Tanzania
Marombosa

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  • Day6

    Arusha

    November 16, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Om onze safari te regelen, gingen we met de local bus naar safari capital Arusha. Via via hadden we contact gegevens van Safari Booker Bartho gekregen, die ons in een donkerbruin kantoortje ontving. Het was gemakkelijk om daar in het donker in slaap te vallen, maar we deden ons best onze ogen open te houden. Helaas konden we niet meteen de volgende dag op safari, maar moesten we een dagje wachten en volmaken in het drukke Arusha. Hier werden we iedere vijf meter door 3 mannen aangesproken: how are you? Where are you from? Germany? Go on cheap safari? Etc. Ff wennen vooral voor Piet om in de negeer modus stappen. Om dit te ontwijken zijn we een heel stuk door een niet touristisch deel van de stad richting het Cultural Heritage Centre gelopen: een van de grootste kunstgalerijen van Afrika. Dit was veel mooier dan verwacht, en bovenal gratis entree! Na een goede Mexicaanse avondmaaltijd was het tijd onze tassen te pakken voor de safari die de volgende ochtend zou starten: dag 1 Tarangire national Park, dag 2 en 3 Serengeti en dag 4 de Ngorogoro crater.Read more

  • Day428

    Tanzanian wildlife

    December 29, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Everyone knows that Tanzania is famous for its wildlife. The plains of the Serengeti are filled with flocking tourists, herding animals and solitary carnivores posing for their photos. One of the largest group are the toy Otas, usually peaceful but capable of running their prey to the ground with excessive bursts of speed.

    The Two-Tier Tanzanian economy is geared to these rich pickings, picking up a significant contribution to the debt repayment plan. For example, just to cross the Ngorogoro park on the way to the Serengeti costs USD73 each way. That is more than I paid for an annual National Parks pass in Australia. Most prices though are carefully calibrated to be the same as in Europe. I found a real, brewed coffee the other day in a Muzungu cafe, (Tanzanians only drink sachet coffee,) which cost me TSH 3000 about 1 Euro 20.

    If you haven't seen a Game Park I suppose it is worth it. Having seen the surrounding countryside and numerous pictures of the Serengeti, I find it rather like an extended Longleat, with stately tents instead of stately houses. The Kruger in South Africa is probably a better bet and my favourite was the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, though I visited in the last century so who knows what its like now.

    Here anyway are some of the less frequently photographed animals, starting with the compound beasts Tiger and Nala, both desperate for attention and sympathy but uncertain medical condition.

    The Secretary bird was morosely hiding in the centre of town guarding the German boma, (fortified house,) that houses the Natural History Museum.

    I found the flamingo in a puddle outside the art centre. Is this called irony?

    I have no idea what the green creature is. As soon as it realised it was to be in a photo it accelerated away into the wild.
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  • Day430

    Nostalgia

    December 31, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Here is a trip down memory lane for Mancunian graduates.
    Alas, the staff looked blankly at me when I asked for a pint of Robinsons.

    In this economically disadvantaged part of Arusha - in fact the world - what we once called poor, there is an absence of evening entertainment for the masses, most of whom do not have a TV at home. Many bars have TV rooms though, so what fills the gap, at least for the boys, is the English Football League enlivened by on-line punting (if you soccer loving shin kickers will forgive the rugby term,) on the Tanzanian football pools.

    And the team of choice for many is Manchester United. When United played City a few weeks ago, the noise rivaled that of Manchester itself.

    The girls on the other hand spend hours plaiting and re-plaiting their hair.
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  • Day429

    Pastoral interlude

    December 30, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This is the local church. Couldn't help noticing the nice padded thrones for the celebrants / priests compared to the garden furniture for the others.

    We listened to a service here (obviously without taking photos) for a while. There were 3 choirs: one on the left and two on the right, each equipped with their own concert amplification system and excessive bass drivers. In a tin shed, for that was what it was, albeit with textile decorations, the sound was percussive to say the least. Now I know why the congregation sways unsteadily to the beat.

    The choirs each had their own uniform, distinctly African patterned, and sang gospel songs in Swahili. Occasionally, the priests got a look in. Most songs were of the call and response variety and one in particular reminded me of some old Italian harvesting songs. I was waiting for some polychoral antiphony but the choirs sought complete independence.

    It sounded great to us. Maybe we had been traumatised by the blast from the past we were getting every day in the form of Boney M "By the Rivers of Babylon" being broadcast at least 4 times a day, interspersed by their other 1970's hits.

    Luckily one of the ex-students still living with us had a better supply of music, for example Prince Indah "Maria" is a typical example of a modern Tanzanian song. Wouod Fibi another. I also admit to enjoying Rosie Muhando, though judging from the looks on the young folks' faces this would be like saying in the UK that you liked Nana Mouskouri.
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  • Day5

    Shanga 1

    May 26, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Combining an uplifting local community project with unique artistic activities and opportunities to purchase handmade gifts, Shanga has been a favourite Arusha tourist destination since its inception in 2007.Read more

  • Day5

    Shanga

    May 26, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Shanga is a successful social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique, high-quality, handmade jewelry, glassware and home wares incorporating recycled materials. These products are sold in Tanzania and all over the world, with profits being reinvested back into developing opportunities to employ more people with disabilities.Read more

  • Day5

    Shanga 2

    May 26, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Shanga became part of Elewana in 2017 as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program, with a ongoing commitment to the people of Tanzania. Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is the home of Shanga, which comprises of an open workshop for glass-blowing, weaving, sewing, Tinga Tinga painting, bead-making and metal work, with a shop showcasing all Shanga’s handmade products.Read more

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