Ever since I was little, I have been interested in experiencing different cultures and seeing how other people live. To me, seeing how other people live helps me understand their history and their goals better.
Our African Safari didn't 'just' include game drives (check out this post), a boat safari, (see this post) and a walking safari, but we were also given the opportunity to explore a remote African village nearby called Mloka. I, of course, jumped at the chance to see how the locals live.
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After only a few minutes drive, we saw the first signs of civilization and passed by what we assume is the local gas station.
Mloka has a school, a small medical clinic, and a few shops, but the grounds it is built on are not very rich. Farmers thus live on the other side of the river, where they can grow their crop. Kids commute across the river by canoe to get to school and their parents make the journey to sell their goods or work.
This commute isn't an easy one and it's also quite dangerous. The Rufiji river is a great place for hippos to spend their days (check out this blog post if you want to see some hippo pictures) and they tend to get very territorial. If they see a canoe approaching, they might mistake it for another hippo and start attacking it. While hippos are vegetarian, people can still die from getting bitten, crushed, or getting eaten by crocodiles if the boat is flipped. Hippos are in fact claimed to be one of the most dangerous animals in Africa!
The canoe schedule seemed to be quite a simple one. Once the boat was full, they would embark to the other side where people were already waiting to use it to get back.
The Rufiji river also serves as a source of water for the locals. However, transporting water from the river up to Mloka isn't an easy task as the ground is sandy and motorized vehicles are rare.
After answering the millions of questions I had (yes, I am that kind of person), our guide took us to the center of the African village. Being away from the river, the temperatures seemed to rise by the minute and being used to chilly weather from living in Chicago, I was struggling to adjust.
Mloka was everything I thought an African village would be - simple, hot, and buzzing with life! We stopped at the local markets...
... walked around the town square ...
... admired one of the few buses in and out of Mloka and other local vehicles ...
... and went for a drink at the local pub (where I got yelled at for trying to take pictures so you will just have to believe me!).
My main mission though was to find the perfect souvenir to take home - an African wrap skirt! We went to every single shop there was.
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I was wearing a tank top to stay cool but covered up with a scarf to be respectful. I linked similar items below!
Unfortunately, I didn't find one to take home but splurged on some hand-made earrings in the shape of the African continent.
We left Mloka to head back to the Selous Game Reserve and I was extremely impressed by how the locals manage to be seemingly happier than our society is when having so much less to work with. Our excursion truly inspired me to be more grateful and content with what we have.
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