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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

African Art Online.Com

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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

African Art Online.Com

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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

African Art Online.Com

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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

African Art Online.Com

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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

African Art Online.Com

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June’s African Batik Winner Was???

Congratulations to Susan Dorling, our African Batik winner for June 2013.

Susan picked a beautiful hand crafted batik of her choice from African Art Online.Com

If you would like to enter the draw, simply fill in your details in the sign up box to the right of this page.

Keep an eye out in your email inbox from African Art Online.Com to see if your our next lucky winner.

Great Susan enjoy.

Good luck folks.


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

Susan’s Choice

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FGM Female Genital Mutilation

It’s not something that everyone knows about, It’s not even something that everyone wants to read about, and it’s certainly not something if you’ve experienced would want to talk about, and that would be female genital mutilation.

Read the extraordinary story of several women from Somalia, Egypt and Sudan.

More needs to be done about this unthinkable act of cruelty.


Tania Bale

African Art Online.Com

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