City Breaks

Since I am still in Europe, have decided to go for a short trip to Spain. First Only Valencia was planned, but once there have decided to revisit Barcelona and spend a weekend in Madrid. ¬†Well, I thought I would be able to compensate Africa for Europe but this trip was just another proof to myself that something in me wants to go to Africa A G A I N. Despite the parasites ūüėĬ†I am not saying Spain is not beautiful, it is of course. But you know that feeling after you return from the trip? Either you liked it so much that you keep thinking about going back for more or you remain indifferent.

Why Europe is Not For Me

  • Its too expensive – i spent i one week in Spain so much that i could buy ¬†return plane ticket to Tanzania and also live there for another two weeks
  • Food and drinks are over priced , 3 to 5 Euros for a single tapas? !! well is it only me who thinks a tiny¬†peace of bread with a thin slice of jamon is not worth the money….
  • its too modern – personal perception i guess, personally prefer african chaos and dallas dallas more than depressing metros
  • Too much tourists everywhere ! Sometimes one cant even take a photo without having half of the world in the picture

Here are some images  from week in Spain.

 

Fetching Water

Appreciate the luxury of tap water! Every day women and children in Africa walk an average of 6km  (4 miles) to collect water.

children africa water

Kilimanjaro Still There

This weekend went to Moshi just to chill out and wander around the city. Its only 80 kilometers from Arusha but it takes  local bus two hours to get there. Since it was last minute plan, none of my friends  in Moshi were home ( this happens when your friends are Kilimanjaro guides, most of the time guiding climbs to Kilimanjaro).

Well for me it was enough to see Kilimanjaro from far in the  early morning time.

If you are interested to climb Kilimanjaro, i did an interview with a climber who just recently returned from Kilimanjaro Trek 

kilimanjaro mountain

Nursery Class in Kibowa Orphanage

arusha volunteering in school

Today i had a chance to accompany my friend who is volunteering in Arusha in Kibowa orphanage. This self made nursery program is enrolling local kids from neighborhood, whose parents don’t have a lot of money and can not afford real kindergarten. I think its really nice from local teachers that they established this program as otherwise children would be on the streets while parents try to earn some money.

volunteer arusha nursery

So I spent a day with lovely vivacious kids and couldn’t resist to take few photos.

volunteer arusha school

arusha kibowa nursery class

Kids learn English, Math and Swahili. Rotating lessons each day. I admit me and my camera were a little distraction in the class:)

during nursery class

kibowa orphanage arusha

arusha volunteering with children

Bananas In The Backyard

Not much going on for now. Been busy lately with work and am basically stuck on the outskirts of Arusha.

After almost a month spent here i can finally say, i calmed down, no stress like i was used from home. The beauty of it is definitely the banana garden and tranquility we have here.Birds singing, local kids playing on the playground just around the corner, Mt. Meru seems so close and on a clear day i can also see Kilimanjaro peak in the distance.

Although i love bananas at the backyard, and papaya, aloe vera and other fruits growing on our backyard i am slowly planning to move around soon. This weekend going to Karatu town.

Some near future trips planned for now are:

  • Njoro forest
  • Kikuletwa¬† hotsprings
  • Marangu waterfalls
  • Mwanza and Rubondo Island national park on Lake Victoria
  • Lushoto again, want to do some hiking as i sit too much in front of my laptop:)

But for now banana tree from our backyard:)

banaana  tree

 

 

 

Up in The Air

As I am posting this I am already comfortably sitting on a rooftop terrace of Zenji Hotel in Stone Town, drinking coffee and enjoying the laid back vibes:)

greetings from Zanzibar everybody, I am heading to Nungwi today for some beach time.
Turkish Airlines

Hanging Out With Hadzabe Tribe

I had a chance to visit Hadzabe tribe during one of my previous safaris in Tanzania. While being in Lake Eyasi region.

They live in the bush, really off-road on secluded parts of the land. before you scroll down to see photos please note, if you are vegetarian, some pictures might be unpleasant, but i am posting them anyway, after all this is how people live.

During the visit i guess it was time for lunch and they had small dik dik  Рlittle antelope prepared to put on fire. I will never forget the smell of blood while they were preparing the animal for grilling. Read more about Hadza tribe safari on Safari Junkie

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzaba boy

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

Men were cooking while ladies were chilling in the bush shadow.

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

After the lunch my fellow traveler was invited by Hadzabe men to try shooting with bow and arrows. I wasn’t allowed, wrong gender:D

Hadzabe Tribe

Hadzabe tribe visit

Merchandising:D

Hadzabe tribe visit

Hadzabe tribe visit

And home decoration

Hadzabe tribe visit

Making Coffee on the Slopes of Kilimanjaro

The best coffee i had ever in my life:D

About 20 minutes drive out of Moshi, walk through banana forest and voila, we visited a locals home where they kindly showed us how to make a coffee from a scratch. This was of course paid tour, but since this money goes directly to locals i was happy to participate and visit lovely humble home in stunning hilly area on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Read the details here: Coffee Tour in Moshi

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Kilimanjaro Tours

Volunteering in Arusha – Child Orphanage

Well, if you were thinking about volunteering in Arusha, eagerly want to work with african children, then read on. This post is about Kibowa Orphanage, that is sponsored by  Tanzanian tour operator who dedicated to help local  community. what is more, if you search volunteering opportunities in Africa, you have probably already discovered that many of organizations charge ridiculous prices to potential volunteers!

Kibowa Yard

I have been to this center, personally and can tell you from first hand that here children are on the first place. Within couple of years with dedicated support from tanzanian local operator this orphanage that counts 44 kids many hiv positive, have gained many goals with support of people who visited Tanzania either for holidays as well as some amazing volunteer help. Two years ago these kids had schooling in Tanzanian local school with no english language, today all of them with help of international sponsors are attending private ESSA school. Getting better educational grounds with opportunity to learn English from Early age is huge bonus for these kids. As much as it may be considered for granted in Western world, here education is still privilege and luxury for many Tanzanian children.

The only water supply

In addition to better education kids are arranged regular safe daily transport to school and back, providing daily meals, money for uniforms, shoes, clothes and with kind support that is always appreciated kids from now on can learn computer skills on donated laptop.

Though for you sitting in front of computer somewhere in a cozy place, this things may appear very simple.

Free Time

In free time orphanage is accepting volunteers that want to help kids in free time after school, to help them with homework, practice english, teach them crafts or any thing that could help them to gain new skills.

By help of volunteers the orphanage has little garden where they produce crops, chickens, goats….

Kibowa Orphans - Arusha

So if you are looking for fair volunteering, i can recommend Kibowa orphanage where your help will be more than welcome and what matters most – your help will go directly to benefits of children and orphanage! Not to mention sweet kids, full of life and eager to learn new things!

Play time in Kibowa

Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

I did it! Eversince  I saw Ewan Mcgregor visiting Gorillas in Rwanda in Long Way Down, Volcanoes National Park has been on my bucket list. This year i  finally fullfilled my dreams, wasnt cheap i admit, but was totally worth it!!

Gorilla Etiquette:

Tracking guide will tell you more about how to behave when you’re in the presence of gorillas but here are some things to keep in mind:

Dont point index finger into gorillas, they have bad experience with poachers and they might think you want to shoot them

Be quiet

Dont make eye contact with gorillas ‚Äď can be seen to be aggressive

If gorilla approaches you just act submissive and crouch down, but never run away!

Besides its not allowed to take food, drink with you¬† ‚Äď you will leave your backpack and unnecessary equipment, clothes¬† in a safe place about¬† hundred meters before you approach gorilla area.

Gorillas in Rwanda

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Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Gorilla Tracking in Rwanda

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lunchtime

My lunchtime while traveling and working from Africa. While living on Zanzibar i used to eat in  my favourite local Indian vegan restaurant where i was the only mzungu guest most of the time.
Indian food / Lunch

Indian Restaurant Zanzibar

But most of the time i used to have numerous delicious fresh salads.

Avocaado Salad

To All My Followers ‚ô•

First of all thank you to all there in WordPress universe that have chosen to follow my blog and trip to East Africa!! ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

Due to typhoid fever i had to return home ¬†sooner than planned initially. There are many photos to sort out but right now i have to get better first. Hope you will still enjoy the upcoming pics! ūüôā

Still, had an unforgettable time in Africa and also getting sick is part of African experience….

Hospital

Old Soul

Marabou Stork – Serengeti Standing over 120 cm tall with a wingspan of more than 10 feet, these African birds are scavengers of large carrion, which is why they have featherless heads. They also eat other birds, and have even been known to consume flamingos.
 Marabou Stork - Serengeti Marabou Stork - Serengeti

Serengeti Landscape

In two days i have probably saw only a pixel of mega big 14,763 sq km Serengeti. Definitely worth a bumpy ride!

Along with wildlife i just fell in love with the endless skies  that looked awesome  just in every part of the day. Hypnotic!

Joined safari with Shadows of Africa 

Serengeti Plains

Cheetah Family - Serengeti

Serengeti

serengeti silhuettes

Tanzanian Money

I just wanted to share Tanzanian bank notes. I really find some of them among more interesting and beautiful if comparing them to Euros or other currencies. ¬†Take a look, nice money isn’t it?

Average Tanzanian Salary is between 80 000 TSH an 150 000 TSH, which is in Eur 40 and 80 Eur. Now do the math….
Tanzanian Money - 500 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 500 TSH

Tanzanian Money 1000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 1000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 2000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 2000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 5000 TSH

Tanzania Money - 5000 TSH

Tanzanian Money - 10000 TSH

Tanzania Money - 10000 TSH

Bus Station in Tanzania

I love Africa! You can buy anything just about anywhere.

Bus stations are the most photogenic places but the problem is I am afraid to pull out my better camera from my backpack:-)

Bus Station Africa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

One of numerous golden figurines from Museo del oro – Gold museum in Bogota that displays extraordinary selection of its pre-Hispanic gold work.

Golden Figurine

Trip To Crater Lake Chala

Another weekend, another trip. This time to Lake Chala which is located on the border Kenya. Magical place, a bit remote but this is what makes it so tranquil. Nirvana for 7 USD per night.

Lake Chala Safari Camp

Lake Chala

I Am Going To Serengeti!

Travel plans for this Christmas are special, my wish to see mighty Serengeti will come true finally. Last year I already saw Tarangire, Ngorongoro, Lake Eyasi and Lake Manyara. This year I am ready to witness wildebeest migration in full swing in Serengeti! YAY!

Safari in Tanzania sponsored by Safari Junkie. Thanks!

 

wildebeest migration

Safari in Tanzania

Tarangire national park safari

Tarangire national park safari - landscape

On the way

Tarangire National Park - Old Elephant

Ngorongoro - Lion in The Wind

Tarangire National Park - Itchy ears

Tarangire - zebras

Day Trip To Kilimanjaro National Park

I wanted to do this trip to Kilimanjaro National Park last year but there was not enough time. ¬†One day, 24 kilometers of walking, great guide, 150 USD and here i was, Mandara hut 2720 m. There is another 350 m to Maundi Crater, so ¬†I can say i was on 3000 meters for the first time of my life. If the entrance wasn’t so expensive I would do a two day trip up to Horombo hut…Now i have a reason come back next time, fitter of course:-)

Kilimanjaro Tour

Kilimanjaro National Park

Burnt by the sun

Landscape from Maundi Crater

Guide

Kids in Arusha

I live out of Arusha in a suburb where children are barefoot playing around with improvised toys. In the back you can see Mt. Meru volcano mountain.

Mount Meru

On the playground near Arusha

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

As green as it can be ūüôā Chameleon in Usambara mountains where you can find one in every bush!

Chameleon Usambara

Satrurday is Wedding Day in Arusha

If you happen to be in Arusha on Saturday you will definitely have a chance to see wedding trucks full of people, playing music on trumpets and drums and singing while driving through town.

wedding

Would Love To Have This in My Garden

Sorry fellow bloggers for not following your posts as much as I would like to! Here is Internet connection really slow so I am not posting as much as i ¬†planned from home. I have now already all settled in Arusha, in a nice quiet neighborhood under the slopes of volcano mountain Meru. As I have to work daily i haven’t manage to utilize my camera yet, just few snapshots with iphone, but since i am gonna stay here for two months i have time to catch up with photography.

I fell in love with this ornamental garden banana tree!
Banana Tree

Towards the African Sunsets

Finally the Day is here. I am a bit nervous, all packed and ready for two loooong  flights. Leaving winter, fog and cold weather behind:)  Wish me Luck!

Morning Sky Up in The Air

African Sunset

Women at Work

In Tanzania it is estimated that women especially rural women provide 80 percent of labour force in rural area and producing 60 percent of food production.

Rural Tanzania

Women at Work

Working

Looking for seashells

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Mentality.Madaba is special place in Jordan for many reasons. To me the photo below presents foreignism. Town was full of transparents and my guide told me they are praising their King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein. I was surprised, since i come from a country where people are disappointed by politicians and the last thing would be praising them and showing the love and support with banners.

Madaba