Life without stress

Walking through Ngorongoro in Tanzania, while you’re looking and listening to the spectacle around you, you will see that the whole of existence is one relaxed movement. Trees are standing solid in the ground, rocking their branches a little. The rivers are flowing because the water is searching for the lowest level. The wind blows and birds are twittering and singing. Zebras are grazing and birds of prey are gliding through the sky. Only humans are walking around chronically stressed. And this stress is so familiar that they believe it is a normal condition. Lees meer

Safari Tanzania and meditation

Western people are in general very stressed. Our minds are in some sort of hyperactive state. On vacation we expect to relax more and enjoy ourselves. The strange thing is however that vacations are regularly reported in the top three of stressful events. We keep working until Friday afternoon and that evening we need to be packed and drive to the South of France in one night. Or we have neglected our loved ones for months for the sake of our boss and all complains and sufferings find a way out during our vacation. We tend to go on and on and on and we forget to take some moments in a day to be in contact with our inner world and slow down for a moment. Lees meer

Sharing info online is risky in Tanzania

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has signed into law a controversial “Cybercrimes Act”. This fact has been announced Friday, the day after we blogged the leaked numbers of Elephant slaughter in the last 6 years in mostly Ruaha/Rungwa area. This Blogging can be seen as a Cybercrime by the Tanzanian Authorities, because the Tanzanian National Parks (Tanapa) deny the report.

The new law makes it a crime to share information online that the government deems false or misleading. So sharing the Elephant report in Tanzania can be seen as a crime and it can cost two years in prison. Lees meer

Threats to Elephants

Poaching

The Tanzanian Wildlife Research Institute published last week the following statement:
“In the last six years 60 % of the Tanzanian Elephants have been slaughtered.  At least 65.000 elephants are killed by poachers to contribute to the demand for Ivory on the mainly Chinese market.
Especially in Ruaha and Rungwa 11.500 out of 20.000 elephants were killed only in 2013.”

Although poaching of elephants for their ivory has declined since the 1989 worldwide ivory ban, it remains a widespread problem. Large quantities of African ivory, for example, are still finding their way to illegal markets in Africa and beyond. Elephants are also killed for their meat and hides. Lees meer

They escort us

One of the things I had to get used to in Tanzania is the escorting phenomenon. But nowadays I like it many times. It gives me the chance to meet very different people.

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