Name ID 2071
Extract Author: Rodney Holland
Page Number: 2005 01 06
Extract Date: 1952-1955
Hi there. I have just spent sometime browsing through the Arusha School site and found a lot of interesting information and it has brought back a lot of memories of the time I was at Arusha between 1952 and 1955.
Prior to Arusha I had been to Lushoto School and after Arusha I went to Kongwa .
I remember being sent to Oldeani during my first year as Arusha was full. I was not too happy about that.I was very fortunate in having the chance to climb Mt. Meru twice and I still have vivid memories of those experiences.We lived in Tanga where my father was employed by TANESCO.
I intend to visit Arusha and Tanga this year (2005) and would like some advice on how to get to Tanga my plan is to try to hire a vehicle with a reliable driver in Arusha to take us to Tanga for a couple of days and then return to Arusha would you or anyone else know if this would be be possible if so any contacts in Arusha .I have not been back to Tanga since 1961 .
It’s a great site thankyou for it .
Thanks for your email, and kind comments about the site.
We must have overlapped at Arusha school – I was there from 1953-57.
Looking at the school magazine from Feb 56, I see that you were one of the Chorus of Soldiers in the performance of the Charcoal Burner’s Son on 1st April 1955!
And you may have seen your name on the board – still hanging in the school
I’ve recently been given a copy of a history of Arusha School, written in 1974. I should have full extracts from it available in a few days – or whenever I can find the time to do an update of the site. Meanwhile you can access a full pdf version here
You will find in it mention of the ill fated attempt to run a branch of the school at Oldeani. (p33)
"An interesting slant on the personality of Hamshere and the difficulties of adequately providing for the growing enrolments comes from the opening of a branch school 100 miles away at Oldeani in 1950. A teacher, Ryan, and his wife offered to run it because they found the prospect of having responsibility and being 100 miles remote from supervision attractive. When the Ryans were due to go on leave in 1952, a new master, Edmonson, and his wife arrived to relieve them. However Ryan considered them unsuitable to take over the “personal empire” he had built up, so he refused to hand over, locked the buildings and left for Arusha. Hamshere was not able to resolve the crisis: the Ryans went on leave, the Edmonsons resigned, and the branch school never reopened."
I spent a few weeks there in 1957 waiting for the boat to take us home to England, and, like you, have not been back since. If you are inclined to beaches, consider a few days down the coast at Pangani. I know the people who run http://www.emayanilodge.com/ . Depending on hotels in Tanga, it may be worth basing yourself here, and taking a day trip to Tanga. Are you interested in WWI, and the battle of Tanga etc. If so, it would be worth trying to find a guide who knows a bit about it and can help you find things. I’d need to ask about to track one down.
There is certainly one Tanzanian guide/driver based in Moshi, with car, who I can totally recommend – but I need to find his contact details. So let me know when are you planning to visit, and what else you have planned for Arusha or beyond. Ie do you just need a driver for a Tanga extension, or for a longer safari? Depending on the answers, I can then put you in touch with some people.
Note that I’m not a travel agent! Apart from looking after ntz.info, I maintain several websites for African Safari companies, many in Tanzania, and use that as an excuse to visit whenever possible.
Thankyou for your quick reply to my email.I remember being in the choir at school and enjoying it infact at one time I had dreams of grandeur of being a pop star but never made it.
Now our proposed visit to Tanzania there will be 4 of us going and we are proposing to go in August at this stage we havent made a definite plan as we are gathering info.However a proposal is that we would need a vehicle and driver to take us from Arusha to Tanga which I assume would take a day then we would stay in either Tanga or Pangani for 5 days then return to Arusha.We would like to have the vehicle and driver available for this period of 7 days but it would depend on costs.Your idea of visiting Pangani sounds good.After the first week we are considering visiting the game reserves around Arusha.Sorry I cant be more detailed at this stage but I really need to find out if the above is practical and within our budget. Looking forward to hearing from and thanks for your help.
Extract Author: Valentine Marc Nkwame
Extract Date: 13/08/2001
In the section of the Arusha Times called Dark Side
Some where between Cape Town and Cairo, there is this little town that has unpredictable weather, brown tarmac roads and a municipal council.
The town is extremely dusty at the moment, but that’s because the rains have stopped, otherwise it could have been extremely muddy.
The town is also very dirty at the moment, but it is not always like that..... sometimes it gets even worse!
However, there are no diseases in that town, that is apart from: Malaria, Tuberculosis, Typhoid fever, Cholera, Skin diseases, Measles, Worms, Rashes, Boils, Hypertension, Influenza, gout, Rabies, Jiggers, Constipation.....!
But the town still has a number of hospitals, all of which, are fully stocked with enough medicine, capable of curing any disease except, those mentioned above.
Hospital services are also very, very good, in that town. Both doctors and nurses are very “patient” with “patients”. They never insult them..... Well, not at midnight any way!
No criminal can ever be spotted in this little, utopian town maybe that’s why local police men keep on arresting innocent citizens.....After all, they surely must do some work.
As I told you, the town is the world’s most safest haven, though there is yet another part of it which is even safer.
That very safe area, of an even safer town, situated between Cape and Cairo, is known as..... Njiro! Good gracious.
At Njiro you can even sleep outside your house and no harm will ever come your way. The trouble comes when you try to sleep INSIDE!!
Between Cape and Cairo, there is also a timber factory, which instead of producing timber, it produces a river of dark water that flows freely into areas where people normally live.
The generous timber factory, never charge these people for this unique liquid.....See ? I told you, the town is a good example of an utopian state. Never mind that the liquid is being offered against the people's wishes.
It is believed that; a few centuries ago, three aliens landed in that town which is situated between Cape town and Cairo. In fact, their immortalized figures, can clearly be seen at one of the town’s round about.
Meanwhile, the unidentified flying saucer (UFO), by which the aliens flew into the town, can also be viewed at.....Well, yet another round about in town (to be precise, the largest round about in that town).
For some reason, the alien’s flying saucer keeps on sprouting water.....Water is a rare commodity in this town, by the way!
As I told you, the town has a municipal council, made up of very sane (not) people, whose sole purpose is ensure that the town is kept very clean (not) and undergoes fast Devil elopement (They pronounce it as: Development).
As for the town’s brown roads, it’s because the company that was hired to construct them, used treacle and molasses, instead of tar and gravel.
The craters carved in those roads, are actually the result of people scooping the sweet tasting molasses from the roads then using it as sugar, for their teas.....Come to think of it, treacle is also reported to be very handy in brewing that illegal gin known as Gong-gong!
Anyway, just for the records, sugar happens to be a very rare and expensive commodity in that town, mainly because of a certain guy known as Simba (not from the Lion King Movie), who apparently.....Okay! Let’s face it, I don’t know exactly what did this Simba guy do, but everybody seem to be blaming him, so I am also following suit.
Some where in the middle of Cape and Cairo, there are fleets of blue labeled vehicles with blue number plates, that move at speeds of light and the vehicle drivers are all “licensed to kill,” just like James Bond.
Speaking of light, thick clouds normally make this town dark, during the day, while another epitome known as TANESCO or something, makes it dark during the night.
In other words, the only place where people can’t tell the difference between Day and Night, is in this town which is..... situated between Cape and Cairo!
By the way, the town normally goes to sleep a few minutes before six in the evening!
Holland, Rodney Trip to Tanzania
Page Number: x
Extract Date: August 2005
The trip to Tanga was very nostalgic and as soon as we arrived we went to look for our house in Raskazone which after some hunting we found . We made arrangements with the owners to go back to see them in the morning.We were invited into the house and had tea with them the house looked a lot smaller than I remember it 40 odd years ago and it still belonged to TANESCO which is the company my father worked for. Tanga town looked very much the same but in need of a good face lift but I am sure in time things will get better.
After an extemely bumpy trip by road from Tanga to Pangani we arrived at Emayani beach resort and enjoyed a relaxing 3 days before setting off to Lushoto via Tanga for one last look. Lushoto was pretty cold but we were able to visit the boarding school(which is now a Law School) were Jill and I were sent at the age of 7 I only had a few memories of this but it was good to visit infact all the places we visited were good for my wife and my cousin to see as they had heard so much about it but never actually seen the places.