Tukuyu

Trip Start May 21, 2008
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Trip End Jul 13, 2008


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Landmark Hotel, Tukuyu

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Tukuyu is a small town set in the hills of southern Tanzania, about 40 km north of the Malawi border. Agriculture plays an important role in most people's lives. Tea plantations are one of the most important crops grown here along with bananas and other fruit.
            The first full day that we spent in Tukuyu, we decided to take a walk around the town. We walked along one of the main roads with people selling fruit, clothes and other random things. We then turned down a small dirt road. We passed by lovely fields of bananas, cassava and other plants. We walked by a school and noticed that all the kids were participating in gardening around their school. We started to take a few pictures when they noticed us. They started to all run over to us, wanting their picture taken. We took pictures and brief movies, which excited them all.  As we were leaving all 50 plus kids wanted to shake our hands and touch Isabella's hair (Isabella was not too sure of this). Maybe 10 kids continued to follow us as we walked. They were all very curious about where we were going. We continued to walk along small farms and houses for maybe one \
hour and then we returned to the hotel.
            The next day we decided to explore the main market area. It is a maze narrow, winding, dirt paths lined by small shops and stands. You could buy almost anything here from clothes, to material, to electronic goods to all kinds of food. We found a small area where women were cooking all kinds of food including samosas, beans, rice, beef along with other foods that I am not sure of. We had two bowls of beans, a plate of rice and a couple if samosas, and all were very good. After our lunch we took a small walk around a back street that ended up at our hotel.
            The third day that we stayed in Tukuyu we decided to take a tour of one of the tea plantations. We used the services of the Rungwe Tea and Tours. Our guides name was David, who was a very friendly, knowledgeable man who spoke very good English. WE took a dalla dalla taxi which turned out to be a small sedan (similar to a small Toyota camery) and stuffed 7 people inside (2 people in the front and five people in the back). It reminded me of the trick in the circus with all the clowns coming out of the small car. Luckily for us we were only in the car for 5 minutes before we arrived at the tea plantation. We were first taken to an area where they foster new plants and explained how they take a leaf from an existing tea plant to make a new plant. We then took a walk through part of the tea plantation (the whole plantation is about 150 acres). We then walked back to town, which was only 3 km's away. When we returned to town we had another good lunch at the market, where we had lunch the day before. We then returned to the hotel.
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kdklitgord
kdklitgord on

Tukuyu tea plantation, school, market
Hi Stephanie, Juan, Isabella
Sounds like you are getting a lot of excercise while walking around. How is the weather there right now? How is the hotel? Do you eat dinner there or are there some restaurants near by?
The delta plain of Tukuyu is a bit different from
the rift flank mountains which I presume were the ones your train traveled across to get there from Dar As Saalam.

Enjoy your trip
love, Father

kfontijn
kfontijn on

Tukuyu
Dear Stephanie, Juan and Isabella,

I accidentally came across this blog. It makes me very happy to see that you are enjoying your time in Tanzania, and that you have not forgotten the South, ie. Mbeya and Tukuyu. I went there last year for my work (volcanologist-to-be from Belgium) and I leave again next week! I also know David from Rungwe Tea & Tours, he made our trip last year as comfortable as possible.

I wish you all the best on the continuation of your journey.

Karen Fontijn

manka on

Mbeya, that place look cold, but I missed it.

I found this place where you can buy Tanzania tea and coffee. www.tzgoods.com

mpoki on

plan to come and visit again in interesting site like lake ngozi, kisiba in masoko and natural bridge at kibwe ( Kiwira Magereza)

rutta tiba on

mnakabiliana vipi na machafuko ya kisasa na mmepokea vipi mabadiko ya mwaziri na wkuu wa wilay

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