Author: Asha Tanna
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A male chimp in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda photo ©Asha Tanna 2012

Dynamite Fishing Dar es Salaam

July 13, 2015

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Dynamite fishing is big business here. Despite the authorities knowing about this issue, there appears to be little done to stop or mitigate against this activity. The fishermen, I am told, are all “protected” by well connected boat people.   I wasn’t going to be able to do a proper story on this without causing some […]

Zanibar and the island of Pemba

July 11, 2015

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It took roughly four days for me and BQ to recover from our Mount Kilimanjaro hike. I’m not talking about sore muscles or knees….I’m talking about the hidden pitfalls of climbing at altitude: water retention; bloatedness, irregular digestion, constipation, body clock off, wind (yes flatulence and burping) – everything the guide books leave out. The […]

The seven day challenge – Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

July 5, 2015

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The morning we were picked up from Arusha to begin our epic hike I was nervous. The thought of doing something so far outside of my comfort zone was both terrifying and exciting. My stomach was flipping somersaults. BQ was chomping at the bit, she just wanted to hit the road and get started……NOW!!     […]

Moshi

July 3, 2015

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Moshi lies around an hour outside of Arusha. After breakfast BQ and I decided to take a local bus for $1 each way instead of hiring a private taxi for $100. It took half an hour for the bus to fill up and an hour and half to get to the town. Squashed into a […]

Stalking…..or rather Keep Track

June 26, 2015

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Thanks to everyone who has sent messages of good luck. We have had our brief this evening and this time tomorrow we will be sat around a fire eating hot soup before getting ready for bed in our tents. We are expecting to gain 400m following a 5km walk. Our guide is called Athumani and […]

Mount Kilimanjaro

June 25, 2015

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Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak (5895m). It is an ice-capped dormant volcano and I have signed up to hike it starting on Saturday.       My Irish friend BQ is flying into Tanzania today to join me. She is a personal trainer in her spare time and is also half fish. So post Kilimanjaro […]

Mwanza

June 24, 2015

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Mwanza lies on the southeastern coast of Lake Victoria. It has been heralded as one of Africa’s fastest growing cities. My first impressions are hectic, grimy and full of hustlers.       As I headed down to the ferries the hawkers came like vultures. Trailing me, speaking in pigeon English and throwing Swahili phrases at […]

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