Tanzania is a Peaceful Country

Trip Start Jan 23, 2014
Trip End May 03, 2014

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Flag of Tanzania  , Morogoro,
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

To start: I am here in Tanzania, happy, healthy, and safe!

As I write this, I am sitting on the steps of the reception building of the campsite we have been staying at for the past two nights. Tent camping isn't the most glamorous of things to do, but we are in Africa, and there haven't been any extremely large millipedes in my tent, so I'm happy :)

Actually, I am more than happy. As I sat writing in my journal yesterday morning, an employee of the campsite started talking to me, a little bit in swahili, but mostly in english. He asked me where I was from, and told me about all the trees that surrounded the area, and little bits about Tanzania in general. Whether or not this is true I am not sure, but he told me that when the nation of Tanzania was formed, over 120 tribes got together collectively to form the nation. They came together as one family, and for that reason, he explained, "Tanzania ni nchi ya amani" (not sure about the placing of the spaces) - Tanzania is a peaceful country - the most peaceful in all of Africa.

Peaceful, stunning, breathtaking... Tanzania is an amazing country. After we flew in to Dar es Salaam, we stayed in a small and very... hot hostel called the Catholic Secretariat, on the edge of Dar. Jet lag plus the first night in the heat and humidity made sleeping a bit of a struggle. The second two nights we spent at a Safari campsite in Mikumi National Park. Driving to the camp was our first Safari experience!

When you go on a safari... you look out of your vehicle, and as far as you can see, the savannah is spread out in front of you. Mountains far in the distance on one side, and plains on the other. Pictures can't express the magnitude! Herds of zebra, families of elephants, groups of bachelor impala and their corresponding herds... it's incredible.

And even more incredible is that a drive of less than 4 hours away is a rain forest. The Udzungwa National park contains the Sanje waterfalls, which are the tallest waterfalls in Tanzania. Breathtaking, literally, since the hike was 3.2 nearly vertical kilometers. Our guide, "Melly" was one year out of wilderness school, absolutely loved her job. She pointed out all the different uses of the trees and plants that we passed along the way, and interpreted the animal noises with their species.

The hike was incredible. You can't really explain the feeling of being on top of the world, so I don't think I'll try... you all are going to have to use your imaginations.

Anyway, a hearty breakfast of eggs and toast is on its way, and soon we will be off to our home base near Iringa! Blessings and besos to all of you at home!
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