Africa Burning

Featured Writer: Wanderlustress

Fires were everywhere as we drove along 6,000 kilometers through the remote hills of Western Tanzania in order to get to the hard to reach national parks typically accessible only by flight. Bush camping, fighting tse tse flies and rationing water along the way, we found healthy national parks, extremely poor road conditions and some of the most unforgettable faces of the African people. The biggest impression, however, was of forest fires. I left Africa with a lasting sensation of heat, the smell of smoke and the concern for Africa’s natural resources.

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  1. Fire is an essential and natural part of the African landscape. The beautiful rolling plains that support the massive herds of grazing animals, are dependant on fire. Fire burns dead vegetation and open the land for new growth. The forests are kept in check by fire, the edges or ecotone zones are delineated by fire, and many of the flowering plants of the plains and savannah are germinated by fire. Fire can be damaging if unnatural and uncontrolled, but natural Africa, before interference and over-exploitation, was a place where the smell of smoke and ash was also a natural part of the landscape.

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