Call of Africa
Africa and Latin America are very different regions, but at the same time are also similar in their natural beauties, in their ancestral traditions and in their desire to advance against inequality.
A few days ago I traveled for the first time the lands of Tanzania, a dream come true through the beautiful Serengeti National Park. This extension of 1.5 million hectares exhibits an impressive wild fauna, presided over by “the five great ones of Africa”: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos; in addition to hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, and other protected species.
There, the crater of Ngorongoro stands out, considered one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world. Based on operations at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, I found an excellent service seriously committed to the environment, but also to community development through educational and health programs. Everything is designed to preserve the ecosystem, from safaris to the way of interacting with nature.
With the help of Sadick Said, I met the Masai tribe, who still live in traditional ways. Despite their austere lives, they have community schools that prepare children before they start primary school.
The Masai love animals, and that is the essence of any trip to Tanzania. Their livestock is sacred. They live among the herds of giraffes and zebras in an environment of freedom and protection. Tanzania has 16 national parks and its conservation effort is encouraging. Respect for mother nature and love of the native fauna enable sustainable tourism, which contributes to improving their development rates.
Many people ask often: what is the future of Africa? Fred Swaniker, founder of African Leadership University, recently stated in McKinsey Quarterly: “There is an abundant source of talent in Africa: it has the youngest population in the world, with an average age of 19.5 years, and that talent is motivated, has hungry and willing to learn, all they need is an opportunity. ”
Africa is a continent marked by suffering and exploitation. However, it is time to stop the stigma and move forward. It is encouraging the number of people and projects that work to transform lives, create opportunities and generate wealth without breaking the ecosystem. We must always thank those who, even with very little, offer us lessons on what really matters.