Studio Visit: Sidai Designs, Tanzania

Handmade jewelry that creates opportunities for Maasai women

Just north of Arusha, Tanzania‘s historic Clock Tower, the jewelry workshop of Sidai Designs is tucked behind gates of their headquarters. In the garden, Maasai women sit under the trees hand-pulling pieces of recycled grain sack to twist into thread. They meticulously stitch glass beads one by one onto soft leather bracelets and necklaces. Dressed in colorful traditional clothes, the women hum as they work, often …

The Four Seasons Safari Lodge Embraces The Serengeti

A destination that celebrates its spectacular natural surroundings and Tanzanian culture

On the Regional Air 13-seater Cessna Grand Caravan, looking out over the horizon, the view is stunning and uninterrupted until landing at Seronera Airstrip, Tanzania. The tiny airport—with its unpaved runway—is in the middle of the vast, beautiful Serengeti. Passengers disembark down a three-rung ladder and are immediately met by incredibly the warm and welcoming Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti staff. During the 45-minute drive to the lodge, the …

Tanzania’s Huge Helium Gas Field

Whether or not most are aware, our global helium supplies (used in everything from MRI scanners to nuclear energy) were in short supply and running out. That was until a massive helium gas reserve was found recently in Tanzania. A UK team utilized new Norwegian technology to make the discovery in the Volcano-laden Tanzanian Rift Valley—an uncommon feat in itself, as helium discovery has traditionally …