Welcome to the World of the Serengeti Plains. So much to see..where do we begin? There are antelopes and elephant, buffaloes AND MORE.....Lake Manyara is richand diverse in both vegetation and wildlife with spectacular views. Exceptional birds and forests!
All about Serengeti National Park.
This name is rooted in the Masaai word “ Siringiti”, meaning endless plain. Serengeti is along the rift valley with amazing geological formations
It will take up to a full day of about ten hours by bus or driving to get from DaresSalaam to Arusha. A flight takes about 80 minutes. Northern Circuit Safaris usually takes about six to seven days
Are You Ready for a Trip to the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania?
Located in the South East of Tanzania, Mikumi National park is one of the largest national parks. You get to see zebras, lions, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, elephants baboons, elands and about 400 bird species!
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK
We leave Bagamoyo at 8am. En route we take a lunchbreak at Morogoro, a beautiful region near the Uluguru Mountains. Once our scenic lunch break is over, it will take an hour and half to reach the Mikumi National Park.
We check in at Camp Bastion. Located close to Mikumi National Park, it is comfortable accommodation in a friendly atmosphere with unique natural surroundings. Then it will be time rest until our first venue for exploration in the regio.n
At 4pm we visit Maasai Village and explore interesting traditions and lifestyle of the Masaai culture
Finally we have dinner and have an overnight stay at Camp Bastion
We start the morning with an early breakfast at 6am and then depart to Mikumi for the Game Drive. By 7am we begin with the Game Drive in Mikumi National Park. At about 1pm we stop for a picnic lunch. After lunch we continue with the game drive until about 4pm.
Producer and presenter STANI GOMA gets on board Flight 1067 to Africa, (aradio show featuring news and music from Africa) and takes all tuned in to PBS-FM each Sunday afternoon on a soul journey, exploring the heart throbbing sounds of the rich and diverse motherland,the continent of Africa.
He was born in Congo, and grew up in a world of African rhythm, Brazzaville, across the Kinshasa river, the dance music capital!
The multilingual Stani speaks,French, English, Chinese (mandarin), English, and off course, music fluently and welcomes all enquiries at any time!
Arriving in Australia in 1990, the knowledgeable and experienced radio presenter, with an instilled passion for the rhythm of Africa, shared his vision on various community radio pathways.
He has had countless interviews with Africa greats including High Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal and Papa Wemba and was the MC for a Miriam Makeba concert in 2006 held at the Sidney Myer.
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
As a Radio presenter, I’m deeply passionate about promoting the music of Africa.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I have always loved music. I grew up at a time when radio was the main way we received information and connected with the world. So, I was very captivated by the magic of airwaves from a very young age.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
I like the fact that I get to meet and converse with a lot of great artists including some of my heroes.
What drove you to make money from your passion?
It’s not about money at all. I have nothing against money, but my radio work is very much a labour of love.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I honestly can’t remember the first time that I got paid but money has never been the motivation.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
A strong belief that we must own and tell our own story because if we don’t, others will and it’s not that same. For example, if we don’t like the way Africa is portrayed in Western media, we need to be out there telling our own story even if we must do it without getting paid.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I love music and enjoy presenting it. I also see it a mission and responsibility to learn and communicate our own story.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Thank you for making me try even harder.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
I don’t believe in giving “advice” particularly when it’s unsolicited. I tend to prefer an exchange of ideas. We can all learn from one another.
We begin the Learn Kiswahili journey as a standard course, this includes exchanging the appropriate greetings and talking about daily activities and progress to an intermediate level with exercises and practical application.
Welcome, take this journey with me as we delve into the new KISWAHILI millenium .....#THE LANGUAGEREVOLUTION.....COMING SOON!We begin with GreetingsNo Kiswahili speaker will participate in any conversation without greetings......Lets Get Started
Umeshindaje? How are you conquer your day
Uko poa? Are you fine?
Nipo poa I am fine
KUJITAMBULISHA/ SELF INTRODUCTION
Before we go to self introduction lets see personal pronouns in Swahili:we have six personal pronouns in Swahili.MIMI I, MEWEWE YOUYEYE HE/SHESISI WE/USNINYI YOU (Plr)WAO THEY/THEM
Amani: Jina langu ni Amani My name is Amani.
Na wewe je? And what about you?
Joseph: Jina langu ni Joseph My name is Joseph.
Amani: Umetoka nchi gani? Which country are you from?
Joseph: Nimetoka marekani I am from USA.
Amani: Nimefurahi kukutana na wewe I am happy to meet you.
Joseph: asante ndugu Thank you friend
Kutoka To come out of
Gani? What kind/ which
Kufurahi to glad / to be happy
Kukutana to meet
Kuitwa to be called
Joseph: Naitwa Joseph I am called Joseph.
Wewe waitwa nani? Who are you called? (Whats your name?)
Amani: Naitwa Amani I am called Amani.
Joseph: Umetoka nchi gani? Which country are you from?
Amani: Nimetoka Uingereza I am from England.
Na wewe je? What about you?
Joseph:Nimetoka Tanzania I am from Tanzania.
Jina lako nani? Whats your name?
Jina langu ni Amani My name is Amani.
Na wewe je? What about you?
Jina langu ni Joseph My name is Joseph
Join Us as we continue to continue in #THELANGUAGE REVOLUTION
There are farms, banana fields and traditional homesteads on the mountain. This village near Arusha is distinct in character.
The venture is set forth exploring old coffee farms with local production of the world’s popular beverage with and then canoe into a volcanic lake at Mount Meru foothills, home to the best birdwatching and fishing sites.
Ready to give back to communities around Kilimanjaro? Volunteer programs are on offer at all local schools in the surrounds of Mount Kilimanjaro, venture out and discover development and upliftment projects in the Tengeru Community.
One of the major highlights in Tengeru is enjoying special home-brewed coffee with the locals.
The coffee plantations in Tengeru journey leads curiosity ventures into local homes and lessons to prepare coffee. The tour offers specially harvested coffee from the Meru community on volcanic Mout Meru foothills.
Lake Duluti Safari Tours
A close view of vegetation in Tengeru with an abundance of fauna and flora at the lakeside. Learn about mystical Meru legends and mysteries linked to Lake Duluti. Get a front seat view of birds, monkeys, reptiles, many other animals, and plants.
This tour will give you an up-close view of Tengeru’s vegetation and you will able to admire the abundant lakeside fauna and flora. You can learn about the Meru legends linked to the lake and its mysteries while getting a front-row viewing of the monkeys, birds, reptiles and many other animals whilst learning about our plant life. A magical destination of authentic traditional roots.
Tengeru Market Tour
The colorful community market, interact live and eat amongst the locals. The busiest market days are Wednesdays and Saturday
Conservation programs in Tengeru
Environment programs in a land rich with vegetation. A source of survival. The main issue is deforestation threatening ecology and the community. Participate in environmental programmes and enjoy a luscious waterfalls tour relaxing in nature marvels
Forest Tours at Mount Meru
The second highest mountain in Tanzania m Mount Meru boasts beautiful forests. Unwind and enjoy magnificence. It is a great destination for preparing for Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions
Walk through the forests of Tanzania’s second-highest mountain.
A traditional gathering place, “Mringaringa”. Listen to the wisdom of thrilling Meru culture and traditional dancing. This venue is also used for settling disputes in the community with presiding Meru elders.
Local Food Preparation and Traditional Dances
Soul soothing music and food celebrations with traditional dancing guarantee a worthwhile experience.
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.