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East Africa ~ Tanzania ~ Mwanza ~ Mwadui - (a picture tour)
Introduction: Mwadui & Mwanza in Tanzania, East Africa
A cousin of mine, Sonja Jordaan, currently lives in Mwadui, Tanzania, East Africa. With her consent I share some of her photos of the region.
This video will give you an idea of the environment ~
Just a thought ~
During a 17-day tour of Holland in 1999, I was in awe of the human race and the creations of humans. The evidence of human resilience and ability to survive and to grow from strength to strength was overwhelming and in fact a cultural shock to me who lives in a country that has been discovered by white people of the so-called First World only 360 years ago.
In Africa, however, I am always in awe of the Creator of the Universe and this awesome planet Earth. Even in South Africa, the best developed country in Africa south of the equator, the beauty of Nature is still greater in scope and size than the beauty created by people.
Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa
Tanzania is the 31st largest country in the world, situated in East Africa next to the Indian Ocean. Countries bordering are Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Tanzania is a one party dominant state ruled by a National Assembly. A president and members of the National Assembly are elected by direct popular vote for five-year terms. The capital and principal commercial city is Dar es Salaam with a population of ± 2,7 million people.
The country is divided into 26 regions.
Africa's highest peak - Mount Kilimanjaro - and largest lake - Lake Victoria - and deepest lake - Lake Tanganyika - are situated in Tanzania.
The climate of Tanzania is tropical; temperatures range between 0 and 20 °C (50 and 68 °F).
English and Swahili are the two official languages.
More detail @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania
Tanzania temperature ~
In the Mwanza region in the northwestern part of Tanzania is the city Mwanza situated on the southern shores of Lake Victoria. After the capital Dar es Salaam, Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania. It is a port city with a population of about 3,2 million people.
More info @
Pronounced: Mua-do-we (accent on 'do')
Situated south of the city Mwanza, is Mwadui, a humble little town accommodating the workers of Mwadui mine, also known as the Williamson Diamond Mine - the first significant diamond mine in Africa outside of South Africa. The mine has been established in 1940 by Dr. John Williamson, a Canadian geologist.
More info @
Dr John T. Williamson
John Williams was born in 1907 in Montford, Quebec. Armed with a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in geology he started his career in South Africa. In 1940 he discovered the diamond-bearing kimberlite pipe at Mwadui and established the Williamson diamond mine. By the time of his death in 1958 he was one of the richest men in the world.
Although John Williams was portrayed as secretive and a womanizer, he was never married. His three siblings inherited the mine and sold it immediately to the partnership De Beers group and the government of Tanzania.
Biographical novel: The Diamond Seeker by John Gawaine.
More info @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williamson_(geologist)
New Tanzania music (2011)
A humble town in East Africa ~
The Serengeti National Park.
Only ±3 hours per car to the northwest of Mwadui is the Serengeti National Park, one of the most popular game reserves in Africa.
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The Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata)
The Baobab tree, having a lifespan of up to 6,000 years, is the most intriguing tree on the African continent. It is also called the 'upside-down' tree.
According to Africa mythology the Baobab tree was the husband given by Unkulunkulu (The Creator) to the woman who had created herself by order of the creator. The tree held the woman in its 'arms' for 100 years before she gave birth to an entire nation - The Pygmy Peoples. (The average height of Pygmy men were less than 150 cm [59 inches]).
The tree has large off-white flowers which open at night. The fruit, which grows up to a foot long, contains vitamin C, tartaric acid and can be refined to refreshing coffee-like drinks. The bark is the primary material for rope, baskets, mats, cloth and paper. Leaves are edible and glue are made from the pollen. Pure essential oil, containing vitamins A, D, E and F, is extracted from seeds.
Anonymous has left a fascinating comment on this hub about the Lukwata - a creature living in Lake Victoria, like the Loch Ness Monster, not yet recognized by scientist -
"There is a fearsome animal living in Lake Victoria called the Lukwata. It could be some kind of fish or some kind of whale. It could be a long neck such as Nessie. Reports of its size and its physical description are conflicting. Some say it has a rounded head while others say it has a square shaped head. Estimates of its size are anything from 12 feet to 100 feet long. Its said to be violent and dangerous. It attacks and kills people and any other animal it can catch. It kills and eats large Crocodiles. It loses pieces of its skin during these fights which some natives collect and keep as amulets. The Lukwata is believed by some to have supernatural powers. It makes loud bellowing roars which can be heard from afar. Obviously theres a breeding population of these animals and not just a single individual. The European Sir Clement Hill saw a Lukwata in 1900 as it attempted to snatch a crewmen from his boat. Travelguides should mention these animals and warn visitors. Lake Victoria borders Uganda Kenya and Tanzania. Anyone swimming in or wading in the water and anyone in a canoe or in a small boat is risking being attacked by a Lukwata. Warning signs should be posted about these animals. Lukwatas are the most dangerous animals in the world. Read the books On the Track of Unknown Animals by Bernard Heuvelmans and authors Michael Newton and George Eberhart mention these monstrous animals in their books. The Badanga tribe in Uganda believe in the existence of Lukwatas. Theres a zooful of unknown animals living in lakes rivers swamps forests grasslands and jungles in Africa." ~ Anonymous
For more detail read the most recent comments....
If you have missed this video, here it is again ~~
My cousin Sonja Jordaan and her husband Karel
Published with my sincere gratitude to Sonja Jordaan ~
And by the way....
When I was 10-12 years old, Sonja was my favorite 'doll'. She was the most beautiful baby. During family rallies I had to fight some cousins of my age in order to have the 'sole-right' to take care of her while the adults enjoy themselves . Of course, I won all battles until Sonja was respectfully considered to be 'my' baby, and my dear cousins were simply obliged to play with the other babies in the family.
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Sonja in my cousin Sandra's arms... Grrrrr ~~~
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