StoNur on the Road – Banana Streets

Banana Market Mika Tanzania
Thumbs Up | Tanzania | 2016

I have promised to some readers that I show some more photographs from our Tanzania trip in February 2016. I visited this marvelous East African Country together with our local Lutheran Church’s Trombone Choir on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the new Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) Frederick Shoo, to which our Choir was invited to participate. We spent a whole week in Moshi on the southern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Besides participating in the program during and around the inauguration ceremony we had the opportunity to tour Moshi and visit some church projects in the vicinity, before finishing off with a Safari in Arusha National Park (remember the movie “Hatari” with John Wayne, which was shot there?).

In this first blog post of a little Tanzania series I take you to the Banana market in the little town of Mwika in the Moshi Rural District. It is situated on the South Eastern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano and the highest mountain in Africa,  rising approximately 4,900 m (16,000 ft) from its base to the highest summit at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. To find out more and see more images continue reading after the jump…

Motorcycle rider bringing bananas to a banana market
To the market | Tanzania | 2016

Mwika lies in the middle of banana plantations in the fertile (due to volcanic soil) vegetation belt on the lower slopes of the Kilimanjaro. The workers from the farms bring the (still green) bananas to the town center to a big market, where the bananas are collected and loaded onto trucks for further transportation. The people use various methods of bringing the bananas into town, mostly carts, motorcycles or by foot, carrying the loads on their heads.

Woman brining bananas to a market in Mwika Tanzania
Heavy Load | Tanzania | 2016

It is fascinating to watch how the people carry the heavy plants on their heads, but also hard to imagine what it does to their bodies long term. Mwika is definitely off the beaten tourist tracks, we visited because the Lutheran Church operates a college in this region. So our group was an unusual sight, but the workers did not seem to mind, and most had a smile for me when I asked or signaled  if I could take a photo.

Banana Smile
Banana Smile | Tanzania | 2016

The workers left the Bananas at the side of the road where they were collected to be eventually loaded on trucks, small flatbeds as well as larger ones.

In God We trust
In God We Trust | Tanzania | 2016
African Logistics
African Logistics | Tanzania | 2016
Who wants my Banana
Who wants my Banana | Tanzania | 2016

Besides all the logistics around the bananas Mwika sports the typical hustle and bustle of a small African market town. Noisy, hectic, colorful, chaotic and full of interesting street scenes to be captured. A joy to move around and shoot. Easygoing people, many smiles and even a few jokes.

Chat after Carry
Chat after Carry | Tanzania | 2016
Road Side Bananas
Road Side Bananas | Tanzania | 2016
African Market Place
African Market Place | Tanzania | 2016
Beckham | Tanzania | 2016
Fascinator | Tanzania | 2016

I hope you enjoyed this visit to an African Banana Market on the slopes of the Kilimanjaro.

For the first part of this Tanzania series (although published a while ago) see my post StoNur on the Road – African Primary School.

Stay tune for more Tanzania impressions to come.

Photos were mainly taken with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the m.Zuiko 14-150mmm f/4-5.6 travel zoom.


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21 thoughts on “StoNur on the Road – Banana Streets

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  1. Wonderful captures, so colourful, such a different way of life…….makes you wonder, love photos that do that, ones that make you think 🙂

  2. Amazing pictures and wow what an experience. Such a difference in the way of life that we know and I bet you had many memorable moments in this trip of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing and happy New Year my friend. ❤️

    1. Thanks 😊🙏! I could have spent all day on this market. It is life in an intensity that we don’t have anymore in our cultures, at least this is what I see. Hope so much you are feeling better now! Send you best wishes, hugs and in case you don’t have it plenty of sunshine and blue skies!

      1. Thank you ver much my friend, it means a lot and I’m getting better. Back to work today and we will see how I hold up.
        Happy New Year, stay safe and wishing you the best for 2017.

  3. Wow!! These are so great. Now I REALLY want to go there. I never imagined so much color for some reason. I love them all, but really love Thumbs up, To the market, and banana smile. And Beckham. Oh my gosh… so cool. Thank you for sharing Marcus!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Janet. This means a lot. You picked the ones that are also my favorites. Tanzania is a magic place. As is Africa in general. Just booked our flights to Namibia next Summer 😎

      1. Oh how nice! I have a feeling I’ll go someday. It’s in my bones. Well, keep sharing Marcus. Have a beautiful… evening I believe! 🙂

  4. Oh, my goodness!!! What a wonderful trip you had, what delightful photographs you took. They all should be in the National Geographic magazine! The are astonishing!!!!!

    Thank you for sharing them with us!

    Warm kind wishes to you!

    1. Thanks so much, but you’re giving me waaayyyy too much credit. I inhale every issue of NG and there is so much to learn from studying the photographs of the real documentary pros I admire and look up to. That said, if I was young again I’d try to find a profession in photo journalism. It would combine my passion for photography and my desire to document life.

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