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Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro January 26th 2014

As the truck rattles on heading for the Tanzania border I note the difference of the Maasai in this region, they appear taller, more autonomous, their robes less bright red instead deep cobalt blue with touches of black and slashes of of blood red scarlet. No one waves, no one smiles, they ignore us as we lumber on. I now turn my attention to the politics in the truck... Wanker... Australian word for jerk, better known in NY as …..(fill in the blanks!) One thing about group travel, especially budget group travel is you get what you pay for. For now there are not so many of us sharing the expense of this trip but man are there some doozies! We have the English copper or policeman, the Aussie house painter, an English office worker and ... read more
My tent

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro November 5th 2012

Got to the heavily guarded Heron Hotel by 8am. Armed guards with mirror thingy on pole. Happily Charlie's taxi didn't have anything ticking stuck to its underside. A massive truck converted for safariing awaited, with 20 or so Rangers in various later stages of retirement and jetlag. Croatian, Canadian, South African, English. And about ten from some place called The You Ess!? Lots of Aussies too. A potentially noisy bunch with the rowdiness knocked out of them for now. Border crossing at Namanga, the Tijuana of Tanzania. Kept it simple, just filled out visa and departure/entry cards in triplicate, twice. nO Photos on pain of finger waggle. Only cash and a complimentary laugh at your western style name. Lots to see from the truck as we spent a good 800 hours on it! 200 of them ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro June 25th 2012

So here it is, the big Safari post you have all been waiting for, with bated breath I imagine. 5 interns, on a mission, 3 nights/4 days camping safari through Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, then Ngorongoro Conservation Area what could go wrong? Totally kidding it was an amazing trip and we were thoroughly blessed and safe.. and in a completely gorgeous Toyota land cruiser the entire time, I was in heaven. We set out on a Sunday, with me waking to Lisa’s wonderful voice telling me I had slept through my alarm, it was 5:20 AM, and we needed to leave as the van was already in the courtyard. After rummaging around my room and throwing things into a backpack, packing the night before is still a foreign concept to me apparently, I went out ... read more
Our faithful stallion.
First night!

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro May 30th 2012

It's two weeks before I return to Tanzania and friends and former projects. I am reminded of the journal I kept in 1991-1993 long before the word blog was known and years before Tanzania had internet. I think it will be interesting to revisit my entries and look with fresh eyes at those cultural clashes that are inevitable. As I attempt to remember my Swahili, I remember some of the learnings of my first experiences with the language and the speakers: Communicating in Tanzania Tanzania has 127 living languages and at least half a dozen dialects in each one. No, don’t despair. Thanks to Mwalimu Nyerere, President of Tanzania 1964-1985 who had a collectivist philosophy known as “ujaama”, Tanzanians all share one common language-Kiswahili or Swahili. Educated urban Tanzanians learn English in secondary school, a vestige ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro August 14th 2011

So, I'm off home tomorrow - and for the most of you reading this I'm probably going to catch up with you properly and give you all the deets!! Zanzibar was a great break off village life, paradise- white sandy beaches, palm trees and the bright blue indian ocean! Certainly had my fill of eating over the time spent in Kendwa, topped off with lots of fresh fruit and a few cheeeeky cocktails - which were probably far too alcoholic for my own good!! We spent 3 days in Kendwa, one of which was a snorkling trip where I have never felt so seasick in my life....Emma was actually sick... but having a swim and looking down at all the fishes and coral below was pretty! And then we got stung by several jelly fish....JOY!! This ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro August 9th 2011

Next morning we got up early, had our free brekky then got a cab to the bus terminal to get a bus to Moshi. Dario told me to stay in the car which I was very happy to do since we were bombarded with touts, and im so over touts! He went off to look at the buses and buy the tickets, they tried to charge us 38000 each, when the ticket itself says 25000 so we paid 25000 for Fresh Coach (we had never heard of them, and had been planning on taking Dar Express, but the next one wasn’t for hours), and it was comfy enough. We only broke down once, and only for about 10 mins very close to Moshi. We got a taxi to our hotel called Twiga Home, just outside the ... read more
giraffe bending over to drink
elephants get close in Manyara!
John, Dario and Benson

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro July 18th 2011

Ok, so an update, for practically the last month. I have my excuses. I havent been near a computer for a while...also apologies for the lack of apostrophies....i cant find them on this exotic tanzanian keyboard. So I guess, there is a lot to update you with. We finished pre field training at Peacehouse, splitting up into practise teaching groups to work out how we were going to teach various groups of people..... village elders, school kids etc etc. Finally we got split into our REAL teaching groups for the villages. MARUVANGO is my village, i have a group with 6 other volunteers, 3 other americans and myself, as well as two teaching partners.... We moved to the ward of Leguruki - and moved into our homestays.... Baba Marco is my dad, he is a farmer, ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro June 25th 2011

So, the beginnings of my travel blog and entry from week 1! After arriving in Nairobi, we had to wait around for a few hrs before getting our 5.5hr transfer to Arusha on Impala bus which involved a border crossing between Kenya and TNZ, a police official check, ensuring there were no stowaways and a quick pee stop along the dryest, straightest road extending into the distance, dotted along it with Maasai villages - it was interspersed with v.bumpy diversions. Once we arrived in Arusha, a large town in Northern Tanzania - we were greeted by Dan, an SIC coordinator - piling onto a truck we headed off to Centrehouse, our hostel for the next 2 nights - where Parker and I shared a room with Peggy and Princess Daisy, 2 other volunteers... We all walked ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha » Ngorongoro September 1st 2010

Tanzania Dreaming All year long we had waited impatiently for our holiday to Tanzania and as the departure date drew closer Ruth and I had done everything possible to prepare: weekend practice hikes in the Lake District; visits to practically every outdoor shop in London to stock up on gear; even abstaining from alcohol for a month. Why all the preparation? Well, over the next 17 days we planned to climb Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's 10th highest and highest peak respectively, with the latter reaching a daunting 5875 metres altitude, higher than either of us had climbed before. As a gentle ease in to all that hard work we had planned to first spend a few days on safari in northern Tanzania. The 10 hour flight to Kilimanjaro airport passed very quickly. As it ... read more
Glad of my zoom lens
Zebra Crossing
Father and Son

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