Our Values and Inspiration
When writing about 'Why Choose Original Tanzania', we mentioned that we support the originality of people, environment, nature, experiences and ideas. What is hard is that the environment in which we start our lives and the opportunities that lay ahead are not always in our control and, clearly, some fare better than others - as in its most base form in the wild.
However, Original Tanzania have values that are based around humanity as a social consciousness as well as the capacity for people to be individual and develop in the way in which is true to them. Therefore, inspiration has come from actions that relate to quotes such as the following: "A Man who stands for nothing will fall for anything" (Malcolm X) and "Wherever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" (Mark Twain).
Due to the way the world is "set up", the most heard voices mean there is not always a fair balance or accurate picture of how things are. So, travel and direct experience can really open the eyes and allow people to think more for themselves. At Original Tanzania we started from the bottom in our profession and realised we could offer so much more if people could connect with us direct. We offer more than a sales pitch about Mt Kilimanjaro or the Game Parks. We have grown up with the great peak overlooking our town and respecting its presence. We have seen animals in the wild adapt their behaviour due to climate change. We have seen tribes given respect to continue their way of life as long as they allow nature to continue theirs. The rule of the country under Julius Nyerere was based around socialist principles where idealism was at the forefront. "The objective of socialism in the United Republic of Tanzania is to build a society in which all members have equal rights and equal opportunities; in which all can live in peace with their neighbours without suffering or imposing injustice, being exploited, or exploiting; and in which all have a gradually increasing basic level of material welfare before any individual lives in luxury." (Nyerere 1968: 340)
Nyerere was one of few African leaders that did not grow his own fortune by exploiting the position he was in. Unfortunately as with most countries with foreign debts, among other reasons, Tanzania still suffers as a "poor country" but we are proud to say you will find very few other countries with more friendlier, sociable, patient and welcoming people.
We value the fact that there are no business 'chains' in the majority of towns such as well known coffee shops or fast food outlets. This is changing in major cities such as 'Dar-es-Salaam' which also aligns with a well used word 'development' and what this exactly means to different people in the world. When you visit Tanzania with us you will be able to judge for yourself what 'development' means. For some, it creates a 'want' in people when they see so many visitors who have so much. For others it's an unwelcome disruption to lives that celebrate simplicity and it can have both a negative and positive impact on building a middle class but ultimately pushing up the cost of living where not all can meet it. Development used to relate to peoples' inherent abilities to create something by hand at a pace that suited its immediate environment and needs. It has become something a lot more like a rush to do everything quicker yet this hasn't led to people spending more 'quality time'. What you will find in Tanzania is people spending 'quality time' with others, but again, things are changing. Mahatma Gandhi sums it up nicely with "There is more to life than increasing its speed".
Within our website you will find further information on our approach to social responsibility through building partnerships and engaging people in different ways.
We are inspired by people who step out of their comfort zone, even it is just changing from booking a "package trip" abroad and we would like to be a part of your travels to Africa.