Safari Tanzania and meditation

Western people are in general very stressed. Our minds are in some sort of hyperactive state. On vacation we expect to relax more and enjoy ourselves. The strange thing is however that vacations are regularly reported in the top three of stressful events. We keep working until Friday afternoon and that evening we need to be packed and drive to the South of France in one night. Or we have neglected our loved ones for months for the sake of our boss and all complains and sufferings find a way out during our vacation. We tend to go on and on and on and we forget to take some moments in a day to be in contact with our inner world and slow down for a moment. Read more

Sharing info online is risky in Tanzania

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has signed into law a controversial “Cybercrimes Act”. This fact has been announced Friday, the day after we blogged the leaked numbers of Elephant slaughter in the last 6 years in mostly Ruaha/Rungwa area. This Blogging can be seen as a Cybercrime by the Tanzanian Authorities, because the Tanzanian National Parks (Tanapa) deny the report. Read more

Threats to Elephants

Poaching

The Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute published last week the following statement:
“In the last six years 60 % of the Tanzanian Elephants have been slaughtered.  At least 65.000 elephants are killed by poachers to contribute to the demand for Ivory on the mainly Chinese market.
Especially in Ruaha and Rungwa 11.500 out of 20.000 elephants were killed only in 2013.” Read more

Threats to Elephants

Poaching

The Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute published last week the following statement:
“In the last six years 60 % of the Tanzanian Elephants have been slaughtered.  At least 65.000 elephants are killed by poachers to contribute to the demand for Ivory on the mainly Chinese market.
Especially in Ruaha and Rungwa 11.500 out of 20.000 elephants were killed only in 2013.”

Although poaching of elephants for their ivory has declined since the 1989 worldwide ivory ban, it remains a widespread problem. Large quantities of African ivory, for example, are still finding their way to illegal markets in Africa and beyond. Elephants are also killed for their meat and hides. Read more

bribes ahead

They need something

No matter if you travel by bus, daladala or jeep, you will be amazed at first how many police control people have to endure. Three to eight times a day is no exception on a day of travel. However soon you will discover it is big business. You can not believe the crazy reasons they come up with to get money out of your pocket. Tanzanians like to say with an apologizing smile: “they need something”. Read more

They need something

No matter if you travel by bus, daladala or jeep, you will be amazed at first how many police control people have to endure. Three to eight times a day is no exception on a day of travel. However soon you will discover it is big business. You can not believe the crazy reasons they come up with to get money out of your pocket. Tanzanians like to say with an apologizing smile: “they need something”. Read more

Safari profits

Today I was searching for hiking Safaris in Ngorongoro on Google. On top I find a Tanzanian company that offers an 8 day Trekking for € 5.872,- pp excluding international flight. And they are not the only ones that ask over the top rates. In this case it is a shameless offer. It shows greed and nothing else. Read more

Waka Waka share the sun

For weeks the problem of a failing network and electricity is disrupting the communication between Tanzania and Holland.  Every day Msafiri is out of reach for hours. And when he is online I have to wait one to three minutes to get his message on WhatsApp (E status). It is driving us crazy sometimes. Read more