Name ID 1947
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
Extract Author: Dieter Czurn
Page Number: 2004 11 15
Just yesterday some friends from Momella came to visit me. They are the owners of the Hatari Lodge in Momella, the former house of Hardy Krüger, who was an actor in the film Hatari with John Wayne.
They came with a nurse, who was taking care of their baby. She seems to work or have worked for Rolf Trappe jun.. Rolf and Richard Trappe are both living around Arusha. I met Ricky and his mother 3 years ago. At that time they lived near to the western slopes of Mount Meru. I know, that Ricky's health is quite bad, but Rolf seems to be quite ok.
I will try to find out both addresses for you or at least where to find them. I will also come to Tanzania in January. Maybe I will have time to meet them.
The Trappes belonged to our best friends in Tanzania. My father even knew Mrs. Margarethe Trappe, the famous hunter, very well. He came to Tanzania in 1933. We went to Momella many times and Rolf and Ricky visited the same school in the Usambara Mountains ( where I was born and where I grew up ) as we did.
I have attached a photo for you, showing the Trappes. It was my first school day in Soni ( 1963 )
From left to right:
Ricky Trappe, Rolf Trappe( Putschi ), my brother Mani, me and Emil Karafiat, the cousin of the Trappes.
Rolf Trappe sen. and Emil's mother were brother and sister-- both children of Margarethe Trappe.
Many thanks for the email, and for the great photo.
I guess it was Jorg and Marlies who came to visit you. I met them also last week at WTM in London, and we had been in email contact before that sharing historical information about the Momella area and the Trappe family, and the making of Hatari. They were looking forward to finding the book about Momella which should have been waiting for them in Germany.
You may deduce from this that it’s just me behind the nTZ.info web site, and that I am based in England. I managed a trip to Arusha in October, but I think that you will be back before me.
If you are in contact with Rolf and Richard Trappe could you please put them in contact with A M Hausheer-Hiltpold. (He emailed me in March looking for information about them).
Thanks for your help
And do please send any more photos or stories which you think will contribute to the site.
Extract Author: A M Hausheer-Hiltpold
Page Number: 2004 03 23
Extract Date: 2004 03 23
I am looking for the address/e-mail of Rolf von Trappe's sons as I have an important message for them regarding their father.
Thanks for your enquiry.
I'm sorry, but I have no further information to help you contact the sons of Rolf von Trappe.