Today is my last day in Kondoa and I wanted to take it all in one last time before I leave tomorrow.
Kondoa Cultural Tourism Enterprise is a local Tanzanian community led business that focus on water, education and employment. We connect a unique and growing breed of eco-culture travellers with community-led environmental programs with the goal of creating jobs, building wells and funding micro businesses. Through lasting global and village relationships, KCTE also actively partners with like minded organizations especially those with a mandate and vision around water projects which is the centre stone of our strategy. We are building programs, that are not just great tours, but that also benefit local people and businesses. We are integrating these projects into our selling proposition and building a sustainable and responsible tourism model. We believe that as a collective group of travellers we can change the world. Visit the site.
In April, 2015 Lara went to Tanzania to meet Moshi and the team who would become involved in building the environmental arm of the company. We also developed and implemented the projects that would be available. You can read about the day to day activities and the process that went into developing these cultural tours.
I’m never sure entirely where I am going. I know which village we are going to but I never quite know what to expect once I get there.
Most mornings I wake up and think “What the hell am I doing here?” I came with the idea that I would start a safari company.
I’m not really sure how to process today so I am just going to write about the events in order and think about them tomorrow.
We headed out early in the morning to buy fruit trees for Cheku. Negotiations are beyond me here and I just watch.
My feet hurt. I mean really hurt. Not just like a little tired but blistered and red and achy. The day usually starts out simple.
If I could only use one word to describe today it would be stuck (Kukwama). We started the day early with a rented car.
One of the biggest challenges that I have here is communication, not just that I don’t know the language but I don’t really know what to ask for.
I just ate an entire plate of anchovies. Yes tiny little dried fish. Actually “I think” they were anchovies.
I spend a lot of time at the hotel which is kind of like staying at someone’s house so I sit and hang out like everybody else.
Language is what connects us together but it’s also what makes it nerve wracking to be in another country if you can’t speak it.
I was nervous with the bus because it had been raining a little bit so I was worried the roads would be too wet.
This morning I met Moshi at the phone store to get a sim card and then we headed off to the Tanzania tourist board to meet someone he has been working with for many years.
I had been traveling for over 21/2 days without sleeping so was worried I would just keel over on my arrival.
It’s always a bit hairy getting ready for a big trip and if you are anything like me you do things either WAY in advance OR VERY last minute, nothing in between.