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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            Experience Rural Life

 
Mambo village is an agricultural community. The lifestyle in Mambo revolves around farming and socializing. After farming in the morning, and often coming home very tired, people prepare food and eat. Then some people go to the village square and others relax around their homes. But even at this time there is still work to be done around the house, from fetching of water to sweeping, to fixing broken fences.

Agriculture and food are at the centre of life in Mambo, as they are in most villages across Africa. November to June is the farming season. This is when people go out at  dusk with hoes and spades to work their fields. At the beginning of the season they prepare their fields by clearing weeds. From March to May is the time for weeding. Harvest season is in June.November is the mango season, when ripe mangoes are sold at the market.

Life in general is slower in villages, and people are more surprised at things that are abrupt. For example, when coming to a person’s house who you don’t know very well, it is usual to send a child to announce you. Another example is that when someone owes you money, it is not good, upon meeting them, to enter directly into enquiries about when they plan to pay back, etc. It is important to ask first after themselves and their family….

Mambo’s primary schools are ill-equipped and have large classes of often over 100 spupils. Although primary school is free, children often fail to go because they lack uniforms, shoes, notebooks, or pens. If they come to school without them, they are refused. The day begins at 8am, there is a break at 10am, and the first “shift” ends at lunch. In the afternoon a second shifts of pupils come to attain the lectures.

Animals are a large part of village life. Cattle is a form of wealth, and chickens and cows are a prominent part of village life. Young boys herding them, to their tradition as bridewealth, to their use as a source of milk and meat. Mambo Viewpoint started a very successful cheese and yoghurt project, in which they learned a group of villagers to produce and sell yoghurt and cheese for the local market.