ONLY IN TANZANIA – PART 2

The Journey Continues – Endemic and Endangered in  the heart of motherland Africa – Tanzania

Why Safari in Tanzania? The question pounded on. My journey, my search continued.

 

I clearly affirmed in Exploring the splendor of Tanzania – ‘Journey into all dimensions delving into the mystics and wonders of the heart of ‘Motherland Africa’ Tanzania.

My personal quest launched:


Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
We are situated on the road between three major hotels Sunrise, Kipepeo, and South Beach in Kigamboni , a fifteen minute ferry ride from Dar es Salaam. A walkaway to the beach we are ready to welco...

10 Endemic Primates in Tanzania

  1. Rondo Dwarf Galago

    Rondo Dwarf Galago

Arkive species - Rondo dwarf galago (Galagoides rondoensis) These are rare and highly endangered animals found only in Tanzania. They weigh 60 grams and they continue to decline in threatened forests.The Rondo Dwarf Galago is classified into 25 of the most endangered species in the whole world.

The animal is losing its habitat due to forest fires and deforestation. This particular species has no conservation program to maintain them and few Tanzanians know of their existence.

2. Mountain Dwarf Galago

Mountain Dwarf galagoes are found in the Udzungwa Mountain National Park, the Udzungwa scarp forest reserve in Tanzania as well as Taiti Hills forest reserve Kenya. Their main threat is loss of habitat due to deforestation and conversion of the land for agriculture.

3. Zanzibar Red Colobus

Arkive species - Kirk’s red colobus (Procolobus kirkii) Endemic to Zanzibar (Unguja), they are mainly found in the southeast, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park as well as the agricultural area in the south. In Mangrove swamps and coral thickets in the southwest.

4. Abbots duiker

A large forest antelope found exclusively in Tanzanian Forest Mountains. They are called ‘Minde’ in the local language Kiswahili. This antelope is a rare Duiker in  Africa.

Due to hunting and deforestation, it is endangered  and is under protection of private and national companies

They are located in the humid, high sections of the Kilimanjaro, Usambara Mountains,  the Ilole forest as well as the Rubeho Mountains. They can also be located in the  high evergreen peaks of  forest hills

5.  Pemba Flying Fox (ARKive)

Arkive species - Pemba flying fox (Pteropus voeltzkowi) The Pemba flying fox is one of the highly endangered species in the country of Tanzania.

The Pemba flying fox is a highly endangered in Tanzania. It is a large bat that weighs between 400 to 650 grams. It feeds on  flowers and fruits and  lives in the forests, mangroves, and graveyards

Found on in Tanzania on Pemba island, when the population in Pemba grew the species subsided. The population is now increasing as they are learning to adapt and live near people

6.The Desperate shrew

 

This species, rare small located in the  Udzungwe Mountains southern The rare small animal, the shrew, is disappearing due to deforestation in these areas. They are found in only in the ideal climate of Tanzania.

7. Gray-faced Sengi(ARKive).

Arkive species - Grey-faced elephant-shrew (Rhynchocyon udzungwensis) Grey-faced elephant-shrew are larger than other shrews and are sparse in color with glossy stiff fur.

8.The Kipunji(ARKive)

Arkive species - Kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji) The Kipunji is an  Old World monkey species that living in  Highland Tanzania forests. The kipunji  ‘honk-bark’ call , distinguishing it from  close relatives.

9.The Sanje Mangabey (ARKive)

Arkive species - Sanje mangabey (Cercocebus sanjei) The Sanje mangabey is an endangered Old World monkey of the white-eyelid mangabey Tanzania group. They are 5 to 65 centimeters in length and weighs about seven to nine kilograms, they are greyish in color. They live forests on ground-dwelling and are threatened by poaching and to hunting.

10. Demon African Mole Rat (Mammals of Tanzania)

Mammals of Tanzania

The demon mole rat is solitary. communicates seismically to other mole rats and predators by head banging its burrow.

 

 

There are numerous issues affecting the conservation of animals in Tanzania. These are inclusive of poverty and education, wildlife and human health, the growth of the population, pressures of sustainable development, the planning of land use, financial and technical capacity. These issues need engagement for any conservation programs to help Tanzania conserve an extraordinary environment and wildlife sector.

  • the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa(CEPF)
  • The Eastern Arc Forests (WWF)
  • Eastern Afromontane (CEPF)

Species are under several threats including fragmentation and habitat loss, conflict, natural resource management that is unsustainable and hunting. The climate changes have a negative effect on the biodiversity in Tanzania as well.

Welcome to Tanzania.  Explore the unknown. Join the Journey! Coming soon ‘Only in Tanzania’ – Part three. #EXPLOREMOTHERLANDAFRICA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only in Tanzania : All About the Ethnic Tribes of Tanzania

Tanzania on the tip of cultural tourism

When people talk about the continent of Africa, you will always hear about vast scenic landscapes, safari game drives, and the wildlife.
Undoubtedly, these are synonymous with the continent of Africa.But there is much more.....another slice of life filled with rich cultures,  enlightenment, and traditions that span over many years.

 

All about the people of Tanzania

Tanzania is rich in cultural diversity. There are approximately 120 Tanzanian ethnic groups. Then there are immigrants from the rest of the world as well.

The native tribes are predominantly of Bantu origin and represent 95% of the inhabitants in Tanzania.

Then there are Nilotic speakers and hunter-gatherer descendants.  Europeans, Asians, and Arabs consist of below 1 %. Each ethnic group has a unique language, culture, and social structure.

The largest of the ethnic groups are the Sukuma. They represent approximately 13% of the Tanzania population. The other groups each represent less than 5 %. Ethnicity reflects geographic areas.

Tanzania has never had inter- ethnic conflicts in contrast to other parts of Africa. The main reason could be that Tanzania has many groups of which none predominates. Ethnic identities have weakened over decades,

Two of the largest ethnic groups are culturally and linguistically related.  These are the Sukuma and Nyamwezi in the western part of Tanzania.

Sukuma

Largest ethnic group in Tanzania.The Sukuma are the people of the ‘North'. They are in the northwestern part of Tanzania concentrated on the Lake Victoria southern shores. The Sukuma language has Niger-Congo roots
Sukuma

“The wind does not break a tree that bends” – Sukuma proverb 

Nyamwezi

The Nyamwezi are the second largest ethnic group in Tanzania.They are an ethnic group that migrated from Central Africa.Their ancestral homeland is in the Tabora Region, Shinyanga Region, Singida Region and the Katavi Region. Nyamwezi is Swahili in origin translating into "people of the moon" and also means"people of the west". 


 
Chagga
From the southern Mount Kilimanjaro slopes in the north east of Tanzania, the Chagga are the third largest of ethnic groups in Tanzania. They believe in integrating hardships as building blocks off success  and speak three dialects
chagga

Chagga Proverb
Swahili: Usipopata taabu hujawa mtu.
English :Suffering is prior to attaining success or perfection.

Hadzabe tribe

The Hadzabe tribe lives remotely in caves apart from other people around Lake Eyasi. 
Hadzabe's, also called  'Hadza’s' are Africa hunter-gatherers. The Hadza wanderers  do not keep livestock or even grow food. They wander in groups. Each day starts with bows and arrows ,hunting and foraging fruits and veggies.
Hadzabe
Iraqw tribe

The Iraqw, of cushitic origin are located in the Mbulu highlands. They are withdrawn group that grows their own food and tend cattle.They avoid selling animals or crops unless it is crucial.
Haya 
Located in the Kagera,Tanzania.The Haya language is a Bantu language dialect. Originally known to be skilled metal workers. The modern age of Haya people are cultivators.Traditionally the Haya lived in dwelling in a shape of a beehive without any walls but thatched from the roof to the ground.
  1. Mtowa Mbu are from the  Lake Manyara, a diverse Arusha tribe in the entrance to the Manyara national park. Visitors get to see local produce from palm oil, baskets, papyrus mats and banana beers . 
    Visiting the Wakurya Boma from in the west of Serengeti brings an experience of the traditional Wakurya lifestyles and food with traditional dancing and even possible traditional healer visits.
  2. Maasai                                                                  A Nilotic ethnic group that is native to Kenya and Tanzania. They are mainly herders. The  Maasai culture has remained unaltered involving a rich oral songs and literature .
  3. Masaai
    The Digo                                                                A Muslim tribe living in the north of Tanzania and east of Kenya,they are concentrated on the Northern Tanzania coastal strip on  Pangani River fertile plains  between the Indian Icean and Usambara Mountains. Fishing, farming and trading are main income sources.The Digo are talented in song storytelling and song rituals  .

 

Other Tanzanian Tribes-

Makonde, Kwaya, Gweno, Hehe, Ha, Ikoma, Mande, Akiek, Kamba, Alagwa, Gorowa, Balouch, Bembe, Kisi, Kutu, Kwavi, Luo, Luguru, Bende, Magoa,  Dhaiso, Zaramo, Yao, Zulu, Zinza, Zyoba Ware, Timbuka, Wanda Zigula, Swahili, Tutsi Twa, Vinza Nyaturu, Nindi Ngoni, Kerewe, Ndonde,Kimbu and many more.


Karibu ! Welcome to Tanzania…..

 

ONLY IN TANZANIA! PART ONE: Why choose Tanzania as a travel destination?

Recently in a conversation with an eager traveler on the lookout for the best Safari, I was asked, why Tanzania?  A good Safari is just that, anywhere. I could not answer him. It was not a single line answer for a short conversation.  I thought about it for several days........What will you get 'Only in Tanzania'. What are the unique aspects of Tanzania?

Why travel to Tanzania?


Why choose to safari in Tanzania? Well, it is the beginning of creation?

Why ? I embarked on a journey to gather myriads of reasons. And there are much more. An eternal series.

There is so much unique to ‘just Tanzania’. We have birds, trees, fish, mammals and even butterflies that you will see only in Tanzania!

Let’s talk about Tanzania.

As I clearly spelt out in ‘Exploring the splendor of Tanzania’, my echo continues ………….

‘Journey into all dimensions delving into the mystics and wonders of the heart of ‘Motherland Africa’: Tanzania

On a general  fact and  figures note :
We have the mainland, previously known as  ‘Tanganyika’  just after Independence when it merged with Zanzibar and became known as Tanzania.
  • Tanzania, the mainland together with the island of Pemba and Zanzibar cover  945,200 sq.km.
  • The agricultural country Tanzania has 40 million hectares of arable land
  •  It is abundant in natural resources including minerals, flora, and fauna.
  • The Ngorongoro Crater (3,647 meters) is  the largest in the entire world and has the largest concentration of animal species
  • Lake Tanganyika is second deepest and  the longest and second deepest lake in the world
  • Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa
  •  Lake Victoria the second largest lake in the world.
  • There are also other lakes such as Lake Nyasa, Lake Rukwa, Lake Eyas and Lake Natron that pieces up the inland water to 60,000 sq.km
  • Tanzania has  coastal line of that is unbroken for approximately 800 kilometers. The ideal beach getaway.
  • Tanzania portions part of biodiversity spots:

  • the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa(CEPF)
  • Eastern Afromontane (CEPF)
  • The Eastern Arc Forests (WWF)
  • aCoastal East Africa (FEOW)
  • World’s three richest lakes for endemic freshwater fish species

  • Lake Victoria (FEOW)
  • Lake Tanganyika(FEOW)
  • Lake Malawi (FEOW).
Lake Victoria

All you can find in Tanzania and nowhere else!

citizen report announced that 27  new endemic species of animals were discovered, exclusive to Tanzania. Not anywhere else in the world but in Tanzania’s the Eastern Arc Mountains.

The biological potential was an instant qualification to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Scientists from the Italian Science Museum advocating range inclusion in the Unesco list spent an entire decade surveying the mountains in Tanzania. Twenty-seven  vertebrate species were found in the forests new to  science and fourteen other species discovered that were unknown before

UdzungwaMountains forests in the south-central of Tanzania,  researchers found a multitude species whose confined to the Eastern Arc mountain range,  A curious chameleon species was of three newly discovered reptiles belonging to genus Kinyongia. A Mahege Mountains discovery.

The geologically ancient mountains and forests persistence of forests for millions of years result in extraordinary living forms.

It is an important site existing in Africa for vertebrate forms. Some of these species are one hundred million years old and are evidence of forest stability and unique evolutionary history of the mountains.

Red Colobus Monkey

We have a list of mammal and tree species endemic to Tanzania, and probably much more will be discovered.

Explore Motherland Africa – Tanzania will continue posts in the  ‘ Only in Tanzania’  stream in a discovery of all the unique features in the heart of The Motherland -Tanzania!

Tanzania butterfly

 

 

 

 

Why Visit Mbeya in Tanzania?

Take a Step Back in Time………..

 Hike up Livingstone Mountain, and visit Mbozi meteorite stones.The 8th largest meteorites in the world dating back thousands of years ago
There are hot water springs and bat caves of a fort 200 years old.
In the south-west of Tanzania, there is a town called Mbeya. Travelling overland from the neighboring land of Zambia, this is the first urban settlement you will see.
Mbeya is a major transit and trade junction between Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania.

 

Mbeya is a town located in south-west Tanzania. The thriving town of Mbeya sprawls in the  Loleza Peak (2656m) shadow. It is located between the mountain range of Mbeya in the north and the Poroto mountains in the South East.

The scenic lush, mountainous area is a farming region for tea, coffee, walking and cocoa and bananas. The cool climate walking and botanical excursions and scenic viewing of the hills are an undiscovered ‘travel in Tanzania’ destination.

 
Mbeya is a magnificent landscape of Tanzania, a creation of relief forms from African Rift Valley volcanic eruptions, which lies towards the south-west of Dar-es-Salaam.
Mbeya offers a range of activities from safari's, fishing and hiking mountains

There is fresh,pure and clear water in river catchments near the Poroto and Tukutu mountains.
Natural flower gardens make great botanical excursions

 

  • Mbeya Peak
  • Tea plantations
  • Utengule Coffee Plantation
  • Kaporogwe falls
The climb up to the Mbeya peak reaches 2,826m is steep and takes approximately three hours. Across the mountain, slopes willed the luscious indigenous flowers with a sparkle of colorful butterflies.
 The Ngozi Crater Lake in the south of Mbeya towards Lake Malawi and Tukuyu. The footpath winds through a bamboo jungle with trees and wild bananas where colorful birds and mesmerizing little mammals hide amongst the thick vegetation.
The climb of one hour will bring you to the rim of the crater for magnificent views of the Kiwira Natural Bridge and stunning waterfalls.
The Kiwira was miraculously created by the fast flowing river. It is known as ‘Daraja la Mungu’ by locals meaning the Bridge of God.
Rungwe Mountain is at a peak of 2960m and it is the highest in the south of Tanzania. The active volcano for over million years dominates the entire area surrounding Tukuya. The cast forestland with rocky terrain and upland scrub is uninhabited and has occasional visits.
The scenic Matema Beach is a 130km drive away from Mbeya. The winding road passes through tea estates and high mountains before descending on the Lake Malawi tropical shores.
There are trips with local fisherman to the village where there is unique pottery and nearby the mouth of the river, crocodiles, and hippos are spotted. The Sisi Kwa Sisi community is an exploration of the roots of rural life in Africa.
Sisi Kwa Sisi

There are daily buses from Ubungu Bus station that take approximately ten hours and railway services as well

 

 

Getting ready for a backpacking venture in Tanzania

With its natural landscapes of wonder,the blessed land of Tanzania is one unforgettable destination to set foot on in the world. 




It is not extremely expensive, but there is so much to do. This leaves you yearning to experience all you can, that can leave your wallets undernourished and the magnetism will leave you craving to come back.

Get Budget Wise in a Smart sense

 

The Venture to Travel Africa – Tanzania

A ‘must have’ trip to Tanzania can include mountain climbing, safaris, city bustling excitement and beach relax escapades. The ideal backpacking trip venture can include reaching the highest summit to the wilderness of Serengeti in the north until chimpanzees at the Gombe national park in the west.

The Tanzanian journey for most and many begin in the city of Dar-es-Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, a natural start for a tour around  Tanzania.

It is a fascinating mixture of cultures. Dar-es-Salaam is a compelling insight into city life in Africa.  The Kariakoo market is jam-packed with an allure of remarkable food and exotic products. Dance and nightclub joints leave you thumping to East African beats of Tanzania

There are cities in the north and the south of Dar-es-Salaam where you find camping and beach relaxation points. It is recommended to get in tune with Tanzania in the city a few days before jetting off to the natural wonders beyond the buzzing city life.

Trekking and Wildlife in Tanzania- The North

The essence of a  travel in Africa is an experience of rich unique nature and wildlife.  The northern side is where Mount Kilimanjaro the highest summit in Africa is located and amazing sightings along the way. A week can be dedicated to climbing the mountain.  On route up, there are cabins and camps to spend nights and rest. It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro at any fitness or temperature level. Reaching the top can be tedious but exhilarating!

Safari in Tanzania

We have ample opportunities in Northern Tanzania to experience fascinating wildlife on a safari tour. There are alternatives to the known and most visited parks like Serengeti National Park. One is the Arusha National Park, between Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.

Arusha National Park has a wide variety of flora and fauna that differs from the Serengeti National Park. It has savannah, marshes, and forests. The highlights include the  Ngurdoto Crater,  Mount Meru and  Momela Lakes.

Mount Meru is the alternative to climbing Kilimanjaro. A unique opportunity to explore abundant wildlife. There are buffaloes, elephants, zebras,  antelopes, monkey and bird types and leopards too.

There is a wide range of Safari options including the Lake Manyara National Park. The park has teeming hippos and gains its fame for masses of flamingos.

Another highlight is tree climbing lions. Spend a  tent night camp and the evening can be spent absorbing and reflecting on the mesmerising day experiences and watch the sunset in a backdrop of huge baobab trees.

If you decide to travel through the west of Tanzania, chimpanzees in Gombe are the highlight in the Gombe Stream National Park. The park is near the border of Burundi near the Tanganyika lake and the only pathway there is a boat ride to the deepest Africa continent endeavor.

Jane Goodall researched chimp behavior in Tanzania since 1960.  Chimpanzee sightings are special experiences. Baboons and monkey sightings, as well as approximately 200 bird species, can be possible in Gombe. There are many options of accommodation in lodges and lakeside camps or the permanent campsites.

The Remote Wild of Tanzania: Kalambo and Katavi

Close by Lake Tanganyika next to the Zambia border is the Kalambo waterfalls. These are the second highest in Africa, 235 m tall.  Visit Kalambo in conjunction with a trip to the Katavi National Park. The least visited because of it so so remote. Great opportunities to see wildlife. Katavi, a river delta has may elephants, hippos, and crocodiles

Serengeti

The highlights include the mesmerizing annual migration of the wildebeests in Serengeti. The south Serengeti and moving to northern Kenya as well as the Maasai Mara from about August to September. Safaris are in the range of $300 for about three or four days if you carefully plan.

Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro with its snow-capped peak is a drawing card on a note. Experts say that the top glacier with the iconic snowcap will melt away by 2020, so get a move on to experience the soon to be the extinct wonder! The costs are between $850 and 5000 depending mainly on your willingness to rough it up.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar, the spice island in the world apart from the mainland of Tanzania, it is a hidden Arabic alcove, and if you ignore the five-star hotels, you can experience the island that is forgotten by time. Blue waters and giant tortoises together with food markets to making your mouth water in a full moon party.

Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater has more animals than you can imagine. It is brutally something else. Even months can pass by in a heartbeat in Tanzania.

The Tanzania  Backpackers Budget

  •  $30 to  $40 per day  excluding Safaris and climbing Kilimanjaro
  • Food: expect to spend $4 for each meal on the street and about $ 3 to $5 at semi décor cafés. Accommodation ranges from $10 to $15 dollars per night
  • Transport: Buses are about  3 dollars for an hour of travel, but it is common for them to be late
  • Zanzibar is almost 100  percent Islamic and culturally sensitive with dress and behavior. The mainland is more of a mixture but cultural awareness remains key.

There is Visa and MasterCard ATMs  in most of the major towns and cities, visa is at $50 and are available when you land at the airports

Travel to Tanzania and start changing life and influencing others breaking free from to ‘real world’ padlocks in the wastelands that drown magnificence.

Geplaatst door Shabani Mpita op maandag 22 mei 2017

Reaching The Highest Point in Africa – Kilimanjaro

 

Kilimanjaro is the tallest and the most famous mountain in the continent of motherland  Africa.
Mount Kilimanjaro is in the north of Tanzania, located in the Kilimanjaro National Park.

tanzania-kilimanjaro

All About Kilimanjaro: The  Top of Africa

Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano which has three separate volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo, where the Uhuru summit is located.

Kibo is dormant but it is not extinct.  Three hundred and sixty years ago, the last eruption from Kibo occurred. Volcanic activity that occurred  two hundred years back and resulted in the ash pit (that is visible from the Uhuru Peak)

Hikers journey through five differing ecosystems – from alpine desert to rainforest right up to the arctic snowcap. Climbing 19,340 feet up is undoubtedly an empowering adventure of note.

 Approximately 35,000 people launch to climb each year. The number of people that actually reach the top of the summit remains an elusive statistic.

The “Kili” climbs can take between five and nine days, depending on the route you choose and the time you have for the mission and reach the altitude.

There is a total of  Kilimanjaro routes. Three routes from the south including, Machame, Marangu and Umbwe , two routes from the west – Lemosho and Shira, from the  North-East Rongai.  Another option is the Northern Circuit approaching from the with Lemosho as the starting point, and circles around the north  following a summit passage through Gilman’s Point.

The first successful Kilimanjaro expedition took place 125 years ago. In October 1889, mountain climbers on a mission to reach the peak conquered the Mount Kilimanjaro after forty years of previous attempts.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the most iconic peak in the world.

 The Venture to Kilimanjaro

Snow capped and close to the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro attracts climbers from all over the globe. Reaching Africa’s highest point is a challenge many seek to undertake. Why?

It is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest freestanding mountain.

Open plains rise up to touch soaring clouds with snow capped peaks at an elevation of 5895m.

Every ecological system existing in the world can be found on the mountain from tropical crops to cultivated slopes, lush forests n wild animals. Cactus like plantations, giant lobelia lies in above the forest. A saddle stretches between the Mawezi and Kobo peaks.

Cactus like plantations, giant lobelia lies in above the forest. A saddle stretches between the Mawezi and Kobo peaks.

The roof of Africa is a wonderland of magnificent beauty.

Kilimanjaro is an accessible summit. The Kobo peak can be reached without any special mountaineering equipment or climbing experience. A determination with proper clothing is all that is needed. The climb takes about six days with about five overnight stays in tents or mountain huts.
Gillman’s point is the lower peak on Kobo and Uhuru peak is the highest point. Spectacular glacier views and a wide crater.It is unforgettable triumph point expedition.

 Main tips to take note off.

  • Tourists need to register and climb with a licensed guide.
  • Kilimanjaro is not as easy as literature reads out. The trail is steep and sections are filled with boulders that are two foot high
  • Altitude sickness can affect the fittest.

Knowing all these tips many venture for the  climb again to make it to the absolute top of Kilimanjaro

If you ever make it take a Kilimanjaro expedition, it is the most beautiful place that you will ever reach. It is pushing

The clearest night sky and willowy grass and the second peak loom ominously and untouched as it is an impossible climb.

There is much more along the way to Uhuru. It is about pushing yourself to the limits to gorgeous views from Uhuru, the summit of the Kibo peak.  The entire climb takes you into another world.


  

 

Tanzania – The beginning of Creation!

Always a nudging urge to come to Tanzania?  Maybe it is an inner ‘calling’ to go back to your roots???

Located in the east of Africa, Tanzania is made of a flat plateau, rising from a coast belt at an average height of 1500m. The plateau is segmented by the twenty million-year-old Great Rift Valley.

The Great Rift from outer space resembles two parallel lines that run down Africa. It cuts a 2000m deep tough on the continent of Africa all the way from the Dead Sea to the land of Mozambique.

The main branch of the Rift Valley bisects Tanzania. The Western part of the Rift valley consists of the Tanzania Congo border. 

It initially formed about 20 million years ago when the crust of the earth crust weakened and tore apart. 

The jagged rift that was created stretched for many thousands of kilometres down East Africa.

 The plate of earth tearing caused earthquakes and eruptions with formations of volcanic mountains on all sides of the rift and the floor of the valet sank lower forming flat plains.

We have clear indications that Tanzania is rooted in the 'beginning of creation'

Tanzania was home to the ‘Great Apes’ .The settlements were unearthed by archaeologists. In Northern Tanzania, around ‘the cradle of mankind’, Olduvai Gorge, came the discovery of stone tools. Discovered by Louis Leakey after the rocks were taken to Germany from a 1913 expedition to Olduvai. The oldest form of human technology was discovered in Olduvai Gorge.

Discovered by Louis Leakey after the rocks were taken to Germany from a 1913 expedition to Olduvai. The oldest form of human technology was discovered in Olduvai Gorge.

Paranthropus Boise discovered in Tanzania is said to be over 1.8 million years old. Then there were fossils of Homo habilis fossils were subsequently made. Nearby Laetoli was where the oldest hominid footprints were discovered by Mary Leakey around 1978 was estimated to be 3.6 million years old. Tracking back to 10000 years, Tanzania was made of main hunter-gatherers, that are assumed to have been people who were

Tracking back to 10000 years, Tanzania was made of main hunter-gatherers, that are assumed to have been people who were Khoisan-speaking. About 3000 – 6000 year ago Cushitic-speaking coming from the north arrived who introduced basic agriculture techniques together with food production, and eventually cattle farming.

At about 2000 years, back Bantu-speaking people migrated from West Africa. At a later stage, Nilotic pastoralists immigrated until the 18th century. One of the most important archaeological sites in Tanzania is Engaruka located in Great Rift Valley with a cultivation and irrigation system.

Welcome home. Tour Africa, our motherland. Karibu!

The Calling to Travel Africa – might just be linked to genes embedded in your DNA?

There are a few people that are content in their current destination and city, the home they live and everything in their immediate surroundings.
And then all the rest, restless wanderers that cannot be stagnant people.Those that always carry a passport, just in case!




															

 Curiosity and Travel Genes

Call it curiosity, call it love for travel, the common urge is a hunger for exploration. This cannot easily be quenched irrespective of the neverending journeys embarked on.

It is concluded that the origin of human life is the continent of motherland Africa.   Studies have linked the love of travel to be DNA embedded.  The DRD4-7R gene. People that carry DRD4-7R, have historical links to traveling.

DRD4-7R is correlated to increased restlessness and curiosity levels of “curiosity and restlessness”.

This gene could have been the determining factor that caused pre-historic man migrate out of the motherland Africa, the origin of humankind 

Passed down from generation to generation the gene is prevalent in travelers furthest from the motherland of Africa, the birthplace of humans. Civilizations that diverge further from Africa are more susceptible carriers of the restless and curiosity gene. The calling of their  African ancestors to lay footsteps in the motherland?

 

As National Geographic supported findings found the  DRD4-7r gene linked to the passion for travel.Carriers of this gene are likely to explore the destination, take risks;  embark on f testing new foods ideas, foods.They embrace the movement, change, and adventure.

So there you have it.

No escaping the calling to travel.

#ExploreMotherlandAfrica. These are the telling signs.

  • It is not merely a Safari anymore. You will surely be magnetized to return.
  • Safaris in East Africa have always been prioritized for generations.  And undoubtedly, all need a Safari experience in this lifetime but is not entirely the only African venture to plan. There is much more. The air route proliferation and travel infrastructure make getting around the continent a breeze.
  • The divergent climates, landscapes, the ocean, the bush, deserts, and cities all reachable with flights or are a drive away. Combinations of Journeys exclusive to Africa.
Head off to the island of Madagascar or visit  Uganda. Stroll with lions in Tanzania on a walking Safari . Or taste the best wines in the Franschhoek or Stellenbosh in South Afric a near the ever popular Cape Town.  Start planning the trip you desire because you will definitely want to return

 

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Traveling to Tanzania? Plan the Safari and Beach Holiday of a Lifetime

From wildlife enthusiasts to beach escapade lovers, and those with a keen interest in the never-ending and historical cultures of Africa (the root of creation), all seek to devour experience in an African essence!

Do you have an urge to land in Africa? Do not delay reaching your dreams. Check out the best available flights available for your safari holiday today!

Explore the dynamics of Tanzania

Where do we begin to define Tanzania?  There are so many aspects, the sightings, the people, the culture and much more. 

Looking for cheaper accommodation with value?

How about considering to stay with locals for a wider and genuine sense in true root exploration?

The natural heritage is apparent in the fact that close to a quarter if the landscape (23%) is allocated to game reserves and national parks.

The East Africa Safari Capital – Arusha

Tanzania has a wide range of astonishing animal kingdoms. The start of safari trips can begin with the Serengeti wild plains.  Then there is Olduvai Gorge, the marking of man’s first steps on earth.

Natural beauty in Tanzania is all over, from Lake Manyara to the Ngorongoro crater.  The contrast to flat plains is Africa’s tallest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The long coastline in Tanzania welcomes any beach getaways.

 

Alleyways of Zanzibar

The capital of Zanzibar, StoneTown, reveals vintage Arabian architecture alongside the Indian Ocean, offering a spectrum of opportunities from snorkeling to diving, sailing away or fishing.

You can even swim along with the dolphins! Relaxing comes naturally in dazzling the sunshine and beaches embraced with warm waters.

Wildlife Safaris

The game reserves and national parks are world famous. The Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Mount Kilimanjaro have excellent facilities and many visitors.

Other parks that rarely see visitors may not be as filled with amenities but are most definitely worth the visit. Many opt for organized safaris with safari lodges or tented camps in the safari package deal. The cheaper way is actual campsites and game drives with adapted vehicles and a field guide.

 

Taking along bird and wildlife books will add to the experience. Animals can be spotted in early morning times or late afternoons as many are asleep in the midday heat.

 

Animals are seen easily during dry seasons when surface water lack makes them gather at waterholes and rivers. The rainy seasons that occur around March to June and October to November are the times when animals are in their best condition, feeding on  fresh, new shoots. You can even get to witness’s breeding displays.

The wet season disadvantages are the thicker vegetation water availability make the wildlife more free to spread out. This can make it more it more difficult to spot them.

Driving routes often include time at waterholes where you get to indulge in the sound of the bush, experiencing nature in full rhythm as you view game moving the water.

The reserves and game parks are well organized and following rules will definitely ensure a stay that will be enjoyable.

Rules at Game Parks when on Safari

  • Keep on roads that are well marked. driving off-road can be harmful as oil and smoke cause destruction of grass and soil erosion
  • Stay away from park areas that are closed or roads that are closed. Entrance and exits are through authorized gates.
  • Stay in the vehicle for safety. You are only allowed to leave the vehicle at designated picnic sites and walking trails.
  • Stick to opening hours of the park. During the nights stay at campsites or lodges.
  • Do not harass animals. Keep the noise down and do not scare them away with flashlights or sudden movements.Do not whistle or call out!c Never chase the animals and remember that they always have right of way
  • Do not try to feed animals. The food you give may make them ill, and once animals like elephants learn getting food from humans is a possibility they can become dangerously aggressive on a search for food.
  • If camping out at night keep your food safely so animals do not gain access
  •  Do not litter of loiter. Cigarette butts or used matches can increase the risk of fires and some animals may eat anything they can in dry seasons.
  • Do not disturb others, they have the same rights as you to enjoy their natural wonders on their safari. If you see a stationary vehicle and are interested in what they see do not hinder their sight or field to photograph in. Wait your turn at the prime viewing.
  • Turn the engine off when watching the game at close range.
  • Keep speeding limits of 50km per hour. Speeding will damage surfaces, case noise and also risks running over animals.
  • Wild animals can be dangerous despite their beauty. Their reactions can be unpredictable. Do not expose yourself to unnecessary risks.

The benefits and the greatest assets of tourism are vast coral reef areas that spread from south of the equator and hug the coastline and the surrounding islands. The coral formations house over three thousand species of different marine animals as well as plants.

Explore Activities in Tanzania

Spreading the light of freedom in Tanzania- The UHURU Torch Race

The race was initiated in 1964 Julius Nyerere introduces an annual race.  On the eve of independence The Uhuru (freedom) torch, was taken to the peak of Kilimanjaro.

Youth groups carry the Uhuru (freedom torch) all over the country spreading hope and love and respect and fading away enmity, despair, and hatred. Runners from all over the world gather in celebration of Tanzania’s independence. It is a race that will always stay.   The  Uhuru Torch marathon takes 195 days and climaxes on the 14th October commemoration the death of the first Tanzanian president. Julius Nyerere. It covers 31 regions across the 195 councils in Tanzania and inaugurates development projects

Diving and Riding, Safari Balloon, Hiking and Climbing, Birding and Watersports in Tanzania

Diving

Diving areas in Tanzania are on the islands of Pemba as well as Mafia and Zanzibar islands during dramatic drop-offs.

The mainland of Tanzania, divers recommend the islands offshore. The best diving times are from October to April before the rainy season and river outflows.   There are dive resorts and centers to consult with as well.

Many offer diving courses in German, French, and Italian as well as English.  The costs range in price and lower if book multiple sessions.

In Zanzibar, there is the Discover Scuba option to experience diving as a once off fun escapade.  Medical questionnaires and a medical certificate will be required.

Non-divers can join in on enjoying reefs by snorkeling and boats arranged by resorts on the coast.

Balloon Safari

Float and watch animals from above.  The Serengeti National park is an ideal top spot for watching animals from a balloon. The activity is organized by most parks. Taking off to the air is a rising experience as you watch the sunrise. The flight is from 60 to 90 minutes long and costs about $500 per person.

Birdwatching

For comprehensive information about endemic Tanzanian birdlife check www.tanzaniabirding.com .

Off the fine 1008 species, 22 are endemic. Birdwatching is a pastime that is popular and the activity can be a combined game viewing adventure

National parks, Usambara Mountains, and the Kilimanjaro foothills are ideal for birdwatching. Tour operators can arrange Safaris prioritized for birdwatching

Hiking and Climbing

There are numerous reserves and parks that offer the options of mountain climbing. Avid explores gain insights into attractive peaks and mountain ranges in abundance.

Kilimanjaro is the most famous and highest peak in Africa.The north and the east boast active volcanoes varying from Mount Meru to Ol Doinyo Lengai active volcano and the tamer Usambara Mountains

Then there are the gentle Crater Highland Slopes. Tour operators can put together itineraries that suit personal preferences.

If you choose higher altitudes to take it slow and allow the body to acclimatize. Bring sleeping bags and hiking boots with waterproof outer clothing to keep warm at high altitudes.

Watersports

Widely available on islands and coasts there are scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, jet skiing deep fishing sea ventures and sailing away

Deep Sea Fishing

Deep sea fishing attracts tourists in the Pemba channel.  The depth reaches 823 m and is home to  fish varieties including the Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Spearfish, The fishing season is from August to March  and customized boats are available for fishing excursions by operators

Kitesurfing

Zanzibar’s latest craze if kitesurfing and lessons are available. Afri Kite Centre in Zanzibar is at the forefront. At the Ras Nungwi beach, Kite Zanzibar takes the lead. Winds for kitesurfing is around April to November. It costs about $120 for three-hour lessons

Riding

Horse or camel riding around Moshi or Arusha includes short camel rides from Meserani Snake Park and longer horse safaris for riders that are more experienced in the Kilimanjaro foothills.

Spectator sports

Mount Kilimanjaro Marathon www.kilimanjaromarathon.com .A marathon is an annual event that starts in the town of Moshi.

Goat races

If you happen to be in DaresSalaam around late August or September , do not miss hilarious and unusual Goat races, Cheerful betting, cheering and bleating.

Football matches are around large towns. Best to check local press for updates and highlights of upcoming fixtures

Cricket , golf, squash and tennis tournaments are open to the public and held at certain clubs

 

Accomodation  in Tanzania

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Soul Journey – Volunteer in East Africa , Tanzania

Impactful Experiences in the Horizons of volunteering in Africa, Tanzania


Volunteers flock from all over the world to experience Africa and volunteer in Tanzania. Volunteers in all stages, ages, and life phases. Why?
 
Some are students that are on a summer vacation, others are teachers, others are on a break from the norms of the daily hustle and bustle careers and some are retired. Others see Tanzania as an ideal honeymoon escapade!
Most volunteers choose to stay involved even after returning to home countries and continue with fundraising, making return trips.
   
Ready to volunteer?

 Tourism by volunteering is slowly becoming a preferred way for travelers to journey to destinations they wish to explore. Volunteering allows local community involvement experiencing the essence and core of cultures in depth.

Volunteers journey on a pathway to the experience of ‘true Africa’ working hands-on with local communities and also experience the amazing wildlife, scenery, and shores of the East Africa Tanzania coastline.
Volunteering in Africa, Tanzania offers a range of activities whether it is passion or study or an interesting field.

You can choose to engage in local art communities

Teach

Assist in animal conservation

Clinics and hospitals if you are in a medical field

Music and art festivals

 Marine research.

Awaken a new spirit of consciousness, share your skills, and take home skills gained in practical knowledge and work.

 

A volunteering program will most definitely add more impact to your personal lifestyle and presence.

 

There are infinite benefits of volunteering in Tanzania, fostering world relations uplifting a solo traveler or group travelers.

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The unique experience is a pathway of joining in unison with fellow volunteers from multiple other backgrounds and can be a journey of team building and bonding with friends or family in  passion, energy, and skills.

Volunteering offers much more than a tourist experience.The Volunteer programmes on Tanzania are based on various levels, art, education,  music and life skills.
  • There are Swahili and authentic art workshops like Tinga Tinga.
  • There are various schools and healthcare volunteer timeframes can be organised with medical fraternities.
  • Women and children community groups with the key focus of development for women and linked children's homes.

1.AMAP NURSERY SCHOOL

The Africa Modern Art project was developed to teach and help support underprivileged Tanzanian youth by upholding basic human rights, giving them the opportunity to use their full potential in their communities.


Bagamoyo is an integral part of a rich artistic history over the centuries.

There are approximately ninety students with regular intake. The implementation company of AMAP is The East Africa Aid Foundation in New York and Saidi Mbungu, a local talented artist.

AMAP Nursery consists of children from 4 years to  6 years. The number of ‘after school’ children from primary school are approximately 57 in  Std 1,2,3. They are helped with school supplies, food.and uniforms

They learn English, games, art, drumming and songs.   Every Friday they walk down the beach to play.

 

 

 

The AMAP headquarters are located at the beachfront adjacent to “Posta Zamani”, the prior location of Bagamoyo’s post office and right in the heart ‘downtown’ Bagamoyo

2. Storytelling through Art

Stories were originally created for teaching each other about-about life, including birth, love, food gathering, hunting, warfare, marriage and death but also about the Creation.
The traditional way to educate about history.

 

Culture and laws were storytelling, using a combination of Arts form such as painting, singing, music and dancing to illustrate the ancient Elders had the obligation to pass the stories along, ensuring that young people build and retain a sense of who they are.

 

  • There are storytelling events that focus on African Animals. In particular Tinga Tinga artwork. The stories depict life lessons of value and culture and education. The kids will gather and tell the story through created Tinga Tinga paintings.

  • African art has played an important role in the culture and history of the world. It’s distinctive characteristics and inspirations have influenced many artists to adopt their own interpretation of the art in their own time period.

 

  • Characteristics of African art have made its way into many paintings in the Cubist period, among others. If one examines the European avant-garde artistic movement of cubism, founded mainly by Pablo Picasso, you will find many themes adapted from African art.
  • Artists are an invaluable part of every African society giving voice to the people through periods of oppression and achievement.

 

  • Turmoil on the African continent has meant the lack of flow of great traditional works across the continent in which its artists are suppressed or not provided with opportunities to develop and market their products at the true value. Tanzania is home to some of the most ancient and beautiful art in the world.

 

  • Tanzania has a remarkable position in art. Two styles became world known: Tingatinga and Makonde Popular African paintings painted with enamel paintings on canvas.

  • The motifs are usually birds, animals and flowers in colorful repetitive design Tinga Tinga is one of the many forms of Impressionism the beautiful and mysterious continent of Africa has given birth to. Unlike Western styles of Impressionism, Tinga Tinga Art gets its unique and vibrant style from the magnificent natural surroundings of Africa.

  • Artists have the freedom to use their brushes to express their thoughts in bright, eye-catching colors.

A striking feature in most of these paintings is the way the artists capture the animals of the Eastern coast of Africa, in what appears to the distorted yet a very interesting image of the original creature!


  • Preschools accommodate children from 2-5 years old.Various preschool teaching areas like basic Mathematics and English.

 

Join in on a mission to Travel in Tanzania ensuring a memorable volunteering adventure! Contact Thomas Mura or Nassoro for an itinerary in Bagamoyo and Kigamboni.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa Aesthetic Vintage Design Wonders

Get the feel of Motherland Africa, right in your home

Homes are special spaces for all. From ecstatic regular travelers and ambitious wanderers to ‘stay at home’ enthusiasts, all will agree that there is no place like home with a feel,sense and touch of the magnificent continent,our Africa.

A few can reach their dreams in travels to explore the motherland  Africa and collect journey memoirs on the pathway.

 

There is a growing need to reach out for the best Africa aura of style and comfort in every home or living space.

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It should reflect the ultimate retreat, an outlet to peacefully cuddle into peace, embracing every savoring moment, after a long day in the out in the world.

Africa is vast sprawling all the way from Morroco and Egypt in the north to the Southern tip of Africa where the two oceans meet. Each country has a unique style. The common aspect is vibrant earth tones.

The common aspect is earth tones and vibrant color splashes. Decorating African theme homes have so many options available and identifying selections is crucial as it vibrates impact on the energy and feel of individual spaces.

The root of Africa décor is the inspiration from nature. Animal wood carvings and colorful fabrics express an appreciation of cultural history.

The African dream, the African inspiration is possible with timeless piece collections in your office or home.

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Animals were and always will be a central theme in fabrics and artwork. Animals that appeal to interior designers are lions, elephants, zebras and leopards.

SCULPTURE

The possibilities are endless from carved napkin holders in animal shapes to rugs with zebra images. Black, brown, beige and white are neutral colors for walls and floors. African artwork or black and white animal photography conjures the energy and feel of virility, strength and power.

There are various textile options available from the motherland of Africa. Hand-painted batiks from Zimbabwe in tablecloths and pillowcases to placemats and table runners. Culturally rich and distinctive Mud cloth, handwoven from Mali.Wall hangings from depicting village lives. Wooden sculptures and Africa artefacts like masks, purses, pouches walking sticks and smoking pipes make decorative pieces.

Africa décor can take the form of tiling with terracotta or sandstone tiles. Concrete floors treated and stained are common in southern Africa and are cool in hot climates.

 

A home with a twist ethnic African design flair is not an impossible dream. Start with bookstores and visit museums that display Africa objects and textiles. Or travel to Africa and get an authentic feel.

Accent home-style pieces with an antique style create aesthetic living spaces with a unique hint of definition engraved from historic African root marvels. Stepping back into time in amazing energy of appreciation of creation and adds a unique touch and sense to homes.

Antique furniture from Africa has a unique appeal of richness to any home. The solid, sturdy construction define unique touch of splendor to every element of lifestyle space, be it in the form of kitchen cabinets, a dining room table, a home office desk or bedroom space and more.

 African antique furniture designs.

Africa vintage furniture adds to the realm of prideful ownership. The aura and style set forth an era of passion, embracing that “once upon a time” realm of authenticity and pureness in home décor.

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Getting Around Tanzania – Distances

Planning the ultimate Safari getaway in Tanzania? Best to evaluate distances and then plan the best combination to explore all you can.

 

196.95 km – Distance from Mikumi to Dar es Salaam

271.60 km – Distance from Ruaha to Dar es Salaam

309.63 km – Distance from Dar es Salaam to Selous Game Reserve

569.66 km – Distance from Dar es Salaam to Ngorongoro Crater

516.72 km – Distance from Dar es Salaam to Manyara

Thinking about travel to Africa and can’t afford it? Think again.

Many dream and fantasize about Africa. The ultimate destination. A perfect getaway.

Yet many times people waver it off and say 'África me? That is a dream that will stay just that'. Only a dream. Hold on.Think about it.Plan it and peruse the never-ending possibilities ahead.

Make what seems impossible possible.

How?

Stay with the locals and get an adventure at grassroots. There are many homestay opportunities and possibilities to book easily. You get local knowledge, authentic local food tastes and make the most out of the unforgettable journey.

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If you desire to travel but are not in the status of high-income cashflows, it is no problem at all. There are loads of opportunities to stay in homes.There is an abundance of information for the student as well as budget travellers.

If you are cautious about safety, everyone is and should as nothing can be 100% safe, using an online network, you get references and reviews with verification.This improves the level of safety.

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It is safer, for example, for a female travelling alone to stay with a family and kids, or another person of preference than choosing a hostel with random strangers who come in toxified at odd hours of the night.

Feel the culture. Feel the country. Feel the motherland of Africa

In a hostel, you are bound to meet other travellers. Staying in a home of a local you will get authentic experiences of the country. Choosing profiles you are more likely to link with and get on with when selecting a host.

You get a guided tour, local cuisine, with an abundance of possibilities. These extras will not always be possible in a tourist hotel or hostel.

Establishing a network of friends in Africa is about living with local families wherever you wish to in the magnificent continent of Africa.

There is accommodation in suburbs with the elite and even village and rural accommodation available.

There is a wide range of services available from couchsurfing which is a cultural exchange with no payments involved to services like Airbnb which amounts to hostel rates in an authentic local setting.It may be free but contributions in some of the other way will be expected like cleaning skills and food. Then  there is convenient platforms with a wide range of options like  HomeStay

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
We are situated on the road between three major hotels Sunrise, Kipepeo, and South Beach in Kigamboni , a fifteen minute ferry ride from Dar es Salaam. A walkaway to the beach we are ready to welco...

 

House sitting and other possibilities of exchange labour for travel are other possibilities.The time limitations impact on actual travel experiences

Make travel dreams to Africa reality for all aspiring travelers to reach an unforgettable destination and explore Africa.

 

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Let us talk about the trees: Only in Tanzania

We have initiated the 'Only in Tanzania' series, an endless series. We described a few endemic mammal species from a list of many others and birds and bees get a mention too.
Now let's talk about the trees....

Trees of Tanzania

A safari in Tanzania is more than the amazing wildlife and animal sightings.

Tanzania has over one hundred different species of trees.

The most common trees encountered on a Safari trip are from the classic Acacia family of trees.

The Whistling Thorn

Wait a bit Acacia

Umbrella Tree

The Yellow Fever tree

Sausage Tree

Kigelia Africana
Kigelia -The Sausage Tree

The Serengeti houses these characteristically long trees with fruits that drop down and seeds are released. The 5kg  fruit may easily crush one, so better not to camp under as elephants come over for fruit supply as well! A local belief is that the fruit wards of whirlwinds if hung in huts.

Baobab Trees

Adansonia Digitata

The majestic baobab measures  40 feet wide and 60 feet long.The giant trees have a lifespan of a thousand years. Then new seeds sprouts for a brand new  thousand year lifestyle the stirring landscape.

The umbrella tree, the African bush symbol  is always photographed as a typical tree  African bush tree,  Ask any African bush enthusiasts about African bush trees they will most definitely mention the umbrella tree  envisioning a lone tree in a huge sunset.

Strangle Fig

Genus Ficus

In the initial stages of growth it is like a little vine-like plant climbing nearby large trees, then it thickens producing aerial roots and strangles the host tree, The bottom half of strange figs are twisted where it was initially attached to the host tree. The upper part is smooth. It is commonly found along Serengeti rivers

In the South of Lolliondo, we have a massive fig tree  “Tree Where Man was Born”. Ngorongoro, near Endulin we have the “Ancestor Tree” significant for the regional Maasai population.

Ngorongoro, near Endulen we have the “Ancestor Tree” significant for the regional Maasai population.

 

WILD DATE PALM

(Phoenix reclinata)
Phoenix Reclinata

These palms have leaves with unbranched parallel veins. Relatives of lilies, grasses orchids, and bananas. The most common palm trees are the native palm that occurs along swamps and rivers. The edible fruits are not tasty at all but the sugary sap is used for making palm wine. The palm tree shades have fragrance and a perfect for resting under.

CANDELABRA EUPHORBIA

 (Euphorbia candelabrum) 

 

These trees are common in the north and west parts of Serengeti. When they break, quite easily..they are filled with a toxic white latex

A single drop can burn skin. The tree was planted as cattle fencing to steer away predators who would keep away from the dense poisonous stems,

 

Bakchandi

COMMIPHORA AFRICANA

The Commiphora can be distinguished  Acacia tree species by the bluish yellow peeling papery bark.

The trees occur all over the Serengeti dominant of the eastern side, The roots, barks, and berries are used as local medicine for stomach and liver problems, colic in children and rashes. There are several Commiphora species in Serengeti

There are many medical uses like typhid fever treatments, it serves as stomach probelm remedy as well. The powdered bark mixed ina porridge cures malaria .The medica use of the resin is used for the sealing and disinfecting of wounds. Applied as a plaster ,it is used for spasms. Burnt resin is used as insecticide as well.
Uses of the wood, are soft but termite resistant. They are used for the contruction of houses ,beehives, tool handles and musical instruments as well.

The leaves, fruit, and roots are edible. Edible oil is extracted and incense is made from bark and dried sap.

 

The Yellow Fever Tree

Vachellia xanthophloea
Yellow Fever

The yellow fever tree is common in Lake Manyara . Early settlers knew malaria was common near areas where there was standing water but they blamed the Yellow Arcacia instead of the mosquitos, And that is how the name Yellow fever tree came about.

WHISTLING THORN

(Acacia drepanolobium) (Ant-galled Acacia)
whistling thorn tree

The hollow spheres ate the thorn base is filled with ants that bite. The ideal home for ants food supplies come from the special flowers called floral nectaries. There is an abundance of these trees in saturated soils

 

BALANITES (Desert Date)

Balanites EgyptianDesert Date
Balanites

The Balanites tree is commonly confused with Acacia trees. They can be identified by green thorns. A nut like a date that the tree produces is tasty both raw or roasted.

TOOTHBRUSH TREE

Salvadora persica
Toothbrush tree

The toothbrush tree is a low bush tree with long and arching shoots. These shoots when green is cut by locals for using as toothbrushes. They chew until it resembles commercial toothbrush, and then brush teeth spitting out wood fragments. Their smiles show a job well done.

 

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Planning the Ultimate Safari Tour in Tanzania

 

The list of reasons to visit Tanzania is never-ending. The fascinating history, the beautiful coastline and of course, the magnificent scenery.

 

The one major attraction that overwhelms others is the wildlife. It a prime country for game viewing.

The most famous are the Serengeti as well as the Ngorongoro Crater. These are the highlights of the national parks and conservation areas mosaic.

In total there are 16 National Parks. More are most likely to be gazetted with additional conservation areas too. There are marine parks and forest reserves  as well as significant assessable conservation areas

 Natural resources include minerals, flora and fauna; and the largest  concentration of animal species in the world

Guide to the Safari Venture

Once a safari destination in Tanzania is decided upon, examine flight routes that are available from your place of departure.

Remember that whatever you manage to save on flights can be kept for your accommodation and Safari.

Choosing a tour operator for your safari

You will require a guide that will be able to drive you around the game reserves and view the wildlife.

You can opt to choose for a private tour or join a tour group. This links to costs. Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.

Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.

If you choose a personal guide there is freedom to travel according to your personal preferences.

  • If you decide to spend a longer time at a certain site you are more drawn to, it is your choice.
  • You may alter itineraries and change the plans if you feel like. For instance, you may decide to lengthen your time in Serengeti.

Connect personally with the guide, as this will enhance the safari energy and experience. This is critical. The guide will be your ears, your eyes and with you for the coming days. They can either make your experience or break it. To have a guide that is knowledgeable adds more to the safari experience.

Guides that can share  knowledge about plants, birds and wildlife habitat will be amazing

Read reviews. Make inquiries. Get different quotes. There are various sites including 'Explore the Splendor in Tanzania' , 'TripAdvisor', 'Travelink', and 'Travellerspoint'  or 'Your Local Cousin' to research reviews

 Narrow down your searches to the 3 companies from your search. Ask for a quotation depending on the number of days you are planning and analyse the offers.

There will be a variety of packages to choose from. Budget lodges and other exceptional ones

Some tent camps have simple necessities while others are far better than hotel rooms! They have built in showers and incredible views with elephants and giraffes in short distances.

Splitting time between lodges and camps allow you experiencing both ways. Lodges have a great atmosphere and you get to socialise with other travellers on safari while sipping drinks at the poolside, looking over the area you plan to venture the next day.

There are many mobile camps available in Serengeti. They are like little tent hotels with the private bathrooms and eating area and a bed.

The tents are large is hardly about ‘roughing it up’ in the outdoors. Yet right outside your tent, there could be a hyena, elephant or a lion!

You are escorted to your tent room each night as barriers do not exist and next, you may just spend an exciting night when the hyenas visit!

Budget lodges allow you to camp in public sites.  It is recommended to get a guide, as it is easy to lose your way if you are not very experienced.

Safaris do not come cheap, but there are many ways to cut down costs.

  • Book cheaper accommodation. There is no need to overdo accommodation as you will be away on Safari all say anyway. You may book budget hotels as an alternative.
  • Buy snacks and enough water at a nearby local market before you start your safari venture. Hotels will charge more than local markets. Stock up before your journey and you will be sure to save.
  • Limit the safari days. Many book safaris that may last for many weeks visit multiple parks and game reserves. That can really be great, but expensive.It is possible to enjoy safaris in just a few days in the same way.
  • Limit parks that are visited. Each park has entry fees payable . This may vary depending on where you may be, but remember by visiting four parks, you are paying four times the fee.

Safaris are lifetime experiences to savour for many.

Make sure you plan. Do the research and do not merely settle for the very first quote you get,Negotiate and to save on the trip and you will not regret seeing the most amazing animals in the world.

 

Keynotes for planning a camping  group safari

  • Find out the number in the group. Small groups tend to work out as they are more personal.
  • Get guides that are more knowledgeable and find out which languages they are most comfortable with.
  • Interact with locals
  • Get a detailed itinerary

Vehicle

  • Check out the type vehicle to ensure the best vision
  • Vehicle equipment, camera stabilisation storage for cameras and
  • Is there a canopy
  • Roof openings on car

PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Follow all the parking rules and regulations.
  • Attempt to keep noise  levels down
  • Donate to schools and charities rather than individuals.
  • Respect and understand customs and culture.

 

Exploring Tanzania-The Heart Of Motherland Africa

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My mission is to share ventures in the heart of motherland Africa, Tanzania
Shabani Ibrahim Mpita

The Tanzania Quest


Welcome! ‘I aim to be a key tool in the exploration and discovery of my homeland, Tanzania. 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’

Africa’s most scenic miracle? Most definitely. The best wildlife destination? Most certainly. Best on earth? Without a single doubt!

Tanzania is an unforgettable destination in the world unraveling the natural variety. Featuring the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on earth  , spectacular forests on our shores along Lake Tanganyika, the least polluted, longest, and second-deepest freshwater base, Tanzania is a destination that all need to venture into.

"Bora maisha; mengine ni majaliwa 

(Life is the best gift: the rest is extra)

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10 ‘Must See’ Destinations in the Diverse and Colorful South Africa

Many are eager to explore South Africa, the diverse colorful nation with tons to rave about from natural beauty,people,world cities and unique wildlife.

Cape Town deservingly captures global attention, yet South Africa has much more to offer. There are hundreds of destinations to explore in South Africa. Here are ten highlights to note.

 

  1. Cape Agulhas


ATLANTIC AND INDIAN OCEAN MEET, THE SOUTHERN TIP OF AFRICA

Cape  Agulhas is the tip of Africa, where our two great oceans meet, a stone plaque to mark it is placed on the beach.

2.  Table Mountain


Any trip to Cape Town has an activity that all must step up to. A journey to the iconic Table Mountain. An unforgettable landmark to set foot on. You get to view the sea and the city from a 1085m height. The flat top summit has an easy route with the Table Mountain Cableway. It travels up at 10 metres per second. Table mountain has much more to explore with indigenous plants and animals and a nature reserve.

3. Maboneng Precinct- Johannesburg


Maboneng Precinct

Maboneng means the  “place of light”, and that is what the innovative section, the Maboneng Precinct, has become amidst a concrete jungle of red brick construction and warehouse jumbles. The graffiti spilt sidewalks reach an urban vibe, the hippest urban regeneration spot – a cosmopolitan and arty joint. Joburg is re-identifying itself from the slaps of being a wasteland of lost wanderers.

 one of South Africa’s hippest urban enclaves and an incredible example of urban regeneration.” BBC TRAVEL

4. Klein Karoo – Cango Caves


Cango Caves

The Cango Caves are as popular as the ostriches in Oudtshoorn 30 km away. The caves cut from limestone are twenty million years old. The Caves are listed as one of the great natural wonders of the world. The hidden stalagmite chambers inhabited in the stone ages make up the largest cave system in Africa.

There are amazing subterranean caverns open to the public for an unforgettable adventure through tunnels and chambers. One highlight is ‘Cleopatras Needle’, a formation that is 9m high and over 150000 years old.

5. Golden Gate Highlands National Park


The name of the park. ‘Golden’ Gate  Highlands National Park is linked to the golden glittering sandstone cliffs. Located in the Northern Freee State 120km from Bloemfontein, the Maluti  Mountains nestle the park, home to various wildlife including wildebeest and zebra as well as rare birds like the bearded vulture and bald ibis. There is an abundance of activity from horseriding to nature trails and game viewing.

6. Midlands Meander


Midlands Meander

The most recognizable meander in Kwa Zulu Natal offers many discovery routes through the scenic Midlands Meander of Natal. An hour away from Durban, the Meander is 80kms of entertainment, arts and crafts. places to see, shops and over 160 places to sleep in. Encounter craftsmen from herb growers to cheese producers weavers and craft beer, artists, potters, carvers and much more.A haven for watersports enthusiasts for sailing, canoeing, boating and windsurfing near the Midmar Dam.

7. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


Kgagaladi Transfrontier Park

Africa’s first transborder conservation area between Botswana and South Africa. It is in the Northern Cape, 250km from Upington, the Kgalagadi Park is the joining of Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park and South Africa’s Kalahari GemsbokPark.

The combined protected area is thirty-eight thousand square kilometres.  In South Africa, part of nine thousand six hundred square kilometres covers the Southern part of the Kalahari desert which is uninhabited.  It offers great opportunities for game viewing of endangered and rare species.

8. Supertubes Jeffreys Bay


Supertubes Jefferys Bay Surfing

Jeffreys Bay, sixty-five kilometres from Port Elizabeth is a top surfing destination and has perfect and predictable right-hand Supertube point breaks

The high-speed waves reach 3 metres varying in length up to 300m. The best waves are in winter between May and the middle of September.

9. Moses Mabhida Stadium


Moses Mabhida Stadium

The Moses Mabhida stadium is popular for hosting international music concerts and sports.It is a tourist attraction with many other linked activities. It has a skycar taking visitors to the arch of the stadium, there is also the 500 step adventure walk up to the 106m arch to get the ultimate panoramic view of the sea and the city. Then there is the Big Rush, Big Swing, a stadium swing that plunges off the arch. There are restaurants and shopping boutiques on the property as well.

10. Sun City


Sun City

Sun City, an hour and a half away from Johannesburg is a popular complex for entertainment and family getaways. Hotels coupled with a popular golf course is a drawcard for tourists and locals. Many regularly flock here to enjoy the Valley of Waves, the casino for gambling and game viewing at the Pilanesberg National Park nearby. The Lost city Palace offers a five-star Africa holiday and has cabanas, game lodges and establishments for camping nearby.

 

 

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Reach the dream to experience the motherland- Tanzania “The Heart of Africa”

 The Coastline of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania.

An exquisite coastline promising an unforgettable venture into a myriad of experiences, from water sports, bonfire dining, supreme isolation or even full activity. Hotels and resorts spark of the final touches of an ideal beach getaway.
There are many activities one can assess, sunset cruises or island sail aways in a dhow. For those with a deep sea fishing penchant, there are sailfish, kingfish, rock cod, marlin, horse mackerel and many others. Get couchsurfing!
Those with a streak for more adventure can go snorkelling or scuba diving close to the marine reserves in rich coral gardens with diverse marine species and a chance to explore the world under seas.

 

Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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There is a convenient port to island destinations like Zanzibar. There are routes to  Pemba and Mafia islands. Dar-es-Salaam has beaches for all phase and stages, whether relaxing, dancing away or diving and snorkelling.

The relaxing beaches from Kigamboni to Ras Kutani and beyond with developed ferry assess for laid-back mingling.Further on are undiscovered and uncrowded beaches for solitary escapism.

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Kunduchi, approximately 25-35 km north of the city centre is also a dance away, with developed resorts.The breathtaking beach getaway is great for weekend sunsets with an ambience of lively music and gathering.

To dive  Bongoyo and Mbudya offers ideal locations to snorkel or swim.The sand white beaches slip into an array of coral gardens rich in colour and fish species.

For more experienced divers the deeper reefs offer a worthwhile visit. Fernwood, the Fungu Yasin Reef seaward side and the Bog T reef popular for critter varieties. The temperature rarely reaches below 28 Degrees Celsius.

Dar-es-Salaam beach tourism is a growing trend. Beach lovers paradise of pure pampering of the mind, body and spirit. Sea breeze, beach escapades are ready at your call. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica
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Ocean City Garden

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Plants and Trees found in the Majestic land of Tanzania


The Umbrella and Whistling Thorn trees and others in Tanzania

 

The umbrella trees, symbolic of the African bush are usually sighted on Safari.

There is also the yellow fever tree, the whistling thorn and the ‘wait a bit” Acacia


Tropical rainforest patches in the Eastern Arc of Tanzania provide a rich array of plants, and many can be found only in Tanzania.  One such is the Africa violet or Usambara. The Impatiens and Saintpaulia are sold in grocery stores as house plants in the Western World.

Forest patches, remnants of the once large tropical forest of the continent is found in Udzungwa, Uluguru and many other areas. In the southern and western parts of the Eastern Arc, are baobab stands, with striking baobab landscapes in the Tarangire National Park.

Covered by a moist woodland, ‘miombo’, the main vegetation is various Brachystegia tree types.

The central plateau is filled with thickets and Savannah and the Serengeti plain is covered in grasslands.

Kitulo National park and the Amani Nature reserve are amongst botanical highlights of the country.  The focal point of Kitulo is wildflowers East Africa has 62 species of Acacia trees. Six are endemic to the land of Tanzania. Acacias grow as shrubs or trees.

 


Tallest Tree in Africa

 

Researchers explored a remote valley on Kilimanjaro mountain. The discovery?

 

 

 

A two-hour walk from the Mrusunga forest in the Kidia ward of Moshi rural district lies a towering 81.5 metres, making a  new record for Africa’s tallest tree.

 

The giant rare species Entandrophragmaexcelsum,  is typically located in semi-deciduous forests.

Mpingo ( African Blackwood Tree)

Mpingo, the African blackwood tree is a heavily branched tree that grows gradually for close to a 100 years before harvest. It is native to twenty-six African countries from the north in Ethiopia to the south in Angola. It spreads the west in Senegal to the east in Tanzania.

Arkive species - African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

An important ecosystem component, Mpingo covers approximately two-thirds  of  the country. Nitrogen fixing ,improves fertility and maintains the stability of soil.

The Westernised name African Blackwood is valuable as it is perfect for carvings with perfect finishes, Intricate ornaments are carved from them.

In North America and Europe, it is used for carving woodwind instruments like bagpipes, oboes and clarinets.

The medicinal properties of the tree include the treatment of many ailments and the wood is boiled in some regions to create a broth for bathing new born babies, believed to benefit in imparting strength. The sapwood makes high energy fuel or charcoal

 

 

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The Light Of Africa – Ready to Shine at the JUU Afrikan Festival,Tanzania2017

Igniting “Khanyisa”, the light of Africa into Tanzania in 2015, Tu Nokwe hailed sparkling testimony that light of Africa cannot die out.

The ‘Light of Africa’ , Tu Nokwe, blessed the heart of motherland Africa, Tanzania on various special occasions in 2015.

A blissful melody of liberating tunes left heart beats echoing with rhythm and souls pulsating with sounds of Africa at the renowned Bagamoyo Festival.

Many fundraising projects were initiated for further development. One of them was AMAP (“The Africa Modern Arts Project”). Based in the historical town of Bagamoyo, AMAP serves as a community-based learning centre with a mission to harbour and guide local talent, helping artists to polish skill and flourish as professionals.

Joyful vocals brightening the gloom with a soulful blend of jazz and funk sprouted with a new age twist at performances and workshops at Dhow Countries Music Academy in Zanzibar.

According to DCMA director Mitchel Strumpf, Ms. Nokwe visited Zanzibar during the time of the Zanzibar Film Festival and participated in activities of the Festival. She conducted a workshop for the Certificate and Diploma students at the Dhow Countries Music Academy and performed as a special guest during a concert by the DCMA's Taarab-Kidumbak Ensemble. That visit was a trail-blazer for future visits, an opening of the door to see the interests of people for thinking about music and music-making from the standpoint of music being healthy for broadening the soul of a person, including the sharing of musical sounds like sharing food at a dinner.

“Her voice is magnificent and the music projects she and her family have been doing in South Africa hopefully will associate with the activities of DCMA and other schools of music traditions from African cultures in other parts of Africa to form an Association of Schools of Traditional African Music. This idea was discussed in detail while she was at DCMA. While in Zanzibar previously, Ms Nokwe also gave a master class in singing and African song styles.

The design of her programme was to boost self-esteem and inspiration with creative interaction, music and storytelling with self-management and life skills workshops, jam sessions and talent showcases. An opportunity for Africa to share all they excel in.

 "Africa needs ongoing inspiration and motivation to maintain happy societies" Tu Nokwe

calling to Tanzania has returned as crowds yearn for her return.

Intricate harmonies and blissful guitar rhythms ensemble a rise into the realm of open avenues of possibilities, inspiration and empowerment.

Guest of honour Tu Nokwe will be accompanied by none other than the legendary Dorothy Masuka with a group of five children.

Dorothy rose to fame in the revolutionary era of the 1950’s and aspires to share her wisdom with the upcoming generation to explore the magnificent continent they are from.

Dorothy Masuka

Her voice evoked global applause. Her songs catapulted many South African artists to fame, Her music spoke of the times. She’s an international icon, role model, artist, mother, grandmother, family caregiver, composer, singer, musician, entertainer.

 

The history of the contribution of black women musicians would be incomplete without the story of Dorothy Masuka whose musical compositions still inspire young and old musicians today.

 

 

 

 

The Juu Afrikan Arts and Culture festival in Morogoro has launched.

The main festival themes encompass a revival,  a preservation, and revamping authentic legendary tribal African root tunes and music. The fusion of new compositions that integrate contemporary creations with an authentic rhyme influx and beats, celebrating true African heritage with soul music. The initial festival featured sparked of with Ruguru culture. The festival launched into branches of tribe celebrations, paying homage to heritage with cultural performances encompassing unique tribal stories, songs, plays, dances films and narratives.

  • JUU celebrates the heritage of  Motherland Africa in Tanzania.  The vital role of education promotes a culture of reading and awareness
  • JUU Afrika Festivals works with schools located in mostly rural villages where the roots and values of Tanzanian culture must be protected. JUU understands the importance of learning and takes positive action to achieve it.
  • Juu Afrika Festival accentuates the need for producers and consumers of validated information and quality publications for education, business and government to promote a culture of reading and awareness of the value of historic archives, libraries and museums.
  • Tanzanian and African history cannot get lost. 
  • Arts and culture is vital for prosperity on the continent. Africa needs to take control of their collective economic destiny and suppport each other
  • Jilinde: Protect yourself mentally by changing our neo-colonialist attitudes that prevent us from realizing our potential while also maintaining high morals.
  • “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery” – Bob Marley
  • Ulindwe:  “Guard and protect others by sharing positive ideas and work together.” 
  • Harambee: People should be responsible for well-being and safety of others.
  • We must preserve nature–not destroy it.

The time has come for Africa. Tune in…..


In blissful melody of the tunes, souls pulsated and heart beats echoed with the rhythm. Sparks brightened the gloom: The time is now. 'Light of Africa' : Share the 'Light of Africa' follow facebook.com/tu.nokwe and join in on the group Khanyisa-Light of Africa https://facebook.com/groups/568415699980068/?view=group

The yellow-collared lovebird also known as the masked lovebird or the eye ring lovebird,is a species of bird from the parrot family Psittaculidae.They are native to the north east of Tanzania.

3. The Pemba Sunbird

Pemba Sunbird
The Pemba Sunbird is a bird species of bird from thesunbird family. Endemic to Pemba Island in Tanzania.

4. Pemba Scops Owl

Pemba Scops Owl
The Pemba Scop owl a ‘creature of the night', a mysterious bird, identified by local island dwellers of Pemba as a bird associated with witchcraft.

5. Kilommbero Weaver

Kilommbero Weaver
The Kilombero weaver species discovered in the year 1986 because of patchy, restricted distribution in a small range of the Kilombero River, a floodplain in the south-central Tanzania.

 

Support for our Native birds in Tanzania

All that desire to support native birds from Tanzania can either donate to organizations with the goal to protect endangered wildlife and habitats.

The other way is spreading an awareness about our magnificent birds and find ways to help as individuals like keeping a clean environment. We need more protected areas and national parks and focus on more protection in conservation areas that exist.

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Arkive species - Iringa akalat (Sheppardia lowei)

Arkive species - Pemba green-pigeon (Treron pembaensis)

 

Timeless Train Journeys In Africa

Travelling is not about the destination. It is about the journey.  There are much quicker ways to get from one point to the next, yet train travels at a slow pace phases out the daily life hustle and bustle rush hour chaotic streams.

It is the ideal escape getaway, savouring moments on the pathway reaching the desired destination.

Trains are a differing dimension, gradual travel embracing experience realms of the beyond.

Cape Town to Dar Es Salaam with Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail

The epic journey takes a full fourteen days. The pride of Africa trip passes through Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe before reaching Tanzania.

A chance to experience diamond towns, historic villages, game reserves as well as Victoria Falls.

The high point is Great Rift Valley where there are dramatic viaducts, switchbacks and tunnels. There is also a twenty-eight day Cape to Cairo journey every two years.

South Africa – Blue Train Journey

Blue Train-South Africa

The Blue train in South Africa is the most famous and has been dubbed as a  5-star hotel on wheels.

The meals, wine, accommodation with scenery along the 994-mile journey leaves from Pretoria taking off to the motherland of Cape Town takes about twenty-seven hours. This comes with stopovers.

There is also a trip from Pretoria to Durban at certain times during the year. This train journey with exclusive silk lines and bathroom gold fittings, cuisines by top chefs and nature scenes from the window is the ultimate experience in Africa

Namibia’s Desert Express

Desert Express

The Desert Express is a train for tourists between Windhoek and Swakopmund as well as Walvis Bay. There are excursions to the Etosha National Park. The elegant dining room is well equipped and conference facilities are on offer as well.The Desert Express in convenient modern and beats the desert heat.

Nairobi’s Jambo Kenya Deluxe

Jambo Kenya Deluxe

The Jambo Kenya Deluxe is a route between Nairobi and Mombasa. The overnight leisure trip from city to coast, savannah giraffes, zebras and ostriches are spotted while savouring gourmet cuisine and fine wines.  Comfortable sleeping berths epitomizes the deluxe of the journey

Tanzania to Zambia with TAZARA

TAZARA

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA):  Kilimanjaro and Mukuba express are passenger trains operating on TAZARA.  It runs for 1860km between Dar Es Salaam and Zambia
Running a few times each week, the journey takes approximately two days and nights. This is for intrepid travellers with little concern for luxury or punctuality. The spectacular scenery makes up for delays and service

 Tunisia’s ‘Lezade Rouge’

Lezarp Rouge

This antique  ‘Lezade Rouge’ tourist train,  runs daily into Atlas mountains foothills in the south of Tunisia.It passes through mining countries on the route from Metlaoui to Redeyef with periodic views. The journey is an hour long in each direction

South Africa’s Shosholoza Meyl

Shosholoza Meyl

An alternative for budget travellers Shosoloza offers intercity journeys between Johannesburg and each major city. The pleasant journey takes the exact same route as luxury trains and costs less than $100. The trains are not elegant but comfortable and save flight hassles between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Zimbabwe Rail

Zimbabwe rail

Travel overnight between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Rail features the classic 1950s-era British coaches with interiors of wooden panels. Elephants and baboons wander around in great sightings

 Mauritania’s Train du Desert

Mysterious Mauritiana unravels in a   2 story passenger carriage, Train du Desert. Guest spend time at excursion spots like  Chinguetti , the holy city the Azougui oasis, Ben Amira rock monolith.

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The Unknown Tourism Splendor in Tanzania- Mtwara

Tanzania is filled with tourist attractions, and some are overlooked.  The remote location of the town Mtwara is slightly elevated along Makonde Plateau. Located on the south east coast of Tanzania along rugged coastline patch that leads to the Mozambique border.

Mtwara has loads to offer in several areas like history, culture irresistible landscape from beaches lined with palm trees.  Anyone who steps into this route will wonder why they never did before

 

History Of Mtwara


The history of Mtwara goes back to the times of colonialism by the Germans.  The old prison built in the 1880s is partly in ruins but was used as a customs office by the British as a police station and a post office.

A site of popular interest is the St Pauls Church, housing some interesting murals depicting biblical scenes

The Majengo area is a worthwhile stop at a popular site of interest, St Paul’s church for remarkable artwork. The walls are covered with biblical scenes rich in colour that was painted in the mid 70’s  by a German priest, Polycarp Uehlein. In distinctive style and colour makes these paintings a notable for the portrayal of biblical themes.

A special Mtwara attraction is Msimbati bay. It offers a wide range of activities including driving on the beach. The Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park in Mnazi Bayis based here and is total paradise for watersport enthusiasts. Visitors get to experience isolated coastal dive sites

Originally built by the British for an agriculture scheme focusing on the plantation of groundnuts along the south coast of Tanzania. This scheme came about after the second world war. when British took control of Tanganyika from Germans.

The groundnuts were meant to make up for the consequences of food shortages post war in the Uk and for export to Europe

The plantations failed, but Mtwara the town remains. Mtwara is excellent to stop for supply when journeying on trips to Mnazi Bay and it is good base f when on an exploration of the nearby Mikindani.

Mtwara is a gateway into the Southern Tanzanian scene for business and tourists. There is easy access to Dares Salaam with regular and frequent flights as well as sailing.

The laid-back town of Mtwara is spread over a huge area with good beaches in the north around Shangani. Shangani is where many affluent people reside. The main commercial area is located in the central part of the town with banks, post offices and shops with the market on the southern side

For wildlife enthusiasts game viewing at the Selous game reserve, the biggest trans-boundary game reserve in Africa.

Seventy kilometres from the town of Mtwara is a spring fresh water “lake Kitele” unique as it is not fed by any valley or river.

On a cultural note, Mtwara is spiced with coastline Swahili culture with Makonde carvings named after the Makonde tribe for their unique carvings.

makonde carvings

Accommodation for tourists is set to increase as the area opens ups for economic growth.

 

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A beach getaway in Tanzania

Welcome to Tanzania.

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Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Journey on the Tanzania Route in an Escapade of Exploration- Safari Package

Manyara National PARK, SERENGETI, Ngorongoro Crater, SAADANI National Park and ease into island relaxation Zanzibar

An Expedition of a Lifetime!

The Itinerary

Day 1
We take off from Dar es Salaam in early morning hours, and get breakfast as we head towards the northern highlands of Tanzania to the charming town called Arusha, where we spend the night and get ready to launch into a Safari experience of a lifetime.
Day 2
Manyara National Park
A drive from Arusha to Manyara National park will take approximately two hours. A fascinating unique feature in  Lake Manyara National park is a rare feature of lions that climb trees freely.

Lake Manyara is a soft introduction to the Safari journey ahead with scenic beauty, game views, flamingos, baboons elephants, a breathtaking lake that takes up most of the park, leaving a land strip of game concentration.

 

Day 3 and 4
Starting with a game drive through Ngorongoro, we reach the National Park that is world renowned, Serengeti. The wildebeest migration fame, open plains, an exceptional full game drive in Serengeti National Park, the oldest game reserve in Tanzania.
Day 5
We take off to Ngorongoro Crater for a full day game drive

 

Day 6 and 7
We head off to Saadani National Park that is created in the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, and Pangani. The Tanzania Wildlife sanctuary bordering the sea with a combination of marine flora in a fascinating setting, there are thirty species of mammals and numerous birds and reptiles in a preserved ecosystem including the Wami River, Mkwaja ranch, and Zaraninge forest.
 Day 8
Boat Safari in Saadani River Wami for two hours, we finally head off back to Dar es Salaam and take to ferry to Zanzibar
Drive back to Dar es Salaam and spend the night
Day 9-12

Zanzibar

 

Ferry to Zanzibar. In Zanzibar get barefoot on  sands of the sea or lay back under the sun, dhow trips or dive.Go snorkelling or kayaking . This is relaxing breakaway on Zanzibar beaches after a magnificent escapade of a Safari in the motherland of  Tanzania.
Day 12
Ferry back to Dar es Salaam

Ocean City Garden

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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4 Day Safari Package – Mikumi and Ruaha National Park

Unforgettable journey into the wild – Safari Package to Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park

Thinking of adventuring on an unforgettable Safari in East Africa, Tanzania? Consider a combo package to Mikumi and Ruaha National Park.

Day One

 On the first day, we drive from Dar-es-salaam to Morogoro, for lunch and once lunch is over we head over to an exhilarating Mikumi Game drive. There after an overnight stay at a lodge in Mikumi.
A journey leaving behind Dar-es-Salaam crossing the hills and highway of coastal mainland reaching the plains.  We pass by local Masaai tribes vendors with beaded accessories.
Further, on nearby Sisal plantations, there are glimpses of the amazing Uluguru Mountains soaring above Morogoro into Mikumi National Park.
The  Mkata floodplain in is the most popular centrepiece of Mikumi National Park is comparable to the popular plains in Serengeti, with sightings of rare Kudus and antelopes. Mikumi is on route to the well known Selous national park and Ruaha National Park.

Day 2:   Departing Mikumi to Ruaha National Park

After breakfast in Mikumi, we head off to Ruaha National park stopping to indulge in a sumptuous meal of choice during lunch time.
The roads beyond Mikumi climb the Kitonga hills that form part of Udzungwa mountains. Following the Ruaha river, climbing the rift escarpment passing the town of Iringa and finally, we reach Ruaha national park in time for dinner and overnight lodging in Ruaha.

Day 3: Ruaha national park game drive

A game drive in Ruaha National park will be an unforgettable glimpse of East Africa elephants, believed to be the highest concentration in East Africa.
Antelopes and Kudu, endangered wild dogs and leopards, lions, zebras, impalas, jackals and foxes.Over 571 bird species and vast vegetation.
 

Day 4:

On day four we take off back to Dar es Salaam from Ruaha National Park.

Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC- A pathway into the unknown

Gushing rivers with swaths of rainforests and smoking volcanoes DRC, the untapped abundance of mineral wealth,DRC,formerly known as Zaire is the ultimate adventure in Africa.

The fast growing tourism flow in are centred on  Parc National des Virunga, drawing travellers to return to the most challenging, thrilling destination in Africa, the DRC


Bukavu a once attractive city,  was built on the land that flows out into the lake Kivu,   a totally cosmopolitan sparkling wonder.

The city had a beautiful backdrop of steep mountains and the placid waters of Lake Kivu in front.  For many travellers, Bakavu became a popular stopover en route to view lowland gorillas in natural habitat at Parc National de Kahuzi Beiga.

Beni is a small town at the crossroads of routes going from the north to south Congo. It is the most convenient base for climbers trekking up the slopes of the Ruwenzori Mountain from the DR Congo side

The Kahuzi-Beiga National Park covers an area of around 600,000 hectares. The park gets its name from the two highest peaks in the park, Mts. Kahuzi and Beiga.

The park spreads across an area of thick forests, varying from dank patches of bamboo to dense tropical forests.  A third of the park is made up of  stunning bamboo forests, home  to various birds and animals including many simian and  primate  species,  buffalo, elephants,, antelopes, mongoose and leopard. In more peaceful times, many tours are operated in the park including ones for climbers up to the Mt. Kahuzi.

While real stability remains many years away, the cautious development of

During peaceful times, tours are operated in the park including ones for climbers up to the Mt. Kahuzi.

Virunga National Park is the oldest and most famous of the national parks in RD Congo. It encompasses parts of Uganda and Rwanda and includes the craters of Nyiragonga and Nyamuragia.

The conservation area was  designed primarily to protect highly threatened mountain gorillas but now has  population huge  populations  of buffalo, antelope, elephants. hippopotami, warthogs, lions and leopards spread out in a 12,000 sq km area.

The DRC is the most mineral resource rich country in Africa. Currently, it is estimated that 64% of the world’s coltan reserves are located in the DRC, while 34% of the world’s cobalt and 10% of the world’s copper reserves are found in the country’s Katanga province.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo rainforests contain  a biodiversity, including a large number of endemic and  rare species, including the common chimpanzee as well as the bonobo ( Pygmy Chimpanzee), okapi, mountain gorilla and the white rhino

 

Africa is made of Kings and queens Great leaders are from everywhere, there is no competition. DRC was once led by one of the main icons Patrice Lumumba  

 

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Flag, Banner, Nation, Emblem, Country

 

Explore Motherland Africa – A Whirlwind Walk in the Wild of Natural Paradise in Botswana

Botswana, the land of extremes, a dry desert in the Kalagadi region and then there the most famous wetlands in the world, the Okavango Delta.

Discover Makorosi!   The traditional canoes that are used in the delta for a takeoff into lush greenery and a wealth of wildlife.

It is a  dugout canoe that is ideal for mastering shallow waterways expertly steered ahead.


The Okavango Delta offers the enchantment of luxury, privacy, and connecting to nature. The lagoons are impressive with hovering birdlife, crocodiles, hippos and elephants, while zebras, giraffes and beautiful buck wander through the grass flats.

Predators are in the range like the hyenas and big cats. Then there is the endangered, rare wild dog. This largest inland delta in the entire world explains the wealth of excessive wildlife that makes one forget that Botswana is mainly desert.

The natural paradise wonder of Botswana is because the human population is tiny compared to the massive size. There are approximately only 1.8 million people in the entire landscape of Botswana.

Undoubtedly the animals do score but so do the people. Tourism is a huge business. Many flock from everywhere in the world to explore the wildlife in Botswana.

A large GDP percentage is from diamond mining. After diamonds were discovered, Botswana rose from an economic wasteland to be within the ranks of the highest growth rates in the world of economics.

The good leadership makes it a stable country that stayed that way, even in the colonial times. During the 19th century, when hostilit