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Mw Blog December 2014


A is for Africa together with Maasai Wanderings and additional contributors, Matimu starts to shine!

Rick Smith, one of the founders of A is for Africa (based in Maryland, USA) brought to our attention the latest results for the Year 7 National Examinations that were released last Saturday. Matimu and its staff and students have made us all extremely proud.

Here are some of the statistics that Rick compiled:

Results of 2014 National Standard 7 Examination, Matimu Primary School

The results of the 2014 National Standard 7 Examination were released recently and Matimu Primary School scores made significant improvements over 2013. Overall, Matimu PS moved up to a position of # 3230 out of 15,000+ primary schools in Tanzania. (In 2013, Matimu PS was ranked #6242 and in 2012, ranked #6793)

The pass rate was 84% in 2014! This came from a pass rate of 51.6% in 2013.

And, finally, the total marks for those students who passed the exam raised from 104.61 in 2013 to total marks of 126.6 in 2014.

Rick proudly says, 'Clearly, these impressive results are the result of hard work by Mr. Lango, Head Master, and the teachers and students of Matimu PS. Congratulations to all!'

A is for Africa is committed to improving the safety, well being and prosperity of the children of Africa by working directly with local communities to increase access to education, health care and safe spaces - visit www.aisforafrica.org for more information.


Tarangire Ndovu Camp is located in the heart of Tarangire - an ideal location to watch the herds of elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and several antelope species wander on the plains below and across to the Tarangire River. Tarangire is known as the 'wild' park with a true sense of wilderness, massive elephant herds, a backdrop of baobabs and low 'human' traffic. This is why Nasikia Tanzania, the owner of the camp, can recommend some incredible activities here. Adventures Aloft balloon safaris is a breathtaking way to spend an early morning - float silently over the landscape with view from Mt Meru to the Great Rift Valley Wall. You can see for miles in any direction, pass directly over Tarangire Ndovu Camp and eventually land so softly and move on to enjoy a scrumptious cooked champagne breakfast. Another activity is a wilderness walk with the in-house armed guide and ranger from Nasikia and TANAPA, this experience is an adrenalin rush with pathways close to massive herds and grazing grgarious species. These two activities make Tarangire a special place to visit and Tarangire Nodvu Camp the only place to stay.


While the northern hemisphere are battling through a cold snap, here in Tanzania the sun is shining and it's time for canoeing. Many travellers from the Europe and North America arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport late at night. By the time dinner is served, showers have been had and the time comes to rest their travel-wearied bodies it almost time for the to get up again. We strongly recommend a two night stay in Arusha for these travellers, with a morning to rest and recuperate and an afternoon of light exploration. A game drive in Arusha National Park with a canoeing expedition on Momella Lakes hits the spots as the perfect acclimatisation remedy.


Maasai Wanderings Guide of the Year Awards 2014 took place at our offices on Saturday 20th December. We are pleased to announce that Peter Moshi took the top guiding award, with Simon Manyotto a close Runner Up. These awards are based on client feedback, accommodation partner feedback, MW operations and office feedback therefore a very well rounded opinion is taken into consideration. A massive roar and congratulation to Peter and Simon, who continue to do us proud!