GeoSigns: Tanzania

Continuing my temporary obsession with using the July Accretionary Wedge to dig through my photo collection, the signs in Tanzania regularly made me burst out laughing. A few favourites:

1. Signs in the Wilderness

Mysterious sign.

Mysterious sign.

Driving 6 hours from town to camp, driving an hour from camp to the access point, walking paths for an hour, then diving off-path into the wilderness for at least 30 minutes to get to site, to be met by a hand-painted sign written in Swahili. No, I have absolutely no idea what it means.

2. Dreaming of a Tropical Paradise

Zanzibar postcard on mainland Tanzania

Zanzibar postcard on mainland Tanzania

In outback, inland northern Tanzania, encountering a carefully-clipped Lonely Planet photograph of Zanzibar. Yes, it’s technically of the same country, but given the economic and political situation of the region, and mostly-impassible “transportation” network, this photograph is the closest any of the locals will get to seeing the ocean. I did wonder if the photograph was dropped by an earlier survey crew planning on extending their work-trip to Tanzania with an adventure to the spice island.

3. Safari Signs

Monkeys perched on park sign.

Monkeys perched on park sign.

…which is a totally brilliant idea that I embraced by heading on safari after completing my geophysical explorations. I very much appreciated when the local fauna would decorate the park signs, helpfully capturing the what & where in a single photograph.

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One Response to GeoSigns: Tanzania

  1. Really beautiful images, from a really beautiful place.

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