YOUR FREE PRECISION AIR MAGAZINE Issue 94, April - June 2019
Sizzling seafood CHANCE TO WIN A MEAL FOR TWO AT ZANZIBAR RESTAURANT THE ROCK
/ INLINE SKATING IN NAIROBI / WISH-LIST / SMART SPEAKERS / BRIGHT BRIDAL GOWNS / ORION TABORA HOTEL
Bridal Gowns – Page 7
Issue 94, April - June 2019 7 BRIGHT NOT WHITE WEDDINGS
We take a look at the colourful gowns of Kenya’s Ogake Bridal
4 NEWS Dodoma here we come
10 PICTURE SPECIAL
Keeping up with Nairobi’s daredevil street skaters
12 STREAMING SUCCESS IN EAST AFRICA
The rise of the smart speaker
23 INVESTING IN SOCIAL INNOVATION
How Tanzania is building a modern economy
26 FREESTYLE FOOTBALL STAR
Economical e-taxi service hits the streets of Dar
30 WHY THE ZEBRA GOT ITS STRIPES
A new study reveals the reason for animal's distinctive markings
32 SETTLE BACK ON THE SSESE ISLANDS
Ugandan archipelago is the perfect place to relax
34 GOING UNDERGROUND
Explore a world of stalactites and snake gods at Amboni Caves Paa Tanzania
18 PAA STAY Leafy luxury at the historic Orion Tabora Hotel 22 COMPETITION Win a meal for two at The Rock restaurant
Tanzanian mum impresses US President Trump
28 LITTLE CAB
6 THE WISH LIST Go nude with these interiors ideas 15 PAA DINING Inside Zanzibar’s iconic restaurant The Rock
A look at local music sharing sites
20 TECH ROUND-UP
Precision Air Info 5 Paa News 37 Paa Royal Benefits 38 Route Network 39 Paa Contacts 40 Welcome Aboard
Cover picture courtesy of: The Rock Zanzibar
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Greetings! It’s my pleasure to welcome you on board this Precision Air flight and to the latest edition of Paa. Inside, you’ll find fun as well as thought-provoking features on the people and places across our network of destinations. It may be our 25th anniversary year here at Precision Air, but we’re not resting on our laurels. April sees an exciting addition to our growing network of destinations with the introduction of six weekly flights to Dodoma. These flights not only connect Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro airports directly with the Tanzania capital, but also link the country’s newest city to the rest of the Precision Air network, including Mwanza, Arusha and Nairobi, through our hub airport at Dar. The new flights recognise the growing importance of Dodoma. The capital is attracting development and investment in the wake of President Dr John Pombe Magufuli’s decision to move all government departments and staff from Dar to Dodoma. Precision Air is proud to be a part of such developments, improving air transport links to the capital. Dodoma’s is just an hour’s flight from Dar and, with take-off times in the morning and evening, it’s possible for business travellers to make their meetings and return home without the need for an overnight stay. However, there’s plenty in Dodoma to warrant a longer stay – as this edition of Paa will prove. Our aim is that you should always be happy with our services, so please let us know if your recent experience has been anything short of excellent by emailing email@example.com
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Latest from Tanzania’s leading airline Destined for Dodoma: We now fly six days a week to capital
Dodoma top five: What to see on your trip to the capital 1. Bunge Dodoma is full of grandiose and imposing state buildings and none more so than the home of Tanzania’s parliament. It is open to visitors during sessions – you’ll need your passport – and at other times it is still worth taking in the building, which was built to withstand earthquakes, from the outside. Photography is strictly prohibited, though.
2. Lion Rock Lion Rock, also called ‘Simba Hill’ or ‘Mlimwa’ in Swahili, is a hilly area in the north of Dodoma that is great to hike. Getting to the top affords you a beautiful view over the entire city.
3. Leone l’Africano
Precision Air has announced the start of six flights a week to Tanzania’s capital and newest city, Dodoma, from Dar es Salaam. The new routes will be introduced from 1 April and will include flights between Kilimanjaro and Dodoma. The airline’s marketing and corporate affairs manager, Hillary Mremi, said: “We will operate six flights a week, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Wednesday and Friday the flight will operate via Kilimanjaro while the rest of the days it will be a direct flight.” The flights will also connect Dodoma with other destinations in the Precision Air network through the hub airport of Dar. Mr Mremi said: “Our new flight will connect Dodoma with Mtwara, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha and Nairobi via Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro. Passengers from these destinations can easily connect to Dodoma with our flights, thereby connecting communities, which is one of our key missions.” The direct flight to Dodoma will depart Dar es Salaam at 9.15 am and arrive in Dodoma at 10.20 am, while the triangular flight via Kilimanjaro will depart at 2 pm and arrive in Dodoma at 4.50 pm. Returning flights from Dodoma will depart at 10.45 am and arrive in Dar es Salaam at 11.50 am while the flight via Kilimanjaro will depart at 5.15 pm and arrive in Kilimanjaro at 6.15 pm and in Dar es Salaam at 8.05 pm. The morning take-off times and evening returns in Dar mean that business trips can be arranged to Dodoma without having to book overnight stays in the capital. To book flights, visit www.precisionairtz.com
Located in the shadow of Lion’s Rock and the perfect spot to refuel after your hiking excursions is this authentic Italian pizza joint. The pizzas are huge and cooked in a traditional pizza oven. Homemade Italian cakes are also available as is a playground and a 12-hole mini-golf course.
4. Majengo Market This bustling street market is great to explore and there are some excellent examples of traditional crafts for sale, such as local cloth, classic wicker baskets and handmade wooden utensils.
5. Aladdin’s Cave Like its name suggests, this shop in the Madukani district is full of treasures. You can find a huge selection of old favourite sweets and chocolates and it also serves veggie burgers and pizzas.
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Bridal Gowns All images: Ogake Bridal
A showstopping gown from Ogaka Bridal Studios
Why Kenyan brides are saying ‘I do’ to bright, not white wedding dresses There’s a growing trend for colourful wedding gowns in East Africa, with some of the most breathtaking examples coming out of Ogake Bridal studios in Nairobi
our wedding day is likely
the rules a little bit for a more
to be one of the impor-
contemporary take on bridal.”
tant days of your life. For
Ogake runs Ogake Bridal, a
the bride, such a special day
fashion house set up in 2013
requires a dress that is similarly
which has refined its focus in
unique, reflects her character
recent years to create beautiful
and, of course, makes her look
bridal and evening gowns with
gorgeous. In finding that ‘one’
artisanal and couture detailing.
dress, many Kenyan women are
The bespoke gowns are created
looking beyond the traditional
from a variety of exclusive fabrics
white wedding gown for
and trims that are handpicked
something more original and
from around the world with the
modern, savvy woman in mind.
It’s a trend Nairobi-based designer Ogake Mosomi,
who specialises in handmade
The show-stopping dresses have
wedding gowns, is happy to cater
built a considerable renown for
for. “We are allowing women to
Ogake. She was the Designer to
dream,” she says, “and blurring
Watch at the 2017 Kenya Fashion Continued
Awards and has designed gowns
to come up with something special.
for such high-profile clients as CNN
It starts with a long discussion
journalist Zain Asher, Kiss 100 radio
about what they’re looking for, their
host Adelle Onyango and Capital FM
ceremony, body type, wedding
presenter Anita Nderu. All the dresses
theme and personality. Then we look
are personal – Ogake encourages
at fabrics that are suitable and sketch
collaboration with her clients
the design based on our discussion.
throughout the process – and made
When the sketch is approved, we go
with time, love and care – a lot like a
into production. From the first meet-
ing to collection, an ideal timeframe
Dream gowns made locally “Our process is consultative,” she says, “meaning clients come with
Brides are leaning more towards gowns that define them and have personal touches. They’re also in touch with international trends During the client consultations, Defining dress
Nairobi-based Ogake will entertain even the most outrageous ideas.
is six months, though as little as one
Coloured gowns are a challenge
or two months is OK if we’re not too
she and her six-strong team have
Discerning Kenyan brides-to-be
ideas and we give them professional
are loving the fact they can have
Pushing the boundaries
input and help them sort through
their dream gown made locally and
“The very first coloured gown
the many ideas they have [in order]
to exacting international standards.
we did was exciting,” she says,
train and strings of ivory beads that stretch harp-like across the body; a dress with a tufted bustle in layers of aquamarine and white that look like breaking waves; and a mermaidthemed gown with stunning dip-dyed green colouring. Does Ogake think the popularity of these colourful gowns means the end of the once totemic white wedding dresses? “No way! The white dress is here to stay. And we’re not trying to dispute its place in bridal fashion. We’re saying you can wear what you want and be you on your big day. "As long as the client is true to “because it felt like we were pushing
There are also more practical
the boundaries in our own small way.
advantages to eschewing white,
The more outrageous it is, the better.
cream or ivory wedding gowns.
We like to challenge the status quo.”
Ogake, who studied in the UK for
As to the reason for the growing
Brides-to-be want their own look
herself, it really doesn’t matter whether the dress is coloured or white.” 55 Because Ogake and her team
a degree in fashion design, says:
want to give each of their clients
trend for colourful bridal gowns,
“There are brides who come with the
‘100 per cent of their attention’
Ogake believes it signals that more
intention of making a gown that is
they work on appointment only.
women are taking control of their
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look for their big day. “It’s certainly a growing trend in Kenya,” she says. “Brides are leaning
"In this case, a coloured gown
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would be advantageous as white is
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tricky to wear to other events.”
more towards gowns that define
This use of colour coupled with
them and have personal touches.
eye-catching, hand-crafted detail
They’re also in touch with interna-
makes for some dramatic dresses.
tional trends, more mature and able
Recent one-off designs that the
to make more decisions for their
Ogake Bridal studio has produced
include a scarlet gown with a ruffled
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Get ‘inline’ for Nairobi’s skating craze
raffic in Nairobi is often brought to a fuming, frustrated standstill in the rush hour – but it doesn’t stop a team of stylishly kitted-out inline skaters, who weave
between cars and matatus and jump potholes, seemingly oblivious to the potential dangers. When the traffic loosens up and vehicles hit upwards of 70 mph on the Thika superhighway, the skaters are still there, enjoying the smooth bitumen on these main roads and drafting behind each other for maximum speed.
Second-hand skates The inline skating, or Rollerblading, craze has hit Nairobi hard. It’s easy to pick up a pair of skates here. Stores such as Skate Station Nairobi, in the central business district, sell hundreds of second-hand pairs collected
from charity bundles sent from Western countries, where the fad has long since dwindled. On top of the adrenalin rush and driver-annoying thrills of road skating, the best inline skaters can make money by giving lessons to youngsters looking to take up the sport. A popular place for lessons and for beginners to
gain confidence is Sunken Park, an empty lot in the central business district. Here every Sunday afternoon you’ll find kids taking classes alongside freestylers, finessing moves such as the footgun, a sort of pistol squat on skates.
Caught on camera Duncan Moore, a visual journalist working in Nairobi, recently spent time with some of the city’s skaters and captured their daredevil skills on camera. “Skating has emerged as more than just a fad in Nairobi,” he says. “The same risk-takers who dodge cars in rush hour are now training the next generation of skaters.” For more information on Duncan’s work, visit www.duncanmooremedia.com A selection of these images first appeared in the UK's ‘The Guardian’ newspaper.
All images: Duncan Moore
1. Nelson Mbusyei and Angela Martha practise the move known as the
5. Nairobiâ€™s central business district in the afternoon rush hour.
footgun. 2. Lenny Alvin and Allan Ayigah gain speed before turning onto the highway. 3. A lone skater makes the most of some relatively light afternoon traffic.
6. Kids take part in a Sunday afternoon skating lesson. 7. A freestyle skater practises his moves in the Sunken Park. Once a week the parking lot is opened to the skating public, offering a refuge from the car-congested streets.
4. Skating beginners build their confidence in Sunken Park.
8. Kenneth Wanjohi inside Skate Station Nairobi. 8
East Africa is going with the stream Musicians across Africa are making a living from their art thanks to a number of home-grown online music platforms championing local talent and the widespread adoption of mobile phones. Paa looks at some of the best streaming services available to East African music fans.
treaming is now the way
the changing musical landscape.
Besides simply creating revenue,
most of the world listens to
Most artists here are happy with
popular music. It’s a situa-
the cut the audio content sharing sites
the trends in contemporary pop music
tion plenty in the music business
give them for each song played, or for
towards globalisation and multi-artist
are not happy with. Many artists
a small percentage of the advertising
collaborations, exemplified in the
feel they have lost the rights to
revenue from free ad-supported
recent East/West Africa team-up
their music and cannot make a
streaming, because just a few years
between Ghana’s Stonebwoy and
living on the minuscule amount
ago, before the arrival of these licensed
they receive each time someone
platforms, streaming was the domain
streams one of their songs. Even
of illegal, unlicensed sites that paid
the biggest global players in
streaming services can’t make a
the streaming sites have keyed into
Stream your favourite music
Diamond Platnumz, from Tanzania, on Morgan Heritage’s single ‘Africa x Jamaica’.
Building a broad fanbase
success of it, apparently. Spotify
Easy mobile payments
recently chalked up record losses
Many East Africans don’t have bank
reach new audiences and build their
despite having 140 million active
accounts but do have smart phones,
fanbase across borders. The sites are
users and Jay Z’s Tidal, despite – or
so that easy mobile payments have
also keen to foster close ties with artists
perhaps because of – the efforts of
become a reality. This presents a huge
and be seen as supporters of locally
Kanye West, seems to be circling
new market for the music industry.
produced music by pushing new
Through streaming, people here now
releases, videos and live shows. Music
The streaming sites help African artists
have the ability to consume music
fans will often subscribe to a streaming
in East Africa such as Mdundo, Mziiki
at affordable prices, because costs
service as a sign of support for their
and Mkito seem to have hit upon
for smart phones and data are falling
business models that make the most of
However, music-streaming services
amid the tunes – an, if you’re using Mziiki’s
app you can save content to play offline as
How to listen: Download Mziiki
app or visit www.mziiki.com
music is free to stream – with ads slotted
The streaming platform encourages its
Mziiki is a free music streaming service from
users to spread the word on its artists with the
Tanzania powered by leading mobile content
option of sharing songs on Facebook, Twitter
and platform provider Spice VAS Africa. It
and via email. It even allows users to dedicate
has over 1,500 local and international artists
songs – with a heartfelt message – to other
on board, including 800 sub-Saharan artists
members and to create their own playlists of
signed to exclusive distribution deals. All the
According to its latest figures, Mdundo
rhythm and blues, DJ mixes, gospel,
(Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda,
has 1.5 million active users each month,
dancehall, taarab, rhumba and AfroPop
with 462 of its songs being downloaded
– and all for free if they can put up
How to listen: Download Mdundo app
every two minutes. Kenya, Tanzania,
with the advertising messages that will
on Android Playstore or visit
Uganda and Nigeria are its strongest
appear between tracks. The premium
territories, but it also has healthy
service is available globally and in Kenya
followings across the continent as far as
and, just recently, Tanzania, through
Kenya-based Mdundo was set up in
Ghana and Mali in the west and Egypt in
Mobile Money for the equivalent of
2013 in collaboration with some of
US$ 3 a month. Here, customers will be
the top names in African music and
The company, which is financed by
able to make high-quality downloads of
markets itself as one of the few music
Google-backed seed fund 88mph,
their tracks to play offline and will get
marketplaces centred on supporting
has been able to stretch its influence
streaming without commercial breaks.
artists from the continent. There’s
globally. It signed a deal with Warner
In keeping with the mission of
much to back up this claim. Rather
Music Group to license its Mdundo App,
Mdundo, customers are encouraged to
than offering a sliver of money for each
which allows African music fans across
subscribe to be a part of encouraging
song streamed, Mdundo shares half its
the world to stream music or pay for
revenue from advertisements in its free,
premium content using Google Wallet.
ad-supported service with its current
Unsurprisingly, African artists have been
roster of 40,000 artists and they also split
signing up in droves. There are currently
half of the income from subscriptions
more than 50,000 acts sharing their
to the site’s premium service in which
work on Mdundo. The site does plenty
tracks can be downloaded to play
to publicise artists through its website
and social media platforms promoting
The rapidly expanding service also offers
new releases, videos and events.
regional artists a chance to grow their
As for its customers, they get to choose
fanbase and sell their music legitimately
from one of Africa’s biggest music
across the continent and beyond.
catalogues with the latest in hip hop,
zouk, soul, reggae, traditional music
each has their own profile in the site
and poems. Users from across the
with their biography, album news and
globe can buy content from Mkito
their new music releases.
How to listen: Website mkito.com or
through MasterCard, Visa and PesaPal.
Mkito APK app
Customers in Tanzania can buy downloads using mobile money and,
Mkito.com is a Tanzania-based
once they set up an account, they’re
company that launched in 2014 and
allowed to download 10 tracks for free
aims to give its register of East African
Mdundo Top 5 (March 2019)
1. Hauwezi Kushindana, by Goodluck Gozbert
2. Shukurani, by Goodluck Gozbert 3. Milele feat. Ali Kiba, by Godzilla 4. Lokote feat. Hanstone, by Mau Sama 5. Malaika, by Nyashinski
Mkito Top 5 (top tracks based on download numbers)
1. Kufa Au Kupona, by Kla Pina 2. Taifa La Kesho, by Professor Jay 3. Mtaalam Wa Dar feat. Kisamaki, by
artists a fair share of revenue gener-
These tracks come attached to a
ated by sales. It shares 60 per cent of
five-second advert, so the artists still
all proceeds generated from music
get paid for every download. Every
sales and downloads with the artists.
song on the site is available to stream in
4. Need You To Reign, by
Users get to choose from the latest
30-second taster snippets to help you
releases in Afrobeat, genge, bongo
decide on you purchases; and you can
5. Kokoro feat. Diamond Platnumz, by
flava, Swahili rap, jazz, Singeli, taarab,
learn more about each artist, because
Mh Temba Angel Benard Rich Mavoko
Images courtesy of: The Rock images
A foodies' fantasy island Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Rock restaurant is one of Zanzibar’s most iconic sights
Screamingly fresh seafood at The Rock
he Rock restaurant is so
dining experiences in the world. It
sands, a paddle or a swim. There’s
magical it doesn’t seem
can be found on Zanzibar’s relaxed,
also a water taxi laid on by the hotel
real. How could this seven-
sparsely populated south-east coast,
if you’ve dressed up for the occasion
metre-high rock stand alone in the
where small coastal fishing villages
and don’t fancy getting wet.
crystal-clear shallows of Zanzibar’s
are the extent of development. On an
Michanwi Pingwe beach and how
island famed for its dreamlike fringes
Panoramic ocean views
could it provide the platform for
of golden coast, this area has arguably
Once you climb the wooden staircase
the restaurant’s beautiful palm-
the best of its beaches and you’ll most
to the restaurant, you can take in the
thatched huts and landscaped
likely just be sharing them with ladies
wondrous views of the Indian Ocean
gardens? Surely some CGI trickery
collecting seashells or seaweed or kids
afforded by its unique setting. There’s
has been involved here? It looks
playing football. Among them is the
an outdoor terrace where guests
like something conjured up in
palm-lined Michanwi Pingwe, with its
can enjoy drinks before or after their
Peter Jackson’s design studios for
powder-fine sand, aquamarine waters
meal. Sunsets are special around here
‘The Lord of the Rings’ films.
and The Rock.
and taking them in while sipping a
But the former fishing post, now a
Depending on the tide, getting
14-table restaurant, is very real, offering
from the beach to the restaurant
one of the most iconic and exclusive
will involve a short walk across the
cocktail or two from The Rock’s bar is hard to beat. As for the food, frankly, The Rock’s
Paa Dining / The Rock, Zanzibar www.precisionairtz.com
setting is so splendid that a cheese
Firman blends these Zanzibari
havoc with bookings. As a solution,
sandwich eaten here would feel
touches with classic Italian cuisine
the restaurant has set up Zanzicar, a
like a wonderful meal. However, the
– his coconut tiramisu is extremely
reliable and reasonably priced taxi
menu, inspired by Zanzibar’s natural
popular – and the menu offers a
service that picks you up from your
resources, genuinely lives up to its
range of pasta and gnocchi dishes
hotel, takes you to the restaurant and
such as spaghetti with crab and
will be waiting when you want to
Fresh flavours Ingredients are locally sourced
fresh tomato sauce and home-made tagliolini with fried aubergines. The Rock is one of Zanzibar’s more
return. The taxi can be booked online Homemade pasta Italian influence
when you make your meal booking.
wherever possible, including
expensive restaurants – main courses
Protecting the environment
seafood harvested from the reefs
range in price from US$ 20 for the
Another option is to stay at one of the
around the restaurant. Game fish is
home-made potato gnocchi with
nearby hotels, Kichanga Lodge and
caught daily by local fishermen and
prawns and Zanzibar vanilla to US$ 63
Dongwe Ocean View, which flank The
vegetables are grown locally. Try the
for The Rock Special – but the quality
Rock along the Michamvi coast.
screamingly fresh octopus salad or
of the cuisine is excellent and it’s hard
The Rock Special, which piles your
to put a price on the unique setting.
actively support the Kichanga
plate with grilled lobster, cigal, king
Certainly, many people think so,
Foundation, set up in 2005 to
prawns, octopus and calamari. Chef
with tables in high demand. The Rock
preserve the environment of
and part-owner Nigel Firman also
only has room for a maximum of 45
Michanwi and its people. Its projects
makes fine use of the Spice Island’s
guests, so it’s essential to book ahead.
have included teaching local
rich selection of flavourings such
Such a packed reservation timeta-
The Rock and the two hotels
community members how to swim
as clove, cinnamon, cumin, saffron,
ble has fallen foul of some of the less
and improving methods of collecting,
ginger, red curry and cardamom.
exacting unlicensed taxi services on
sorting and recycling waste.
There’s an avalanche of flavour in the
the island. The remote restaurant is a
fish carpaccio, seasoned with lime,
10-minute drive from Paje, 45 minutes
the residents of Michamvi and
coconut and fresh chilli pepper, while
from Stone Town and an hour and a
such projects are its way of saying
the squid tandoori is a creamy delight
half from Nungwi, on the northern-
thank-you for its amazing, but very
in a coconut milk and spinach sauce.
most tip, and late arrivals can play
Paa Dining / The Rock, Zanzibar 16
The Rock has been leased from
More restaurants in unique locations in East Africa Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya This fine-dining restaurant at Diani Beach is situated 10 metres below ground within a naturally formed coral cave. The cave is open to the sky, so evening meals are wonderfully romantic, lit by a roof of stars. The speciality here is seafood, but there’s also a vegetarian menu. The restaurant offers free pick-up and drop-off at hotels along Diani Beach. Visit www.alibarbours.co
Akemi Restaurant, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania The unique selling point of this restaurant, located in the tallest building in Tanzania’s commercial capital, is that it revolves, giving diners a 360-degree panoramic view of the city. The food is international with an Oriental and Indian flavour. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are offered and every Friday there is a live band in the bar area. Visit akemidining.com
The Pearl of Africa Restaurant and Champagne Bar, Kampala, Uganda
This fine-dining experience in the Serena Hotel in Kampala offers the ultimate in opulence. Guests can choose from carefully crafted international, national and regional cuisine, but it’s the unashamedly grand ambience that truly impresses. There’s an outdoor fountain-filled, an exclusive private dining room (to seat 12) and a central dining room with a raised piano dais, where a resident pianist plays each night. Visit www.serenahotels.com
The Rock, Zanzibar For reservations, visit: www.therockrestaurantzanzibar.com, call +255 776591360 or email email@example.com
A luxurious taste of regenerated Tabora Images courtesy of: The Orion Tabora Hotel
A successful investment programme has turned Tabora from sleepy town to thriving metropolis. Precision Air, with five flights a week from Dar, is a major player in its expansion and the historic Orion Tabora Hotel is an ideal place to hang out for Taborians and the new influx of visitors.
abora, an attractive town in the hinterland of Western Tanzania, is a sweet little
place – and not just because the regions surrounding it are famous for producing a particularly powerful and delicious strain of honey. You’ll find a number of stalls selling large jerrycans and bottles of the famous liquid in the town’s markets. The honey industry here is just one sector of business in Tabora, which has recently been earmarked as an investment opportunity by a development programme led by the Tanzania Investment Centre and the Millennium Cities Initiative with other avenues including dairy products, edible oil, tobacco, timber and cotton processing and tourism. As a result of this, coupled with improvements to the town’s infrastructure such as a new airport and road links opening up markets across Tanzania and to neighbouring countries, the once-sleepy town is on its way to becoming a thriving metropolis.
Beautiful grounds Among those benefiting from the influx of business is the Orion Tabora Hotel, centrally located in Station Road, which offers a leafy, welcoming haven and some of the finest food for miles for commercial and leisure travellers. Gorgeous grounds
The hotel has well kept gardens and a play area
The hotel’s verdant loveliness begins at its entrance, where a cascading fountain is surrounded by rose bushes – a wonderful sight when in bloom. Further in, the welltended and extensive grounds – “A mini forest in Tabora town centre,” says Hannah Poley Ahmed, the hotel’s acting day manager – are quite beautiful and the Orion’s two suites,
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The Orion Tabora Hotel offers a leafy, welcoming haven and some of the finest food for miles for commercial and leisure travellers seven deluxe rooms and 12 standard
areas. As well as its immaculate
rooms all offer views of its soothing
gardens, the outdoor space at the
greenery. To get a true taste of the
Orion contains a children’s play area
Orion’s history, ask for rooms in the
and even a five-a-side football pitch.
Kaiser Wing, which have screened
Diners at the restaurant have a
porches within the grounds. This
great view of the gardens from its
wing dates back to the hotel’s first
outdoor seating area. The restaurant
incarnation as a hunting lodge for
is renowned as the best in town with
Kaiser Wilhelm II and his barons when
a menu that draws on Indian, Chinese
Tabora was the leading administrative
and continental dishes as well as local
centre of central German East Africa
cuisine and barbecues.
in the early 1900s.
Almost all rooms offer views of the garden
Tabora is known as the fruit capital
“It’s a popular place to watch the
of Western Tanzania – its streets are
game, listen to good music, meet
lined with mango trees planted by
friends, play pool and socialise,” says
There are more remnants of Tabora’s
Omani traders when the town was a
Hannah. “The new-look bar has a wide
German colonial past scattered
major trading hub in the 19th century
selection of beers and spirits.
around the town, such as the Boma
– and the hotel chefs pack their
Fort, Railway Station and Railway
dishes with fresh produce.
College, but the Orion has been
The gated, secure, family-run Omani was once an obtrusively luxurious
“All our main ingredients are
presence among Tabora’s quaint
much expanded since those days.
fresh from the Tabora market,” says
charms, but the town’s economic
Under British rule, the Princess
Hannah. “Whole barbecued fish,
revival means more visitors are getting
Margaret Wing was added in 1956 to
chicken tikka masala, mishkaki,
to experience its warm welcome.
mark the princess’s tour of East Africa,
pepper steak, beef burgers and fried
with the Livingstone Wing being
pork are among the favourite dishes,
added soon after.
but there are so many more.”
More extensions came after 2003
Breakfast is included in the room
when the hotel was privatised and
rate here, but the restaurant stays
became the Orion Tabora Hotel with
open throughout the day, offering
another wing, Mirambo – named
lunches and evening meals until
after a Taborian chief – added which
contains two spacious suites, each with a living room, kitchen, dining
Popular meeting place
room, large bedroom, bathroom and
The restaurant is as popular with
a private outside sitting area.
Taborians as visitors to the town and
All rooms, including the two
locals also like to hang out at the
budget single rooms, come with
hotel’s newly renovated bar, which
free Wi-Fi and TV, but there is plenty
can attract quite a crowd when its
to draw guests away from these
big-screen TVs are showing a football
comforts in the hotel’s communal
match or other sporting event.
The Orion's bar
Orion Tabora Hotel For the latest events at the hotel and to inquire about a booking, visit the hotel’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oriontaborahotel
SPEAKERS ARE GETTING SMART
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Smart speakers are the ‘must have’ in-home gadget of the moment and their popularity looks future-proofed as Apple, Amazon, Google and others get in on the AI action and their applications increase to running everything from home security to your living-room lights. While one could argue that life wasn’t that bad when we had to switch on our own lights by hand, there is no doubt they offer plenty that’s useful – and all through voice control. The only thing they can’t help you with is choosing – from the wide variety on the market – a virtual assistant in your home. Don’t worry, Paa is here to help with five of the best.
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Price: US$ 170
If you’re going to play a lot of music on your smart speaker and it
Google has arrived fashionably late at the smart speaker party with
will function as your home hi-fi system, then the Sonos One, with
the stylish Google Home. Of course, you have the super-smart
its weighty, full-bodied sound, should be your choice. You could
Google Assistant built in, which can tell you everything from the
make it sound even better by buying two speakers, which can then
price of aeroplane tickets to random facts such as what is the
be combined to create a stereo pair capable of filling a room with
world’s largest spider – it’s the Giant Huntsman, by the way. It does
hi-fi-like focus – which for US$ 500 is quite an accomplishment. The
have a tendency to misinterpret requests, but you no longer have
Sonos One is also Alexa-enabled, so you can attach separate speak-
to say ‘Hey, Google’ before every request with the introduction of
ers to different zones in the house and command them by voice
the Continued Conversation feature. The options for music stream-
(for example, ‘Play Diamond Platnumz in the kitchen’) However,
ing are huge, with Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify and
despite early word from Sonos to the contrary, the speaker has
Pandora at your disposal, and it also works as a Wi-Fi speaker thanks
arrived without Google Assistant support. Apparently, though, this
to its built-in Google Cast capabilities. Its expanding hardware
is imminent and will make the Sonos One hard to beat in the smart
system isn’t as great as the Echo, but it’s growing all the time and
incorporating new languages, beyond English, to work in.
Great sound quality
No Google Assistant
Huge song library to
Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen)
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Amazon Echo (2nd Gen)
Price: US$ 120
Price US$ 180
Price: US$ 300
Amazon’s speaker has had a makeover in
This is the higher-end choice among the
Apple finally puts some skin in the game
looks, with a new fabric finish, and is now
Amazon range, with improved sound
in the smart speaker battle with the
even more affordable. The sound quality
quality – louder and bassier – powered by
attractive, minimally designed HomePod.
is not at the level of the Apple HomePod
experts Dolby and more smart home func-
It helps if you’re an Apple fanatic already
or Sonos One, but it’s pretty good for
tions. Featuring a dedicated Zigbee hub,
as the HomePad will link nicely with your
the price. The number of services Alexa
the Echo Plus Gen 2 is all set to control
other Apple home products. As a speaker
can offer users increases every week – it
compatible smart home devices – without
it sounds great, but you’ll need a subscrip-
can already call you an Uber and do your
the need for a separate control hub. Simply
tion to Apple Music to stream tunes and
online shopping for you – but its AI still
ask Alexa to control Zigbee smart lights,
there’s no Bluetooth streaming function.
doesn’t quite match the intelligence of
plugs and other smart home functions.
Voice control is through Siri, which works
Now with a built-in temperature sensor,
accurately, but there’s little scope for it to
the Echo Plus Gen 2 works even more
implement with other devices.
smartly with heating systems, too. Great option for the price
More smart home functions
Links well with other Apple products
Sound quality is limited
Audio quality still can’t compete
Tied to the Apple ecosystem
with Sonos and Apple
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Building a better future through technology Tanzania has climbed 31 positions in the Global Innovation Index thanks to the financial and technical support of the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) and a band of ‘great people with great ideas’ who have revolutionised how people live in this country. Here, we learn more about how the fund works and meet some of the innovators it is putting its weight behind.
Classroom tech E-readers help engage pupils
he rapid advancement of
Fund (HDIF). This five-year, US$ 40
access to basic services in Tanzania, to
million challenge fund provided
apply for grants.
ideas to tackle some of
by UKAid, which gave financial and
HDIF team leader David B. McGinty
Tanzania’s toughest develop-
technical support to innovative
says the fund has exceeded its goals
mental challenges has led to the
approaches to helping the poor and
in the adoption of innovation in
country moving up 31 positions
underrepresented across Tanzania,
Tanzania over the past five years. “We
in the Global Innovation Index
was due to end in 2018, but such
have been able to support 43 innova-
over the past five years. Tanzania
has been its impact that it’s being
tions in health, education and WASH
now stands at 92 in the index – an
extended until July 2021.
[water, sanitation and hygiene] with
annual ranking of countries by
When HDIF was launched in May
over twice as many success stories as
their capacity for, and success in,
2014 it identified education, gender
innovation – with only Kenya, at
inequity, health and water, sanitation
78, ahead of it among East African
and hygiene as key factors holding
mVacciNation, an app devised by
back development in Tanzania. It
Vodafone and Amref Health Africa
invited registered organisations,
to improve the recording and
years owes much to the work of the
which had come up with ingenious,
monitoring of vaccine supplies in
Human Development Innovation
tech-savvy solutions to advance
the Geita and Shinyanga regions,
The progress over the past five
we anticipated,” he says. Among those success stories is
where there is a high rate of infant mortality. It enables health care
HDIF success story: Shule Direct Shule Direct is a key player in pushing Tanzania’s drive towards ‘education for all’. The not-for-profit social enterprise provides local and accessible digital learning content for young learners in the most remote and destitute parts of the country. Its mobile learning platform, Makini SMS, allows students to ask academic questions to
get real-time responses from teachers through the ‘Ask Ticha Kidevu’ feature. Shule Direct’s co-founder, Iku Lazaro, wanted to use her ICT skills developed in the telecoms industry to create social impact and to inspire more women to get involved in innovation and technology. She says: “We need women role models in every industry. Our society must embrace people for their abilities, not for their gender.”
practitioners equipped with tablets or smartphones to view and record patient vaccination histories and send appointment reminders by SMS. Vaccination coverage went up from 90 to 98 per cent during the project.
Provable benefits There were also provable benefits to the work of the Campaign For Female Education (Camfed) and the e-book library Worldreader in providing vulnerable secondary school
students in the Iringa region with
government’s Ministry of Health,
scale up its English literacy e-reader
technology-supported learning. The
Community Development, Gender,
project to reach 50 secondary schools
project had identified many pupils as
Elderly and Children has approached
in the Tanga and Coast Region.
struggling with the transition from
Amref Health Africa to expand mVac-
primary school to secondary school
cinNation to hard-to-reach children
successful projects such as these are
when the language of instruction
in the country. Camfed has also
sustainable. The extension to HDIF’s
turns abruptly to English. This led to
managed to bring in other donors to
tenure shows there is still work to be
many pupils, girls especially, dropping out of school. Using Worldreader’s library of digital books on e-readers helped foster the enjoyment of reading and speaking in English and resulted in a huge reduction in pupil dropouts. By training young
It’s crucial to the work of HDIF that
done to achieve this, but McGinty
‘There is a growing awareness of the role that innovation can play in finding solutions to large and pervasive development challenges’
says huge strides have been made. “Our target was that 30 per cent of the innovations we support would be adopted by the end of our funding,” he says. “However, we are currently realising results over 50 per cent
female secondary school graduates
adoption. (This is amazing given that
as learner guides, the project also
a global rule of thumb is that only 10
supported learning and employment
per cent of start-ups are successful.)
prospects for young women.
“So, we are confident that with our type of support the programmes are
sustainable. However, there is more
Perhaps what is most impressive
work to be done to improve the busi-
about these two projects is that
ness and technology environment
they have been able to survive,
to encourage and incentivise more
and even flourish, once the HDIF
investment and more start-ups.”
funding period is over. The Tanzanian
In ensuring it leaves behind a
HDIF success story: Ubongo HDIF awarded one of its grants to Ubongo, a non-profit social enterprise that creates ‘edutainment’ programmes for children. The cartoons were launched in Tanzania but are now broadcast across other parts of West Africa and East Africa, helping to build children’s literacy and numeracy skills and provide strong role models for young girls.
are caring and respectful of women and girls. Ubongo’s chief operating officer, Doreen Kessy, believes the edutainment programmes are vital in encouraging young people to think big and follow their curiosity and ambition. “In Tanzania, we live in a culture where the quieter the child, the better she is perceived,” she says. “Girls especially are expected to be docile and obedient. It’s a value that’s killing curiosity and hindering innovation.”
One of its programmes, ‘Akili and Me’, reaches over 2.8 million households every week across East Africa through TV, radio and a mobile phone app. The programme has a high representation of female characters, showing young girls Ubongo is a powerful example of how (and female animals) who are intelligent, Headinginnovation can be used to challenge Caption curious, active, friendly and not subserharmful social norms and inspire the vient to boys or men. The show also underrepresented in society. promotes images of boys and men who
culture of confidence in innovation,
by how the people of Tanzania,
HDIF has been working closely with
especially its youth, have taken to
the Tanzania Commission for Science
the challenges and opportunities of
and Technology (COSTECH), universi-
shaping their own and their country’s
ties and community groups focused
future. It fills him with hope that this
on social innovation to build their
is only the beginning of great things
capacity to take a leading role once
the fund is over.
“New start-ups and hubs are cropping up every day,” he says. “There is growing awareness of the role
COSTECH has been involved in
that innovation can play in finding
the growth of innovation ‘hubs’
solutions to large and pervasive
across Tanzania. These centres of
development challenges. The energy
community-driven collaboration offer
and passion of the youth with whom
training and support for entrepre-
we work is only growing as they
neurs and early stage companies.
experience the power of digital
There are now more than 40 hubs
technology to improve their lives
in the country looking for the next
and communities. HDIF will continue
drivers of innovation. More than half
to support Tanzanian partners to
are in the greater Dar region – includ-
improve the business environment to
ing the flagship Buni Hub set up by
encourage more start-ups, collabora-
COSTECH – but you’ll find them in all
tion and investments.”
major towns in Tanzania. The majority do not charge for their services. McGinty has been impressed
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HDIF success story: Gongali Nanofilter HDIF has been keen to provide economic empowerment to female entrepreneurs who are struggling to get their ideas off the ground due to barriers such as lack of family backing, restricted access to finance and limited self-confidence. It supported Ruth Elineema, who works alongside her husband, Dr Askwar Hilonga, designer of the award-winning Nanofilter, to bring sustainable drinking water to communities in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania. As well as selling the low-cost filter to individual households, the couple’s enterprise, Gongali Model Company, also leases them to third parties running Heading Nanofilter stations, who then sell the Caption
purified water to their communities. All the entrepreneurs running the stations are women, often from poor backgrounds and with little or no education. Gongali provides them with training and business skills as well as giving them and their families access to safe and clean water. So far, Gongali has set up 30 water stations and HDIF has provided funding for a further one hundred.
How kick-ups queen Hadhara won over Twitter and Trump A Tanzanian mother’s freestyle football skills have gone viral, even catching the attention of the US President, who called them 'amazing' When President
went viral. To date it has been watched
more than 10 million times, earning 125,000
takes to Twitter,
retweets and more than 400,000 likes.
the world often fears the worst. Yet on a
Along the way it has warmed the hearts of
February morning, amid the usual tirades
notable curmudgeons such as Trump and
against ‘fake news’ and his political
British television host Piers Morgan, who also
rivals came a sweet tweet that just read
shared the clip with the comment “brilliant”.
‘Amazing’. It was fired off from the White House in response to a video Trump had just watched of Tanzanian mother-of-two Hadhara Charles
Former Premier League star Ian Wright was also impressed and has made efforts to contact Hadhara and find out more about her.
Ethiopia. Last year she came third in the first African Freestyle Football Championship.
showing her freestyle footballing skills to a
Representing her country
crowd of fans in Lilongwe, Malawi.
The American news channel CNN got in
popular sport all over the world, the acclaim
‘Amazing’ barely covers it. The 29-year-old
Although freestyle football has become a
touch with Hadhara and discovered she
for Hadhara’s skills has not been matched
Hadhara shows off a dizzying range of flicks
had begun playing football at school at the
by financial rewards and she has a family to
and tricks, keeping the kick-ups going with
age of 12, inspired by watching the World
support. This is why the video caught her
her feet, head and shoulders and even while
Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations and the
in the Malawi capital, where she has been
lying on her back. It’s a selection of skills that
now-retired Brazilian stars Ronaldo and
since January entertaining crowds with
stars of world football would be proud of –
her freestyling skills and can expect the
and all done while wearing an ankle-length skirt and flip-flops.
“I admired them and [they] made me
equivalent of around US$ 4 in her collection
learn football and play with the boys in my school,” said Hadhara. It was clear she had
box at the end of the day.
talent, especially as a freestyler, and soon
Pro football dreams
Perhaps even more amazing was that, to
she was representing Tanzania in events
Hadhara hopes the publicity she has gained
some Twitter users, her skills were seen
in Gabon, Cameroon, South Africa and
through the worldwide sharing of the video,
as beyond human ability and there were
along with the Trump thumbs-up, may lead
accusations that witchcraft must have been
to sponsorship to help achieve her dream of
involved. In her defence, Hadhara said:
becoming a professional player.
but I don’t. There is nothing in this ball. I use my talent, which I have developed for six years of practice. It is pure talent, not black magic.” The video was first shared by Twitter user Akin Sawyerr, with the comment “Talent is evenly distributed, opportunity isn’t” and
“If only I had sponsorship or some deal to Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com
“Some people think that I use black magic,
support myself it will work for me [and] my two children will have enough for food and basic needs,” she said. Are you listening, President Trump? To watch the video, go to: twitter.com/AkinSawyerr
How to master kick-ups Use the bridge of your foot on the laces
• Drop the ball and make contact with it where the toes start. Keep your toes pointed slightly up so that the ball bounces up rather than forward (if you straighten your toes out to point forward, the ball is more likely to bounce away from you.)
Kick-ups on the beach and, far left, Hadhara in Malawi
Start using your non-dominant foot
• Practise your kick-up techniques every day to build the strength in your legs and to form muscle memory for the motion juggling the ball takes. One way to practise is to set a time limit for working on your skills and then increase this time a little bit every day.
Most people have a dominant foot, and it’s easier to let that foot do all the work, but the players who are best at kick-ups will be equally strong with both feet.
• Try to go for 10 seconds straight or for 10 reps without dropping the ball. Set a goal like this and then, as you reach it, set a new, slightly higher goal.
• Start with one bounce at a time off your foot, making sure the ball goes straight up. When you get good at keeping the ball straight, go for more kicks in a row.
Once you get good with your dominant foot, begin practising just as hard with your other foot. This will give your dominant foot a break during competitive kick-ups and give you more options to get a pattern going.
All hail new taxi service on streets of Dar
By Mark Edwards
After its success on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya’s online ride-hailing company, Little Cab, is expanding to Tanzania.
services with a starting squad of 1,000 drivers, says Kukreti, and he expects that number to have quadrupled within a year. Its success seems assured. Dar has no shortage of taxicabs, but many of the private hire vehicles will only accept cash and prices are unreliable, often varying wildly according to the
movements. We have been doing this
whims of the driver. Little Cab, through
in other markets, so for us competition
its downloadable app, offers secure
cashless payments and the fare is
Certainly, Little Cab is now secure
no price surges whatever the Dar traffic
be worth US$ 75 million. It grabbed its
share of the market not just through
Images courtesy of Little Cab
If – or rather when – congestion does
tech-assisted services to passengers.
strike, Little Cab passengers have plenty of options to pass the time.
Kukreti says: “Our drivers are agents.
free in-cab Wi-Fi, share trip details with
offering rides in Dar es
They can sell insurance to you, they
their loved ones or choose an FM radio
Salaam. This should be good
can sell [mobile] airtime, they can pay
station to listen to.
news for passengers, if not for the
electricity and water bills and so earn
city’s notorious levels of traffic
more commission to support their
through the app, which can be down-
earnings. The Little Cab platform is not
loaded at the Little Cab website, but
They can connect to the unlimited
All these features are available
only used to move a customer from
those without a smart phone can still
that its arrival in Nairobi in July 2016
one place to another, it is more than
get a ride. They’re able to make use of
sparked a price war, with established
that. It is an ecosystem.”
a dedicated USSD code, *826#, which
That Little Cab is able to provide
Mondo Ride slashing fares to
these online services is thanks to a
compete. On top of that, its app
partnership with Safaricom – Kenya’s
also offers free in-cab Wi-Fi, while
biggest telecoms operator – which,
its National Transport and Safety
along with the banking software
Authority-approved fleet ranges from
company Craft Silicon, powers the
traffic-dodging boda bodas through
technology platform on which the app
sleek corporate-friendly vehicles to
female passengers. Little Cab will come up against Uber
According to Little Cab chief executive Kamal Budhabhatti, more investment is imminent, with the
again for control of Dar’s streets and
company aiming to raise around US$
prices may well start to tumble here.
50 million to develop its technology
Its general manager, Ashish Kukreti,
and continue its expansion across
is ready for the showdown. “I think
African countries. Ghana is next on the
that we understand our competi-
list after Tanzania.
tion,” he says. “We have a very clear strategy for supporting our launch and Paa Tanzania
with its drivers offering a bouquet of
Little Cab has just started
cars, driven by women, that take only
services Uber and the Dubai-based
its pricing but also through innovation,
he e-cab taxi service
Little Cab’s pricing is so competitive
New name in Dar
estimated before the trip, so there are
in Nairobi and the company is said to
Little Cab aims to be a major player in Dar. The company will roll out its
they can dial to choose their rides
and let Little Cab know the pick-up location. “No other cab company is using this method,” says Kukreti. “It works completely without the use of the internet. It’s unique.” Along with this innovation, Little Cab is able to target a broad market of potential passengers with its range of vehicles to suit all needs and budgets. Its public bus service, the Shuttle, and its motorcycle taxis target the cheaper end of the market, while customers can also choose from ‘Basic’ four-seater cars, newer model ‘Comfort’ cars and ‘Comfort Plus’ vehicles, which carry up to seven passengers. The pick of Dereje / Shutterstock.com
the fleet will be available to corporate clients who sign up for the service. The app gives these businesses the option to track and manage employee rides and pay monthly for rides. In a bid to make women feel safer when they get in a taxi, Little Cab will also offer ‘The Lady Bug’ – vehicles driven by women for female passen-
Other passenger safety measures
gers only. The service was launched in
include a panic button feature on the
Nairobi and it’s one Kukreti is proud to
app that allows riders or drivers to alert
continue in Tanzania. “It is one of the
a fast response security team in the
best categories that we have in Little,”
event of an emergency.
he says. “It gives the preference to customer and also empowers women.”
Well-maintained fleet The chances of a mechanical emergency are slim – in fact, if you’re
How to grab your cab • Download the app on Google Play for Android, iOS and Windows devices. • You will receive a notification SMS verifying the registration details. • Choose your transport and the closest available vehicle will make its way to you.
to believe the Little Cab website, breakdowns never happen – as all the vehicles are well maintained and undergo regular checks. Drivers also
The Little Cab fleet
need a PSV licence and Little Cab will
Shuttle – Minibus shared ride.
run background checks on them.
Blue boda – Motorbike for one passenger.
It’s all part of Little Cab’s efforts to ensure a better service and experience for passengers, says Kukreti. There may be a few thousand more cars added to the already congested commutes of
Basic – Four-seater economy car travel. Vehicle model 2007 and later. Lady Bug – Four-seater car for women passengers only. Female driver.
cheaper and more reliable options for
Comfort – Travel in style. Vehicle model 2009 or later.
travellers. Good news for Dar residents
Comfort Plus – Ride for up to seven people.
Dar drivers, but Little Cab is providing
– and for visitors to the city. www.precisionairtz.com
Why the zebra got its stripes One of the best places in the world to see zebras is the Serengeti in Tanzania, where herds of them stand out against the dusty savannah with their distinctive monochrome marking. A recent study has found these stripes provide a deterrent against another common resident here – flies. If only they were as effective against lions. discerning the reasons
difference between the amount and
for zebras’ distinctive
behaviour of the flies as they hovered
marking, the answers have been
over the horses and zebras – includ-
far from black and white – until
ing one rather less than descriptively
now. A recent study has given the
named ‘Spot’ – but the patterns of the
lie to theories such as that the
zebras and the horse in zebra disguise
stripes help zebras evade capture
had an effect when the flies got close.
hen it comes to
The study found there was no
by predators, that the markings
Every zebra has a unique coat
are there for social reasons and
pattern, much like a fingerprint, yet
that the animals are striped to
each zebra in the study had the same
keep cool. However, it has found
effect on the flies as did the striped
plenty of evidence that the stripes
coats on the horses. The coats were
appear to confuse flies, deterring
used to ensure it was not the different
them from landing for a quick bite.
scent of the zebras that was dissuad-
A team at the University of Bristol, in the UK, conducted the research,
ing the flies from landing. Dr Martin How, co-author of the
which involved 16 hours standing in
research from the University of Bristol,
fields and observing how horseflies
said: “The flies seemed to be behaving
interacted with three zebras and nine horses, including some draped in black and white sheets to resemble zebras.
Stripes and flies don't mix The results, published in the open access scientific journal ‘Plos One’, not only back the idea that a zebra’s stripes ward off flies, but reveal this is achieved by disorientating the fly’s vision, causing it to turn away or even collide with the zebra when attempting its bloodthirsty landing.
Zebras in Tanzania Unmistakable animals
A zebra in the wild
Spotting the stripes myths The UK's University of Bristol study also debunks a few beliefs about the reasons for a zebra’s unique coat.
Stripes offer camouflage
insects would often crash into the zebras at full speed and bounce off. These results bolstered the team’s theories that stripes and flies don’t mix and a zebra’s patterning is the result of evolution, passing on to future generations a protection against biting insects.
Disease carriers Horseflies are about as bad as it gets for a zebra in a field in Somerset, England, where the study was carried out; but in the zebras’ native environment in southern and central Africa, biting flies carry diseases such as trypanosomiasis, relatively naturally around both [zebras
African horse sickness and equine
and horses] until it comes to landing.
influenza, which can be fatal to equids.
We saw that these horseflies were
Zebras are especially vulnerable to fly
coming in quite fast and almost turn-
bites because of their short-cropped
ing away or sometimes even colliding
coats, so it’s understandable why a fur
with the zebra, rather than doing a
pattern that helped evade flies and
nice, controlled flight.”
their deadly diseases would evolve.
Close examination of video record-
And the fly-foxing benefits of
ings by the team of the flies’ activity
stripes are not limited to zebras. Those
around the animals suggested the
who enjoy the outdoors in Tanzania
stripe patterns were playing havoc
could take inspiration and wear
with the flies’ low-resolution vision.
zebra-patterned clothing to avoid the
Rather than slowing for landing, the
attention of biting flies.
Unless a coachload of Newcastle United supporters turn up in matching home kit, there is very little in the rolling savannah of the Serengeti that will afford much cover for the zebra’s monochrome markings. Field experiments show that zebras stand out to the human eye when they’re among trees or in grassland. However, as a counter argument, there is a story that when the World War One broke out, British mounted troops in Kenya near the border with German-occupied Tanganyika (now Tanzania) would paint zebra stripes with silver nitrate solution on their easily visible grey horses to camouflage the horses from snipers.
Stripes help zebras interact socially Every zebra has a unique pattern of stripes, which may assist individual recognition. As the University of Bristol team points out, however, solid-coloured horses can recognise each other by sight and sound; and on the rare occasion a zebra is born without stripes, group members do not shun it.
Stripes keep zebras cool in the sun Given that black stripes might be expected to absorb radiation and white stripes reflect it, one idea proposed is that stripes set up convection currents along the zebra’s back, thus cooling it. The team conducted field experiments in which large water barrels were draped in striped or solid-coloured pelts, or were painted striped or unstriped, but no differences in internal water temperature were found. Furthermore, themographic measurements of zebra, impala, buffalo and giraffe in the wild show zebras are no cooler than their cohabitants.
Switch off on the Ssese Islands
but you can hire a boat to take you to neighbouring islands such as Banda, Bubeke and Bufumira, which have accommodation and provide an even more Robinson Crusoe-like remote escape.
Uganda’s Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria were once one of the country’s best-kept secrets, but the return of a regular ferry from Precision Air destination Entebbe is opening up the soft white sands, blue waters and lush forests of this lush archipelago to visitors. Here is Paa’s guide to getting the most from your trip.
Activities Asking what there is to do on the islands is kind of missing the point. This is a place to switch off, relax and unwind while doing little more than watching blue waters lap gently on powder-soft sand.
What are they?
mainland at 2 pm daily and leaves
The Ssese Islands are an unspoilt,
the island at 8 am. The ferry fills up
from your hammock and a good
wildlife-teemed archipelago of 84
fast – the islands are a popular week-
book, though, there are adventures
islands – 43 of them inhabited – in
end escape for Entebbe and Kampala
to be had.
the north-west of Lake Victoria,
residents – so get there early,
about 50 km from the mainland in
especially if you want to claim a seat
Entebbe. The islands vary in size from
rather than standing on the deck for
less than 10,000 square metres to
the three-and-a half-hour crossing.
over 40 km in length for the largest,
An early arrival is also recommended
Bugala. The archipelago’s name is
if you’re thinking of taking a vehicle
offering ‘boda boda’ motorbikes or
thought to mean ‘islands of tsetse
with you to explore the islands.
even quad bikes on which to ride
flies’. Infestations of the sleeping sickness-carrying flies were so bad
Where to go
in the 1920s that the government
Bulago is as far as most people
evacuated the whole population. The
venture. By far the most visitor-
situation is far better now, but make
friendly of the islands – it even has
sure you pack your bug spray and
a golf course - its stretch of white
don’t wear blue – tsetse flies love it.
sand beach has a good selection of
How to get there
If you can drag yourself away
Lake Victoria offers sunset cruises, canoe trips and fishing expeditions, with the chance of landing one of Beach bonfire
A nightly ritual
a network of trails across Bugala,
a vehicle to explore the island, take a guided tour or just find yourself a
on the ‘Kalangala’ ferry from
hammock with a lake view. Island-
Nakiwogo dock, south of Entebbe
hopping is an expensive business
and Kalangala Bay. It departs the
because of the high price of fuel, Bird life
A white heron on Lake Victoria
can explore inland with most hotels
the island’s dirt roads. There is also
hotels and lodges where you can hire
Visitors can get to Bugala island
the lake’s famous Nile perch. You
including one that weaves through
lanky egrets pick their way along
the wildlife-rich Lutoboka Forest. In
the shore, while brightly feathered
this forest are the remains of a house
flycatchers and bee-eaters dazzle
built by explorer John Speke, whose
the air with their colours. If you’re
quest to find the source of the Nile
very lucky, you may catch sight of
brought him to the islands.
Uganda’s national bird, the crested
Cycling is popular here, too, with beautiful trails including one that uncovers the pristine beach of Mutumbula on Bulago. Kalangala, a trading centre and the
crane, as well as its most bizarre, the shoebill stork.
Where to stay Bugala has a good range of hotels
island’s main settlement, is worth a
and guesthouses to suit all budgets.
visit for its daily market and a chance
Most of the larger hotels offer
Brovad Sands Lodge
a menu that draws on the island’s
to mingle with the enchantingly
guided tours as well as bicycles and
quad bikes for hire. Some of the
most lavish hotels are dotted along
natural bounty of fish, fruit and
the island’s secluded 5 km cove of
The islands have remained largely
white sand beach. Not only do they
If you’re hopping to some of the
undeveloped so are packed with
offer stunning beach spots to soak
smaller islands, the choice of
wildlife. You can glimpse an array
up the sun, but they also organise
accommodation is limited – just as
of creatures close-up thanks to the
evening bonfire parties on the beach
you hope an island escape would be.
network of walking and cycling
– a Ssese tradition – at which you
The Banda Island Resort has a rustic
trails. A guided tour of Lutoboka
can mingle with other guests, enjoy
charm with comfortable cottages
Forest offers the chance to see safari
freshly caught fish grilled over the
and tents. With its picturesque
cats, leopards, snakes and vervet
flames and dance to live music under
beach and laid-back vibe, Banda is
monkeys, while hippos like to snooze
exactly what an island escape should
in the swamps near Mulabana.
Brovad Sands Lodge has a range
be and the days here feel like weeks.
Inquisitive Sitatunga antelopes,
of rooms and suites opening onto
This decidedly rustic place nonethe-
which are all over the island, have
its own beach as well as offering a
less has running water, cold beer and
been known to follow cyclists as they
spa for beachside massages and an
excellent restaurant. Visit
Uganda is known for its multi-
Accommodation is in comfort-
farious birdlife and the Ssese Islands
able cottages, decent dormitories or tented camps. Food is a
resound to the calls of hundreds of
The Mirembe Beach Resort is
highlight. Hippos are common
species of birds – enough to give
a 10-acre beachfront property
visitors come full moon. Visit
twitchers spasms of delight. Pied
surrounded by lush grounds. Its
kingfishers hover metres above the
grass thatched roof restaurant has an
lake before plunging for fish and
outdoor terrace with lake view and
The islands resound to the calls of hundreds of species of birds - enough to give twitchers spasms of delight
Snake gods and stalactites The startling underground world of Amboni Caves
Shaun D Metcalfe | Wikimedia Commons | CC-BY-SA-2.0
Tanzania Travel the caves as a sacred place harbouring supernatural powers known as ‘mizimu’. They believe this communion with the spirits can empower them, alleviating sickness and suffering and even increasing their fertility. There have been reports of women who have visited the caves and become pregnant soon after.
Place of worship
are famous for a reason,
mended – there are even more
are used for prayer and worship of
but sometimes it’s nice
legends about people disappearing
these deities. The tour takes in one,
to explore off the beaten track and
without trace amid the cave’s laby-
known as Mzimu wa Mabuvu, said to
discover a hidden wonder of the
rinthine network – but one of the 10
be the home of a snake god, which
world – and they don’t come much
caves can be safely explored with an
is full of ceremonial offerings such as
more hidden than Amboni Caves.
official guide. The 30-minute tour
bottles of perfumes and oil, obsidian
There’s little more than a dusty
is a fascinating if occasionally eerie
blades and pottery. The chamber is in
sign and a small gift shop 20 minutes
experience – the guide’s torch is all
regular use, so you may see traces of
north of Tanga town to let you know
that illuminates some of the tighter
you’ve arrived, but this sprawling
passages, although shards of natural
subterranean world, created by
light do get into the larger caverns
millions of years of erosion of the
– but there are many wonders to be
big cave, which is supposed to have
limestone rocks of Tanzania’s eastern
been used by the outlaws Osale
region, is thought to cover 234 sq km. Legend has it that some of its
Venturing that far isn’t recom-
The caves were declared a
The Amboni Caves
Tree vines snake over the entrance to one cave
Some of the caves’ larger chambers
animal blood from goats or chickens offered to the god. There is also a chamber inside the
Otanga and Paulo Hamis as a place
conservation area by the British
to hide from pursuing British colonial
chambers actually open onto
colonial government in 1922 but they
government forces. Opinion on the
underground rivers and it’s possible
have been known to local people for
legitimacy of their behaviour varies
to follow passages as far as Nairobi,
far longer. The people of the Segeju,
between those who say they were
Kilimanjaro and Mombasa.
Sambaa, Bondei and Digo tribes see
justly targeted for stealing goods and terrorising foreigners and many locals who regard them as freedom fighters who stole from rich foreigners to share with poor Africans during
Shaun D Metcalfe | Wikimedia Commons | CC-BY-SA-2.0
the struggle for independence. The
caves provided refuge for a while, but Osale was shot dead in 1958.
Stalactites and stalagmites The large caverns are also the best place to see the incredible stalactites – sheaths of pendulous calcified water that have drooped from the cave ceiling for hundreds of thousands of years – and the stalagmites growing from its floor. There is an amazing variety of both in Amboni Caves. Examples include one in the shape of a lion at the entrance of the cave and others that resemble a sofa, a ship, a crocodile, an elephant, the Statue of Liberty and even a map of Africa. Your guide is sure to pick these out for you.
Popo flight Visitors may at some point be asking their guide why the limestone floor feels so soft underfoot. The rather unsavoury answer is you’re often walking on many layers of bat dung. Thousands of bats live in the caves and you’ll see them in repose, hanging by their talons from the cave roofs. Every evening at sunset they put on quite a show – known as the popo flight (‘popo’ is Swahili for bat) – when they all fly from the cave in search of food. It’s a wonderful way to mark the end of your day at Amboni Caves. It may be one of Tanzania’s lesser-known natural attractions, but it makes an unforgettable visit. 55 Tours of the cave are offered by the Amboni Culture and Guiding Promoters in Mkwakwani Road, Tanga (Tel: +255 741 211 091). Travel company Amboni Caves Guides also take groups to explore the cave. Visit its Facebook page @ambonicaves.net
More caves in Tanzania Kuza Caves
Hidden amid the colobus monkeyfrequented jungle just a 10-minute walk from the beach and village of the Kibigija in northern Jambiani on the east coast of Zanzibar is this wonderful spot. The caves contain a pool of underground water, thought to have healing properties, and you can swim or snorkel in its crystalline mineral waters.
These caves on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania get their name from being formed by elephants who dig at the calcium-rich rocks with their tusks to loosen chunks, which they eat to maintain strong bones. Over time the elephants’ violent attentions form giant holes in the rock.
Zanzibar’s largest limestone caves Another Zanzibar cave, this a are located close to Nungwi village collection of caverns located in at the island’s northernmost tip the Kiwengwa-Pongwe Forest and scaling them affords wonderStreet food Reserve between the towns ofFast and tasty ful views of the coastline. Inside Kiwengwa and Pongwe. One of the there are caverns of up to 30 ft in caves, Mchekeni Coral Caves, has height and you’ll find magnificent had a walkway built, but there is limestone and dolomite rocks with no lighting. Any use of torchlight is todecorative Need know dripstones (speleothems) sure to enliven the five speciesPrices of range thatfrom are believed to have TZS 4,000 (US$ taken 2.00) for a bats that live in the caves. thousands of years to form. (US$ 7.50) basic vegetarian pizza to TZS 15,000 for a mixed seafood pizza. www.precisionairtz.com
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The inflight magazine of Precision Air. PrecisionAir is a public listed Tanzanian airline, which is a leader in providing scheduled flight s...
Published on Mar 27, 2019
The inflight magazine of Precision Air. PrecisionAir is a public listed Tanzanian airline, which is a leader in providing scheduled flight s...