Exploring the local area

24th September 2014

Farmer feeds his pigs

Monday was our day off and we chose different ways to explore this part of the country and find out more about this beautiful, friendly place. Adam and I set off to explore the area around field base.

We went to see if we could find our way to the top of a nearby mountain, part of the Uluguru Range. First of all, we had to wind our way through the maze of dusty roads and tracks, being greeted at almost every house by the wonderful local people who came out to see us, calling out "Karibu" (welcome), and pointing us in the right direction. A group of men playing cards offered us a seat; a man showed us a ruby he had just unearthed; elegant women passed us carrying water on their heads (no hands, and not a drop spilt!), and one family insisted that we come with them to see their prized pigs. Children laughed as they shouted "Mzungu" - a Bantu word for "European", which ironically translates literally as "aimless wanderer"!

Farmer feeds his pigs

(Photo taken by Clare)

After a steep, hot walk to the top, we had a wonderful view, and really appreciated how fit the local farmers are who walk up and down the mountains every day tending to their crops.

Looking out from summit in Uluguru Mountains

(Photo taken by Clare)

It's back to work for us all with a fury now - packing boxes, ordering food, checking tents, printing forms, planning training - all in readiness for the next lot of volunteer managers who arrive tomorrow. I'll let you know when they have safely arrived. Until then...

Tutaonane! - See you soon!