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Photo of the Week: Boat Building the Traditional Way in Malawi

  • Kate Webb (photo and text)
  • 17 August 2012

Local fishermen on the Lake Malawi use traditional methods to build wonderful wooden fishing boats that can last for over 25 years. One boat builder, Joseph, has also engaged in community development and environmental protection.

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The Historic Archipelago of Zanzibar Shares Indian Ocean Spice with whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 27 July 2012

The name Zanzibar triggers images of isolated, sandy beaches and a desire for the caress of warm, exotic breezes. An archipelago of islands 25 to 50 kilometres from the East African mainland country of Tanzania, Zanzibar has for centuries been a prime location for the global export of the spices at the heart of its economy.

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African Rain: Still a Super Safari, With or Without It

  • Francesco Pierre-Nina
  • 24 July 2012

So many of this season’s drives have been spectacular, if not simply stunning, both in dry and wet conditions. One damp morning, after riveting rain and hailstorms pounded us, we took off blind in thick fog. We bundubashed out of camp to see if we could locate three particular cheetahs, although given the conditions we may have been happier snug in bed. No way. Not after what we saw!

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The Top Six Things to Do in Seychelles

  • Africa.com
  • 11 July 2012

The island nation of Seychelles, located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, is known for its remarkable beauty and breathtaking beaches. The country’s small population and incredible geography and climate makes it one of the most idyllic tourist spots in all of Africa. Seychelles boasts a long and unique history that has been influenced by African, Arab, Asian and European cultures.

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Short-Term Voluntours – Can You Really Make A Difference?

  • Leanne Haigh, Acacia Africa
  • 6 July 2012

Voluntourism has generated a growing feel-good factor to travel by creating opportunities for the everyday traveller and not just the career-minded charity worker. But the question remains: Can you make a difference when you’re a short-term tourist? Although the debate appears to be ongoing, it’s not essential to be on a three-month sabbatical if you want to give something back.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part IV: The Maktaba Project & The New Tanzanian Community Library Association

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 30 May 2012

In a country where development can be frustratingly slow and good intention can be easily derailed by miscommunications, cultural differences and logistical setbacks, what does one do when one finds a program that works? Replicate it! In 2006, at age 69, Judith Smith, founder of the U.S.-based Crawford-Smith Foundation, traveled to Tanzania, met Deb Kelly and got hooked on community library projects.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part III: “What a Difference a Library Makes”

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 2 May 2012

In the United States, $15,000 may buy you a family vacation of sorts or maybe even a half-year’s tuition at a state university, but in Tanzania, it covers the entire annual budget for the Jifundishe Free Library in Ngongongare Village in the Arusha District of northern Tanzania. Jifundishe is one of a handful of free, independent community libraries in the entire country and now the model for a new community library initiative taking place across the country.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Mozambique

  • Africa.com
  • 16 April 2012

Often described as one of Africa’s last frontiers, Mozambique, a large country in the southeastern part of the continent, is among the most variegated places in the world. The population is just as diverse, reflecting the indigenous African tribes who first settled there, the Arab seafarers who traded along the coast for centuries, and, finally, the Portuguese colonists.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part II: Deb Kelly and the Jifundishe Free Library

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 2 April 2012

Nestled in the remote rural village of Ngongongare in the Arusha District of Northern Tanzania, on a 2.7-acre plot with views of both Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Jifundishe Free Library is home to more than 5,000 books; textbooks for every subject through primary, secondary and university; six new laptop computers that provide free Internet service; and assorted newspapers and magazines.

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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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