Reshma - the author Tasmac MBA Sem II

Jambo (Hello) everybody!  And welcome to My Tanzania!

The spirit of My Tanzania comes out in this welcome song that people sing for the guests in kiswahili in my country:

Kilimanjaro

Jambo, Jambo Bwana, Habari gani, Mzuri sana.
Wageni, mwakaribishwa, Tanzania yetu, Hakuna Matata
Tanzania nchi nzuri, Hakuna Matata.
Nchi yenye amani, Hakuna Matata.
Watu wote, Hakuna Matata, Wakaribishwa, Hakuna Matata.
Hakuna Matata, Hakuna Matata.

Its translation:
Hello, hello, how are you, very fine.
Guests, you’re welcome, in our Tanzania, it’s no problem.
Tanzania is a beautiful country, it’s no problem.
A wonderful country, it’s no problem.
A peaceful country, it’s no problem.
All are welcome, it’s no problem.

Tanzania is the unforgettable place in my peace of mind. It touches something deep within me created by the fascinating balance between the wildlife, the landscapes and my people. It is a country in central East Africa bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and

Zanzibar

Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country’s eastern borders lie on the Indian Ocean.

My country speaks in many languages from different ethnicity backgrounds but the main language for Tanzania is Kiswahili. Its population consists of Christians, Muslims and followers of indigenous religious groups. Our motto is Uhuru Na Umoja – Freedom and Unity.

An African Safari (“Safari” means travel in the Swahili language) allows you to explore an astonishing diversity of

Serengeti

landscapes, abundant wildlife and fascinating cultures in Tanzania while visiting the famous National Parks within Northern Tanzania. The vast open plain of Serengeti with the largest concentration of wildlife in the world and famous for annual wildlife migration, Africa’s Eden the unique Ngorongoro Crater, the spectacular Lake Manyara National Park in the Great Rift Valley with its tree climbing Lion, Tarangire National Park, famous for its eco system with huge Baobab trees and large herds of Elephants and Arusha National Parks hidden treasure on the foothills of Volcanic Mount Meru makes East Africa unforgettable. A Kilimanjaro climb is one of the most exciting experiences in my country.

In any African Safari, the term “Big Five” you can often get to hear. The “Big Five” refers to Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Elephant and Cape buffalo. The term “big five” was actually coined by big game hunters (not safari tour operators). It refers to the difficulty in bagging these large animals, mostly due to their ferocity when cornered and shot at.

Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The crater, which was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago.  The Serengeti National Park is a large national park in Serengeti area, Tanzania. It is most famous for its annual migration of over one and a half million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. Serengeti National Park is widely regarded as the best wildlife reserve in Africa due to its density of predators and prey. It is famous for the big five.

The Selous sanctuary

The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest fauna reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. Some of the typical animals found here are elephants, hippopotamus, buffalos and crocodiles.  Lake Manyara is said to be the loveliest lake in Africa. It is famous for its migratory birds such as flamingo, long crested eagle, and grey headed kingfisher. It is also a home to herbivores such as wild beasts, hippos, impalas, elephants, buffalo, warthogs, and giraffes.

The landscape of Mikumi National park is often compared to that of the Serengeti. The road that crosses the park divides it into two areas with partially distinct environments. Vegetation of this area consists of savannah dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds, and some rare palm. In this area, at the furthest from the road, there are spectacular rock formations of the mountains Rubeho and Uluguru. The southeast part of the park is less rich in wildlife, and not very accessible.

The fauna includes many species characteristic of the African savannah. According to local guides at Mikumi, chances of seeing a lion that climbs a tree trunk is larger than in Manyara (famous for being one of the few places where the lions exhibit this behavior). Other animals in the park are elephants, zebras, gnu, impala, eland, kudu, black antelope, baboons, wildebeests and buffaloes.

Tanzania and its wildlife is an experience that every human being should experience. I as a Tanzanian cherish each and every moment I have had in my country.

Bye friends – Nimefurahi kukuona (Nice to have met you)

Reshma

Its a very beautiful article! Thank you Reshma! :)

P.S. Glossary of Tanzanian terms sportingly sent by Reshma:

Jambo                     hello
Good morning          Habari za asubuhi?
Good afternoon        Habari za mchana?
Good evening           Habari za jioni?
Good night               Habari za usiku?
what is your name?  Jina lako ni nani?
My name is reshma   Jina langu ni Reshma
Goodbye                   Kwaheri (one), kwaherini(many)
Please                      Tafadhali
Thankyou                  Asante
Sorry                        Samahani
Nice to meet you        Nimefurahi kukuona

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About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

21 responses »

  1. Reshma Shah says:

    Hey James,

    Anytym…..my first Tasmacian fren after all……and sir u will always be ther to be considered…..

    regds,
    Reshma

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  2. James Ninfaakang says:

    Hi Reshma,
    Good article on Africa. Reminds me of home. Sooner or later by the kindness of Dilip Sir I hope Ghana my country will be getting a chance. Kiswahili is the language all, especially Africans need to learn. I have already been asked a few times whether I have a working knowledge in it. The answer is unfortunately and embarrassingly NO! Please Reshma is it possible to give some basics?
    Waiting for a feedback
    James

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    • Dilip says:

      Ha Ha James my dear friend always a please to hear from you …. My blog is eagerly waiting to welcome Ghana ….Reshma count me in too for Kiswahili .. regards

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  3. Mansi Shah says:

    heyyy resh,

    That was a gr888 article dear…. hope everything is going goood on ur side and its gr88 to hear u writing up something about tanzania…and its very true that it is not jungle (holululu) like rest of the people think about it as..hehehe.. i missss our times man… mohgo, mix, karanga, ice cream….. makai, checkers… damn it was so much of fun….. come back soooon haha…idiot misssing home neh… toh kare che su tyaaan….we still can hang around like always and make fun of people and eat all the kachras lol….
    tc and come back sooon…. mishhh u loads

    ur always
    mans

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  4. Reshma Shah says:

    Hey di,

    I know even I am missing home too…..we will go there together and enjoy….

    regds,
    Reshma

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  5. Manisha Nichols says:

    Reshma,

    Jambo, Habari gani?

    This is a very good article, very well written. Now I want to come back home too.

    I miss the sun, family, the buzz of life, mogo (roasted cassava), the happy smiley faces and so much more….

    Hopefully we will be able to meet soon in Dar. I should go visit Tarangire…that’s the one I have not been to yet.

    Take care and once again a brilliant article,

    Manisha

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  6. Adripta says:

    Hey Reshma, that was such a quick joyful ride of Tanzania !!

    I specially liked the English – Swahili language conversion…
    Thanks, I can use it with my Tanzanian firends 😉

    Good job!

    Regards
    -Adripta

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  7. Lubna says:

    Nice article. Thank you Reshma. Dilip Sir, we should have more articles from your talented students.

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  8. Reshma Shah says:

    Dear Gaurav,

    I am really enjoying my stay in India, especially people like you all around….but i am still missing my people and my country….

    You can come and enjoy Tanzania for your own eye seeing experience…

    Thanks and regards,
    Reshma

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  9. Gaurav R Arora says:

    Jambo,

    Great article!! ,it seems you where all in there. I like to congratulate you for your effort. it was wonderful to know about Tanzanian culture. Cross cultural experience strength a continuous development of the world environment.

    In words of Mahatma Ghandi
    No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.

    Thank you(Asante) for making me part of rich heritage and culture of tanzania through your article.

    I am sure you are enjoying your stay in India .

    All the very best for your future

    Thanks and Regards

    Gaurav R Arora

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  10. Geetha Chandar says:

    Jambo Reshma,

    Asante especially for sharing these picture-perfect photos and the basic greetings in Kiswahili language.

    This time for Tanzania!

    Warm regards,

    Geetha

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  11. Nisha Sashidharan says:

    Dear Sir,

    It is fine-looking article conributed by Reshma .

    It has been well organized and solicitously contributed vz idefinately instructive and enlightening !!!

    Its really good that you give students an opportunity to put forward their thoughts on your blog which am sure shall encourage students . Truely inspirational and motivating !!!

    Good job Reshma …. kip up the good work !!!

    Thanks and regards,
    Nisha 🙂

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    • Dilip says:

      Wow Nisha,

      Its gracious of you to give these lovely comments. It does inject a lot of positivity in our contributors, readers and in me. Yeah Reshma’s response has been spontaneous and her love for her country is very inspiring.

      Your comments both for our Ericsson team as well as for the village scenes again is good to read.

      You and your team too did a superb case analysis on Jollibee :)yesterday. I’d love to host the highlights in this medium. BTW that video clipping was just awesome. Keep it up!

      Kind regards!

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  12. Binod says:

    Hi Reshma,

    It’s so lovely to read and know about Tanzania. I am lured by your article to see Tanzania once in my life.

    Please take me to Tanzania because I have fallen in love…….I Love Tanzania !

    Binod Luitel

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hello Binod,

      A warm welcome to you! Glad you enjoyed Reshma’s Tanzania message. Your great country Nepal too is another most picturesque places lying high in the lap of beautiful mountains. I’d love to visit it.

      Thanks and regards!

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  13. Reshma says:

    Dear Sir,

    i am glad to have my article on your blog…i am hoping all my friends will read it and understand that Tanzania which is after all a part of Africa, is a very beautiful place and that its not a jungle (hoolala hoo)…Its awesome, everyone should visit it….

    warm regards,
    Reshma

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hey Reshma,

      It is so kind of you to make time and write such a beautiful piece. It is your spontaneity that makes us feel so welcome to your lovely country. Like Binod ‘me too’ wanna enjoy the Tanzanian experience – and of course sing along the ‘Welcome – Jambo Jambo Bwana….

      Many many thanks! 🙂

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