Have You Been To Tanzania?

published by Bren

last updated: May 19, 2020

I have a question.

Have you been to Tanzania?

Oh, it’s an incredible place. By the sea, the east African coast. Let me tell you about it, my friend.

It’s a place by the equator, where the sun will hit you like an open flame. You will effortlessly tan to a golden bronze, or a lobster red, whichever one your body warms to. But you can leave your woollen socks at home. You will not need them here.

It’s a place where men sit at their roadside carts piled with poles of sugar cane, shaving them down with a small knife and chopping them into small plastic bags. Enjoy a bag of nature’s candy for less than a dollar, cut fresh right before your eyes.

It’s a place where the streets come to life – young men walk briskly with trays of peanuts and candy, jingling coins in their hand. You can hear the jingle from the window of your hotel, eight storeys up. The cars beep their horns relentlessly, stuck in the jam sana, and piki pikis weave through the traffic like in a video game.

Have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where the french fries are not called french fries at all. They’re called chipsi, and they’re not bought bagged from the supermarket. Oh no, sir. They’re peeled and cut every morning from the freshest potatoes, ready to be deep fried batch by batch in a tiny wok. They’re golden, crispy. They’re the most delicious fries in the world.

It’s a place where the avocados are the size of pineapples. Cut them open and they are rich, creamy and soft, like no avocado you’ve ever seen before. And you don’t buy them for $5 in a gourmet store. No sir, many a kind lady will pull her basket of avocados off the top of her head and sell you one by the side of the street. They eat parachichi by the dozen here, and why wouldn’t you? They only cost around 25 cents.

It’s a place where you can smell the goat being barbecued a hundred metres away, charring away on a makeshift grill over hot coals. The meat is smokey, gamey, exploding with flavour. Order a portion if you dare – that steak will never taste the same again.

What’s for lunch? #ugali #nyamachoma, bro

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Have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where you might creep 100 metres in an hour on the gridlocked streets of Dar Es Salaam. It’ll be hot, so you’ll need some water. It’ll be long, so you’ll need a few snacks. But young boys will march through the traffic jams, coming right to your car window to sell you whatever it is you need. Once you’ve got your food and drinks, you could also buy some phone credit, a football, maybe a few pots and pans too. You can buy anything from your car window around here.

It’s a place where fresh oranges are sold on every corner – young men run their sharp knives along the skin, peeling them meticulously and stacking them in small baskets on the back of their bikes. You can eat as many chungwa as you like, they only cost 10 cents or so.

It’s a place where the kids run wild with muddy knees and shining smiles. Without Xboxes and Nintendos, they play rede under the banana trees, laughing infectiously with every throw. They run not in the video games, but out in the dirt, in the sunshine where kids were always meant to be.

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Have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where the women dress wrapped in the brightest fabrics, tailored perfectly to their curves, they laugh with zest and vigor, and smile with unapologetic beauty. They have some of the whitest and brightest smiles in the world.

It’s a place where minivans are used as dalla dallas – tiny buses designed to fit 12 but often overflowing with more than 30. Arms and heads flailing out the windows, yet they still stop to collect more. If you’re lucky enough to sit at the front with some leg space, ladies will step on and drop their belongings in your lap, before squeezing into the back to find a space to stand. Depending on the day you might get a handbag, a basket of tomatoes, or even a cute little baby in your lap. Don’t worry, they trust you.

It’s a place where the floury white sand beaches can rival the best in the world. You’ll find them everywhere – Dar Es Salaam, Pangani, Zanzibar. The ocean is warm and clear, and home to electric festivals and delicious seafood. It’s a beach paradise that most will never see, and the locals welcome you to their shores with smiles.

Sunrise beach, Kigamboni Dar es Salaam, Wednesday afternoon. No filter bro.

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Have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where their omelettes are not made with cheese or vegetables, but with french fries. Chipsi mayai they call it, and you can eat it any time of day. Sprinkle some salt, squirt a bit of ketchup. It’s a quick and dirty treat that you’ll surely try more than once.

It’s a place where the boda boda drivers hang on the corner, lying on their bikes, chatting the day away as they wait for passengers. Need to get somewhere fast? Pay him a dollar or two and jump on the back. They’ll get you from A to B in no time.

It’s a place where the boys ride dragging baskets of coconuts on their bicycles. Ask him for one and watch him pull out a knife and hack it open in seconds. You want maji, or nyama? Just ask for both and slurp the whole thing down. African coconuts are something else.

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Have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where you can get lost in the winding alleys of Stone Town without a care in the world. It’s not dangerous here, nor intimidating. Children run up and down these alleys at all hours of the night. It’ll remind you of Istanbul, or Granada, this place. A tiny town of Arabian flavour on an island, with all the character you could want.

It’s a place where ladies will sit shaded under a roadside tree, charring corn on the cob over hot coals. Grab one – they’re only a few cents, and fun to eat. It’s like popcorn, Africa style. You’ll be back for more.

It’s a place where you don’t eat burgers or pizza after a hard night out. Oh no, after one too many Serengeti beers you indulge in a few skewers of mishkaki, perhaps goat or beef, perhaps a side of chipsi and maybe even a grilled quarter chicken. Pub food is a little different around here.

So tell me, have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where the mornings are started with donuts and tea. The mandazi are cooked fresh each morning – hot and steamy. Lather them with peanut butter and wash them down with a cup of hot chai. Your days will start deliciously here.

It’s a place where the music is kicking, full of love and guaranteed to take you over. When you’re in a club and an Ali Kiba song comes on, you’ll know what I mean. Once you’ve rocked out to a bit of bongo flava, there’s no going back. I promise you’ll still be rocking your Tanzania jams many years from now.

It’s a place where the ladies at the market sit behind their stacks of vegetables, piled up high in the afternoon sun. You can hear the laughter from the other end of the street. When they’re not stuffing veges into bags, they’re yammering away to the lady next to them. The market here is gossip city.

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Have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where Swahili is the tongue of the streets, and once you throw around a little mambo and hujambo, you’ll be getting smiles from every direction. Don’t be scared. Give a vipi here and there. Sign off with an asante sana. It’s a beautiful language, and you’ll surely miss it when you go.

It’s a place where the pizza might be a little different to what you’re used to. The Zanzibar pizza, doughy and deep fried, stuffed with meat and onions and veges and cheese. Or perhaps have one for dessert, filled with gooey Nutella and banana. It’s definitely not good for the waistline, but I promise your taste buds won’t complain.

It’s a place where the kids are full of laughter and smiles. Life is not shiny here but the sparkles in their eyes will tell you different. Kids are full of love and spirit, they greet their elders with a shikamoo, they’re taught to respect their families and communities, they walk to school with a skip in their step. It’s truly beautiful to see.

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Have you been to Tanzania?

It’s a place where people wear their tribal colours with pride. Sip some blood with the masais, drink some banana beer with the chagas. Family, tradition, respect. It’s something to admire here.

It’s a place where football stickers are plastered on every bajaj and taxi. Who’s your favourite team? Liverpool? Chelsea? The boys here go nuts for it. Grab yourself a cold Serengeti and watch the game. If you’re a football fan you’ll make friends in seconds.

It’s a place where the food is hearty and simple, no flashy red wine jus or berry compote. Enjoy a banana and beef stew, a grilled fish, a bowl of pilau, some creamy avocado. A little kachumbari on the side. Mush some fresh ugali in your hands and chow it down. Top it off with a fresh mango or coconut. There’s no way you won’t fall in love with it all.

Cooking #beef #stew, #african style.

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Have you been to Tanzania?

I won’t lie, it’s a place that may bring a few tears. It’s a place that can break your heart. You can see things here you don’t want to see. But it’s a place where you’ll learn a few lessons, too. Tanzanians are strong, optimistic, resilient. You may very well be humbled here, but you’ll love them for it.

It’s a place you won’t forget quickly. You’ll miss hearing the karibu in the streets, the smell of freshly grilled goat at lunchtime, the shouts of mzungu! followed by a smile and a wave, the kids’ laughing faces, the warm African sun, the tire sandals, the one dollar bottles of konyagi, the oddly delicious sour milk, the mosquito nets, the boda boda rides, the power cuts, the warm beer, the muddy shoes, the tip of Mount Kili peeking out over the clouds, the funky bracelets, the posters of Ludacris outside every hairdresser, the chipsi stacked in the window of every food cart, the shoes being sold on every street corner. There’s something about the place. You’ll miss the love. You’ll miss the chaos. Everyone falls in love with Tanzania.

So tell me.


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  1. You’ve answered the call, sir! I’m gonna hook up my travel friends with your article and maybe we’ll grab a beer or coconut somewhere on the road! Cheers!!!

  2. Hi Bren! A brilliant piece of writing – you capture everything that we love about Tanzania, especially your paragraph that starts “it’s a place where the kids are full of laughter and smiles”. Visiting is always such a very humbling experience.

    We first visited as volunteers in 2008 and spent three months in an orphanage just outside Moshi. This was an opportunity we took at the end of our working careers. We have since lost count of the number of return trips we have been fortunate enough to make. Our next trip is in less than two weeks’ time. We have also just read your piece from April 2014 on volunteering or voluntourism. Again, we share many of your sentiments.

    Did we really make a difference? Like you, we now have our own project which we hope is making a difference – building a Primary School in a rural and impoverished community on the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In less than three years, the school has grown to 119 pupils. Over a third of them would not otherwise have the chance of an education and are only able to attend as a result of a small Sponsorship Scheme that we run. The children have so little but they love to learn and are always so happy.

    Perhaps we might get to meet up with you if we are in the Moshi area at the same time at some point. Meanwhile, if you are interested in finding out more, please visit our website at ACECharity.uk – we post a weekly blog with all our progress and developments at the school – or email us at [email protected]. Good luck in your ventures and we look forward to reading more about them.

    Sue and Ron Hayes,
    Founders of Africa’s Children in Education (ACE)

    1. Hi Sue, Ron. Congratulations on your project and the progress you have made. The north of Tanzania is a rough place at times but it’s so beautiful – I’m glad you’ve committed yourself to making a difference there. I’m in Moshi almost yearly so we may cross paths one day 🙂

  3. Hey Brendan…I am glad you loved your stay in Tanzania. I miss home so much and I am suprised and happy that you noticed most of the things I like about home.
    I was at the University of Auckland last year for a study abroad program and I had an amazing time there. NZ is my second favorite place on Earth… right behind Tanzania of course. I would love to go back!

    1. Hi Imani, thanks for reading! I’d actually like to talk to you about your study abroad programme and what it’s like for a Tanzanian to get a visa into NZ, do you mind if I send you an email?

    2. And karibu tena nyumbani after your studies… Tanzania beautifully home with beautifully people… I am so proud and thank fully to be Tanzanian…Ha ha haa

  4. Brendan,

    A perfect narration of Dar es Salaam traffic jams and business associated with it. You can buy a bottle of water, fruits, sundry items etc.
    You have missed some Tanzanian lifestyles eg. weddings, cultural celebrations from different parts, travelling using buses from Dar es salaam to other places of the country.

  5. Really beautiful article. The things that you’ll find in Tanzania, the calm atmosphere, the humbleness, the laughter can’t be found anywhere else.

    Ant btw, the chagas banana beer is called mbege.

  6. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful pieces of travel-writing that I’ve come across. I’ve lived in Tanzania for 8 years and your article captures the essence of the place with perfection. Reading this made my heart physically ache for my childhood home and almost brought tears to my eyes. Beautifully written. I’m so glad people like you in the world exist who can appreciate what a captivating place Tanzania is.

    1. Hi Aditi thank you, it took a while for me to get this article right because I was so determined to show people the beautiful Tanzania that I’ve seen.

  7. I’m sooo happy to read such a great comment about my home country. Thank you all for sharing your experience in Tanzania. Thanks Bren for putting this article together.

  8. So true all. I have been 3 times in Tz and come back next year again. For me it was already on the Kilimanjaro airport, on the stairs of the plane, hot wind, a welcome already Karibu See lots of things, yes very nice but also to cry. The country did something with me, not to explane, but I feel al home, safe and welcome

  9. You made me miss TZ so much! its been a few years since I’ve been there, but once my kids are a bit bigger to enjoy it as much as me I’ll be sure to introduce them to the way watanzania live.
    Asante kaka

  10. i am holding an american passport but I am still a Zanzibari and not American—-what Zanzibar has given me no country will give me more than what Zanzibar gave me but unfortunately we had to leave Zanzibar after the bloody revolution–nice piece written on 21st century–well done-I am proud of u

  11. Thank you, thank you for your honest and open writing about my country Tanzania, I have lived in Denmark longer than I lived in Tanzania (read old lady) !!! But Tanzania will always be my number one country. Your have really captured tye true essence of the country.

  12. I lived there for two and a half years as a Peace Corp volunteer in the late 1960’s outside a small town called Kahama. Three years ago I returned to my school compound on vacation from teaching at an international school in Kigali, Rwanda. I could barely recognize the town with its electricity and growth, but when I went to see my school, I was amazed that it was the same and without running water and electricity. Forty years had past and it was like going back in a time machine. To me, that is some of the magic of Tanzania, to live in a place where the culture survives, the influence of colonialism was limited, and just be able to have a beer and listen to the art of conversation with the locals. Luckily I still retain some Swahili. I love the times I have lived in South American countries, but East Africa always draws me back. What an Adventure!

  13. Great article, I spent two years at Vuga Press in the Usambaras in the mid 60s. It brings back wonderful memories of special friends there.

  14. I was born in Tanzania… grew up in Dar and eventually moved to the US with my family. I trully trully enjoyed your article. It captured ‘Bongo’ to the tea. I sat here and read your article over and over… just reminiscing and wishing I was there now. Thanks for sharing your beautiful story with the World.

  15. I live in Tz for the past three years, n enjoyed several of these. The Tanzanians are a nice lot, very respectful with gud manners (you always should greet in conversation beginning n end). A great living with nature, fruits n food, , significantly natura andl organic, local grown items rich and huge in size. Africa, in particular, Tanzania deserves the visit at minimum, from global fraternity, while wild life n resort tourism adds more memorable value..

  16. Wow Bren … how beautifully have you captured the real essence of Tanzania. I’m a Tanzanian living in UK and reading this beautifully written article has reawakened all the senses I have embedded in my memories as a child growing up in TZ. The mishkaki being cooked outside the house, drinking coconut (mnazi) water, street foods, peanut sellers with jingling coins … beautiful memories well captured. Thank you for sharing your experience of my home country with the world. 🙂

    1. Hi Tina, so nice to hear and even I miss those sensations even though I’ve only spent a relatively short time in TZ. I do hope you get to return home soon and enjoy those comforts again.

  17. Thank you Ben for writing about my beautiful country. I’m a Tanzanian married and living in South Africa. Reading this article brought back a lot of memories. In spite of the challenges Tanzanians face it’s a blessing to still have so much to enjoy.
    Mungu ibariki Tanzania

  18. Very nice peace of story, I’m tanzanian, you have captured everything correctly, thank you for spreading good news abt our country,

  19. Hi Bren,
    I’m Tanzanian living in the UK, thanks for sharing your experience in Tanzania, this will help me convinced my friends from the UK to visit this beautiful country. Asante sana.

  20. Mambo vipi….very well written. As a Tanzanian I feel so good and proud seeing foreigners talking good things about my country. Yes, for us what you wrote sounds like little things but for sure you won’t notice them until you come from outside….I have been to couple of countries in the past 10years and everytime am away I start missing home. What I love most about us is is being polite and humble especially to guests…Karibuni sana Tanzania.

  21. Hi Bren , this is such a beautiful article about Tanzania , loved every bit of it you captured all and more in just one article about Tanzania . Thank you for sharing the beauty of Tanzania to the world ,
    From a proud Tanzanian

  22. Brendan! This so beautiful! I am Ugandan, I was in Tanzania for 2 weeks for the first time in September and I loved every bit of it! i hope you will visit Uganda one day and maybe you will love it as much as you do TZ.

  23. Hi Bren. I am a Tanzanian living in the US now.. I work for Disney on a year programme.. This reminds me of how much I miss from home.. Chips mayai.. I am actually gonna steal your writing techniques for my presentation.. I enjoyed reading this.

  24. Thank you so much Bren for capturing the little details that have made my 13 year stay in Tanzania special. I will read this when I return to the US next month and get homesick for my adopted home. I often cringe when I read travel blogs as they are usually about the Big Five and visiting Maasai villagers in their “costumes” and “huts” but funny enough you did not mention safaris once. Thank you for respecting Tanzania as it is.

    1. Hi Andrea – yes, it’s a shame many visitors only get to see that part of the country. I did go on safari actually but didn’t feel I needed to write about it. I don’t begrudge the tourist track but definitely there is much Tanzanian beauty to be found outside it.

  25. This is just wonderful, no one could have delivered it better than this. I am glad you enjoyed your stay here just remember you are always welcome. And there is actually way much more but what you have captured is just perfect. Thank you for introducing our good nation out there pal. Keep up the good work, we need more people like you to visit.

  26. I enjoyed reading your article, the photos are breathtaking. I am going to share on my business Facebook page. Great work and thanks for sharing! Hakuna Matata!

  27. Oh Bren! You literally put my thoughts on paper. I am born and bred in Tanzania of East Indian origin and now living in Canada since 2001. Traveled the world over and to me there is no no place like TZ. I visit TZ every year and the time spent in Tanzania is the best time for me. I visit villages and see the natural beauty. Kids waking up very early mornings – so refreshed with smiles and spring in their step, looking so happy. What a contrast as I see kids going to school in the western world who can hardly open their eyes in the morning and making waking up look like a ghastly punishment. I keep on stating to my colleagues in Canada the beauty of TZ. Some believe. Some don’t swayed by negative news of Africa. I love TZ and everyday wish and hope to move there permanently!

  28. This is an amazing article, very informative and on point. There is not a thing missing out. Nice job. I actually used it for presentation about my country and culture in one of my classes today and everyone liked it. 🙂

  29. nice article, i love how you’ve captured every angle of this amazing country, I am a Tanzanian studying in NZ right now, and this article just motivated me to explore every corner of NZ and may be write an article too about my experience.

          1. mr Bren u got it!! thats real Tanzania !! u got great eye!! u made me see my country in other way !!thanks !!karibu hapa tanzania nyumbani kwa waswahili(welcome tanzania homeland of swahili people!!)cheers bren!! and cheers for all u commenters!! ahsante sana!!

  30. It is so great to read and see how people love my country Tanzania so happy and i welcome you all at Lake Natron it is very unique area in Tanzania with the Mountain Lengai /waterfalls / and also you can see the home breeding for milions of lesser flamingoes in East Africa

  31. Hello Bren, Happy New Year! This is such beautiful article about Tanzania and I think you have a good heart. I hope you were able to spend some quality time with your family and friends. . I have certainly enjoyed spending some more time with my family during our holidays. I’m contacting you to discuss the details how we can cooperation with you. My name is Peter and I am writing on behalf of Projects Overland, a
    Volunteer organization based in Tanzania, operated through the Anglican
    Church of Tanzania, Diocese of Mount Kilimanjaro.

    We have offices in Arusha, Moshi, Lushoto and Zanzibar and support projects in
    Medical placements, schools, orphanages and community projects (eg.
    AIDS, human rights).
    Our volunteers come from all over the world and we offer them safe and
    Affordable accommodation, 24/7 support, rewarding experiences and much
    Our aim is to empower and support communities in need – because
    Although Tanzania is getting lots of tourists every year, it is still a
    Developing country where health care and education are rare commodities.

    I would like to know if you are interested in extending you programs to Tanzania and
    In the name of Projects Overland, I would like to ask for cooperation
    With you.
    If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.
    I am looking forward to hearing from you! Thank you

    Kind regards,

  32. Great article Bren! I am from Tanzania but residing in the US for the last 15 years. My parents are from Moshi but I was born and raised in Dar and came to study in the US when I was 22. My family and I visit tanzania every 2 years to see my parents, my in laws and extended family. It is always great to be home.

  33. I’ve been to Tanzania and since leaving in 2002 I miss it everyday! Best place in the world! Best people. I am not from Tanzania, but feel like I left my heart there. I miss it all from Kilimanjaro to Dar to Zanzibar! Asanta sana Tanzania for making me a better person!

  34. Iwas born in Dar Es Salaam & raised in Zanzibar I stayed in Zanzibar till 1964 after the Revolution I came back to Dar es Salaam live there for twenty years till 1984 l am Tanzanian by birth evean my mother was born in Tanganyika now ilove in New York but still i love to go there , the way you discribe Tanzania is mind blowing.

  35. Hi Bren,
    I lived in Tanzania for 25 years and now back in India. my youngest daughter was born there. We fully agree with your description of Tanzania. We all are looking forward to go to Tanzania whenever we get a chance.

  36. Born and brought up in Tanzania for the first 14 years of my life. 46 years ago, only managed one trip back, I still miss my homeland. Thank you for the wonderfully evocative words. I hope to return soon.

  37. This is the best article I’ve read i a long time! Thank you Bren for this and great description of my beloved country Tanzania…You are more than welcome again and again.

  38. The best article I have ever read about the country I grew up. It’s heaven on earth . U mostly covered dar and znz next will should be mt Kilimanjaro and Arusha with safari and Masai

  39. From the zege (chipsi mayai) to the khanga (womens cloth) to the pictures youve posted. From the words to the beautiful image the brain can think of after reafing this, i have to you ” hongera sana ” .

  40. Speechless…!!Awesome article…..I enjoyed every line of it…….natabasamu hapa ofisini sa hivi baada ya kusoma hii makala( smilling in the office right now after reading this article)……..ASANTEN KWA KUJA*THANKS FOR COMING

  41. Vote of my appreciation goes to you Bren, am excited for your description.
    Feel free to contact me when you come in Dar es salaam for we are there for you and you are there for us.

  42. Bren, misitari yako inatiririka!!!! You just made me very homesick. So today I am going to miss home terribly! I should use your article to pitch for study abroad in Tanzania.

  43. Great piece – thanks! But one small correction, if you are thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro, definitely do not leave your wool socks at home!
    Well done and congrats on the article.

  44. Oh, this brought tears to my eyes and a flood of wonderful memories. I did my second-year practicum for a Master’s in Social Work in Tanzania. You have nailed it! The only thing missing was the absolutely unbelievably disgusting-looking and utterly delicious passion fruit – I have never tasted anything like it.

  45. Hi Bren
    We just came back from Tanzania after 30 years, both me & my husband were born in Tanzania, we took our 2 boys with us, they loved every part of their stay there especially Zanzibar. Great article keep up & Thanks

  46. Don’t I miss home now, sigh!
    The simplicity of life has always brought us true joy and contentment

    Great piece Bren
    Asante Sana

  47. Four years this mzungu loved in Arusha. The coast is beautiful but the interior is amazing. From the top of Meru (Kilimanjaro too expensive), you can see the whole world. Oldonio Langai, Ngorogoro crater, the Masai steppe. Oh how I miss it. Best years of my life.

  48. What a country? My G/Father (Indian) fought for GERMAN TANGANYIKA, against the British (Indian) and the dead Indians of both sides are burried in a War Cemetery in TANGA. My uncle fought for the British in W W ii, and when I ame back to Tanzania, after completing my Further Education, I could not stay in my own house, what a country……..

  49. Very good write-up, congrats, your love for the place comes through strongly! I shall share the post, thanks!

  50. Tanzania is the quintessential, definitive Africa of your dreams. And who wouldn’t want to visit a place where the names of its legendary travel destinations roll off the tongue like an incantation: Zanzibar, Serengeti, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Victoria, the Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Olduvai Gorge, “the Cradle of Humankind.”

  51. How about Serengeti, Ngoro, Ngoro and lake Manuals with millions of Wilder Beasts, Zebras, Elephants Lions and then you come back from the wilderness back with poor but happy locals and all the good stuff you mentioned in your wonderful article. Thank you for the good words. My beautiful motherland. Asantehene Na Kwaheri.

  52. I need to correct – Karamba. (Auto correct screwed it up.) Also read Lake Manyara. I don’t know how to correct.

  53. I was born in Moshi. Left to come to Canada in 1974. Could only go back one time. Your article has made me sooooooooo home sick

  54. Hi Bren! Thank you so much for writing this. I am Tanzanian, born and raised – living in Arusha now, the Geneva of Africa. You managed to capture everything I love about my heaven on Earth! Noticed this was posted a day after the previous election. Were you around during the campaigns season? Another thrill!

    I just couldn’t help it but wonder why I’ve never read this before. It’s a timeless piece of writing, so will share widely all over the internet – everybody needs to read this! Ahsante sana na karibu tena!

  55. I was in Tanzania from 1985 to 1990. I was teaching Accounting at Shaaban Roberts school in Dar es Salaam and Shinyanga college in Shinyanga. Then I moved to Nairobi, Kenya and taught at Kenyatta university for two more years before moving to United States. I got married only after leaving Tanzania. My children never got the opportunity to visit Tanzania. But I told my children many exciting stories about my African life. They always wanted to visit Tanzania. Hopefully we will visit Tanzania one day.
    I used to walk the roads of Dar es Salaam a lot. When I read your article all the memories came back. Machunga, Karanga, and green coconut sellers, the beach, mishkaaki, movies at Avalon theater, Twiga hotel, ngoma at the school, Kaanga wearing students of Shycom going to mess hall singing songs in the night, huge birds of Shycom campus, two days bus travel to Arusha from Shinyanga, cold weather of Arusha, the Kilimanjaro etc., Thanks for explaining briefly all the things to be remembered about Tanzania in a small article.

  56. Just read your lovely article & it made me tear up a little & long for Tanzania. I volunteered teaching HIV/AIDS awareness in Arusha for a month a decade ago & it was the best experience of my life. I miss hanging out with the locals & asking for my beer baridi, having the children follow me calling “mzungu” when I’d go running, the bucket baths & going to bed early when the power cut out, which was frequently! I even miss those crazy dalla dallas! On my way back to the States, I stopped over in Amsterdam & cried most of the flight from JRO to AMS because I wanted to stay just a little while longer. My husband & I climbed Kili last year then relaxed on Zanzibar & he fell in love with the country & it’s people, too. I cried again when it was time to leave. We are already planning another trip back in a couple of years!

  57. I read this post almost 2 years ago when I left Tanzania and this article was touching me, I fell in love with Tanzania and didn’t want to leave. And now I read it again and still got goosebumps. In less than 1 month I will be back, I can’t wait.????

  58. Beautiful article.. indeed Tanzania is peaceful and beautiful place. I am Tanzania but reside in TO. I go ever other year to for visit. Tanzanian Food is my weakness ha ha ha . ? Glad you enjoyed every corner.

  59. This is a really great article, suprised I am only just coming across it now. I first visited Tanzania in 2015 Zanzibar to be specific, this was my first time back to any African country since 2004, age 14 being originally from Zimbabwe and residing in the UK since age 8, this was a real eye opener for me.
    I have been back on many occasions since 2015 also visiting Dar Es Salaam, which is a great city by the way. I was finally inspired to build [link removed]
    To highlight the beauty of this amazing island. This went live back end of 2019 and growing at a steady pace really hope to inspire others to travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania and other African nations as a whole there’s a lot to discover.

  60. Hi Brendan ,
    I am a Tanzanian born in Arusha and my schooling was for some years mostly in Kilimanjaro and currently residing in Dar es Salaam.
    I have traveled extensively all over Tanzania as well as other few countries in the world but I find Tanzania very beautiful and unique in a lot of things.
    In short I loved your article , it is a beautiful picture of part of Tanzania
    Did you by any chance visited the National parks and see wonders of the virgin land and the original animals of the world , the water bodies and it`s marine such the pink Flamingos of lake Natron ?I loved your article because you have a great sense of humor and such a strong positive thinking mind which I am sure it is going to be a big help for those travelers who always portray only negative things about certain countries
    Keep it up !!!1

    1that brought me to my senses and I could not imagine other humans who look for nothing but the negative images

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