On a venture to explore Tanzania? These are key travel tips to take heed of in this exciting venture.
Main Language use is Kiswahili. Pick up a few words and blend in with the locals.
Currency is Tanzania Tshillings, but foreign currencies like Euros and Dollars are accepted at most tourist spaces. Credit cards, not widely. ATMs for cash withdrawals are available and park fees for Safaris are payable with a designated TANAPA card issued at local banks ELIM or CRDB.
Air Tanzania, South Africa Airways, Fastjet, Precision air, Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopian, Emirates.Kenya, Oman, KLM, Qatar and Rwanda.
Take a yellow fever vaccination. Malaria is preventable, provided that repellents and mosquito nets are used. There is anti-malaria medication available as well. Make sure only bottle or boiled water is used for drinking.
Weather is dry and hot with cool mornings and evenings. Short rains from November to mid-December and a long rainy season from March to May. Coastal areas remain hot and humid all year round. Seasons do vary. If you are planning to reach Kilimanjaro Peak or climb Mount Meru, freezing points can be reached.
Take along light clothes and a sweater for mornings and evenings. If you are venturing on a game drive and a Safari trip a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen will be advisable and long pant and sleeves to ward off insect bites. If Kilimanjaro or Mount climbing ventures, get thermal underwear, rain jackets, boots and socks and a sweater.
Safari Parks usually open at 6:30 am and close at 6:00 pm. Advice since distances are long to travel between them is to choose specific parks. Travel less and see more. Follow the advice of guides and ranges.keep vehicles in designated spots and follow recognised paths to avoid vegetation damage.
Cameras should be protected and do ask permission before taking pictures of local people.
Travel insurance is advisable with cover for any lost baggage and possible medical expenses
Carry a headlamp or torch as power failures and surges are common.
Safari car hires usually need to be hired with a driver.
Check visa requirements with the embassy or consulate.
Protect personal belongings even though Tanzania is generally a safe country.
Malawi has unique scenery, evergreen forests, waterfalls, rare wildlife and stunning valleys. Go wildlife and game viewing in the national parks, without the tarred roads filled with convoys of 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Malawi’s nine Wildlife Reserves offer truly unspoilt wilderness. A Safari experience that will be the thrill of safaris with crowds of elephants, leopards, rhino. hippos and antelope
Look for elephants during the early mornings and evenings in Kasungu National Park, when they come to drink from dambos (river channels). The grasslands support large herds of buffalo and kudu and reedbuck.
Malawi has the best birdlife in the region. Vwasa Wildlife Reserve has close to 300 species including stork, heron and the white-faced tree duck.
Herds of thirty or forty elephants are regularly to be seen and there are large numbers of hippos.
Lake Kazuni, near the main entrance to the reserve is famous for its hippos. Buffalo are present in the reserve but their roaming habits make their sightings less easy to predict.
Nyika , Malawi’s largest park and completely unique in Africa. It means “where the water comes from” and it’s one of Malawi’s most important catchment areas.
In the rainy season, the park is covered with wildflowers and over 200 types of orchid. It also has a neolithic rock shelter, trout pools and even a ‘magic lake’ the magnificent Nyika Plateau towers to 2500m
Nyika is wonderful for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding safaris to see the diminutive duiker, or Zebra, warthog, bush pig, eland and roan.
The park has one of the highest densities of leopard in Central Africa. If you’re lucky you can catch lions and elephants. For the birdwatcher, over 400 species have been recorded including the rare Denham’s bustard, the wattled crane and the red-winged francolin – endemic to Nyika.
Be mesmerised by the stunning
Views at the top of the 2,100m Zomba Plateau. Its vast forests and waterfalls tower above Zomba, a university town and the former capital. Or climb the magnificent Mulanje Massif. The highest mountain in central Africa, the central point of this huge block of mountains, which cover more than 640 sq km and rises to over 3,000m can be seen at Sapitwa. Dedza, Michiru, Ndirande and Chiradzulu also offer challenging slopes.
Malawi – A Jewel in the Centre of Africa
The main attractions in attractions are the wildlife reserves and national parks and wildlife reserves of unspoilt wilderness where animals are discovered in natural habitat and not merely observed.
Safaris in Malawi cater for all budgets and tastes, You can either rent an open 4×4 for a game drive or take a walking safari and dive safely into the wild.
One other popular option is taking a boat safari on Shire River. This is a great way to see animals from short distances as they have little fear of people that are in a boat,
You get to float close to a mass of hippos and elephants drinking nearby! Other close encounters can be had, for example, when tracking
Close encounters in Majete Reserve can be tracking elephants. Horseback safaris are another opportunity to ride along zebras and antelopes.
The big five ( leopard, elephant lion, buffalo, and rhino) are in Malawi with splendid antelope range and smaller cats. Hippos are found in large numbers and are symbolic of the wildlife scene. Malawi definitely makes a memorable Safari.
Malawi is a popular option for first timers who want a taste of Africa but it is also a sophisticated experience for distinguished wildlife enthusiasts or those who wish to wander and feel the Malawi experience.
Safari Package – Game Parks in Southern Tanzania Selous Game Reserve,Mikumi,Udzungwa Mountains,Saadani National Park
Southern Tanzania Safari Itinerary
We depart from a pickup point in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and drive to Selous Game Reserve early morning. On the way, we stop for lunch at Kibiti, small city, in the Pwani.
We arrive at Selous Game reserve late afternoon and do a boat Safari on River Rufiji for two hours Overnight lodge at Selous.
On the second day, a Game drive in Selous National Park and have a picnic lunch.
Selous in the Southern region of Tanzania is the largest game reserve in Africa. The most popular for wildlife viewing . A hidden gem with rivers and lakes with fabulous game species including wild dog, elephants, crocodiles hippos, crocodiles and lions as well.
We begin with a cultural Village Tour of Mloka in the morning after breakfast for two hours. Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people.
Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people.
After the tour we proceed to Mikumi game park and arrive in Mikumi National park in the evening. Overnight stay over in Mikumi.
We begin with a game drive exploring Mikumi National Park with a
Mikumi game drive.
Mikumi is abundant in wildlife on the open horizon of the Mkata Floodplain, the Mikumi centrepiece similar to the popular Serengeti Plains.
We Journey to explore Undzungwa mountains.
Udzungwa, the largest and the most biodiverse forest swathed mountain rises majestically from eastern Tanzania flat plains . It is a treasure-trove of animals and endemic plants .
After exploring the magical wonders on Undzungwa, we sleep over for the night.
On the morning of day six, we depart to Saadani National park.
Saadani National park in the historical triangle of Pangani, Bagamoyo and Zanzibar the park is the only wildlife sanctuary that borders the sea. The hot, humid coastal climate offers a unique marine fauna and flora variety in a setting that is culturally fascinating .There are approximately thirty species of mammals as well has numerous bird and reptile species. The ocean has a variety of fish species with dolphins, whales and green turtles.
A half day Boat Safari in Saadani, camp lunch, and a half day game drive
My Journey was ongoing. The chapter seemed to be spurting out more and more. My never ending delve into Africa. The spark was ignited into abundance beyond note. Turning passions into profit, the rhythm echoed into smooth sailing miracles.
The Making of a Createpreneur.
When anybody churns out the term “entrepreneur”, what springs to mind at the word?A briefcase, tie and suit image?
A briefcase, tie and suit image?
On the other hand, maybe pictures of those in the billionaire ranks flashed in the media.
That is a narrow view. There are vast ways to spring any creative business venture into motion.
A common theme of ‘CreatEntepreneurs’ is a risk. Many work independently, industries differ, business can gain wisdom from other varied experiences and their management of work and risks.
If you an artist that goes solo with your artwork meet, CreatEntepreneur™ Pablo Zungu.
Pablo is an artist in Tanzania in East Africa with a large international following.
As artist living in a remote unknown village called Mloka on the outskirts of the main buzz of city centre. How did he get an international audience, people from all over the world to buy his local trending artwork?
Tell us about your true passion in life?
My passion is filling my day creating new pieces of art. It is expression, letting go. Each day on waking until the day closes. I found my passion at a young age. Left with the responsibility to take care of my two younger brothers at an early age when my parents passed away. My art was my key to keep all together in challenging times
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The independence and freedom it provides. I am not imprisoned in a warehouse packing shelves or joining other pathways I have little interest in, to barely fill a fridge and every hour consumed. Slavery did not die. It evolved, not through chains at feet, but into a concrete jungle. It became legalized .My art is my freedom to create an income on my terms in my environment.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I do not know if it was about choice. It was there, in my pathway. I discovered that selling paintings was a stream of income. With no conflict of being under instruction of any authority figures and taking orders and instructions. I chose a stress free way to sustain my family and myself.
When was the first time you got paid for your passion?
I was a teenager and spent my time creating artwork. One-day tourists passed by, totally immersed in the piece, and placed US dollars in my hand. I was thrilled. Dollars converted into a huge amount in my local currency. I even afforded to buy more paints and canvases.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
There were many times that I doubted any ability to make more money with my art. I overcame the self-doubt by creating and sharing my work.
What motivates you each and every day to be even more successful?
Even if I tried to join the nine to five worlds, I know I would not make it. I strived on to keep creating and spreading my work to all regions where there were possible sales. Every region that had markets or stalls for artwork I found a stall owner to display my work and draw in interest and sales.
I am based in a remote village on the outskirts of the city centre, but I prefer to be there. I live close to a popular game reserve that has a multitude of travelers from all over the world. My art is indigenous local Tanzanian authentic that appeals to all those who travel to our country. It gives them memorable artefacts to take back home of a land they will never forget and strive to revisit. My art is one aspect that promotes the thriving economic sector of tourism, so to speak.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I can only share my well wishes that they gain success in their pathways as I have found my passion and I am keeping to it.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
I advise them to follow their dreams and never give up. Look at all possibilities and find the one that works for you.
Find or Be Found……….
Right Brain Marketing - Turning creative passions into profit
The urbanised Dar-es-Salaam gradually fades away into clouds and eventually reaching the huge Miombo woodlands,lakes,swamps,animals, meandering roads and a passage of serenity.
Selous game reserve Reserve in the Southern stretch of Tanzania.Selous,as is commonly called, was named after a conservationist, Frederick Selous. The vast 54600 square kilometre land is huge.The game reserve has several airstrips.Elephants,cheetahs,rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, as well as crocodiles,occupy the sanctuary.The vegetation ranges from wooden grasslands to dense thickets.
The Selous, one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Selous is approximately three times more bigger than the famous Serengeti National Park.
The World Heritage Site makes up 6% of Tanzania. Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a game drive in that area.
Selous is home to a diverse range of bird and mammal species.There are close to 60,000 elephants and about 40,000 hippos.
The Selous is photographic and displays African wilderness grandeur. The Rufiji river meanders through Miombo Woodland connected with streams and lakes with waterfowl, crocodile and hippos
A game drive along the rough roads of Selous is rewarding during dry seasons around the lakes. Whether bush camping or staying in lodge comfort, it is easy to make arrangements for a walking safari and have a field guide close by.
Boat safaris on lakes or the Rufiji river is an opportunity to see diverse birds and wildlife from a differing perspective.
The size of Selous game reserve and its remote location, it is recommended to have a minimum of at least three nights. Fly in Safaris and game viewing activities by lodges are popular choices. For a truly wild experience, try bush camping.
The wildlife in Selous attracts southern and eastern African wildlife, both migratory and resident with over 440 known bird species of birds. The lion population is strong here and a huge leopard population and home to hippos.
One way to reach Selous Game Reserve is by train, The TAZARA Railway route from Dares Salaam to Zambia passes Selous Game Reserve a few times each week and is also one transport way.
Accommodation in Selous
There is a wide range of campsites and lodges around the Selous Game Reserve.
Lodges on Rufiji River banks as well as remote hilly locations are all within the gmae reserve. As there is a diversity of accommodation and a wide range of habitat longer stays at Selous Game Reserve are recommended
A main attraction is hot springs where soothing warm water dips are possible. Lake Tagalal is great for bird watching and home to hippos and crocodiles
The Ulitmate Bush Experience
Unspoilt Woodland, grassy plant, bush sounds make up the best scenery.
Exciting walking and boat safaris
Selous is African wildlife untouched in Africa and is easily reached from Zanzibar or Dar-es-salaam. Welcome! Explore motherlandAfrica#
My venture continued. The final touches of “Right-Brain Marketing” took me to an extraordinary connection – The Journey of my soul. My conversations with Tu Nokwe sparkled the final touches on “Right-Brain Marketing” in the Light of Africa
An excerpt from “Right-Brain Marketing”- Createpreneur Africa
Meet our CreatEntepreneur™,Tu Nokwe,a legendary musician all the way from South Africa. Born and raised during the mainstream helms of the detrimental apartheid era into an artistic family that chose to soar above the pressing system and created Amajika.This was a youth and child development arts organization to boost self-esteem and counteract the collating mental abuse that shattered mass populations emotionally.
We explore her breathtaking lifestyle, delving into the roots of soul inspiration as we explore her pathways, sharing her journey of self-discovery on a road of survival.
Tu Nokwe,tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My passion.My passion.Where do I start? We could end up with episodes of my true passions as they flow into so many channels. Well as you know, my outlet of expression is the creation of sounds and soothing soul rhythms, pulsating heartbeats in blissful melodies.
“I am creative, I am physical, and I am mental. I am emotional, but most of all I am a spiritual being having a human experience. That is just the beginning of the “Journey of My Soul”
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I think I was born into it and grew up thriving in the presence all around me. My inner drive & determination fuelled me to learn to play the guitar without a guitar in my hands, but two chairs strung with wool from one chair to the other;using an old guitar tutor to position the fingers in cord formations and coordination.
My career started when I was eighteen months old! In a commercial for a soap brand. I come from a family of musicians rooted in historical ingenuity of memorable creations.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
It is an outlet of soul expression. I explore the mantra
‘Order creates comfort’. Creative self-management is the core of my spirit as I share and display self-management tools leaving those around me invigorated with a soul-filled purpose.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
The gift of abundance is an asset, allowing open doors to explore. Positive affirmations to call on wealth is a stepping-stone to encounter all barriers in the most lucid times and delve into ‘The Light of Africa’, beaming promise of abundance. Africa is rooted in wealth despite the world image of poverty-stricken and downtrodden bereavement that is propagated and installed in the mass media. We are born on the soil rooted in wealth and treasures beyond human imagination. It is ours.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
Every engagement was abundant on spiritual rewards. My first performance that brought in a cash flow was at the age of 18 at a wedding with the ‘Black Angels’, a local band. And then when I turned 13 at the annual jazz festival 'Milk Africa'(with the “Black Angels” - the Sneddon Theatre at the University of Natal in Kwa-Zulu Natal & the epic movie 'Shaka Zulu'. When I was 18, I earned a living doing African braids at a hair salon.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I launched the first African Diary - Journey of my Soul” over eight years, initially it was my supportive tool for self-management. The project sparked off out of a concerned calling out from the lack of purpose and low self-esteem that brewed on a daily basis. My resilience to counteract all obstacles, keep focus and having my effective presence engraved in all souls I touched with my talent. I never gave up; I knew there were many doors open amongst the few that closed before me.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My mantra I never cease to chant is ‘Order creates comfort. I am a spiritual being and give thanks each day for all my blessings. The campus for my state of being is joy & happiness. Not everything may come to you at the time you desire it to. However, in Gods time, what is meant to be will be.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
All I can say to those who doubted me is advise them to rise above their fears and soar at rising heights. We all need somebody to lean on.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
“Journey of my Soul” was initially used by uprising performing artists in Amajika Youth and children arts under the auspices of the Nokwe Creative development foundation founded by my family.
During 1976 when there was a need to boost, self esteem in the helm of the grueling apartheid System in my country. It became clear that as an artist my purpose was to devote time and energy to empower the children of Africa.
I discovered that self-work had to begin with me. Once I had a holistic understanding of myself, I could reach out to others. My advice to aspiring creative’s is journey to define you and rediscover your LIFE purpose. If you follow my life story, my hope is that you will explore exercises and concepts to develop who you are. I wish you all the best with the ‘Journey of your Soul’
My collective realm was a calling of "first class living".The journey was gradual,and then I touched base with creative talent and skill from the Motherland of Africa.
The crux of “Right-Brain Marketing” was all about “turning creative passions into profit”. The journey was about my final touches on “Right-Brain Marketing”, the main theme was “createpreneurs”.
My soul calling as I initially launched into a world campaign was to spread empowerment for creatives to flourish.
In-depth root research for my voice to echo was a calling that routed me the treasures of Africa.
The journey was a realm into inner soul space as I touched base with an overflowing database of creativity rooted in Africa. It was time! Rise Africa….
Economics and Africa did not quite blend well. All I knew about Africa was famine and poverty. I realized with time Africa was the root of all. The beginning of creation. The root of creative soul. I met artists, musicians, entertainers and soul createpeneurs.
My inner soul space blossomed as I touched base with an overflowing database of creativity rooted in Africa. It was time!
I initially came into contact with exploring motherland Africa with Shabani Mpita on a venture of discovery.
An excerpt from a series of personal interviews with creatives rooted in Africa: "Right Brain Marketing"
I initially came into contact with Shabani Mpita on a venture of discovery. Meet Shabani Mpita, an artist, with a tourism profession and small business to sell his artwork.
How is it possible to balance your profession, your creative passion, and business?
A structured schedule to keep me focused on my time and energy. Each activity can be very demanding I make sure I give all tasks enough focus so none becomes a liability.
Sometimes I bring all together in a combination of inspiration.
How difficult is it to convert from creative frame of mind into a business form?
It is stressful and difficult at most times. I strive to keep myself motivated and remain operating. My creative passions keep me persistent but to persistence as a tool of growth needs a business mindset to be in order.
How is it possible to maintain the artistic value and run a business?
I am a professional artist; I aim to get paid for my professional talents. All businesses expect payment for products and services or product.Of course, the aim is to inspire others with my artwork but I need to care for myself. I am not in the mindset of a “starving artist”. I value my work and talent so I take opportunities that pay for the work I produce
I want to send a message of inspiration to follow dreams and pursue them. Anything that one aspires is achievable if hard work is consistent real value is assigned to service and product.
Shabani IbrahimMpita, a skilled local artist, with a tourism profession and small artwork business.
Born in the notorious spice Island of Zanzibar, Shabani Mpita kept his passion for the continent of Africa. A keen traveler, he became a backpacker, exploring Africa. Eventually, he ventured in a nomadic motion back to his homeland, Tanzania.
Living all around his country from Zanzibar, he spread out from Iringa to Mafia Island, Mloka village near Selous and Kigamboni, a short ferry ride from the bustling Dar es Salaam, he brings forth an insider view into the everyday marvels and sightings. With his guidance, each second spent in Tanzania becomes a worthy experience for all who realize their dream to explore the marvels of Tanzania.
‘I aim to be a key tool in the exploration and discovery of my homeland. Life is about exploring,new discoveries, and realizations. I journey on the motions of a Tour and field guide into a pathway designed by destiny’
Delve into the mystic wonders of Tanzania with leaping red monkeys,crawling coconut crab, and traces of first human life on earth.
Human life started in Africa-Tanzania.Evidence exists of the very human ancestors on earth in Tanzania, Olduvai on a site called Olduvai Gorge. Stone tools and fossil bones that date back millions of years ago were discovered and this led to the conclusion that the first human beings originated in Africa.
The earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Olduvai a misspelt Maasai word Oldupai that defines a plant called wild sisal growing in that area. It is located between Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park.
Thirty percent of Tanzania consists of National Parks, with twelve parks, thirteen nature reserves and thirty-eight protected areas and many endemic or endangered species including twelve vertebrate species that were discovered in recent years.
Three notable Tanzania species the red Colobus monkey of Zanzibar, flying fox in Oembe and Ader Duike, Africa’s rare forest antelope.
The Tarangire national park has the highest density of large ungulates in the East of Africa as well as kudu, oryx and the highest elephant population.
Wildlife migration is seasonal and they disperse to neighbouring lands belonging to Massai communities and coexist with the herds.
The Kirundi was discovered in the year 2003 and is the first new discovery of monkey genus in over eighty years and is rare with the last population count not exceeding 1,117.
The Ruaha River is Tanzania’s key waterway for fishery and provision of seventy percent of the country’s electricity.
The largest population of the wild elephant is in Tanzania’s Ruaha National park.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Kilimanjaro represents East Africa’s compelling beauty. Rising in a breathtaking isolation from the coastal scrubland that surrounds it to an elevation of 900m to 5895 m.It is the most accessible high summit in the world.
The coconut crab is the largest crab in the world is found in Tanzania on Zanzibar Island.The BirgesLatro, coconut crab is a hermit crab that is terrestrial. Other popular names for them are ‘robber crabs’ and ‘palm thief’s’.
They are the largest anthropoids living on land in the world. They can grow as large as one meter. They eat coconuts by ripping the husk strips with pincers hitting repeatedly until the coconut cracks open. They are land based and only lay eggs in the sea. They do not have the ability to swim and can drown if they are immersed in water for a long period.Their lifespan can extend over sixty years
6 .Ngorongoro, the world’s largest volcanic crater is nineteen kilometres with a depth of six hundred meters.The crater formed after a volcano exploded and collapsed about three million years ago. It is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
7.Freddie Mercury, the popular lead vocalist of the well-known band “Queen” was born in Zanzibar archipelago. Tanzania. Originally his name was Farrok Bulsara.
8.Lions climb trees in Lake Manyara National park, the only lions that climb trees freely in the world
9. Tanzania has over four million wild animals consisting of four hundred and thirty species as well as subspecies. The concentration of animals for every square meter is the largest in the world.
10. The Mpingo trees also known as the African Blackwood tree is the source for one of the most expensive timbers that exist in the world grows in Tanzania. The fine texture, high density and durability make it a preferred type of wood for musical instruments.
Planning to travel to Africa and venture on mountain climbing? Let’s start at the beginning of creation, the heart of the motherland, Tanzania.
Many nature lovers, come out to explore amazing wildlife and exciting Safaris. Others that have little interest in game drives and Safaris opt for climbing and hiking adventures. It becomes a combo of a Safari and a mountain climbing venture as the lush pathways have many wildlife sightings as well.
A traveler to Tanzania aiming to reach the peaks usually aim for Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is number one on the list. It is the most famous and the highest mountain on the continent of motherland Africa.
Other mountain ranges that have attractive peaks are in the North and East of Tanzania. We have Mt Meru, Ol Donyo Lengai active volcano, and the tamer Usambara Mountains, gentle Crater Highlands slopes.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro
First on the list isMountKilimanjaro. In the northern Tanzania plateau with snowy peaks, above the rolling hills.The glaciers and slopes reaching way above the clouds.
2. Mt Meru Crater
Mt Meru Crater is neglected if favor of his East neighbor Mt Kilimanjaro. This mountain close to Arusha National Park is definitely an experience that will be an unforgettable memory.
The low slopes are covered in a highlight of a dense forest where buffalos graze and the colobus monkeys play.
This extinct volcano has a base of a perfect crater and an additional inner crater with sheer, sharp cliffs. The subsidiary peak is formed by the Ash Cone. Momela lakes and Ngurdoto Crater are visible from the mountain slopes.
3. Crater Highlands
The Crater Highlands rise up from the Rift Valley.The lush chain of volcanoes and mountains including the Ngorogongo conservation area that is surrounded by Massai tribal lands. Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.
Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.
This is a hiking adventure of a lifetime. Large zebra and wildebeest herds graze nearby and lions lay back in the sun. At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.
At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.
4. The Eastern Arc Mountain Range
Stretching all the way from the Taita Hills South of Kenya to the Southern Highlands of Tanzania the Eastern Arc mountain range has a long history of geological activity.
It is estimated to be over a hundred million years old and some formations are six hundred million years old. The climate stability allows this area to inhabit a wide array of insect and plant life to amazing species of birds.
5. Livingstone Mountains
A low altitude range of mountains that on the border of Lake Nyasa.It is in a remote location and difficult to reach as the pathways are uncharted for the climb and are usually unexplored.
6. Monduli Mountains
A few hours away from Arusha, a day trip to the Monduli Mountains can either be a journey of a casual day trip or part of a hiking itinerary that is longer.
Massai herd cattle along the slopes and various cultural tour programs offer visitors an opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and local culture of the Massai.
It is surrounded by views of the rift valley, Mount Meru, and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. Mount Hanang
Located on bumpy tracks about 200km on the South East of Arusha, the extinct volcanic crater is a stunning feature above the plains.It is usually a two-day climb, that takes trekkers via several tribal lands including the semi-nomadic Barabaig, known for goatskin garments.
8. Ol Donyo Lengai
Overlooking The Kenya bushland and Lake Natron, Ol Donyo Lengai meaning ‘ the home of God’ in Massai, this is an active volcano and an undiscovered and spectacular climb in Tanzania.
It has sporadic volcano eruptions, sending gray lava streams down the rim of the crater and spits out hot ash into the air. The climb is usually overnight for hikers to experience the spectacular sunrise over the escarpment of the Rift Valley.
9. Pare Mountains
On The Eastern Arc range in the North East of Tanzania lies the remote Pare Mountains and is extremely rewarding to trekkers on a search for trails off beaten paths.
It is home to the Pare tribe, pastoralists, and agriculturists who have retained traditional life.A Pare mountain hike takes visitors through beautiful forests and local villages, part of Tanzania that is little visited.
10. Udzungwa Mountains
The Udzungwa Mountains is located on the west of Dar es Salaam.It rises from the West of Selous Game Reserve. Vervet monkeys play in the forests and forest antelopes can be viewed at certain times of the day. The botanical diversity is exceptional, and the park hosts numerous endangered species of birds. The peak of the mountain offers views of the Selous game reserve and the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is a worthwhile venture.
11. Uluguru Mountains
The Uluguru mountains overlook the Morogoro agricultural area and part of the Eastern Arc range. Named after the Luguru tribe, a group that farms on the verdant slopes.This area is amidst the oldest forests in Africa.Hiking here is pleasant and rewarding.It has a plethora of endemic insect and bird species.
12. Usambara Mountains
Part of the Eastern Arc in the North East and is divided by 4km valley of farms and small villages. There are day trips and overnight treks, taking visitors through an area of concentrated biodiversity. Bird watching is rewarding and the views include the Indian Ocean and Massai Steppe.
World Environment day marks a special day. It highlights the importance of the environment we live in. We need to take the time to always celebrate nature. The environment connects to us and supports us in every essence. We need to support our environment.
Humans are creatures on earth that mold the environment. The environment is for physical sustenance. It is part and parcel of our existence. It molds us. It gives opportunity for moral intellectual and spiritual growth,
The evolution of the human race on the planet with the rapid science and technology acceleration allows man the power to transform the environment in endless ways.
The protection of the environment affects the well-being of people as well as economic development in the world. June 5th was designated as world environment day by the United Nations.
Celebrating world environment day is an opportunity to broaden enlightenment and responsible conduct by enterprises, communities, and individuals. It started in 1974 and is a global platform of a public outreach celebrated everywhere in the world
People and Nature – The ‘true love’ connection
World environment day has a central theme on pressing environmental issues, the theme for 2017 is about connecting people to nature.
It ignites an urge to be outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature. We intimately depend on nature. We find fun in nature and the experience allows us to cherish the relationship.
Many in rural settings touch base every day close to nature and can appreciate dependence on nature to provide livelihoods with fertile soil and natural water.
Pollution, overexploitation and climate changes alter ecosystems. When ecosystems are threatened, all are affected.
The gifts of nature cannot be valued in monetary terms, clean air is taken for granted until it is scarce.
An East African Community initiative, LVEMP, is a regional initiative that is coordinated by LVBC, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission. It is implemented in the five East African states Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda
The main objectives are to improve collaborative management of natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin and improve the environmental management of pollution hotspots for the benefit of the communities that depend on the lake Victoia Basin natural resources.
Raleigh International funded by the OAK Foundation initiated a ‘Youth for Green Growth’ project that supports youth action for environmental and social advocacy in the Tanzania region. This in turn, promotes an advancement for the agenda of green growth, contributing to the global sustainable development goals.
The project involves experiential training and learning opportunities, as well as the support of organization strengthening of youth-led societies that enable the youth of Tanzanian to address environmental and social developmental issues at grassroots and at a national level.
Parc National de L’Isalo is one of the country’s most spectacular regions, perfect for overnight hikes, rock-hopping along cool canyons and spotting lemurs. It’s best to visit during the cooler months (April to October) when the bizarre patchy podiums and periwinkles are in flower on the rock faces and walking is more comfortable.
Tribute to Ancestors
The Sakalava people used to bury their dead in caves high up on cliff faces. Spread across 152,000 hectares, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve has amazing forests, lakes and mangrove swamps, home to a variety of rare and endangered birds and lemurs. With gorges, rivers, and Ancient cemeteries Tsingyis a must visit.
But Madagascar isn't all just animals and conservation.
Madagascar Soul History
There’s a lot of history going on down as well. Ambohimanga is one of the summer palaces of the old Malagasy royal family. Antananarivo, or Tana, has a distinctively French flavor: The city is built on three levels. Dominating the city is the Queen’s Palace and associated Royal Village or Rova. Now a national monument, it was once the
Dominating the city is the Queen’s Palace and associated Royal Village or Rova. Now a national monument, it was once the residence of the Merina Dynasty which, in the 19th century, united all Madagascar for the first time.
There are the museums d’Andafiavaratra and the archaeology museum. On the lowest level is the market said to bee the second-largest in the world. The birthplace of the Malagasy state. Ambohimanga is known as ‘the blue city’, ‘the holy city’ and ‘the forbidden city’. The citadel was an important Merina stronghold and its main gate is an enormous stone disc; 40 men were needed to roll it into position.
Or else you can check out the old pirate colony island of Ile St Marie. Its dense vegetation and the difficulty of navigating the lagoons which surround it made it an ideal base for pirates and, later, a colony for convicts.
There are many clove plantations and several historic sites, including Madagascar’s oldest Catholic church. It’s the perfect destination for those who just want to relax. You can snorkel, sunbath and overindulge on coconut rum punches.
Feel and Taste Madagascar
Buy cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil from the local children, sip fiery ti-punch and sample the most delicious freshly-caught seafood or sit under a palm tree on a white sandy beach. There’s whale-watching in July and August, and the amazing spiny forest along the road just north of Mangilly is well worth a look.With coral reefs just offshore, sea breezes whispering in the casuarina trees and a relaxed tropical ambiance, who wants to go home?
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Getting around Madagascar
Check this out. Air Madagascar, serves numerous destinations throughout the country, which is a good thing considering that many roads have huge potholes and are impassable in the rainy season. Flights are still relatively inexpensive and they offer a 50% discount on domestic flights to passengers using the airline to travel to Madagascar.
The taxi-be, which is quick and comfortable, and the bush taxi, which is cheaper, slower, makes more stops and generally operates on cross-country routes. Fares should be agreed in advance. It is a flat fee. Alternatively, you can go via bus bonus a flat rate is charged irrespective of the distance traveled. Alternatively, take the House-pousse – the rickshaw.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can grab a stagecoach. A few covered wagons continue to take passengers. Otherwise, you can hire a car or motorbike. You will need a national driving license, and remember they drive on the right-hand side.
Or you can catch a train! Only if you have a lot of time. The Malagasy railway network dates from the colonial period, so breakdowns are frequent, a line may be closed for several weeks.
However, there is nothing to beat messing around in boats. Madagascar has a strong maritime tradition. Ferries sail between the islands. You can travel between coastal villages in dugout canoes known as Pirogues or Lakana. You can also hire Dhows and larger cargo boats.
And if you want to bareboat, a “guide” is usually included in the price of the yacht charter. He will cook, guide you, and protect the boat. A yacht charter to Madagascar is a bit of a “Robinson Crusoe” adventure. Once you embark, you cannot provision again and must live off the fish and seafood you will catch for yourself (or with your guide). So get a good one.
Madagascar is a great place to tour by bike and staying in small towns and villages along the way gives a real sense of what the country is all about. A mountain bike or heavy-duty tourer at least is required as the roads can be in poor to terrible condition.
Generally, there is little to no traffic, which makes cruising a great escapade. The people are amazingly friendly and you will be greeted with crowds of children shouting ‘Vazaha’. There are little or no facilities for cyclists, so be prepared to camp rough (ask if it is somebody’s land and never too near a family grave) or sleep in very basic guesthouses. Though you will generally be invited to stay in people’s houses. Bring a spare tire, puncture kit, chain, brake/gear cable, derailleur, and all the tools you need.
Remember that the law is that the ‘tour’ operators have to have a contract with you with all the details on it including the route. The police do check on this and it protects the tourists.
All visitors must have visas, except for citizens of some African countries. Proof of return ticket is required otherwise a deposit must be paid before arriving in Madagascar, which is equivalent to the cost of a flight to the country of origin. And if you come from Africa, you must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
Currency -Malagasy Ariary (MGA) Us dollars needs to be declared on arrival. There are currency restrictions
Electrical Power is 127V/220V, RUNNING AT 50Hz.
Languages Spoken : Malagasy, French, English
Time Zones – GMT/UTC +3:
Country Dialing Code +261:
Hot and subtropical climate, colder in the mountains.
Rainy season: November to March.
Dry season: April to October.
Monsoon season is December to March.
.. And when you've had 16 tracks of Malagasy hospitality, the last thing you'll be feeling is lonely - except perhaps when you arrive back home.
Burnt the rice? No problem. One common Madagascar dish is Ranon ‘apango or rano vda. Burnt rice water.
Malagasy cooks double the quantity of rice they need for the meal. When it’s cooked, they remove most of the rice from the earthenware pan. The remainder (a layer about 1/2-inch thick) is heated until it’s burnt. Then pour boiling water over the rice. Cool, strain and chill.
The majority of people don’t speak English, so brush up on your French which is the second official language of Madagascar. Otherwise it’s Malagasy all the way.
The beauty of traveling in Madagascar is that you’re never sure what you’re going to hear next. The Madagascar music experience is like Forrest Gump’s ‘box of choc-o-lates’: you never know what you’re gonna get. Music is ubiquitous: The national music scene is booming, with artists from all the major regions turning out serious volumes of quality material. But locals retain a fondness for the usual African favorites: reggae, rap, chart hits, French pop, gospel, music, heavy metal, jazz and reggae Congolese
MUSIC BY LALAH RAINDIMBY OUR MARVELOUS MADAGASCAR CONTRIBUTOR:
The national Madagascar music scene is booming, with artists from with volumes of material of striking quality
The Madagascar music experience is like Forrest Gump’s ‘box of choc-o-lates’: you never know what you’re gonna get.
But locals retain a fondness for the usual African favourites: reggae, rap, chart hits, French pop, gospel, music, heavy metal, jazz and reggae Congolese Lingala and good ol’ country music.
Africa’s biggest homegrown reggae superstar, Lucky Dube is even bigger here than the godfather Bob Marley himself.
The best thing to come out of Madagascar since the lemur is the music. Malagasy music rocks. the rhythms are tight. They combine virtuoso traditional music, tight harmonies, buoyant grooves, infectious melodies, wild instruments, energetic dancing along with challenging, controversial subjects with the energy of punk rock. Malagasy hip hop broke into the mainstream in the mid-nineties and has skyrocketed.
Like the Salegy – a funky, tight, energetic form of dance music dominated by ringing electric guitars. In the kind of touristy clubs where the girls are cheaper than the beer. You’ll find out just how much the Malagasy love to dance. If you’re not a rug-cutter yourself, sit back with a Three Horse Beer and watch all the girls line up and bust their moves in front of the mirror (yes, every club has at least one). And then, just when you think you’ve got a handle on ‘Gasy
If you’re not a rug-cutter yourself, sit back with a Three Horse Beer and watch all the girls line up and bust their moves in front of the mirror (yes, every club has at least one). And then, just when you think you’ve got a handle on ‘Gasy clublife… Glenn Miller – ‘In The Mood’…this happens.in absolutely any club, anywhere in the country, you can guarantee that at some point the music will suddenly segue into jazz dance and the whole crowd will burst into energetic and clearly practiced swing and rock ‘n’ roll routines. Learn a few steps and you’ll probably make friends for life.
And the music isn’t just music. It’s got a big history of political power. Hiragasy troupes were used during the French colonial administration to communicate decrees. Now musos like superstar Rossy’s 1995 song “Lera.”, mobilizes popular support for political efforts.
Malagasy revere ancestors, and ignoring the dead could bring bad luck. Someone who refuses to turn the ancestors denies his identity as a Malagasy. And if the ancestors can intercede with the Creator to bless the living with wealth, health, and happiness or, if mistreated, curse them with unemployment, disease, and misery. People lead good lives so that they, too, will be honored as ancestors some day.
In some famadihanas (funeral traditions), the families take the bodies on a stroll through town, to show the ancestors what is new, and introduce them to children born since they left the tomb. The thinking is that, to help the living, the dead must be familiar with their lives.
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In Memory of W.G Robertson
Ringed by golden beaches and palm trees Madagascar - the 8th continent- is the fourth-largest island in the world.
Madagascar promises lush rainforests and rugged, ravine-riven mountains teeming with lemurs and other unique species found nowhere else in the world.
Madagascar promises crystal-clear seas with beautiful, untouched palm-fringed beaches. It promises culturally exotic people with laid-back island-style friendliness. It promises the freshest most sumptuous seafood spreads and deliciously strong local rum cocktails.
Resplendent with grassy plateaus, to volcanoes. Seething with opaque forests and natural reserves, Madagascar dazzles with its rich wildlife. Many of its unique species are found nowhere else on earth. biodiversity wise. Madagascar is one of a kind.
Madagascar isn’t just a country. It is a state of mind, and you got to get yourself into it. Travelers need to feel the heat, taste the buzz. It’s not just marketing and monkeys.
Local legend says that the Vazimba, a race of white pygmies were the first Malagasy. But it was the Malay-Polynesians, who crossed the Indian Ocean, along with their rice, in the sixth century.
In the ninth century, Marco Polo pulled into Madagascar and found that the East African slaves, Arab, Indian, Dutch, British traders, and French colonists had turned Mad into THE major trading power in the western Indian Ocean.
So much so, that when the European governments were just saying no to piracy in the Caribbean, more than 1000 English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, American and other pirates contributed booty, buried treasure, and genes to the island’s population. It was a fantastic base to attack ships rounding the Cape of Good Hope.
Madagascar Tour Quiz
How many animal species?
How many endemic species of butterfly?
10 000 - 90% are found nowhere else in the world.
More than 100 kinds of tropical birds that exist nowhere else in the world.
And the biggest bird was?
10-foot tall ostrich, weighing 1,000 pounds which laid 20-pound eggs.
Whether you are into wildlife or nightlife, magical, malodorous Madagascar is the land that time forgot.
Larger than California and the size of France Madagascar is home to some seriously unique, sometimes downright bizarre, evolutionary oddities. It’s the planet’s most biologically diverse island. From dancing lemurs to absurdly colourful chameleons,
From dancing lemurs to absurdly colourful chameleons, geckos, and lizards; tenrecs, spiny hedgehog-like creatures that communicate with its young by vibrating its spines.
Flightlessness, fearlessness, gigantism, dwarfism, and survival of ancient species all happened here in this evolutionary laboratory. 160 million years ago, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America were united in the supercontinent Gondwana, until it split up.
Left alone – with no carnivores or omnivores to deal with, Madagascar went it’s own unique way. Like
Like Lemur’s, which are found nowhere else on the planet! If Some 45 species of lemurs live here from the world’s smallest primate, weighing about 1 ounce, to a lemur the size of a Gorilla.
The thing is, humans quickly went to work on the island’s lemurs, reducing the number of species by at least 15. So you need to get there soon.
Madagascar is also the world’s leading example of conservation. In spite of extraordinary pressures from a poor population that relies heavily on forest burning for basic subsistence.
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South Africa – few can rival South African soul in the townships. Today we explore Kwa-Zulu Natal. Walking the paths of some of the greatest leaders.
It’s another world and another time. This is part of the old Africa, where the amaZulu ruled unchallenged, a place of beaded headdresses and rawhide shields, beehive huts, and a lifestyle that properly belongs to the great age of Shaka.
Gain an insight into the amaZulus’ traditional way of life their beliefs, crafts, songs and dances at Shakaland, the open-air museum near Eshowe
This is the oldest town in Zululand. Shakaland is also the oldest Zulu Cultural Village in Zululand, originally built as a scenery for the movie “Shaka Zulu”.
It’s been converted into a Zulu homestead with thatched beehive houses arranged in a circle around the central cattle kraal. Visitors stay in beehive houses, with all the modern conveniences.
The village overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake offers the true Zulu cultural experience and traditions, including pottery, beadwork, beer making and tasting as well as magnificent foot-stomping, ground shaking demonstrations of traditional Zulu dance.
Assegai-wielding warriors will teach you how to fight. You can also witness the age-old methods of making spears and shields, skills that are to a large extent disappearing. This is one of the few men who still know how to make the broad stabbing spear introduced by King Shaka. A memorable part of the tour is the spear throwing and stick-fighting demonstrations.
The Memorable Adventures of Zululand
The Kwa-Zulu Natal province is rooted in the legacy of the Zulu nation. There are ample opportunities to explore the fascinating world of the Zulu’s.
There are many private as well as provincial game reserves showcasing the abundance of biodiversity in the region. You get an authentic safari experience and a historical viewpoint through the battlefield routes of the historical town, Vryheid which has tea plantations and cattle ranches,
The Battlefields Route is significant as it was is where there were historical clashes between Zulu, Brit, and Boer (farmer). The Kwa Zulu Natal battlefield region extends from Thukela river at Dolphin coast to Richards Bay further in the north to Paulpietersburg.
Paulpietersburg is 50hm to the north and links the inland of South Africa with the coast of Zululand. This town is widely known for sulfur springs and therapeutic spas.
The major attractions are Zulu culture, birdlife, and many nature and game reserves.
Zulu culture is all over South Africa, but not as poignant as the Zulu kingdom.
Visitors can feel and taste true Zulu hospitality in dance, food, and song. There is an opportunity to become part of authentic Zulu weddings, assist with chores in the village and even visit a local sangoma (traditional healer).
You can take an ox-wagon visit to the Zulu beehive huts. Or even explore local shebeens, traditional medicine outlets. You get to learn how locals adapt age-old traditions into modern living.
A Zululand heritage experience is by stopping at Melmoth ‘where the legend King Shakas was born ‘the Valley of Kings’
The Emakhosini Valley is the site of graves of many Zulu Kings
The Zululand Birding Route has 650 recorded species of birds. The Dlinza Nature Reserve is a popular spot for birding.
Vast nature and game reserves from subtropical forest reserves along the coast as well as game reserves further north