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The Top Five Things to Do in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Africa.com
  • 19 March 2012

The economic centre, largest city and former capital of Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam, is rich in culture, heritage, history and sightseeing. It is a starting point for many visitors making their way to other large attractions in Tanzania, such as the coastal islands or inland safaris, but there is also a lot to see and do in this town.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania: Part I

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 5 March 2012

Over the course of our lifetimes, there are few activities on which we will spend more time than reading. Now imagine a world where there are few, if any, written words… and welcome to Ngongongare Village in the Arusha District of northern Tanzania. Today, though, a new initiative called the Maktaba Project (“library” in Swahili) is working on building a network of libraries in six rural communities over the next 10 years.

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Global Basecamps Ilkurot Village Community Projects Promote Education for Maasai Children in Tanzania

  • Ali Dempsey
  • 3 February 2012

Global Basecamps, in collaboration with Maasai Wanderings, contributes to a variety of ecotourism and community outreach programs in Tanzania. In 2004, Maasai Wanderings visited a Maasai village called Ilkurot (which means “dusty place”) just north of Arusha, and saw that the schools were in desperate need of supplies and repairs, and there was no nursery school.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of the Year 2011

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 January 2012

It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. And with it the grace of another 44 incredible Photos of the Week. We are nevertheless once again proud to present our Photos of the Year – the travel pictures of the year 2011 that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of expert external judges. Unlike our Photo of the Year 2010, this year, we had a tie for first place.

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Photo of the Week: Cheetahs Posing, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Ward Graham (Photo) Shafina Bandali (Text)
  • 19 June 2011

This photograph flawlessly captures two cheetahs standing ready and vigilant in the rays of another remarkable day in Tanzania. Distinctively the fastest moving land mammal, these incredible cats are capable of achieving speeds in excess of 70 mph (110 kph) in pursuit of prey.

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Holidays, Celebrations and Festivals in Tanzania

  • Shafina Bandali
  • 14 December 2010

The multicultural country of Tanzania is home to an incredible range of tribes and religions. Due to this mixing and mingling of cultures – the majority of the population is Muslim, followed by Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other local tribes – there is no shortage of exciting holidays, a diversity of festivities in which everyone takes real pride. Tanzanians respect each other’s religious differences and enjoy a few notable celebrations, including Eid ul-Fitr, Christmas, Navratri and Diwali.

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Top Five Picks for Volunteer Holidays

  • whl.travel
  • 15 November 2010

For whl.travel, a company dedicated to improving the travel experience and the ethical standards of tourism from the bottom up and for everyone involved, it is hardly surprising that many local partners are actively involved in voluntourism initiatives. Here we spotlight a few whl.travel destinations that encourage travellers to get involved in local projects with the promise of a true cultural experience and exchange.

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Autumn Activities: Getting a High from the Low Season

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 9 September 2010

As summer takes its final bow (or winter, depending on which end of the planet you’re standing), it’s easy to think of the months ahead as a bit of a barren travel wasteland. Please don’t! Not only are off-season holidays far from the madding crowd more relaxed and easier on the wallet, but they take advantage of milder temperatures for outdoor pursuits that can be not all that fun when it’s just too darn hot… or cold! Here we put the ‘off’ season myth to bed with a selection of what to do and where after summer’s curtain call.

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Hanging with the Literati and Glitterati of the Literary and Film Festival Circuit

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 24 July 2010

These are golden times for cinephiles and bibliophiles. Bookworms and movie buffs can now check out the latest cinematic and literary offerings in the most unexpected corners of the globe. And if you imagine literary festivals as gatherings of fusty old intellectuals spouting arcane references to James Joyce, think again! They are fast outshining movie festivals as the places to be seen if you’re hip, happening and brainy to boot.

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The Tour d’Afrique – A Trans-African Adventure on Two Wheels

  • Brian Hoeniger
  • 13 May 2010

The Tour d’Afrique is an annual transcontinental bicycling odyssey that starts at the pyramids near Cairo, Egypt, in January, and then traverses 10 countries and every kind of road surface imaginable before spinning into Cape Town, South Africa, some four months and 11,800 kilometres later. It attracts nomadic souls and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, from triathletes to retirees.

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