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Find Yourself in Usambara Rainforest

Destroying rainforest for the sake of economic gain is compared to burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal. Whenever the country Tanzania comes to our minds, we probably think Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, or Ngorongoro Crater. Even though these beautiful natures are world-famous, there is more to Tanzania than meets the eye.

The Usambara Mountains, stretching into neighboring Kenya and located in the north-eastern corner of Tanzania, are one of Tanzania’s hidden treasures. The Usambara Mountains are unique, containing protected lush stretches, possess rich biodiversity and have a virgin tropical rainforest; this makes them amongst the last true Tanzanian wildernesses.

The Usambara Rainforest is a hiker’s paradise. It possesses stunning views, magically winding paths, a round-every-corner kind of adventure and a cool climate which is refreshing. Have you been looking for an experience that is beyond the usual tourist spots? Then Usambara Rainforest is your answer; it will not break the bank. If you search more unusual options such as Usambara Rainforest you should read this essay on traveling.

The Usambara Rainforest is ideal for biking and hiking since it has breath-taking viewpoints, a magnificent landscape, and vivid hillsides.

Why you should find yourself in Usambara Rainforest

  • The Usambaras is yet to be fully explored, so now is the time to go
  • It gives a high value for money in that within a short time, your expenditure will be little, and you are also getting lots of impressions
  • Within three days only, you will be packed with experiences which will make you feel as if you have been toured the place for weeks
  • The Usambara mountains scene is as striking. You can start by picturing yourself in a Hollywood surreal production where everything is perfectly jaw-dropping

There are many places in the Usambaras where you can visit, which are all breathlessly beautiful- It is for sure a tough choice. They comprise the Eastern Arc Mountains easternmost ranges. These ranges are situated in the Lushoto District of Tanga, approximately 90 kilometers long and about half that wide. They formed as a result of uplifting and faulting, nearly two million years ago, and are composed of Precambrian metamorphic rocks.

They are Usambara Rainforest has been split into two sub-ranges;

  1. The West Usambaras, which are higher
  2. East Usambaras, which receive more rainfall is nearer the coast

Virgin tropical rainforest found in this mountains is a center of endemism and has been isolated for a very long period of time. Whenever you plan to visit the Usambara Rainforest, ensure that your adventures encompass in all the following inspiring highlights:

  1. Lushoto

In a shady valley is a bustling town, Lushoto. It is the heartland of the Wasaamba people and the capital of the Usambara Mountains region. Lusaka is a great base to do some short hikes for example to the Mkusu and Magamba Forest Reserves and Irente Viewpoint. It is advisable to start your Usambara adventure here.

 

  1. Irente Viewpoint

Irente Viewpoint is an easy 6-kilometer walk from Lushoto. You will wander through cultivate farmland and villages up to the Irente Viewpoint. Do not look down since it is an 800-meter vertical drop.

Stop at Swedish-owned Irente Farm Lodge on your way back. You will experience a biodiversity reserve for a healthy farm lunch of cheese, bread, and yogurt, which are home-made jam which includes pineapple and fresh fruit. You can as well check out how they make their cheese.

  1. Mambo

This is a delightful village high up in the mountains. There is a constant energy bustling of regular Tanzanians living their lives and a colorful Thursday market. Here, you will find a warm welcome here being a hub for some incredible experiences.

You can stay at the MamboViewPoint Lodge which is a comfortable eco-lodge that is perched on a dizzying cliff’s edge, with fantastic, spectacular views at 360 degrees. The lodge possesses a campsite as well as a full menu of activities which include bike riding, Mambo Caves visit, hiking for three hours to a series of geological accidents. These have hidden Mambo villagers from attacks by the Maasai for centuries, with traces of ancient peoples.

There is also a series of preserved “footprints” in a rock which could be ancient hominids’ tracks entirely something else. The MamboViewPoint Lodge can as well arrange cookery lessons, Kiswahili lessons or a traditional healer visit.

  1. Mtae

This is a tiny hilltop village. It gives a view over Tsavo Plains, down to Mkomazi National Park. Kilimanjaro is seen on a clear day the rooftop of Africa. Also take a trip to nearby Mazumba Forest to take an evening walk amidst chameleon and colobus, the butterflies, and tea plantation and factory.

  1. Shagayu Forest

Rich in biodiversity and one of the oldest natural forests, botanists will love to hunt for the flora and fauna species which are unique to the Usambara Rainforest. Watch out for the Usambara weaverbird, rare juniper calodendrum eickii, African Violet, the little akalat in the montane forests and the chunky Usambara Eagle Owl.

World Cultures

As the chapter begins; “domesticable animals are all alike, every undomesticable animal is undomesticable in its own way,” do we get to see the parody of the first sentence in Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina; “happy families are all alike, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” It may not sound similar, but Diamond, the author, is pointing out how we define success and failure in general. You may call it the Anna Karenina principle, but while progress narrows to a specific list of events, he describes failure like everything else. In this case, animals symbolized people living with other people in a life-long commitment.

Perhaps what interested the author the most was the Anna Karenina principle when he points out that his work relates to marriages. Through symbolism, the author expressed his reason that some animals were domesticated merely because they met some form of criteria such as growing too fast and the tendency to kill people[1]. As critical as it may be, this comparison does hit the bull’s eye. Both marriages and domesticated animals have to be agreed upon since they had to live with each other for a long time. Humans cannot live together if they lack factors that bind them together. Similarly, animals cannot be domesticated if they have a tendency of killing humans and cannot be tamed.

Apart from symbolizing his work to marriage, Diamond also wanted to explain the rise of civilization and cultures. In this chapter, a few of the world’s large animals can be domesticated. While previous episodes talked about plants, domestication of animals particularly large mammals proved to be beneficial with plowing, war, source of food and skin, as well as transport. Out of 14 large domesticated mammals, humans domesticated 13 of them originated in Eurasia. This further meant that human domesticated large animals since 2500 BC[2]. However, not every civilization developed along its line of animals they used to subdue. Most continents such as Africa lost most of the suitable animal candidates for domestication.

In the chapter, the author first talks about how domesticable animals are bred to be docile around human beings. Strangely, we have only domesticated a few animals have when compared to the number of plants. He then explained that wild animals could be found all over but not at an equal measure. For instance, there was only one sizeable domesticated mammal in South America from which the alpaca and llama descended from[3]. Strangely also, there are many wild animals in Africa but just a few large domesticated mammals. Therefore, Africa had limited agriculture due to the geographic spread.

While Europe domesticated horses, Africa did not domesticate Zebras yet they are almost similar. Every geographical region was naturally endowed differently with Europe having many large domesticated animals that other places. As a result, Europe became more civilized rapidly with regards to animal domestication as compared to other parts of the world. Consequences that followed later saw a huge tendency in animal domestication among Europeans when compared to different regions such as Africa[4]. Furthermore, the social trend of having pets further led to animal domestication. However, technology has rapidly taken over animal use leaving majority of the large animals without use. Also, modern domestication of other animals is not easy.

The Significance of Camera in my Life

From experience, some artistic people have a powerful gift of visualizing what others cannot see. Each person has a unique talent that can be processed and expressed in various ways. Sometimes what we see and perceive can have a completely different meaning to other people. For instance, something that may seem simple can have a whole new dimension, definition, and discovery. Growing up with a passion for using a camera has changed my perspective on life as I creatively interpret every object. My camera has given me an opportunity to achieve my desires.

There have been challenges in my quest to become a professional photographer. My mother has never liked the idea of me making a living out of this profession, and she has tried to alter my ambitions. She always thought that photography was not a real profession. Despite my mother’s objections, she purchased my first camera that was given to me as a graduation gift after completing high school, and since then, the desire to specialize in photography has grown. In high school, I was an active member of journalism club where I concentrated on taking photos of events such as the prom. I have been using the camera to develop my skills, and it has helped me transform to an experienced photographer.

My passion for this field was fuelled by my desire to spread the awareness of the homeless families which spend their lives in and out of shelter homes and occasionally spending their nights in cold streets. Additionally, I loved street photography, and I made a promise to myself that I will pursue the profession when I grew older.

I conclusion, I aspire to become a renown creative photographer in my country and beyond. The camera will provide a significant tool that will enable me to have a first-hand experience of the profession by taking photos at any time.

The Evolution of the Compass

The introduction of the compass forever changes how we navigate around the world. Before the initiation of the compass, the geographical locations and the direction at sea were entirely determined using landmarks. The landmarks were complemented with the citing of the position of the celestial bodies. Besides the use of landmarks and celestial bodies, other methods might have been used by the Vikings to determine the elevation and direction of the sun from the act of daylight undergoing polarization. The Vikings might have used cordierite and birefringent crystal. Therefore, the discovery of the compass enabled the easy determination of the heading especially during the times when the sky was foggy and also when land markers could not be sighted.

The engineers intensified their research on magnetism by carrying out experiments of mounting the compass needle and placing them at the central point of the card which displayed the cardinal directions. These directions are north, south, east, and west. Later on, a discrepancy in the accuracy of the compass readings arose because of the variation of the true north and the magnetic north. The variations were identified to be more significant in the regions closer to the North and South poles[1]. Therefore, the engineers designed the magnetic compass with the ability to adjust it to account for the variations brought about by the changes in latitudes

The breakthrough of the invention of the compass made a significant change in the people’s lives in the manner in which they navigate direction in the sea. The compass made navigation easier because there was no more use of landmarks and celestial bodies whose sighting was problematic in foggy weather. Therefore, there was an increase in the safety of the seafarers and the volumes of sea trades. However, there was a drawback of the discrepancies brought about by variations in the magnetic and geographic norths which reduces the accuracy of the compass.

The creation of the magnetic compass paved the way for the invention of the satellites and GPS. These are modern forms of locating the positions just like what the ancient mariners did with the magnetic compass. The current satellites and GPS increased the accuracy and navigability of the sailors and the pilots in the transportation sector. The contemporary navigation tools are much more sophisticated as they not only show direction but also record the positions of given locations regarding coordinates and height above sea level.

 

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