Memories of Tanzania – by Rob Bosma

Our Memories of Tanzania – Why we would go to Tanzania again

We, Rob and Gerdine Bosma, will always have fond memories of Tanzania.  We lived in the country for eleven years during the 1970’s and 1980’s.  We returned for a holiday 1990.  However, Tanzania always finds its way into our blood.

Memories of Tanzania game drive in Ruaha National Park

Game drive in Ruaha National Park our first encounter

The hospitality and the cheerfulness of the Tanzanian people is unrivalled by all other countries we have visited, and we have travelled quite extensively. Our memories of Tanzania will always be top of the list.

Of course in time, things have changed in Tanzania, but the essence was and is there all the time.  Our memories of Tanzania will always be with us.  It is where we met Chris MacDougall for the first time.

She was a teenager then.  Imagine a cheerful, bubbling girl, always positive about everything. Rather seeing opportunities than failure.

Memories of daily life in Tanzania

Daily life along the roadside in Tanzania

In the years we knew her, she advised us on where to explore in Tanzania, which national parks to visit and what exciting safari to plan next.

Through Chris and her extensive network including her parents we met lots of interesting people, like the Fox family, who now own several properties in Ruaha, Selous and Mikumi, not forgetting our old home Mufindi, where the Highland Lodge is now located.

Memories of Kilimanjaro Beer

The best beer in the world our memories of Tanzania

During our years in Tanzania, we also met the famous artist Mike Ghaui, renowned for his wildlife paintings and sculptures.

I would like to visit Tanzania again one day.

On my list would be Ruaha with its endless water courses and sand rivers, changing scenery and abundant wildlife.

Greater Kudu in Ruaha National Park  Fond Memories

Greater Kudu in Ruaha National Park

I used to fish in the Ruaha for tiger fish, and once had a croc on the end of the line.

The pretty Arusha national park, relatively small, but with an abundance of game,  Selous for its vast open plains.  Tanzania still has so much to offer.

We see pictures on the Go2Tanzania website, and our yearn to return is still alive.

It came as no surprise to us when Chris started her small but perfectly formed Go2Tanzania.  Tanzania is her spiritual home, It is where she still has lots of friends and family.

Whenever we visit her in Yorkshire we are amazed how she, like a spider in its web, has immediate links to all the places where her guests travel, and she seems able to solve any problem that might occur in Tanzania immediately.

She is planning to extend her services to South Africa, and we have seen the pictures of her recent visit there.

So next year Tanzania here we come, and I am now not so sure if we wouldn’t extend the visit to South Africa too.

Next memories The Drakensberg

The next adventure The Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa

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