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
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#
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.