Monday, February 9, 2009

Elvis Humphrey

Elvis Humphrey Munis is an African youth with the type of vision that is generated only when poignant personal experience collides with extraordinary vantage point. Just as Africa is a continent of contrast, Elvis’s world consists of point and counter-point. From the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Elvis might feel his imagination soar, reluctant to let his eyes drop to the villages below where despair hangs heavy like cooking smoke. As he skirts the plains of the threatened land known as the Serengeti, the word “fragility” goes round and round in his mind, like the spinning wheels of his bike. And though he may open the way to those attracted by the richness and natural splendor of Eastern Africa, he honors the sacred trust of such places as Ngorongoro preserve in the crater highlands of Tanzania.

Elvis started Afrikas Safari in 2007 with several goals in mind. He recognized how important it is to look well beyond what is on hand today to a future time when African treasures might hang in balance along with those everywhere on the globe. He has aligned his company with partners engaged in conservative, sustainable development and eco-tourism endeavors.

Elvis is inquisitive by nature and asks hard questions. How can we Africans best counter backwardness with personal development? How can we foster self-empowerment to combat poverty and dependence? Elvis is charting his own way down this new road: He is pulling himself up by his bicycle cleats. His efforts to promote education have included a recent bicycle ride through twenty countries. Beginning in Arusha, Tazmania, Elvis and others ended their trip two months later in Cape Town.

Elvis was born in Marangu village in 1986. He has lived in Tanzania all his life but in the process of building his business, has traveled to 14 countries. His entrepreneurial spirit is helping him to overcome his impoverished start in life. He would like to help other Africans move beyond poverty and work toward a stronger place in the modern world.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cycling Around Africa

Bicycle tours are an excellent and intimate way for the intrepid traveler to truly discover a nation and its people: freed from the physical and cultural constraints of motorized transport, one is able to experience the reality of a place.

Cycling between Arusha Tanzania, East Africa (half way from Cairo Egypt to Cape of Good Hope) to Cape Town South Africa, first part. In fact Africa is the victim of globe threading climate changers, pre-trophy hunting recently poaching, and mass tourism (vehicle and tracks) contribute to the fast degrading of Africa non-renewable resources.

Behind the political map of Africa lies an older, biological one, which scientists have only recently drawn in detail. “ we’re looking at the perspective of plants and animals.” “It’s a better way of measuring what we’re loosing.”

In most of the world large mammals like elephants died out late in the Pleistocene, around 10,000 years ago, perhaps because of human hunting . In Africa, where animals and people coexisted for more than two million years, large mammals survive in appreciable numbers, predators and prey, roaming forests and savanna. Sparse human populations and pre-industrial economies enabled large animals to survive.

Sustainable Eco-tourism is a best way to keep and maintain the African Natural Heritage for future generations. The project of field study for cycling around Africa we help organize and arrange the activities such as back road, active, cross-cultural, educational, environmentally friendly, economically responsible, moderate adventure level, sustainable Eco-tourism.

Leaving Arusha 5th June I'll pedaling towards The Cape of Good Hope Ooh yes Good Hope.

Why cycling:
The main purposes of the cycling trip are;
 To conduct a field study of the natural attractions and locations from East Africa to Southern Africa,
 To identify stakeholders in the area both along the road, and the hinterland each side
 Meet and establish the contacts with the stakeholders.
 Survey the areas and determine the condition/climate
 Collect information any similar project/study/expedition.
 Identify those areas that the required infrastructure
 Develop a basic awareness.
 Africa because no one place or country in Africa epitomizes Africa.
 Introduce new form of bike tours / cultural adventure for Westerners seeking to learn more about Africa
 To insure the Safety and Security is a primary concern in our selection of destinations and routes
 To promote Eco-tourism and cultural tourism within Tanzania and beyond it borders

It is generally assumed that tourism is a good and godsend for non-industrialized countries and that Eco-tourism is the best and bicycle tourism is a viable option that needs to be explored.

A bicycle-friendly climate is the starting preparation in welcoming bicycle tourism. The cycling activity by local people is a good indicator of bicycle use among the population of residents, so if a level of bicycle use is growing and already high then this may be a good indication that it will be good cycling for visitors. The time has come to address and explore the opportunities bicycle tourism can offer within the larger picture of tourism as a whole.

While the bicycle way offers exceptional tourism experiences increasing its popularity is likely to be compared to going uphill into a headwind slowly. In our global world the massage of tourism and the momentum for how people choose to spend their holidays is pointing in different directions so three needs to be some change.

To change any patterns of behaviors it is useful to understand what drives personal attitudes and to most westerners their choice of leisure activity reflects their personal measurement of a successful holiday.
Here success seems to be calculated by how many entries you have in your passport, how many cantonments have you played golf on, how many elephants have you seen and how many roll of films have you shot.

In order to change tourism we must first change the ethics and goals of tourist.

Is tourism about turning someone else’s scenic background into a play ground(front yard) into foreigner who can afford to pay for it. Or, does tourism has certain responsibility when its come to the visit? What standards should be what extent are visitors responsible for respecting local cultural.

Activists who are interested in changing in changing the tourism sector must first work at reshaping the values and attitudes by which people use to measure their holidays.