A visit with the locals
Trip Start Jun 11, 2011
19Trip End Jun 26, 2011
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We started our culture walk with a stop at the rice fields. Rice is a major agriculture in Tanzania but is rarely eaten by the locals. It is usually reserved for the most special of guests. It is also closely guarded. They don't rely on scarecrows to keep the birds from eating the rice seeds - instead they hire a man to sit in the field all day long and scare away any birds that may come by
Our next stop was a tribe from Mozambique. The men all carve wood for a living. Boys end school early to learn the trade. They are incredibly talented and now we know why some of the larger carvings are so expensive - a given carving can take a day, several weeks, or a few months to create depending on its size and complexity. We watched the men at work then perused their work before walking around the village and looking in the houses, school and church.
We walked through a banana farm and learned about the life cycle of a banana then stopped in at an artist colony and watched them paint oils and a knife. It was all very interesting but a hot and humid day in the sun so we were all much relieved when lunchtime came and we sat in the shade enjoying our delicious Tanzanian lunch - which included rice, chili, fresh fruit, beef, potatoes and naan bread.
Our 7-seater pop-up roof jeeps picked us up after lunch to take us on our first game drive!