Blog/Blog 2017Monday November 13th, 2017

Tanzania, my vision

Here I am in Europe again. But I still have in my eyes, my ears all the colors and sounds of Tanzania where I spent the last 10 days. It has been a plunge in a totally different world and culture that we, westerners, often describe as “third world”. First of all Tanzania is a melting pot of languages, with the swahili as dominant language but the arabic widely spoken all over. Also people are mixed and matched pretty well providing with a mesmerizing photographic experience who wants to record all that on camera. I haven’t been in the most famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro parks, in the north. Rather I tried to discover a different Tanzania, less known and less crowded. So I discovered the Selous National Park home of a lot of giraffes and hippos among all the others, like crocs, elephants and so on. Then I headed south east, towards the coast, to stop at Kilwa Masoko to visit the island of Kilwa Kisiwani, once the center of the Kilwa Sultanate, a medieval sultanate whose authority at its height in the 13th-15th centuries AD stretched the entire length of the Swahili Coast. Kilwa Kisiwani has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and keeps the remains of its historical past. After that I flew to the little island of Pemba surrounded by turquoise waters and smaller islands with a lot of local taste. Down below, you’ll see a short sample of this trip.

Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam: Kivukoni Fish Market

 

Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam: Kivukoni Fish Market

 

Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam: Kivukoni Fish Market

 

Tanzania – Matapatapa, a quick stop along the route towards Kilwa

 

Tanzania – Matapatapa, a quick stop along the route towards Kilwa

 

Tanzania – scene in Kilwa Kivinje, on the eastern coast, south of Dar Es Salaam

 

Tanzania – family living near the salt pans in Kilwa Kivinje, on the eastern coast, south of Dar Es Salaam.

 

Tanzania – the island of Kilwa Kisiwani. The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain. Located on two islands close to each other just off the Tanzanian coast about 300km south of Dar es Salaam are the remains of two port cites, Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara. The larger, Kilwa Kisiwani, was occupied from the 9th to the 19th century and reached its peak of prosperity in the13th and 14th centuries. Here praying time

 

Tanzania – the island of Kilwa Kisiwani. The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain. Located on two islands close to each other just off the Tanzanian coast about 300km south of Dar es Salaam are the remains of two port cites, Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara. The larger, Kilwa Kisiwani, was occupied from the 9th to the 19th century and reached its peak of prosperity in the13th and 14th centuries. The fort

 

Tanzania – the island of Kilwa Kisiwani. The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain. Located on two islands close to each other just off the Tanzanian coast about 300km south of Dar es Salaam are the remains of two port cites, Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara. The larger, Kilwa Kisiwani, was occupied from the 9th to the 19th century and reached its peak of prosperity in the13th and 14th centuries. The fort

 

Tanzania – the island of Kilwa Kisiwani. The local coranic school, madrasa

 

Tanzania – the island of Kilwa Kisiwani. The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain. Located on two islands close to each other just off the Tanzanian coast about 300km south of Dar es Salaam are the remains of two port cites, Kilwa Kisiwani and Songo Mnara. The larger, Kilwa Kisiwani, was occupied from the 9th to the 19th century and reached its peak of prosperity in the13th and 14th centuries. The fort

 

Tanzania – the island of Kilwa Kisiwani. The local coranic school, medersa

 

Tanzania – life in the small village on the Jimbizi beach, in Kilwa Masoko

 

Tanzania – life in the small village on the Jimbizi beach, in Kilwa Masoko

 

Tanzania – Kilwa Masoko, the central market

 

Tanzania – life in the small village on the Jimbizi beach, in Kilwa Masoko. All ready to go out for a day of fishing right after the sunrise

 

Tanzania – life in the small village on the Jimbizi beach, in Kilwa Masoko, right after the sunrise

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – view over the island from above

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – image taken at the little island of Panza, located in front of Pemba, across the channel

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – image taken at the little island of Panza, located in front of Pemba, across the channel

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – image taken at the little island of Panza, located in front of Pemba, across the channel

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – sandbank next to the southern tip of Pemba, across the Emerald Bay lodge

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – discovering the waters surrounding the southern tip of Pemba

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – discovering the waters surrounding the southern tip of Pemba

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – image taken at the little island of Panza, located in front of Pemba, across the channel

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – sandbank next to the southern tip of Pemba, across the Emerald Bay lodge. The only way to go is by boat, in this case with a local dhoni

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – view from the Emerald Bay lodge

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – scene in the village of Chokocho, in the south

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – street scene along the main road from Chokocho towards the north and the capital, Chake Chake

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – local bus at a crossroad near Chokocho

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – breadfruit tree and fruit. Albero del pane

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – street scene in a village in the Chokocho valley

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – enjoy the last rays of sun in Mkoani, south east Pemba

 

Tanzania, Pemba island – Pemba is wellknown for its clove industry, and this distillery is where the clove stems are turned into essential oil. It’s operated by the Zanzibar State Trading Corporation (ZSTC) and also here on occasion are cinnamon leaves, eucalyptus leaves, lemongrass and sweet basil. The distillery is in the suburb of Machomane, about 1km north of the town centre, east of the main road

 

Tanzania – from inside the car

 

Tanzania – a village on the way to Selous National Park located along the Rufiji river

 

Tanzania – a village on the way to Selous National Park located along the Rufiji river

 

Tanzania – life in a village along the road to Selous National Park

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park

 

Tanzania – a school in the area of Selous National Park

 

Tanzania – street life on the dirt road approaching the Selous National Park

 

Tanzania – street life on the dirt road approaching the Selous National Park

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park, lake Manze

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park, safari

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park, Masai man watching the rain and the end of the dry season

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park, Masai

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park, Masai

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park, Masai

 

Tanzania – Selous National Park, life in and out lake Manze

 

Tanzania, Zanzibar island – Stone town, the historical city

 

Tanzania, Zanzibar island – Stone town, the historical city

 

Tanzania, Zanzibar island – Stone town, the historical city

 

Tanzania, Zanzibar island – Stone town, the historical city

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