East Africa Travel Company is a tour company which specializes in Mountain climbing, Wildlife safaris, Beach holidays and Cultural tourism. Here we are to introduce you to the ‘real Africa’ with Quality Safaris and Mount Kilimanjaro Treks. A unique blend of world nature; from the highest point in Africa - “Mt Kilamanjaro” through the wildlife plains and rest on the lowest beaches of Zanzibar. What an exciting experience?
East Africa is a beautiful place to visit, or even live for a while. Knowing a little bit of Swahili before you go will endear the people toward you and start your trip off right.
First things first, learn your greetings:
Saying ‘Hello and Good Morning” are a must in East Africa. You would never start a conversation without a sufficient greeting.
Even when my friend found me screaming on my bed, trying to kill a huge spider, he first said “Kelly how are you? How was your trip to Tanga? Did you sleep well?”.
I answered all three questions before he would even start to talk about the spider.
Jambo – “Hello!” A friendly “Jambo” goes a long way.
Habari – Also “Hello / Good Morning.” Use this one when speaking with older people.
Nzuri – “Beautiful / Good / Nice / I am fine.”
Shikamo – Literally “I hold your feet.” This greeting is for your elders. Young children will often mutter Shikamo under their breath when you walk by. It may sound like “Sh…ooo”.
Marahaba – The reply to “Shikamo”. Literally translated to something like “ I am delighted, I don’t get that every day.”
Other useful phrases that will come in handy:
Asante – “Thank you!” You will use this word the most in your conversations.
Sana (very) Used as in Asante-sana– Thank you VERY much.
Pole– “I am sorry for your misfortune.” This applies to everything from getting chalk dust on your clothes, to tripping, dropping an item or sneezing.
Pole pole – “Slowly, slowly.” Everything is pole pole in Africa.
Chakula– “FOOD!” If you hear this word, walk towards the place you heard it.
Photos by the author.
Nydio / Hapana – “Yes and No” respectively. Some phrasebooks will tell you that hapana is rude. It is not. As long as you don’t say it forcefully, you are fine. I haven’t heard another word for ‘no’ since I have been here.
Hatari – “DANGER!!!!!” This could be a snake in the road or a warning about an endemic in the area. Take note and proceed with caution.
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We will help you plan your adventurous safari to Africa, greet you at your arrival and our Tour-guides will help you the way through. Whether you are climbing to the roof of Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro, Touring the Wildlife plains - Serengeti , Arusha, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Natron and Lake Manyara National Parks on the North of Tanzania; or Ruaha, Mikumi and Selous National Parks on the East and central part of Tanzania.
or visit Serengeti plains – to see the largest wildlife concentration in the world and famous annual wildlife migration
Tree Climbing lions!! Yeah, only at lake Manyara in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania.
The world largest unbroken caldera - Ngoro Ngoro crater is in the Ngoro Ngoro National Park.
You can choose to dive in the Indian Ocean
On the white sand beaches of Zanzibar
Hot air balloon, we are here to help you!