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Creating KiliGATE: A Conversation with Alex Pastollnigg

When Alex Pastollnigg journeyed to Tanzania to trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, she discovered the difficult truth about the conditions faced by Kilimanjaro porters — they are often subject to appalling exploitation,...

Traveling Across Africa by Smart Car: A Conversation with Anton Crone

In 2012, travel writer Anton Crone and filmmaker Brett Wild traveled from Cape Town, South Africa, to Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and back. Their vessel? A Smart Car. For six weeks, the pair lived out...

Kilimanjaro: To the Peak and Back

The more I travel, the more the journey becomes about the people I meet along the way, their stories, and adventures rather than about the destination itself. Travel has been an education I couldn't...

Lessons from Leaders and Learners in Southern Africa

Rebecca Ume Crook, a former school principal and lifelong educator and explorer, traveled 4,000 kilometers by public transport to document learning in four countries in Southern Africa. In today’s story she shares her most...

TBLI 7, Chapter 5: The Northern Circuit – Tracking Hominins

https://vimeo.com/179084712 What in the world did you get yourself into? I murmured, trying to dig the grime out from underneath my fingernails. I'd made it safely to Arusha after having spent an awe-inspiring few days...

TBLI 7, Chapter 4: Lake Natron – There Are No Words

https://vimeo.com/178437548 A curiously off-the-beaten-path destination, Lake Natron represented a goal I had long ago conceded defeat to. Information on how to get there was limited, and any directions that did exist were quite vague. I’d...

TBLI 7, Chapter 3: Tanga and Arusha – From Sea to Meru

https://vimeo.com/177784829 I was inundated with premature nostalgia as I secured the final buckle of my backpack. How can I extend my stay, I wondered. I had so quickly fallen in love with Tanzania, and especially...

TBLI Round 7, Chapter 2: Zanzibar and Pemba – Are We Still In Tanzania?

[vimeo 177380768 w=100 h=360] A frantic, hurried sprint to the ferry port in Dar left me anxious, sweating and out of breath. Somehow, I managed to fill the last available seat on the boat. My...

TBLI Round 7, Chapter 1: Dar – First Impressions

10,000 miles - that was the approximate distance I was to cover from San Francisco to Dar Es Saalam, Tanzania. I arrived at the airport all business. I was far too preoccupied with checking in...

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