In Africa, most action takes place on the streets and roadsides – people hawking their wares, kids running to and from school, friends hanging out just chatting. There’s always movement and there’s always food.
Day and night you’ve got people selling all types of snacks at traffic lights, on buses, at street corners and in roadside stalls. And a wealth of people buying them. For a true taste of Africa you won’t see in any guidebook, check out the following tasty treats.
From sloths hanging out, to whales breathtakingly breeching and lions stalking their prey – when we asked you about your best experiences with animals when travelling, we were inundated with more than 2700 special moments.
Selecting just a small handful to share for you was one tough task, but here are 15 of the most fabulous animal encounters from travellers…
Could 2014 be your year to get really high? We mean a 5,895 metre kind of high…to the roof top of Africa! And why might you do it? For the personal challenge of pushing yourself beyond your usual limits? To get more girls into school? Because it’s there?
Well the answer for Intrepid employees Amy Bolger and Ronnie Albanis and two groups of Intrepid travellers who recently conquered Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, was all of the above! And what an experience it was! They tell us more about the whys, the highs and the preparation needed to get there:
Almost everyone who has done a tour of East Africa will tell you it’s fantastic. It’s renowned for being wild, authentic, spectacular and rugged, but Intrepid’s Skye Gainey wondered if it would live up to her high expectations when she finally had the chance to travel to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania…
“Let me start with the game viewing. Never would I imagine seeing so many animals in such a short period of time. In Rwanda we hiked deep into the forest to spend time with a Gorilla family – a silverback, mature males and females, juveniles and babies! Watching these primates interact with each other and recognise us as friendly visitors truly makes you believe in evolution.
You’ll often see travellers armed with their list of must sees, must eats and must do’s, but at the top of Laura Harman’s list is simply meeting local people. Laura believes thats learning about the local culture and experiencing everyday activities is the best way to turn your average trip into an amazing adventure…
“Tanzania is one of my most memorable travel experiences to date. I opted for a volunteer work term in Arusha, the hub of safari travel. I was able to travel to the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro National Park and even down to Zanzibar, all spectacular memories. However, when I think of the actual country, I think back to the people I met and my interactions with them. One of the simplest experiences that I enjoyed frequently was taking the local transport (the dala dala) to the Maasai Craft Market with the other volunteers.
Meet Prisca Laurence, beekeeper officer and chilli fence monitor in Minungo, Tanzania. Prisca is working with World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), an Intrepid Foundation partner, on an ingenious and sustainable project to help local people safeguard their livelihoods, whilst protecting elephants.
In Tanzania, with people encroaching on lands once inhabited only by animals, conflict has arisen due to elephants raiding farms to pillage tasty crops. One large elephant is capable of quickly destroying a whole field, so villagers have been forced to take drastic action, including setting painful snares and in the worst case scenario, hunting and killing rogue elephants. And that is where Prisca comes into the picture, when it was discovered that these giant creatures, with their long and sensitive noses, despise chilli and bees!
Intrepid’s SAMA is proud to support a range of projects that use education to promote gender equality. And on these projects, we see many teachers championing for change. As part of our series of stories on inspiring women, meet Theresia Musoma, a teacher who works tirelessly to educate and help her community.
In the isolated town of Mabogini in Tanzania, Theresia Musoma teaches in a cramped, whitewashed classroom. Her love and dedication to her students has helped countless children finish school and inspired many others around her.
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is one of life’s great challenges and even when you’re oxygen starved on the highest mountain in Africa you can apply the fourth rule of success and ‘have fun’…
“They say it’s all in the journey, not the destination, but when you talk to people about climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, they ask: how high is it? (5895 metres or 19,340 feet). Did you make it to the summit? (Yes). Did you get altitude sickness? (Moderately). What was the view like? (Great). But they don’t ask much about the journey and what it was like during the walking before and after the summit. So let me tell you… it was fabulous!
There was singing and partying in the streets in northern Tanzania recently, when Amani Children’s Home celebrated its 10th birthday – 10 years of rescuing children, restoring hope and transforming lives is a milestone to celebrate and a reason to be proud!
On the big day, Amani children, staff and volunteers headed into Moshi town, wearing bright red t-shirts to spread the message of the day: “Street Children Deserve a Future.” Accompanied by music and announcements, the Amani kids performed drama skits and acrobatics, and took part in a parade from the local Mbuyuni Market to the Clock Tower in the centre of town.
With its picturesque beaches and beautiful blue waters, Ashok Solanki discovers that there are few more delectable places to unwind than the exotic ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar…
“One can smell the spices in the air, even though the island itself is still not in sight. It is said that in the old days pilots followed the scent of the spices to locate this tiny speck in the Indian Ocean. The ferry from Dar es Salaam takes just over 2 hours, but when you land on Zanzibar you step back in time to an, as yet, unspoilt and little-known paradise.