The Rift Valley Experience, Tanzania

masai men

We love the people of Tanzania. So far, we have visited a Masai village where we were greeted with traditional song and dance. Just as the dance was ending, one of the young men had to stop and answer his cell phone. Old meets new. We were also able to meet Daniel, an elder of the Iraqw tribe who described his people and how they live. Daniel was remarkable in that he could recite not only every state in the US, but could also name each state’s capitol and the US Senators. I was blown away.

We have made our way across the Great Rift Valley, visiting Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater. We have seen zebras, giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos, impala, gazelles, waterbuck, and…lions. Ephata was desperate to make sure Jim got to see lions. We did not see leopards, so will have to come back again. We stayed last night in Arusha at a hotel set in the midst of 26 acres of coffee plants (working coffee plantation). You gotta love the first person who decided it would be a good idea to dry the coffee berries, husk them, roast the beans inside, grind them, pour boiling water over all and drink it. Needless to say, we are drinking great coffee every day.

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