Road to Zanzibar / Day 6 / 7

The name Mto wa Mbu means "River of Mosquitoes".

Leaving behind the wildlife and heading back to Mto Wa Mbu where the day would be spent walking through the local village and meeting some amazing people on the way

We began our trip by meeting with some very talented people from the Makonde Tribe, best known for their masterful skills in wood carving. 

Masks made by the Makonde Tribe

Masks made by the Makonde Tribe

I spent some time learning how to carve with the local tools. After trying for a little, I am even more impressed by the finished results as controlling those tools is very difficult. These men are truly masters of their craft.

More incredible pieces made by the masters.

More incredible pieces made by the masters.

Then came the Banana Beer tasting....the beer was pretty good but I loved the wine the most, mind you, this is some strong stuff! It is a problem in a lot of local areas as many Tanzanian men turn to the drink and spend their days between banana beers or local pubs. It was interesting to hear though that the banana beer is good for children in small doses and many kids run around the villages with a little cup of the delightful local brew. Man, when I was 3, give me a sippy cup and I was done.

We then made our way to a local painting studio and learned about the various styles and techniques that can be applied when creating local art, Kellie bought me a beautiful piece and managed to bargain her way into a second one. She is frighteningly good at driving a bargain, frugal fran! :)

 


We finished the tour with a local lunch and I made best friends with these two beautiful pups, they made my day. They were all howling together and I got some good kisses from them, making me miss my Chelsea girl in Melbourne.

Some say it's puppy love

Some say it's puppy love

The crew, digging i

The crew, digging i

To read about the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, check out the post before this, there are some more wildlife photographs just like this one.