Monday, August 22, 2011

From Coco Beach to Matema Beach

What a month this has been for us three people on the LCCT program. We have visited a number of amazing places in Tanzania, starting with Dar es Salaam. On the left we are seen at Coco Beach, a famous spot in Dar es Salaam.

Coco Beach attracts large numbers of people eager to escape the hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam, even though this is a part of Dar es Salaam. Here, for a few hours, they can relax, play, and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze.

After two days in Dar es Salaam, we headed inland, to Iringa. There we stayed several days, visiting the city and its environs.

We also spent two memorable days in the Ruaha National Park, witnessing the great abundance of animal and bird species, some endemic to this Park. Elephants, giraffes, kudu, crocodiles, hippos, gazelles and other animals roam everywhere. You spend the night wondering what animals those are that are howling, screeching, or fighting outside your tent. Lions, which are difficult to see in other parks, abound in Ruaha National Park.

Then we were on our way again. We went to Njombe where we spent a night, in the hotel shown on the left.

On the following day, we were on our way to Mbeya. We stayed two nights.

On August 20th, we headed to Matema Beach. This is a place I had written about, eager to visit.

With its sun drenched beach, sparkling lake water and friendly, laid back locals, Matema Beach feels like paradise. It is, surely, one of Tanzania's hidden treasures.

Matema Beach reminded me of Mbamba Bay, further south on this same lake shore. I have written about Mbamba Bay, both in English and in Swahili.

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