Our journey started and ended with a stunning view of the highest (dormant volcanic) mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. I was impressed from the very first to the very last moments of being in Tanzania with its breathtaking landscapes.
And, just north of Arusha / west of Mt. Kilimanjaro stands a dormant stratovolcano known as Mount Meru, the second-highest mountain in Tanzania.
Did you know that there are over 127 indigenous communities (often referred to as tribes) in Tanzania? (Datoga and Hadza being the oldest to have lived in Tanzania, long before the Maasai settled in the country from Kenya.)
A traditional ritual among the different indigenous communities still exists today in the 21st century, where the indigenous people would climb Mt. Meru to perform offering ceremonies. Their cultural beliefs are that these mountains are sacred, and when unfortunate events occur – drought, for example – the people would sacrifice one of their farm animals to give back to the mountain, praying for good fortunes.
And, according to the people of Tanzania, there is a saying:
If you see the tip of Mount Kilimanjaro, this means that you will return to Tanzania again.
Having seen the tip of Mt. Kilimanjaro on my return journey to the airport, I am sure I will most certainly return to Africa one day, and Tanzania will be one of those places to experience again.
The country has so much to share; it’s blessed with some of the most beautiful landscapes, fascinating cultures, friendly people and diverse wildlife that you could spend a lifetime exploring.