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A Brush with AfricaThe accidental artist

Serengeti's Small FiveSize isn't everything


ExpInflight magazine I www.auricair.com


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8 Serengeti’s Small Five Size isn’t everything

11 Mafia Island The isle less travelled…

14 A brush with Africa The accidental artist

16 Solar Power Is solar energy a dim idea?

18 Judo in Tanzania Ki o tsuke!

20 Rubondo Island Magical green island is a ‘must visit’

22 Tilapia Big idea from a small pond

24 Five reasons to visit Zanzibar Beaches and spice and all things nice…


3 INSIDE: Great island, great lake, great eating and more

5 Foreword From Deepesh Gupta

7 Explorer News

26 STAY: African Tulip Hotel

28 DRIVE: Hyundai Tucson

30 EAT: La Véranda

31 Travel information

32 Pilot’s eye view

33 Auric Air route map

ExplorerInflight magazine

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Great island, great lake, great eating and more

W elcome to the latest issue of ‘Explorer’, the in-flight magazine of Auric Air. In this issue,

for our cover story, we travel to the delightfully unspoilt island of Mafia (to which Auric Air operates three times weekly) and find out what’s to see and do. We also find reasons to visit its larger sister, Zanzibar (or, more strictly speaking, Unguja).

Auric Air is renowned for flying its guests to some of Tanzania’s best game-rich wildlife reserves. So, as a change, we thought we would take a look at the Serengeti’s ‘small five’ – something to look for once you have ticked off the better-known big quintet.

We visit the water wonderland of Rubondo Island National Park in the south-west corner of Lake Victoria (a destination served three times a day by Auric Air). Home to the rare and semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope, the national park also contains a plentiful and tasty supply of tilapia fish – supplying the diet of the frisky yellow-spotted otters. And while on the subject of tilapia, ‘Explorer’ investigates the farming of this popular fish.

Meanwhile, we highlight the merits of solar power and its apparent advantages for East Africa. And for those interested in self-defence, we look at the growing popularity of judo – Japan’s gift to the world of sport.

We stay at the highly recommended African Tulip in Arusha. And if you like tapas, then we dine out at La Véranda in Dar.

The subject of our car review is the fabulous new Hyundai Tuscan – small sibling to the marque’s Santa Fe – providing off-road capability at an affordable price.

We hope you enjoy reading ‘Explorer’. Please write to me if you have any comments about the magazine.

Gary Gimson Publisher, Land & Marine Publications Ltd


Email: [email protected]


CoverMafia Island

Solar powerIs solar energy a dim idea?

The small fiveSize isn't everything in the Serengeti

ZanzibarBeaches and spice and all things nice…

ExplorerInflight magazine

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©2016 Land & Marine Publications Ltd.


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Welcome to the third issue of Explorer


I t gives me great pleasure to welcome passengers to the third issue of our regular

in-flight magazine, ‘Explorer’. I hope that you find our magazine of interest and that it makes your flight with Auric Air more enjoyable.

Auric Air continues to develop as an airline as we buy additional aircraft, launch new routes and increase the frequencies of others.

In fact, we now fly to over 30 destinations across Tanzania and beyond, utilising our fleet of 12 Cessna Grand Caravans.


Email: [email protected]

In addition, earlier this year we were honoured to receive the award for Tanzania’s Leading Domestic Safari Carrier at the pres-tigious World Travel Awards. This wouldn’t be possible without the excellent Auric Air team and each and every one of our passengers.

I hope you enjoy your flight with Auric Air. If you have any comments to make about our in-flight magazine or our service, please write to me at the email address right.

Deepesh Gupta Commercial Manager Auric Air Services Ltd

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MWANZA OFFICEAuric Air Services Ltd PO Box 336, Mwanza Cell: +255 783 233 334; 255 736 200 849 Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

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ARUSHA OFFICEAuric Air Services Ltd TFA Arusha Shopping Centre (Nakumatt)  Opposite Kilombero Market  Office No 19, West Wing, Arusha Cell: +255 (0)688 723 274  Email: [email protected]

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AURIC AIR WIN AT WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS Auric Air was crowned Tanzania’s Leading Domestic Safari Carrier at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony in Zanzibar in April, beating off stiff compe-tition from four other airlines. Accepting the award, Deepesh Gupta, the airline’s business development manager, said: “We want to be the best safari and corporate airline and this is a huge stand-up of our approach to transform our product and services. I’d like to thank every member of the Auric Air team and each of our passengers. You have had a huge part to play in winning this award.” The World Travel Awards are annual ceremonies held to celebrate the best in travel and tourism across the world.



You can keep in contact with Auric Air online at:





Tanzania's Leading Domestic Safari Carrier


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Spotting the Big Five on a game drive is a thrill for any safari enthusiast and

Serengeti National Park is the perfect place to see all five – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo.

In addition, though, the national

park is home to a lesser-known

collection: the Small Five. They may

be harder to spot than their larger

namesakes, but it’s definitely worth

taking a closer look at these small

(and in some cases tiny) inhabitants

of the Serengeti.



Size isn’t everything

Serengeti’s Small Five

Elephant shrew

The elephant shrew and the African

elephant have little in common except,

perhaps their distinguishing facial

feature. Elephants have a trunk and the

elephant shrew has a long nose, which

is presumably where it got its name.

Interestingly, though, research has

shown that elephant shrews are actu-

ally more closely related to elephants

than ordinary shrews, despite seeming

to have little in common.

These tiny inhabitants of the

Serengeti are only about 150 mm long,

but can run at speeds of up to 29 km

per hour, making them one of the

fastest small mammals on the planet.

Elephant shrews tend to hide in under-

growth, making them hard to spot, but

all the more rewarding when you find

one. They eat mainly insects, spiders

and worms, using their noses to find

food in their local surroundings.

AntlionNot quite as majestic or pretty as its

larger namesake, the antlion is a small

brown-grey insect that inhabits the

Serengeti. The name is said to refer

to the antlion’s predatory nature, as it

preys on ants. It is also known as the

doodlebug because of the patterns it

makes in the sand while looking for a

suitable place to dig a pit. Before they

reach adulthood, the antlion larvae

are small creatures with oversized

heads. When mature, they resem-

ble dragonflies. Adult antlions tend

to be active in the evenings, while

the younger ones are easier to spot

during the day.

The type of antlions found in the

Serengeti (genus Palpares) are larger

than their American counterparts, with

the adult wingspan reaching up to

16 cm. Antlion larvae use their pits to

catch prey by creating a sloped pit in

which passing creatures will fall when

the sand is disturbed. They fall into

the pit and are soon devoured by the


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Rhinoceros beetleThe rhinoceros beetle shares one obvi-

ous feature with its namesake: a horn.

The male rhino beetle has a horn on

its head that it uses to fight off other

males and also for digging. There are

various types of rhinoceros (or horned)

beetle, including the Hercules and

Atlas. Both male and female rhino

beetles are protected by tough body

armour to deter predators as well as

having thick wings that allow them to

fly with relative ease.

The beetles are herbivorous, living

on fruit, nectar and sap. They make

their home among fallen leaves

and in logs to protect them-

selves from predators.

Rhino beetles have

become popular as pets

because they are

small and easy

to care for.

Leopard tortoiseThe largest of our Small Five is the

leopard tortoise, so-called because

of the leopard-like spots on its shell.

Leopard turtles are the world’s fourth-

largest species of tortoise, measuring

up to 460 mm in length and weigh-

ing about 18 kg. There have been

reports of leopard tortoises measuring

as much as 700 mm in length. They

can live up to 100 years and they

are commonly found in eastern and

southern Africa, including Serengeti

National Park.

Leopard tortoises are herbivorous,

feeding on grass and scrub as well as

fallen fruit from the trees high above.

Their domed shells offer protection

from predators and environmental

threats. These tortoises can move

relatively quickly on their trunk-like

legs and even navigate tricky terrain as

well as climbing vertically and moving

underwater. While leopard tortoises

are also bred in captivity, they tend

to survive well in the wild, with large

populations reported across eastern

and southern Africa.

Buffalo weaverThe last of our Small Five is, in fact, a

bird – the buffalo weaver. There are

two main types, the white-headed

and the red-billed, both of which can

be seen in the Serengeti. The white-

headed buffalo weaver appears to be

more common, however, and much

easier to spot because of its striking

white face and body and black wings.

It also has an orange-red rump and a

conical black beak. These birds follow

buffalo around, picking up the insects

disturbed by them, which is presuma-

bly where the bird’s name comes from.

Buffalo weavers forage for insects,

fruit and seeds in the undergrowth of

the Serengeti, usually in small

groups with other weavers or

starlings. Male and female buffalo

weavers build nests together

when mating by pushing

materials together to form

a large oval nest where the

chicks are born. Another

giveaway characteristic of the

buffalo weaver is its parrot-like

call, often loud and repetitive.

They may be harder to spot than their

larger namesakes, but it’s definitely worth taking a closer look

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I n the Zanzibar archipelago, off the

coast of Tanzania, lies Mafia Island.

Before images of gun-toting,

cigar-smoking gangsters come to mind,

Mafia Island has nothing to do with

the actual Mafia; its name is said to be

derived from either a Swahili phrase

meaning ‘healthy dwelling place’ or

the Arabic word for ‘archipelago’. Mafia

is an island idyll with one of the best

marine parks in Africa.Get away from it all with a trip to Mafia Island ›

The isle less travelled…Mafia Island

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Just a boat or plane ride away from

mainland Tanzania, the island is set in its

own archipelago of islands, some of which

are inhabited and some not. Mafia is the

biggest of these islands, 49 km long and

17 km wide. It is known for its outstanding

marine life, while its landward features are

equally exotic, with tropical mango and

cashew trees as well as monkeys, lemurs,

dwarf hippos and wild pigs.

Unlike neighbouring Zanzibar – and,

to an extent, Pemba Island –Mafia sees a

relatively low number of tourists. Many

people, local residents and visitors alike,

see this as a positive thing. The island is

still rather unknown, yet offers so much

to those who do visit. The low number

of tourists ensures that Mafia remains as

unchanged as possible, offering a true

piece of paradise for visitors and leaving

residents happy that their island is not

being spoilt by tourism.

Marine parkMafia Island Marine Park is Tanzania’s first

marine park, embracing the Rufiji River

Delta and Mafia Channel and covering a

total area of about 1,500 sq km. The park’s

marine ecosystem is exceptional, with

prime examples of estuarine, mangrove

and coral reef. The park is home to two

endangered species: the dugong and

the sea turtle. Whale sharks are common

in the waters off Kilindoni, in the west of


The island capital, Kilindoni, is more bustling than the laid-back beach resorts. A key feature of the town is the market, where local people sell their produce, including fresh fish, spices and vegetables. The island’s airstrip and harbour are located at Kilindoni as well as a handful of small hotels and cafés.

ISLAND LIFEFrom baby turtles to bright blue waters to endless beaches

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the island between October and March,

and visitors can experience swimming

with these, the world’s largest fish, or just

observe them from a boat. Visitors will

find an abundance of fish, including blue,

black and striped marlin, barracuda, red

snapper and kingfish.

DivingThe large reef system of the marine park

has made it a paradise for diving and snor-

kelling enthusiasts. The Chole Bay area

takes centre stage, with over 50 sq km of

marine life. Thanks to its location, Chole

Bay avoids the annual monsoon winds,

so diving can take place all year round, in

contrast with equivalent destinations in

Kenya and Zanzibar.

The shallow waters allow beginners to

practise diving or snorkelling before head-

ing out further into the deeper waters,

where octopus, dolphin, shark and other

species can be found.

Island activities If you don’t like getting your feet wet,

Mafia Island also caters for those who

prefer to stay put. The island is great for

walking or cycling or for ‘road safaris’ to

other parts of the island. Many of the

island’s lodges and camps offer day trips

in the local area, including nearby villages,

with opportunities to view the magnifi-

cent bird and animal life.

Excursions to other islands in the archi-

pelago are worthwhile, too, with Chole

Island a popular choice. Visitors can enjoy

a secluded picnic or barbecue at various

places on Mafia and the surrounding

islands, including Mange Island, a pristine

sandbank surrounded by wonderful coral



Kinasi LodgeLocated at Chole Bay in the south of the island, Kinasi Lodge is the place to stay for those looking to explore the marine park. It has 14 en-suite rooms and a range of amenities and facilities including spa services, a pool, child care services and a business centre. Each room is distinctive, offering either beautiful sea views or a view over the lush gardens.

Lua CheiaIn the north of the island is Lua Cheia, an eco-friendly beach camp on a large stretch of private beach. Its six large tents can accommodate up to 12 people, adding to the intimate feel of the camp. A 3 km stretch of beautiful beach lies in front of the camp, with crystal-clear waters suitable for swimming all year round.

Chole Mjini LodgeOver on Chole Island is the renowned Chole Mjini Lodge, built by Anne and Jean de Villiers and consisting of seven tree houses. Guests can relax in rustic luxury and experience barefoot bliss. Suitable for divers and non-divers alike, it offers plenty of activities and excursions. Hosts Anne and Jean are on hand to ensure an unforgettable time for guests.

Pole PoleOften considered one of the world’s most exclusive eco-resorts, Pole Pole has seven bungalows in a serene environment. The resort prides itself on its low environmental impact, without compromising on luxury, comfort and style. An excellent choice for those looking to explore the nearby marine life.

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B orn near Moshi, on

the slopes of Mount

Kilimanjaro, Simon

Stevenson had an idyllic child-

hood, waking up to views of the

mountain each morning.

His interest in the landscape and

wildlife of Africa began as a child.

“From the age of four I would look

beyond the boundaries of the

garden at the bush animals from a

large mango tree,” he says. “Here, at

the age of six, I spotted my first leop-

ard, which had come to drink at the

river boundary. Little did I know at

that stage that I was actually sitting

in its larder.”

Simon began exploring the

national reserves close to his home

in Tanzania and these subjects later

became the basis of his pictures.

He moved to England in 1979 but

it wasn’t until many years later that

his childhood nostalgia began to

manifest itself on paper – although

he had never formally trained as an

artist. “I am totally self-taught,” says

Simon. “In 2000 I decided to take a

sabbatical and bought a book on

how to paint. That was the start of a

new career. I am still learning.”

Stylistically, Simon began using

a combination of tea and dry ochre

to evoke the colours of Africa in his

work. He found that a wide range of

warm hues could be achieved using

the two materials, creating depth

and nostalgia. This unusual combina-

tion has proved highly successful for

Simon, leading to some outstand-

ing works of art. He first uses tea

to ‘wash’ the canvas and build a

background, then layers on ochre

paste to add detail and create the

desired effect.

This unusual method came about

completely by accident, says Simon.

“Using tea as a medium was the

result of an overbalanced mug of tea

that spilt on my first picture. From

that ‘accident’ I experimented with

tea mixed with ochre and charcoal.

The colour of the stain on the paper,

mixed with ochre, was to me the

colour of Africa.”

Recently, however, Simon began

to experiment with style and

introduced the medium of chalk and

charcoal – a contrast to his earlier

works, but dealing with the same

subject, the African landscape and

its wildlife. In a similar way to his

The accidentalartistBY KIRSTEN ALEXANDER

Wildlife painter discovered a new style when he spilt his tea

Tanzanian-born artist Simon Stevenson is known for his beautiful depiction of some of Africa’s most iconic creatures, from magnificent elephants to curious gorillas to sleek cheetahs. Simon spoke to ‘Explorer’ about growing up on the slopes of Kilimanjaro,

teaching himself to draw and evolving as an artist.

DRAGON'S TAILSimon perfecting one of his chalk and charcoal works

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tea-and-ochre work, the chalk and

charcoal technique was not exactly

planned, says Simon.

Chalk and charcoal“The development in 2012 of my chalk

and charcoal images came from my

impatience one day whilst waiting for

a painting to dry. I started to sketch

using chalk on black paper to play

with back light on an animal sketch

and found that I liked the effect.”

This change in technique and

materials created a whole new style

for Simon, enabling him to portray

the same animals in a different way

from his tea-and-ochre pictures.

The result is a collection of simple

but thoughtful images that capture

a moment of beauty. One of his

most recent chalk and charcoal

images, ‘The Dragon’s Tail’, shows a

cheetah looking down tenderly at a


Simon’s work is so popular

that many lodges across Tanzania

and even in Rwanda have begun

displaying his finished pieces. They

include Sanctuary Saadani Safari

Lodge and Sanctuary Swala Lodge

in Tanzania, and Sabyinyo Silverback

Lodge in Rwanda.

Even if you have not been

lucky enough

to visit one of

these excellent

lodges, you can

always view and

purchase examples

of Simon’s work at his

website, above right.

AFRICAThe main influence for Simon's works of art

www.abrushwithafrica.com ■

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excess energy into their respective

national grids. At these northern lati-

tudes, the pure economics of these

panels is often open to question.

But certain areas of Africa have

three times the sunshine of northern

Europe. In fact, parts of Tanzania

have some of the world’s highest

levels of solar irradiance, with over

2,400 kilowatt-hours per square

metre per year compared with

cloudy northern Europe, where 700

to 800 kWh per square metre is more


For the time being, the African

solar energy market is consumer-led

rather than being driven by national

T here is something

of a mystery about the

near-absence of solar

power in Africa. Apart from a

few fancy camps that trade on

their eco-credentials, a smat-

tering of green-tinged consum-

ers and some NGO-funded

micro schemes, it has yet to be

harnessed on a continent-wide

basis. Instead, its use is small-

scale and nearly always off-grid.

By contrast, in many parts of not-

so-sunny northern Europe there is

a proliferation of often ugly – and

subsidy-hungry – rooftop solar

panels, all (in theory) feeding back

policy-makers. The only exception

is South Africa. The 96 megawatt

Jasper solar farm near Kimberley is

Africa’s largest solar power project to

date. It is claimed to provide enough

power (only when the sun shines, of

course) for some 80,000 homes.

Future needsBy contrast, East African govern-

ments have been slow to encour-

age solar power and Kenya has

tentatively backed wind energy. It

is argued that state-owned energy

companies tend to favour big

power projects with big solutions

You would think that with lots of sunshine, intermittent electrical supplies and high energy charges, East Africa would be clamouring for solar energy. But you would be wrong. So why is there a reluctance across the region to use solar energy on any meaningful scale? Gary Gimson reports.

Is solar energy a dim idea

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for a nation’s future needs. And up

until now solar has been too small,

too individual and seen as a purely

consumer-driven, off-grid option.

It’s something more than

this, though. Solar power is also

supported by business. Companies,

often in the agricultural sector, are

investing in solar power for reasons

of self-interest and to improve conti-

nuity of supply. For example, William-

son Tea, a family-owned business

for over 140 years, has built its own

1 MW solar farm in Tinderet, western

Kenya. The company believed its

solar panels would cut its electricity

bills while reducing its heavy reliance

on polluting diesel generators.

Solar panels can be expensive to

install and interest rates on any loans

to buy panels can be eye-wateringly

high. Both can reduce any cost

advantages associated with ‘free’

solar energy.

But the Williamson Tea scheme,

and others like it, are not on-grid

projects that will benefit mwananchi.

In Tanzania, for example, only about

10 per cent of the population has

access to mains electricity, so finding

a cost-effective method of provid-

ing energy to the masses is vital; and

solar power may, indeed, provide an


Some solar developers are looking

to set up large solar photovoltaics

(PV) projects in East Africa; but so far,

according to a recent report, it is not

clear whether this can be a cost-

efficient solution.

As in the case of wind energy, the

sun doesn’t always shine and is obvi-

ously not available at night, so these

renewables adopters require back-up

by more conventional generator

systems: a duplication that can prove

too costly for many.

RenewableWhat’s more, not everyone thinks

that solar power – and renewable

energy in general – is such a great

idea. “Why is renewable energy

such a total fail?” asks the UK-based

super-sceptic writer James Deling-

pole. “Because,” he goes on “it’s so

ludicrously inefficient and impossibly

expensive that if ever we were so

foolish as to try rolling it out on a

scale beyond its current boutique

levels, it would necessitate bankrupt-

ing the global economy.”

In Africa, however, there are differ-

ent arguments for and against. It’s

not just about cost. It’s more about

regularity of supply; and in remote

rural areas it is also about gaining at

least some access to electrical power.

It sure beats sitting in the dark.

‘…parts of Tanzania have over 2,400 kilowatt-hours per square metre per year’

BRIGHT IDEACould solar energy be an option for Africa?

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“JATA is the main organisation

for judo in Tanzania. Since 1995

we have strived to promote the sport

in this country and lead the national team

to compete and win in international tourna-

ments. It’s through providing adequate

training environments, developing teaching

systems and improving the quality of train-

ing that we hope judo will continue to grow

in Tanzania.”

By using local trainers and coaches,

JATA has helped integrate judo

into schools, regional youth

centres and district clubs

nationwide. This has

developed young

skill that had arguably the biggest impact.

Judoka found employment with the military

and this, in turn, attracted many young men

to the sport. As soldiers began to practise

judo in the army clubs, others followed and

the nation as a whole was eager to take up


The Judo Association of Tanzania (JATA)

has played a key role in the sport’s popular-

ity, as general secretary Innocent J. Mallya


A fter an erratic history, judo has

secured its place as a major

Tanzanian sport. So what has

changed to make Tanzanians ‘judo mad’?

As one of the first sports established

after independence in the early 1960s, judo

went from strength to strength and judoka

(practisers of judo) began to enter interna-

tional tournaments. The national team won

medals, leading to ever more publicity and

media support.

International teachersAs a major sport, judo drew senior Black

Belt trainers and international teachers to

Tanzania. Their knowledge encouraged

many to try something new, leading to an

upsurge of new judoka.

But it was the introduction of judo

to the Tanzanian army as a self-defence

Everyone knows that soccer is the world’s most popular sport. But which sport is ranked number two globally? Well, in terms of the sheer number of participants, the answer is – perhaps surprisingly – judo. And one of the nations where the sport has made huge strides in recent years is Tanzania. Kate Wingar reports.

Tanzania’s judo fans go to the mat

Ki o tsuke!

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athletes with a talent into

national judo champions,

winning medals at international

games such as the All-Africa Games, the

Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.

At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth

Games, Tanzania had a record seven

athletes competing for the title of judo


It’s not all roses, however. A lack of fund-

ing for judo in Tanzania has made it hard to

develop talent and organise events.

With just eight active clubs

and 58 tatami (judo

mats) throughout the country, there is a

desperate need for more permanent dojo

(judo halls) and financial support. Tanzanian

athletes still have a long way to go before

they can truly make a mark on the world of


So what next?Despite a lack of financial stability, one

thing is certain – interest in the sport is

keener than ever. As long as the passion

is there, Tanzania will go on producing

talented home-grown judo athletes.

So if you have a secret yearning to

become a Black Belt, why not register at

your local club, find your nearest dojo,

pick up a judogi (uniform) and

tatami, and start practising.

The first organised venture was in 1970 when a judo club

inspired by a German businessman was opened at the Kilimanjaro Hotel in Dar es Salaam. In 1980 a new club was launched in Dar’s Mnazi Mmoja by a Japanese visitor.

In 1990 the nation’s first Black Belt, Dudley Mawala, opened a judo and karate club at the YMCA in Dar. Teachers from all over the world joined the club and encour-aged new judokas.

The Kariakoo Judo Club was founded in Zanzibar by Japanese

enthusiast Shimaoka Tsuyoshi in 1993. That same year, a silver and two bronze medals were won by Tanzanian judoka at the Eastern and Southern Judo Championship in Harare.

A milestone was reached in 1995 with the setting up of the Judo Association of Tanzania.

Over subsequent years, Tanzanian judoka have competed in major competitions in Africa and around the world and won several gold, silver and bronze medals.

How it began


Atemi waza: Striking techniques

Dan: Black Belt ranking

Goshin jutsu: Art of self-defence

Hajime: Begin

Hiza: Knee

Judogi: Judo practice uniform

Judoka: One who studies judo

Ki o tsuke: Attention

Kyoshi: Instructor

Mate: Stop, wait

Nage: Throw

Obi: Judo belt

Sensei: Teacher, instructor

Shiai: Contest

Sore made: Finished, time up

Tatami: Mat

Ki o tsuke!

Hajime!Judo is one of the world's top sports

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ing area for travellers. Otherwise,

it is more or less untouched, with

about 80 per cent of the island

covered in thick forest. Its shores

are fringed by beaches, swamps

and rocky areas, providing a diver-

sity of habitats for wildlife. While

the beaches look lovely, visitors

are not allowed to swim in the lake

because of the danger from croco-

diles and hippos.

FamousRubondo Island is famous for

its population of chimpanzees,

which were introduced to the

island between 1966 and 1969 by

Prof Bernhard Grzimek, a German

zoologist. Originally, 16 chimps

were introduced to four areas of

the island and were studied over

to explore the green island of Lake


Largely uninhabited by people –

apart from researchers, wardens and

staff and guests at the island’s only

lodge – the national park is a haven

of untouched forest dominated by

its wildlife and birdlife. In the course

of the year, few visitors set foot on

the island compared with other

wildlife hot spots across Tanzania.

So the national park remains largely

how nature intended – all the more

exciting for those who make the

effort to explore one of Tanzania’s

best-kept secrets.

The island is about 28 km long

and 10 km across at its widest

point. It is Tanzania’s only national

park in the 67,000 sq km lake. The

island has a small airstrip, served

daily by Auric Air, and a small wait-

T ucked away in the south-west corner

of Lake Victoria, the world’s second-largest lake, Rubondo Island National Park is a hidden gem featuring dense forest, wildlife, birdlife and more.

Auric Air is the only airline to

offer daily scheduled flights from

Mwanza to the Rubondo airstrip.

So why not take the opportunity

Magical green island is a ‘must visit’

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birdlife is particularly impressive, too,

with hundreds of species including

the African grey parrot and African

fish eagle.

BeautifulThe island’s only lodge is the Asilia

Africa Rubondo Island Camp, which

opened in June 2013. This, however,

is a camp like no other, with a beauti-

ful lakeside location, eco-friendly

design and, of course, the only

accommodation for miles around.

There are just eight rooms on site,

helping to keep the island in as much

of a natural state as possible. From

here, guests can embark on forest

walks, game drives, fishing (includ-

ing for Nile Perch) and boat trips – or

simply enjoy the peace and quiet of

this intimate location.

time to see how they adapted from

their previous lives in captivity

to their new environment. The

project was a success and numbers

have increased to about 40 wild

chimps across the island. The

chimps are still getting used to

human encounters, however, so

the chances of seeing them while

visiting is low until they get used

to human company and can be

integrated better into the island’s


Other inhabitants of interest

are the spotted-neck otters that

laze around the shores as well as

bushbuck, vervet monkey, giraffe,

hippo, elephant and more. The

rare swamp-dwelling sitatunga is

an exciting sight on the shoreline,

while many types of butterfly

inhabit the forest. The island’s



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T he aquaculture industry

is dominated by freshwater

fish farming. And Tanzania

– according to the United Nations

Food and Agriculture Organiza-

tion (FAO) – has a vast but as yet

untapped potential in this sector.

Typically, it involves small-scale

farmers working fish ponds with an

average size of 150 square metres.

The fish farming is integrated with

other agricultural activities such

as gardening and animal and bird

production on small pieces of land.

Tanzania is currently estimated to

have a total of 14,100 freshwater fish

ponds scattered across the mainland.

In addition, there is a large rainbow

trout farm in Arusha.

The distribution of fish ponds is

determined by availability of water,

suitable land for fish farming and

awareness and motivation within the

community of the economic poten-

tial of fish farming.

Shrimp farming – which has

proved very profitable in other parts

of the world – is still in the experi-

mental phase in Tanzania. It has the

potential to be a profitable activity

in Tanzania, says the FAO, but there

are widespread concerns about its

potential environmental and socio-

economic impact.

In recent years seaweed farming

has become popular in some coastal

areas as a source of income. Small-

scale seaweed farms –some of them

run by groups of women and young

people – can be found all along the

coast of Tanzania. Seaweed is now

a serious cash crop in Tanga and

Zanzibar, generating enough income

to cover household costs.

The government’s Fisheries

Division has studied the viability of

expanding aquaculture by diversify-

ing production into other species

and developing the export market.

TILAPIAFarming fish in Tanzania

Big idea from a small pondThousands of farmers across Tanzania are involved in small-scale farming of tilapia fish. It benefits not only farmers but also local communities, as in the Babati project in northern Tanzania. But aquaculture has a long way to go before it can impact the national economy.


Tilapia is the common name for nearly 100 species of cichlid fish.

This mainly freshwater species has become the third most important fish in aquaculture after carp and salmon worldwide.

Tilapia has been farmed in Tanzania since 1949.

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Exports of seaweed are on an

upward trend, but the vast potential

for mariculture is largely untapped,

according to the FAO. There has

not yet been any move to integrate

aquaculture with other sectors such

as the environment because the

industry is still at subsistence level.

Project on a mountainA project run by the Livingstone

Tanzania Trust (LTT) in the Babati

District in the north of the country is

a good example of how tilapia farm-

ing can benefit a local community.

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The Livingstone Tanzania Trust is a grassroots charity that supports community and education-focused projects. It works with communities in the Babati District of the Manyara Region of northern Tanzania.

LTT helps members of the local community by sponsoring their enterprise initiatives, providing skills training and resources.

The charity works closely with schools development committees and other stakeholders to target the specific needs of each school.

LTT has fish ponds at three

locations. Two of the ponds are at

Waangwaray Primary School, on the

slopes of Mount Kwaraa, and now

provide the school with an income.

Sustainable fish farming on the

side of a mountain? Yet, for those

with access to local springs, it has

proved a viable source of income. In

fact, one young man is supporting

himself through college from the

sale of fish.

Early experimental designs proved

that brick and cement ponds are the

most cost-effective because they

retain the water and last longer than

plastic sheeting.

Once built, the ponds fill with

algae, which keep the water cool,

inject oxygen into the water and hide

the fish from the watchful eyes of

passing birds of prey. The algae are

good for the fish’s diet and increase

their levels of fatty acid, which is

good for us when we eat them.

People in the community rarely

get to eat meat and this source of

protein is in great demand.

At the end of each year, the

ponds can be emptied and the

mud, fish waste, dead baby fish and

rich water are used to enrich the

local soil, which has proved ideal for

growing tomatoes.

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Zanzibar has it all: an exciting

culture, miles of beautiful

beaches, fabulous food and

stunning scenery.

This enchanting island, known

locally as Unguja, is a favourite desti-

nation for many. And with Auric Air

operating regular flights to Zanzibar,

why wouldn’t you want to visit East

Africa’s spice island?

In case you need any more persua-

sion, here are our top five reasons for

visiting Zanzibar.

1 Brilliant beachesZanzibar is lined with great beaches,

and you won’t have to travel far to

find one to suit you. Starting from

the north, there is Nungwi, one of

the most popular beaches on the

island, and it’s not hard to see why.

Although it is a popular tourist spot,

with a number of hotels nearby, the

beach remains in excellent condi-

tion, while the calm waters of the

azure-coloured ocean are irresistibly

enticing. A little way down the east

coast is Matemwe. Until recently

it was virtually unpopulated, but

people are starting to discover the

potential of this beautiful spot.

Further south there is Pongwe,

where the popular Pongwe Beach

Hotel offers good accommodation

next to the beach. In the south of

the island, the sleepy fishing village

of Kizimkazi is one of the best places

if you’re looking for a secluded,

untouched stretch of beach.

2 Superb Stone TownFor a real taste of Zanzibar’s herit-

age, navigate your way through the

labyrinthine streets of Stone Town,

the old part of Zanzibar City, which

gives an insight into the lives of local

people. You may well get lost (in a

good way) among the narrow alleys

with their fascinating architecture

and intricately carved doors like

no other. Guides are available for

a small fee if you prefer. There are

lots of things to see in Stone Town,

including the Old Fort and the Palace

Museum. The Anglican Cathedral,

on the site of the old slave market, is

a poignant reminder of an impor-

tant part of the island’s history. The

Darajani Bazaar is a large market

Beaches and spice and all things nice…

SPICE UP YOUR LIFENo trip to Zanzibar is complete without visiting the markets

Five reasons to visit Zanzibar

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frequented by local people and

tourists alike, where you can find

everything from fresh meat to cloth-

ing to fruit and vegetables. Our top

tip is to buy some spices while you’re

here, because they are often cheaper

and of better quality than elsewhere

on the island.

3 Good foodIt’s no surprise that an island with

such a name for spice production

should have a reputation for excel-

lent food. The combination of Zanzi-

bar’s heritage and with the avail-

ability of excellent fresh ingredients

has let to an exciting local cuisine.

A firm favourite here is octopus,

which you will find served in a curry,

a salad or with cassava. The Zanzibar

pizza is legendary, although not your

typical pizza. You will find vendors

at Forodhani Gardens offering this

delicacy, made from fried dough and

filled with basically anything you like

– meat, vegetables, fish etc – then

folded into a rectangle and served.

Naturally, spices play a big part in

Zanzibari cuisine. Dishes such as

biryani and pilau are a ‘must try’ with

authentic Indian-influenced flavours.

For more formal dining, the famous

Rock Restaurant has a unique loca-

tion with unforgettable views.

4 Great hotelsFrom high-end splendour to back-

packer retreats, Zanzibar offers an

impressively wide range of accom-

modation. As a popular place for

luxury getaways, it naturally offers

a whole range of five-star beach

resorts including the Zanzi Resort,

The Palms and The Z Hotel. Many of

the best resorts are on the coast, but

there is also an impressive selection

of lodgings in Stone Town. Check in

at the Emerson Spice for a magical

night in a boutique setting, or try the

Jafferji House and Spa for elegant

luxury and a fascinating heritage. For

the more cash-conscious, Pumzika

Beach Resort is a low-cost but highly

praised lodging in Makunduchi,

while the Warere Town House in

Stone Town is a central hotel with

budget-friendly prices.

5 Centre of cultureAs an East African centre of culture,

Zanzibar is home to one of the

region’s largest cultural events, the

Zanzibar International Film Festival.

Attended by thousands of people

from all over the world, this hugely

popular event features screenings

of the best local and international

films as well as musical concerts,

workshops and more. Now in its

19th year, the festival is expand-

ing year on year to bring more and

more people together to celebrate

the arts. Zanzibar is also home to

the Sauti za Busara music festival,

which unfortunately did not go

ahead in 2015 due to a shortage of

funding. The festival is looking set

to return in 2017 however, which will

be welcomed by music fans across

Africa and the world.

‘…the narrow alleys with their fascinating architecture and intricately carved doors like no other’

STONE TOWNGet lost in the labyrinthine streets of Zanzibar's capital

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Old-world comfort in an ideal city locationI t’s rare to find a boutique hotel

that offers a genuine and authentic

African experience. Combine this

with passionate staff, a quiet location

and a relaxed atmosphere and you have

the African Tulip hotel.

Located in the calm suburbs of Arusha,

yet just five minutes’ drive from the city

centre with its shops and restaurants, the

African Tulip opened in 2008. Since then,

the word has spread about its comfort-

able rooms, (extremely) large beds and

courtyard pool. Despite the hype, it doesn’t


RusticA sense of ‘old Africa’ merged with modern

personal touches makes this hotel an

Arusha favourite. With its dark beams, old

wood and rustic shades of orange and

brown, the African Tulip is wonderfully

decorated to create a home away from

home. Guests can choose from a variety

of Indian food in the hotel restaurant, or

unwind with a drink (or two) in the Zanzibar


With just a few rooms, travellers really

do gain a personal experience. Each room

comes with modern en-suite facilities and a

beautiful bay window, so there’s no excuse

for not finishing that book that has now

gathered dust. However, the most striking

aspect of the rooms are the beds; for such

a small hotel, they are incredibly large. It’s

a wonder they fit through the door. But at

least you can’t argue about who takes up

the most space or who wanders over to the

other’s side.

The African Tulip is the perfect base for

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Mount Kilimanjaro. But it’s also an excellent

retreat for business guests who want to put

their feet up in a cosy environment after a

long day of meetings. Whether you’re by

the pool or in the bar, you’re guaranteed a

peaceful stay with top-notch service while

surrounded by African culture.


www.theafricantulip.com ■


For more information about African Tulip Hotel and a full list of the accommodation and tours that they offer, head to their website:

AFRICAN TULIPPersonal touches make this boutique hotel a winner

A sense of ‘old Africa’ merged with modern

personal touches

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Classy new SUV will broaden your horizons

expensive Premium SE.

So if you are already driving a

Toyota RAV4, Nissan Qashqai or

Honda CR-V then you might like

to broaden your horizons when it

comes to replacing your existing

wheels. And the classy Hyundai

Tucson might just catch your eye

in the same way it

caught mine.

three different diesels form part of

the line-up. The car comes in both

2x4 and 4x4 variants, with Hyundai

expecting to shift many more two-

wheel-drive vehicles locally than

the more expensive all-wheel-drive


Trim levelsThe Tucson is offered in no less

than five trim levels and even the

entry-level cabin generally looks

and feels reassuringly expensive

and is carefully screwed together.

Elsewhere there is a choice of gear-

boxes: manual six-speed, automatic

six-speed and automatic seven-

speed dual clutch transmission

(DCT). Only the six-speed auto will

be available in East Africa.

Twin LED lights, eight-inch

touchscreen satnav, a panoramic

sunroof, rear-view camera, elec-

tronic tailgate release and heated/

ventilated seats are all options

on less expensive models and

progressively standard across the

trim levels all the way up to the


here are any number of sub-compact SUVs on the

market and many of them, while worthy, are much of a muchness. But this one really caught my eye.

It went on sale in East Africa in

January and it’s a welcome replace-

ment for an existing model while

neatly recycling an old name. This,

then, is the Tucson – and I believe

the South Korean automaker Hyun-

dai has come up with an absolute


Hyundai’s new Tucson super-

sedes the manufacturer’s old ix35

crossover model – a nice enough

car, I suppose, but not exactly a

head-turner. Like the ix35, the

Tucson is still a crossover, but it

has everything the old model

seemed to lack: razor-sharp styling,

fiendishly clever engineering and a

commodious 513 litres of space in

the rear (and that’s before the seats

are even folded).

Hyundai in Dar es Salaam told

Explorer magazine that only 2.0

litre petrol versions will be sold

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‘Even the entry-level cabin generally looks and feels

reassuringly expensive’

CLASSYBroaden your horizons with the Hyundai Tucson

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Sharing is caring at La Véranda

La Véranda is not just a

tapas restaurant; it is Dar es

Salaam’s first and only tapas

restaurant, serving up an exciting

menu of small dishes designed to

be enjoyed by a group of people.

The idea of tapas is to share and

socialize; and where better to enjoy

the experience than at La Véranda,

with its excellent location and

friendly, attentive staff.

Located at the Alliance Française

in Kivukoni, the restaurant is ideally

situated between the city centre and

the peninsula, just a stone’s throw

from the coast. The restaurant itself

has a lovely open feel, with excellent

views over the golf course and a rest-

ful, Mediterranean-inspired decor.

The menu contains a huge variety

of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes,

including both traditional Spanish

tapas and dishes with a global influ-

ence, which means you can enjoy

Chinese, Indian and Spanish cuisine

side by side, creating a wonder-

ful fusion of flavours. As the dishes

are meant to be shared among a

group, you can try as many as you

like without feeling guilty. Trust me,

it would be hard to stick to just one

dish anyway.

There truly is something for every

taste at La Véranda. Vegetarians

are well catered for with a selec-

tion of tasty vegetable and cheese

dishes, including falafel and mint

yoghurt and paprika paneer. For the

more carnivorous, the beef tacos

are wonderful, as are the sesame

soy chicken and lamb souvlaki. The

seafood at La Véranda also shines,

with Asian flavours found in the Thai

ginger fish and tempura calamari.

There are side dishes, too, and tempt-

ing desserts to complete your meal.

To accompany the delicious tapas,

La Véranda offers a good selection

of drinks, from champagne to soft

drinks and truly excellent Long Island

iced tea.

The flavoursome food, views over

the golf course and homely ambi-

ence make for an excellent lunch or

dinner in Dar es Salaam. The only

problem is resisting the temptation

to order everything…




www.veranda-tz.com ■


Atmosphere: Service: Food: La Véranda RestaurantAlliance FrançaiseKivukoniDar es SalaamReservations: +255 763 491 212Email: [email protected]

The dishes are meant to be shared among a group, try as many as you like…

FUSIONLa Véranda brings together flavours from around the world


La Véranda will soon be relocating to the Peninsula, so check out their website for up-to-date information

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Every passenger travelling with Auric Air gets a free baggage allowance as follows:

› Adults and children: Checked baggage of 15 kg, hand baggage of 5 kg

› Infants: Combined checked baggage and hand baggage of 3 kg.

Excess baggage will be charged per kilogram. Owing to the size and weight restrictions of the aircraft, we cannot guarantee to transport excess baggage on the same flight.

Because of the nature of the aircraft, your baggage must consist of small, soft bags. Metal suitcases with sharp, pointed edges are prohibited.


Children are welcome on board Auric Air after their 11th birthday. Unfortunately, before this age, we cannot accept unaccompanied minors. Infants under the age of two weeks will also not be accepted for travel.


Animals and pets may travel on our aircraft, subject to criteria such as size and quantity. For more information, please contact our call centre on +255 783 233334.

Auric Air’s Call Centre is open 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00 daily.


Most people will require a visa to enter Tanzania. Usually a tourist visa is issued, unless you are travelling on business, in which case you require a different visa.

Any traveller into Tanzania who is from a non-Commonwealth country – unless there is an agreement between the traveller’s country and Tanzania, in which case the visa is waived – will require a valid visa to gain entry. Citizens from the following Commonwealth countries will, however, require a visa to enter Tanzania: United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia.

Tanzania visas can be obtained from the following:

› Entry points into the United Republic of Tanzania such as Dar es Salaam International Airport and Zanzibar Airport.

› The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar.

› Tanzania High Commissions or embassies abroad.


All visitors entering Kenya – except those who are citizens of Ethiopia, San Marino, Turkey and Uruguay – require a visa.

From September 1st 2015, all visas must be purchased online in advance of travel to Kenya from evisa.go.ke/evisa. E-visas are valid for 90 days.

A single entry visa costs US$ 51, which includes a US$ 1 service charge.


Head to www.auricair.com/General/terms for more information on travelling with Auric Air.


To ensure you have the smoothest possible flight, here are some of our top tips for a top trip.

Make sure you arrive in good time, as the check-in desks close 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Passengers arriving after this time may not be accepted for travel, and liable for a no-show fee.

Auric Air does not provide alcohol on its aircraft, and passengers are not allowed to bring their own – or any food items – on board. Please bear this in mind before boarding. All flights are also non-smoking.

Electronic equipment is allowed on board, including mobile telephones, laptops, radios, CD players and handheld games consoles, however for safety reasons, the use of these items may be limited, or forbidden during flying.

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NGORONGORO WILDLIFEView down inside the Ngorongoro Caldera, Tanzania

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Lake Manyara


Masai Mara



Scheduled Airstrips Inducement Airstrips



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