Baobab: Iconic Tree of Africa


The baobab tree is easily recognized by its enormous trunk and scrawny stems and twigs. It is one of the most distinctive symbols of Africa. In Tanzania, visitors can admire baobab trees within all national parks, but particularly in Tarangire National Park, which is unofficially known as the “Baobab Capital of the World.”

About this iconic tree there are many myths, stories, and interesting and fun facts about its history, habitat, uses, and more!

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Tales from the bush!

Astrid and her family traveled to Tanzania with SENE in July 2016…

“We arrived at our campsite after sunset and had to try maybe three or four sites before we found one with some plots to spare. It was a busy night in the Serengeti. Joseph and Kiplet put the tents up and prepared a late supper which we ate together while sharing stories of famous movies about lions – the excitement was building about what we were going to see the next day. Samuel, our youngest, seemed a little concerned about what would happen if lions came into the camp. Joseph reassured him that he had only witnessed this once during the 12 years he had been a safari guide. However, he briefed us as to what to do: ‘Stay calm and do not leave your tent.’ Continue reading

8-year old Tanzanian helps Tanzanian albinos

Who would have thought that an 8-year old’s school lesson would end up helping hundreds of people with albinism?

It all started when Aiden (now 9 years old), son of Simon and Tara Mtuy, was doing a unit in school on human rights. They learned about the social stigma and lack of educational opportunities faced by people with albinism, a condition in which people lack the mechanisms to make melanin, the pigment that produces brown skin and eye color to protect against sun damage. Because they have no natural protection from the sun, they usually have their first skin cancer by the age of 10. And most have poor vision making it difficult to get education and find employment indoors. Continue reading

Swahili from A to Z

 

Funny and interesting facts about Swahili, the language of the people of the East African coast.

 

A- like Asante. The most important Swahili word (along with jambo), since Tanzanians hold politeness in high regard.  Asante means “thank you!”

B- like Bantu. Swahili is a Bantu language. Continue reading