You Say “Tan-Zania”, I say “Tan-Za-Ni-A”


As I crossed the border from Malawi into Tanzania, it was like I had transported to a different world. A relatively flat mundane road gave way to windy mountain roads and gorgeous landscapes. The people seemed friendlier and the towns along the main road became more frequent and lively. A long drive day was expected, but what was at the end of the long road was unexpected.

I was informed that we would be camping in the mountains of Tanzania and there would be no electricity. Hearing that, I expected to be bush camping as I experienced in the Okavango Delta, only a few weeks ago but seems as if much more time has passed since then. In any case, I was expecting the worst but I had no idea of was about to unfold.

When I got to my “camp”, I noticed a sign on the way in that said cottages available. Since it was pouring rain and I didn’t feel like setting up a tent, I paid the few extra dollars for the cottage. When I was walked to my cottage, I thought I was dreaming. There was a fireplace roaring, a king size bed with mosquito net and fresh linens, a porch with two rocking chairs and a shower that was big enough to wash an elephant in. I could not believe my eyes!

After being walked to a gorgeous dining room, past a local man beating a traditional drum, I was treated to a multi course, local African meal. It was by far the best meal I have had in Africa. The moral of the story is: You don’t need electricity to be treated like royalty.

Tanzanian Mountain Road

Tanzanian Mountain Road


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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