Thank you for these amazing days at MamboViewPoint! We were immediately stunned by the beauty of MamboViewPoint. The view, the weather, the food, the hospitality, the hiking, all spectacular!! What an amazing delight to find you at the top of the mountain. We were very happy to stay in one of the most beautiful places of Tanzania.      
         
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MamboViewpoint is owned by social entrepeneurs Marion Neidt and Herman Erdtsieck.

About us

We (Marion and Herman, formerly from the Netherlands but now permanent living in Mambo) were getting older but still in the mood to do something. Also, if possible, we would like to leave the world a bit better than we found it. We travelled through many continents, worked with some development agencies and saw very many development projects. We were unhappy with all the money that went to expensive overhead and offices, 4x4 cars and often with very poor or even contra productive results.

 

What to do? You can resign and live an easy life in western luxury, but we are not people like that. Moreover we have no children and also not many valuable properties that, for many people seem to enrich their lives, but for us only felt as ties and blocking our freedom.

 

And thus it happened that we found ourselves on a fact finding mission trough Kenya and Tanzania, looking for a nice place to build or to take over a lodge. This should become a stable and safe green base from where we could do projects in the area to improve people’s quality of life or organise conferences for people and aid workers in the conflict areas around.

 

Our place is near the village Mambo. Mambo as a word has a very positive association in Kiswahili. (Mambo poa! means “very good!”) Once upon a time a huge rock fell down from the mountain and people were astonished about this happening on this beautiful spot and since then, the village is called Mambo. So we called our lodge MamboViewPoint, Mambo for the village and something good and viewpoint because of the stunning view over the African plains and mountains, but also because of our vision regarding development.

 

For sustainable development we think it is important not to give aid because it makes people dependent but to empower the people. If they manage to pull them selves out of poverty it is far better. To achieve that they only need a little push, some advice or some tools or a loan.

 

We dreamed of having a green lodge in Africa and doing some development projects around. We got a top of a mountain with a stunning view and beautiful buildings and gardens. We became a meeting place for different cultures, among which many interesting and nice people from all over the world, were able to initiate a lot of projects and are planning even more which all together can create a substantial and sustainable regional development. Both, local people and our guests are enthusiastic and come up with many ideas and support to make the best out of it. 

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Karibu sana (most welcome) at MamboViewPoint to have your own sweet dreams which might come true like ours did! Or as one of our guest said:

                    

“Some may call this place "end of the world"  but you made it in a new beginning for a lot of people!”
 
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