#ExploringTanzania #ExploremotherlandAfrica Serengeti Itineraries

 

Welcome to the World of the Serengeti Plains. So much to see..where do we begin? There are antelopes and elephant, buffaloes AND MORE.....
Lake Manyara is rich and diverse in both vegetation and wildlife with spectacular views. Exceptional birds and forests!

All about Serengeti National Park.

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This name is rooted in the Masaai word “ Siringiti”, meaning endless plain. Serengeti is along the rift valley with amazing  geological formations

It will take up to a full day of about ten hours by bus or driving to get from DaresSalaam to Arusha. A flight takes about 80 minutes. Northern  Circuit Safaris usually takes about  six to seven days

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Let’s take a look at other possible itineraries and safari routes to explore SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

DAY ONE                                          LAKE MANYARA
  • Lake Manyara Morning Game drive
  • Drive from Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro
DAY TWO                                        NGORONGORO AND SERENGETI
  • Ngorongoro Morning Game Drive
  • Stopping at Olduvai Gorge
  • Afternoon game drive
  • Arrive at camp or lodge Serengeti
DAY 3 - 4                                      SERENGETI GAME DRIVES
  • Full day Game drives
DAY 5                                          SERENGETI TO TARANGIRE
DAY 6                                          TARANGIRE GAME DRIVE
  • Game drive
  • Drive back to Arusha
  • Arrive in Arusha evening
DAY 7                                      Drive, bus or plane back to DAR

 

Alternative Itinerary Option

DAY 1                          Tanzania Arrival  Kilimanjaro airport

Travel to the hotel in Moshi

DAY  2                            Olpopongi Maasai - West Kilimanjaro

Experience Massai lifestyles in a Massai village with :

  • Village Tour
  • Museum
  • Traditional Lunch
  • Walking Safari explores hunting techniques
  • Natural Maasai medicinal cures
DAY 3                 Massai Village to Lake Manyara National Park

Morning drive from Lake Manyara takes from 4-5 hours.

Accommodation at Lake Manyara

DAY 4                        Lake Manyara  to Serengeti National Park
  • Arrive  at Serengeti National Park midday
  • Accommodation  at Serengeti
Day 5 and 6                                      Serengeti National Park

Accommodation Serengeti

Day 7                                                 Serengeti to Karatu

 

Day 8:                                      Karatu to  Ngorongoro crater

 

Itinerary Alternative SERENGETI from Arusha or MOSHI

DAY 1                                      ARUSHA OR MOSHI - TARANGIRE
  • An amazing African landscape  drive  with the following Game drive  and a picnic lunch
  • Overnight  lodge of preference
Day 2 AND 3                                        SERENGETI GAME DRIVE

 

Day 4                                               SERENGETI TO KARATU

 

DAY 5                                      Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater
DAY 6                                  TRAVEL TO AIRPORT

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Our standard  Serengeti Safari itinerary is based around the migration safari and can be adapted to suit personal preferences or seasonal changes as well as animal migration. 

Migration is not predictive and varies annually depending on rain availability of water, predators and food as well as the content of phosphorous in the grass

6 DAY SAFARI PLAN

Another alternative is drive from Dar Es Salaam, Julius Nyerere airport and can take up to ten hours

Day 1 –  Arusha – Ngorongoro

Travel time: 4 hours
Distance:  190km

Pick up from DarEsSalaam and travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation  location

Ngorongoro National Park boasts a huge variety of animals,  inclusive of wildebeest herds, buffalo, zebra, hippo, eland, warthog,  as well as the infamous African elephants.

The dense national park has lions jackals, hyenas, cheetahs and leopards too.

Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is it’s dense population The shallow  Lake Magadi, the main feature  is an alkaline lake  with viewings of hippos, flamingos, hippos  and various water birds

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Day 2 – Ngorongoro – Ndutu

Travel: 2 hours
Distance: 90 km

Lake Ndutu is  in the southern Serengeti system and is alkaline and the array of wildlife flock to it

After lunch, we complete a game drive in Ndutu. Wildebeest migration usually occurs from December to April. The area has resident game elephants and birds too!

Day 3 – Ndutu

This is a full day game drive in Ndutut. Explore different habitats that including woodlands and swamps, woodland, soda lakes and Serengeti short grass plains. with  wildebeest and zebra Serengeti Plains

 Travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 80 km

Serengeti National Park or  Seronera is the heart of wildlife in Africa – there are endless plains with rich wildlife habitats that feature the Seronera River, water attracts wildlife and representing Serengeti’s species.

Then an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park.

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Day 6 – Serengeti Plains – Arusha

A half day game drive and we journey back to Arusha airport. You will be led to the next desired venture of your choice whether is beach  relaxation in Zanzibar or a preferred City tour

 

 

 

MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK< SAFARI IN TANZANIA ITINERARY

Are You Ready for a Trip to the Mikumi National Park in Tanzania?

Located in the South East of Tanzania, Mikumi National park is one of the largest national parks. You get to see zebras, lions, impala, buffalo, wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, elephants baboons, elands and about 400 bird species!

 

 

MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK

ITINERARY

Day 1:  

  • We leave Bagamoyo at 8am. En route we take a lunchbreak at Morogoro, a beautiful region near the Uluguru Mountains. Once our scenic lunch break is over, it will take an hour and half to reach the Mikumi National Park.
  • We check in at Camp Bastion. Located close to Mikumi National Park, it is comfortable accommodation in a friendly atmosphere with unique natural surroundings. Then it will be time rest until our first venue for exploration in the regio.n
  • At 4pm we visit Maasai Village and explore interesting traditions and lifestyle of the  Masaai culture
  • Finally we have dinner and have an overnight stay at Camp Bastion

Day 2

We start the morning with an early breakfast at 6am and then depart to Mikumi for the Game Drive. By 7am we begin with the Game Drive  in Mikumi National Park. At about 1pm we stop for a picnic lunch. After lunch we continue with the game drive until about 4pm.

We then take a scenic drive back to Bagamoyo.

 

The package includes

  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Refreshments
  • Field guide
  • 4WD Land Cruiser with roof hatch
  • All wildlife reserve entrance fees

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Biodiverse Rich Coastal Forest in Tanzania: Pugu Hills

 

Pugu Forest reserve in the Pwani region of Tanzania is adjacent to the Kazimzumbwi Forest Reserve.These forests are considered as the oldest in the world!

There is never a shortage of places to go outside of Dar es Salaam that will take at least four hours of driving, besides the beaches, of course…a great privilege for any city.

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A coastal forest reserve situated 20km from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania might not be part of traditional tour routes in Tanzania, yet it attracts a fair number of visits.  Often visited by biologists, it is a  top forest in Africa for bird conservation.

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A 20-minute drive from the Julius Nyerere airport, the main attractions include a sacred cave of the Zaramo people, a cattle market, and fascinating bat caves, the historical remains of Colonial times including a railway tunnel and  Kaolinite industry an off course, the forest.

 

Kaolin deposits of high quality lie below Pugu Hills in the Kisarawe district. These resources are untapped despite a growing demand worldwide. Local and foreign geologists have confirmed Kaolin deposits of  2.3 billion metric tonnes.

Biodiversity richness is high with a wide range of plants, birds, reptiles, insects, and birds.

There are about fourteen known endemic plants, two endemic mammal species, and an endemic subspecies of birds.  Wildlife includes Masaai giraffes, elephants, impalas, warthogs, Tanzanian cheetahs, Africa leopards, spotted hyenas, mongooses, elephant shrews, galagos, civets, side strapped and black back jackals, and over eighty species of birds as well as bat colonies dwelling in the caves.

 

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Mount Meru: Tanzania cultural tour expeditions- exploring Tengeru

 

Nearby picturesque Mount Meru slopes, the second highest peak in Tanzania, lies Tengeru, 13km from Arusha on the path to Moshi.

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It is simply the best base to explore cultural attractions that make up the rich heritage of the Meru tribe in Tanzania.

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There are farms, banana fields and traditional homesteads on the mountain. This village near Arusha is distinct in character.

The venture is set forth exploring old coffee farms with local production of the world’s popular beverage with and then canoe into a  volcanic lake at Mount Meru foothills, home to the best birdwatching and fishing sites.

Ready to give back to communities around Kilimanjaro? Volunteer programs are on offer at all local schools in the surrounds of Mount Kilimanjaro, venture out and discover development and upliftment projects in the Tengeru Community.

Tengeru Activities

Coffee Tour

One of the major highlights in Tengeru is enjoying special home-brewed coffee with the locals.

The coffee plantations in Tengeru journey leads curiosity ventures into local homes and lessons to prepare coffee. The tour offers specially harvested coffee from the Meru community on volcanic Mout Meru foothills.

Lake Duluti Safari Tours

A close view of vegetation in Tengeru with an abundance of fauna and flora at the lakeside. Learn about mystical Meru legends and mysteries linked to Lake Duluti. Get a front seat view of birds, monkeys, reptiles, many other animals, and plants.

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This tour will give you an up-close view of Tengeru’s vegetation and you will able to admire the abundant lakeside fauna and flora. You can learn about the Meru legends linked to the lake and its mysteries while getting a front-row viewing of the monkeys, birds, reptiles and many other animals whilst learning about our plant life. A magical destination of authentic traditional roots.

Tengeru Market Tour

The colorful community market, interact live and eat amongst the locals. The busiest market days are Wednesdays and Saturday

Conservation programs in Tengeru

Environment programs in a land rich with vegetation. A source of survival. The main issue is deforestation threatening ecology and the community. Participate in environmental programmes and enjoy a luscious waterfalls tour relaxing in nature marvels

Forest Tours at Mount Meru

The second highest mountain in Tanzania m Mount Meru boasts beautiful forests. Unwind and enjoy magnificence. It is a great destination for preparing for Mount Kilimanjaro expeditions

Walk through the forests of Tanzania’s second-highest mountain.

"Mringaringa" Tour

A traditional gathering place, “Mringaringa”. Listen to the wisdom of thrilling Meru culture and traditional dancing. This venue is also used for settling disputes in the community with presiding Meru elders.

Local Food Preparation and Traditional Dances

Soul soothing music and food celebrations with traditional dancing guarantee a worthwhile experience.

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Take a step a few centuries back: Tanzanian Kilwa Kisiwani (isle of fish)

Welcome to Kilwa Kisiwani, a once upon a time a burgeoning empire, the most powerful and the biggest on the coast of East Africa. The ruins offer insight into once upon a time, labyrinth pathways, majestic mosques and grand palaces. 

A journey into the historic Kilwa is a discovery of incredible walls of wealth.  It may be away from usual tourist pathways, but offers magnificence outlook of living in past centuries.

The city reaching the shore is surrounded by walls and towers of about 12000 inhabitants. The luxurious setting of tree, gardens, every type of vegetable, and the best lemons. citrons and sweetest oranges ever.

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The Kilwa isle – A  World Heritage Site

The Island of Kilwa, centuries ago, had trade routes ignited with its abundance of wealth. By the 20th century, it became uninhabited and forgotten. Foreigners and locals had no interest in the Tanzanian coastal ruins.

Around the 1950s,  Portuguese and Arabs, excavated the site to find objects of authenticity.  They succeeded in collecting coins dating back in time. The unique history of Kilwa is currently recognized as a treasure of Swahili history. In the year 1981, it was declared a World Heritage Site.

The Kilwa creation beginnings

The Kilwa Sultanate empire all started in the 10th century, Ali ibn al Hassan, the son of an Abyssinian slave and Emir of Shiraz was caught in a battle of inheritance with six other brothers.

Ali fled, settling on the island of Kilwa that was inhabited by indigenous Bantu dwellers. He began to construct his very own city.  According to legend, he bought Kilwa from the local King, who exchanged the island for enough cloth that would encircle the entire island.

By the time the king changed his mind, Ali already destroyed the bridge connecting Kilwa to the mainland and secured it for himself.

The ruling of Ali Shirazi continued until the year 1277 when the succession crisis led to Mahdali sultans taking over.The first three centuries there were many buildings like the Great Mosque that was started in 1100 and expanded.

Sixteen domes and ornate rooms of arches and pillars made an astonishing complex. When the Morrocan traveler Ibn Battuta visited the island in 1331 he was struck by the splendor of the mosque.

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There are smaller mosques scattered all across Kilwa each with distinct features.

The isles ruin date back to the 14th century and early 15th century. Kilwa was a mercantile capital and the wealthy residents built extravagant coral dwellings.

A sultan is alleged to be buried in one of four tombs of the Great house. The triangular robust Makutini Palace was built in the 15th century.

A fortress on the island, Gereza, has wooden portals and elegant crenellation.  The striking ‘Husuni Kubwa’ ( Queen’s house) is perched on a cliff a mile away from the cluster of ruins.  It is said to be the largest pre-colonial Sub Saharan building. There is an 18 dome mosque, vast  hall, courtyards and swimming pool/ The complex has over 100 rooms

 The most powerful city on the East African coast the empire stretches from the north to the south from Kenya to Mozambique.

Ships brought in Arabian quarts, china porcelain, Indian carnelians and ivory and gold from Great Zimbabwe. Spices and perfume filled the air with tortoise shells and pottery in the market. It was the gateway between Asia and Africa.

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There are three areas on the Tanzanian coast to add to an itinerary of colorful historic adventures and explore the ruins that go centuries back in time.

  • Kilwa Kisiwani
  • Kilwa Kivinje
  • Kilwa Masoko.

Kilwa Kisiwani

Remnants of extraordinary palaces, ancient tombs and crumbling mosques, the abandoned city of Kilwa Kisiwani is one of the main attractions on the isle.

Kilwa Kivinje

A little town on the mainland it was the center of slave trade in the south. Although slave trade was outlawed in 1873 it is said to have continued until 1880. Made into an administrative center when Germans occupied,

Travellers can explore World War One cannon leftovers as well as a market hall. There is an attractive beach with fisherman provide authentic insight of Tanzania.

Kilwa Masoko

Kilwa Masojo is usually a base when people visit the ruins in Kilwa Kisiwani with pleasant exploration if the Jimbizi Beach.

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3 Island Escape Getaways in East Africa

Whether you’re looking for giant coconuts or giant tortoises,lush rainforests or cool highlands, wildlife or glowing coral reefs and crossroads cuisine, there is an island in East Africa to suit your taste and budget.

The East coast of Africa is blessed with stunning islands and warm Indian Ocean waters.

Some are sovereign nations, others are unknown secret destinies harboring fantastic natural and cultural treasures.

The palm-lined beaches and luxury resorts are only one aspect of the marvels East Africa island getaways in on the Indian Ocean can offer. There is much more than glossy travel brochures put out. The diverse island explorers and spice merchants have shaped the essence. Africa’s ocean-themed adventures have loads to offer travelers.

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The ‘Melting Pot’ of  East Africa Islands

The complicated history of the culturally rich islands of East Africa comes from the strategic bases that they were for over 1000 years.

They served as trade routes between Europe, Arabian Peninsula, and the Indian subcontinent.

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Omani traders and Portuguese sailors, merchants and colonials…. , all gravitated to farm sugar cane and spices, trading gold, ivory, and slaves.

This is evident in the 15th century Swahili Lamu ruins, the Shirazi heritage of Zanzibar and historical plantation homes. We see it in Creole cuisine in Mauritius.

The oldest settlement in Kenya is Lamu and shares much with Stonetown in Zanzibar.The muli stories of townhouses with balconies shading the narrow lanes filled with soul-inspired vendors selling delicacies, arts, and crafts in silver and wood.

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1. Zanzibar

Tanzania has many adventurous crusades,from beaches, ruins, wildlif,the Mt Kilimanjaro summit and the island of Zanzibar

The age-old living traditions in Zanzibar are a soul rewarding experience.

 

 

Families in Zanzibar gather to snack and promenade in Forodhani Gardens during celebrations and special festive day.

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Island Beach bumming and Diving Ventures

Budget-friendly diving on Zanzibar and Pemba offer rewarding dives. Accommodation is suited to budget travelers as well. Good quality in abundance is what you get in Nungwi, Kendwa,  Jambiani, and Paje. Public transport is easy to reach, along streets with delicious, plentiful food.

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2. Comoros

Between Madagascar and Mozambique, the Comoros Archipelago has four islands in total. The three main ones that gained independence in 1975 are Grand Canmore, Anjouan, and Mohéli. The fourth one, Mayotte, is still under French rule.

Comoros Islands, a population descended from Malay, African and Arab immigrants.

The culture of Comoros is shaped by Portuguese explorers, Arab traders from Persia and Portugal as well as the French colonizers in the19th century.

An active East Africa volcano is located at the Grande Comore.It erupted in the year 2005 creating a desert landscape offset by turquoise seas and white beaches.

Mohéli island is a major turtle nesting site in East Africa, where you are guaranteed to view turtles.

To escape crowds an experience life at a slow pace plan a getaway to Comoros islands. There are pristine beaches, lush rainforests and beautiful reefs with a fascinating blend of Swahili and Arab culture.

3.Mauritius

The Mauritius archipelago comprises of

  • Mauritius
  • Rodrigues
  • Agaléga
  • St. Brandon.

Two other territories, Tromelin Island and the Chagos Archipelago  are claimed by Mauritius but disputes by Uk and France(1)

Mauritius, a world-class destination combines influences from Africa and Europe. It is famous for beach resorts with amazing coastal shores.

Scuba diving and deep-sea fishing are popular activities. The  forests on the island  provide habitat for the  endemic bird, plant and mammal species

With sophisticated cuisine, nightlife and fishing villages, Mauritius caters for every taste.

4.Seychelles

 

Seychelles is made up of 115 paradise islands it has a small population, is uncrowded.

The idyllic beaches, aquamarine waters offering excellent snorkeling and diving are tourist drawcards.

Rare wildlife range from pelagic seabirds to giant tortoises. The cuisine in Seychelles has a taste from Africa,  a tinge of Asian sensation topped with European settler influences.

The luxury resorts in Seychelles, make it famous for couples on honeymoon.

5. Madagascar

Madagascar located off the Mozambique coast is the fourth largest island in the world.  Boasting unique, fauna and flora, 90 % of the wildlife in Madagascar will not be found anywhere else.

 

 

The most famous are Lemurs.

The lush rainforests, giant baobabs, limestone karsts and isolated islets are a calling for visitors. Activities range from scuba diving to deep-sea fishing and hiking to whale-watching.

Welcome to the biodiversity hotspot of Madagascar, an eco-tourism destination of note for all discerning explorers of world wonders. Dramatic peaks, primordial forests, stony deserts and extinct volcanoes.

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Coastal forests – Herbal Healing in Tanzania- Africa

Tanzania's  small,  geographically isolated coastal forests support a huge base of endemic plants and animals.

Herbal Power

Africa is filled with exceptional biological richness with scarce linked studies.

The abundance of benefits of plants that surround us is phenomenal. Additional uses are found continuously.

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Let’s talk about the magical plants in Tanzania.

Plants are food as well as natural medicine as well as extracting oils for natural cosmetics for a full healthy system.

Coastal ecosystems in Tanzania were identified by Tanzania scientists in 1989 that needed further study due to their importance and biological richness.

The Frontier Tanzania project provided the manpower and means to catalog a listing importance of plants and trees and provide conservation management recommendations.

The three-year study included

  • Mafia Island Coral Reefs
  • Monsoon Coastal forests
  • Rufiji Delta sediments
  • Mikumi nation park vegetation

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Medicinal Plants in Tanzania’s Coastal Forests

The threatened forests of coastal Tanzania have been used by traditional medical practitioners.

There is a growing awareness of the contribution of herbal medicines to facilitate health and welfare of local economies and rural communities.

East Africa’s coastal forests are considered as the most threatened types on the continent of  Africa.(1)

3 Magical Trees in Tanzania

Cariissa Spinarum

Carissa Spinarum

Known as ‘Mtandamboo’ in Kiswahili, the plant is an inspiration source for many communities.

A great food source with medicinal benefits as well, the sweet fruit is a delicacy.  The pulp of the fruit can be used to produce red wine as well.

A traditional cure for diseases every part of the tree, the roots, the leaves, barks, and fruit are used to treat a multitude of diseases.

Headaches, rheumatism. chest complaints, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, rabies malaria, hernia, toothache, ulcers, cough, worm infestation, and the list goes on!

In the year 2011, thousands of people flocked to Tanzania to Samunge village for treatment by a Catholic priest against infertility diabetes, hypertension, asthma and cancer and even AIDS.

 

Muaruabaini – The tree that cures 40 diseases

The Neem tree, known by the ”Muarubani tree.”Muarubaini translates to 40. The tree is said to cure 40 different diseases. People have used it for curing cancer, malaria, STDs, typhoid and a wide range of other diseases as well as a natural contraceptive.

The oil extracted from the seeds inserted into the vagina on a regular basis prevents pregnancy. This is an effective birth control method. This should not be used if pregnant as it induces abortion.

Muarubaini

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Mlonge (Moringa): The magical Tree!

Moringa (Mlonge) tree

Imagine if there was a tree in your backyard full of nutrition, to purify water and take care of medicinal needs?

The magical tree does exist.  The   Moringa oleifera  known as the Clarifier tree, horseradish or drumstick tree. The East Africa name ‘Mother’s best friend sums it up!

Every part of the tree can be used. And it is filled with nutrition.

Most widely used, are immature pods containing vitamins, amino acids, and other nutrients. Raw or prepared like green peas, they make tasty dishes. Edible oil is yielded by the pods, the nutritional value resembles that of olive oil.

The leaves are eaten in salads or vegetable dishes for seasoning or pickles. The leaves can be pounded to clean utensils and walls.

The Bark contains fiber and can be used for tanning. Cooked flowers can be mixed in foods or fried in a batter, They are rich in calcium and potassium

The tree has been used for combatting malnutrition in developing countries on the tropical coast.

The fresh leaves can be cooked, eaten fresh, cooked or dried up and kept for the longer term in powder form.

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It contains

  • Calcium
  • Protein
  • Magnesim
  • Vitamin A
  • Iron
  • Vitamin C.

A powerhouse of nutrition moringa has seven times more vitamin c than oranges,  four times more calcium than milk protein and three times more potassium than bananas, four times more vitamin A than carrots

Medicinally it works for treatment and prevention.  Traditional medical practitioners recognize it as having high value for the treatment of tumors. Studies have identified compounds for cancer prevention.

The miraculous tree offers hope, medicinally, nutritionally and economically to many. It has been developed as a supplement and powdered tablets as well

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SAFARI – Manyara National PARK, SERENGETI, Ngorongoro Crater, SAADANI National Park

 

Join us for the ultimate experience in Tanzania. Journey on an expedition of a lifetime! We start off in  Manyara National park, wander through the infamous Serengeti, pass through Ngorongoro Crater and Saadani National Park where 'bush meets the beach', easing into island relaxation in Zanzibar.  [amazon_link asins='B06XJRGP1D' template='ProductCarousel' store='exploremoth07-20' marketplace='US' link_id='e191d17c-ba71-11e7-b6a3-d97cb86e2e7f']

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The Itinerary


 Day 1

We take off from Dar es Salaam in early morning hours.

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We 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.

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Day 2

Manyara National Park

A drive from Arusha to Manyara National park will take approximately two hours. A fascinating unique feature is that in  Lake Manyara National park has a rare feature of lions that climb trees freely.

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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.

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Day 3-4

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 Serengeti National Park- Oldest game reserve in Tanzania.

 

Day 5

We take off to Ngorongoro Crater for a full game day

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.

Day 9-12

Ferry to Zanzibar. In Zanzibar get barefoot on sands of the sea or lay back under the sun, dive  .dhow ride.snorkellinging or kayaking. This is relaxing breakaway on Zanzibar beaches after a magnificent escapade of a Safari in the motherland of  Tanzania.

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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:


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10 Endemic Primates in Tanzania

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  1. Rondo Dwarf Galago

    Rondo Dwarf Galago

%CODE1% 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

%CODE2% 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.

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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)

%CODE4% 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

 

%CODE3% 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).

%CODE5% Grey-faced elephant-shrew are larger than other shrews and are sparse in color with glossy stiff fur.

8.The Kipunji(ARKive)

%CODE6% The Kipunji is an  Old World monkey species that living in  Highland Tanzania forests. The kipunji  ‘honk-bark’ call , distinguishing it from  close relatives.

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9.The Sanje Mangabey (ARKive)

%CODE7% 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
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“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
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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 .
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    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?

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All About Kilimanjaro: The  Top of Africa

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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???

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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'

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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.

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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!

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 Curiosity and Travel Genes

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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.

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#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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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?
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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.
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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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Geplaatst door Shabani Mpita op maandag 22 mei 2017

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

Welcome. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica

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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.

Tanzania

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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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

Thank you for the priviledge of being an active contributor to #Explore MotherlandAfrica 
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.

 

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Welcome to Zanzibar- Our Spice Island

Welcome to Zanzibar


Known to insiders, as Unguja, Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, located in the Indian Ocean. It is located in the Indian Ocean with beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs.
Sixty miles in length and about twenty miles wide, it occupies an area, that is six hundred and fifty square miles.

 

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Pemba is Zanzibar’s sister island. It had many years of isolation from the outside world.

Although Pemba has fewer tourists, there are beautiful beaches, natural forests and Misali Island, off Pemba’s east coast, is best for diving.

The only functioning ancient town in East Africa – the magical Stone Town. Stone Town has been designated one of the world’s few heritage sites by the United Nations.
Stone town is Mji Mkongwe in Swahili.The town was the centre of trade on the East African coast between Asia and Africa before the colonisation.
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The main export was spices and particularly cloves. For many years, Stone Town was the central base for slave trade; many were hauled from the mainland and rest of Africa and subsequently traded with the Middle East.
The Anglican Cathedral is built on a former slave market. Some of the holding cells still exist at the site.
Zanzibar has great symbolic importance in the suppressing slavery since it was one of the main slave-trading ports in East Africa and the main base where opponents like David Livingstone operated their campaigns.
It was here that the Shortest War in History was fought in 1896.

Zanzibar’s paradise beaches are filled with coconut palms. Coconut palms are resources that no part is wasted. There is a wide variety of products, materials for creative weavings, building, drinking, and eating. Many homes in Zanzibar use thatch roofs created from palm leaves. The coconut palm is one of the most versatile plants

 

Zanzibar produces the largest quantity of cloves in the world, and its history was heavily influenced by this activity. During the Han Dynasty, the Chinese would chew Cloves to freshen their breath before speaking to the Emperor.Therefore, it became a tradition in Zanzibar during meals
Zanzibar’s most famous event is the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as the Festival of the Dhow Countries. This event, held annually in July, displays the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar’s favourite music, Taarab
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This event, held annually in July, displays the best of the Swahili Coast arts scene, including Zanzibar’s favourite music, Taarab

 

 

The Spice Island of Zanzibar is famous for beaches as well as luxury resorts.It is a place carved in nostalgic essence filled with overwhelming hospitality, captivating your soul as it takes you way back in time.

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The Story Of Bagamoyo with a Bagamoyo Itinerary

Boats, Dowe, Shore, Beach, Ocean, Water
The winding road lined with palm trees in lush green pathways open up into the oldest town in Tanzania,"Bagamoyo", A UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, the rich cultural heritage of Bagamoyo is an unforgettable exploration discovery in Tanzania.
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8:00 am -   Leave Dar Es Salaam to Bagamoyo
10:00 am - Arrive in Bagamoyo
  •  Visit 15th-century Kaole Ruins
  •  Old Fort
  • Beach market
  • Caravan Serai
13:30 - Beach side lunch break
1500 - Visit 1880's German built Roman Catholic Church

 Other Bagamoyo points of Interest   

The Museum

Boat building 

Fish market

TASUBA Arts College (Chuo cha Sanaa)

 

Strolling down the unpaved and narrow street of Bagamoyo takes you back into time. Way back into time.

In the 19th century, this was an important settlement on the coast of East Africa. It was a route that linked Lake Tanganyika to the sea. Ivory, copra, salt and slaves were offloaded here before being shipped to Zanzibar and everywhere else.
The history of Bagamoyo and the unhurried pace makes it an amazing excursion when in Tanzania.
 Bagamoyo dates back to 600-800BC, Bantu-speaking tribes, Kwere, Doe and Zigua lived here originating from the interior Azania. Hunting, fishing, and subsistence farming were the order of the day until family clusters from Persia disrupted in 1250 when they were attracted by fertile land and the multitude of fishing.
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Bagamoyo – the Swahili rooted name Bwaga ambiguously meant to lay down. Moyo means ‘heart’ Bagamoyo was unburdening for traders and porters after lengthy journeys and a 'lay down' of hearts for those captured into a destination of heartbreaking slavery. The ambiguity of the name Bagamoyo allows both meanings.

 
The birthplace of Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete who served as president of the Democratic Republic of Tanzania, Bagamoyo lies about 70km from the capital of Dares-Salaam Little shops and art galleries line up the roadside. The tides slip in the coastal white sands.

 
 The oldest mosque, the ruined Kaole lies to the south-east of the town. A well-worn, old city with a population estimated at 30000, it is lined with historical architecture inspires by various designs.
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On the Swahili coast that was once integral for a commercial network between Somalia and Southern Tanzania, it was the link between the interior of Africa and the world via the island of Zanzibar.

 

 

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The once slave market has become the Bagamoyo Art market and is supports by the artist community in the town. Sun-kissed, dusty roads lead to a gallery where local artists who have transformed a wooden pavilion, a slave market of the past into an outdoor gallery featuring sculpture paintings and woodcarving. The gallery expresses a collective artist desire to link to a world economy, in the echoes of historic voices on every road corner.

 

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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.

 

 

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  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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Malawi -The Warm Heart of Africa

Hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches line this tideless inland sea. Relax in the sun on an uncrowded beach with long stretches of totally uninhabited golden sand lakeshore

Malawi's vast variety, overwhelming friendliness  great lake, wildlife, landscape and culture makes it an ideal getaway for families.

Formally known as Nyasaland, it's surrounded by Mozambique,Zambia, and Tanzania.

Malawi Flag

 


The initial western inception was when David Livingstone entered the shores in 1859. A British wiped out  slave trade in 1891.

For such a small country it has an unrivalled combination of Lake, Landscape and Wildlife. From rugged highlands to lowland plains, Malawi has an incredible variety of stunning landscapes.

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The unique rolling hills of orchid-clad Nyika; the cool forested plateau of Zomba; the 10000 ft climbers’ paradise of Mulanje Massif; the broad and fertile Shire Valley.

Malawi means the “glitter of the sun rising across the lake”.  And this vast inland sea is what we think about when we think about Malawi.

Lake Malawi is the third-largest lake in Africa, the 10th largest in the world and covers 1/5th of Malawi. It’s sometimes called the Calendar Lake because it’s 365 miles long and 52 miles wide.

 

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Or find out more about the country. Karonga has an interesting but turbulent history as a centre for the notorious nineteenth-century slave trade.

 

 

Now the town is the site of a new museum focused on both its cultural history and the recent archaeological finds of dinosaur and hominid bones.

At the top of the northerly point of the lake, you will find Nkhata Bay, that was reached by  David Livingstone. Its small sheltered harbour is a focus for the Lake’s fishing industry but it is also becoming increasingly important as a tourist centre.

Bandawe Mission was the place that Dr Robert Laws made the second attempt to establish a Livingstonia Mission. Like Cape Maclear, malaria took its toll and the missionaries moved further north to the present site on the Kondowe Plateau. The banked seating and  lateral sided pulpit of the church and missionary graves remain

 

Off the eastern shore of the Lake is Likoma Island: a small piece of Malawi in Mozambican waters. This is where the headquarters of Livingstone’s mission to Central Africa in the 1880s.  That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.

That’s why Malawi kept it when the Lake was divided politically after World War II. Likoma’s claim to fame is its cathedral (the size of Winchester’s) started in 1903. This vast building is a small piece of England in Africa, including stained glass and carved soapstone.

Visit the world’s first freshwater national park. Lake Malawi National Park, close to Monkey Bay, lies towards the southern extremity of the lake. The park includes a land area around the cape and bay as well as the Lake and islands up to 100 metres offshore. It’s also a world heritage site.

Snorkelling and scuba-diving are increasingly popular here because of the attraction of seeing the brilliantly coloured fish, the mbuna.

Lake Malawi contains more fish than any other lake in the world. Some of the rarest tropical fish in the world are unique to this vast lake. it has about 1000 species of fish. It’s is a true kaleidoscopic aquarium.

The countless thousands of freshwater fish, the mbuna, are more abundant and varied than anywhere else in the world and will feed directly from the hand.

Marine animals include two species of otter and occasional crocodiles.

Away from the lake, the park has baboons, klipspringer, bushbuck and vervet monkeys, antelope and hyrax, and, of course, there is a great variety of birdlife including fish eagles, kingfishers, cormorants and hamerkops. In the North the

In the North the lake is quite extraordinarily deep: 700m, plunging well below sea level. This reflects the enormity of the natural faulting of the Great Rift Valley which is the origin of the Lake itself.

Try out the range of watersports available along the length of Lake Malawi. Swimming, waterskiing, sailing and kayaking are all available along the extraordinarily clear lakeshore.

Because of its rich harvest of fish, the Lake plays an important part in the country’s economy. Fishing villages are scattered along the length of the lakeshore and you’re welcome to visit the traditional industry. Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or  Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.

Go fishing on the southern lakeshore north of Mangochi and at Senga Bay. There are opportunities to fish for yellow fish, lake salmon and lake tiger. Trout angling is easily arranged at Nyika Plateau or  Chelinda as well as Zomba Plateau.

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Mumbo Island and Domwe Island camps offer idyllic island getaways. Malawi is an ideal destination not to be missed in Africa. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica

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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.

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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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Coco Beach in Oyster Bay close to the city centre is ideal for swimming and is a popular youth hangout over weekends. Concerts and free events are regular under Coco Beach palm trees.
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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Plants and Trees found in the Majestic land of Tanzania


The Umbrella and Whistling Thorn trees and others in Tanzania

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

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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.

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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

 

 

Welcome to  Tanzania

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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.

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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

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Only in Tanzania- Part 3 -Let’s talk about the birds….Birds from Tanzania

Only in Tanzania

The only in Tanzania quest continues. Why Tanzania? Today we introduce and explore the birds of Tanzania.

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Tanzania in East Africa has a wide range of endemic bird species. It is one spectacular country offering a variety of birding habitats, including the montane forest, savanna miombo woodland, arid plains and the coastline.

It is a migratory passageway as well. Despite many attractions, national parks and reserves place big game on display ahead of birds. A visit to Tanzania in East Africa is definitely memorable lifetime for birders.

 

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It is recorded that there are 1100 bird species in Tanzania.This is the the third-highest on the continent of Africa.

A well-planned bird watching itinerary for two weeks can result in viewing approximately 300 species.

Game reserves like Selous and Serengeti are rewarding for bird watching and are an ideal introduction to the widespread species.

Experienced birders usually explore the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are the biggest attraction in Tanzania as they harbor 35 endemics that are found exclusively in Tanzania

Birding in Tanzania is good all year round, the prime season is usually September to April when the resident population has migrants that spend the northern hemisphere winter in Africa.
Winter in Europe coincides with the rainy season in East Africa when resident species transform into bright colors. We discuss a few notable birds endemic to the country.

1. Grey-breasted Francolin

Grey-breasted Francolin
Grey-breasted spurfowl,otherwise known as grey-breasted Francolin is a  bird species of thefamily Phasianidae. It is found exclusively in East Africa,Tanzania.

2. The Masked Lovebird

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.

Welcome to Motherland Africa. #EXPLOREMOTHERLANDAFRICA

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Timeless Train Journeys In Africa

Traveling 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 phase out the daily life hustle and bustle rush hour chaotic streams.

It is the ideal escape getaway, savoring 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!

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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

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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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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
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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 snorkeling or kayaking. This is relaxing breakaway on Zanzibar beaches after a magnificent escapade of a Safari in the motherland of  Tanzania.
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Day 12
Ferry back to Dar es Salaam
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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. Thereafter 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.
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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 is centered on  Parc National des Virunga, drawing travelers 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 travelers, Bakavu became a popular stopover en route to view lowland gorillas in natural habitat at Parc National de Kahuzi Beiga.

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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 Beige.

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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Angola – Africa’s Dazzling Delight Diamond Dust Beaches

Located on the West coast of Southern Africa, Angola boasts the second largest waterfall in Africa, various  national parks, rivers and scenic coastline.
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The initial  Angola inhabitants were Khoisan speakers. Large numbers of Bantu speakers migrated to the region and became the dominant group. Angola gets its name from the Bantu kingdom of Ndongo, whose name for its king is Ngola.

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Angola was under colonial rule until November 11, 1975, when it became an independent nation.

 

 

 

 

It was explored by the Portuguese navigator Diego Cão in 1482. Angola became a link in trade with India and Southeast Asia. Later it was a  source of slaves for Portugal’s New World colony of Brazil.

 

Angola is the second-largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa.Angola is Southern Africa’s final frontier.  Angola was racked by the civil war that caused devastation for about 30 years.

 

Tourism barely touched this remote and spectacular country which offers a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience.  Spread elegantly on the northern Atlantic coast, Luanda was a graceful capital in colonial times.

Angola is Southern Africa’s final frontier.  Angola was racked by the civil war that caused devastation for about 30 years. Tourism barely touched this remote and spectacular country which offers a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience.

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elegantly on the northern Atlantic coast, Luanda was a graceful capital in colonial times.These days it has a Caribbean-island flavour laced with Portuguese influences. Lubango in the south is the main town of Namibe Province, with a desert to explore as well empty beaches offering the ultimate in relaxation.

These days it has a Caribbean-island flavour laced with Portuguese influences. Lubango in the south is the main town of Namibe Province, with a desert to explore as well empty beaches offering the ultimate in relaxation.Angola with diamond sparkling beaches the second largest Africa Waterfall and the virgin wildlife parks has a  special lure that only a few places can match.

Angola with diamond sparkling beaches the second largest Africa Waterfall and the virgin wildlife parks has a  special lure that only a few places can match.

AngolaAnd if you want to do some beachcombing, there are fantastic beaches in Luanda, at Ilha do Cabo, Mussulo, Palmeirinhas, Corimba and Santiago.In Benguela, there is Restinga, Morena,  Caóta, Baia Azul, Caotina and Baia Farta and in the  Namibe,  Das Miragens and the  Azul.

In Benguela, there is Restinga, Morena,  Caóta, Baia Azul, Caotina and Baia Farta and in the  Namibe,  Das Miragens and the  Azul.

National Integral Park of Kwando and the National Park of Cangandala, in the province of Malange, home of the black Palanca, is a species to be found only in Angola.The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying.The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying.The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying

The National Park of Quissama, South of Luanda, has the elephant, the African antelope and the wild boar. The coastline of the park is used as an egg laying ground for the sea turtles. And obviously, you are roped off walking on the coastline that’s a maternity ward for sea turtles!

If you’re looking for leopard, lions, the chacal, the antelope or elephants you’ll find them in the National Park of Kameia, in the Province of Moxico. Elephants, antelopes, elands, gnus and zebras are in the National Park of Bicuar, in the Province of Huila.

The National Park of Mupa, in the Province of Cunene, is home to the ostrich, the elephant and the hippopotamus. The National Park of Iona, in the Namibe  Province where zebras, elephant, the rhinoceros and leopard roam freely.

Making it in time for the carnival

Carnival, Angola’s answer to Mardi Gras, comes in February, an excuse for everyone to dress up in elaborate costumes ranging from porn stars to politicians.But one of the best ways to experience the whole lot of this region is to catch the legendary train from Benguela to its twin port town of Lobito

But one of the best ways to experience the whole lot of this region is to catch the legendary train from Benguela to its twin port town of Lobito. Benguela was long the centre of an important trade, especially in slaves to Brazil and Cuba.

Benguela is barely set up for tourism in the modern sense, but nevertheless boasts a handful of reasonable guesthouses, some decent restaurants and a nascent nightlife. Independence Day on November 11 is celebrated with parades and presidential speeches.

And days you should try and be there? Public Holidays……Angola is notable as it has 15 public holidays over the year. These are:

January 1 – New Year’s Day


January 4 – Day of the Fallen against the colonial repression.


January 25 – Luanda’s Day


February 4 – Day of the Armed Struggle


The most important day of global celebration is March 8, International Women’s Day. A global celebration of the social political and economic achievements of women


April 4 – Peace Day, or Ceasefire Day, end of the Civil War


May 1 – Labour Day May 25 – Africa’s Day


June 1 is International Children’s Day


November 2 – All Souls Day

All Souls Day is also known as the Feast of All Souls


November 11 – Independence Day


December 25 – Christmas


December 31 – New Year’s Eve

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  • The currency is Kwanza (Kz) is the currency. US dollars are also widely accepted.
  • Experiencing something of a cultural renaissance.
  • Places like Restaurante Escondidinho buzz with young locals practising the kizombe, Angola’s romantic and highly sensuous national dance.
  • More than 90 percent of this population speaks Bantu languages, one of the major ones being Kimbundu. The Mbundu people live mainly in Luanda and neighbouring regions. Kimbundu has several mutually-intelligible dialects.
  • Angola Football Achievements is  COSAFA Cup : Times Champion (1999, 2001, 2004) and Central African Games

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Explore Motherland Africa – A Whirlwind Walk in Botswana- Lush Greenery and a Wealth of Wildlife

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.

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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 hostilities broke out between the Ndebele  (who were migrating from the Kalahari Desert) into the territory and the Tswana.

The leader Bathoen and Khama III and Sebele requested protection from the British Government. The northern territory continued as Bechuanaland Protectorate and the southern territory was integrated into the Cape Colony. It is in the north-west province of South Africa.

Botswana has two official languages, Setswana and English. Setswana is common to Sesotho. There is a good literature platform in Botswana. Bessie head, a well-known writer lived in Botswana in exile from the South African system and set many of her books there.

Other writers, Unity Dow as well as Norman Rush explored Botswana society and culture. Alexander McCall Smith featured  Gabarone with his First Ladies Detective Agency series of books.

Divine Botswana Munch Aways

Food specialities include the underground tuber Morama, similar to sweet potato, beans like ditloo,lethlodi( dried bean leaves, cow peas, the Kalahari Truffle,  ground nuts and peanuts as well as Morogo, a wild tasty spinach, it. Traditional homemade ginger beer is delicious.

A Walk into the Wild Botswana

The magnificent Kalahari is a desert that takes up seventy percent of Botswana.

The central Kalahari Game reserve and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers great experiences in a wildlife venture.

 

A game walk is exhilarating. It gets you up,close and gives you a direct connection to the world of wildlife celebrities,leaving you snapping away to capture the memories.
If you are not up for the wild walk, mountain bike your way up the Tuli block or otherwise safari on horseback. Another way is a view from above from a helicopter.Or even venture into a hot air balloon and experience a thrilling open floodplain landing.
Sport fishing trends in Chobe, the Okavango, as well as major dams around  Bokaa, Shashe and Gaborone. There are thousands of flamingoes awesomely flowing over the Makgadigadi plans.
Explore villages and towns to experience true culture in Botswana.

Botswana currency is Pula. Pula is also a motto of the country - it means rain.

Everyone should see beautiful Botswana at least once in their lives.

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Getaway Escape to Mafia Island

 While Zanzibar is a popular tourist destination, Mafia–Island just 160km south, is virtually unknown. There are steady groups of tourists and all unanimously sing praises of Mafia Island. It is safest Indian Ocean getaway.
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The Mafia Archipelago is 21km off the central Tanzania Radii River Delta. Mafia Island is about 50km long and 15km across is surrounded by marine life and a barrier reef. 822kn2 is a marine park. There are five species of turtles, 460 fish species around Chole Bay.

The wildlife is varied; there are monkeys, wild pig’s small antelopes, bush babies, and elusive hippos w with a wide array of bird species. The natural vegetation consists of coastal moorlands and mangrove thickets to rainforests and grasslands that are palm wooded.

 Baobabs trees are prominent along with the native Albizia. There are coastal high forests patches remain in Mafia localities.
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Chunguruma Forest is the most picturesque consisting of a canopy of dense trees that are palm interlaced with an abundant fern floor coverings.There are about three lodges for tourists.

The lodges are quite offering an alternative safari experience.The main activist is snorkeling, scuba diving, and offshore excursions on the beach.
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The safe and warm inland waters of the lagoons are paradise for an expert as well as beginner scuba divers.The main places to visit consist of. Chole Bay, Mange reef, Kinasi Pass Islets, Jibondo Pass and Kitutia.

There are outstanding diving safaris around Chole Bay Marine Park
 The marine ecosystem has a high biodiversity and important endangered species habitat are found here.

Mafia Island is renowned as a diving destination.  Mafia island consists of a diversity of tropical fish, a variety of corals and science has confirmed that Mafia Island has the richest reefs in the entire world, with an unparalleled variety of hard and soft corals and diversity of tropical fish.

Serengeti National Park – Oldest game reserve in Tanzania prehistoric ambiance

It is well documented that Serengeti is the most scientifically significant and oldest ecosystem on our planet Earth. The fauna and flora and weather patterns have changed a little in over a million years and the area has a prehistoric presence.

Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai. Serengeti National Park is a world of wonders, a celebrated wilderness area, a true inspiration to artists,  photographers, filmmakers and writers alike.

Serengeti is listed as one of the seven natural wonders including, The Nile River Egypt, the Sahara Desert that traverses eleven countries, Okavango Delta of Botswana and of course the Nile River, Egypt.

Best Time to Venture into Serengeti

There is no specific time that is set for Serengeti. Some say avoid rainy seasons from April to May. Different times and seasons offer different experiences. Research what you prefer to experience and determine how long you plan to be in Tanzania.

Serengeti is world renowned for the annual migration period where approximately three million antelopes migrate to Masai Mara in Kenya. This is usually at the end of the rainy season in May.
Travels to Serengeti are good all year round with one highlight being the antelope migration. When the short rain starts in October the return migration to Serengeti begins.
If you plan on travelling with your children, not a problem at all. There are fun-filled activities for all ages. Carry Binoculars are and a  camera. Take along some warm clothes for ea game drives in the morning,  wear boots and take along a torch with some sunscreen.
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Planning to explore Tanzania-East Africa for a Safari or beach getaway?

Key travel trips for a getaway to Tanzania

On a venture to explore Tanzania? These are key travel tips to take heed of in this exciting venture.


  • Main Language use is Kiswahili. Pick up a few words and blend in with the locals.

  • Currency is Tanzania Tshillings, but foreign currencies like Euros and Dollars are accepted at most tourist spaces. Credit cards, not widely. ATMs for cash withdrawals are available and park fees for Safaris are payable with a designated TANAPA card issued at local banks ELIM or CRDB.

  •  Major Airlines

Air Tanzania, South Africa Airways, Fastjet, Precision air, Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopian, Emirates.Kenya, Oman, KLM, Qatar and Rwanda.

 

 

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  •  Take a yellow fever vaccination. Malaria is preventable, provided that repellents and mosquito nets are used. There is anti-malaria medication available as well. Make sure only bottle or boiled water is used for drinking.

  • Weather is dry and hot with cool mornings and evenings. Short rains from November to mid-December and a long rainy season from March to May. Coastal areas remain hot and humid all year round. Seasons do vary. If you are planning to reach Kilimanjaro Peak or climb Mount Meru, freezing points can be reached.

  • Take along light clothes and a sweater for mornings and evenings. If you are venturing on a game drive and a Safari trip a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen will be advisable and long pant and sleeves to ward off insect bites. If Kilimanjaro or Mount climbing ventures, get thermal underwear, rain jackets, boots and socks and a sweater.

  • Safari Parks usually open at 6:30 am and close at 6:00 pm. Advice since distances are long to travel between them is to choose specific parks. Travel less and see more. Follow the advice of guides and ranges.keep vehicles in designated spots and follow recognised paths to avoid vegetation damage.

  • Cameras should be protected and do ask permission before taking pictures of local people.


  • Travel insurance is advisable with cover for any lost baggage and possible medical expenses

  •  Carry a headlamp or torch as power failures and surges are common.

  • Safari car hires usually need to be hired with a driver.

  • Check visa requirements with the embassy or consulate.

  • Protect personal belongings even though Tanzania is generally a safe country.

 

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8 Day-Safari Package in Southern Tanzania

 

Safari Package – Game Parks  in Southern Tanzania Selous Game Reserve,Mikumi,Udzungwa Mountains,Saadani National Park

Southern Tanzania Safari Itinerary

Day 1
We depart from a pickup point in  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and drive to Selous Game Reserve early morning. On the way, we stop for lunch at Kibiti, small city, in the Pwani.
We arrive at Selous Game reserve late afternoon and do a boat Safari on River Rufiji for two hours Overnight lodge at  Selous.

Day 2
On the second day, a Game drive in Selous National Park and have a picnic lunch.
Selous in the Southern region of Tanzania is the largest game reserve in Africa. The most popular for wildlife viewing . A hidden gem with rivers and lakes with fabulous game species including wild dog, elephants, crocodiles hippos, crocodiles and lions as well.

Day 3
We begin with a cultural Village Tour of Mloka in the morning after breakfast for two hours. Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people.
Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting  with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people.
After the tour, we proceed to Mikumi game park and arrive in Mikumi National park in the evening. Overnight stay over in Mikumi.

Day 4
We begin with a game drive exploring Mikumi National Park with a
Mikumi game drive.
Mikumi is abundant  in wildlife on the open horizon of the  Mkata Floodplain, the Mikumi centrepiece similar to the popular  Serengeti Plains.

 

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Day 5
We Journey to explore  Undzungwa mountains.
Udzungwa, the largest and the  most biodiverse  forest swathed   mountain  rises majestically  from  eastern Tanzania flat plains . It is a treasure-trove of  animals and endemic plants .

After exploring the magical wonders on Undzungwa, we sleep over for the night.

Day 6
On the morning of day six, we depart to Saadani National park.
Saadani National park in the historical triangle of Pangani, Bagamoyo and Zanzibar the park is the only wildlife sanctuary that borders the sea. The hot, humid  coastal climate  offers a unique marine fauna and flora variety in a setting that is culturally fascinating .There are approximately thirty species of mammals as well has numerous bird and reptile species. The ocean  has a variety of fish species with dolphins, whales and green turtles.
Overnight Stay

Day 7
A half day  Boat Safari in Saadani, camp lunch, and a half day game drive
Overnight Stay

Day 8

Drive back to Dar-es-Salaam

An incredible journey, without a doubt

An Ultimate Selous Safari experience

The Soul Selous Journey

The urbanized Dar-es-Salaam gradually fades away into clouds and eventually reaching the huge Miombo woodlands, lakes, swamps, animals, meandering roads and a passage of serenity. Selous game reserve Reserve in the Southern stretch of Tanzania.

Selous, as is commonly called, was named after a conservationist, Frederick Selous.  The vast 54600 square kilometer land is huge. The game reserve has several airstrips. Elephants, cheetahs, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, as well as crocodiles, occupy the sanctuary. The vegetation ranges from wooden grasslands to dense thickets.

The Selous,  one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Selous is approximately three times bigger than the famous Serengeti National Park.

The  World Heritage Site makes up 6% of Tanzania. Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a game drive in that area.

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Selous Game reserve

Selous is home to a diverse range of bird and mammal species.There are close to 60,000 elephants and about  40,000 hippos.

The Selous is photographic and displays African wilderness grandeur. The Rufiji river meanders through Miombo Woodland connected with streams and lakes with waterfowl, crocodile, and hippos

A game drive along the rough roads of Selous is rewarding during dry seasons around the lakes. Whether bush camping or staying in lodge comfort, it is easy to make arrangements for a walking safari and have a field guide close by.

Boat safaris on lakes or the Rufiji river is an opportunity to see diverse birds and wildlife from a differing perspective.

The size of the Selous game reserve and its remote location, it is recommended to have a minimum of at least three nights. Fly-in Safaris and game viewing activities by lodges are popular choices. For a truly wild experience, try bush camping.

The wildlife in Selous attracts southern and eastern African wildlife, both migratory and resident with over   440 known bird species of birds. The lion population is strong here and a huge leopard population and home to hippos.

One way to reach Selous Game Reserve is by train, The TAZARA Railway route from Dar es Salaam to Zambia passes Selous Game Reserve a few times each week and is also one transport way.

Accommodation in Selous

There is a wide range of campsites and lodges around the Selous Game Reserve.

Lodges on Rufiji River banks as well as remote hilly locations are all within the game reserve. As there is a diversity of  accommodation and a wide range of habitat longer stays at  Selous Game Reserve are recommended

The main attraction is hot springs where soothing warm water dips are possible. Lake Tagalal is great for bird watching and home to hippos and crocodiles

The Ulitmate Bush Experience

  • Unspoiled Woodland, grassy plant, bush sounds make up the best scenery.
  • Exciting walking and boat safaris

Selous is  African wildlife untouched in Africa and is easily reached from  Zanzibar or Dar-es-salaam.

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Mystical Wonders of Tanzania : Leaping red monkeys, Crawling Coconut Crabs, Traces of First Human Life on Earth

Delve into the mystic wonders of Tanzania with leaping red monkeys,crawling coconut crab, and traces of first human life on earth.

Human life started in Africa-Tanzania. Evidence exists of the very human ancestors on earth in Tanzania, Olduvai on a site called Olduvai Gorge. Stone tools and fossil bones that date back millions of years ago were discovered and this led to the conclusion that the first human beings originated in Africa.

  1. The earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Olduvai a misspelt Maasai word Oldupai that defines a plant called wild sisal growing in that area. It is located between Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park.

  2. Thirty percent of Tanzania consists of National Parks, with twelve parks, thirteen nature reserves and thirty-eight protected areas and many endemic or endangered species including twelve vertebrate species that were discovered in recent years.
Three notable Tanzania species the red Colobus monkey of Zanzibar, flying fox in Oembe and Ader Duike, Africa’s rare forest antelope.
  • The Tarangire national park has the highest density of large ungulates in the East of Africa as well as kudu, oryx and the highest elephant population.
  • Wildlife migration is seasonal and they disperse to neighbouring lands belonging to Massai communities and coexist with the herds.
  • The Kirundi was discovered in the year 2003 and is the first new discovery of monkey genus in over eighty years and is rare with the last population count not exceeding 1,117.
  • The Ruaha River is Tanzania’s key waterway for fishery and provision of seventy percent of the country’s electricity.
  • The largest population of the wild elephant is in Tanzania’s Ruaha National park.
  1. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Kilimanjaro represents East Africa’s compelling beauty. Rising in a breathtaking isolation from the coastal scrubland that surrounds it to an elevation of 900m to 5895 m.It is the most accessible high summit in the world.
  2. The coconut crab is the largest crab in the world is found in Tanzania on Zanzibar Island.The BirgesLatro, coconut crab is a hermit crab that is terrestrial. Other popular names for them are ‘robber crabs’ and ‘palm thief’s’.
They are the largest anthropoids living on land in the world. They can grow as large as one meter. They eat coconuts by ripping the husk strips with pincers hitting repeatedly until the coconut cracks open. They are land based and only lay eggs in the sea. They do not have the ability to swim and can drown if they are immersed in water for a long period.Their lifespan can extend over sixty years

6 .Ngorongoro, the world’s largest volcanic crater is nineteen kilometres with a depth of six hundred meters.The crater formed after a volcano exploded and collapsed about three million years ago. It is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

 

 

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7.Freddie Mercury, the popular lead vocalist of the well-known band “Queen” was born in Zanzibar archipelago. Tanzania. Originally his name was Farrok Bulsara.

8.Lions climb trees in Lake Manyara National park, the only lions that climb trees freely in the world

9. Tanzania has over four million wild animals consisting of four hundred and thirty species as well as subspecies. The concentration of animals for every square meter is the largest in the world.

10. The Mpingo trees also known as the African Blackwood tree is the source for one of the most expensive timbers that exist in the world grows in Tanzania. The fine texture, high density and durability make it a preferred type of wood for musical instruments.

 

12 Mountain Climbing and Hiking trips in the Heart of Motherland Africa- Tanzania

Planning to travel to Africa and venture on mountain climbing?  Let’s start at the beginning of creation, the heart of the motherland, Tanzania.

Many nature lovers, come out to explore amazing wildlife and exciting Safaris. Others that have little interest in game drives and Safaris opt for climbing and hiking adventures. It becomes a combo of a Safari and a mountain climbing venture as the lush pathways have many wildlife sightings as well.

 

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Mount Kilimanjaro is number one on the list. It is the most famous and the highest mountain on the continent of motherland Africa.

 

 

 

Other mountain ranges that have attractive peaks are in the North and East of Tanzania. We have Mt Meru, Ol Donyo Lengai active volcano, and the tamer Usambara Mountains, gentle Crater Highlands slopes.

1. Mount Kilimanjaro

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First on the list is Mount Kilimanjaro. In the northern Tanzania plateau with snowy peaks, above the rolling hills.The glaciers and slopes reaching way above the clouds.


2. Mt Meru Crater

Mount Meru

Mt Meru Crater is neglected if favor of his East neighbor Mt Kilimanjaro. This mountain close to Arusha National Park is definitely an experience that will be an unforgettable memory.

The low slopes are covered in a highlight of a dense forest where buffalos graze and the colobus monkeys play.

This extinct volcano has a base of a perfect crater and an additional inner crater with sheer, sharp cliffs. The subsidiary peak is formed by the Ash Cone. Momela lakes and Ngurdoto Crater are visible from the mountain slopes.


3. Crater Highlands

Crater Highlands

The Crater Highlands rise up from the Rift Valley.The lush chain of volcanoes and mountains including the Ngorogongo conservation area that is surrounded by Massai tribal lands. Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.

Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.

This is a hiking adventure of a lifetime. Large zebra and wildebeest herds graze nearby and lions lay back in the sun. At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.

At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.

4. The Eastern Arc Mountain Range

Eastern Arc Mountain Range


Stretching all the way from the Taita Hills South of Kenya to the Southern Highlands of Tanzania the Eastern Arc mountain range has a long history of geological activity.

It is estimated to be over a hundred million years old and some formations are six hundred million years old. The climate stability allows this area to inhabit a wide array of insect and plant life to amazing species of birds.

5. Livingstone Mountains

Livingstone Mountains

A low altitude range of mountains that on the border of Lake Nyasa.It is in a remote location and difficult to reach as the pathways are uncharted for the climb and are usually unexplored.

6. Monduli Mountains


A few hours away from Arusha, a day trip to the Monduli Mountains can either be a journey of a casual day trip or part of a hiking itinerary that is longer.

Massai herd cattle along the slopes and various cultural tour programs offer visitors an opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and local culture of the Massai.

It is surrounded by views of the rift valley, Mount Meru, and Mount Kilimanjaro.

7. Mount Hanang


Located on bumpy tracks about 200km on the South East of Arusha, the extinct volcanic crater is a stunning feature above the plains.It is usually a two-day climb, that takes trekkers via several tribal lands including the semi-nomadic  Barabaig, known for goatskin garments.


8. Ol Donyo Lengai

Ol Doinyo Lengai

Overlooking The Kenya bushland and Lake Natron, Ol Donyo Lengai meaning ‘ the home of God’ in Massai, this is an active volcano and an undiscovered and spectacular climb in Tanzania.

It has sporadic volcano eruptions, sending gray lava streams down the rim of the crater and spits out hot ash into the air. The climb is usually overnight for hikers to experience the spectacular sunrise over the escarpment of the Rift Valley.


9. Pare Mountains

Pare Mountians

On The Eastern Arc range in the North East of Tanzania lies the remote Pare Mountains and is extremely rewarding to trekkers on a search for trails off beaten paths.

It is home to the Pare tribe, pastoralists, and agriculturists who have retained traditional life.A Pare mountain hike takes visitors through beautiful forests and local villages, part of Tanzania that is little visited.

10. Udzungwa Mountains

Udzungwa Mountain


The Udzungwa Mountains is located on the west of Dar es Salaam.It rises from the West of Selous Game Reserve. Vervet monkeys play in the forests and forest antelopes can be viewed at certain times of the day. The botanical diversity is exceptional, and the park hosts numerous endangered species of birds. The peak of the mountain offers views of the Selous game reserve and the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is a worthwhile venture.

11. Uluguru Mountains

Uluguru Mountains

The Uluguru mountains overlook the Morogoro agricultural area and part of the Eastern Arc range. Named after the Luguru tribe, a group that farms on the verdant slopes.This area is amidst the oldest forests in Africa.Hiking here is pleasant and rewarding.It has a plethora of endemic insect and bird species.


12. Usambara Mountains

Usambara Mountains

Part of the Eastern Arc in the North East and is divided by 4km valley of farms and small villages. There are day trips and overnight treks, taking visitors through an area of concentrated biodiversity. Bird watching is rewarding and the views include the Indian Ocean and Massai Steppe.

Welcome To Tanzania!  #ExploreMotherlandAfrica.

Are you with nature? World Environment Day in Tanzania – 5th June

A special day for the environment – June 5th

World Environment day marks a special day. It highlights the importance of the environment we live in. We need to take the time to always celebrate nature. The environment connects to us and supports us in every essence. We need to support our environment.

Humans are creatures on earth that mold the environment. The environment is for physical sustenance. It is part and parcel of our existence. It molds us. It  gives an opportunity for moral intellectual and spiritual growth,

The evolution of the human race on the planet with the rapid science and technology acceleration allows man the power to transform the environment in endless ways.

The protection of the environment affects the well-being of people as well as economic development in the world. June 5th was designated as world environment day by the United Nations.

Celebrating world environment day is an opportunity to broaden enlightenment and responsible conduct by enterprises, communities, and individuals. It started in 1974 and is a global platform of a public outreach celebrated everywhere in the world

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People and Nature – The  ‘true love’ connection

World environment day has a central theme on pressing environmental issues, the theme for 2017 is about connecting people to nature.

It ignites an urge to be outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature. We intimately depend on nature. We find fun in nature and the experience allows us to cherish the relationship.

Many in rural settings touch base every day close to nature and can appreciate dependence on nature to provide livelihoods with fertile soil and natural water.

Pollution, overexploitation and climate changes alter ecosystems. When ecosystems are threatened, all are affected.

The gifts of nature cannot be valued in monetary terms, clean air is taken for granted until it is scarce.

Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda states the resolve to ensure the protection of natural resources on the planet.

Environmental Projects in Tanzania

There initiatives of connecting people to nature in Tanzania, the beginning of creation are interesting waves in the current day millennium.

Lake Victoria- Africa

An East African Community initiative, LVEMP, is a regional initiative that is coordinated by LVBC, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission. It is implemented in the five East African states  Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda

The main objectives are to improve collaborative management of natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin and improve the environmental management of pollution hotspots for the benefit of the communities that depend on the lake Victoia Basin natural resources.
Coco Beach- Tanzania

World Environment Day celebrations by Nipe Fagio was with partners BORDA, Voice Giving, Conservation Interaction,  the Tanzania Medical Association and Roots & Shoots.

RAU forest reserve

Rau Eco Tourism marked a celebration of world environment day with litter pick ups in the Rau forest reserve and celebrated in appreciation of the forest

Youth for green growth

Raleigh International funded by the OAK Foundation initiated a ‘Youth for Green Growth’  project that supports youth action for environmental and social advocacy in the Tanzania region. This in turn, promotes an advancement for the agenda of green growth, contributing to the global sustainable development goals.

The project involves experiential training and learning opportunities, as well as the support of organization strengthening of youth-led societies that enable the youth of Tanzanian to address environmental and social developmental issues at grassroots and at a national level.

Welcome to Tanzania. #ExploreMotherlandAfrica

 

Celebrating Africa Day – May 25

Today is May 25th. Diarise this day. It is a special day. It is 'Africa day'.  On this day the motherland Africa reclaims its dignity, peace, and justice on the continent.

This special day is celebrated all over the continent and acknowledges the progress that Africa has made while it reflects on the common challenges faced all over Africa in the global environment.

Celebrations by Africans all over the world, it a calling that Africa will rise again!

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The Origins of Africa Day

The history of ‘Africa day’ can be traced back to the April 15th in 1958. The first Congress on African soil took place in  Accra, Ghana. Convened by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the prime minister of Ghana, it comprised of leaders from Egypt, EthiopiaLiberia, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia and the Cameroon.

There was an initiation to create 'Africa freedom day' or 'Africa liberation day' It finally became 'Africa Day'. Africans celebrate 'Africa Day' to commemorate African liberation and unity.

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The conference was aimed at showcasing Africa liberation movements and progress.  It was about symbolizing determination of Africa to break free from foreign exploitation and domination. It was a platform to reject colonialism. It sowed the seeds of what was to become the  Organization of African Unity.

In 1961 on the 9th of December 1961, Tanganyika gained independence and became known as Tanzania. Julius Nyerere was an influential force behind the Organization of African Unity (OAU) currently branded as the African Union.

Between 1958 and 1963 seventeen African countries gained independence from colonizers. The time arrived, a calling to celebrate liberation.

On the 25th of May in 1963 by thirty-two free nations joined in unison and launched the OAU.This was led by  Julius Nyerere from Tanzania, Kwame Nkrumah from Ghana, Sékou Touré from Guinea and Kenneth Kaunda from Zambia. Since then 21 more countries joined in. South Africa the final, after the demise of the apartheid regime.

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The original mission of the OAU was about freedom for Africa.  Most of Africa was still under colonial rule in the 1960’s. The mission was to defend sovereignty, restore dignity and human rights of the people in Africa. Since then Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25th.

In our modern age, Africa day is a national holiday is some countries. Diaspora communities gather in ceremonies exchanging cultural attire and exchanging traditional recipes from their motherland Africa

Over half a century has passed since then, themes  and colonialism that was the common enemy at that time had eventually withered away,

In current times the community of Africa states commemorates Africa day highlight theme seems for nation building the nation.This year it is the all about the development of youth in Africa.

We need to always reflect on the roots behind this special day. What does it mean to us in present times? Unity is one honorable goal. We need to remove barriers between the nations.

Africa day is about harmony and peace. It is worth celebrating. It is an achievement that African the African Union was formed. It is an achievement that Africa countries can unite peacefully.

In the beginning, Africa day was about finding for independence.  We are fighting for development in current days.

  • The  African Union is about the promotion of democracy in all countries on the continent of Africa.
  • It is about the promotion human rights.
  • It is about sustaining economies in Africa by preventing conflict and the promotion of common markets.

We need to celebrate our motherland, our Africa!