Blogs from North, Tanzania, Africa


Africa » Tanzania » North August 13th 2019

Arusha Als erstes ging ich zum alten deutschen Fort, im Zentrum von Arusha. Es wurde 1900 fertig. Im Umfeld des Forts wurde ein rechtwinkliges Straßensystem angelegt und Steinhäuser erbaut. Manche werden sogar heute noch genutzt als Schule, Krankenhaus oder für Büros. So begannen die Orte Dar es Salam, Tanga, Arusha, Tabora und Mbeya und wurden regionale Zentren. Wirtschaftlich gesehen waren die deutschen Kolonien eher ein Fehlschlag. Man führte Sisal, Baumwolle, Gummibäume und Kaffe als cash crops ein, die das deutsche Reich versorgen sollten. Die Einheimischen wurden gezwungen auf diesen Plantagen zu arbeiten, was zur Folge hatte dass viele Menschen sich nicht mehr selbst mit Nahrungsmitteln versorgen konnten. Insgesamt war die Kolonialisierung von Tangayika finanziell ein riesiges Verlustgeschäft, 1914 betrug das Defizit (Investitionen minus eingenommene Steuern)122 Mio Rei... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha August 12th 2019

Abfahrt von Nairobi bei 14 ° - wahrscheinlich hatˋs in Gauting mehr gehabt. Und als ich u 8.30 endlich auf der Straße war, schlief diese Stadt noch immer. Also nicht direkt Tiefschlaf, aber doch Schlaf. Die Fahrerei war dementsprechend angenehm und ich kam ohne größere Angriffe auf Pauls oder mein Leben davon. Ein paar Marabus glotzten mich an, dann war ich aus der Stadt draußen und es wurde sehr ruhig. Die Straße zur Grenze ist neu ausgebaut aber wenig befahren. Es geht durch Maasai Gebiet, große Kuh Herden ziehen dahin und wirbeln hohe Staubfahnen auf. An einem Brunnen warteten mehrere Herden geduldig, bis sie dran kamen - so gesittet wie Engländer an der Bushaltestelle. Die Maasai Männer haben alle einen Stock dabei, schon die kleinen Jungs. Die Frauen hier waren mit Halsreifen und Ohrringen aus bunten ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area August 1st 2019

So lucky to be staying on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres. Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500 to 5,800 metres high. We set out with our guide Suleiman at 6am for a seven hour game drive, we were lucky to see a number of lion prides. Early morning we were able to watch the lions eating and roaming the park, by midday they were all sleeping, a couple just on the side of the road. The crater is home to numerous zebra, elephants and wilderbeast among the thousands of other animals. After two nights at the ... read more
Ron and our guide Selemani

Africa » Tanzania » North June 25th 2019

Once again, we were treated to a quite different terrain from that of the previous safari parks. The Serengeti National Park (pronounced See-ren-geti, so we were told) is huge and while the western region comprises savannah, sprinkled with umbrella-throned acacia over a black clay soil, and the northern region is covered in open woodlands, the majority of the park is dead flat and almost treeless and seems to extend for ever. This gives rise to the name Serengeti, which is Maasai for ‘endless plains’. Before reaching Serengeti, we had an overnighter and a brief visit to Lake Manyara National Park. This is quite a small park, of which about two-thirds is covered by the lake, although this is ... read more
Vultures fighting over a buffalo carcass at Serengeti ...
... and what remains when they have finished
Would you call this a 'pool of hippos'?

Africa » Tanzania » North » Mount Kilimanjaro June 24th 2019

Is there an upper age limit to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro--a cutoff point when the physical body is tapped out and refuses to haul itself one more step up a 19,340-foot mountainside? Is there an age when you hit the wall on such high-altitude stunts? The question was on my mind recently—in May 2019--as I prepared, at age 71, to test myself on the mountain via the popular Machame route. If all went well and I reached the summit, I could check off another big adventure on my bucket list. Surely, I thought, there would be kindred company on the mountain, other baby boomers hoping to check that box on their lists, and they would leave a record (name, nationality, age) at each camp site register en route. But my unscientific perusal of such records surprised me: ... read more
Uhuru Peak
On the Trail

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area April 28th 2019

Feeling sad! Yes, this would be the last video blog of my epic journey across Africa before my unceremonious exit from the continent. Yes, I fell in love with the continent that attracts me like a magnet with its rugged but beautiful wilderness, it’s fascinating wild life and its legendary Masai tribe. This is a slideshow of the Masai village in Ngorongoro. Let me admit it, I have an obsession about the Masai people. They continue to fascinate me from my childhood. Allow me to rewind a few decades. My father was a great storyteller and he lived and breathed into the wilderness of Assam in North east India. I recall the days when I was a kid and I used to curl up to him listening to his stories of the wild world in rainy ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » North » Lake Manyara April 19th 2019

If you are in Manyara in Tanzania, you have to spend a night or two in the Gampling Lodge in Manyara…just amazing. It is fenced from the open meadows of the wilderness and the tented lodges are spread across the huge compound covered with large trees,- a peaceful world of solitude. There are tourists here and there, but it’s not a typical hyper tourist lodge. When the darkness falls, all go quiet except the distant wilderness. 8 pm is quite a late evening here, 9 pm is the ‘sound of silence’! We finished our Kilimanjaro Lager in the open pub overlooking the darkness and turned on the headlamps walking through the dark compound to our lodges. From the porch, I looked across the fence,- a dim light from the half moon made the open meadows and ... read more
The reception of African Glumping lodge-1
Red-and-yellow Barbete

Africa » Tanzania » North » Tarangire National Park April 5th 2019

The KLM Airbus landed like a huge nightjar in the semi darkness of the Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. I checked my watch. It was 9:30 pm. I looked out the window; the distant hills in the moonlit night were a mystique sketch in the horizon. Lovely! Instantly I fell in love with Tanzania. Love at first sight. Little did I know that I will be wheel chaired to a flight halfway around the world from the same airport in the next few days. No, I am not going to talk about it in this video blog. I want to share the stories of beautiful Tanzania that I have loved and been loved by the people; Tanzania that has emptied its love and wilderness to me from the day one. And no regrets! The immigration formality took ... read more
Tarangire River bed is dry
He has the right of way!
Landscape of Tarangire National Park

Africa » Tanzania » North » Moshi March 2nd 2019

Two Shakes A couple of months ago, I was hiking along the trails in my village an encountered one of many sheep here in Kilimanjaro. (If you ask, people will tell you they don’t like lamb’s meat, and they don’t harvest wool. Curious choice of livestock.) Alas, I encountered a mama sheep and her lamb, in no rush to remove themselves from the steep trail. Mama looked at me bitterly, “Go ahead… cook me.” I thought of the braised lamb I had shoveled by the forkful to my eager mouth in Barcelona. When she turned back to her own four-course meal of mountain shrubs, I was captivated not by her meatiness, but by the trophy that hung from her rump. Hear me out. We have a lot of free time. Spotty electricity sometimes provides opportunity for ... read more
finally let the mamas braid my whole head
solar drying produce at the primary school!
I won the "Most Peace Corps" Superlative at our Close of Service Conference

Africa » Tanzania » North » Ngorongoro Conservation Area December 28th 2018

Actually, the day started really well. We were all buoyant, excited and ready to head out to Ngorongoro. The plan was to briefly touch Ngorongoro on our way to Serengeti. Once we complete our two days safari in Serengeti, we planned to drive down to the Ngorongoro crater on our return leg to Arusha and make a night stay in Ngorongoro. Perfect plan! It was a bit cloudy when we hit the road, but we knew weather could change very quickly. We found the Ngorongoro entrance was busier than Tarangire or Lake Manyara; anyway, that is expected….this is the main gateway to Serengeti when traveling from Arusha. As we drove in, the serpentine mountain road picked up altitude quickly and it became foggy at the higher elevation. Roads are narrow and baboons were everywhere, waiting on ... read more

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