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Fast Facts on the Datoga Tribe


Residing along the banks of the Lake Eyasi in Tanzania, the Datoga tribe are a relatively peaceful people particularly skilled at farming.  These indigenous people are believed to have inhabited the area for over 3,000 years, although their history is difficult to accurately trace.  Similar to other local tribes, particular the Maasai, they value livestock highly and use it for their livelihood.  Datoga people are traditionally nomadic, often moving throughout the extensive region, herding their cattle and putting their ancient agricultural skills to use wherever they happen to settle.  Here are a few interesting facts about the Datoga tribe.

 

  • Although they are somewhat leery of outsiders, once the Datoga people feel they can trust you, they are friendly, welcoming and open to sharing their culture and traditions.

 

  • They use just about every part of an animal – milk, meat, blood, fat, hide, horns, tendons and even the dung for either practical purposes or to perform important rituals. [Read More]

Things to Know About the Porters Assistance Project

 

Anyone who has experience the excitement and exhilaration of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro can attest to the fact that the feat would be nearly impossible without the assistance of the highly skilled porters to guide and support climbers along the incredible trek.  Their tireless efforts, hard work and strength make conquering the magnificent mountain safely a reality for countless tourists each year.  Yet, these local guides are often mistreated by the tour companies that employ them.  Many suffer unfair treatment and unsafe work conditions just to be able to feed their families.  That’s why the Porters Assistance Project is so important.

 

The Harsh Reality

What many eager tourists don’t realize is that the friendly porters who make their Kilimanjaro journey possible are actually impoverished locals that are all too often mistreated at the hands of their employers.  [Read More]

On Safari with Real Life Adventure Travel

On Safari With Real Life Adventure Travel

 

In February 2011, Ed Marlatt and Cecilia Cadet along with four other friends from the San Francisco /Bay Area enjoyed a three week safari adventure in Tanzania. Several of the adventurers are photographers. One of them, Ed Marlatt, has very graciously shared some of his amazing photos with us.

We invite you to enjoy his wonderful photos: http://gallery.me.com/ejmcadet

Thank you Ed for sharing!

What is the Serengeti Highway?

Located in the heart of beautiful Tanzania, the Serengeti is perhaps one of the best examples of natural wilderness on earth. Extending for 30,000 km, the region is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and welcomes some 90,000 tourist visits each year. The Serengeti’s ecosystem is as old as the land and hills within it, and its vegetation, climate and wildlife have remained virtually unchanged over the past million years. It is also the site of incredible and ancient migration patterns. Each year over a million wildebeest and nearly 200,000 zebras instinctively make their way across the hills and plains.

Unfortunately, this precious natural habitat is in danger of being destroyed. The Tanzanian government has recently approved the proposed construction of a major commercial highway that will run directly through the unblemished landscape of the Serengeti National Park. Not only will this highway trample through some of the most beautiful natural environment on the planet, but it will also travel directly through the animal migration paths, disrupting the instinctive journeys that have been carried out for millions of years.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Maasai

Made up of sixteen sections, the ancient warrior tribes of the Maasai people have called southern Kenya and northern Tanzania home for centuries. Their population numbers nearly half a million and altogether, they occupy a total land area of some 160,000 square km. Living within semi-arid and arid lands, these fascinating people once dominated the plains of East Africa and were considered by European explorers to be fierce and dangerous. Today, their domination has waned, however the Maasai are still very much alive and well. Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about these intriguing people.

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Choosing a Sustainable Travel Operator in Africa

Years ago the term ‘sustainability’ was virtually unheard of and most people didn’t know the incredible impact their actions and behaviors had on the future of our environment. In today’s world it’s everybody’s responsibility to take measures towards conservation. This includes making sure that when we travel the companies we choose to do business with are responsible, both in terms of the environment and how they conduct business. Here are a few tips to help you choose a sustainable travel operator in Africa.

First you’ll want to research potential travel operators to be sure that they truly respect the environment and take actual measures to be more “green” in their day to day activities. For instance, climbing companies base their entire business on the beauty of nature and therefore should show a particular interest in conservation efforts. Simple measures such as helping to clean up the mountain by having guides and crew pick up trash and deposit it properly can have a huge impact on the environment.

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