The process of maturation is lengthy and our body takes time to fully mature, and yet in many cultures around the world it is customary to hold rites in which the transition from the world of childhood to the world of adults is announced.
At the maturation ceremony in the Masai tribes in Africa, the boys are painted red and white, anointed with oil, eat beef and the elders of the tribe spray milk and beer on them. In addition, the boys must pass a test of the courage of a lion hunter (nowadays the custom is that lions are protected animals) or a custom of holding the bull’s horns until he is thrown to the ground.
In Ethiopia the task of puberty is to run naked on the backs of a number of bulls standing tight without falling.
In Australia Aborigines take the boys to the heart of the sea about 5 km from the shore and the boys have to reach the shore by swimming. In North America a teenage boy is sent on a teenage journey in nature for a few days alone and returns only after finding a purpose in life (not easy…).
In Judaism the ceremony is religious and marks the transition of the boy to the audience of adult believers and from that moment on can participate in the minyan. The boy ascends to the Torah and reads the “muftir,” the last passage of this week’s Torah portion, and the father blesses “Blessed are we who have been freed from the yoke of it,” meaning that the little boy is responsible for his actions toward the Holy One.
In kibbutzim, the bar mitzvah ceremony is spread over an entire year. Throughout the year, the boys have to complete 13 tasks, some individual and some group, including social tasks, honoring father and mother tasks, donation tasks to the community and more. In addition, boys who are interested in immigrating to the Torah after meeting with the rabbi who teaches them for about 3 months everything related to the Haftarah and Aliyah to the Torah. The highlight event takes place in the summer, which is a joint bar mitzvah party for all the boys and the community, in which a show is staged that they worked hard on.
In Israel, in addition to the religious ceremony, the theme of the Bar Mitzvah celebration is accompanied by a kind of anxiety for parents and teenagers. Will they succeed in meeting the threshold of expectations and in the covert competition for whom will the most glorious party be and if all the participants will come to the event.
Here I would like to turn the spotlight in a different, more important and meaningful direction for the boy and parent. A way for a parent and a teenager to have quality time just for the two of them together. And at the same time take them out of their comfort zone. From the safe area that describes daily life, our usual places to the places where we do not take a challenge that endangers the comfortable and safe area we are in, which is basically our blasting area. I want to take you toThe discomfort area. An area that confronts us with unfamiliar situations with changing situations and forces us to adapt to the new situation and thus allow ourselves to grow and develop and reach a feeling of satisfaction and happiness. Therefore, if your children have reached the age of observance, you will embark on a journey of growth, satisfaction and strengthening the connection with your dearest of all.
My idea is to embark on a challenging journey that combines enjoyment, learning, interest and physical challenge. Such a journey can be put together all over the world and of course in our tiny country. I recommend a parent-teen trip to Africa – Tanzania.
A little about Tanzania
Tanzania is located in East Africa, Duduma is its capital city and Dar es Salaam is the main city (and former capital) where most of the government offices and the seaport are located. Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. The economy is based on agriculture and tourism. Religiously about 61% are Christians, 35% are Muslims and the rest are non-religious. The country has about 61 million inhabitants and the language spoken is Swahili (as in much of East Africa).
Israelis arriving in Tanzania are required to have a visa issued at the entrance to the country at a cost of $ 50. The trip to Tanzania will combine several elements and will reveal to you breathtaking views, volcanoes and beautiful nature reserves in the world that allow an encounter with a huge variety of animals. Lions, monkeys, zebras, giraffes, elephants and herds of wildebeest and a wide variety of winged animals and countless other different and special animals. The weather in Tanzania is restful all year round and some claim that the months of May to September are the most recommended.
The trip consists of three different experiences with a total trip of 13 days (Bar Mitzvah 🙂
Safari trip in the reserves – 3 days, accommodation in tents.
Hike to the summit of Mount Mero – 4 days accommodation in wooden huts.
Rest and attractions on the island of Zanzibar – 4 days
Two days for travel from area to area getting organized and resting.
The flight to Tanzania arrives at Der a-Salam or Kilimanjaro in the north. If you land in Badr a-Salam it is recommended to take an hour-long domestic flight to Kilimanjaro or Arusha which is the main city for departure for safari trips and Mount Mero.
Those landing in Kilimanjaro are advised to take a taxi to Arusha.
In Arusha Many offices that take safari trips at the end of the article are attached phones and emails where you can make reservations and plan your independent trip.
Let’s start with the safari trip: There are several options for going on a safari. Possibility of a day trip with a jeep and return to accommodation in Arusha Possibility of 6 days. I recommend the middle. A three-day trip with accommodation in tents in the reserves. This is a good dose and allows us to enjoy other challenges in Tanzania.
First day: Trangiri Reserve
The Trangiri Reserve contains a dense population of elephants and a huge and impressive amount of baobab trees. Trangiri Reserve is considered one of the most popular parks, and is named after the Trangiri River that flows through it.
What awaits us there: elephants, herds of zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, monkeys, giraffes, lions (these allow us a glimpse of a unique phenomenon when they climb trees and lie there for their enjoyment) and more. There are also birds and birds of prey that we can meet on our tour of the reserve.
Day Two: Lake Maniara.
The lake is located on the Syrian-African rift and its name originates from the Maniara plant that grows in its vicinity. The lake attracts thousands of winged animals, in the rainy season they visit the pink flamingo lake which are concentrated together in their search for food. In addition to these you will meet elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, impalas, hippos and more.
Tuesday: Ngoranguru Nature Reserve
The Ngorongoro Reserve is located inside a broken crater of the largest extinct volcano (caldera) in the world. This is one of the most scenically diverse reserves. The reserve includes a mountainous area, lakes, swamps, craters, rainforests, and herbaceous plains and all of these in a crater at a depth of about 700 meters. In this reserve you can see a huge amount of animals that were “imprisoned” inside the gorge, including the five big ones: lion, tiger, elephant, buffalo, and rhino. In addition, the reserve allows a combination of the human world and the living world. Members of the Masai tribe continue to live and maintain a traditional longevity so that they can be met when we visit the reserve.
Ngorangoro in my eyes is the most successful and beautiful reserve not to be missed.
If you want to see the Serengeti Reserve you need to add at least one more day to the hike. Recall that the trip is with an open and comfortable jeep but staying for about 8 hours is difficult and exhausting. I therefore recommended staying for a dose of three days.
We will return to Arusha for a day of rest and recovery.
In Arusha you can walk around the markets, visit the market of the Masai tribe, visit the Africa art gallery –
Fascinating gallery with spectacular wooden works of art and paintings on canvas.
The next and challenging step in our journey is The climb to Mount Mero.
Mount Mero is an active volcano located within an arusha reserve in northern Tanzania. It is considered the little brother of Kilimanjaro and is 4566 high and about 70 km to the east.
Climbing Mount Mero is a challenge and an unforgettable experience. From a walk in a tangled rainforest full of animal sounds and colobus monkeys (black and white monkeys) towards two breathtaking craters. One is perfect and the other has pointed cliffs.
First climbing day
Drive to Arusha Reserve to the momela ascent gate at an altitude of 1500 meters. Accompanied by the local guide, porters, a Ranger armed with a German Mauser rifle and a “stomach engineer” (the cook). The climb begins on a grassy plain where you can meet buffalo zebra giraffes and more. What is special about climbing Mount Mero is the experience of meeting the animals along the way. The route is about 8 km and lasts about 5 hours of very leisurely walking, about 2 km / h. The trail is arranged in dense rainforests and the climb is to an altitude of 2500 meters to the first camp – miriakamba. The climb is done on the northern road.
Arriving at the camp and entering the rooms (4 beds in the room), the reception is a hot drink, radiant pop and cookies. Around 18:00, a dinner at the end of which is a brief guide to the next day.
Second climbing day
Miriakamba – saddle. Climbing from 2500 to 3500 meters. The climb lasts about 4 hours and about 8 km with a very leisurely walk on a tidy path. Continue walking in the rainforest to mgongo wa tembo (elephant back) at 3050, halfway point with benches and tables. At this point you start to feel the change in vegetation. Dense rain receives bushes about 2 meters high. Towards the end of the walk you can identify the small Mero summit and the Mero summit we are aiming for. A short day dedicated to resting before climbing to the summit. Lunch in the saddie camp Saddle).
It is recommended to go climbing to the small Mero, which is 3820 meters high. This is an easy climb for a tidy total ascent including the descent about an hour and a half. From the lookout you can see the Masai villages in the valley and Kilimanjaro, the summit of Mero and Rhino point (Rhino point 3800), and most importantly see the climb route to Mero and mentally prepare Ascending to the summit.
At 18:00 dinner and go to bed until waking up at 24:00.
the third day
Wear warm (wool hat, gloves, good coat, shirt and thermal pants) and take walking sticks and a headlamp (mandatory), it is recommended to take an energy snack. The climb starts on a well-kept path with an ascent of about an hour to Rhino Point 3800 meters. The vegetation becomes lower and thinner to low and few plants that adorn the basaltic rock of Mount Mero. From this point begins a short descent that takes us to a rock surface that requires a grip on the hands and aided by a grip on an iron chain sliced along the rock surface. At the end the rock surface begins to rise on a sandy path. A steep ascent that seemed endless. The sandy road again changes to a path between hard rock surfaces that in part requires grip and handwork. Up to the summit of Mero takes around 6 hours, a challenging and not easy walk.
MThe summit of the conversion You can see Arusha, Kilimanjaro, and on a good day you can see the mountain of God, the active volcano (oldonyo lengai – a sacred mountain for the Masai tribes).
The descent from the summit to the saddle camp takes about 3 hours. Brunch and rest and a further descent of about two and a half hours to overnight at the miriakamba camp. A total of a long and exhausting day of about 12 hours.
The fourth day
Waking up and leaving around 8:30 in the direction of momela gaet. The ascent gate to Mount Mero is about a 3-hour walk.
The descent from the camp I recommend to do on the southern road. (Mentions that we made the ascent on the northern road).
The idea is diversity, and the southern road is more convenient for descent. Don’t forget to remind the guide to come in and see the impressive waterfall in the Arusha Reserve.
Back in a short drive to Arusha.
Map of Arusha area and Mount Mero
Important highlights for the trek
Good shoes, must-have walking sticks, raincoat or cape, warm clothes for the last climbing day, headlamp, wool hat, good sleeping bag. Small backpack, energy snack.
After bravely meeting the Mount Mero Challenge we will embark on a domestic flight to Zanzibar.
Blue sea, white sands, coconut trees and a perfect destination to end a bar mitzvah trip.
A variety of attractions await you on the island of Zanzibar.
A cruise to Prisoners Island and a visit to the huge land turtle farms.
A tour of the alleys of Old Town Stone Town and even a visit to the home of legend Freddie Markery lead singer of the band Quinn.
A day trip to the spice farm, a fascinating study tour. Entrance to the Red Columbus Monkey Reserve that Zanzibar is their only home.
Swimming with dolphins in the Indian Ocean
A cruise called Blue Safari takes you to visit two tiny islands with white sands and turquoise sea.
And of course there is nothing like Zanzibar for diving. All this is accompanied by excellent hotels and excellent food.
Remember, this is a journey into the life of a parent and teenager, a journey that allows you to get to know each other and be in quality time with the boy / girl to get you out of the comfort zone, the blast zone into a situation that allows you to grow together and develop satisfaction and happiness. At a glorious bar mitzvah event in the halls you get nowhere.
Find out before the flight if vaccinations are needed (Ministry of Health).
It is important to find out the issue of altitude sickness in preparation for the trek to Mount Mero and which ball to use if any.
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
Travel agencies for planning and booking in advance: simba adventures, located in Arusha Clock Square.
Mail – [email protected]
Phone for WhatsApp messages – +255755753567
Mobile phone – +255788753576
Office phone – +255272545906
Another office – inno Africa is located in the area of the central bus station in Arusha.
Email – [email protected]
Mobile – +255752940130
Another mobile – +255693081653
I traveled with In Africa. I received good service but it is recommended to find out prices before making a final closing. They have a tendency to give a very high price at first and then go down to the acceptable price.
Prices vary depending on the size of the group. An FB safari trip averages about $ 200 per day per participant.
A trek to Mount Mero all-inclusive will cost about $ 550 per participant in a group of 4 to 6 participants and $ 660 for 2 to 3 participants, for a four-day hike.
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