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E-bikes starting a quiet revolution
Why it pays to be SMART Precision Air helping boxing spread its wings
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31 TANZANIA’S BEST BIRDS
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Greetings! Welcome aboard Precision Air and thank you for choosing to fly with us. On behalf of our team, I would like to all our esteemed passengers for their continued support and patronage. I’d like to share some updates on our business development. We have continued to see improvement in the market as the world is recovering from the covid pandemic. Our passenger numbers have been growing steadily with our operations and revenue generation at 54 per cent of pre-Covid operations. With all the world’s efforts to fight the pandemic we believe that soon business will return to normal. Tanzania continues to be a safe place to travel to as our government organises covid vaccination across the country. I have led my team to vaccinate and up to now about 70 per cent of our front office, cabin and cockpit crew have had the injections with the ultimate target being to vaccinate all staff. At Precision Air safety is the number one priority and we will do everything in our capability to keep you safe as you enjoy travelling with us. In June this year we celebrated out first Training Centre graduation, which saw our first class of 19 students graduate from their Initial Cabin Crew Course. They are now ready to be employed in aviation and other hospitality sectors. We are excited to achieve this milestone and are looking forward to celebrate more graduations from different courses. Also worth celebrating is the recent signing of a leasing agreement with Zela Aviation. This contingency strategy was put in place for the tough times of Covid-19 and low seasons to ensure we make the maximum use of our fleet. Zela is a reputable aviation company based in Greece and we look forward to a fruitful partnership with them. We have also introduced a new product, Dunduliza Fare, which allows customers to make a partial payment for their ticket with an initial deposit of just Tsh 50,000. The programme is ideal for the early planning of holiday vacations, student travels and business trips. Visit our sales offices or call our contact centre to book or find out more about this service. Don’t hesitate to share your feedback about our services through email@example.com
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Precision Air celebrates its first graduates from new training centre In June, the first students from our new airport training centre graduated. The young Tanzanians completed their cabin crew initial course and are now ready to enter the aviation industry with the knowledge they need. The training centre, which is approved by the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, is located at Precision Air headquarters in Dar es Salaam. More cabin crew courses are to come along with training in crew resource management, aviation safety management, transportation of dangerous goods, aviation security and aircraft weight and balance. For more details, visit precisionairtz.com or call +255 746 984 100 / +255 784 108 800
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Celebrating our marathon Olympic heroes Tanzania may have had only a handful of track and field athletes that made it to the Tokyo Olympics in July, but they did the country proud. All the Tanzanian presence was in the marathon, one of the Olympics’ toughest sports. In the men’s event Alphonce Felix Simbu came in seventh while Failuna Matanga finished in 24th place in the women’s race. Tanzania men's champion and national record holder Gabriel Gerald Geay unfortunately fell victim to the heat and humidity of the host city and had to withdraw.
Grab your glowsticks The Be-Spirit Music Festival at Stone Town, Zanzibar’s Old Fort promises to be out of this world. Visitors to the dance music event on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25, are actively encouraged by the organisers to dress up in space and alien costumes. More than 35 DJs, both international and local, will keep the techno and house music going while there are plenty of family-friendly activities during the day. For more information, visit bespiritfest.com
heads jazz and folk fusion festival Siti Muruham, the award-winning singer and grand-daughter of taarab legend Siti Binti Saad, is among the headliners at the first Mashariki Jazz and Folk Music Festival. The inaugural event will be held on October 2 at the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar Island and the line-up of international acts will include Ugandans Lily Kadima and Sandra Nankoma and Fahhilee Hulya from Kenya. Advance tickets are available for up to 80 per cent discount on prices on the day. Visit masharikijazz.co.tz
Natural beauty Zen Organics is a Tanzanian-owned skincare range that packs its products with locally sourced natural beauty-boosting ingredients. We especially love its Turmeric and Seaweed soap, which not only smells great and feels good going on, but with continued use helps even out skin tone, brighten skin, remove dark spots and heal scar. The price is TSH 10,000 for a bar. Find it @zenorganics on Instagram www.precisionairtz.com
Standing out in camouflage
Images courtesy of Thandiwe-Muriu
Thandiwe Muriu’s Camo collection is a blaze of colour and camera trickery that celebrates African beauty and innovation. Here the Kenyan photographer reveals how the six-year project has helped her shape her personal vision as well as her love of her country.
hen Thandiwe Muriu was
funky fabrics and gives the models
a teenager she would
traditional hairstyles with a modern
stage her own photo
twist to present a vivacious picture of
shoots at the family home in Nairobi
using a Nikon D80 digital camera
“Camo is my love letter to Africa. I
borrowed from her dad and her
wanted to celebrate the things around
fashion-obsessed older sister as
me. We have a strong culture here
a very willing model. Not having
and exploring it for the Camo images
much money, Thandiwe had to
has made me fall in love with it even
improvise, using kitchen foil as a
more. I am exploring our history, but
reflector to provide flattering ‘fill
giving it a modern face lift.”
light’ for the portraits. That intrinsically Kenyan resource-
'Colour is in my DNA'
fulness is still evident in the latest
Key to the impact of the images
work by Thandiwe – now an award-
is Thandiwe’s bold use of colour.
winning photographer who shoots
Speaking to me via video call from
for some of the biggest brands,
her home office, she says: “Colour is
agencies and publications in Africa. In
in my DNA.” The statement seems
but heavy,” Thandiwe says. Camo is
Camo – a collection of photographs
momentarily incongruous given the
short for camouflage and, depending
Thandiwe has been adding to since
neutral colour palette on the walls and
on how you look at the images, the
2015 – her dark-skinned models are
Thandiwe’s stylish, yet muted attire,
models are either breaking out of the
accessorised with everyday items
but the colour comes through in her
background or being swallowed up
such as soft drink cans, plastic tea
vision of Africa. “I want to show people
by it. The dichotomy is deliberate.
strainers, bottle tops, combs, straws
the magic I see,” she says.
and mirrors. It’s an innovative use of
Camouflage on camera Thandiwe Muriu with her work
software until they fool the eye into seeing three dimensions, Camo has hidden depths. “I like to describe Camo as light,
“Africa is not perfect. It’s very
So she trawls the most “dark and
patriarchal,” Thandiwe says. “It’s a
everyday items that Thandiwe sees on
cramped” corners of markets in
commentary on how many times
the streets of Nairobi every day and
Nairobi to find the fabric with the
we can lose ourselves in our culture
wanted to celebrate.
sense of vibrant energy she’s after,
and yet there are such unique things
gets her hairstylist to create amaz-
about every individual. It’s a little
ing asymmetric cuts or hoops of
ironic – I want my models to blend
“Here in Kenya it’s normal to use one
braided hair and tops the look off
thing for 10 different purposes,” she
with goggles with each made from
says. “You have to make things work. I
a crushed Coca Cola can or glasses
Thandiwe knows what it is like to
love the fact that people here will buy
with frames made from connected
feel invisible as a young woman trying
plastic hand mirrors and use them to
to make a name for herself in the
The Camo images contain layers of meaning
into the background even as they stand out.”
decorate their clothes or stick them
The images are playful, but as
male-dominated world of photogra-
on their bikes to act as wing mirrors.”
with the fabric motifs in the back-
phy. “I can remember walking onto a
ground that Thandiwe manipulates
set and if my assistant was male, he
and repeats using photo editing
would be approached as if he was the
Thandiwe pairs these quirky touches with a background of
photographer and not me,” she says. When the photography assign-
While this meant learning practical skills such as changing a car tyre,
ments first started coming in,
fixing devices around the house and
Thandiwe was still in her teens. The
understanding computers, Thandiwe’s
portraits she took of her sister and
parents also encouraged more
posted on Facebook just for fun
creative pursuits. “Dad has a deep
started attracting the interest of
appreciation of music and my mum
clients asking how much she charged
has an art degree so she has a deep
for her photography work. Soon
feeling for the arts,” she says.
brands started reaching out and an agent came calling. Thandiwe had felt an immediate
My father told me ‘You know you love photography. This is your calling, you should go and do it' camera, it was Thandiwe that took to
Photography connection Her older sister proved a talented
Innovation Model wearing glasses made from multi-coloured drinking straws
it straight away. “It was instant chemistry,” she says.
affinity for photography from the
artist and another sister began show-
moment her father let her use his
ing the musical skills that would lead
camera at age 14. Her parents raised
her to become a classical pianist, yet
four children, all daughters, and her
Thandiwe struggled to find her artistic
father – a bishop who studied science
outlet. “I have no idea how to draw,”
countless tuition videos on YouTube
at university and who she describes
and by the time Thandiwe had started
as a “liberal thinker” – was keen
However, when her keen amateur
“I like to say my father put a camera in my hand and I’ve never let go of it since.” She honed her skills by watching
a degree in marketing at the United
they were all brought up as strong,
photographer father encouraged all
States International University in
four daughters to try out his digital
Nairobi, she was running a successful
Images courtesy of Thandiwe-Muriu
side hustle as a commercial photographer with regular work at events.
She and her older sister would pore
embody how much she loves her
over the pages of Vogue magazine
country and will keep adding to the
An excellent student, Thandiwe
and the photographer in Thandiwe
collection. She also still loves Vogue
was inundated with “incredible” job
would wonder “how did they make
magazine, but if the offer of a cover
offers outside of photography once
them look like that?” However, in
shoot arrived, “I would do it my way,”
she graduated. There were plenty of
adulthood Thandiwe began to realise
people telling her that the creative
that the pictures rarely featured girls
sector was a desperate career option
that looked like her and it played into
in Kenya. “Here a career in the arts is
insecurities about her appearance.
a Plan B. If you are an artist, people
“I have had struggles with my looks
think your Plan A must have failed,”
over the years. I went through periods
of hating my hair, hating my features.
However, that didn’t include Thandiwe’s father. “He told me ‘You know you love photography. This is
Part of that was not seeing someone like myself in those pictures.”
your calling, you should go and do it,’”
Camo was created as a celebration of
Thandiwe’s decision to pursue
African, even tribal beauty. Thandiwe
photography full-time was also
deliberately chose dark-skinned
swayed by what she calls “an awaken-
models, including one with a promi-
ing” in Kenya at that time. She counts
nent gap between her two front teeth
herself lucky that as she approached
– considered a staple of attractiveness
her graduation there was a growing
by Kikuyus in Kenya. “I want a young
community of creatives in the country
African girl to be able to look and my
following their passion and making a
work and say ‘That’s me,’” she says.
living out of it. Their number included
With Camo being such a personal
photographers Osborne Macharia and
work, the widespread acclaim it has
Mutua Matheka, who saw the promise
met me has been especially satisfying.
in Thandiwe and supported her.
Photographs from the collection
have been displayed at the Alliance Française centre in Nairobi and this
Osborne – a self-taught Kenyan
year’s solo exhibition at the 193
commercial photographer and digital
Gallery in Paris has gained global
artist whose work focuses on themes
of Afrofuturism in culture and identity
“Camo has been so well received,”
– was also key in encouraging more
she says. “It’s now become what I’m
personal themes to come through in
most known for.”
Thandiwe’s work. While she was enjoying commer-
Thandiwe is now a leading light in Kenya’s creative sector and, just as
cial photography and the creative
online tutorials formed the building
challenge of “shooting someone else’s
blocks of her photographic journey,
vision”, there was a nagging feeling
she now has her own YouTube
that Thandiwe was not being true to
channel to share her skills with a new
her own experiences. These doubts
generation coming through. There
were compounded by a growing
are “great creatives out there to be
unease with the images in the fashion
discovered in Kenya,” she says.
magazines that so enchanted her as a young teen.
Colourful Thandiwe scours Nairobi for powerful fabrics to use as background to her Camo images
Camo is far from finished. Thandiwe is still inspired to find new ways to
Thandiwe Muriu’s most popular video tutorials The photographer offers a range of tips on technique, equipment and photo editing. Here are the five most watched. Visit youtube.com
1 Memory cards CF vs SD 2 Good first time gear for a photographer
3 Shooting in bright light 4 How to focus your camera 5 Shooting in tight spaces www.precisionairtz.com
E-bikes in Karura Forest
E-bikes starting a quiet revolution in
Karura Forest Reserve
The Karura Forest Reserve has long been a vital ‘green lung’ in Nairobi and now it is at the heart of another eco-friendly movement in the city with the introduction of electric motorcycles as transport for its team of rangers. It is hoped the fleet will lead a shift towards emission-free transport to combat air pollution and climate change in Kenya’s traffic-clogged capital.
ime was when the tell-tale
countries in combatting air pollution.
engine roar of a ranger’s
Kenya received 99 of the bikes, which
motorbike was as much a part
were split between Kenya Power and
of the Karura Forest Reserve’s unique
Lighting company, Power Hive, Kisumu
soundscape as the gruff morning
County and Karura.
calls of the black and white colobus
The environmentally friendly
monkeys that call this biodiverse
transport is fitting for the reserve, which
woodland their home. However,
is the largest green space in the city
thanks to the recent donation of a
and provides Nairobians with a serene
fleet of electronic bikes, the rangers
natural environment to explore in sharp
now patrol the park noise and
contrast to the fume-choked roads that
The gift is part of a global initiative
Karura attracts more than 400,000
by the United Nations Environment
visitors each year and with 50 km of
Programme (UNEP) to support
trails to hike, run or cycle while taking in www.precisionairtz.com
E-bikes in Karura Forest
its oxygen-rich air, it plays an impor-
here with the noxious fumes the previ-
tant role in boosting the physical and
ous diesel-fuelled fleet of motorbikes
mental health of the city’s inhabitants.
emitted will hopefully present a model
Rangers ensure these trails along
for a future of cleaner air in Nairobi.
with the park’s other attractions such
While the urban forest of Karura is a
UNEP is launching a robust fight against air pollution and energy conservation by unveiling the electric motorcycles
as its 20-metre waterfall, prehistoric
crucial ‘carbon sink’ in Nairobi, purify-
caves, education centre and cafe are
ing the air of carbon dioxide and
well maintained. The team is also
other gases, UNEP realises the 700,000
trained to protect and encourage
or so vehicles on the capital’s streets
motorcycles. If this is not a revolution,
the biodiversity of flora and fauna at
that emit these pollutants have to
kindly tell me what it is.”
Karura. The woodlands are home to a
huge variety of indigenous plants and
In Kenya, the boda boda – motorcycles commonly used as taxis – is
trees, 200 bird species, including hawk
Battling air pollution
and Africa crowned eagles, owls,
The Governor of Kisumu County
butterflies and those monkeys.
Professor Peter Ayang’ Nyong’o sees
ubiquitous. In 2018 it is estimated an
the e-bike initiative as potentially
Haven Karura Forest Reserve is home to many butterfly species
extra 1.5 million of them were registered for use here, a figure anticipated to reach 5 million by 2030. They may
transformative. At the launch event,
represent cheap public transport,
With the reserve sprawling across
he said: “An average motorcycle is
but most of them are dated and lack
2,570 acres of woodlands, the e-bikes
ten times more polluting for the air
vehicle emissions standards. Running
will be an essential mode of transport
per mile than a passenger car or light
on fossil fuels, fumes from these
for the rangers. That the team will now
truck. UNEP is launching a robust
vehicles drive climate change and
be able to make their patrols without
fight against air pollution and energy
fill the air with pollutants hazardous
contaminating the precious ecosystem
conservation by unveiling the electric
The transformation of Karura Forest To see Karura Forest Reserve today packed with families enjoying picnics, local pupils on school trips learning about the natural heritage on their doorstep and revellers enjoying lavish wedding parties it is hard to believe the area used to be one of Nairobi’s most notorious no-go zones. In the 1980s and 90s the park was unfenced and unmonitored with its dense woodland camouflaging a number of illicit activities, including the brewing of illegal liquor chang’aa, felling trees for firewood, animal poaching and burglars evading police and dividing their stash after their latest home raid. For a time it seemed Karura would be left to the mercy of
land developers that sought to carve the forest up for housing projects, but its cause was taken up environmental campaigner Wangari Maathai. Her Green Belt Movement had already had success saving downtown Nairobi’s Uhuru Park and she was able to make a passionate case for the protection of Karura that caught the support of the public. Maathai’s heroic efforts spurred mass action for reforestation not just in Kenya, but across Africa and she would go to become the continent’s first woman recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. She paved the way for visionary developments in Kenya such as the establishment of
Community Forest Associations (CFA) that involved the public in their local green spaces. In 2009, the Friends of Karura Forest CFA was set up and with the support of the Kenya Forest Service has been able to return Karura to being a functioning natural ecosystem reforested with 100 per cent indigenous species. Its Karura, Gitathuru and Ruaka rivers support groves of native bamboo and small wetlands. Nairobians now feel invested in the park and make great use of it. Of the 400,000 visitors Karura receives each year, around three quarters of them are locals. From a place to avoid, Karura has become one of the best-loved recreational destinations in the city.
“Kenya is importing more
The 99 bikes were provided by
motorcycles than cars, doubling its
Shenzhen Shenling Car Company
fleet every seven to eight years. These
Limited (TAILG) and the Karura rang-
are generally inefficient and poorly
ers – along with the other Kenyan
maintained polluting motorcycles,”
recipients – will have use of them for
said Joyce Msuya, UNEP Deputy
between six and 12 months.
Executive Director. “Kenya’s electricity
We’ll leave the last word with
is very green in 2019 with more than
the rangers themselves, who seem
80 per cent was generated by hydro,
delighted with their silent and
solar, geothermal, and wind. Shifting
sustainable new transport. John
to electric bikes in Kenya, Rwanda,
Chege, infrastructure coordinator
Uganda and elsewhere will reduce
from Friends of Karura Forest, said:
costs, air pollution and Greenhouse
“In my restoration work, the bike will
Gas Emissions, as well as create jobs.”
help me move swiftly through the
Karura Forest Reserve top attractions The Karura waterfall Among the park’s network of signposted trails is one that leads to this beautiful 20-metre waterfall.
Jogging trails 5km, 10km and 15km running trails are marked along the forest paths
vast forest in a very short period. At
first, I was nervous about having to
More than 350 bird species have been recorded in the Karura Forest. There are great sightings to be had all-year round, but from November to April numbers are buoyed by the arrival of migrants from Europe and North Africa.
The UNEP-backed e-bike pilot
charge it, but now I got used to it.
scheme is funded by the German
Since it is fast and emits no noise and
Ministry for the Environment and
air pollution like the diesel motor,
based on a study implemented by
they allow us to provide better
the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory
security in the forest and tackle one
Authority, the University of Nairobi
of Nairobi’s worst environmental
and Sustainable Transport Africa.
Play Tennis Courts at the KFEET Centre grounds can be hired from 7am to 5pm. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0791 398371.
Karura attractions Visitors will find waterfalls and plenty of trails to walk or cycle
Visitors to Karura Forest can now hire a sturdy multi-speed trail bike to use on designated forest trails. There are rental points at Gate A (Limuru Road) or Gate D (off ICRAF Road), Gate C off Kiambu Road and Gate F off Thigiri Ridge Road.
Walk your dog There is a designated dog-walking path. All dogs must be kept on a leash, except in sign posted-areas.
Take an Eco Tour Trained guides lead these new tours that explore the forest’s ecology, wildlife, geology, history and culture. All tours start at Gate A. Visit friendsofkarura.org for schedules. Information provided by The Friends of Karura Forest
It pays to be Smart when it comes to…
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How has 2021 been for you so far? If it has left you feeling adrift, having been unable to follow through on your new year’s resolutions, don’t panic: Arusha life coach Aminah Burch is here with a guide on how to set and stick to goals that will ensure you finish off the year strong.
here’s a Chinese proverb that
slide since then, mid-year is a good
says, “The best time to plant
time to check in with yourself. You can
a tree was 20 years ago. The
second best time is now.” No matter
ask yourself questions like: 5 “Is where I am and what I’m doing
resolutions SMART – that is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, Plan ahead Take steps to achieve your goals
and timely?” 5 “How can I break my big goals
what your goals or aspirations,
now where I wanted to be and
down into smaller, more actionable
or how behind you feel you are
what I wanted to be doing by this
steps to make sure I can accom-
point of the year?”
plish my 2021 goals by the end of
in reaching them, there’s still now to begin bringing them into your reality. If you did set goals or resolutions on January 1st and have let them
5 “What are the gaps I need to close in order to move forward along my desired path in life this year?” 5 “Were my 2021 goals and
the year?” 5 “What are some personal habits I need to overcome to be able to bring my goals into my reality?”
The answers to those questions will help you to determine what all you
track are: A, B, & C. Hopefully that example gave you
need to do to make the rest of the
a good idea of what a SMART goal
year the best of the year (if it hasn’t
looks like, and how you can create
one yourself. If you still need more
The importance of SMART goal-setting
examples, there are lots of resources online to help you out!
create for yourself an outline that
The importance of long-term and short-term goals
will help you understand the why's
In order to get the most out of your
and how's of your goals. Instead of
organized life, it’s important to set
shooting in the dark towards them,
long-term, as well as short-term goals.
you can properly aim yourself at a
Think of long-term goals as the big
future you’d always imagined, and
picture of your life.
When you set SMART goals, you
more than likely make it there.
How to set SMART goals
With the long-term goals in place, you will be better able to set short-term goals that will make
In order to set a SMART goal, you
reaching those long-term goals
need to take a broad goal and make
easier. Short-term goals can be
it specific. For example, let’s say you
simple, such as aiming to increase
want to lose weight. If you set out
your daily water intake by 500 ml a
to lose weight, how do you know
month for six months, until you can
when you’ve finally achieved that
comfortably drink three litres a day.
goal? How long are you going to give
Or they can be associated with a
yourself; the whole year, or will you
long-term goal, such as homeown-
set milestones throughout the year to
ership, with an example of saving
see what’s working and what isn’t?
20 per cent of your paycheck every
How will you define “lose weight”? Will it be to lose fat and tone your muscles, or will you be okay with gaining more muscle? An example of a SMART weight loss goal would look something like this: I will decrease my Body Mass Index (BMI) from X to Y in Z months. I will record all new activities in
No matter what your goals or aspirations, or how behind you feel you are in reaching them, there’s still now to begin bringing them into your reality
month for a year to be used for a down payment.
Breaking down bigger goals into smaller goals and action steps
those executions will take. Bigger
Have you ever stood in front of a
goals, especially those long-term
wild, messy room you had to clean,
goals, will need to be broken down
and thought to yourself, “I don’t even
Weight loss goals
into smaller steps.
relation to this goal, so I can have
know how to get started, let alone
a good idea of what’s working and
finish!” Feelings of overwhelm and
anxiety wash over you as you begin to
down into smaller goals and action
pick up dirty socks from the chaos.
steps, might look like:
Likewise, I will check in on this goal every month by calculating my new BMI. Furthermore, I will have achieved
It's important to keep track of your progress
Let’s go back to the SMART weight loss goal example. That goal, broken
If you approach your goals like that, it’s a surefire way to get stuck in the
middle and give up. The best way to
Week 1: Start weight loss goal -
this goal if my BMI is Y by XYZ date.
approach your goals is to examine
get accurate weight and height
Tools I will use to help keep me on
how to execute them, and how long
measurements to calculate BMI; hire a
my clients, and use myself. A few I
Week 16: Monthly milestone check-in
- measure BMI; work with personal
5 Remente (iOS and Android)
trainer to create more advanced
5 Flora (iOS and Android)
workout plan if they determine I’m
5 Forest (iOS and Android)
plateauing; rotate foods in diet plan.
Staying the course and keeping motivated
Lastly, something that helps keep me motivated is remembering to enjoy the journey. While reaching goals is an amazing show of will-
When you’re setting goals and
power and “mind over body”, enjoying
actively setting out to achieve them,
the feels and thrills of actively chang-
you’re overcoming aspects of yourself
ing behaviors and habits to ones that
that are resistant to change. We feel
are more effective for, and reflective
safe when things are the same as
of, the life I want to live encourages
always, but in order to reach heights
me to keep going.
we’ve only imagined, we have to
I’ll leave you with a short, but
exit our comfort zones and see our
powerful, quote: “A goal is a dream
future selves and situations in new,
with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill.
exciting ways. As a life coach, I’ve guided my clients to see their goals in this way. The most effective method I’ve used to help them stay motivated is to remind them of how far they’ve come up until that point. It creates a kind of momentum to help keep you moving forward. What if you don’t have a life coach? You can still keep detailed records of your accomplishments. If you set aside time each month or milestone to look back on what you’ve accomplished, you’ll be wowed. dietitian/nutritionist/personal trainer
Another way my clients have
to help create a diet plan based on
stayed motivated is by rewarding
my unique goals and body type;
themselves for accomplishing an
hire a personal trainer to create a
action step (or more) every week.
Let’s say you want to network more,
Week 2: Overcome workout and
but you’re an introvert. As long as
new diet woes - practice proper post-
you’re already eating healthy, and
workout techniques for less muscle
you’ve connected with five new
soreness and check in with their
people by the end of the week,
effectiveness by using pain rating;
maybe you reward yourself with a
reward myself for eating 70% of my
diet plan - work towards getting to 80% next week…
There are also habit and goal
About Aminah Aminah Burch splits her time between life and business coaching and web development. She has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and is working towards receiving her International Federation of Coaching (ICF) certification. She serves English speakers in Tanzania, as well as a global online client base. For more information, or to set up a chemistry connection call to see how Aminah can help you, visit coachaminah.com
tracking apps that I recommend to
Precision Air helping boxing spread its wings November’s Dar Fight Night is the latest in a series of international events putting the Tanzanian city on the world professional boxing map. Precision Air is part of the team ensuring both viewers and the big-name boxers have the time of their lives.
he sport of boxing is growing in popularity across the globe and Africa is key to
that development. The continent has produced some great world champions in years past, such as Corrie Sanders, of South Africa, who won the WBO Heavyweight belt by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in
fighters such as homegrown super
2003, and Ghanaian Ike Quartey,
welterweight Hassan Mwakinyo.
who is a former WBA Welterweight
The events mark a successful intro-
champion boxer who fought
duction into sports event manage-
numerous other world champion
ment for Jackson Sports Group, which
boxers with Oscar ‘The Golden Boy’
started out as a boutique marketing
De La Hoya being the most notable.
Sports were hit hard in this era
Jackson Group Sport CEO Kelvin
of Covid-19 with some of the most
Twissa said: “Branching out from
anticipated international events,
the Jungle’, the name coined for
including the Tokyo Olympics and
the historic match-up between
the Euros football tournament, being
Muhammad Ali and George Foreman
International fighters recieved a world class service
delayed a full year.
in Kinshasa, in what is now the
many long days and many sleepless
Democratic Republic of the Congo.
nights trying to find the right reasons
being solely a marketing agency and moving into the sport scene was never an easy step and it took us
Two ‘Rumble in Dar’ boxing nights
to bring around a sports agency that
Amid these tough times for sport,
have been held at the Next Door Area
would flip the market on its head and
Tanzania has begun to tap into the
in Tanzania’s biggest city and another
improve the sports scene as a whole
boxing market. Jackson Group Sports
event, ‘Dar Fight Night’ is scheduled for
is leading the way with its series of big-
the same venue in November. Boxing
name boxing nights ‘Rumble in Dar’.
fans have been treated to some
ence to Dar has always been our
exciting bouts between big-name
number one goal.”
The title is a twist on ‘Rumble in
“Bringing the [Las] Vegas experi-
Images courtesy of Jackson Sports Group
So far, the agency has lived up to those expectations with boxers from around the world taking part in these
now”, says Jackson’s Head of Sports Sheikhmoun Hala Hala. He added: “Events of this magnitude
fight nights with Africa’s very best
are not a one-man job however. We
boxers squaring up to opponents
value our onboarded partners such as
from the USA, Argentina, Bulgaria and
KCB Bank, Precision Air, Global Boxing
Stars, Epic Sport Entertainments,
Matchmaking This level of international matchmak-
ONOMO Hotels, Tanzania Tourism
Precision Air made sure the international fighters on the card had a good experience of Tanzania
Board and many more.”
taken on a safari around Ngorongoro,
Precision Air made sure the
visiting the Hadza tribe and going on
ing has always been the target for the
international fighters on the card had
promoters as they try to distinguish
a good experience of Tanzania by
themselves from local promotions
providing world class service. Some of
that only have all-Tanzanian contests
the fighters who visited Tanzania will
in the ring.
surely be back having been given a
we should take enormous pride by
trip of a lifetime after their bouts.
putting Tanzania on the international
“With this platform we hope to one day host a fight of the magnitude
Bulagarian professional boxing
a camping trip. Look out for more details on The Training Learning the noble art
Rumble In Dar third edition (‘Dar Fight Night’) coming soon. It’s an event
professional boxing map. In time we
of an Ali vs Foreman Rumble in the
brothers Tervel and Kubrat Pulev
hope Dar will become a Mecca of
Jungle but with a more modern
were given a proper tour when they
boxing like the MGM Arena in Las
touch and actually hold it in the
were flown out from Dar Es Salaam to
Vegas, MSG in New York and The 02
jungles of a Ngorongoro or Serengeti
Arusha on Precision Airways and then
in London. www.precisionairtz.com
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Go with your gut instinct
and top up with probiotics
Bacteria are often thought of as sources of disease, but not all of them are bad. In fact, your gut, which is full of trillions of microbes, is dependent on the friendly ones to function well. This is something long recognised by the Fiti Co-op social enterprise that has been helping Tanzanians top up their good bacteria through the sales of homemade probiotic-enhanced yoghurt since 2004. Here’s our guide to good gut health.
Look after your gut and it will look after you.
to our health. The microorganisms work
cells embedded in its walls and
together to break down our food and help
which communicates with the brain and
Most of the time, when it comes to nutri-
us fight infection. Having the right gut
can trigger huge emotional shifts. If bad
tion we like to think in terms of macros
bacteria has been linked to weight loss,
bacteria are running rampant in the stomach
and micros (that is macronutrients such
improved digestion, enhanced immune
and causing indigestion or nausea in the gut,
as carbohydrates, fats and proteins and
function, healthier skin and the reduced
it can send signals to the brain that affect
micronutrients such as individual vitamins
risk of some diseases. However, having a
the way you think. Psychological symptoms
and minerals), but it turns out we should also
predominance of unhealthy microbes in
generated by disturbances in the gut can
be taking microbes into account.
the gut may contribute to weight gain,
include depression, anxiety and brain fog.
Our bodies contain trillions of microbes. In fact, bacteria cells inside us outnumber human cells by about 10 to 1. The most
high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.
Are you eating the right foods to help your good gut bacteria?
dense microbe population is in your
The second brain
gastrointestinal tract (or gut) where they play
Our gut microbiome – the name for complex
diversity and stability of your gut bacteria. It
a critical role in digestion, immune function
community of microorganisms inside us –
is important to have a varied diet as a healthy
and weight regulation.
does not only have a bearing on our physical
gut has a varied community of microbes,
health. If you’ve ever “gone with your gut
each of which prefers different foods.
The majority of these gut bacteria are
The food you eat has a large bearing on the
quite harmless, some are helpful and
instinct” to make a decision or felt “butterflies
a small number can cause disease. We
in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely
based foods with a variety of whole
each have enough bacteria inside us to
getting signals from your second brain. That
grains, beans and fruit as they all contain
fill a soup can and while this may be a
is what scientists are now calling the gut
high amounts of fibre, which is the best
rather unsavoury fact, having a large and
because of the enteric nervous system – two
fuel for your gut bacteria.
diverse variety of bacteria inside us is key
thin layers of more than 100 million nerve
The emphasis should be on plant-
Try to limit the amount of highly
The health benefits of probiotic yoghurt Information provided by Fiti Co-op
Improves children’s attention at school
Helps to lower cholesterol
processed foods you
Builds a stronger immune system
Improves lung health
strengthening your immune system, reduc-
Mwanza to make yoghurt fortified with the
ing inflammation, easing skin conditions,
lactobacillus bacteria, a common probiotic,
that fast food as well as animal-derived fatty
reducing the symptoms of depression and
which was donated by Western University as
foods encourage the development of more
even extending our lives.
part of its Western Heads East programme to
eat. Research has shown
harmful bacteria and can suppress good bacteria. If you have to take antibiotics to treat an
There are a number of fermented foods that are rich is probiotics such as sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh and kombucha
use probiotic foods to contribute to health and sustainable development. There are now more than 20 of these Fiti
infection, remember that this medication will
tea, but one of the simplest and tastiest
community kitchens – Fiti means ‘health’ in
kill good bacteria as well as bad. Once you
ways of getting more probiotics into our
Swahili – across 15 states in Tanzania. Kitchen
have completed the course, it is important
diet is to eat live yoghurt. As a fermented
staff are almost exclusively women – they
to make sure you eat lots of foods that boost
food, yogurt naturally contains lots of live
are known as the ‘yoghurt mamas’ – and the
your microbes afterwards.
microbes that not only give its trademark
project has helped many women become
tangy taste, but also bolster the diversity of
financially independent while contributing
the gut microbiome.
to the health of their communities. The
It is also beneficial to eat food that is rich in probiotics, a type of friendly bacteria that helps balance the composition of the gut
Tanzanian organisation Fiti Co-op has
kitchens have also become a hub for other
microbiome. Live yoghurt is made from milk
long recognised the importance of live
services such as lay counselling, disease
that has been fermented by these friendly
yoghurt as an affordable, easy-to-eat source
awareness and social support.
of probiotics and how it could be used to
The benefits of probiotics
help combat pressing health concerns in the country such as malnutrition, diarrhoeal
While there is much more research needed
disease and vaginitis, which can increase the
to be done, early studies suggest probiot-
risk of contracting HIV.
ics can have health benefits including
In 2004, Fiti opened its first kitchen in
Tanzanians can now order the range of yoghurts and juices through the Fiti app, which can be downloaded for Andriod phones from the Google Play store. www.precisionairtz.com
Zia Mohammed Quasi
Meet the pilot... Zia Mohammed Qazi
‘Being a pilot is the best way to see the world’ Zia Mohammed Qazi has been a first officer with Precision Air for the past three and a half years, co-piloting our aircraft to every destination in the network. Here the father-of-three talks to Paa about what first attracted him to a life in the sky, his favourite airport to touch down at and why a pilot should never stop learning. Was becoming a pilot a childhood
I got my Commercial Pilot Licence in
What is your favourite airport to
the US, where I attended the Riverside
come in to land at and why?
I assume everyone wants to fly when
Flight Centre in Tulsa, Oklahoma. My
I fly to destinations across the entire
they are young. It’s natural to dream
first job as a pilot was in Tanzania flying
Precision Air network (and I am very
of being a pilot or an astronaut. I
12-seater Cessna Caravans to take tour-
familiar with the Seronera airstrip
grew up in Bhopal, in India, with a
ists from Mwanza to safari adventures
from my days as a bush pilot), but
father and grandfather who were in
in the Serengeti. From there, I worked
my favourite has to be Kilimanjaro
the military and I was fascinated by
in Gabon, in West Africa, this time
their uniforms. My father’s first cousin
flying Caravans to transport engineers
was also a pilot and I’d see him in
and executives from a French oil
his uniform. By the age of 19, I had
company to its more remote sites.
decided that’s what I wanted to do with my life.
I was then delighted to be offered a job as a first officer for Precision Air.
Pilot's view Zia loved the experience of flying from the start
International Airport because of the view of the mountain you get on approach. I also like coming in to Arusha airport as it a bit more challenging with its elevation and short runway.
I was aware of the airline from my Tell us about the flight training
first arrival in Tanzania and it was a
What qualities do you think a good
you have received to get where
major ambition of mine to secure a
you are now.
You need to be disciplined with your
time and be flexible. Your working
always feel that you can get yourself
hours will always be changing and
out of any sticky situation. However,
sometimes you will be doing night
when I started at Precision Air I got
flights so you have to be able to
some advice from a Captain, who
adapt. It’s also important that you
is now retired, that stayed with me.
never stop learning, no matter how
He said it is vital to always follow
experienced you are. There is always
SOP procedures (the step-by-step
more to learn.
instructions to carry out routine instructions) to ensure safety and
You’ve been with Precision Air for almost four years now. How have
efficiency at all times. I have also always stuck by advice
you enjoyed the experience?
given to me by my father and
Precision Air has been a very good
grandfather to respect all people, no
company to work for. There is a
matter what their nationality, race or
friendly environment here and the
Captains I have worked with have been very willing to offer advice.
Do you have time to explore the
Training is excellent here with
places you fly to? What are your
regular proficiency tests and I am
favourite places to visit after you
encouraged to upgrade my skills and
work towards obtaining my Airline
With domestic flights the turnaround
Transport Pilot licence (the highest
is very fast – around 30 to 40 minutes
level of aircraft pilot certificate).
– so there is no time to explore. When I fly to Nairobi, there is usually
What do you love most about
time for lunch and a rest at a hotel.
Every day is different and you get the opportunity to meet different people and experience different cultures
It’s the best way to see the world.
How many flight hours have you
Doing this job is a privilege and it
accumulated so far? How many
doesn’t really feel like a job at all.
hours do you fly, on average, each
month with 55 hours in the air, but it
Every day is different and you get the
is starting to increase again.
opportunity to meet different people
I have clocked around 2,200 flight
and experience different cultures. I
hours since I began with Precision
Is it possible to maintain a good
enjoy the responsibility of being a
Air. Up until the pandemic hit, I had
work/life balance as a pilot?
pilot. Everyone is looking up to you
flights scheduled on around 22 days
and I have to make sure they are well
each month, involving 80 flying hours.
Now it is around 15 to 18 days a
Flight team First Officer Zia with Precision Air Captain Joseph Wakuwile
It is possible, but you have to be disciplined with your time. It’s important to make a routine on your off days so you make the most of them.
What do you love about the feeling of flight?
What do you do when you are
It’s difficult to explain, you can only
experience it. It is an exciting feeling. I
I was living in Upanga with my wife
have always like thrills and adventure.
and three children, but they are
At school I played a lot of soccer and
currently in India so I moved to a place
boxed at state level.
closer to the airport. I like to wake up early and go for a run in the early
What is the best piece of advice
morning when it is cooler or go to
you have received?
the gym. I like to visit friends or invite
Coming from bush flying, you
them back to my place for a barbecue. www.precisionairtz.com
Paa Food / Make it with Monalisa Mahitaji Paketi ya Mapaja (Pisi 12), 2 Maembe Yaliyoiva, Kikombe cha Ukwaju, Yai, ½ Kikombe Sukari, Soy Sauce, Siagi, Kitunguu Swaumu cha Unga, Kitunguu Maji cha Unga, Pilipili Manga, Paprika, Pilipili ya Unga, Thaimu, Majani ya Mrehani, Majani ya Parsley, Majani ya Oregano, Chumvi na 2 Vikombe vya Unga wa Ngano. Muda wa Maandalizi: Dakika 30 Muda wa Kupika: Dakika 30
Mbinui SOSI • Ndani ya kikombe cha maji ya moto loweka ukwaju na uache ukae kwa dakika 15.
Mango tamarind chicken drumsticks recipe Paa’s cookery columnist Monalisa Rwechungura shows you how to give your chicken dinner a fruity twist with her latest recipe, available to follow in both English and Swahili.
f you thought fruits were only for
are going to capture that flavour by frying
eating and juicing, I am here to tell
them to perfection to create a tender and
you that you can do so much more
juicy interior and a crispy exterior. Need I
with them. The amazing options include making this bomb sauce I am going to show you today. This recipe elevates chicken drumsticks
say more? The mango-tamarind sauce provides a fruity, sweet and tangy note to the crispy fried drumsticks. Serve these with some
to a whole new level. The flavour builds
potato wedges, a simple salad and
from the marinating and lasts all the way
wash it down with a cold margarita
to seasoning the flour. Drumsticks are the
and it’s sure to give you all the summer
calf of the chicken so very succulent. We
feels. Let’s get into the recipe!
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes
• 1 pack chicken drumsticks (12 pieces)
• 2 ripe mangoes • 120g tamarind • 1 egg • 60g brown sugar • Soy sauce, butter, garlic powder,
onion powder, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, basil, parsley, oregano, salt
• 250g all-purpose flour.
by Chef Monalisa Rwechungura
• Ukwaju ukishalowa uchanganye kwa kutumia mkono mpaka upate mchuzi mzito. • Chuja ukwaju (1 kikombe) na uache ukae pembeni. • Menya maembe na uyasage pamoja na ½ kikombe cha maji. • Chuja maembe (1 kikombe) na uache yakae pembeni. • Ndani ya sufuria weka maembe, ukwaju, koroga vichanganyike vizuri na upike kutumia moto wa kati. • Weka kijiko cha kula cha Soy sauce, sukari na ½ kijiko cha chai cha kitunguu swaumu cha unga. • Koroga vichangayike, sosi ikianza kuchemka punguza moto uweke moto mdogo na uiache iive kwa dakika 10. • Weka kijiko cha chai cha siagi ili kuipa sosi yako mn’gao na uiache iive kwa
dakika 5 zingine. Itakua nzito mfano wa barbecue sauce. • Weka pembeni ipoe. KUKU • Ndani ya bakuli safi weka kijiko cha chai cha kila moja ya viungo vikavu In a clean bowl add a teaspoon each of the dry spices (Kitunguu Swaumu cha Unga, Kitunguu Maji cha Unga, Pilipili Manga, Paprika, Pilipili ya Unga, Thaimu, Majani ya Mrehani, Majani ya Parsley, Majani ya Oregano, Chumvi) na ukoroge vichanganyike. • Weka nusu ya viungo kwenye kuku na uwachangye vizuri kuhakikisha kuku wote wamepata viungo. • Vunja yai na uliweke kwenye kuku. • Changanya na kuhakikisha kila paja limepata yai alafu weka kuku pembeni.
• Ndani ya bakuli safi weka unga wa ngano na viungo vilivyobaki. • Koroga mpaka unga na viungo vichanganyike vizuri. • Weka mapaja ya kuku kwenye unga na peta mpaka kila kipande kipate unga. • Weka mapaja ya kuku kwenye trei na uuache yakae kwa dakika 10. • Ndani ya karai safi weka mafuta uache yapate moto kwa kutumia joto ya kati. • Kaanga mapaja ya kuku kwa dakika 5 kila upande. • Mapaja ya kuku yakitoka kwenye moto, nyunyuzia sosi ya kutosha upete mpaka kila paja lipate sosi ya kutosha. • Pamba kwa kutumia kitunguu majani. • Enjoy!!! Pendezesha kuku wako kwa kutumia maganda ya limao na slesi za limao.
Method SAUCE 1. In a cup of hot water soak the tamarind and let sit for 15 minutes. 2. Once soaked, mix the tamarind and water by hand until a thick liquid forms. 3. Sieve the tamarind liquid and set aside. 4. Peel the mangoes and blend them with 120ml of water. 5. Sieve the mango liquid and set aside. 6. In a sauce pan add the mango liquid, tamarind liquid, stir until combined and cook medium heat. 7. Add a spoonful of Soy sauce, the brown sugar and half a teaspoon of garlic powder. 8. Stir until fully combined, when it starts to boil lower heat to the minimum setting and let the sauce cook for 10 minutes.
9. Add a teaspoon of butter to give the sauce a glossy finish and let it simmer for five more minutes. It will have a thick consistency similar to barbecue sauce. 10. Set sauce aside to cool. CHICKEN 11. In a clean bowl add a teaspoon each of the dry spices (garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, thyme, basil, parsley, oregano and salt) and stir until fully combined. 12. Add half of the spice rub into the chicken and mix until all pieces are fully coated in the spices. 13. Crack the egg and add it to the chicken. 14. Mix so that all the drumsticks are
coated and set aside. 15. In a clean bowl add the flour and the remaining spice mix. 16. Stir until fully combined. 17. Put the drumsticks into the flour mix and toss until they are fully coated with the flour. 18. Set the coated drumsticks on a sheet pan and let them rest for 10 minutes. 19. In a clean pan add oil and let it get hot on medium heat. 20. Fry the drumsticks for five minutes per side. 21. Once the drumsticks come out of the oil, drizzle the sauce on them and toss until all the pieces are coated. 22. Garnish with chopped spring onion. Enjoy!
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Best birding in Tanzania
Tanzania’s best birds
and where to spot them Tanzania is a birdwatcher’s dream. The country has, at last count, 1,116 species of bird, with 22 that can only be found here. We’ve highlighted a handful of the most spectacular endemic birds and provided some details on the best places to spot them. Time to plan your Tanzania birding adventure.
Red and yellow Barbets
In brief: You’ll see plenty of this
In brief: This elegant bird, endemic
In brief: The name for these small,
endemic species across Tanzania’s
to Uganda, Kenya and northern
interior and they are worth getting a
Tanzania, looks resplendent in
A pair of Red and yellow Barbets in Tarangire National Park
closer look at. Though their plum-
flight when it reveals large crimson
and for the strong bonds formed
age is ostensibly ash-grey, it has
patches on the undersides of
between mating pairs. Lovebirds
a sheen that in certain lights can
put in some serious PDAs – biting or
make this starling look like a metallic
Looks: Predominantly green plumage
nipping each other beaks in a manner
robot flying machine.
with dark blue wings, tail and crown.
that can look like they are kissing.
Looks: Uniformly ash-grey with some
It has unusual markings on the head
Such is the lasting love each bird feels
oily green sheen on wings and its
with a smudge of white between the
long, narrow tail. Pale cream eye with
eye and beak and a white arched line
dark inner ring. Black beak and legs.
below the eye.
Listen out for: Makes quiet mewing,
Listen out for: A gruff, accelerating
the cute birds are a target for trappers
rasping, and chattering calls.
series of “kow” calls.
who illegally capture the birds for sale
Where to spot: Found in moderately
Where to spot: Hartlaub’s turaco
moist savannah and woodland,
prefers high altitudes and is
Looks: Females and males are identi-
usually in small flocks, often feeding
commonly found in montane forests
cal in appearance with green backs,
on the ground. The Ngorongoro
and woodlands at 1,500 to 3,300
chest, and wings. The neck is golden
Crater is home to many of them.
metres in elevation. hangout.
yellow to orange colour, which
Black crake A small waterbird found in rivers and lakes
brightly coloured parrots is derived from German explorer Gustav Fisher
for its partner that the physical health of each individual will suffer if they are separated. This is a real problem as
Best birding in Tanzania
Looks: Those eye-catching speckled wings, a bright yellow breast and red cheeks with a white spot on either side. Males have a black crown while the female’s is red. Listen out for: While the colours are there in its plumage, the barbet’s name comes from its melodic call, which seems to repeat “red and yellow” over and over, often as a duet. Where to spot: They favour areas of dry savannah in north-east Tanzania. A good place to look is around termite mounds, which barbets use to incubate their own eggs, digging deep tunnels into the packed soil with their powerful beaks.
Mrs Moreau’s warbler In brief: This warbler is a rare and Hartlaub's Turaco
rewarding find. They are by nature shy
Elegant bird, endemic to Uganda, Kenya and Northern Tanzania
in montane forest. As they are often
deepens into a deeper orange-red
employed to whisk away its prey of
on the face. The lovebird’s beak
small mammals such as rodents and
is red, and the top of the head is
even dwarf bushbabies.
olive green. It may also have blue
Looks: Reddish-brown on the back
or purple-coloured plumage on the
and pale below, and marked with
detected by their whistling call. The
tail. The remainder of the body is a
heavy striping throughout. The face
species was first recorded by the
is light brown with black borders and
birds that can only be found skulking hidden from view, they are normally
ornithologist Reginald Moreau, who Starling
Listen out for: Lovebirds are noisy
long ear tufts.
with a sing-song chirp that can get
Listen out for: The owl has two
loud. If there ever was a karaoke night
calls: a hollow rising then falling
back, with a rich rufous head and
in the bird world, lovebirds would
whistle and a low, fast, pulsating
breast. Females are duller.
definitely be the first up on stage – for
series of hoots.
Listen out for: The male sings a well-
a duet, obviously.
Where to spot: No prizes for guessing
spaced series of long, pure whistles,
Where to spot: Endemic to the
where the best place is to see this owl.
sometimes accompanied in a duet by
grasslands, semi-arid woodlands and
It is found in forest and plantations
the female, who gives lower whistles
savannas of north central Tanzania.
at low and middle elevations within
in simple patterns.
They like to be near water as they
the mountain range in north east
have a prodigious thirst and you can
Tanzania. Spottings are becoming
often spot them en masse sunning
increasingly rare, however, and the
themselves after a cooling dip in a
species is classified as under threat.
When to go bird watching in Tanzania
With more than 800 resident species, the bird watching is great all year round. However, it is at its best from November to April, when the numbers are bolstered by hundreds more species of migratory birds from Europe and northern Africa. At this time many resident bird species are nesting and are easy to spot in their breeding plumage. It’s a win-win!
Usambara Eagle Owl
In brief: This kaleidoscopic bird with
In brief: If you’re up for some noctur-
its brilliant black and white polka-
nal bird watching, this rare owl will be
dotted wings is one of Tanzania’s
a prize spot. It’s a large, sturdily built
most attractive denizens with a call as
bird with powerful talons that are
pleasing as its looks.
An Ashly Starling, with its ash-grey plumage
named the bird after his better half. Looks: Mostly grey, darker on the
Where to spot: This endemic
Where to spot: Found in the
species is only found in the Uluguru
montane forest of the Uluguru
Mountains in central Tanzania and has
Mountains, in eastern Tanzania,
been classified as ‘vulnerable’ by the
especially in clearings and on the
International Union for Conservation
Black crake In brief: A small black waterbird that
In brief: This rare bird is one of the
truly reveals itself when out of the
most colourful inhabitants of the
water and revving up its spindly red-
Uluguru Mountains – the only place
pink legs to scoot across reedbeds in
in the world where you will find them
search of vegetation and insects to
in the wild.
Looks: The male of the species
Looks: Reddish eyes, yellowish bills
has iridescent plumage with green
and those unmistakable rose-
upperparts and hood, a yellow belly
and an orangey-red patch on the
Listen out for: A distinctive and
chest. Females are rather plain in
quite odd, wheezy bubbling and
comparison with mostly brown mark-
ings (the whole reason, however, for
Where to spot: Rivers and lakes
the male’s garish colours is to impress
across the country, but spring
a female mate).
waters in the Serengeti are a
Listen out for: Calls include a long,
descending whistle and a harsh “chet” sound, which is often followed by a rapid tumble of high-pitched notes.
Five of the best bird watching spots
Arusha National Park It may be small, but it packs in an incredible list of 400 bird species so you are assured of some great spots. Its Momello Lake is one of the best places for waterbirds such as flamingo, pelican and little grebe.
Lake Manyara Famous for its flamingos, but it also is home to more than 50 types of birds of prey, including the crowned eagle.
Ngorongoro Crater The crater rim is deeply forested while the bottom is grassland. Both excellent habitats for diverse bird life and more than 500 species have been recorded here. Among the birds to be seen are white-eyed slaty flycatcher and Livingstone’s turaco. Ostrich and crowned crane roam the grasslands.
4 The look of love A pair of Fischer's Lovebirds
Serengeti National Park Most visitors come to the Northern Circuit for its bigger beasts, but the bird life is also very special. Lake Ndutu is a great spot for raptors and water birds and the region has its own endemic species such as the rufous-tailed weaver and Usambiro barbet.
Selous Game Reserve Another African bird watching paradise, Selous contains over 440 bird species. A boat safari on the Rufiji River is a great way to take in the diverse bird life with common sightings including yellow-billed storks, lapwings and colourful bee-eaters.
Paa Stay / Forest Cottages, Kampala
Kampala’s forest hideaway Set in its own leafy oasis that monkeys and an array of colourful birds call home, boutique hotel Forest Cottages seems a world away from the bustle of Kampala on its doorstep. Location
central business district and just
The suburb of Bukoto to the north
30km from Entebbe International
of Kampala is becoming one of
Airport. You also have Bukoto’s
the most desirable areas in the
wealth of art galleries and shopping
Ugandan capital with hillside views
malls on your doorstep and it’s a
over the busy city, a village-like
15-minute drive to the vibrant shop-
atmosphere and plenty of green
ping precinct of Kisimenti – with its
spaces. Forest Cottages occupies one
arcades, boutiques, cafés and bars.
of the greenest spots of all with a
Cottage comfort The self-contained cottages are full of rustic charm
and restaurant areas continue the theme with ornate carved chairs for outside drinking and dining on the terrace.
Rooms There are 26 rooms on offer, including
jungle-like forest shrouding its rooms
and facilities. Guests get to soak in
Forest Cottages has a rustic aesthetic
the serene, natural environment,
with plenty of local timber used in
but if you can, opt for one of the
waking to the morning chatter of
its construction. The self-contained
cottages dotted around the lush
the resident monkey population and
cottages are hidden amid clusters of
gardens. There are one-bedroom,
the calls of over 20 bird species such
trees with some embedded into the
two bedroom and family cottages
as the brightly coloured turacos and
hillside and featuring striking sloped
to choose from and they all come
hornbills. This verdant hideaway is
roofs. All rooms are furnished with
equipped with self-catering facilities.
still within easy reach of Kampala’s
locally handmade furniture. The bar
You’ll find plenty of space with most
Cocktail hour The hotel bar has a wide range on offer
a range of serviceable single and doubles in the hotel’s main building,
Images courtesy of Forest Cottages
of the cottages spread out over two
the evening, tables are candle-lit for
floors with floors linked by beautiful
romantic outdoor dining. Here is also
bespoke staircases with each step
a well-stocked bar for evening drinks,
made from chopped logs. Best of all,
including an extensive cocktail list.
is the sense of privacy and escape the self-contained cottages bring
with the lush woodland right on
While Forest Cottages has its own
charming pool, ringed by woodland
and a sun deck, it is very welcome that the hotel’s guests are allowed
The self-contained cottages are hidden amid clusters of trees with some embedded into the hillside and featuring striking sloped roofs
Forest Cottages has its own
to also make use of the exemplary
offers four venues for meetings
restaurant, Avocado, that serves
leisure and wellness facilities of sister
and events. Its Committee Room
a daily buffet breakfast as well as
venue the Kibara Country Club, which
is ideal for workshops while
a lunch and dinner sitting. The
is just a short walk away. Here you’ll
Pappali Hall can accommodate
menu includes some excellent
find a 25-metre outdoor pool, tennis,
salads – each packed with locally
squash and basketball courts, a gym
sourced fresh ingredients – beef
and a spa with a sauna, steam room
and chicken dishes grilled on a
and massage treatments. Just in case
barbecue, a number of local dishes
the tranquil, natural environment
Double rooms and one-bedroom
as well as a selection of Indian and
of Forest Cottages is not enough,
cottages start at US$75 a night.
Chinese-inspired meals. You can
these extra touches should ensure
The Family cottage, which sleeps
eat inside in the main dining room
up to six people, starts at US$170
with its vaulted ceiling or outside on the terrace or in the gardens. In
For business travellers and conferences, Forest Cottages
up to 200 people theatre-style for All business Conference facilities at Forest Cottages
a night. For more information, visit forest-cottages.com www.precisionairtz.com
No-nonsense talk with Sona
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad - Miles Kington
bit like learning advanced calculus
a bit like trying to fill your bowl with cereal,
at school (or actually anything),
when it still has yesterday’s old porridge in
there are many things knocking
it. And some of the porridge had probably
around in deep recesses of my mind I wonder if I will ever use. School aside, I have done so many courses, selfimprovement programmes, silent retreats,
gotten a little hard and stuck. So, I exhaled, I let go, I cleared out. My life went on. But it didn’t. Somehow, I became really,
you name it. When I am fascinated by
really present to the things that took place in
something, I am like a veritable dog-with-
my life and how they made me feel.
a-bone until I reach my fill. Everything I have done, I have enjoyed
do. I get them to observe their feelings, so as to see how that affects their food and/or
The dusty old library that is my brain,
digestion. This is conscious exercise and they can stop doing it whenever they want. I, on the other hand, was in full observa-
is now, somehow, giving me the right
tion mode and I didn’t want to be. I don’t like
information at the right time in the right
feelings; I certainly don’t like discomfort and I
way. It doesn’t make sense. Sure, if I were in
find that the line between healthy detach-
my teens or twenties, it would make sense:
ment and disassociation can be pretty fine.
neurons firing appropriately and delivering useful information. But I’m in my forties; it’s meant to be all
To find out more about her work, visit nutritionbysona.com and instagram. com/inspirationbysona
Let me be clear. This was not a choice.
destination on the radar. dots started to connect.
Paa has a new columnist. Sona Parmar is a Nairobi-based clinical nutritionist certified by the Nutrition Therapy Council. In each issue the mum-of-three will take a wry look at the human condition inspired by events in her own life.
There is an exercise I often have patients
thoroughly, taking delight in the process, no And then, to paraphrase Steve Jobs, the
So, here I am, unconsciously and reluctantly feeling everything. I can only compare it to walking around with no skin. I suddenly
downhill from here – even with the handful
felt everything and was aware of it too.
of colourful supplements I take every day.
Anger, sadness, joy, relief, frustration,
So, what has suddenly changed?
disappointment, unworthiness…I couldn’t
where I didn’t have to do, I didn’t need to
make anything happen. I just had to allow it,
All I did was change my yoga practice
I have known intellectually for years that
like taking my foot off the garden hose.
so that my exhale was twice as long as
I am not my feelings. Now I was experienc-
ing it. It felt like everything I had ever done
fested something, rather because I finally got
had brought to me this moment, to a place
out of the way.
Given that I’ve been “doing” yoga for such
Something is flowing not because I mani-
a long time, I wasn’t expecting much of a difference. Actually, I lie. My research found that it would probably help my overthinking (and therefore my sleep, anxiety and any other related problems). In order to be calm, one needs adequate amounts of oxygen. In order to inhale adequately, one needs to have exhaled fully. I knew I had gotten lazy about exhaling. It’s
It felt like everything I had ever done had brought to me this moment, to a place where I didn’t have to do, I didn’t need to make anything happen.
Paa Royal Benefits
Benefits that will make you feel like royalty Precision Air is always looking to give its customers an exclusive and memorable service experience; and the Paa Royal benefits programme is part of that mission. The membership categories* are as follows:
Jade Member benefits
Silver Member benefits
Upon enrolment, members will be given their unique Paa Royal number, which they must always show whenever they buy tickets as well as during check-in at the airport. After flying three times or more, members will be given a Jade membership card. With the card, they will be recognised as members of the Paa Royal Programme.
After attaining Silver membership level, the member will be issued with a Silver membership card which he (or she) must show at all Precision Air point of sales in order to receive the recognition that he deserves. Should a member book online by logging into Paa Royal Pages, he will automatically receive points earned to his account.
Other benefits of Jade membership:
Members will be entitled to special treatment and priority treatment whenever they travel.
• Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at the passenger’s arrival destination • An opportunity to get a free ticket within the Precision Air’s network after accumulating enough points in their account.
*Please note that, in each membership category, if a member is unable to maintain the required number of flights in a year, he or she will be downgraded to their tier level achieved in that current year.
Other benefits of Silver membership: • Free 5 kg baggage every time member travels on a PW operated flight • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s arrival destination • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Priority telephone reservation in those times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line.
Gold Member benefits
Tanzanite Member benefits
After attaining the Gold membership, members will begin to experience royal and exclusive treatment whenever they fly. Members will be opened up to a new world of opportunities and experiences and, of course, receive more rewards. Should a member book online by logging into Paa Royal Pages, he (or she) would automatically receive points earned to his account. Other benefits of Gold: • Free 10 kg baggage every time member travels on a PW operated flight • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s arrival destination • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line • Priority waitlist/airport standby each time you want to travel and your selected flight is full.
When members reach Tanzanite member they attain ultimate royalty. We will always strive to give these royal members an exclusive and memorable flight experience. At this level, members will already be used to royal treatment; royalty will be their way of life. Other benefits of Tanzanite: • Free 15 kg excess baggage every time the member travels on a PW-operated flight • Opportunity to obtain a free ticket within the Precision Air network after accumulating enough points in your account • Confirmation on any flight if a member is prepared to pay Y class fare, regardless of the flight booking status • Priority waitlist/airport standby whenever you want to travel and your selected flight is full • Priority telephone reservation at times when you want to make your reservation and cannot visit our office or travel agent. Booking is a call away through our Paa Royal helpdesk line. • Priority membership baggage tags to ensure tagged bags will be handled with special care and delivered first on the conveyor belt at member’s destination.
• Silver,Gold and Tanzanite members also get discounts of up to 20 per cent when visiting GSM shopping malls Msasani and Pugu, Southern Sun Hotel, Akemi restaurant, East Point Restaurant and the Colosseum hotel and sports club - all in Dar es Salaam.
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Fly with a face mask
Safety and well-being on board PASSENGER SAFETY Precision Air takes passenger safety very seriously. Aviation safety isn’t just the pilot’s or the cabin crew’s job – it takes all of us. It is easy for our natural sense of caution to be dulled in our modern environment, where things don’t go wrong very often. Whether in the air or on the ground, your life and the lives of your family members could some day be saved if you make it a point, in every situation, to create a mental plan of action in case of emergency. Here are some important tips to help you enjoy your travel experience with Precision Air – in flight and around the airport.
EXIT ROW SEAT A passenger who is allocated an emergency exit seat: A. Must be both willing and physically able to open the exit doors in an emergency B. Must completely understand the printed emergency evacuation techniques C. Must be 16 years old and above.
PAY ATTENTION TO PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFING Although the information seems repetitious, the locations of the closest emergency exits may be different depending on the aircraft that you fly on and the seat you are in.
CARRY ON BAGGAGE There are strict rules about what you can bring on board an aircraft. Because:
Carry-on bags must be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bins. Please confirm with Precision Air rules before your travel to avoid delays. *Remember: All carry-on baggage must be left behind in an evacuation.
SAFETY ONBOARD Boarding and leaving an aircraft requires your full attention. As you move to and from the aircraft, you may be in a busy area with many other passengers and cargo, moving vehicles, other aircraft, slippery walkways and/or stairs.
RESPECT YOUR CREW AND FELLOW PASSENGERS Everyone has the right to safe and secure travel. That is why Precision Air employees and the aviation authority will not tolerate any behaviour that interferes with the flight or puts the safety of passengers and crew at risk.
SEATBELTS Seatbelts must be fastened during take-off, landing, during turbulence and any time the crew deem it necessary. Keeping the belt on when you are seated provides that extra protection you might need in case of emergency. If you are responsible for an infant or a child, you must first ensure that your own seatbelt is properly fastened, then secure the child and, if it is an infant, secure the child’s or the infant’s restraints.
A. Not all aircraft have space to store your carry-on baggage.
Important note: There are a number of events involving air turbulence that highlight the importance of keeping seatbelts fastened throughout the flight.
B. In an accident, baggage in the aisles makes it harder to get out of the aircraft quickly.
Though rare, in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to both passengers and crew.
For the your own safety and the safety of your fellow passengers and crew, we ask you to wear a face mask during the entirety of your flight today. Thank you!
You Are Why We Fly It’s a good idea to keep your seatbelt fastened even when the seatbelt signs are not on.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND PREGNANCIES If you have a medical condition and may need assistance during your travel, kindly ask the Precision Air offices or agents about procedures before your flight. If you are pregnant, you will need to fill a Precision Air medical form, to be signed by your doctor, to confirm that you are OK for travel. For further details, kindly ask while booking your ticket from our sales offices and/or customer services.
PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES Use of portable electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets, MP4 players, iPads, etc are not allowed during take-off, landing, taxiing, descent and climb. Precision Air prohibits the use of some electronic devices during flight because they emit signals that can interfere with the aircraft's instrumentation. Some of the items prohibited include cellphones, radios, remote-controlled games/toys, laser pointers, iPads or tablets that transmits frequencies, portable printers, walkie-talkies, scanners and laptops. These items need to be stowed away for these phases of the flight to avoid injuries in case of an emergency.