For many years, Christine Dachs worked for a national newspaper in Austria, the "Salzburger Nachrichten"as a project manager. In 2005 she decided on a new career and moved to Arusha in Tanzania where she built up a business that focused on arranging conducted climbs up Kilimanjaro and safaris. Christine enthusiasm for Tanzanian life and culture combined with her love for tailor-made trips moved her to set up Mama Artemisia (T) Ltd., a promotion and marketing company for individual tastes. Mama Artemisia offers organized tours operated by Tupendane Daima Safaris, a licensed tour operator and member of TATO.
These tours range from a camping to a luxury safari, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on one of the many different routes or flying to the spice islands of Zanzibar. Some of these tours are short; others take up to four weeks. There is a tour for any budget, be it time or money.
Mama Artemisia is promoting tours, but it is also much more. Its mission is to support local people with talent who are lacking the know how of finding a market for their skills. For example, Mama Artemisia is promoting local bands and musicians, arts projects as well as some social projects. The aim is to create a forum that will give locals access to marketing knowledge they lack. On the other hand, some of the guests that Mama Artemisia welcomes to Tanzania are also interested in getting closer to Tanzanian life than a tourist can – which can be achieved through introducing them to the local projects and artists.
Africa’s wild creatures do not live in isolation, each species represents a strand in the web forming the community of plants and animals in which it has carved its niche. Even the briefest safari will traverse many such ecological communities and habitats. The eye soon discerns that the African world is not a singular entity in which animals occur at random, but an ordered realm where every creature has its appropriate place.
Some species are extremely adaptive and survive in a wide spectrum of environments. Others are confined to specific niches or microhabitats. It would take volumes to describe all of Africa’s animals, not to mention their relationships and the habitats in which they live in. A small understanding of African ecology will go a long way toward enriching your safari experience, for the wonder of the animals is heightened by an appreciation and awareness of their total environment. Although the famous big game animals naturally command the most attentions, people who look only for lions, elephants and other large mammals tend to get bored after a few days.
Those curious about African wildlife in all of its varied forms never have that problem, for it is impossible to run out of new and fascinating discoveries.
Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.
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