Tanzanias giant snake “grandpa Livembe”
01 May 2021 | 3:40 pm
Residents in Tanzania's Mtwara region still hold many traditional beliefs. Visitors may hear the story of "Grandpa Livembe," a giant snake that protects the village of Nanguruwe. But doubters beware!
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