PHOTO GALLERY- landscapes of Tanzania

 

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Stars & Palms, Lake Eyasi. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
Acacia Rainbow. Tarangire glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife
Acacia Rainbow. Tarangire National Park. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
Lake Eyasi glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife
Lake Eyasi. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
Ngorongoro Crater glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife mountain
Ngorongoro Crater. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Strong roots, parasite tree. Udzungwa. Boma Africa
Lake Natron. glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife salt
Lake Natron. Photo by Leesha Mafuru. Boma Africa
 Meru glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife mountain
Mt. Meru. Boma Africa
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The Boma, Ngorongoro Highlands. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
Ngorongoro crater Highlands Rift Valley glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife mountain
Crater Highlands Rift Valley Wall. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
Waterfalls Lake Natron. glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife mountain
Waterfalls Trekking. Lake Natron. Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
Oldoinyo Lengai glacier boma africa safari tanzania kilimanjaro wildlife mountain
View from Oldoinyo Lengai Photo by Andrew Knapp. Boma Africa
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Boma Africa at Oldoinyo Lengai. Photo by Inno Mafuru.

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Testimonial- Volunteers in Mto wa Mbu

Leesha and Lau coordinated an incredible experience for me and my friend to work a local hospital in karatu. We worked in the labor and delivery ward and greatly enhanced our skill set as birth doulas. It was the kind of experience that I would never have been able to coordinate on my own. True local insider access. They also kindly coordinated a safari on our last day with their awesome staff Patrick and Ossman. It felt like we were kickin it with good friends all day. Patrick was our driver and we spent a lot of time with him- he is now one of my dear dear friends. I’m so grateful for him and the love he has for his country. I always felt safe and well taken care of! We stayed across the street from Leesha’s at Mama’s house which was comfortable and hospitible with a beautiful family. I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. And I didn’t feel like I tourist which I greatly appreciated! I highly recommend organizing your travels in Tanzania through Boma.

10 things to know before climbing Kilimanjaro

  1. Choose your route
    • There are 6 routes on Kilimanjaro and the length of climbs ranges from 5 days to 9.  Some include camping at the crater rim, some have huts for sleeping, and some have a higher successful summit rate than others.  Click here to read more about the Kilimanjaro routes.
  2. Choose your outfitter (Boma Africa, obviously!)
    • There are many travel agents that sell the tours to a second hand outfitter “on the ground” in Tanzania or Kenya. It’s worth confirming who will be executing your climb so that you can have all the information on their safety standards and services provided.  www.bomaafrica.com
  3. Training
    • Being in good health and fitness is an asset when attempting to summit Kilimanjaro. Cardiovascular training, along with some climbing/ mountainous hiking can help to prepare you.  To reduce the risk of altitude sickness you can spend some time at higher altitude before your climb. You can do this by doing some hiking at home, or in and around Arusha.  Read more about preparing for your climb here!
  4. Break in  your boots
    • A good pair of boots is a must on Kilimanjaro. They should have good ankle support, water proof, and warm, and of course, be comfortable!  IF you are buying new boots for this epic adventure, make sure you break them in before you come. Nothing is worse than finishing off day 1 with a giant blister!
  5. Practice your day pack
    • Same as above- if you are getting a new day pack, break it in!  Practice putting in all the items you will be carrying for the day to make sure everything fits and you will be comfortable.  Typically you would carry rain gear, 3L of water, your lunch box, sunscreen, a hat, lipsyl, your camera, and extra layers of clothing, that either get peeled off or get put on as the day goes by.  What to expect on the mountain is explained in more detail here.
  6. Think about Medication
    • You may want to discuss with your physician to see if taking medication to help prevent altitude sickness is a good option for you. Also ask about other medications or vaccinations you might need for travel to Tanzania.
  7. Bring an SPF lipsyl
    • Make sure you bring a lipsyl with SPF!
  8. Remember “Pole Pole”- walk slowly!
    • Walking slowly will increase your chances of submitting successfully!  Conserve your energy and give your body time to adjust to changes in altitude.  This will be on the of the first Swahili words you will learn from your guides, Pole, pole- Slowly!
  9. Drink a sip of water every 10 minutes
    • Hydration is important in any physical endeavour, and dehydration can increase the risk of altitude sickness. Taking frequent small sips throughout your climb keeps you well hydrated and fit to climb to Uhuru peak!  To see your packing list, click here.
  10. Turn back if reccommended
    • Your guides are trained to recognize the signs of altitude sickness and fatigue. If they have concerns regarding your health they will recommend beginning to descend. While this can be very disappointing, it’s important to take their advice seriously.  Kilimanjaro is a friendly mountain, climbed by thousands, young and old, from around the world every year, but needs also to be taken seriously as altitude sickness can be a very serious health hazard.  More on safety here.

Questions?  Email us at info@bomaafrica.com

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Testimonial from Golden, BC

5 WEEKS WITH BOMA AFRICA IN TANZANIA

We were with Boma Africa for five weeks. They picked us up at the Arusha airport when we arrived, and we were taken care of from that point until we were dropped off at the Dar es Salaam airport on our departure. Our trip included safaris in Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Serengeti, and Ruaha; hiking to Lake Natron, the Empakai Crater and the farmlands around Lushoto; climbing Kilimanjaro; and ending on the beaches of Zanzibar; with many cultural tours in between.
In short, it was fantastic! We really want to congratulate Boma on an excellent product. We were super happy. The organization, logistics, and excellent client care throughout were great. The guides were excellent – professional, knowledgable, and had our safety as their first priority. It all worked out perfectly. Most importantly for us, there was no stress, as everything was so well managed. If we know of anyone planning a trip to Tanzania, we would recommend Boma Africa in a heart beat.

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Ngorongoro Highlands Trek

Specific feedback on the trip:
The itinerary worked really well for us. It was a good blend of game drives, cultural tours and information, and hiking. It was nicely broken up, and Kilimanjaro was a great interlude mid-trip
Guides: all were excellent. They were all professional and very well informed.
Chefs: amazing what they could do – especially on Kilimanjaro. We were very happy with the quality of food, and how much effort they put into our well being.
Lushoto – really cool place! We could have spent another day here, just to hike around.
Ruaha – super cool, really enjoyed our one night there.
Zanzibar was a really nice way to end the trip.

Canadian Midwives in Tanzania

I am personally volunteering with this program, featured on CTV news, in March to help facilitate emergency skills training sessions for rural midwives!

Boma Africa is also looking into being involved on the Tanzanian side of this project… there was a call for a Tanzanian NGO to support CUSO & TAMA. This would be a new type of project management for Boma Africa, but we are going to apply regardless and are hoping that having a Canadian midwife and a Tanzanian midwife who has been doing this type of outreach work for the last several years on our team will make our application successful!

Click below to watch the short news clip about the Midwives Save Lives program!

CTV NEWS- Canadian Midwives and CUSO in Tanzania

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Katie’s Sponsorship ongoing…. asante!

Asante Sana Wilson Family for your donation- Katie is excelling at the Mwalimu Anna school thanks to your scholarship.

Katie has been sponsored since pre school (originally by Mr. Jeremy) and has been fortunate to attend the awesome Mwalimu Anna school in Mto wa Mbu village. She loves school, and gets A’s.  Her grandpa gets up at 5 every day to get her ready for school. The school bus picks her up at 6 am and drops her off at home at 5 pm.  It’s  a long day but she thrives.  This is an english medium school where most instruction happens in English.

Katie- sponsorship- Boma Africa
Katie- sponsorship- Boma Africa