mountain from tropical crops to cultivated slopes, lush forests n wild animals. Cactus like plantations, giant lobelia lies in above the forest. A saddle stretches between the Mawezi and Kobo peaks.

Cactus like plantations, giant lobelia lies in above the forest. A saddle stretches between the Mawezi and Kobo peaks.

The roof of Africa is a wonderland of magnificent beauty.

Kilimanjaro is an accessible summit. The Kobo peak can be reached without any special mountaineering equipment or climbing experience. A determination with proper clothing is all that is needed. The climb takes about six days with about five overnight stays in tents or mountain huts.
Gillman’s point is the lower peak on Kobo and Uhuru peak is the highest point. Spectacular glacier views and a wide crater.It is unforgettable triumph point expedition.

 Main tips to take note off.

  • Tourists need to register and climb with a licensed guide.
  • Kilimanjaro is not as easy as literature reads out. The trail is steep and sections are filled with boulders that are two foot high
  • Altitude sickness can affect the fittest.

Knowing all these tips many venture for the  climb again to make it to the absolute top of Kilimanjaro

If you ever make it take a Kilimanjaro expedition, it is the most beautiful place that you will ever reach. It is pushing

The clearest night sky and willowy grass and the second peak loom ominously and untouched as it is an impossible climb.

There is much more along the way to Uhuru. It is about pushing yourself to the limits to gorgeous views from Uhuru, the summit of the Kibo peak.  The entire climb takes you into another world.


  

 

Planning the Ultimate Safari Tour in Tanzania

 

The list of reasons to visit Tanzania is never-ending. The fascinating history, the beautiful coastline and of course, the magnificent scenery.

 

The one major attraction that overwhelms others is the wildlife. It a prime country for game viewing.

The most famous are the Serengeti as well as the Ngorongoro Crater. These are the highlights of the national parks and conservation areas mosaic.

In total there are 16 National Parks. More are most likely to be gazetted with additional conservation areas too. There are marine parks and forest reserves  as well as significant assessable conservation areas

 Natural resources include minerals, flora and fauna; and the largest  concentration of animal species in the world

Guide to the Safari Venture

Once a safari destination in Tanzania is decided upon, examine flight routes that are available from your place of departure.

Remember that whatever you manage to save on flights can be kept for your accommodation and Safari.

Choosing a tour operator for your safari

You will require a guide that will be able to drive you around the game reserves and view the wildlife.

You can opt to choose for a private tour or join a tour group. This links to costs. Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.

Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.

If you choose a personal guide there is freedom to travel according to your personal preferences.

  • If you decide to spend a longer time at a certain site you are more drawn to, it is your choice.
  • You may alter itineraries and change the plans if you feel like. For instance, you may decide to lengthen your time in Serengeti.

Connect personally with the guide, as this will enhance the safari energy and experience. This is critical. The guide will be your ears, your eyes and with you for the coming days. They can either make your experience or break it. To have a guide that is knowledgeable adds more to the safari experience.

Guides that can share  knowledge about plants, birds and wildlife habitat will be amazing

Read reviews. Make inquiries. Get different quotes. There are various sites including 'Explore the Splendor in Tanzania' , 'TripAdvisor', 'Travelink', and 'Travellerspoint'  or 'Your Local Cousin' to research reviews

 Narrow down your searches to the 3 companies from your search. Ask for a quotation depending on the number of days you are planning and analyse the offers.

There will be a variety of packages to choose from. Budget lodges and other exceptional ones

Some tent camps have simple necessities while others are far better than hotel rooms! They have built in showers and incredible views with elephants and giraffes in short distances.

Splitting time between lodges and camps allow you experiencing both ways. Lodges have a great atmosphere and you get to socialise with other travellers on safari while sipping drinks at the poolside, looking over the area you plan to venture the next day.

There are many mobile camps available in Serengeti. They are like little tent hotels with the private bathrooms and eating area and a bed.

The tents are large is hardly about ‘roughing it up’ in the outdoors. Yet right outside your tent, there could be a hyena, elephant or a lion!

You are escorted to your tent room each night as barriers do not exist and next, you may just spend an exciting night when the hyenas visit!

Budget lodges allow you to camp in public sites.  It is recommended to get a guide, as it is easy to lose your way if you are not very experienced.

Safaris do not come cheap, but there are many ways to cut down costs.

  • Book cheaper accommodation. There is no need to overdo accommodation as you will be away on Safari all say anyway. You may book budget hotels as an alternative.
  • Buy snacks and enough water at a nearby local market before you start your safari venture. Hotels will charge more than local markets. Stock up before your journey and you will be sure to save.
  • Limit the safari days. Many book safaris that may last for many weeks visit multiple parks and game reserves. That can really be great, but expensive.It is possible to enjoy safaris in just a few days in the same way.
  • Limit parks that are visited. Each park has entry fees payable . This may vary depending on where you may be, but remember by visiting four parks, you are paying four times the fee.

Safaris are lifetime experiences to savour for many.

Make sure you plan. Do the research and do not merely settle for the very first quote you get,Negotiate and to save on the trip and you will not regret seeing the most amazing animals in the world.

 

Keynotes for planning a camping  group safari

  • Find out the number in the group. Small groups tend to work out as they are more personal.
  • Get guides that are more knowledgeable and find out which languages they are most comfortable with.
  • Interact with locals
  • Get a detailed itinerary

Vehicle

  • Check out the type vehicle to ensure the best vision
  • Vehicle equipment, camera stabilisation storage for cameras and
  • Is there a canopy
  • Roof openings on car

PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Follow all the parking rules and regulations.
  • Attempt to keep noise  levels down
  • Donate to schools and charities rather than individuals.
  • Respect and understand customs and culture.

 

Welcome to Zanzibar- Our Spice Island

Welcome to Zanzibar


Known to insiders, as Unguja.Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, located in the Indian Ocean. It is located in the Indian Ocean with beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs.
Sixty miles in length and about twenty miles wide, it occupying an area, that is six hundred and fifty square miles.

 

Pemba is Zanzibar’s sister island. It had many years of isolation from the outside world.

Although Pemba has fewer tourists, there are beautiful beaches, natural forests and Misali Island, off Pemba’s east coast, is best for diving.

The only functioning ancient town in East Africa – the magical Stone Town. Stone Town has been designated one of the world’s few heritage sites by the United Nations.
Stone town is Mji Mkongwe in Swahili.The town was the centre of trade on the East African coast between Asia and Africa before the colonisation.
The main export was spices and particularly cloves. For many years, Stone Town was the central base for slave trade; many were hauled from the mainland and rest of Africa and subsequently traded with the Middle East.
The Anglican Cathedral is built on a former slave market. Some of the holding cells still exist at the site.
Zanzibar has great symbolic importance in the suppressing slavery since it was one of the main slave-trading ports in East Africa and the main base where opponents like David Livingstone operated their campaigns.
It was here that the Shortest War in History was fought in 1896.

Zanzibar’s paradise beaches are filled with coconut palms. Coconut palms are resources that no part is wasted. There is a wide variety of products, materials for creative weavings, building, drinking, and eating. Many homes in Zanzibar use thatch roofs created from palm leaves. The coconut palm is one of the most versatile plants

 

Zanzibar produces the largest quantity of cloves in the world, and its history was heavily influenced by this activity. During the Han Dynasty, the Chinese would chew Cloves to freshen their breath before speaking to the Emperor.Therefore, it became a tradition in Zanzibar during meals
Zanzibar’s most famous event is the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries. This event, held annually in July, displays the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar’s favourite music, Taarab
This event, held annually in July, displays the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar’s favourite music, Taarab

 

 

The Spice Island of Zanzibar is famous for beaches as well as luxury resorts.It is a place carved in nostalgic essence filled with overwhelming hospitality, captivating your soul as it takes you way back into time.

 

Tanzania – The beginning of Creation!

Always a nudging urge to come to Tanzania?  Maybe it is an inner ‘calling’ to go back to your roots???

Located in the east of Africa, Tanzania is made of a flat plateau, rising from a coast belt at an average height of 1500m. The plateau is segmented by the twenty million-year-old Great Rift Valley.

The Great Rift from outer space resembles two parallel lines that run down Africa. It cuts a 2000m deep tough on the continent of Africa all the way from the Dead Sea to the land of Mozambique.

The main branch of the Rift Valley bisects Tanzania. The Western part of the Rift valley consists of the Tanzania Congo border. 

It initially formed about 20 million years ago when the crust of the earth crust weakened and tore apart. 

The jagged rift that was created stretched for many thousands of kilometres down East Africa.

 The plate of earth tearing caused earthquakes and eruptions with formations of volcanic mountains on all sides of the rift and the floor of the valet sank lower forming flat plains.
We have clear indications that Tanzania is rooted in the 'beginning of creation'

Tanzania was home to the ‘Great Apes’ .The settlements were unearthed by archaeologists. In Northern Tanzania, around ‘the cradle of mankind’, Olduvai Gorge, came the discovery of stone tools. Discovered by Louis Leakey after the rocks were taken to Germany from a 1913 expedition to Olduvai. The oldest form of human technology was discovered in Olduvai Gorge.

Discovered by Louis Leakey after the rocks were taken to Germany from a 1913 expedition to Olduvai. The oldest form of human technology was discovered in Olduvai Gorge.

Paranthropus Boise discovered in Tanzania is said to be over 1.8 million years old. Then there were fossils of Homo habilis fossils were subsequently made. Nearby Laetoli was where the oldest hominid footprints were discovered by Mary Leakey around 1978 was estimated to be 3.6 million years old. Tracking back to 10000 years, Tanzania was made of main hunter-gatherers, that are assumed to have been people who were

Tracking back to 10000 years, Tanzania was made of main hunter-gatherers, that are assumed to have been people who were Khoisan-speaking. About 3000 – 6000 year ago Cushitic-speaking coming from the north arrived who introduced basic agriculture techniques together with food production, and eventually cattle farming.

At about 2000 years, back Bantu-speaking people migrated from West Africa. At a later stage, Nilotic pastoralists immigrated until the 18th century. One of the most important archaeological sites in Tanzania is Engaruka located in Great Rift Valley with a cultivation and irrigation system.

Welcome home. Tour Africa, our motherland. Karibu!

Getting Around Tanzania – Distances

310 Km – Distance from Mikumi to Dar es Salaam

750 Km – Distance from Ruaha to Dar es Salaam

216 Km – Distance from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve

840 Km – Distance from Dar es Salaam to Ngorongoro Crater

 

500 Km – Distance from Dar es Salaam to Manyara

Soul Journey – Volunteer in East Africa , Tanzania

Impactful Experiences in the horizons of volunteering in Africa, Tanzania


Volunteers flock from all over the world to experience Africa and volunteer in Tanzania. Volunteers in all stages, ages, and life phases. Why?
Some are students that are on a summer vacation, others are teachers, others are on a break from the norms of the daily hustle and bustle careers and some are retired. Others see Tanzania as an ideal honeymoon escapade!
Most volunteers choose to stay involved even after returning to home countries and continue with fundraising, making return trips.
 Tourism by volunteering is slowly becoming a preferred way for travelers to journey to destinations they wish to explore. Volunteering allows local community involvement experiencing the essence and core of cultures in depth.

Volunteers journey on a pathway to the experience of ‘true Africa’ working hands on with local communities and also experience the amazing wildlife, scenery and shores of the East Africa Tanzania coastline.
Volunteering in Africa, Tanzania offers a range of activities whether it is passion or study or an interest field.

You can choose to engage in local art communities

Teach

Assist in animal conservation

Clinics and hospitals if you are in a medical field

Music and art festivals

 Marine research.

Awaken a new spirit of consciousness, share your skills, and take home skills gained in practical knowledge and work.

 

A volunteering program will most definitely add more impact to your personal lifestyle and presence.

 

There are infinite benefits of volunteering in Tanzania, fostering world relations uplifting a solo traveler or group travelers.

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The unique experience is a pathway of joining in unison with fellow volunteers from multiple other backgrounds and can be a journey of team building and bonding with friends or family in  passion, energy, and skills.

Volunteering offers much more than a tourist experience.The Volunteer programmes on Tanzania are based on various levels, art, education,  music and life skills.
  • There are Swahili and authentic art workshops like Tinga Tinga.
  • There are various schools and healthcare volunteer timeframes can be organised with medical fraternities.
  • Women and children community groups with the key focus of development for women and linked children's homes.

1.AMAP NURSERY SCHOOL

The Africa Modern Art project was developed to teach and help support underprivileged Tanzanian youth by upholding basic human rights, giving them the opportunity to use their full potential in their communities.


Bagamoyo is an integral part of a rich artistic history over the centuries.

There are approximately ninety students with regular intake. The implementation company of AMAP is The East Africa Aid foundation in New York and Saidi Mbungu, a local talented artist.

AMAP Nursery consist of children from 4 years to  6 years. The number of ‘after school’ children from primary school are approximately 57 in  Std 1,2,3. They are helped with school supplies, food.and uniforms

They learn English, games, art, drumming and songs.   Every Friday they walk down the beach to play.

 

 

 

 

The AMAP headquarters are located at the beachfront adjacent to “Posta Zamani”, the prior location of Bagamoyo’s post office and right in the heart ‘downtown’ Bagamoyo

2. Storytelling through Art

Stories were originally created for teaching each other about-about life, including birth, love, food gathering, hunting, warfare, marriage and death but also about the Creation.
The traditional way to educate about history.

 

Culture and laws were storytelling, using a combination of Arts form such as painting, singing, music and dancing to illustrate the ancient Elders had the obligation to pass the stories along, ensuring that young people build and retain a sense of who they are.

 

  • There are storytelling events that focus on African Animals. In particular Tinga Tinga artwork. The stories depict life lessons of value and culture and education. The kids will gather and tell the story through created Tinga Tinga paintings.

  • African art has played an important role in the culture and history of the world. It’s distinctive characteristics and inspirations have influenced many artists to adopt their own interpretation of the art in their own time period.

 

  • Characteristics of African art have made its way into many paintings in the Cubist period, among others. If one examines the European avant-garde artistic movement of cubism, founded mainly by Pablo Picasso, you will find many themes adapted from African art.

 

  • Artists are an invaluable part of every African society giving voice to the people through periods of oppression and achievement.

 

  • Turmoil on the African continent has meant the lack of flow of great traditional works across the continent in which its artists are suppressed or not provided with opportunities to develop and market their products at the true value. Tanzania is home to some of the most ancient and beautiful art in the world.

 

  • Tanzania has a remarkable position in art. Two styles became world known: Tingatinga and Makonde Popular African paintings painted with enamel paintings on canvas.

  • The motifs are usually birds, animals and flowers in colorful repetitive design Tinga Tinga is one of the many forms of Impressionism the beautiful and mysterious continent of Africa has given birth to. Unlike Western styles of Impressionism, Tinga Tinga Art gets its unique and vibrant style from the magnificent natural surroundings of Africa.

  • Artists have the freedom to use their brushes to express their thoughts in bright, eye-catching colors.

A striking feature in most of these paintings is the way the artists capture the animals of the Eastern coast of Africa, in what appears to the distorted yet a very interesting image of the original creature!


  • Preschools accommodate children from 2-5 years old.Various preschool teaching areas like basic Mathematics and English.

 

Join in on a mission to Travel in Tanzania ensuring a memorable volunteering adventure! Contact Thomas Mura or Nassoro for an itinerary in Bagamoyo and Kigamboni.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story Of Bagamoyo

Boats, Dowe, Shore, Beach, Ocean, Water
The winding road lined with palm trees in lush green pathways open up into the oldest town in Tanzania,"Bagamoyo." A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, the rich cultural heritage of Bagamoyo is an unforgettable exploration discovery in Tanzania.
Strolling down the unpaved and narrow street of Bagamoyo take you back into time.Way back into time.

In the 19th century, this was an important settlement on the coast of East Africa. It was a route that linked Lake Tanganyika to the sea. Ivory, copra, salt and slaves were offloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar and everywhere else.
The history of Bagamoyo and the unhurried pace makes it an amazing excursion when in Tanzania.
 Bagamoyo dates back to 600-800BC, Bantu-speaking tribes, Kwere, Doe and Zigua lived here originating from the interior Azania. Hunting, fishing, and subsistence farming were the order of the day until family clusters from Persia disrupted in 1250 when they were attracted by fertile land and the multitude of fishing.
Bagamoyo – the Swahili rooted name Bwaga ambiguously meant to lay down. Moyo means ‘heart’ Bagamoyo was unburdening for traders and porters after lengthy journeys and a 'lay down' of hearts for those captured into a destination of heartbreaking slavery. The ambiguity of the name Bagamoyo allows both meanings.

 
The birthplace of Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who served as president of the Democratic Republic of Tanzania, Bagamoyo lies about 70km from the capital of Dares-Salaam Little shops and art galleries line up the roadside. The tides slip in the coastal white sands.

 
The oldest mosque, the ruined Kaole lies to the south-east of the town. A well-worn, old city with a population estimated at 30000, it is lined with historical architecture inspires by various designs.
On the Swahili coast that was once integral for a commercial network between Somalia and Southern Tanzania, it was the link between the interior of Africa and the world via the island of Zanzibar.

 


The once slave market has become the Bagamoyo Art market and is supports by the artist community in the town. Sun-kissed, dusty roads lead to a gallery where local artists who have transformed a wooden pavilion, a slave market of the past into an outdoor gallery featuring sculpture paintings and woodcarving. The gallery expresses a collective artist desire to link to a world economy, in the echoes of historic voices on every road corner.

 

Welcome to Bagamoyo! #ExploremotherlandAfrica