From Dar es Salaam to Lushoto

May 4th

-the entire team (except Greg) meet in Amsterdam for our flight to Dar

-we arrive around 10pm to meet Greg and Mwl. Mpesha

-pack our things and ourselves into a bus which takes us on a bumpy,

unpaved ride to our hotel, Wanyama Hotel



May 5th

-we woke up around 9 and had breakfast of chipati, bananas, and beef

at the hotel

-we all packed in the bus after breakfast and went to the mall

-at the mall, we exchanged currencies and shopped a little. I (Matt)

bought a ‘Hakuna Matata’ shirt

-after the mall, we drove to a ocean-front resort and swam in the

Indian Ocean! It was a first for all of us

-after swimming, we traveled to Mwl. Mpesha’s daughter in-law’s house

to meet Mwl. Mpesha’s her son and his family, including his two

daughters, 3 and 5.  They were a huge hit with everyone, especially


-traveled back to the hotel for dinner, which turned out to be small

grilled fish with their heads still attached.  It turned out to be


-saw some live music at the hotel across the street



May 6th

-a sleepy Sunday, we didn’t have to wake up until 12

-after breakfast, we crammed in the bus once again for a driving tour of Dar

-we saw the fish market, street vendors, the docks, and lots of busy streets

-we traveled to Mwl. Mpesdha’s home in Dar, which was gorgeous

-we then traveled to a Cultural Center where we saw the Dar Creators

perform.  They sang and danced and even invited us to dance with them.

They were full of energy and everyone enjoyed it. They performed

traditional Tanzanian song and dance for us. Everyone (especially the

ladies) grew fond of the percussionist with the dreadlocks.



May 7th

-We woke early, at 6:30am to eat a light breakfast and to pack into a

new bus for a “5 hour” bus ride to Lushoto

-on the way, we stopped at Bagamoyo, a slave-house museum. The fort

was originally used by slave traders in the 1840s to house slaves on

their way to the Zanzibar Slave Trade. During WWII, Germany used it as

a fortress using it’s access to the Indian Ocean to keep watch for

enemies and to shoot cannons at them. After this fortress was captured

by the Allied Forces, it was used to prison German soldiers.  It was

very surreal for all of us to step foot in such a historic location

with such a dark history.

-street vendors by the slave-house museum loved having us there. We

gave them a lot of business. We (Tony and Matt) combined to buy two

elephants, a bowl, a sugar container, and a bottle opener.

-one of the roads was unexpectedly extremely bumpy and unpaved, we

couldn’t travel faster than 5 mph on this road for about 5ish hours.

Although the ride took much longer than expected, we all enjoyed the

bonding time.  We asked each other about our most embarrassing moments

and played “Would You Rather?”

-Along the way, we even had to make a roadside pee break

-the most exciting part of the drive was when we entered the Usambara

Mountain Range.  The drive over and around the mountains to Lushoto

was beautiful

-we arrived at SEKUCo around 7:30, had dinner, and went to bed(!)

after a long day of travel


May 8th

-we met in the cafeteria around 8am for a delicious breakfast

-Alfred, an alum and teacher here at SEKUCo, gave us a tour of the two

campuses. It’s amazing how beautiful the views are of the surrounding

mountains with houses crawling up their sides.

-We then met with the provost of SEKUCo, Dr. Anneth Munga, who gave us

an inspiring presentation about the mission of SEKUCo and how much

it’s grown since its inception in 2007. They originally only had

around 150 students and they now have over 1500. Although they have

departments ranging from Law to Eco-Tourism, the focus is on improving

the domestic and international resources for the disabled.

-after a quick lunch, we piled into to cars and traveled to the Irente

Children’s Home, which houses abandoned and orphaned children and has

a teaching program for potential caretakers

-it was very refreshing and exciting for everyone to hang out and play

with the children, whose ages ranged from about 1 to 3

-And here we are!! Time for dinner then bed (!) to rest up for another

full day tomorrow!


Tanzania Love,

Matt and Tony


One thought on “From Dar es Salaam to Lushoto

  1. I just love reading the blog, I can’t wait for more! My Cousin Nicole is on the trip and we are all so very proud of her! Sounds like an amazing group~!

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