A total of 36 African Americans will embark on an exclusive journey next week – the first of its kind, to discover their roots in Africa.
The seven-day journey will begin on July 10, 2018 and will take them to key historical sites in Tanzania in their attempt to discover their ancestors’ origin.
“An exclusive trip, the first of its kind in Tanzania, will enable the African Americans to explore their ancestors’ history through places, objects and tastes,” the journey organizer, Kelvin Gaspar Kaole, told eTurboNews.
Mr Kaole says that they will first visit the remaining African icon of polygamy – Laibon Meshuku Ole Mapi, where they will not only interact with him and his enormous family to get a glimpse of African customs, but also donate solar lamps and scholastic materials to 244 pupils schooling in his own primary school.
A 108-years old, Laibon Ole Mapi, probably the most revered Maasai Polygamist, is happily running his own ‘multi-monogamous’ household in modern days, near Manyara National park within the country’s northern tourism circuit.
The humble indigenous gentleman is proudly a husband to 44 wives, a father to nearly 80 children, and a grandpa to hundreds of grandchildren.
The journey will also take the African Americans to Tarangire National Park, where they will do balloon safari to see the large herds of elephants, zebras, giraffes among others, from the sky as well a game drive with vehicles.
In Arusha they will also visit the German Boma, the Museum of Arusha Declaration and The Rwanda Genocide Mechanism Participates Museum.
Mr Kaole further says that after exploring the northern Tanzania, the delegation will go to the country’s commercial city of Dar Es Salaam, lying off Tanzania’s Coast, to visit National museum, fish market and other historical sites.
In their final leg, the African Americans will visit the Zanzibar Archipelago, which is made up of a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania Mainland.
When not lounging on the islands impeccable beachfront, African Americans can wander the narrow labyrinth of streets that make up the Stone town, venture to the Forodhani Gardens’ night market on the waterfront across from the House of Wonders, and taste the local street food.
Mr Kaole says the journey will see the visitors go to spice plantations in Zanzibar where they will get a lifetime experience on how spice is cultivated, interact with Swahili people and try their tradition food.
They will also visit historical Prison Island, also known as the Changuu Island, that lies 30 minutes by boat from Unguja.
The Island was once used by an Arab trader to contain the more troublesome slaves he had bought from the African mainland to prevent their escape, before shipping them to the Arabian purchasers or for auctioning in Zanzibar slave trade market.
‘Re-discover your root’ tourism product has the potential to diversify Tanzania’s wildlife viewing, mountain climbing and beach offerings.
The pioneer organizer, says after four years of painstaking experiments, sheer hard working and considerable private funding, the re-discover your root tourism product is now ready for African Americans with less interest on mainstream game drive.
“With over 120 tribes co-existing in peace and harmony, Tanzania stands a better chance to host African Americans Heritage festival to share a rich history and culture with them” Mr Kaole explained.