Testimonials

Tom Dickin

This is my sixth visit to Yamba and still humbled by the generosity and patience and kindness of the villagers and dedication and professionalism of Village Africa’s staff.  Watching my former pupils and neighbours grow up has been an enormous privilege and I will continue to visit each year to witness their progress and adulthood and Village Africa’s progress as it continues to save lives and reduce poverty.”
Age: 31
Nationality: British
Date: Oct 16

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Ian Bradley

This is my second visit to Yamba. The first visit was only for two nights but more time is needed to absorb the beauty of this unique place. Yamba offers a quiet atmosphere to absorb the wonders of this corner of God’s creation.
Under the leadership of Caroline, Village Africa has made this a safer and healthier place for the folks who live here. She deserves great credit for this and especially for training her staff to continue the good work.
Do think of planning a visit. You will be well loved and cared for during your time there.
Perhaps one word of warning. The facilities are basic so make sure you will be able to cope with them. You will be able to if you have done old-fashioned camping in days gone by. In fact you will find it quite luxurious.”

Age: 79

Nationality: British

Date: Feb 16

Dr Bradley and the nurses

Moe Brazenall

This is my third visit to Yamba as a visitor with Village Africa since 2007. Village Africa does amazing work here and in some surrounding villages with health, education, providing an ambulance service and child sponsorship.
The village of Yamba is set high up in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania. The scenery is magnificent and the people who live here are friendly, kind and generous. Life is hard for them but their smiles are freely given. Once you have been here, it stays in your heart forever. I hope I can return again.”

Age: 69

Nationality: British

Date: Nov 15

Moe visiting Yamba

Tom Dickin

In just a few days I managed to catch up with my African brothers and sisters, to hear their news and be filled with pride at their and Village Africa’s accomplishments. Yamba and its people are very special to me and I will return again next year! Love Tom x”

Age: 30

Nationality: British

Date: Nov 15

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Caroline Christie

Village Africa made my entire journey easy from start to finish. On my first trip to Tanzania, I felt welcomed and taken care of at every step of the way. Walking 5 days from Tanga to Yamba is an experience I won’t forget.”

Age: 21

Nationality: USA

Date: Aug 15

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Left to right – John, Rachel, Caroline, Catherine, Sheki, Bee and Jessica

Catherine Allen

Such a shame we couldn’t be here for longer. After a five day 100km trek from Tanga to Yamba (with two of the best guides you could ask for), we arrived to the most generous and kind welcome I’ve ever experienced. Safe to say we’ve been extremely well looked after with amazing food, (long!) beds and warm showers. Aside from so many welcoming arms, the scenery alone would be enough to warrant another visit. Cannot recommend this place enough – thank you Yamba!”

Age: 23

Nationality: British

Date: Aug 15

Bee (Bethany) Taylor

My third time to Yamba and I still love it! Though it’s been three years since I was last here, the villagers still have the same warm hearts and open smiles. Only very sad that I can’t stay longer. Until next time Yamba! Vyaadahikana!”

Age: 23

Nationality: British

Date: Aug 15

Rachel Forty

We trekked a five day trek from Tanga to Yamba. The scenery just got better and better. It was a great way to approach Yamba, such a build-up ending in a really special welcome, such a lovely climax. I LOVED IT!”

Age: 23

Nationality: British

Date: Aug 15

Rebecca (Becca) Stagg

Yamba and Milingano are some of the most special, magical places I think I’ll ever visit. This is my second visit and I’m sure it won’t be my last! The work that Caroline and Village Africa are doing is clearly extremely important to this community and I can see so much progress since my last visit.
As many people have written before, the people and community of Yamba are the most welcoming and generous you will ever meet. Their energy and spirit is infectious and you’re bound to leave with hope in your heart and a smile on your face. Our week was so short but we saw so much (four schools, two health posts, three churches….) and it was especially wonderful to see some of my old students (now so grown up) again and hear about their progress.
I look forward to coming back again and hearing the news of the inevitable progress in Yamba and Mili for years to come.

Age: 26

Nationality: British

Date: Sept 14

Becca looking up her former students - Sept

Olly King

I visited Yamba and Milingano with Village Africa and was overwhelmed by the warmth, friendliness, humour and generosity of the community. The work done by Caroline and the rest of the Village Africa team is so valuable and worthwhile. I would recommend to everyone to visit or support in any way you can.
I hope to go back to Yamba soon!

Age: 27

Nationality: British

Date: Sept 14

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Emily Curtis

Visiting Milingano and Kwemsiga for a third time has once again been fantastic! It is great to see the changes that have been made over time – particularly the new classrooms, new teachers and more children attending and passing school. It is a great privilege to have spent time once again with my friends at Kwemsiga and Milingano and I look forward to returning once again for longer so I can make the trip up the mountain to Yamba! I wish all the villagers and Village Africa staff continued best wishes and hope that the charity continues to flourish. Thank you for having me to stay once again. xx”

Age: 32

Nationality: English

Date: April 14

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Kathryn Culkin

It was great to return to Kwemsiga and to see so many familiar faces. I was worried that things would be different but it was just as I remembered – the heat, the dust, the bucket showers and all the neighbours and the kids. Having taught at the secondary school, I was pleased to hear how well many had done, testament to their hard work and commitment to improve their situation. That can’t be taught and comes from themselves and I feel really lucky to be able to see and hear about it again. Thanks a lot for having me!”

Age: 46

Nationality: British

Date: April 14

Kath Culkin

Ebony Steward

This was my second visit to Yamba. Both have been magical! Caroline, John, John and Edmundi, along with the Yamba villagers, have created an experience that is unforgettable. The villagers are very friendly, constantly welcoming us. The children always want to play. There are many hikes and activities that are squeezed into your visit. I hope that this is not my last time in Yamba and will continue to support Village Africa from home. Much love ‘Abon’.”

Age: 24

Nationality: Australian

Date: Feb 14

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Richard Squires

After travelling about 24 hours from Australia and seeing nothing but the seat in front of me, I was relieved to be getting out of the car at the garage in Yamba. Relief very quickly turned to jubilation as I was greeted by about 40 local people form Yamba, all singing their welcoming song. This moment I will never forget.
I turned to make the walk up to the village when the greetings were over and was astounded by the magnificent scenery. The rocky outcrops, dramatic steep slopes and lush vegetation made for the perfect big city life antidote.
Over the week of our stay we experienced most of the Yamba way of life, visiting schools, playing games with the children, going to church, a bit of farming and an epic bushwalk to the magnificent view into Kenya.
I was touched by the generosity and friendliness of the villagers in Yamba and the experience will not be forgotten.
Thanks to Caroline from Village Africa for making our experience as organised and enjoyable.”

Age: 34

Nationality: Australian

Date: Feb 14

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Philip Eastham

This is my fourth visit here with Village Africa and the first time I have stayed in Yamba as the other three times have been in Milingano. I always make new friends but best of all is seeing the many friends I have made before. Everyone is always very, very welcoming and each time I come, I am still amazed how beautiful everywhere is. Every time I come to visit I see a big difference in the villagers’ quality of life. This time I have played football and cricket. Anyone who is thinking about coming to visit, please do. You will love it here. I will miss very much all my friends here. ‘Phillipo’”

Age: 45

Nationality: English

Date: Nov 13

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Karen Nivala

Yamba is a place that’s impossible to forget!  From the moment you put your foot on the mountain the adventure begins!  Every day is a surprising mix of experiences from getting your hands dirty making bricks, to having your breath taken away by the stunning sunsets, to being surrounded by a mob of excited children eager to learn your name.  Locals become friends, with laughter, games, sport and music being a shared language.  It’s been precious spending time with my sponsor child from Simba Club and her family, working on their farm, reading in the library and singing in the choir.  It’s humbling to see how valued your sponsorship is.  Thank you Yamba.  Thank you Village Africa.  I will be thinking of you and looking forward to finding ways to support you to continue your amazing work.”

Age: 27

Nationality: Australian

Date: June 13

Karen and Baby Karen

Doug Brazenall

If you are planning to visit Africa, to safari in the Serengeti, climb Mount Kilimanjaro or relax on the beautiful Indian Ocean coast, you must add a little extra time and visit Village Africa.  Based in a remote mountain village called Yamba in the Usambara Mountains, you will have an experience which you will remember long after the safari/Kilimanjaro memories have faded.  The scenery is spectacular and, if fauna and flora are your things, the birds, butterflies and insects are endless.  (The early morning cockerels are not so popular!) If you visit Yamba and you know of any more welcoming, friendly people, please let me know. As you become familiar with the village and its many small paths which connect tiny hamlets, you will hear the shouts of ‘Karibu’ (welcome) and many will welcome you into their homes.  You will often leave with an egg or a small handful of beans (very humbling when the people often have little food for themselves).  Remember to visit both churches (Catholic and Lutheran), the primary school, health post, tiny library and, on Sunday afternoon, a football match on the amazing Yamba pitch. (Visiting teams are at quite a disadvantage after climbing to Yamba.) Don’t be put off by the lack of electricity or other modern-day facilities.  You will be cared for by a housegirl.  The food is good and the accommodation is clean and comfortable.  Evenings spent reading by the light of a kerosene lamp or sitting outside with coffee, watching amazing sunsets and night skies are all you will need.  Mobile phone signals are usually good but you may want to shut out all contact and enjoy life in Yamba. I am writing this on the last day of my fourth visit, quite sad to leave so many good friends but planning to return.  It is a very special place.  I am very happy for anyone to contact me via the Village Africa website.”

Age: 65

Nationality: British

Date: April 2013

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Mark Wilkes

This will be short as I’m about to leave! First visit to Yamba, with Doug.  People are friendly and helpful.  Views are stunning.  Food is good.  Nice to see real Africa, instead of packaged holidays.  Would recommend the experience to anyone.”

Age: 48

Nationality: English

Date: March 2013

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Sadie Gains

This was my first visit to Yamba.  It was shown to me through my friend Ollie whom I have come travelling with and he recommended coming back!  From the beginning I have been blown away.  The hospitality and love shown by the people of Yamba and the activities you can choose from have made it a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience.  It has offered me, not only an insight into their culture and traditions, but also a positive outlook on life.  I have been made to feel so welcome and have been so well looked after by staff and residents alike.  I hope to show this special place to many of my friends and family and hope to return soon to visit the people who have allowed me into their lives!”

Age: 19

Nationality: British

Date: March 2013

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Tom Dickin

Returning to Yamba for the fourth time was amazing; leaving after such a short period of time was heartbreaking.  I have made lifelong friends in Yamba and I cannot imagine not returning again and again.”

Age: 27

Nationality: British

Date: March 2013

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Jonathan Southcombe

I came to visit Yamba because I had heard so many inspiring stories about a small village at the top of a mountain!  Em and I decided to raise money for Village Africa by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  Our trip, starting early July 2012, led us to Moshi to begin our climb.  We reached the top, Uhuru Peak, after 5 days!  Due to work commitments, we could only visit Yamba for 1 week.  Em had lived here for a year before but I had never visited.  Anyone who would like to experience an amazing and hospitable part of Tanzania, look no further.  Around every corner of this untouched village, you will receive a welcoming greeting from every villager.  Caroline has chosen a highly unique place to devote her time and efforts.  Yamba will welcome you into the village and you will love your time there.”

Age: 23

Nationality:  British

Date: July 2012

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Daniel Growcott

My visit to Yamba with Village Africa has been an experience I will never forget.  Yamba is a beautiful village surrounded by mountains and is occupied by some of the friendliest people you could ever wish to meet.  The villagers have taken extremely good care of me and it is hard not to fall in love with the place or the people.  I would recommend a visit to Yamba to anybody and I’m sure they would enjoy it just as much as I have.  Thank you Village Africa and Yamba village.”

Age: 21

Nationality: English

Date: September 2012

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