Gemstone Safari
to the Umba River sapphire mines in July 2008


Our Hotel "Maua Garden Rest House"
Photo credit Mirjam Haller

has a beautiful view and swiming pool,
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next to a fisher village.
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On the way to Tanga in our private bus.
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Visiting the daily
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Market in Tanga.
Photo credit Mirjam Haller

Lodging at the mine.
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Meeting the miners
Photo credit Nakara Matemu

who will dig along with us.
Photo credit Mirjam Haller

Once the gemstone gravel layer
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is reached, it is sieved and then sorted.
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Digging holes is fun.
Photo credit Miriam Haller

The washing plant can be rented by the day.
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An improvised mineral show,
Photo credit Nakara Matemu

on our last day at the mine.
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The complete team back in Dar-es-Salaam.
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A welcome day relaxing on the beach of
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Mbudia Island, Marine Reserve, before we
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start cutting the sapphires at the lapidary workshop.
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Mme Noreen Masaki is one of the Lapidary instructors.
Photo credit Mirjam Haller


Some impressions of Mikumi National Park
Photos by Laurent Sontag


Some impressions
Photos by Bea Pfister



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