Journey to Africa: Part 1: Tanzania: Rau Eco Tour

Posted by Andrew on Oct 16, 2017 in travel

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My friend, David (who I talked with about math and evolution on previous blogs, links are below.) went on a backpacking trip in Africa recently. This is his story of the experience of other cultures.

This is the eigth blog in this series. Here is the link for the page where the others can be found:

May 31, Rau Eco Tour:

Today, we started the day quickly. After our rise and shine and breakfast, we went off to our destination mostly by foot. We grabbed a few supplies at the local supermarket, and continued walking for 2o minutes to Rau Eco Tourists through an interesting suburb neighbourhood. The environment looked like something from a movie. There were humbly built houses everywhere, small front porch shops, and stray dogs. There was also an abandoned train yard full of grazing livestock with a beautiful view of the great mountain. The roads were made of dust and clay.

Our destination was a little office in the top of a house where we would be introduced to Mango and _; (Yes, that’s someone’s name. At least according Russel Peters, the comedian, the semicolon means that their name has a click in the pronunciation of it.), the people in charge of Rau. Just before we got to work, we had the best lunch that we had since our arrival. It was composed of virtually every other food we had previously, but in abundance.

After lunch, they gave us a tour of the ground water forest and showed us all about the native species of flora and fauna. Blue monkeys were the main attraction. Our goal was to collect garbage and seeds for planting. We also visited one of the oldest and largest trees in the forest; one to which people often go for blessings and to pay respect.

After our 3 or 4 hour long walk through the mighty African jungle, we came back to the tree nursery. We started doing the same job that we had with the Roots and Shoots people, stuffing dirt into plastic sleeves. Some of the people were less than happy to do that, but hey, that’s what we signed up for. Although it was monotonous labour, we pushed through it and got the job done. Later, we reclaimed a patch of land and each of us planted two trees by hand. This concluded the day’s events with the satisfying feeling of knowing that we had made a change.

Originally published at on October 16, 2017.