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.

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.

 

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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‘#CreatepreneurAfrica’ – Pablo Zungu Art wonders in Tanzania

The journey was ongoing. The chapter seemed to be spurting out more and more. My never-ending delve into Africa. The spark was ignited into abundance beyond note. Turning passions into profit, the rhythm echoed into smooth sailing miracles.

The Making of a Createpreneur.

When anybody churns out the term “entrepreneur”, what springs to mind at the word?A briefcase, tie and suit image?

A briefcase, tie and suit image?

On the other hand, maybe pictures of those in the billionaire ranks flashed in the media.

That is a narrow view. There are vast ways to spring any creative business venture into motion.

A common theme of ‘CreatEntepreneurs’ is a risk. Many work independently, industries differ, business can gain wisdom from other varied experiences and their management of work and risks.

 

If you an artist that goes solo with your artwork meet, CreatEntepreneur™ Pablo Zungu.

 

 

 

Pablo is an artist in Tanzania in East Africa with a large international following.

 

As artist living in a remote unknown village called Mloka on the outskirts of the main buzz of city centre. How did he get an international audience, people from all over the world to buy his local trending artwork?

Tell us about your true passion in life?

My passion is filling my day creating new pieces of art. It is expression, letting go. Each day on waking until the day closes. I found my passion at a young age. Left with the responsibility to take care of my two younger brothers at an early age when my parents passed away. My art was my key to keep all together in challenging times

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The independence and freedom it provides. I am not imprisoned in a warehouse packing shelves or joining other pathways I have little interest in, to barely fill a fridge and every hour consumed. Slavery did not die. It evolved, not through chains at feet, but into a concrete jungle. It became legalized .My art is my freedom to create an income on my terms in my environment.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I do not know if it was about choice. It was there, in my pathway. I discovered that selling paintings was a stream of income. With no conflict of being under instruction of any authority figures and taking orders and instructions. I chose a stress free way to sustain my family and myself.

 

When was the first time you got paid for your passion?

I was a teenager and spent my time creating artwork. One-day tourists passed by, totally immersed in the piece, and placed US dollars in my hand. I was thrilled. Dollars converted into a huge amount in my local currency. I even afforded to buy more paints and canvases.

 

What kept you going when you thought about giving up? 

There were many times that I doubted any ability to make more money with my art. I overcame the self-doubt by creating and sharing my work.

What motivates you each and every day to be even more successful?

Even if I tried to join the nine to five worlds, I know I would not make it. I strived on to keep creating and spreading my work to all regions where there were possible sales. Every region that had markets or stalls for artwork I found a stall owner to display my work and draw in interest and sales.

I am based in a remote village on the outskirts of the city centre, but I prefer to be there. I live close to a popular game reserve that has a multitude of travelers from all over the world. My art is indigenous local Tanzanian authentic that appeals to all those who travel to our country. It gives them memorable artefacts to take back home of a land they will never forget and strive to revisit. My art is one aspect that promotes the thriving economic sector of tourism, so to speak.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

I can only share my well wishes that they gain success in their pathways as I have found my passion and I am keeping to it.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

I advise them to follow their dreams and never give up. Look at all possibilities and find the one that works for you.


Find or Be Found……….

 

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More about expeditions in Madagascar

Fast Fascinating Facts about Madagascar

  • Rainforests and the incredible animals.

Parc National de L’Isalo is one of the country’s most spectacular regions, perfect for overnight hikes, rock-hopping along cool canyons and spotting lemurs.  It’s best to visit during the cooler months (April to October) when the bizarre patchy podiums and periwinkles are in flower on the rock faces and walking is more comfortable.

“Parc national de l’Isalo”
  • Tribute to Ancestors

The Sakalava people used to bury their dead in caves high up on cliff faces. Spread across 152,000 hectares, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve has amazing forests, lakes and mangrove swamps, home to a variety of rare and endangered birds and lemurs. With gorges, rivers, and Ancient cemeteries Tsingyis a must visit.

 

Madagascar People
But Madagascar isn't all just animals and conservation.  
  • Madagascar Soul History

There’s a lot of history going on down as well. Ambohimanga is one of the summer palaces of the old Malagasy royal family. Antananarivo, or Tana, has a distinctively French flavor: The city is built on three levels.

 

Dominating the city is the Queen’s Palace and associated Royal Village or Rova. Now a national monument, it was once the residence of the Merina Dynasty which, in the 19th century, united all Madagascar for the first time.

There are the museums d’Andafiavaratra and the archaeology museum. On the lowest level is the market said to bee the second-largest in the world. The birthplace of the Malagasy state. Ambohimanga is known as ‘the blue city’, ‘the holy city’ and ‘the forbidden city’. The citadel was an important Merina stronghold and its main gate is an enormous stone disc; 40 men were needed to roll it into position.

Madagascar Museums

Or else you can check out the old pirate colony island of Ile St Marie. Its dense vegetation and the difficulty of navigating the lagoons which surround it made it an ideal base for pirates and, later, a colony for convicts.

There are many clove plantations and several historic sites, including Madagascar’s oldest Catholic church. It’s the perfect destination for those who just want to relax.  You can snorkel, sunbathe and overindulge on coconut rum punches.

  • Feel and Taste Madagascar

Buy cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil from the local children, sip fiery ti-punch and sample the most delicious freshly-caught seafood or sit under a palm tree on a white sandy beach. There’s whale-watching in July and August, and the amazing spiny forest along the road just north of Mangilly is well worth a look.With coral reefs just offshore, sea breezes whispering in the casuarina trees and a relaxed tropical ambiance, who wants to go home?

Malagasy soothing tunes (myspace.com/tambatra) by our  conttributor glamorous soul sister from Madagascar  (myspace.com/tambatra myspace.com/tambatra1)

Getting around Madagascar

Check this out. Air Madagascar, serves numerous destinations throughout the country, which is a good thing considering that many roads have huge potholes and are impassable in the rainy season. Flights are still relatively inexpensive and they offer a 50% discount on domestic flights to passengers using the airline to travel to Madagascar.

The taxi-be, which is quick and comfortable, and the bush taxi, which is cheaper, slower, makes more stops and generally operates on cross-country routes. Fares should be agreed in advance. It is a flat fee. Alternatively, you can go via bus bonus a flat rate is charged irrespective of the distance traveled. Alternatively, take the House-pousse – the rickshaw.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can grab a stagecoach. A few covered wagons continue to take passengers. Otherwise, you can hire a car or motorbike. You will need a national driving license, and remember they drive on the right-hand side.

Or you can catch a train! Only if you have a lot of time. The Malagasy railway network dates from the colonial period, so breakdowns are frequent, a line may be closed for several weeks.

However, there is nothing to beat messing around in boats. Madagascar has a strong maritime tradition. Ferries sail between the islands. You can travel between coastal villages in dugout canoes known as Pirogues or Lakana. You can also hire Dhows and larger cargo boats.

And if you want to bareboat, a “guide” is usually included in the price of the yacht charter. He will cook, guide you, and protect the boat. A yacht charter to Madagascar is a bit of a “Robinson Crusoe” adventure. Once you embark, you cannot provision again and must live off the fish and seafood you will catch for yourself (or with your guide). So get a good one.

Madagascar is a great place to tour by bike and staying in small towns and villages along the way gives a real sense of what the country is all about. A mountain bike or heavy-duty tourer at least is required as the roads can be in poor to terrible condition.

Generally, there is little to no traffic, which makes cruising a great escapade. The people are amazingly friendly and you will be greeted with crowds of children shouting ‘Vazaha’. There are little or no facilities for cyclists, so be prepared to camp rough (ask if it is somebody’s land and never too near a family grave) or sleep in very basic guesthouses. Though you will generally be invited to stay in people’s houses. Bring a spare tire, puncture kit, chain, brake/gear cable, derailleur, and all the tools you need.

Remember that the law is that the ‘tour’ operators have to have a contract with you with all the details on it including the route. The police do check on this and it protects the tourists.

All visitors must have visas, except for citizens of some African countries. Proof of return ticket is required otherwise a deposit must be paid before arriving in Madagascar, which is equivalent to the cost of a flight to the country of origin. And if you come from Africa, you must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

  • Fast Facts 

  • Currency -Malagasy Ariary (MGA) Us dollars needs to be declared on arrival. There are currency restrictions
  • Electrical Power is 127V/220V, RUNNING AT 50Hz.
  • Languages Spoken : Malagasy, French, English
  • Time Zones – GMT/UTC +3:
  • Country Dialing Code +261:
  • Hot and subtropical climate, colder in the mountains.
  • Rainy season: November to March.
  • Dry season: April to October.
  • Monsoon season is December to March.
.. And when you've had 16 tracks of Malagasy hospitality, the last thing you'll be feeling is lonely - except perhaps when you arrive back home.

 

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.  
 



The Itinerary


 Day 1

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

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.

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.

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 3-4

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.

South Africa’s Cultural Soul – The roots of Township Tours

South Africa – few can rival South African soul in the townships. Today we explore Kwa-Zulu Natal.  Walking the paths of some of the greatest leaders.

It’s another world and another time. This is part of the old Africa, where the amaZulu ruled unchallenged, a place of beaded headdresses and rawhide shields, beehive huts, and a lifestyle that properly belongs to the great age of Shaka.

Gain an insight into the amaZulus’ traditional way of life their beliefs, crafts, songs and dances at Shakaland, the open-air museum near Eshowe.

This is the oldest town in Zululand. Shakaland is also the oldest Zulu Cultural Village in Zululand, originally built as a scenery for the movie “Shaka Zulu”.

It’s been converted into a Zulu homestead with thatched beehive houses arranged in a circle around the central cattle kraal. Visitors stay in beehive houses, with all the modern conveniences.

 

The village overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake offers the true Zulu cultural experience and traditions, including pottery, beadwork, beer making and tasting as well as magnificent foot-stomping, ground shaking demonstrations of traditional Zulu dance.

Assegai-wielding warriors will teach you how to fight. You can also witness the age-old methods of making spears and shields, skills that are to a large extent disappearing. This is one of the few men who still know how to make the broad stabbing spear introduced by King Shaka. A memorable part of the tour is the spear throwing and stick-fighting demonstrations.

The  Memorable Adventures of Zululand

Kwa-Zulu Natal

The Kwa-Zulu Natal province is rooted in the legacy of the Zulu nation. There are ample opportunities to explore the fascinating world of the Zulu’s.

There are many private as well as provincial game reserves showcasing the abundance of biodiversity in the region.  You get an authentic safari experience and a historical viewpoint through the battlefield routes of the historical town, Vryheid which has  tea plantations and cattle ranches.

The Battlefields Route is significant as it was is where there were historical clashes between Zulu,  Brit, and Boer (farmer). The Kwa Zulu Natal battlefield region extends from Thukela river at Dolphin coast to Richards Bay further in the north to Paulpietersburg.

Paulpietersburg is 50hm to the north and links the inland of South Africa with the coast of  Zululand. This town is widely known for sulfur springs and therapeutic spas.

The major attractions are Zulu culture, birdlife, and many nature and game reserves.

Zulu culture is all over South Africa, but not as poignant as the Zulu kingdom.

Visitors can feel and taste true Zulu hospitality in dance, food, and song. There is an opportunity to become part of authentic Zulu weddings, assist with chores in the village and even visit a local sangoma (traditional healer).

You can take an ox-wagon visit to the Zulu beehive huts. Or even explore local shebeens, traditional medicine outlets. You get to learn how locals adapt age-old traditions into modern living.

 

  • A Zululand heritage experience is by stopping at Melmoth ‘where the legend King Shakas was born ‘the Valley of Kings’
  • The Emakhosini Valley is the site of graves of many Zulu Kings
  • The Zululand Birding Route has 650 recorded species of birds. The Dlinza Nature Reserve is a popular spot for birding.
  • Vast nature and game reserves from subtropical forest reserves  along the coast as well as game reserves further north

The biggest attraction in the KZN region is Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park.

It is the oldest in Africa and home to the famous big 5 in Africa. Rhinos, drive game lions, elephants, buffalos and leopards. There are self-drive game as well as guided walks.

 

Wilderness trails provide an intimate experience in the bush

End the Zululand expedition round off will be Richards Bay. The large town boasts a stunning scenery of the wetland.

 

Welcome to Motherland Africa......

 

Strolls and sightings in Africa – Travel Adventures in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Motherland Africa –  Zambia and Zimbabwe

The majestical journey to Zimbabwe is engraved in a superb tradition where hospitality reigns supreme.

Twenty years ago Zimbabwe was the richest country in Africa with tourism as a major industry.

Zimbabwe’s political stature led to it become one of the poorest, with an inflation rate that is the highest in the world. People used to call it the breadbasket of the continent, but after a while, no food was available even for those that had mountains of money.

Once upon a time, it was the continent’s breadbasket but eventually there was no food available, even for those stacked with mountains of money.

Nowadays many may be reluctant to consider exploring Zimbabwe. No worries if the feeling of uncertainty is there, Zambia shares many of the same attractions.

The tourists’ attraction focus is the great Zambezi River. It forms a natural boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Zambezi River

The Zambezi  River is a river system that is the fourth largest in Africa. It runs through six countries. All starts off with a  little spring in the Mwinilunga District in the northwest part of Zambia.

This is close to the  Zambian,  Zaire and Angola borders. This spring bubbles between roots of trees and eventually becomes a mighty river that carves the magnificent Victoria Falls.

The  Zambezi is a calm flow forward, then it builds speed racing headlong in a tumble downwards in hundreds of feet becoming a  natural world wonder then it zig-zags through  Batoka Gorge.  Energy is then captured and it is converted into a hydroelectric form of power by the Kariba Dam, and further down into the  Mozambique CaboraBassa dam.

The Zambezi river flows into  Kariba Dam for 281 kilometers. It is 40 kilometers wide at one point. It heads north from the dam wall,  then back east until it is flanked by Lower Zambezi National Park, located in Zambia, and the  Mana Pools National Park located in Zimbabwe. This zone supports one of the most important wilderness areas in Africa.

 

After the confluence of Luangwa, Zambezi River flows into Mozambique to the  Indian Ocean. The best family holiday to venture on anyhow and anywhere is a  houseboat located on Kariba.  If you prefer game viewing or fishing or even just chilling with drinks on the deck it is one magical experience that is unforgettable.

In 1960 after the building of the largest dam, Kariba, it evolved into a popular visiting place with activities like swimming,  fishing, boating, and game viewing.

Eventually, all the experiences were combined into the houseboat introduction.

A perfect way to appreciate vast water, islands, distinct trees that are half submerged and islands from a comfortable houseboat!

It takes you to

  • Matusodona Game Park,
  • Charra Bay
  • Spurwing Island
  • Gache Gache Communal Land
  • Fothergill Island

Kariba, the name originates from ‘Kariva’,  a  term that means ‘trap’. This refers a rock that jutted out from the wild, swirling entrance gorge waters!

That rock is currently a hundred meters below water. Legends name the rock the great river god, Nyaminyami’s home. Anyone that came a bit too close got sucked into the river depths!

On a search for adventure? There is an upstream cruise to  Victoria Falls, an adventure to last a lifetime.

Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), only became known to the Western world as Victoria Falls after David Livingstone discovered it in 1855. It took many thousands of years for erosion to create the magnificent natural wonder. The falls are much taller and longer than Niagara Falls.

Many assume that Zimbabwe is a better view of the Victoria Falls, however, keep in mind that  David Livingstone, the well-known explorer discovered the Victoria Falls from Zambia.

He had heard about the sacred site for tribes like the Batoka. Finally, Livingstone, paddled by the  Chief Sekeletu of the Makololo to an island in the center of the Zambezi,  called the  Livingstone Island currently. The water was low but there was a tremor of fear as he approached the wall spray.

If the choice is Zambia you get to stay in a charming town, Livingstone, a popular base for travelers on a venture to experience the Victoria Falls.

There is bungee jumping,  high adrenaline adventures.  Then there is white water rafting in the Zambezi and even riverboarding, where you get to surf upstream.

If you stay in Livingstone on the Zambia side, the Upper Zambezi Canoe Safari is a great way to experience the river and see the scenery along the shores.

The Victoria Falls stay should include an unforgettable flight over the 7th Natural Wonder of the World. Soar high up with eagles and experience the sight from above!

Great Zimbabwe has many ancient ruins built in the 13th and 14th centuries, a UNESCO World Heritage site since the year 1986.

Great Zimbabwe Ruins- Unesco World Heritage site

The Zambian flag features the national bird of Zambia, the Fish Eagle. red, black, orange and a green background

Welcome to motherland Africa!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ONLY IN TANZANIA – PART 2

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

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

 

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

My personal quest launched:


Ocean City Garden

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

10 Endemic Primates in Tanzania

  1. Rondo Dwarf Galago

    Rondo Dwarf Galago

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

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

2. Mountain Dwarf Galago

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

3. Zanzibar Red Colobus

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

4. Abbots duiker

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

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

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

5.  Pemba Flying Fox (ARKive)

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

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

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

6.The Desperate shrew

 

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

7. Gray-faced Sengi(ARKive).

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

8.The Kipunji(ARKive)

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

9.The Sanje Mangabey (ARKive)

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

10. Demon African Mole Rat (Mammals of Tanzania)

Mammals of Tanzania

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only in Tanzania : All About the Ethnic Tribes of Tanzania

Tanzania on the tip of cultural tourism

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

 

All about the people of Tanzania

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sukuma

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

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

Nyamwezi

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


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

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

Hadzabe tribe

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

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

 

Other Tanzanian Tribes-

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


Karibu ! Welcome to Tanzania…..

 

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

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

Why travel to Tanzania?


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

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

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

Let’s talk about Tanzania.

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

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

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

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

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

All you can find in Tanzania and nowhere else!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red Colobus Monkey

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

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

Tanzania butterfly

 

 

 

 

Why Visit Mbeya in Tanzania?

Take a Step Back in Time………..

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

Getting ready for a backpacking venture in Tanzania

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




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

Get Budget Wise in a Smart sense

 

The Venture to Travel Africa – Tanzania

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

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

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

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

Trekking and Wildlife in Tanzania- The North

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

Safari in Tanzania

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Remote Wild of Tanzania: Kalambo and Katavi

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

Serengeti

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

Kilimanjaro

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

Zanzibar

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

Ngorongoro Crater

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

The Tanzania  Backpackers Budget

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

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

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

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Reaching The Highest Point in Africa – Kilimanjaro

 

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

tanzania-kilimanjaro

All About Kilimanjaro: The  Top of Africa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Venture to Kilimanjaro

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

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

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

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

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

The roof of Africa is a wonderland of magnificent beauty.

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

 Main tips to take note off.

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

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

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

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

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


  

 

Tanzania – The beginning of Creation!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome home. Tour Africa, our motherland. Karibu!

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

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




															

 Curiosity and Travel Genes

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

So there you have it.

No escaping the calling to travel.

#ExploreMotherlandAfrica. These are the telling signs.

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

 

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Soul Journey – Volunteer in East Africa , Tanzania

Impactful Experiences in the Horizons of volunteering in Africa, Tanzania


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

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

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

You can choose to engage in local art communities

Teach

Assist in animal conservation

Clinics and hospitals if you are in a medical field

Music and art festivals

 Marine research.

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

1.AMAP NURSERY SCHOOL

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


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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

2. Storytelling through Art

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Planning the Ultimate Safari Tour in Tanzania

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Guide to the Safari Venture

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

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

Choosing a tour operator for your safari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safaris are lifetime experiences to savour for many.

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

 

Keynotes for planning a camping  group safari

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

Vehicle

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

PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

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

 

Exploring Tanzania-The Heart Of Motherland Africa

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.

"Bora maisha; mengine ni majaliwa 

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

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Do not wait to reach dreams to travel to Africa, Tanzania. Comment,or fill in our form and get your free copy.The dream to get a touch and feel of Africa is no impossible dream.  The motherland is welcoming with open arms. Ready to give out an experience of a lifetime that will be unforgettable. The time has come to start the journey.Receive our gift to you.

 

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And when you get here, the going get’s easy

 

Ocean City Garden

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

 

 

 

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The Story Of Bagamoyo

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.
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.
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.
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.

 


 

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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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.

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.

 

 

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.

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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Plants and Trees found in the Majestic land of Tanzania


The Umbrella and Whistling Thorn trees and others in Tanzania

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

 


Tallest Tree in Africa

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

Mpingo ( African Blackwood Tree)

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

Arkive species - African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon)

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

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

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

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

 

 

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