East Africa has its charm decked so deep that Americans pay top dollar to feel, see and enjoy the magic. One of them is Golden State Warriors NBA player Stephen Curry who is in love with Tanzania visits.
Tanzania has an electrifying culture, all stemming from the Swahili norms and traditions. Part of this cultural package is the friendly people across this country, great food and memorable interactions.
Curry happens to be one of the high-flying American tourists with a soft spot for this Swahili country.
When Did Stephen Curry Visit Tanzania?
Stephen Curry a Warriors’ guard first visited Tanzania in 2013 for a holiday during his summer break. Visits to Tanzanian villages as part of his cultural tour especially those within the vicinity of Serengeti touched off his benevolence.
These areas are heavily infested by mosquitos therefore; malaria is a huge pandemic. Yet, these families couldn’t afford mosquito nets to keep their families safe while in their sleep at night. He promised to donate mosquito nets to dozens of families after his return to the US.
True to his words, he launched the Nothing But Nets campaign in partnership with the United Nations whose sole purpose is eradicating malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa. His mosquito nets initiative saved thousands of young lives. According to Beat Malaria.org, the mosquito-transmitted disease put kids under the age of five at a huge risk. It cite that
According to the organization’s website, children under five years of age are most at risk of contracting malaria. There’s a kid dying from malaria every 60 seconds. Curry pledged in 2013 that for each three-pointer he made, he would provide three mosquito nets to families in Tanzania. And given his skill with the ball he personally handed 816 nets to Tanzania’s Nyarugusu Refugee Camp that year.
Did Stephen Curry Like his Visits to Tanzania?
Years after his two visits to Tanzania, Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry flew back to East Africa in 2021. The couple chose to celebrate their 10th wedding and his anniversary and his graduation in the wild savannah of the Serengeti. Despite his wealth portfolio of $160 million, Curry stunned the world by juggling between NBA and course work at Davidson College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.
The Golden State Warrior star shooter always promised his mother that he would return to school and complete his degree. A man of his words; he returned to college and earned his degree. All he wanted was fulfill this promise and bring his wife to Tanzania which he developed a soft spot for.
Curry had to make huge sacrifices just to return to Africa, and wrote a moving thesis on increasing gender equity through sports. His teammates helped him work on this project and got a lot of support. It was an eye opener too because he learnt a few things about culture.
Admittedly, it wasn’t an easy achievement and he put in multiple hours to make his summer beautiful with memories about Tanzania.
Why Do American Tourists Love Tanzania?
American tourists make up the bulk of Tanzanian visitors annually, and all for good reasons. Here are five reasons why this East African country is an exciting African destination.
Wild Safari: The legendary Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are two of Tanzania’s numerous national parks, which are home to a diverse range of species. Serengeti gives you a chance to watch the Great Migration. Wildebeest cross over from the Mara in Kenya into the Serengeti.
Mount Kilimanjaro: It’s the highest mountain in Africa and one of the world’s most popular hiking destinations. American hikers frequently take on the challenge to climb to Kilimanjaro’s peak via different routes and it is always an exciting affair.
Cultural Experience: One of the reasons behind visits to Tanzania by Stephen Curry is the a cultural variance here, thanks to its over 120 ethnic groups. Each of the 120 tribes has a unique way of life and language. This cultural diversity always fascinates American tourists especially where there are festivals.
Zanzibar: Zanzibar is East Africa’s paradise because it is lined up by gorgeous tropical beaches and immaculately spread blue lagoons. Colourful coral reefs dot the beach and it is a perfect archipelago for snrokeling and diving.