Africa 2003  A Memoir


This is the most common Swahili greeting
between Tanzanians and tourists.


This memoir documents the travels of Allen Moss and Dale Singleton on their Tanzanian vacation. The trip began on February 21 and ended on March 11, marking our point of origin as Boston. Dale added an extra day on either end to allow travel between Chicago and Allen's home in Brunswick, Maine. We traveled from Brunswick to Boston by bus.

(This would be a good time to read Production Notes)

First, a few brief notes about history and geography:

In April of 1964 the country of Tanganyika and the island of Zanzibar merged to form the nation of Tanzania.

The United Republic of Tanzania is located on the continent of Africa, on the eastern coast, just below the equator.

The population in the year 2000 was about 35 million people; the average life expectancy is around 52 years. AIDS is a huge problem in Tanzania, as in much of Africa.


Tanzania is politically stable. The government is very supportive of the national park system and enforces laws which protect animals and their habitat. It is one of the most popular destinations for wildlife safaris.

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