Overlanding Africa: The Pros and Cons

Overlanding Africa: The Pros and Cons

For those of you who did not know, I participated in a 3 week overland trip (commonly referred to as “overlanding  Africa”) from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Johannesburg South Africa, with the company, Africa Travel Co, or ATC for short (website link here).  Overland trips are extremely popular in Africa, due to the extreme rural areas, large distance between national parks/areas of interest and a somewhat undeveloped tourist infrastructure.  Combined with the mainly outdoor/adventure activities and beautiful scenery for camping, they are a good option.  Some other popular companies…

Zanzibar Part 2 and Lake Malawi

Zanzibar Part 2 and Lake Malawi

Zanzibar and Lake Malawi Paje After having a lovely time at Stone Town, as mentioned in my last post, I headed over to the East part of the island, known for its peaceful beaches in contrast with the northern towns of Kendwa and Nungwi. Paje is known foremost as a kite surfer’s paradise, due to the very strong winds that are always present.  Dozens of kites dotted the coast dipping in and out with the wind current.  While I’m usually down to try just about any adventure activity at least…

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar, had been one of my most anticipated stops on my trip.  I had only heard great things about this island-many comparing it to paradise.  I can gladly say that I do agree with those sentiments, and I had an enjoyable and relaxing 8 days on the island, which easily could have been extended.  Since I had the luxury of spending over a week on the island, I decided to divide my time between the main area of Stone Town (3 nights), Paje on the east coast (2…

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

     Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro had been a goal of mine for the past few years, and one of my main reasons for deciding to base the beginning of my travels in Tanzania.  The company I chose to climb with, Impatiens Tours, had been utilized by several other volunteers in the past, all of whom had glowing reviews.  I also had 3 companions with me on the climb: Lindsay (California), and Dylan and Murphy, both from Australia.  All of us were in our 20’s and relatively in good shape, so…

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari Part II

Ngorongoro Crater – Safari Part II

After leaving the Serengeti, we headed to our campsite for the last night, at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.  The Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the world’s largest unfilled volcanic crater.  At a depth of over 600 meters, the crater acts as its own ecosystem, with a majority of the wildlife living their entire lifespan inside the crater without venturing out. The temperature at the rim of the crater was remarkably cooler than the flatlands of the Serengeti, and I found myself bundling up to keep…

Safari-Lake Manyara and the Serengeti

Safari-Lake Manyara and the Serengeti

I’ve had a busy last few weeks and haven’t had a chance to blog, so here is a belated post about the safari to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Crater I went on a few weeks ago. Myself and 9 of the other volunteers went on a four day/three night safari to Lake Manyara, the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.  It truly was a memorable experience. Lake Manyara Lake Manyara was our first stop on our safari.  We left Arusha around 8am, driving for about four hours.  The drive…

Life in Arusha-Volunteering and Exploring

Life in Arusha-Volunteering and Exploring

In this post I’m going to jump around a bit, highlighting a few noteworthy events of the past week or so, as well as my volunteering in Arusha, Tanzania thus far. Teacher Alma’s Last Day  Alma (Finland), was another helper in one of my classes at Cheti.  She had arrived in Arusha a few weeks prior to me, and unfortunately had to head back home.  To celebrate her last day, we had a mini party with the kids, complete with soda and treats.  It was very entertaining to see all…

Moshi sights

Moshi sights

Moshi Sights Myself, Rose (New Zealand), Matthew (New Jersey), Antonia (UK), and four others from the homestay decided to go to Moshi for the weekend.  Moshi is the town at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, about 90 km away from Arusha.  Our weekend was spent as follows: Coffee Plantation Our first stop was at a coffee plantation.  Coffee is a significant aspect of Tanzania’s economy and it is its largest export.  I had expected to see rows upon rows of coffee plants, but instead, the plants were scattered among the…

Volunteering in Arusha – The first week

Volunteering in Arusha – The first week

 Volunteering in Arusha – the first week Sorry for the delay, but things have been hectic this past week in Arusha.  To get there from Cairo, I had a 5 hour layover in Doha, Qatar (probably the best airport in the world), and then traveled overland via Nairobi, to arrive at my home for the next month. I’m volunteering with an organization called Tanzania Volunteer Experience or “TVE” which offers a variety of volunteering opportunities from working with women with HIV, childcare/orphanages, or helping out at schools.  While there, I’m…