Name ID 409
Gillman, Clement An Annotated List of Ancient and Modern Indigenous Stone Structures in Eastern Africa
Page Number: 51
Extract Date: 1916
Minor Rift Valley Sites - Reck mentions the following:
In 1916, Mrs Trappe discovered old tombs on her farm at the eastern foot of Mount Meru, which differ markedly from those at Engaruka and Ngorongoro: 'In front of, and not on top of, the grave stood a shield-like stone slab, like a door, about one and a half metres long and one meter high ..... This great slab was supported by dressed stones, and in front of it lay bones, pot shards, and small stones painted red. Remnants of stone huts and of foundations of a stone wall were likewise found.'
Extract Author: George Brzostowski
Page Number: 2004 01 16
Extract Date: 1946
Thank you for a very interesting site on Tengeru. I was came across it casually while looking for something on Momela.
Tengeru is where I was born in 1946. My parents were among the displaced Poles. My mother was a sister in the hospital.
It is with some joy that I can say that while my mother is in Canberra, Australia, I found out about a lady living in Queanbeyan, just outside Canberra, who was also working in Tengeru. The two ladies are now very close friends!
My parents and I spent a few years on Momela that was owned by Mrs Trappe at the time. It was an exceptional place where Germans and Poles got on very well - indeed one of Mrs Trappe's married a Polish girl. There are two books on Momela. One is in German - "Am Fusse des Meru" and the other in English, called simply "Momela"
I will never forget living on the slopes of the foothills of Meru, and having the privilege of watching Kilimanjaro look enormous as the sun was setting behind us to the West.
That was back in the late 40s and perhaps early 50s. We then moved to Kongwa, near Dodoma, where my father was a pasture research scientist.
Later we moved to Canberra. Unfortunately my father passed away in 1976 while he was still working for the CSIRO. For my part, I am a Barrister.
Thank you once again for your site and work in compiling this interesting up-date on what happened at Tengeru.
Extract Author: George Brzostowski
Page Number: 2009 03 21
Extract Date: 1950's
I loved coming across this web site. My parents, Helena and Henry, were close to Mrs Margarete Trappe.
We shared a 3-room building on Momella with her son Rolf and daughter-in-law, Linka (who was also Polish and whose full name was 'Halina'). We were in the Southern end and they were in the Northern room.
We had a lounge room in the middle of the building, and I still remember the lion skin on the floor.
I remember also there was a vegetable garden on the floor of the valley to the South, and among that garden, there was a circular swimming pool.
My father share farmed on Momella before eventually going to head up a pasture research station in Kongwa. He had 2 tours of duty in Kongwa (the first with the OFC and the second with the TAC), with one tour of duty at Urambo, where he established for the OFC the 'Jacaranda Farm' station.
I went to Kongwa School from about 1952 to 1958 with one year in London.
Mrs Trappe's daughter, Ursula, and her husband Ulrich, lived in a a nearby building. It was on the South side of a road that ran East-West, and which was also the access road to Arusha. To the West of it there was what we called 'elephant rock'. This was from where each afternoon one could watch firstly shrieking and playful Colobus monkeys emerge from the forest on the other side of the valley which was on the south side of that road, followed by many elephants coming out to feast on the vegetation in the valley floor.
Mrs Trappe lived in a lovely stone building up on the hill, facing the East (and Kilimanjaro). Nearby there was a growth of pine trees, and the source of a stram of cool clean water. It was used to power a maize grinder and other machinery in the workshop building down the hill.
I have been trying to find any information about the actual location of the original farm, and any remaining buildings. I have some photos similar to the ones in the books 'Am Fuse des Meru', and in the English language, 'Momella'.
Being in Australia now, and getting on in years, I am limited to Google Earth, and the part which may be relevant is not shown in fine resolution compared to what one can see from where the Momella Wildlife Lodge is shown.
I would be grateful for any references that might be of help.
I would like to make contact with anyone who knew people in Kongwa, Momella, Arusha or Tengeru where I was born.
George Brzostowski SC
Momela Farm: a privately owned farm on the Eastern slopes of Mount Meru, thickly forested and dotted about with small lakes, Momela accommodates visitors interested in seeing wild game. ... Reputed to have more rhinoceros to the square mile than any other part of the world.
Turner, Kay Serengeti Home
Page Number: 154
Extract Date: 1958
Bernard Grzimek and his son Michael, were invited by the Board of Trustess, at their own expense, to carry out an aerial count of the plains animals in the Serengeti; to plot their main Migration routes; and to advise on the proposed new boundaries of the Park.
At first the Grzimeks had contemplated buying, as a game sanctuary, part of Momella in Tanzania - a beautiful farm, owned by a German named Trappe. The farm was set amongst forests and lakes at the foot of Mount Meru and overlooked Mount Kilimanjaro to the east. It was a paradise for game, and is now a National Park, 42 square miles in extent. Professor Grzimek sought the advice of Colonel Peter Molloy, the Director of Parks, who suggested that the money be used for a research project in the Serengeti.
Sadleir, Randal Tanzania, Journey to Republic
Page Number: 211 footnote
Extract Date: 1958
Popular belief holds that when Mrs von Trapp, the Austrian owner of Momella farm West Meru, died after having lived there for many years, a herd of elephants of which she was very fond trumpeted mournfully outside her house.
The Momella Wildlife Lodge is on the edge of Arusha National Park. ... The main building was once the home of John Wayne and Hardy Kruger, who used the house while making the adventure film Hatari, and later developed it as a hunting lodge.
Within the 46 square miles of the park, which was known as the Ngurdoto Crater National Park until 1967, are to be found three distinct areas: Ngurdoto Crater, the Momella Lakes and the rugged Meru Mountain. ... this is a park with a difference, as unlike another wildlife area in Africa as it is dissimilar to the National Parks of Europe or America.
Reuter, Henry J. Official Touring Guide to East Africa: 1967 International Travel Year
Page Number: 074
Extract Date: 1967
Having offered this famous trio of Parks, northern Tanzania is by no means done with the tourist. Arusha sits in the shadow of 14,979 ft Mt, Meru, and high up on the mountain is what Sir Julian Huxley has described a "little gem among National Parks." The Ngurdoto Crater National Park is only 20 square miles in area, and has an interesting history.
In the last century, it was a battle ground for rival groups of Masai. Then, in 1907, a German family called Trappe acquired a vast farm on the top of the mountain which, precipitous on one side, is relatively gently sloping on the other and houses a series of lakes in its volcanic depressions.
The Trappe family used the land for ranching for many years. In the 1914-18 war, as Germans they were classified as enemy aliens and the land was confiscated, The whole family moved to South Africa and worked and saved, and later moved back into their old homestead, having purchased back: the 5,000 acres on top of the mountain.
The late elder Mrs. Trappe was a lady of great character. She was the first and only woman to become a professional hunter in East Africa. In 1960 a large part of the Momela estate was made into a game sanctuary. Other members of the family still live in the area.
The Crater National Park is truly a gem. A road has been built to enable the visitor to drive around the lakes, and along the crater rims there are beautiful lockout posts in the forests at which the visitor can picnic and gaze down on the wildlife.
For its area, the Park has more than its share. It is a haunt of large numbers of rhino and hippo; elephant and buffalo frequently cross the trails; giraffe and waterbuck are common and the area is also the haunt of lions, leopards, wild dogs and a host of small game.
Matthiessen, Peter The Tree Where Man Was Born
Page Number: 164
Extract Date: 1972
On certain rare mornings at Momella, Mt. Kilimanjaro rises high and clear out of the clouds that dissolve around it. From the north, in Kenya, it looks celestial, benign; from Momella, it is dark and looming. ... at 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is the highest solitary mountain in the world.
... Kilima Njaro, the White Mountain, has ascended into the sky, a place of religious resonance for tribes all around its horizons.
The glaciers glisten. A distant snow peak scours the mind, but a snow peak in the tropics draws the heart to a fine shimmering painful point of joy.
Turner, Kay Serengeti Home
Page Number: 209a
Extract Date: 1974
Left Momella [and Tanzania], and moved to Kenya
Extract Date: 2004
Canoeing safari, yet another tourist attraction, has been introduced around one of the world famous lakes located in the Arusha National Park (ANAPA).
Canoeing safari on one of the Momela lakes, known as ‘Small’ Momela, has already taken off and we are satisfied with the initial response from tourists, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) Director General, Mr. Gerald Bigurube said recently.
This is the second new tourist attraction to be introduced on the park recently. Another one to officially start next January is a walking safari around the world famous Ngurudoto crater.
The idea is to make visitors be able to have chances to observe everything in the natural world and view different animals in their various habitats under one roof.
TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS in conjunction with tour operators and other tourism stakeholders are at the moment promoting the two new products which will add value to the country’s extensive attractions.
The canoeing Safari at "Small” Momella" is being operated by an Arusha-based company, Green Footprints Adventure Limited. Within short period of its launching, already176 tourist have ventured for canoeing into the lake.
The canoeing safari enables visitors to have a closer and natural look at hippos and bird life not easily seen on ordinary game safaris.
In 1995, Arusha National Park hosted only 7,000 visitors with the number shooting up to 28,000 during 2002\3. The number is likely to swell even further as already by July this year 30,000 people have visited the park.
Lying between the peaks of Kilimanjaro and Meru, Arusha National Park is an outstandingly beautiful area with wide range of habitats, form a string of crater lakes where many water birds can be watched through the highland mountain forest to the imposing summit of Mount Meru.
The forest contain a wealth of birds and other animals like the bushbuck easily glimpsed in between ancient cedar trees or the black and white colobus monkeys climbing along their branches.
The interesting geology of the area is reflected in the impressive view of the ash cone and cliff face leading to the summit of Mount Meru.
Those who ascend the summit of the mountain are rewarded with unparalleled views of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Rift Valleys.
Extract Author: Verena Hinsch
Page Number: 2007 01 18
Extract Date: 30 Jan 2007
With great interest we read some of the comments with regard to Momella Farm.
On the 30th of January 2007 a movie about the life of Margarete Trappe and Momella will be shown on the German TV Channel (ZDF) all over the world and we are very excited about it.
The book: 'Am Fusse des Meru' was mentioned in one of your comments - it was written by Gerd von Lettow Vorbeck!
We are also glad to read that business around Momella, esp with the two owners of the farm (one from Namibia!) is going well. We were born in Namibia and our heart and soul are part of the wonderful African continent.
Verena and Manfred Hinsch
I wish I could see the film, and even more, I wish I knew German so as to be able to follow it, and many other works about Margaret Trappe and others in Tanzania.
I presume that it is Marlies and Jörg that you refer to, as the two owners of the farm because I see from http://www.hatarilodge.com/ueber_uns_und_kontakt.php that Marlies is from Namibia.
I know that they have been involved in the making of the film, so if you are not in touch with them, I'm sure they would welcome contact.
thanks for the mail. I've been in contact with Jörg and Marlies and am very happy that they had some involvement in the movie. Africa is a great place … if ever you are able to visit, go see Namibia too - one of the greatest.
Chhatbar, Sukhdev Promote tourism, actors told
Extract Date: 26 May 2007
Tanzania's film producers and actors have been exhorted to portray the country's images in their productions which could serve as source of expanding the tourism industry.
''Film making and tourism go hand in hand,'' stressed the director of the Tanzania Tourist Board(TTB), Mr Peter Mwenguo, when officially launching yesterday the global centennial celebrations for the legendary American film hero, John Wayne, to climax in Arusha on May 26, next year.
The American movie star produced a world-renowned film 'Hatari' which was shot at Momella, Arusha National Park in 1962.
This rollicking action-comedy proved to be one of his most charming and exhilarating adventures — and one of the last truly great films by Wayne. The story follows a group of professional big-game hunters through a single season, as they drive high-speed across the dusty African plains capturing wild animals for zoos and circuses around the world.
Clocking in at 159 minutes, this is said to be the longest film of Wayne. He died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.
Mr Mwenguo said the Wayne's film brought a lot of fame to the country, where real animal shots and its location ìboosted the countryís tourism flow.
The American tourists, he explained, are now ranking second highest (around 60,000), to visit the country, out of the 612,000 visitors received last year. Tourism now accounts for 16 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), he explained and offering 140,000 direct jobs.
Film producers and actors, he said, have a very crucial and influential role to play in promoting Tanzania, which expects to attract one billion tourists in the next four years.
By hosting the international centennial celebrations, ''Tanzania shall have accorded respect to John Wayne, his family and to all those who worked with him to put Tanzania on the Hollywood map of the world,'' added Mr Mwenguo.
The occasion would attract 600 visitors, including those who participated in the Hatari film, top American actors, movie makers, celebraties and tourists, according to the TTB chief.
Extract Author: Brad Warren
Page Number: 2009 02 08
Extract Date: 08-Feb-2009
Our foundation is supporting schools in the Arusha region including some at Momella (Leguruki) and Tengeru. We are interested to communicate with anyone who is working with schools in Northern Tanzania or who would like to join us in their development. Some of our work can be seen at our somewhat outdated site www.adoptaschool.info.