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Luxury Hammocks

High quality, African style, luxury hammocks, hand-made in Tanzania.

Brightly patterned, traditional printed kitenge designs that will transform your garden or balcony into a relaxing retreat. Perfect for afternoon naps or catching up with your favorite book.


·         Personal hammock for one person

·         Two striking African style designs

·         Strong and resistant canvas base

·         Easy to put up and down

·         Portable and adjustable

·         Rolls up easily for storage and transport

Dimensions (as all of our products are handmade, dimensions may vary slightly);

·         Weight – 1.8kg

·         Width – 90cm

·         Length of Body – 2.25m

·         Length of rope – 2.5m x 2

·         Hanging space required - approx 3m upwards

·         Can support up to 100kg


NZ $ 95.00 (includes postage and packaging)


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LivLife is a UK charity working with disadvantaged communities in rural Tanzania to provide free and relevant education and vocational opportunities.

LivLife exists to provide these opportunities through LivLife Centres - sustainable, locally-run and locally-relevant free education centres. Through these centres we work in partnership with the local community to deliver high quality academic courses, vocational and business training, access to employment opportunities and child support and development. 

We believe that everyone deserves to live a life free from poverty and within reach of their dreams and aspirations.

By buying products with the Meserani brand you are supporting the work of LivLife and empowering people to find pathways out of poverty.

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Rose Mhando African Gospel Singer

Rose Mhando is an East African Swahili gospel artist.

Born 1976 in Dumila village, Kilosa District, Morogoro Region, Tanzania in  East Africa.

Rose, a former devout Muslim and mother of three, claims to have seen a vision of Jesus Christ while indisposed on her sick bed at the age of nine, having suffered for three years, after which she was healed and later converted to Christianity.

She started her music career as a choir teacher in Dodoma’s Saint Mary’s Choir for the Chimuli Anglican Church.

On January 31, 2005, Rose Muhando was awarded the best composer, best singer, and for the best album of the year during the Tanzania Gospel Music Award Concert, 2004.

In December 2005 she participated in a Gospel concert to help raise funds for a Daresalam children orphanage.

On Feb 2011 Rose Muhando signed multi album recording deal with Sony Music. The signing was announced at a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on February 9 and is the first deal of its kind for East Africa.

Some of her albums include:

1.Mteule Uwe Macho,2004


3.Jipange Sawasawa,2008

Whilst in Tanzania at Meserani Snake Park back in 2007, Rose came to the snake park to film her video’s for her album Jipange Sawa Sawa.

We all joined around to watch her sing and make her video’s. At the time my twin girls where about one year old.

Her album was launched in 2008, a friend of the Snake Park (which is my mother and father in laws place) purchased the album, he was watching and much to his surprise saw my twin girls in one of Rose’s video’s, the song is called Nibebe.

He thought to himself, “I know those girls” so he purchased a copy for us and sent it to us.

It was so funny watching them in the video, as I had no idea they had been filmed in it either.

The girls had gone for a walk in their prams with some friends of ours and wandered back up to where all the excitement was. Singing, dancing, naturally my girls wanted to check that out.

2009 The Best Tanzanian Gospel Singer Awards: Rose Mhando; The Best Singer in Tanzania, awarded Tsh 200, 000 by Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation TBC under the Umbrella of her song called ‘Nibebe’

Here’s my girls aged one staring in Rose Mhando video Nibebe. They don’t look very happy!! lol, something I will keep and show at their 21st birthday.


Tania Bale

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African religion was suppressed, often brutally, in the United States, more so than anywhere in the African Diaspora. Despite the ridicule it received from Hollywood and an ignorant media, which still uses terms like “voodoo economics,” the Hoodoo people of the South were able to sustain the faith. Today, African Religion has reemerged in the United States stronger than ever, with followers, students and writers, who are influenced by this powerful force, no longer finding it necessary to camouflage the “Saints,” from the Santeria people in Miami, to the Ghedecelebrants in Brooklyn, to the upscale women in Berkeley who dance to Yemanja….
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Mesearni Snake Park Clinic, They Save Many Lives in Tanzania

The clinic here at Meserani Snake Park treats over 15 hundred patients per month all FREE of charge. They come from far and wide.
They treat everyone from your common cold to more serious issues such as snake bite victims and serious burns. You name it they fix it.
More often than not if a patient has been sent to the local hospital regarding anything snake related, they will send the patient to the snake park clinic, it is more equipped to deal with these issues and has all the anti-venom on hand.
All the proceeds from the Maasai Cultural Museum go to fund the clinic, as well as visitors that visit the park and drink in the bar. 
At the moment there is a boy here around 15 years of age. He  was herding his cows, a buffalo charged him and caught the inside of his leg and crushed all the bones in the leg. They had to amputate his leg from the knee down. He is very lucky to be alive, they think the reason he survived, was because he had some dogs with him and they distracted the buffalo.
The snake park are in the process of getting him a prosthetic leg.
The girls and myself went to visit him the other day and took him a nice cold soda. He was ever so grateful.
While we where there the nurse showed him a video of other people around the world that have had limbs removed and how they can still lead a very active life. He was so happy after watching the video, big smiles on his face. What a brave young man.
Downstairs in the clinic is a men’s ward and a ladies ward each with it’s own en suite and Television. There is 2 exam rooms, equipped with everything you could imagine. Upstairs is a flat for volunteer doctors and nurses to stay and help in the clinic.
A lot of the medical supplies are donated from overseas which help a lot.
I’m not joking when I say they have saved many, many lives here. If your visiting the snake park at any time your more than welcome to visit the clinic. They really do a fabulous job caring for their patients. Your in good hands at the snake park!! :)
Tania Bale

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Mt Meru Game Sanctuary Tanzania

Mt Meru Game Sanctuary is a special place. One our family always enjoys.

Visit the Animal Sanctuary - a rehabilitation centre for injured & orphaned game, you are more than likely to encounter the Blue Monkey and Columbus Monkey’s swinging in the trees.

A vast variety of bird life inhabit enormous old mango trees, other wildlife found here includes eland, ostriches, waterbuck, zebra, porcupine, tortoise, and crocodile.

The sanctuary is set within 33 acres of gardens, alongside the Usa River, with views of Kilimanjaro & Mount Meru.

Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary has a large traditional dining room where delicious meals are served by attentive staff. Meals are also often served on the green lawns under the mango trees, watch out for the cheeky Monkey’s, they may decide to join you for lunch!

My delicious lunch, Garlic fish, served with a green salad and rice. Yumo.

The cosy lounge and bar area is a good place to relax with a drink.

Each room also has a veranda with comfortable chairs where you can sit during the late afternoons enjoying the peaceful surroundings and watching the animal and bird life.

Our Sunday afternoon at Mt Meru Game Sanctuary turned out to be quite a comical event, a close up encounter with a Blue Monkey is enough to put a smile on your dial.

"Hello I’m a cheeky blue monkey".

"Hmm what’s in here"?

"That looks tasty".

"Can they see me"!!

"Nope they can’t see me".

"What, is that it"!!!

"Oh wait there is more, nom, nom".

Our wee Monkey was totally relaxed by our presence. Not a care in the world. But very cheeky!!.

My girls patting the Eland. This photo was taken on a different trip to the lodge back in 2011.

How cute is this porcupine.

I highly recommend Mt Meru Lodge a place to visit, relax and unwind, whether your starting or finishing your safari adventure.

Regards to you all

Tania Bale

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African Jewelry Hand Made Jewelry

African Necklaces, Handmade in Arusha, East Africa.

This beautiful collection of handmade jewelry is crafted by the Massai women’s market in Meserani, East Africa.

Here’s is their story on how and why they decided to form an all women’s Maasai market.They started out with around 12 Maasai huts, now there are 17 Maasai craft huts

Massai jewelry is worn not only for ceremonial wear, but can be worn as stylish fashionable pieces.

Our African necklace designs include, Amatite, glass beads, ebony, colored beads, silk cloth and kanga a traditional fabric worn by the local Tanzanian women.

A beautifully hand crafted African Amatite necklace. Triple strand, mixed with blue glass beads. Gold screw clasp. Length: 37cm

Amatite name given in the gem trade to a variety of fiorite, a type of opal, that forms in thick mounds from hot, silica-rich springs.

A delicate 5 strand hand crafted Ebony and colored bead necklace. Gold Clasp. Hand crafted at Meserani, East Africa. Length: 34cm Mutli colored beads that compliment the beautuful ebony.

Stunning African Kanga Necklace. Kanga is a fabric that the African Mama’s wear Hand made from recycled glass.

The glass is crushed to a fine powder, then baked in molds in a fired kiln oven.

This necklace was hand crafted by a group of  challenged people in Arusha, East Africa.

To read more about the Shanga group please visit this link

Color Fabric: Brown Cream and Orange

Color Beads: Brown and Bronze

Adjustable length.

To view our stunning collection of African jewelry, please follow this link

Compliment your wardrobe and add a few pieces of fine African hand made jewelry.


Tania Bale

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Friends Reunite in Tanzania

Petros He Da Man

Madie & Ruby from New Zealand first meet Pietros back in 2008 at Meserani Snake Park, in Tanzania.

Every year they reunite. They have played and been friends ever since. 

He’s such a little gentlemen, he gave the girls the biggest hug when he saw them again. Bought tears to my eyes.

We went off around the park to show Pietro’s the snakes, Ruby’s jandal feel off so Pietro grabbed her foot and put her jandal back on for her, it reminded me of the Cinderella movie lol.

Madie is standing clear while Pietro’s holds a harmless grass snake.

Pietro’s showing the girls how brave he is holding the snake, as they wouldn’t hold it.

Then it was time to relax with a bit of coloring in.

He’s wonderful little boy, I’m sure he is going to grow up to be a fine young man.

“Good friends are like stars.You always don’t see them but you know they are always there….”

Kind regards

Tania Bale

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Stupid Questions Common Sense is No Longer Common!

Day 3 in Tanzania

I’m living here at Meserani Snake Park visiting my mother and father in law.

The place gets many overland tourists passing through that ask the most bizarre questions whilst in the bar or on safari.

I’ve just been reading the Stupid Book that Ma has in the bar to record some of the funniest questions asked.

My ribs hurt from laughing so hard, so I decided to compile a few of them together out of hundreds for a bit of amusement, Enjoy. 

Q. Can we drink the water out of the toilets?
A. If you want to

Q. How many animals in the big five??
A. Ahh Duh 5

Q. If I phone my Mum now will she be home?

Q. Do Orphans go home on school holidays?
A. Far Out!!!!

Q. So what kind of animals do Zebra eat?

Q. So how do the animals walk into the
Ngorongoro Crater?.
A. Hmm they walk in!

Q. Eva asked if there was a different moon here than Australia?
A. Are you serious?

Q. Do you have the big five in your snake park?
A. Oh Lordy

Q. In the Serengeti “Are those white birds Penguins?” and again “I can’t wait to see Tigers” again Instructions given when rafting in Junja, ” Swim to the left” “How will I know which way is left” and again “Are Ostriches birds?”
A. Oh Dear from New Zealand right!!!!

Q. Do Giraffes hunt in packs?”
A. Hmmm let me google that lol

Q. Is that machine a Juke Box?
A. NO it’s a ice machine.

Q. After 3 hours in the crater, a girls asks “So where is this crater everyone talks about?”
A. No comment.

Q. So what time is it going to rain?
A. Where you born blonde?

Q. What is the gestation period for a Maasai woman?
A. That’s a trick question right?

Q. When will I see the naked people?
A. She seemed disappointed when told “People wear clothes in Africa”

Q. What type of animal is Mickey Mouse?
A. We’ll ummmm

Q. Are the beers in the fridge cold?
A. No the fridge is just there for show

Q. Will I need money in this country?.
A. No everything is free, Duh

Q. How do I hand wash my trousers?
A. Maybe with your hands.

Q. Can we buy slaves at the slave market?
A. W.T.F

Q. Can I have my Archers in a glass please?
A. We’ll where else am I going to put it?

Q. How long does it take for a Giraffes eggs to hatch? How do they berry the eggs?
A. I’ll just find out for you, and get back to you soon.

Q. What do you put in your ice machine to make ice with?
A. Ahhhh some mothers children.

Q. Why doesn’t that Cheetah have any spots?
A. Erm….because it’s a dog.

Q. If it rains in the Ngorongoro Crater will the Lions get wet?
A. Of Course!!!!

Q. Do Lions speak or understand Swahili?.
A. No comment

Q. Can we hold poisonous snakes?
A. Give it a go and see what happens

Q. How do you get your snakes?
A. Ebay

Q. What’s that lorry thing over there called?
A. I reckon it’s called a truck, but I could be wrong!!

Q. Do Vervet monkeys grow up to be Baboons?
A. Nuff said.

Q. Have you ever had a Lion walk through the bar?
A. Not for a few days, but you never know when they will walk in.

Q. What do Wildebeest do for visa’s when they get to the migration river?
A. There will be a immigration officer waiting at the river to issue 1.5 million visa’s to the wildebeest before they can cross.

Q. Passenger asks tour guide “Hey Amy are these African Elephants or Asian?
A. For frig sakes.

Q. Can we buy drinks in the bar?
A. No we just have them to make the place look pretty.

Q. If I do my own laundry will it dry faster? A. Probably not.

Q. Do Lions eat raw meat or cooked meat?
A. They actually prefer cooked meat, so after they have caught their prey, they gather around to build a campfire and then they BBQ it.

Q. Is the Kilimanjaro walk uphill?
A. If you can walk 19000ft high not uphill, you’ll get a medal.

Q. On the way to the crater a girl passenger asks the tour guide ” Do Elephants have belly buttons?” after stunned silence followed up with “Would they be innies or outies?”
A. No reply

Egyptian guy aged 42, says “This is my first time in Africa”
A. “Really…I wonder where Egypt is?”

Ma showing photo album to Jess “We came here in 93” Willy 14 says quietly to Jess ” “so is she 93”

Passenger says: “I think I have Malaria” Guide says “How many mozzie bites have you got?” Passenger replies: ” None” Stunned silence!!!!!

Passenger says “Oh look it’s an Emu! Oh no it’s an ostrich”. Guide says: ” We’ll obviously because Emu’s are extinct!”

Heaven help us!!!!! and some of these people teach our children….

Tania Bale

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Tanzania Safari

Day 1

Hi all arrived safe and sound, had a great  trip  over to Tanzania, 5 planes plus a 4 hour entertaining road trip, dodging camels, cows, donkeys, goats and sheep strolling across the road on their way back to their village after a day out grazing in the wilderness,  

It took us approximately 36 hours to get here from New Zealand, all worth it though.

We arrived at Meserani Snake Park in the evening, all totally exhausted so it was off to bed for us.

I’m traveling with my 6 year old twins on my own, so even that can take it’s toll

Day 2

Bit jet lagged, wide eyed and bushy tailed, woke up at 4.30 this morning, listening to the creatures of the night, amazing sounds.

Had a lovely cooked breakfast yum, yum, have had about 4 cups of delicious Africafe coffee, god that’s the best coffee ever!

Had my morning  groom with my buddy Shawawa, she’s so cute.

Wildlife Anti poaching department confiscated her and bought her to the park to be looked after.

She comes from Southern Tanzania so it would be virtually impossible to introduce her to another troop of baboons. Baboons are very tribal and do not take lightly to strangers joining their troop. She would be injured in the process. Shawawa is very well looked after and loves the interaction with the visitors to the park.

The Snake Park looks awesome, so nice to be back and see everyone again.

We’ve got our summer gear on, sorry had to rub that in lol, we just left -8 back home.

Look we even have a gym in my lounge, no excuse now not to exercise.

We have some friends here from New Zealand, they just climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level, they are pretty impressed with themselves. Thumbs up to them.

They have a beer here called Kilimanjaro, and a t-shirt that says, “If you can’t climb it drink it” I won’t be climbing it so I guess I better drink it..

Look what I found in my room!!! I’m such a girl lol, I had to get Ma to get this little fella out haha, We all know what eats frogs around the snake park!!!!

So for the next few days I’ll just be chilling before the adventures being.

Chat soon


Tania Bale

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