Located in east Africa, the country of Tanzania (officially the United Republic of Tanzania) is one of the most alluring destinations in the world. The mountain, beaches and plains make the country an unforgettable destination for travelers looking for the adventure of a lifetime. A hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain… a swim in the calm and turquoise waters of Zanzibar… a wildlife safari on the plains of the Serengeti… Tanzania has it all. The country also has a rich and diverse tribal culture.
WHERE WE WENT
- Ndarakwai Ranch – In Northern Tanzania’s remote bush land near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ndarakwai Ranch is a privately-owned 11,000 acre wildlife preserve. The property border isn’t fenced and poachers are kept out, so animals can come and go as they please and thrive in abundance. Near the Ndarakwai Ranch you may find members of the Masaai tribe, an ethnic group of semi-nomadic people, brewing up a batch of their traditional drink of choice - Bee Brew. Warm water, honey taken straight from the hive, aloe roots that have been dipped in hot ash and hot embers are allowed to ferment in a bucket for three to four days. The drink is then strained and the result is a refreshing, light and fizzy – and at 15%alcohol, strong! – beverage that tastes similar to watered down orange juice. There is also an illegally made moonshine from the area. It’s a distilled alcohol made from molasses, making it like an ‘unaged’ rum.
- Sombrero Bar & Restaurant – Contrary to the name, Sombrero doesn’t serve Mexican food. It does, however, serve traditional Africa food like trupa, a filling stew of beef, bananas and vegetables.
- The Maasai Camp– Masai Camp is a restaurant and bar popular with locals, backpackers, hikers and safari-goers in town in between excursions. It’s a fun place to sample local Tanzanian beers. East African Brewery’s Tusker beer is made from 100% African ingredients that are locally sourced. It’s a crisp, pale and highly carbonated lager with 4.2% alcohol. Tanzania Brewery’s Kilimanjaro Premium Lager is crisp and refreshing, slightly bitter and light in color. Serengeti Premium Lager is made by Serengeti Breweries, a fully Tanzania-owned company. It’s a malt lager with 4.8% alcohol and a mild taste.
- Nick’s Pub – Head to Nick’s Pub in the town of Arusha to experience a more contemporary drinking scene. The place has fantastic food and a full bar. Raha, meaning “fun”, is a strong drink made with 10% alcohol. It’s made of bananas, but doesn’t smell or taste like the fruit. It’s carbonated and tastes similar to a combination of cider and beer. Konyagi is a 75 proof spirit made in Tanzania and packaged to suit a variety of drinking needs. It’s a gin distilled from sugarcane, but like other gins it is flavored with juniper berries.
- Ndarakwai Ranch – In Northern Tanzania’s remote bush land near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ndarakwai Ranch is a privately-owned 11,000 acre wildlife preserve. The property border isn’t fenced and poachers are kept out, so animals can come and go as they please and thrive in abundance.
- The name of Tanzania derives from the two states Tanganyika and Zanzibar that united in 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which late the same year was renamed the United Republic of Tanzania.
- Tanzania is said to be one of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth; fossil remains of human and pre-human hominoids have been found dating back over two million years.
- Gombe National Park in the west is known as the site of Dr. Jane Goodall’s studies of chimpanzee behavior.
- The word ‘safari’ means ‘travel’ in the Swahili language.
- Tanzania is home to approximately 120 tribal groups.
EngotorogiHoney Warm Water Tips of Aloe Vera Roots dipped in ash Hot embers
Add all to a large bucket and allow to ferment for three days .
Hibiscus WineHibiscus Tea Lemon Water Yeast sugar
Hibiscus wine is another traditional Tanzanian drink that can’t be found in stores. It’s a grape-free wine made from locally grown rosella hibiscus, sugar, tea, lemon, water and yeast. It tastes sweet and has an alcohol content of about 14%.
MbegeMillet Cooked fermented bananas
In the town of Sanja Juu, the people of the Chagga tribe make their tradition drink called mbege, which has been around for centuries (or longer). To make it they use millet, a locally-grown grain, to create porridge which is then combined with fermented bananas. The mixture is allowed to further ferment. The result is a sweet, unpasteurized alcoholic beverage. The Chagga people imbibe the mbege from traditional drinking vessels called calabashes that are made from hollowed out gourds.
How to Toast in Tanzania
Home made Chicken Soup
Please Sir, I Want Some More
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