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You can't withdraw dollars here, although they insist you pay this way!
In a nutshell
This article came in the Tanzania Sunday News on May 15, 2005. I thought this was quite an interesting take on the local customs:
"OLD Zanaki men have a unique way of dealing with unfaithful wives: they sing at the top of their voices each time they approach home and in this way scare away any man who does not have a convincing reason to explain his presence.
That special song is called kibanziko in the Zanaki language and every old man reaches a particular age and gets down to composing his kibanziko. The song is a notice for unwanted guests to leave, a warning for men whose intentions are not honourable. It is assumed that when an old man sings his kibanziko he is usually drunk, and it is sung only after dark.
No self-respecting elder of the Zanaki tribe will be caught sneaking upon his wife trying to catch her in the act of committing adultery. It is a behaviour that is frowned upon."
So all you Players in the house can learn from these Zanaki men! If you hear homeboy humming to the tune of "Mack the Knife,"............ head for the back door!!!
Updated Jul 8, 2005
To this tour operator we paid money before he organized for us trip to Kilimanjaro and Safari, but after coming back from Kilimanjaro he disappeared with our money. His office on the main bus station in Moshi, his name Job Urasa. So please be careful when you chose a tour operator in Tanzania.
Written Apr 3, 2005
This company gave us a really bad safari. After building a good case they agreed to give us another safari at half price. They screwed that up too. I really recommend finding another operator in Moshi if you choose to do a safari in the Northern Circuit. Or, find a reliable one in Arusha. These guys were really disappointing.
They also do treks on Mnt. Kili. If they treat their clients on the mountain as badly as they treated us on the safari, choose another!
Unique Suggestions: Late - they can never seem to leave on time
Inadequate Equipment - 7 blown tires in 3 days
Poor Communication - Never keep in touch with clients to inform schedule change
Itinerary Changes - Constantly change to self serve and save money
Last Day Confusion - Leave clients hanging on last day logistics and transport (we got stuck taking a local bus back to Arusha; a 45 seater with 90 people crammed on)
Never Take Responsibility of Problems or Inadequacies
Don't Follow Through on Promises
Fun Alternatives: We had good reports of Tanganika Safaris based in Moshi
Written Sep 17, 2005