Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
I love being a Tanzanian Actor. My passion is about creating a global network in the era of Africa uprising. My ultimate mission is to connect with professional filmmakers, actors, performers, and creatives on film platforms worldwide.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I was 18 years in Secondary Boarding School. Cast for a role in a stage play as an actor.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The fact that even though there are daily battles and struggles daily, life goes on. I believe my acting career is my pathway to body mind and soul success. My purpose in this lifetime!
What drove you to make money from your passions?
Ultimately, time is a precious commodity, and you have to embrace every moment in this lifetime and not waste away hours making a living, doing something for money to fill your fridge. Why?
And you yourself barely get time to appreciate what you gathered. So getting paid to do something you love is far off from forced labor at the hands of masters. We are past that era
The journey was ongoing. The chapter seemed to be spurting out more and more. My never-ending delve into Africa. The spark was ignited into abundance beyond note. Turning passions into profit, the rhythm echoed into smooth sailing miracles.
The Making of a Createpreneur.
When anybody churns out the term “entrepreneur”, what springs to mind at the word?A briefcase, tie and suit image?
A briefcase, tie and suit image?
On the other hand, maybe pictures of those in the billionaire ranks flashed in the media.
That is a narrow view. There are vast ways to spring any creative business venture into motion.
A common theme of ‘CreatEntepreneurs’ is a risk. Many work independently, industries differ, business can gain wisdom from other varied experiences and their management of work and risks.
If you an artist that goes solo with your artwork meet, CreatEntepreneur™ Pablo Zungu.
Pablo is an artist in Tanzania in East Africa with a large international following.
As artist living in a remote unknown village called Mloka on the outskirts of the main buzz of city centre. How did he get an international audience, people from all over the world to buy his local trending artwork?
Tell us about your true passion in life?
My passion is filling my day creating new pieces of art. It is expression, letting go. Each day on waking until the day closes. I found my passion at a young age. Left with the responsibility to take care of my two younger brothers at an early age when my parents passed away. My art was my key to keep all together in challenging times
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The independence and freedom it provides. I am not imprisoned in a warehouse packing shelves or joining other pathways I have little interest in, to barely fill a fridge and every hour consumed. Slavery did not die. It evolved, not through chains at feet, but into a concrete jungle. It became legalized .My art is my freedom to create an income on my terms in my environment.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I do not know if it was about choice. It was there, in my pathway. I discovered that selling paintings was a stream of income. With no conflict of being under instruction of any authority figures and taking orders and instructions. I chose a stress free way to sustain my family and myself.
When was the first time you got paid for your passion?
I was a teenager and spent my time creating artwork. One-day tourists passed by, totally immersed in the piece, and placed US dollars in my hand. I was thrilled. Dollars converted into a huge amount in my local currency. I even afforded to buy more paints and canvases.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
There were many times that I doubted any ability to make more money with my art. I overcame the self-doubt by creating and sharing my work.
What motivates you each and every day to be even more successful?
Even if I tried to join the nine to five worlds, I know I would not make it. I strived on to keep creating and spreading my work to all regions where there were possible sales. Every region that had markets or stalls for artwork I found a stall owner to display my work and draw in interest and sales.
I am based in a remote village on the outskirts of the city centre, but I prefer to be there. I live close to a popular game reserve that has a multitude of travelers from all over the world. My art is indigenous local Tanzanian authentic that appeals to all those who travel to our country. It gives them memorable artefacts to take back home of a land they will never forget and strive to revisit. My art is one aspect that promotes the thriving economic sector of tourism, so to speak.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I can only share my well wishes that they gain success in their pathways as I have found my passion and I am keeping to it.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
I advise them to follow their dreams and never give up. Look at all possibilities and find the one that works for you.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SukumaLargest 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
“The wind does not break a tree that bends” – Sukuma proverb
NyamweziThe 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".
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
Swahili: Usipopata taabu hujawa mtu.English :Suffering is prior to attaining success or perfection.
Hadzabe tribeThe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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 .
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........What will you get 'Only in Tanzania'. What are the unique aspects of Tanzania?
A 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 millions 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 evolutionary history of the mountains.
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!
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, that can leave your wallets undernourished and the magnetism will leave you craving to come back.
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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!
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 endeavor.
Jane Goodall researched chimp behavior 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.
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
The highlights include the mesmerizing annual migration of the wildebeests in Serengeti. The south Serengeti and moving to northern 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 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, the spice island in 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 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 dollars 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 behavior. 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 is 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.
From wildlife enthusiasts to beach escapade lovers, and those with a keen interest in the never-ending and historical cultures of Africa (the root of creation), all seek to devour experience in an African essence!
Do you have an urge to land in Africa? Do not delay reaching your dreams. Check out the best available flights available for your safari holiday today!
Explore the dynamics of Tanzania
Where do we begin to define Tanzania? There are so many aspects, the sightings, the people, the culture and much more.
Natural beauty in Tanzania is all over, from Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro crater. The contrast to flat plains is Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The long coastline in Tanzania welcomes any beach getaways.
Alleyways of Zanzibar
The capital of Zanzibar, StoneTown, reveals vintage Arabian architecture alongside the Indian Ocean, offering a spectrum of opportunities from snorkeling to diving, sailing away or fishing.
You can even swim along with the dolphins! Relaxing comes naturally in dazzling the sunshine and beaches embraced with warm waters.
The game reserves and national parks are world famous. The Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Mount Kilimanjaro have excellent facilities and many visitors.
Other parks that rarely see visitors may not be as filled with amenities but are most definitely worth the visit. Many opt for organized safaris with safari lodges or tented camps in the safari package deal. The cheaper way is actual campsites and game drives with adapted vehicles and a field guide.
Animals are seen easily during dry seasons when surface water lack makes them gather at waterholes and rivers. The rainy seasons that occur around March to June and October to November are the times when animals are in their best condition, feeding on fresh, new shoots. You can even get to witness’s breeding displays.
The wet season disadvantages are the thicker vegetation water availability make the wildlife more free to spread out. This can make it more it more difficult to spot them.
Driving routes often include time at waterholes where you get to indulge in the sound of the bush, experiencing nature in full rhythm as you view game moving the water.
The reserves and game parks are well organized and following rules will definitely ensure a stay that will be enjoyable.
Rules at Game Parks when on Safari
Keep on roads that are well marked. driving off-road can be harmful as oil and smoke cause destruction of grass and soil erosion
Stay away from park areas that are closed or roads that are closed. Entrance and exits are through authorized gates.
Stay in the vehicle for safety. You are only allowed to leave the vehicle at designated picnic sites and walking trails.
Stick to opening hours of the park. During the nights stay at campsites or lodges.
Do not harass animals. Keep the noise down and do not scare them away with flashlights or sudden movements.Do not whistle or call out!c Never chase the animals and remember that they always have right of way
Do not try to feed animals. The food you give may make them ill, and once animals like elephants learn getting food from humans is a possibility they can become dangerously aggressive on a search for food.
If camping out at night keep your food safely so animals do not gain access
Do not litter of loiter. Cigarette butts or used matches can increase the risk of fires and some animals may eat anything they can in dry seasons.
Do not disturb others, they have the same rights as you to enjoy their natural wonders on their safari. If you see a stationary vehicle and are interested in what they see do not hinder their sight or field to photograph in. Wait your turn at the prime viewing.
Turn the engine off when watching the game at close range.
Keep speeding limits of 50km per hour. Speeding will damage surfaces, case noise and also risks running over animals.
Wild animals can be dangerous despite their beauty. Their reactions can be unpredictable. Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks.
The benefits and the greatest assets of tourism are vast coral reef areas that spread from south of the equator and hug the coastline and the surrounding islands. The coral formations house over three thousand species of different marine animals as well as plants.
Explore Activities in Tanzania
Spreading the light of freedom in Tanzania- The UHURU Torch Race
The race was initiated in 1964 Julius Nyerere introduces an annual race. On the eve of independence The Uhuru (freedom) torch, was taken to the peak of Kilimanjaro.
Youth groups carry the Uhuru (freedom torch) all over the country spreading hope and love and respect and fading away enmity, despair, and hatred. Runners from all over the world gather in celebration of Tanzania’s independence. It is a race that will always stay. The Uhuru Torch marathon takes 195 days and climaxes on the 14th October commemoration the death of the first Tanzanian president. Julius Nyerere. It covers 31 regions across the 195 councils in Tanzania and inaugurates development projects
Diving and Riding, Safari Balloon, Hiking and Climbing, Birdingand Watersports in Tanzania
Diving areas in Tanzania are on the islands of Pemba as well as Mafia and Zanzibar islands during dramatic drop-offs.
The mainland of Tanzania, divers recommend the islands offshore. The best diving times are from October to April before the rainy season and river outflows. There are dive resorts and centers to consult with as well.
Many offer diving courses in German, French, and Italian as well as English. The costs range in price and lower if book multiple sessions.
In Zanzibar, there is the Discover Scuba option to experience diving as a once off fun escapade. Medical questionnaires and a medical certificate will be required.
Non-divers can join in on enjoying reefs by snorkeling and boats arranged by resorts on the coast.
Float and watch animals from above. The Serengeti National park is an ideal top spot for watching animals from a balloon. The activity is organized by most parks. Taking off to the air is a rising experience as you watch the sunrise. The flight is from 60 to 90 minutes long and costs about $500 per person.
For comprehensive information about endemic Tanzanian birdlife check www.tanzaniabirding.com .
Off the fine 1008 species, 22 are endemic. Birdwatching is a pastime that is popular and the activity can be a combined game viewing adventure
National parks, Usambara Mountains, and the Kilimanjaro foothills are ideal for birdwatching. Tour operators can arrange Safaris prioritized for birdwatching
Hiking and Climbing
There are numerous reserves and parks that offer the options of mountain climbing. Avid explores gain insights into attractive peaks and mountain ranges in abundance.
Kilimanjaro is the most famous and highest peak in Africa.The north and the east boast active volcanoes varying from Mount Meru to Ol Doinyo Lengai active volcano and the tamer Usambara Mountains
Then there are the gentle Crater Highland Slopes. Tour operators can put together itineraries that suit personal preferences.
If you choose higher altitudes to take it slow and allow the body to acclimatize. Bring sleeping bags and hiking boots with waterproof outer clothing to keep warm at high altitudes.
Widely available on islands and coasts there are scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, jet skiing deep fishing sea ventures and sailing away
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep sea fishing attracts tourists in the Pemba channel. The depth reaches 823 m and is home to fish varieties including the Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Spearfish, The fishing season is from August to March and customized boats are available for fishing excursions by operators
Zanzibar’s latest craze if kitesurfing and lessons are available. Afri Kite Centre in Zanzibar is at the forefront. At the Ras Nungwi beach, Kite Zanzibar takes the lead. Winds for kitesurfing is around April to November. It costs about $120 for three-hour lessons
Horse or camel riding around Moshi or Arusha includes short camel rides from Meserani Snake Park and longer horse safaris for riders that are more experienced in the Kilimanjaro foothills.
Many dream and fantasize about Africa. The ultimate destination. A perfect getaway.
Yet many times people waver it off and say 'África me? That is a dream that will stay just that'. Only a dream. Hold on.Think about it.Plan it and peruse the never-ending possibilities ahead.
Make what seems impossible possible.
Stay with the locals and get an adventure at grassroots. There are many homestay opportunities and possibilities to book easily. You get local knowledge, authentic local food tastes and make the most out of the unforgettable journey.
If you desire to travel but are not in the status of high-income cashflows, it is no problem at all. There are loads of opportunities to stay in homes.There is an abundance of information for the student as well as budget travellers.
If you are cautious about safety, everyone is and should as nothing can be 100% safe, using an online network, you get references and reviews with verification.This improves the level of safety.
It is safer, for example, for a female travelling alone to stay with a family and kids, or another person of preference than choosing a hostel with random strangers who come in toxified at odd hours of the night.
Feel the culture. Feel the country. Feel the motherland of Africa
In a hostel, you are bound to meet other travellers. Staying in a home of a local you will get authentic experiences of the country. Choosing profiles you are more likely to link with and get on with when selecting a host.
You get a guided tour, local cuisine, with an abundance of possibilities. These extras will not always be possible in a tourist hotel or hostel.
Establishing a network of friends in Africa is about living with local families wherever you wish to in the magnificent continent of Africa.
There is accommodation in suburbs with the elite and even village and rural accommodation available.
There is a wide range of services available from couchsurfing which is a cultural exchange with no payments involved to services like Airbnb which amounts to hostel rates in an authentic local setting.It may be free but contributions in some of the other way will be expected like cleaning skills and food. Then there is convenient platforms with a wide range of options like HomeStay
We have initiated the 'Only in Tanzania' series, an endless series. We described a few endemic mammal species from a list of many others and birds and bees get a mention too.
Now let's talk about the trees....
Trees of Tanzania
A safari in Tanzania is more than the amazing wildlife and animal sightings.
The most common trees encountered on a Safari trip are from the classic Acacia family of trees.
The Whistling Thorn
Wait a bit Acacia
The Yellow Fever tree
The Serengeti houses these characteristically long trees with fruits that drop down and seeds are released. The 5kg fruit may easily crush one, so better not to camp under as elephants come over for fruit supply as well! A local belief is that the fruit wards of whirlwinds if hung in huts.
The majestic baobab measures 40 feet wide and 60 feet long.The giant trees have a lifespan of a thousand years. Then new seeds sprouts for a brand new thousand year lifestyle the stirring landscape.
The umbrella tree, the African bush symbol is always photographed as a typical tree African bush tree, Ask any African bush enthusiasts about African bush trees they will most definitely mention the umbrella tree envisioning a lone tree in a huge sunset.
In the initial stages of growth it is like a little vine-like plant climbing nearby large trees, then it thickens producing aerial roots and strangles the host tree, The bottom half of strange figs are twisted where it was initially attached to the host tree. The upper part is smooth. It is commonly found along Serengeti rivers
In the South of Lolliondo, we have a massive fig tree “Tree Where Man was Born”. Ngorongoro, near Endulin we have the “Ancestor Tree” significant for the regional Maasai population.
Ngorongoro, near Endulen we have the “Ancestor Tree” significant for the regional Maasai population.
WILD DATE PALM
These palms have leaves with unbranched parallel veins. Relatives of lilies, grasses orchids, and bananas. The most common palm trees are the native palm that occurs along swamps and rivers. The edible fruits are not tasty at all but the sugary sap is used for making palm wine. The palm tree shades have fragrance and a perfect for resting under.
These trees are common in the north and west parts of Serengeti. When they break, quite easily..they are filled with a toxic white latex
A single drop can burn skin. The tree was planted as cattle fencing to steer away predators who would keep away from the dense poisonous stems,
The Commiphora can be distinguished Acacia tree species by the bluish yellow peeling papery bark.
The trees occur all over the Serengeti dominant of the eastern side, The roots, barks, and berries are used as local medicine for stomach and liver problems, colic in children and rashes. There are several Commiphora species in Serengeti
There are many medical uses like typhid fever treatments, it serves as stomach probelm remedy as well. The powdered bark mixed ina porridge cures malaria .The medica use of the resin is used for the sealing and disinfecting of wounds. Applied as a plaster ,it is used for spasms. Burnt resin is used as insecticide as well.
Uses of the wood, are soft but termite resistant. They are used for the contruction of houses ,beehives, tool handles and musical instruments as well.
The leaves, fruit, and roots are edible. Edible oil is extracted and incense is made from bark and dried sap.
The Yellow Fever Tree
The yellow fever tree is common in Lake Manyara . Early settlers knew malaria was common near areas where there was standing water but they blamed the Yellow Arcacia instead of the mosquitos, And that is how the name Yellow fever tree came about.
(Acacia drepanolobium) (Ant-galled Acacia)
The hollow spheres ate the thorn base is filled with ants that bite. The ideal home for ants food supplies come from the special flowers called floral nectaries. There is an abundance of these trees in saturated soils
BALANITES (Desert Date)
Balanites EgyptianDesert Date
The Balanites tree is commonly confused with Acacia trees. They can be identified by green thorns. A nut like a date that the tree produces is tasty both raw or roasted.
The toothbrush tree is a low bush tree with long and arching shoots. These shoots when green is cut by locals for using as toothbrushes. They chew until it resembles commercial toothbrush, and then brush teeth spitting out wood fragments. Their smiles show a job well done.
The Umbrella and Whistling Thorn trees and others in Tanzania
The umbrella trees, symbolic of the African bush are usually sighted on Safari.
There is also the yellow fever tree, the whistling thorn and the ‘wait a bit” Acacia
Tropical rainforest patches in the Eastern Arc of Tanzania provide a rich array of plants, and many can be found only in Tanzania. One such is the Africa violetor Usambara. The Impatiensand Saintpauliaare sold in grocery stores as house plants in the Western World.
Forest patches, remnants of the once large tropical forest of the continent is found in Udzungwa, Uluguru and many other areas. In the southern and western parts of the Eastern Arc, are baobab stands, with striking baobab landscapes in the Tarangire National Park.
Covered by a moist woodland, ‘miombo’, the main vegetation is variousBrachystegia tree types.
The central plateau is filled with thickets and Savannah and the Serengeti plain is covered in grasslands.
Kitulo National park and the Amani Nature reserve are amongst botanical highlights of the country. The focal point of Kitulo is wildflowers East Africa has 62 species of Acacia trees. Six are endemic to the land of Tanzania. Acacias grow as shrubs or trees.
Researchers explored a remote valley on Kilimanjaro mountain. The discovery?
A two-hour walk from the Mrusunga forest in the Kidia ward of Moshi rural district lies a towering 81.5 metres, making a new record for Africa’s tallest tree.
Mpingo, the African blackwood tree is a heavily branched tree that grows gradually for close to a 100 years before harvest. It is native to twenty-six African countries from the north in Ethiopia to the south in Angola. It spreads the west in Senegal to the east in Tanzania.
An important ecosystem component, Mpingo covers approximately two-thirds of the country. Nitrogen fixing ,improves fertility and maintains the stability of soil.
The Westernised name African Blackwood is valuable as it is perfect for carvings with perfect finishes, Intricate ornaments are carved from them.
In North America and Europe, it is used for carving woodwind instruments like bagpipes, oboes and clarinets.
The medicinal properties of the tree include the treatment of many ailments and the wood is boiled in some regions to create a broth for bathing new born babies, believed to benefit in imparting strength. The sapwood makes high energy fuel or charcoal
The only in Tanzania quest continues. Why Tanzania? Today we introduce and explore the birds of Tanzania.
Tanzania in East Africa has a wide range of endemic bird species. It is one spectacular country offering a variety of birding habitats, including the montane forest, savanna miombo woodland, arid plains and the coastline.
It is a migratory passageway as well. Despite many attractions, national parks and reserves place big game on display ahead of birds. A visit to Tanzania in East Africa is definitely memorable lifetime for birders,
It is recorded that there are 1100 bird species in Tanzania.This is the the third-highest on the continent of Africa.
A well-planned bird watching itinerary for two weeks can result in viewing approximately 300 species.
Game reserves like Selous and Serengeti are rewarding for bird watching and are an ideal introduction to the widespread species.
Experienced birders usually explore the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are the biggest attraction in Tanzania as they harbor 35 endemics that are found exclusively in Tanzania
Birding in Tanzania is good all year round, the prime season is usually September to April when the resident population has migrants that spend the northern hemisphere winter in Africa.
Winter in Europe coincides with the rainy season in East Africa when resident species transform into bright colors. We discuss a few notable birds endemic to the country.
The Kilombero weaver species discovered in the year 1986 because of patchy, restricted distribution in a small range of the Kilombero River, a floodplain in the south-central Tanzania.
Support for our Native birds in Tanzania
All that desire to support native birds from Tanzania can either donate to organizations with the goal to protect endangered wildlife and habitats.
The other way is spreading an awareness about our magnificent birds and find ways to help as individuals like keeping a clean environment. We need more protected areas and national parks and focus on more protection in conservation areas that exist.
My venture into East Africa, Tanzania was a mind plan for many years and the biggest drawing card? ….Mount Kilimanjaro - The magnetising realm of the highest mountain on the motherland continent of Africa and the highest free standing mountain on earth! The gratifying feeling of being on the top of your world.
Not on the best fitness enthusiast level and having embarked on a raw food lifestyle many around me regarded the Kilimanjaro plan mystifying and found no reason or logic to withstand reaching the risk of a peak.
Until it is actually done, never mind those that frowned, you will personally see lessons learned along the way, not as a mountain expert or travel guide, but pure soul reflection of a climb of note.
My Trip Dates: 9 May 2011- 16 May 2011
Type of travel: Bus from the city centre of Dar-es Salaam to Moshi town. Slept over 9 May for the coming journey ahead.
The group had a wide range and diversity from the youngest of only 12years old ! We paid $1800 per person. There were eight people in total.
Choosing the Route
The planted sub conscious droning on streaming fear of the risk came in handy to factor common sense when it was time for coordination of the final plan of the adventure. Most will climb Kilimanjaro just once, so the path chosen should ensure success to get to the top!
Now statistics can really be unreliable depending on who is consulted. The estimation is that only thirty percent of people reach Uhuru Peak.
There are basically six official routes to get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Three of these routes, namely Marangu, Machame and Umbwe approach from a southerly direction. Two of the routes Lemosho and Shira from the west and Rongai from the northeasterly side.
Each has s considerations to take note of and differing success rates. I chose the five night Rongai route. It is consistent and gradual except when reaching the final ascent. It is less crowded and has a wider range of scenery.
Each person daring to venture the climb up should choose the best one for themselves or group that accompanies them.
Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a cheap mission and needs to be carefully planned. It is better not to try not cut corners and risk injury as a result.
We hiked for five hours! It was approximately eight kilometres in total. We were picked up in Arusha after an early morning breakfast. We drove to the Marangu Gate.
The trail starts in tall corn fields leading to pine forests. It was a gradual ascent and we enjoyed the surroundings. The Montane forests were spectacular. We had a lunch break halfway up. Our tents were set up by the time we reached 1st caves camp. We were made aware of cold temperatures of the night and served a warm supper!
On day two we hiked about seven hours up to Kekelewa caveat 3600m. We passed the second cave at 3450m and took a lunch break. All was set up by the time we reached the freezing and exposed camp!
On day 3 we ventured towards the Mawenzu tarn camp at 4330m. The trail was short but we got to see some exotic plants in the moorland. The views were just spectacular and we gazed at the sunset splendor.
On Day four we made our way up to the Kibo hut at 4700m. It took about five hours. The area is an alpine desert. It was an early night that evening.
Day Five took about eight hours, An ascent six kilometres up. We were on a mission to reach the summit! We were woken up close to midnight to begin the attempt to reach the summit. Rock and the steep path ahead at the highest altitude ever. We reached the snow covered point until the summit. A lifetime accomplishment!
Descend back down is about 27 km for six hours.We stopped at Horombo Hut at 3720m and finally Marangu Gate (1980m)
The dormant volcano Kilimanjaro comprises of the volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Kibo, this is where the Uhuru summit is .
Kibo is dormant but it is not extinct. The last eruption happened 360000 years back. Volcanic activity occurred two hundred years ago and the ash pit is visible from the Uhuru Peak.
The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m. Mount Everest, 8,848 meters which are just over 2,950 meters higher than Kilimanjaro.
Depending on which route is taken, it is a walking mountain, so no need to worry if about grappling skills. If you happen to not be an avid hiker, it is best to get some practice trails beforehand.
More preparation will help. Prepare hiking between four and twelve hours each day for approximately six or seven days. You need to be comfortable with endurance bearing in mind the distance as well.
Do a through gear checklist. Get hiking boots. No one needs to deal with blister s and other feet issues.
The temperature and weather can fluctuate dramatically from the start to the end of the trip, so it is better to choose wick fabrics and bring along layers.
Get good quality thermal underwear and a warm hat, gloves, sunscreen and sunglasses, rain protection, a day pack, camel backs and water bottles
This is not a race, not a sprint. Chill out, relax and check out amazing views along the way while your body adjusts. The guides are helpful in pacing out the climb appropriately
Once the days hiking is over get ready to set up camp. Take a short climb up and back down for the body to adjust and acclimatise. Acute mountain sickness can affect the strongest and healthiest. All are susceptible and gender age or fitness does not correlate.
Be aware of the realities
It is an awkward truth that acute mountain sickness causes about ten people to die each year when they attempt to get to the top of Kilimanjaro. Many have to be carried down before getting to the top. The major issue causing evacuations as a result of altitude sickness.
Now success is also about drinking plenty water amounts and eating on a regular basis as well even if there may be a case of appetite loss. Get a guide or a company that provides good meals as well. There is a medication for acute mountain sickness if you feel an onset of symptoms coming up as well as prevention.
Once a certain point has been reached there is no way of curing any acute altitude sickness and at this time it would be best to stop the climb and head back down. It is important to pay attention to the body and never underestimate any signs of dangers.
Amazing sights along the way
The journey up offers travel passing through a rainforest, where there are pep monkeys and other crawlies too and worldly unique vegetation.
Once the top is reached there is not a lot of vegetation, but snow and rock, and the view from above get you viewing the clouds below! It is an amazing planet earth venture of note. Each camp along the way is breathtaking peaceful and beautiful beyond words.
It is the best time to click into a soul connection. Breathe m think and clear the mind. Contemplate your soul purpose, you connect the environment and think about how and why your calling here appeared.
But before delving into headspace do get to know the guides as well as fellow hikers that will accompany you on the journey ahead. There is a lot to learn from each other. Encouragement, patience and support are really needed.
The Mountain is Mind Over Matter
It is not completely true that there is no real challenge, It is a mountain for sure. The highest free standing in the world and the top of Africa!
By mind, over matter, we all reach an awareness level. We program our minds to create success or failure levels. Even if you decide that you are reaching the summit, it takes full energy, focus and total discipline.
I thought that summiting Lion’s Head and Table Mountain in Cape Town meant my mind level has been conquered. You have to work your mind up to not stand in the way of your mission to the Uhuru Peak summit.
The body is capable of the most incredible things. Once self-doubt is dealt with, the mental weariness slips away, new heights of capabilities gets discovered.
In actual fact, the final ten hours are extremely brutal in ways that are not imagined. On the last two nights, you only get to sleep for a limited time before taking off at midnight to keep going up.
You cannot spend much time at the altitude reached so there is a need to go up and down to maximise the hours of sunlight you can capture. You get tired. It is freezing cold! The altitude causes some brain waves to jerk you up a little. Oxygen is so thin and getting enough to breathe is a mission. And the physical exertion is overbearing.
The last miles to the top are steep and the sand gravel is not your best friend this time. Every time you step forward you slide half of a step backwards. It feels like a cruel joke on you. You got to keep holding up and will make it to the top.
And then you get to see the world from the most spectacular and you open your eyes and see that it was all worth it!
You will be at a conquering energy kneeling down in tears of exuberance, and there is a mobile reception on the top by the way. so get ready to Messenger, Tweet a and Skype away!
Once you are on the top, you get fifteen minutes there as the altitude to too tough for the body. You will need to journey down approximately sixty percent back before you can camp again. This can be another mission especially if you struggled to get to the summit.
Nevertheless, it is a well-earned victory. Nobody can really be sure they can make it to the top. Once you exit the gate of Kilimanjaro National park, the realisation hits you. You made it all the way and got the to top of the tallest free standing mountain in the whole world. You travel 50 miles and climb up19300 feet. And you are down to earth!
The human body and strength of your spirit can make you accomplish and handle amazing miracles you never imagined. Pushing yourself to the limits by reaching the peak of this mountain is the ultimate.
Exuberance and pride are intensely overwhelming. It stays engraved in mind archives for any day you may feel down or demotivated. The unparalleled memory of upliftment despite any triumphs you are faced with. Anyone who can afford it and is game should definitely not miss this one!
On a venture to explore Tanzania? These are key travel tips to take heed of in this exciting venture.
Main Language use is Kiswahili. Pick up a few words and blend in with the locals.
Currency is Tanzania Tshillings, but foreign currencies like Euros and Dollars are accepted at most tourist spaces. Credit cards, not widely. ATMs for cash withdrawals are available and park fees for Safaris are payable with a designated TANAPA card issued at local banks ELIM or CRDB.
Air Tanzania, South Africa Airways, Fastjet, Precision air, Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopian, Emirates.Kenya, Oman, KLM, Qatar and Rwanda.
Take a yellow fever vaccination. Malaria is preventable, provided that repellents and mosquito nets are used. There is anti-malaria medication available as well. Make sure only bottle or boiled water is used for drinking.
Weather is dry and hot with cool mornings and evenings. Short rains from November to mid-December and a long rainy season from March to May. Coastal areas remain hot and humid all year round. Seasons do vary. If you are planning to reach Kilimanjaro Peak or climb Mount Meru, freezing points can be reached.
Take along light clothes and a sweater for mornings and evenings. If you are venturing on a game drive and a Safari trip a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen will be advisable and long pant and sleeves to ward off insect bites. If Kilimanjaro or Mount climbing ventures, get thermal underwear, rain jackets, boots and socks and a sweater.
Safari Parks usually open at 6:30 am and close at 6:00 pm. Advice since distances are long to travel between them is to choose specific parks. Travel less and see more. Follow the advice of guides and ranges.keep vehicles in designated spots and follow recognised paths to avoid vegetation damage.
Cameras should be protected and do ask permission before taking pictures of local people.
Travel insurance is advisable with cover for any lost baggage and possible medical expenses
Carry a headlamp or torch as power failures and surges are common.
Safari car hires usually need to be hired with a driver.
Check visa requirements with the embassy or consulate.
Protect personal belongings even though Tanzania is generally a safe country.
The urbanised Dar-es-Salaam gradually fades away into clouds and eventually reaching the huge Miombo woodlands,lakes,swamps,animals, meandering roads and a passage of serenity.
Selous game reserve Reserve in the Southern stretch of Tanzania.Selous,as is commonly called, was named after a conservationist, Frederick Selous. The vast 54600 square kilometre land is huge.The game reserve has several airstrips.Elephants,cheetahs,rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, as well as crocodiles,occupy the sanctuary.The vegetation ranges from wooden grasslands to dense thickets.
The Selous, one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Selous is approximately three times more bigger than the famous Serengeti National Park.
The World Heritage Site makes up 6% of Tanzania. Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a game drive in that area.
Selous is home to a diverse range of bird and mammal species.There are close to 60,000 elephants and about 40,000 hippos.
The Selous is photographic and displays African wilderness grandeur. The Rufiji river meanders through Miombo Woodland connected with streams and lakes with waterfowl, crocodile and hippos
A game drive along the rough roads of Selous is rewarding during dry seasons around the lakes. Whether bush camping or staying in lodge comfort, it is easy to make arrangements for a walking safari and have a field guide close by.
Boat safaris on lakes or the Rufiji river is an opportunity to see diverse birds and wildlife from a differing perspective.
The size of Selous game reserve and its remote location, it is recommended to have a minimum of at least three nights. Fly in Safaris and game viewing activities by lodges are popular choices. For a truly wild experience, try bush camping.
The wildlife in Selous attracts southern and eastern African wildlife, both migratory and resident with over 440 known bird species of birds. The lion population is strong here and a huge leopard population and home to hippos.
One way to reach Selous Game Reserve is by train, The TAZARA Railway route from Dares Salaam to Zambia passes Selous Game Reserve a few times each week and is also one transport way.
Accommodation in Selous
There is a wide range of campsites and lodges around the Selous Game Reserve.
Lodges on Rufiji River banks as well as remote hilly locations are all within the gmae reserve. As there is a diversity of accommodation and a wide range of habitat longer stays at Selous Game Reserve are recommended
A main attraction is hot springs where soothing warm water dips are possible. Lake Tagalal is great for bird watching and home to hippos and crocodiles
The Ulitmate Bush Experience
Unspoilt Woodland, grassy plant, bush sounds make up the best scenery.
Exciting walking and boat safaris
Selous is African wildlife untouched in Africa and is easily reached from Zanzibar or Dar-es-salaam. Welcome! Explore motherlandAfrica#