Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Want Identity Theft Examples? 10 Unbelievable Identity Theft Cases

One thing is for sure. You never think it can happen to you. But when you read this countdown to the most incredible identity theft cases recorded, chances are you’ll think again because these identity theft examples will astound you.

A fraudster named Gerald Barnbaum lost his pharmacist license after committing Medicaid fraud. He got his credentials after stealing the identity of Dr. Gerald Barnes and went on to practice medicine under his name. A type 1 diabetic died under his care. And what’s even more astonishing is that “Dr. Barnes” even worked as a staff physician for a center that gave exams to FBI agents. He is currently serving hard time.

A man named Mark Tufano got his little joy ride by impersonating famed actors like Gary Oldman. In this identity theft example Tufano sent a video of himself as Gary Oldman portraying Andy Kaufman. And what’s even more surprising is that it actually fooled the man who wanted Oldman to portray Kaufman in Man On The Moon. The real Gary Oldman caught wind of the scam and got it busted.

Drug smuggler Marcelo Nascimento da Rocha impersonated Henrique Constantino, the brother of the CEO of Gol Airlines. He enjoyed the jet-set high life but then he got busted after sleeping with a woman who actually knew the real Constantino. Talk about identity theft examples, I think this one is hard to beat. Not sure? Let's read on.

Keep an eye on your wallet! The likes of Andrea Harris-Frazier had better not get their hands on YOUR wallet. When Margot Somerville lost her wallet on a trolley, two years later she was arrested. Andrea Harris-Frazier had defrauded several banks—using Somerville’s identity—out of tens of thousands of dollars. The real crook was caught.

Watch out for the innocent looking roommate

Brittany Ossenfort got a new roommate, Michelle, who got a haircut just like Ossenfort’s. One day Ossenfort received a call at her office from the cops asking her to bail herself out of jail. As it happens, “Michelle” had been hooking on the streets, literally posing as Ossenfort and was caught. What’s even more shocking is that it turns out “Michelle” was really Richard Lester Phillips, living as a woman.

Lara Love and David Jackson were a California couple who one day began tapping into a neighbor’s wireless Internet router. This led to them raiding the neighbors’ personal data. By the time this pair were busted, thirty victims had been affected.

Frederic Bourdin liked to impersonate missing children, including Nicholas Barclay, a missing teen. And he practically fooled the teen’s family, despite Bourdin looking nothing like Barclay (including different hair and eye color—amazing, isn’t it?). More stunning is that the family was fooled for nearly a year until fingerprints proved his real identity. He’s been in and out of jail since.

Ferdinand Demara was a daring serial imposter who used medical books to fudge his way through surgeries he performed onboard a ship during the Korean War… by impersonating Dr. Joseph Cyr. Prior to this caper, he had faked his own death and even went AWOL under a friend’s name when in the Army. Some of these identity theft examples are so elaborate, they'd spice up the plot to a bestselling novel any day of the week.

According to authorities, busboy Abraham Abdallah pulled off a massive identity theft and ripped off some of the richest people in America, including Steven Spielberg. Armed with basic information about the wealthiest people in the U.S. from Forbes Magazine, Abdallah allegedly used computers in Brooklyn libraries to get detailed confidential information about 200 of those listed. Then, posing as his victims, he tried get money from their brokerage or investment bank accounts. Read the full report on this stunning scam here.

Phillip Cummings, a fat cat who worked for a software company, sold customers’ credit card reports to a Nigerian ID theft ring for $30 each—30,000 times. That’s an unbelievable $900,000 in illegal earnings. You wanted identity theft examples? Well there you have it!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Serengeti through the Lens of Academy Award Winning Cinematography

The feature film Serengeti Shall Not Die, released June 25, 1959, was written, produced, directed and narrated by German producer Bernhard Grzimek. It won an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award for Best Documentary Feature - 1959. When I was still a kid growing up in Dar es salaam -- many years after its release -- I remember seeing this movie with my parents at the Drive In Cinema. I will remember that experience for the rest of my life. It was amazing. This article, through the lens of award winning cinematography, will discuss the Serengeti; how its beauty has inspired the movie industry; and how you too can experience its incredibly vast treeless plains -- 30,000 square kilometers of it!

The Lion King, a 1994 animated feature film from Walt Disney and its subsequent theatrical production, were inspired by the Serengeti.  The Lion King, a musical, garnered two Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. Elton John composed the songs and Tim Rice was lyricist with an original score by Hans Zimmer. This movie grossed over eight hundred million dollars worldwide and until 2003, it was the most successful animated feature film. To date, it remains the sixth highest grossing animated film and the highest grossing hand-drawn animated feature film. Disney didn’t stop there. They later produced a sequel, The Lion King II and Simba's Pride (1998); and a prequel/parallel, The Lion King 1½ (2004).

The fact that the movie’s inspiration came from the Serengeti speaks volumes. And to think that its ecosystem, wildlife and national park have not only inspired the movie industry, they’ve inspired, bedazzled and attracted many a tourist from all over the world, says a lot about this wondrous safari destination. Serengeti has well and truly earned its rightful place as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. It offers seemingly endless plains; the world famous circular migration of over two million mammal across Tanzania and Kenya; and a guaranteed front row view of an action packed tapestry of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands; and not to mention Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, buffalos, giraffe, lion, leopard and cheetah to name but a few. To borrow the title of the movie that brought Serengeti to the world, I say, Serengeti shall not die!

In Summary: A Hollywood movie studio, inspired by the Serengeti, brought us blockbuster animated movie The Lion King. The movie grossed in excess of eight hundred million dollars around the world. A German producer, back in 1959, brought Serengeti Shall Not Die to cinemagoers around the world and won an Academy Award for best feature film that year. Tanzania’s Serengeti, to have attracted the attention of movie producers, and to have been appreciated and embraced by people around the world says a lot about what it (Serengeti) has to offer the world in terms of its ecosystem, wildlife and national park. To plan a trip to the Serengeti to see for yourself where the inspiration for all these incredibly successful movies came from, consult your tour operator and please do make sure that you book your safari holiday early.

About the Author: Anthony J. Namata is a travel writer and Internet marketing consultant to travel & tour operators. To book a safari in Tanzania, contact Arusha based tour operator Abrojaley Africa.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Walking Safaris in the Footsteps Of Famous Explorers

Designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1982, the Selous game reserve in Tanzania has a very diverse wildlife and virtually undisturbed nature. Named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, the reserve is one of the largest faunal reserves of the world. 

So picture this: A walking safari in a reserve area that spans 54,600 km² (21,081 square miles) and has a history of famous explorers, hunters and conservationists dating as far back as 1879. Wouldn’t that be extraordinary? Well, this article will aim to shed some light on some of the best walking safari opportunities Tanzania has to offer.

Sir Frederick Selous died at Beho Beho, a territory in the Selous, in 1917 while fighting against the Germans during World War I. Keith Johnston, a Scottish explorer, died in Beho Beho in 1879 leading a RSGS expedition to the Great Lakes of Africa with Joseph Thomson. Walking can be great fun, and when you know you’re stepping into an African wilderness steeped in history, even more so. 

A walking safari in this part of the world is the perfect escape from the modern world -- with its vehicles for transportation -- to the old way of getting around, as did the explorers, on foot.  Imagine reliving the experiences of some of the world’s greatest explorers. I’m sure you will agree, just the thought of it is so tempting. Walking gets you closer to nature, in fact. You’ll get to see places you wouldn’t see from a vehicle; watch animals at close range without them even being aware of your presence. And by night you’ll take refuge in a fly-camp; enjoy hot bucket showers; and hot homemade meals around a camp fire. The adventure can be thrilling. 

And don’t you worry about the mosquitoes, sleeping units are equipped with mosquito nets; and for your walkabouts, there’s always the repellent creams and sprays to help keep them at bay. The best time to go on a walking safari in the Selous is from June to October. The rest of the year is unbearably hot and uncomfortable to walk.

In Summary: There are more ways than one to enjoy a safari in Tanzania. Walking is one full-of-adventure way of taking in the deepest African wilderness, where vehicles have absolutely no access, and natural habitat is so close you can touch it. Unlike the minibus tours that are, sadly, commonplace in the tourist circuit, walking safaris do away with the vehicles to take you deeper into the wilderness.

In Tanzania’s southern circuit Selous, where great explorers, hunters and conservationists set foot as far back as 1879 before us, is undoubtedly an idyllic location to experience Africa in its most natural. Travel to the Selous begins in Dar es salaam and heads south. You’ll have the option to fly there in light aircraft, or travel by road or by train.

For more information on what’s on offer and where to stay en-route to your walking expedition when you get there, make sure you consult your tour operator and make advance bookings as early as possible, bearing in mind that the best time to go on a walking safari in the Selous is from June to October. The rest of the year is unbearably hot and uncomfortable to walk.

To book a walking safari in Tanzania, contact Arusha based tour operator Abrojaley Africa


Anthony J. Namata
Creative Travel Writer

Billboard Producers Jittery Over Cher's Possible Trump Bashing During Awards Speech

Cher absolutely reviles Donald Trump and simply can't resist going after him Meryl Streep-style, at least that's the worry of Billboard producers who worry her acceptance speech could turn tawdry with the use of profane language to vent her anger and contempt for the President of the United States.

Production sources told TMZ ... they're dealing with what they believe is the inevitable -- Cher hates Donald Trump with a passion and will go on the attack Sunday night when she receives the Icon Award.

Here's the dilemma ... producers at Dick Clark Productions don't want to cut Cher's mic, because it will look like censorship and possibly even a pro-Trump move. It could also piss off the anti-Trump audience.

The flip side ... if Cher unleashes her considerable vocabulary of forbidden words, ABC could be in hot water with the FCC and then take it out on DCP.

Cher -- who is set to perform at her first award show in 15 years -- has been vocally against Trump, and has called him an obnoxious asshole and  a "f***ing" idiot. She also said, "He wants the adulation. He doesn't give a s**t about the work."

Source: TMZ


John Serba's Movie Review Suggests 'Alien Covenant' is a disappointment, despite Michael Fassbender

I've been a sci-fi junkie for as long as I can remember, and I would devour anything alien and Scary, as it were. That being said, Michael Fassbender playing a hyperintelligent android stuck in an existential quandary, or a monster with lots of claws and teeth and acid for blood makes the movie Alien: Covenant even scarier.

Well, we've seen the monster before, picking off spaceship crew members one by one in Ridley Scott's "Alien" (1979), swarming frightfully en masse in James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986) and being far less effectively scary in several other, lesser sequels.

Reading a riveting film review by John Serba on Alien: Covenant, that trails back to its predecessor, talks about Fassbender's unsettling artificial human, David, before, in 2012's "Prometheus," and his return for the follow-up "Alien: Covenant," which is the second in a trilogy set prior to the events of "Alien."

In his review, Serba asserts: the two new films, with middling results, director Ridley Scott wants this series to be more than just another bug hunt. Yet, that ambition is a narrative detriment, an awkward marriage between intellectual exercise and suspenseful creature feature. That isn't to say combining the two elements is impossible; it's just poorly executed here, the "Covenant" screenplay begging for another draft or three to work out its multiple lapses in logic and integrate its grandiose ideas into the subtext, rather than smacking us on the nose with them. Read the full article here!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Have You Considered Video Marketing to Promote Your Tour Operator Business?

If you have only experienced getting the word out about your tourist attractions and packages via web pages, email and social media in print alone, then you will be amazed at the opportunities and growth that awaits you in the video marketing world. What I particularly like about the African safari is that the experience can be filmed and the videos can be shared.  This article will look at the importance of using video marketing to promote your safari destination.

The reason video is so effective in this way is because it allows marketers to tell a story with their brand and communicate their value proposition through words and images. Video is easy for consumers to digest and also easy for marketers to implement across a wide variety of channels.

The more you look at the evolving trends in marketing, the more you’ll want to adapt your tourism marketing strategies to change. You’re going to be fascinated to find that to promote your tourist business therefore, can be as simple as filming your experience as you go out on those safari trips with your clients in the wilderness, and then uploading your content to YouTube to share that with the world.

I wonder if you’ve realized what your tourist business could be missing out on, if you aren’t as yet using video marketing to promote your safari products. Well, if you haven't... I’m sure by now you’re beginning to wonder how to get started with all of this. 

Trust me, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel as they say, because I’m going to show you exactly how to generate more sales and leads using up-to-date Video Marketing Strategies. 

If you’re the kind of person that likes to learn new and exciting methods to promote your tourist business, then video marketing will be exactly what you’re looking for. To get started today, click here!


Anthony J. Namata
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Monday, January 23, 2017

The #1 Marketing Tip for Tanzania Tour Operators: Why Free Advertising is Ten Times More Effective than Paid Advertising

If your tourist business is in a bit of a lull and can use a bit of a boost, then I want to share with you a strategy MOST tour operators I’ve spoken to completely overlook.  Let me explain why free advertising is ten times more effective than paid advertising.

That’s right. Advertising which you generate through public relations and other means is tremendously more powerful than even the best ads money can buy. Free advertising is more powerful than “ordinary” advertising. Have I got your interest? Well, let’s do it.

GETTING FREE ADVERTISING IS AN EXACT SCIENCE YOU, TOO, CAN USE!

When I talk about generating free publicity for your product or service, I’m talking about the art of public relations.

Public relations is not just an art, it’s a true science. Public Relations is a relatively new field, developed only during this century by a few enterprising ex-newspaper reporters and media types.

Around the turn of the century, many people realized that the one thing better than a paid ad in a newspaper was a favorable article about the product written by a newspaper reporter. Today, that same article content has more media outlets than you can imagine—we have the internet. So try to imagine your REACH. Unimaginable!

Here’s why a newspaper article about a product is far more powerful than an ad for the same product.
When people read an ad, even a very good ad, they are aware that what they are reading is a sales pitch. When people read ads, they put their minds on guard because they know that people who write ads are not doing so objectively. This is—an advertiser will say anything allowable to sell products. People know that.

They are wary that advertisers work hard at accentuating the positive, while playing down the negatives. Consumers know that when they read an ad, they have to maintain a certain amount of skepticism. They know it’s up to them to “let the buyer beware.”

When people see a news story, they have a totally different attitude about the messages they are reading. With straight news, people are somewhat disarmed; that is, they assume that what they are seeing or reading is an objective, unbiased news story. It is not “selling,” it is just telling.

Therefore, a news story, whether it appears on TV, radio or in print “gets past” people’s skepticism like no advertising can. This makes all the difference in the world. If you read a story about Product X on the front page of a newspaper that tells how John Doe benefited tremendously from using the product, lots of people will want the same benefits. This is true especially after they hear about it from an unbiased third party source.

One favorable article about your product can generate thousands of dollars in business! The opposite is also true. Something negative in the news can ruin you. Sometimes, something completely unintended can create huge shifts in major markets.

A case in point is an old Clark Gable movie. I forget which movie it was, but there was a scene where Gable removed his shirt. What was remarkable about the scene was that Gable was not wearing a T-shirt. Now, in those days all men wore T-shirts as a matter of course, no matter what the temperature was outside. Once millions of men saw Clark Gable removing his shirt with nothing except his bare chest beneath, MILLIONS OF MEN STOPPED WEARING T-SHIRTS!

This shows the tremendous influence of a non-advertising mass media message. Since then, movie makers have learned the power of selling products via the screen. We need only mention ET to remind us of that. My point is non-advertising media publicity is powerful beyond belief. If you “sneak” into the news, you’ll see a big and even huge payoff!

This article is an excerpt from the bestselling book How to Get Customers to Call, Buy And Beg for MORE!, by Ken Varga.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

The Beauty of an African Safari during Animal Migration

Republished from 2011 travel articles by Anthony J. Namata for Abrojaley Africa

Predators and other mammals are territorial. They are resident game and wouldn’t go beyond their own ranges to follow the migration. It is the wildebeest, gazelle and zebra that migrate in search of fresh grazing. Let’s put it this way. When the food supply dries up, they move on to greener pastures… as the saying goes. Now then, how does this benefit YOU the safari holidaymaker? I can think of a couple of things. Action and more action! Not only do you get to see the migration of over a million animals, you also get to see some of them getting pounced on and chomped up by the predator. Sounds like a melodramatic third rate movie really, but this is for real. This article will offer tips on when and where to go on safari to catch the migration in two countries: Tanzania and Kenya.

The Maasai Mara in Kenya is usually busy when the migration heads back from Tanzania. You’ll witness large river crossings on the Grumeti and Mara Rivers as they head to the far north for fresh grazing and water round about August, September and October. Migration in Tanzania’s Serengeti, on the other hand, is active for 9 months. So plan on either Kenya or Tanzania, obviously, you couldn’t do both countries at the same time. But do bear in mind that during migration prices are considerably high and advance bookings are an absolute essential. If you’re unable to get space, you’d be better off postponing your safari. If you’re going to travel thousands of miles to see the migration, you might as well be there when there is a migration. That’s what I would do anyway.

Resident game, however, is always there. If your main interest, therefore, is to see specific resident game like elephant, wild dog, leopard, lion, crocodile, hippo etc., destinations other than Mara and Serengeti could have a lot more to offer.

Crowd density can be quite high. Especially around the hotels and lodges, which are generally full regardless of where the migration is happening. When the migration is in full swing, everyone from the hotels and lodges heads to where the action is. There are ways around the crowd, however. Plan your trip with smaller outfits and have them plan your tours at more flexible times, like early in the morning before the hordes of tourists arrive. Have breakfast in the bush if you must, under a tree while the minibuses do their rounds. Armed with this information, consult your tour operator and have them work out an itinerary with flexibility in mind.

In Summary: If you want to see over a million animals migrate to greener pastures, migration season is where the action is at. It is an amazing spectacle to see, and all the more reason why you need to plan your trip way in advance. Also make note of the fact that during migration prices are at a premium rate. Hence, you will need to book in advance. And if you are unable to find placement during this period and your main interest is to see the migration, then it is recommended that you postpone your trip. If you’re going to travel thousands of miles to see the migration then I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. Tanzania is busy 9 months of the year, whilst the Masaai Mara in Kenya is busy in August, September and October.

To book a safari during animal migration in Tanzania, contact Arusha based tour operator Abrojelay Africa 

Anthony J. Namata

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Overlooked Honeymoon Destinations: A Sneaky Peaky At Tanzania

Republished from 2011 travel articles by Anthony J. Namata for Abrojaley Africa

With the royal wedding just gone and many a celebrity wedding come and gone, the one phrase that has somewhat become a conversation piece with weddings of late is ‘safari honeymoon’. Somewhere down the line it always gets a mention. There’s something about the adventure and tranquility of the wilderness that conjures up images of a vacation nothing less than idyllic. In this article, we will explore the safari honeymoon in a tropical paradise setting ideal for celebrating newlyweds.

Imagine a candlelit dinner for two on a riverbank at sunset; or rose petals leading from the game-drive vehicle to your room on your return from a private bush dinner. Add to that the sounds and scents of the wilderness and the starlit African sky, and you have a recipe for romance that brings you not only closer to nature, but also has a way of bringing newlyweds closer to one-another.

After weeks of wedding planning and perhaps a long-haul flight, the last thing you want to do is get up at 5am to go on a game drive. It would be so much more relaxing to take a couple of days off on the beach, or at a lodge that isn’t a safari destination, to get over the jetlag and the exhaustion brought on by the wedding. This is where you get to unwind for a few days before moving on to a busier schedule with touring. Your choice of accommodation henceforth could range from the lodges, to the tented camps and hotels. It would be ideal, however, to find accommodation that caters for small groups of people, say up to 20 people at a time. And then of course, when planning your trip, let your tour operator know what you want to see. Be specific…so they can tailor something suitable to your needs and budget. It is your honeymoon after all. Get the best you can out of it!

Tanzania has the best of both worlds. You’ll get the beach, sun and sand all you want, and a trip into the wilderness in the northern or southern circuit of this beautiful country. In the north you’ll get to enjoy game viewing around the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, home to the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and Tarangire national parks.

Tanzania’s southern circuit’s Selous is Africa's largest unexploited game reserve. And then there’s Ruaha National Park whose Elephant sanctuary is the largest in Tanzania. If you want to view wildlife off the beaten path, ask your tour operator to give you the lowdown on Tanzania’s southern circuit and what it has to offer the honeymooner in search of a quiet yet exciting location to relax and unwind.

In Summary: A safari honeymoon has had its share of mentions in recent years, what with the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, and discussions and rumors of similar bent that have surfaced with a host of other celebrities, the idea of a honeymoon in the wilderness is getting all the more appealing to many. That said, to arrange a memorable safari honeymoon requires good planning. Great and diverse safari holiday destinations abound, but what makes all the difference is when you plan according to your needs. You may come up with your own ideas, it’s up to you, or perhaps work with what’s already available, but whatever you do, make sure you get a couple of days rest before you move on to a more hectic schedule. After the wedding, the last thing you want to experience is a fast paced vacation from the outset, without giving yourselves time to catch your breath. At the end of your tour, it is recommended that you take another couple of days off to recover before heading home.  Tanzania offers the best of both worlds. The sea, sun and exotic world famous game reserves in both the north and south of the country.  So if you want a memorable safari honeymoon, consider Tanzania for sun, sea, beach and the wilderness.

To plan your honeymoon safari in Tanzania, consult Arusha based tour operator Abrojaley Africa.


Anthony J. Namata
Creative Travel Writer

Discover the Amazing Advantages of Going on a Luxurious Mobile Tented Safari

Republished from 2011 travel articles by Anthony J. Namata for Abrojaley Africa

What I particularly like about mobile tented camps is that they are seasonal and can be removed during the rainy season or relocated to where the game is. Permanent structures in the bush have their advantages but a tented camp kind of brings you closer to nature. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to view game on foot and horseback from around your camp site? This article will discuss the numerous options and advantages of going on a tented safari in the African bush.

A tented safari doesn’t mean you have to resort to propping up your own tent in the wilderness and cook for yourself; it can be a lot more exciting than that...a lot more luxurious in fact, IF you let the professionals take care of the mundane chores whilst you sit back and enjoy the wilderness, wildlife, and the night sky as you camp around a fire grilling some delicious game meat. I’m going to assume that you want a break, right? Now let’s take a look at what you can expect to experience.

Mobile tented safaris allow you to immerse yourself in the wild, away from other tourists, away from the bright lights (typical with lodges) that deny you views of the African night sky. Not to mention, the annoying sound of generators that – in addition to providing power, pollute and sour the atmosphere. Permanent camps serve their purpose, but a mobile tent is by far more liberating in that, you can follow the game; you can find idyllic locations you may want to spend time in and camp there; it opens up a world of opportunities for an exhilarating African safari adventure. All laced with the amenities of large walk-in tents with comfortable beds, a tent to dine in, and a crew of people to take care of your 3 course dinners; serving your cold drinks; ensuring you get a hot shower and that you are comfortable. With a mobile safari camp not only do you enjoy privacy, you have the flexibility to plan the route you take, and perhaps most importantly, seeing the wildlife on your own terms. It also allows you to plan and schedule your own game drives with your guide. When you choose to leave camp, be it at dawn and returning by dusk, or you decide to stay in bed and then have a lazy breakfast and watch what happens from camp, is entirely up to you.

In summary: Safari camps in permanent structures are great and serve their purpose, but if you’d like to get closer to the wilderness and away from the roaring generators and the bright lights that deny you the sounds and scents of the wilderness and a clear view of the African night sky, consider a mobile camping safari. Having to prop up your own tent and to take care of all the mundane, yet essential, chores to keep you fed, bathed and tracking down where the action is can be a deterrent, agreed, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The tented safari experience has moved on to cater to the more discerning clientele who want to experience a bit of rough and still enjoy a bit of luxury. So the next time you’re considering an Africa safari, ask your tour operator to provide you with further information on mobile camping safaris.

To book a mobile tented safari in Tanzania, contact Arusha based tour operator Abrojaley Africa.

Anthony J. Namata
Creative Travel Writer

How to Plan a Safari Holiday around the East African Safari Rally

Republished from 2011 travel articles by Anthony J. Namata for Abrojaley Africa

When I was a little boy growing up in East Africa, I used to follow the East African Safari Rally with a lot of interest and enthusiasm. I remember back then I wouldn’t miss it for the world! Now if you’re a rally enthusiast and want to enjoy the best of both worlds—an exciting safari rally and a fabulous safari holiday—organizers of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally have unveiled their night stops schedule for this year’s competition that will run from November 18 to 29. This article will explore the safari holiday options along the safari rally route winding through the game parks and tourist resorts in both Kenya and Tanzania. So, if like me, you are a safari rally enthusiast, this article can help you get started with planning your trip.

The rally kicks off from the Sarova Whitesands Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya. Mombasa, an island separated from the mainland by two creeks, Port Reitz in the south and Tudor Creek in the north, is a coastal town steeped in history and the center of coastal tourism with some of the most fabulous beaches and marine life on the East African coast. If a holiday on the beach is what you desire, Mombasa would be an ideal place to enjoy your vacation and watch the rally start early on the morning of November 20. On that very day, the rally will finish deep inside Amboseli National Park at the Kilima Safari Camp…clearly, another location you may want to be at when rally drivers arrive. You can’t be at both places on the same day without having to join the race, so you’re going to have to choose: either you camp out in the Amboseli National Park to see them arrive and then enjoy a spot of game viewing when they’ve departed; OR see them as they take off in Mombasa. I like to see the cars in a more roughened-up state, in which case I would go for the latter.

On the second day the rally heads to Tanzania where the roads on this event are the toughest, and breaks at the Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha where the crew will spend November 21st and 22nd and then rally under the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro before re-entering Kenya. Your choice of safari holiday therefore, spans two East African countries from the Kenyan coast to the game reserves in both countries.

Arusha, a city in northern Tanzania, is surrounded by some of the most famous landscapes and national parks in Africa. Situated below Mount Meru, the city has its own National Park on Mount Meru and is close to the famous Serengeti national park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. When it comes to what to do and where to go, you will be spoilt for choice. My advice is you consult a tour operator on available options according to your budget and interests, and then please don’t forget to make your reservations early.

In Summary: With the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally dates and routing now out, there’s no better time than now to plan a safari holiday that’ll see you soak up the Mombasa sun; swim and snorkel in the Indian ocean; and view game in some of the most exotic locations in both Kenya and Tanzania. If you love fast cars AND the safari rally, this is the time to plan a safari holiday of a lifetime. Just make sure you consult a tour operator on all available options, and try to stay updated on the safari event so you can plan your trip around it.

To book a safari in Tanzania, contact Arusha based tour operator Abrojelay Africa.


Anthony J. Namata
Creative Travel Writer

How to Boost Tourism to Tanzania: Discover the SECRET to Growing Your Tourist Business with Referral Marketing

There have been reports in the media that tourism in Tanzania is down a whopping 80 percent, seemingly overnight! Which is rather alarming, don't you think? While we wait for the situation to improve, and I'm sure it will at some point, here's what you can do to improve SALES.

If you run a tour operator business; or perhaps represent a hotel or lodge... catering to the tourist industry; and if it's in freefall with a decline in visitor numbers from abroad, then evidently you will want to find ways to keep your business afloat.

That being said, in this article, I will talk you through a step-by-step plan of action to help you generate new customers straight off the internet with Search Engine Optimized (SEO) travel and safari content.

Commonly known as article marketing, this powerful marketing strategy uses informative articles (not sales pitches) to pull traffic from search engines, article directories, blogs and a wide range of social media platforms.

This article will also shed light on referral marketing, and introduces the must-have book for entrepreneurs: How to Get Customers to Call, Buy and Beg for MORE!

And better yet, I will also introduce you to the exponential power of affiliate marketing and how YOU can harness its INCREDIBLE marketing potential for your business. Picture this. How would you like to have savvy affiliate marketers from all around the world promote your business on the internet for FREE? This article will link you up with an established E-Commerce Affiliate Marketing Network that puts the marketing muscle of over one million SFI Affiliate Marketers to work for you, promoting and selling your products in over 20,000 cities in over 190 countries, to help you achieve the success you so rightly deserve.

The more you consider the prospect of going out of business simply because the tourist numbers are down, the more you’ll want to find ways to not only keep your business afloat, but to also prosper in the face of a downmarket. The tourist industry in Tanzania is on a downward spiral—no doubt, but now more than ever, if you want your tourism business to get through this rough patch, you’ll need to find the most effective ways to promote it!

I worked in the travel industry for 10 years during the 1980s and 90s, and I know for a fact that a lot of tour operators will be heavily reliant on overseas suppliers. That being said, especially this day and age, potential holidaymakers will generally research for suitable destinations online before they book their holidays. And that’s where informative content in the form of well written articles, not only offer information in a friendly and more informal manner—prospects simply love this—it ultimately leads potential customers directly to you to book the safari holiday.

You’re going to be amazed to discover that in my travel marketing years, I published a quarterly newsletters that was printed and mailed out in the post. This simple newsletter listed all the products I had created for holiday getaways to destinations within Tanzania and abroad. Written in a very chatty and reviews kind of way, it was the prime reason... aside from the referrals, that ensured a steady stream of customers calling and walking through the door all year round. I was by far the busiest travel consultant in Dar es salaam. Not a lot has changed, since. Email newsletters and online articles have replaced print media, but the system is still as powerful today as it was back then; and can be an effective marketing strategy for your business this side of the millennium.

You’re not a great writer?

Well, that’s where hiring a creative writer like myself is the quickest way to get started. The advantage of having good content online is that—providing it doesn’t date, it can be published and shared over and over again for many years to come. So imagine hiring a social media marketer, for instance, to put a spin on one of your iconic pieces every now and again… the sky truly is the limit. And I am able to connect you to reliable providers in the outsource marketplace (people I've worked with), to make sure you get BIG RESULTS with social media marketing.

How to Dig Up the Golden Nuggets from Your List of Customers: You Will More Than Double Your Business in Less Than A Year!

Some people say that the money is in the list. In context of the travel industry in particular, if you’ve had a customer walk through the door and you have provided them with a great service, then THEY can help you spread the word for your business. But the process is a little more intricate than that. Just where do you begin soliciting for more trade off of your customer base?

Well, nobody sums it all up better than Ken Varga in his bestselling book How to Get Customers to Call, Buy and Beg for MORE!

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How to Harness the Incredible Power of Affiliate Marketers

I wonder if you’ve realized thus far, how in this one article, your tourism business can change for the better forever. But only if you take action today! Allow me to introduce you to the incredible power of affiliate marketing for your business.

In principle, it’s very simple. You get marketers from around the world to promote your business for a small commission. But the beauty of it is, you don’t even need to set-up your own affiliate program. Instead, you can plug into an established affiliate program such as TripleClicks, who already have experienced marketers lined up to promote your business. Find out more, here!

In Conclusion

If you’re the kind of person that wants to grow your tourism business despite a downmarket trend, the place to go is online; and the key to your success with it is well written content to circulate around the internet. But you'll need someone to help craft those informative articles to begin with. And that's where I can help. To get your travel articles professionally crafted for you, get in touch with me to commission your first ten 400 to 500 word SEO articles.

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A Quick Unadulterated Review of the Brand New Oppo R9s

If you’ve noticed the likes of Apple and digital darlings OnePlus slapping on an ‘S’ onto last year’s phone and calling it a day, and thought it didn’t really surprise you because you’d gotten accustomed to it… well,  for those with their eyes wide open this tendency to-not-even-try is fast becoming a mark of shame, to say the least.

It’s as though they imagine you’d be content with a few speed upgrades here, and a camera tweak there. It certainly isn’t enough to get phone geeks excited any more, now is it?

Let’s take a quick look at Oppo’s follow-up to the R9. It doesn’t take a geek to figure out that it falls into the same shame-faced category of just-a-little-better. But the rudimentary question is does the R9s actually shine on its own? Agreed, we see some thoughtful tweaks that pull it out of the shadow of its predecessor, but would you go shouting from the roof tops?

Awfully reminiscent of an iPhone, the R9s is slim and has a glinty, chamfered edge running around its 5.5 inch screen. Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is typical of smartphones nowadays anyway.

There is a difference that stands out, though. You’ll spot it around the back. Even the thick antenna lines that Apple can’t hide on the iPhone have been split into three fine lines here. Arguably, a small detail, but it does add considerable elegance to the overall look of the phone, and means you don’t need a case or cover to hide the antenna line-scarred rear.

Needless to say, isn’t it SO obvious that by simply moving your thumb onto the home button the R9s more than reminds us of the iPhone 7! Quintessentially, it’s not actually a button. It’s more of a solid state one that hides a bizarre fast fingerprint sensor.


Anthony J. Namata
Freelance Creative Writer

Gemstone for Business Success: How to Get Started

One of the oldest minerals in the world—gemstones, are known to rarely depreciate in value. Usually, supply determines the value of gemstones. For example, compared to other gems, diamonds are low in supply, albeit by limited production or companies trying to monopolize the industry, resulting in them being expensive.

You cannot produce natural gemstones, and therefore start-up costs are also high due to the low supply, however, selling these precious gems can be quite profitable.

Making money with gemstones is perfectly feasible, but you’ll need to consider the following helpful tips.

You’d need to be willing to invest your time and your money, leveraged with a considerable amount of patience. Either way, cut or rough, gemstones can be quite costly. It generally depends on the stone, with diamonds and sapphires being the most costly, and aquamarines, tanzanite and topaz more on the lower end.

Travelling directly to where gemstone mines are located in remote locations like Tanzania, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, the cost of rough gemstones will be lower. But make sure you bring along someone who knows gemstones and has a keen eye; or else you might end up paying over the odds for poor-quality gems. And one more thing: The more parties involved in the transaction and shipping of the stones, the higher the price.

Trade shows are a good place to purchase gemstones. In fact, one of the best known is the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. If you want to make money with gemstones you’ll need to have contacts. Trade shows provide that platform, so don’t overlook this.

Success in the gemstone industry is only achievable over time. So don’t expect things to happen within a month or just a couple of years. Longevity in the business is the key, and you’ll require contacts, experience and a whole lot of patience while your business gains a strong reputation. Be willing to reinvest any initial sales back into the business.

Be meticulous when choosing the type of gemstones you want to sell. Do you want to purchase only a few sapphires at a higher cost, or perhaps buy more tanzanite instead? Your decision should be based on how much money you can afford to invest.

Also make sure you determine the condition of gemstones you wish to sell. For example, you could buy rough gemstones at source like Madagascar, and resell to the United States and Europe at a premium. Or, you could buy uncut gemstones, hire a professional gemstone cutter and retail your merchandise on the retail market. Alternatively, you could buy cut gemstones, mount them onto pieces of jewelry and go as a jewelry store operation.

The highest profit margins come from retail sales, but then the initial capital required may be higher, as you’ll need a gemstone cutter and machinery. And what’s more, gems may not sell as fast as you’d like, and that’ll tie you down in terms of cash flow. And of course, these gems will need certification from an external party like the Gemology Institute of America.

If you decide to go in the direction of selling cut stones, then you need to find a quality gemstone cutter. Your cut could add hundreds or even thousands of dollars to the price tag, or on the flip side, it can depreciate the value of the stone when done poorly. Michael O'Donoghue explains in the book "Gems" that cutting lighter-colored stones like diamonds and pink sapphires requires extra attention than darker stones.

Whatever you do, making money on gemstones requires that you determine your audience. Are you selling to high-end retailers or retailing loose stones online? Or is your target the investor? If your aim is to get into gemstone for business success, select your audience and cater to their needs.

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Anthony J. Namata
Freelance Creative Writer

Why Jogging Is Good for You, and HOW it can make you Happy

If you’re feeling rather tired, despondent and pretty much unhappy about the way you feel or even perhaps how you look for that matter, maybe something is missing that can seriously change your entire outlook on life AND your self-esteem  in as little as 30 minutes. 

Every time I’m feeling a little down myself, I would step out to the beach for a run (fortunately I live near the beach), and within minutes I’m not only feeling better, I find that my faculty of ideas opens up and before I know it, I’m in high spirits and working out my business and life plans to fruition. 

Sometimes you just need that little nudge to trigger what brings about a sense of wellbeing and purpose in life. This article will explore the feel-good factor in jogging and how that can make you happy.

Why jogging is good for you?

Aerobic exercises like jogging will improve your cardiovascular fitness and the ability for your body to deliver oxygen to your muscles. It also helps your muscles to become more efficient at using that oxygen. And so in essence, the more you exercise, the better your heart works, and needless to say, this reduces the risk of you getting a heart attack.

How Running Can Make You Happy?

The genetics of men, for example, have evolved to a high threshold for lactic acid over time, allowing our ancestors to chase the world’s most dangerous predators and strike them down for food. After finishing off their prey, they would drag pounds of meat back to camp for dinner. I’m sure you’ll agree, that’s an extraordinary level of superhuman fitness that fed thousands in their tribe. 

You’ll be amazed to discover that there is a link to high intensity physical exercise on a lactic threshold level, to the release of endorphins in the brain. Endorphins act as your natural "drug" that make a person more energetic, more awake and, yes, most definitely happier. 

Endorphins would usually kick in during a run, after a workout or both, and are generally referred to as a "runner's high."

The U.S. National Library of Medicine recently published a shocking article confirming that testosterone levels are lower in endurance running males than in guys who don't even workout. The Study also said endurance training can damage the male reproductive system.

So basically, if this report is anything to go by, it implies that you’re better off sitting on the couch all day and NOT running if you want to preserve your precious testosterone levels. 

Which brings me to my next point, that jogging or running for the sake of running doesn’t bring about the fitness results that most men would desire. 

I’ll summarize this very simply and quickly for you. 

When you look at the physiques of long-distance runners and compare that with 1,000 meter runners, you’ll observe that their physiques are completely different… the sprinter looks muscular and ripped, whereas the long-distance runner—for lack of a better definition, looks rather scrawny.

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Anthony J. Namata