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.
A drive from Arusha to Manyara National park will take approximately two hours. A fascinating unique feature is that inLake 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.
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.
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.
Boat Safari in Saadani River Wami for two hours, we finally head off back to Dar es Salaam and take to ferry to Zanzibar.
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 – few can rival South African soul in the townships. Today we explore Kwa-Zulu Natal. Walking the paths of some of the greatest leaders.
It’s another world and another time. This is part of the old Africa, where the amaZulu ruled unchallenged, a place of beaded headdresses and rawhide shields, beehive huts, and a lifestyle that properly belongs to the great age of Shaka.
Gain an insight into the amaZulus’ traditional way of life their beliefs, crafts, songs and dances at Shakaland, the open-air museum near Eshowe.
This is the oldest town in Zululand. Shakaland is also the oldest Zulu Cultural Village in Zululand, originally built as a scenery for the movie “Shaka Zulu”.
It’s been converted into a Zulu homestead with thatched beehive houses arranged in a circle around the central cattle kraal. Visitors stay in beehive houses, with all the modern conveniences.
The village overlooking the Umhlatuze Lake offers the true Zulu cultural experience and traditions, including pottery, beadwork, beer making and tasting as well as magnificent foot-stomping, ground shaking demonstrations of traditional Zulu dance.
Assegai-wielding warriors will teach you how to fight. You can also witness the age-old methods of making spears and shields, skills that are to a large extent disappearing. This is one of the few men who still know how to make the broad stabbing spear introduced by King Shaka. A memorable part of the tour is the spear throwing and stick-fighting demonstrations.
The Memorable Adventures of Zululand
The Kwa-Zulu Natal province is rooted in the legacy of the Zulu nation. There are ample opportunities to explore the fascinating world of the Zulu’s.
There are many private as well as provincial game reserves showcasing the abundance of biodiversity in the region. You get an authentic safari experience and a historical viewpoint through the battlefield routes of the historical town, Vryheid which has tea plantations and cattle ranches.
The Battlefields Route is significant as it was is where there were historical clashes between Zulu, Brit, and Boer (farmer). The Kwa Zulu Natal battlefield region extends from Thukela river at Dolphin coast to Richards Bay further in the north to Paulpietersburg.
Paulpietersburg is 50hm to the north and links the inland of South Africa with the coast of Zululand. This town is widely known for sulfur springs and therapeutic spas.
The major attractions are Zulu culture, birdlife, and many nature and game reserves.
Zulu culture is all over South Africa, but not as poignant as the Zulu kingdom.
Visitors can feel and taste true Zulu hospitality in dance, food, and song. There is an opportunity to become part of authentic Zulu weddings, assist with chores in the village and even visit a local sangoma (traditional healer).
You can take an ox-wagon visit to the Zulu beehive huts. Or even explore local shebeens, traditional medicine outlets. You get to learn how locals adapt age-old traditions into modern living.
A Zululand heritage experience is by stopping at Melmoth ‘where the legend King Shakas was born ‘the Valley of Kings’
The Emakhosini Valley is the site of graves of many Zulu Kings
The Zululand Birding Route has 650 recorded species of birds. The Dlinza Nature Reserve is a popular spot for birding.
Vast nature and game reserves from subtropical forest reserves along the coast as well as game reserves further north
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
A 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.
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!
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.
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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!
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.
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
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 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, 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 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.
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.
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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.
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
Assist in animal conservation
Clinics and hospitals if you are in a medical field
Music and art festivals
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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’
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Accommodation for tourists is set to increase as the area opens ups for economic growth.
Manyara National PARK, SERENGETI, Ngorongoro Crater, SAADANI National Park and ease into island relaxation Zanzibar
An Expedition of a Lifetime!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
On day four we take off back to Dar es Salaam from Ruaha National Park.
The Kingdom of Swaziland may be the southern hemispheres smallest country, nevertheless,it has the most stunning landscapes and unique traditions
with a wide array of hotels, lodges and birdlife.
Swaziland: Landlocked with the Mozambique border on the east and surrounded by South Africa.
Swaziland is the ideal gateway to the Kruger National Park and KwaZulu Natal, Maputo and Johannesburg. The advantage of this route is the discovery of a new country with Africa tradition and Swazi Culture.
Our small Swaziland is an exciting destination with a range of outlets with arts and crafts as well as traditional markets. For safari enthusiasts, there is the Mkhaya Game Reserve as well as the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary.
For safari enthusiasts, there is the Mkhaya Game Reserve as well as the Milwane Wildlife Sanctuary. For adventure seekers, there is white water rafting down the Great Usutu River of Swaziland- the ultimate rush! No experience is required and you are in with trained guides leading the way.
Swaziland Cultural Soul Events
Mantenga Cultural village is located in the Mantenga Falls Nature reserve. The lush setting gives visitors an opportunity to blend in with traditional harmonies and tune into energetic dance performances.
After the show, get ready to tour the 1850’s in a reconstructed Swazi hut village. Local guides take you through each huts sharing information on customs, traditional die as well as family structure. The Mantenga Waterfall is nearby the village.
If you happen to be in Swaziland around end August do not miss out on the Umhlanga Reed Dance you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it for yourself. The 8-day event takes place when the mature reeds are ready for harvest.
It is a time when young childless and unwed girls pay homage to the ‘Indlovukazi’, the Queen Mother. Before the event starts, girls from all over Swaziland arrive and are mentored and looked after, by Royal family appointed captains.
The ritual involves young girls cutting the reeds and carrying them to the royal residence.The reeds are used as perimeter windbreakers. The ceremony promotes solidarity between them. On the seventh day, there is the participation of the King and it is a national holiday. The arena filled in thousands on a special day to view dancing and salting the Queen Mother. A fascinating cultural event in Africa!
On the seventh day, there is the participation of the King and it is a national holiday. The arena filled in thousands on a special day to view dancing and salting the Queen Mother. A fascinating cultural event in Africa!
Shewula Mountain CampSwaziland eco-tourism attraction that is community owned. Shewula Mountain Camp offers tourism where tourists get to know local communities partaking in village walks, witnessing traditional dancing and music performances and also visiting a traditional healer, or enjoying the tranquility of natural surroundings.
If you would like to experience a night in a rustic setting, Shewula has single as well as family sized huts, hot showers and sumptuous home made meals prepared with local organic produce.
Any trip to Swaziland is incomplete without a visit to the Hlane Royal National Park, the largest game park in Swaziland. It is home to elephant, leopard, rhino and lion. There are healthy populations of hippos and giraffe, zebra, crocodile, bird species and others.
In the Siswati language, “Hlane” is Wilderness. The atmosphere is interrupted only with camera clicking and humming game vehicles.
Book in at the Ndlovu Camp overlooking a watering hole that is frequented by elephants and the white rhino.Meals are taken care of as well as game drives.
Mkhaya and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary are the other big Swaziland game parks. Located in the south east Mkhaya is a safari destination for overnight stays and day tours.
The wildlife consist of giraffe, rhino, antelope, sable and buffalo. The Stone Camp cottages have wildlife viewing opportunities from the comfort of the bed!
At the Lubombo Mountain foothills, the Mbuluzi Game Reserve has rocky outcrops, grass fields and dense forests with river bank terrains.
There are marked walking paths as well as self-driving trails, bird hides and hiking.
There is a choice of rustic campsites and luxury lodges complete kitchens that are fully equipped and enough space for whole families
The Arts of Swaziland
Ngwenya Glass is a prestigious Swaziland glass factory. Art galleries and airport shops worldwide feature Ngwenya pieces. When in Swaziland you get wholesale prices on signature marevellous works.
Using age old techniques of glass blowing, various pieces are created from decor bowls and wine glasses exquisite corporate gifts and glowing chess sets.
Visitor get to watch the process of glass blowing
Art galleries and airport shops worldwide have Ngwenya pieces and you can get items at wholesale prices while in Swaziland
The Swazi Candles Craft Market showcases colorful paraffin wax candles and other gifts and beauty products. The hand molded candles have standard and animal shapes.The lively patterns and designs make the perfect souvenirs.
There are wood carvings in the complex and other items at the crafts centre comprise of batik prints, woven baskets, jewellery and carved masks.
Have at Blast from the Top of the Past
Sibebe Rock is the second largest granite dome in the world. Ten kilometres from the Mbabane, the capital city, the magnitude can be experienced at the base but those daring to hike up to the top can do so as well. Sibebe is over 3 billion years old.
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.
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
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.
On a venture to explore Tanzania? These are key travel tips to take heed of in this exciting venture.
Main Language use is Kiswahili. Pick up a few words and blend in with the locals.
Currency is Tanzania Tshillings, but foreign currencies like Euros and Dollars are accepted at most tourist spaces. Credit cards, not widely. ATMs for cash withdrawals are available and park fees for Safaris are payable with a designated TANAPA card issued at local banks ELIM or CRDB.
Air Tanzania, South Africa Airways, Fastjet, Precision air, Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopian, Emirates.Kenya, Oman, KLM, Qatar and Rwanda.
Take a yellow fever vaccination. Malaria is preventable, provided that repellents and mosquito nets are used. There is anti-malaria medication available as well. Make sure only bottle or boiled water is used for drinking.
Weather is dry and hot with cool mornings and evenings. Short rains from November to mid-December and a long rainy season from March to May. Coastal areas remain hot and humid all year round. Seasons do vary. If you are planning to reach Kilimanjaro Peak or climb Mount Meru, freezing points can be reached.
Take along light clothes and a sweater for mornings and evenings. If you are venturing on a game drive and a Safari trip a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen will be advisable and long pant and sleeves to ward off insect bites. If Kilimanjaro or Mount climbing ventures, get thermal underwear, rain jackets, boots and socks and a sweater.
Safari Parks usually open at 6:30 am and close at 6:00 pm. Advice since distances are long to travel between them is to choose specific parks. Travel less and see more. Follow the advice of guides and ranges.keep vehicles in designated spots and follow recognised paths to avoid vegetation damage.
Cameras should be protected and do ask permission before taking pictures of local people.
Travel insurance is advisable with cover for any lost baggage and possible medical expenses
Carry a headlamp or torch as power failures and surges are common.
Safari car hires usually need to be hired with a driver.
Check visa requirements with the embassy or consulate.
Protect personal belongings even though Tanzania is generally a safe country.
Safari Package – Game Parks in Southern Tanzania Selous Game Reserve,Mikumi,Udzungwa Mountains,Saadani National Park
Southern Tanzania Safari Itinerary
We depart from a pickup point in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and drive to Selous Game Reserve early morning. On the way, we stop for lunch at Kibiti, small city, in the Pwani.
We arrive at Selous Game reserve late afternoon and do a boat Safari on River Rufiji for two hours Overnight lodge at Selous.
On the second day, a Game drive in Selous National Park and have a picnic lunch.
Selous in the Southern region of Tanzania is the largest game reserve in Africa. The most popular for wildlife viewing . A hidden gem with rivers and lakes with fabulous game species including wild dog, elephants, crocodiles hippos, crocodiles and lions as well.
We begin with a cultural Village Tour of Mloka in the morning after breakfast for two hours. Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people.
Mloka Village approximately 3km from the Selous Game reserve The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people. The village tours are a walk in the village, a market visit and interacting with local people.
After the tour, we proceed to Mikumi game park and arrive in Mikumi National park in the evening. Overnight stay over in Mikumi.
We begin with a game drive exploring Mikumi National Park with a
Mikumi game drive.
Mikumi is abundant in wildlife on the open horizon of the Mkata Floodplain, the Mikumi centrepiece similar to the popular Serengeti Plains.
Udzungwa, the largest and the most biodiverse forest swathed mountain rises majestically from eastern Tanzania flat plains . It is a treasure-trove of animals and endemic plants .
After exploring the magical wonders on Undzungwa, we sleep over for the night.
On the morning of day six, we depart to Saadani National park.
Saadani National park in the historical triangle of Pangani, Bagamoyo and Zanzibar the park is the only wildlife sanctuary that borders the sea. The hot, humid coastal climate offers a unique marine fauna and flora variety in a setting that is culturally fascinating .There are approximately thirty species of mammals as well has numerous bird and reptile species. The ocean has a variety of fish species with dolphins, whales and green turtles.
A half day Boat Safari in Saadani, camp lunch, and a half day game drive
Delve into the mystic wonders of Tanzania with leaping red monkeys,crawling coconut crab, and traces of first human life on earth.
Human life started in Africa-Tanzania.Evidence exists of the very human ancestors on earth in Tanzania, Olduvai on a site called Olduvai Gorge. Stone tools and fossil bones that date back millions of years ago were discovered and this led to the conclusion that the first human beings originated in Africa.
The earliest human skull in the world was discovered in Olduvai Gorge in Olduvai a misspelt Maasai word Oldupai that defines a plant called wild sisal growing in that area. It is located between Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Park.
Thirty percent of Tanzania consists of National Parks, with twelve parks, thirteen nature reserves and thirty-eight protected areas and many endemic or endangered species including twelve vertebrate species that were discovered in recent years.
Three notable Tanzania species the red Colobus monkey of Zanzibar, flying fox in Oembe and Ader Duike, Africa’s rare forest antelope.
The Tarangire national park has the highest density of large ungulates in the East of Africa as well as kudu, oryx and the highest elephant population.
Wildlife migration is seasonal and they disperse to neighbouring lands belonging to Massai communities and coexist with the herds.
The Kirundi was discovered in the year 2003 and is the first new discovery of monkey genus in over eighty years and is rare with the last population count not exceeding 1,117.
The Ruaha River is Tanzania’s key waterway for fishery and provision of seventy percent of the country’s electricity.
The largest population of the wild elephant is in Tanzania’s Ruaha National park.
Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Kilimanjaro represents East Africa’s compelling beauty. Rising in a breathtaking isolation from the coastal scrubland that surrounds it to an elevation of 900m to 5895 m.It is the most accessible high summit in the world.
The coconut crab is the largest crab in the world is found in Tanzania on Zanzibar Island.The BirgesLatro, coconut crab is a hermit crab that is terrestrial. Other popular names for them are ‘robber crabs’ and ‘palm thief’s’.
They are the largest anthropoids living on land in the world. They can grow as large as one meter. They eat coconuts by ripping the husk strips with pincers hitting repeatedly until the coconut cracks open. They are land based and only lay eggs in the sea. They do not have the ability to swim and can drown if they are immersed in water for a long period.Their lifespan can extend over sixty years
6 .Ngorongoro, the world’s largest volcanic crater is nineteen kilometres with a depth of six hundred meters.The crater formed after a volcano exploded and collapsed about three million years ago. It is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.
7.Freddie Mercury, the popular lead vocalist of the well-known band “Queen” was born in Zanzibar archipelago. Tanzania. Originally his name was Farrok Bulsara.
8.Lions climb trees in Lake Manyara National park, the only lions that climb trees freely in the world
9. Tanzania has over four million wild animals consisting of four hundred and thirty species as well as subspecies. The concentration of animals for every square meter is the largest in the world.
10. The Mpingo trees also known as the African Blackwood tree is the source for one of the most expensive timbers that exist in the world grows in Tanzania. The fine texture, high density and durability make it a preferred type of wood for musical instruments.
Planning to travel to Africa and venture on mountain climbing? Let’s start at the beginning of creation, the heart of the motherland, Tanzania.
Many nature lovers, come out to explore amazing wildlife and exciting Safaris. Others that have little interest in game drives and Safaris opt for climbing and hiking adventures. It becomes a combo of a Safari and a mountain climbing venture as the lush pathways have many wildlife sightings as well.
Mount Kilimanjaro is number one on the list. It is the most famous and the highest mountain on the continent of motherland Africa.
Other mountain ranges that have attractive peaks are in the North and East of Tanzania. We have Mt Meru, Ol Donyo Lengai active volcano, and the tamer Usambara Mountains, gentle Crater Highlands slopes.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro
First on the list isMountKilimanjaro. In the northern Tanzania plateau with snowy peaks, above the rolling hills.The glaciers and slopes reaching way above the clouds.
2. Mt Meru Crater
Mt Meru Crater is neglected if favor of his East neighbor Mt Kilimanjaro. This mountain close to Arusha National Park is definitely an experience that will be an unforgettable memory.
The low slopes are covered in a highlight of a dense forest where buffalos graze and the colobus monkeys play.
This extinct volcano has a base of a perfect crater and an additional inner crater with sheer, sharp cliffs. The subsidiary peak is formed by the Ash Cone. Momela lakes and Ngurdoto Crater are visible from the mountain slopes.
3. Crater Highlands
The Crater Highlands rise up from the Rift Valley.The lush chain of volcanoes and mountains including the Ngorogongo conservation area that is surrounded by Massai tribal lands. Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.
Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.
This is a hiking adventure of a lifetime. Large zebra and wildebeest herds graze nearby and lions lay back in the sun. At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.
At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.
4. The Eastern Arc Mountain Range
Stretching all the way from the Taita Hills South of Kenya to the Southern Highlands of Tanzania the Eastern Arc mountain range has a long history of geological activity.
It is estimated to be over a hundred million years old and some formations are six hundred million years old. The climate stability allows this area to inhabit a wide array of insect and plant life to amazing species of birds.
5. Livingstone Mountains
A low altitude range of mountains that on the border of Lake Nyasa.It is in a remote location and difficult to reach as the pathways are uncharted for the climb and are usually unexplored.
6. Monduli Mountains
A few hours away from Arusha, a day trip to the Monduli Mountains can either be a journey of a casual day trip or part of a hiking itinerary that is longer.
Massai herd cattle along the slopes and various cultural tour programs offer visitors an opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and local culture of the Massai.
It is surrounded by views of the rift valley, Mount Meru, and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. Mount Hanang
Located on bumpy tracks about 200km on the South East of Arusha, the extinct volcanic crater is a stunning feature above the plains.It is usually a two-day climb, that takes trekkers via several tribal lands including the semi-nomadic Barabaig, known for goatskin garments.
8. Ol Donyo Lengai
Overlooking The Kenya bushland and Lake Natron, Ol Donyo Lengai meaning ‘ the home of God’ in Massai, this is an active volcano and an undiscovered and spectacular climb in Tanzania.
It has sporadic volcano eruptions, sending gray lava streams down the rim of the crater and spits out hot ash into the air. The climb is usually overnight for hikers to experience the spectacular sunrise over the escarpment of the Rift Valley.
9. Pare Mountains
On The Eastern Arc range in the North East of Tanzania lies the remote Pare Mountains and is extremely rewarding to trekkers on a search for trails off beaten paths.
It is home to the Pare tribe, pastoralists, and agriculturists who have retained traditional life.A Pare mountain hike takes visitors through beautiful forests and local villages, part of Tanzania that is little visited.
10. Udzungwa Mountains
The Udzungwa Mountains is located on the west of Dar es Salaam.It rises from the West of Selous Game Reserve. Vervet monkeys play in the forests and forest antelopes can be viewed at certain times of the day. The botanical diversity is exceptional, and the park hosts numerous endangered species of birds. The peak of the mountain offers views of the Selous game reserve and the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is a worthwhile venture.
11. Uluguru Mountains
The Uluguru mountains overlook the Morogoro agricultural area and part of the Eastern Arc range. Named after the Luguru tribe, a group that farms on the verdant slopes.This area is amidst the oldest forests in Africa.Hiking here is pleasant and rewarding.It has a plethora of endemic insect and bird species.
12. Usambara Mountains
Part of the Eastern Arc in the North East and is divided by 4km valley of farms and small villages. There are day trips and overnight treks, taking visitors through an area of concentrated biodiversity. Bird watching is rewarding and the views include the Indian Ocean and Massai Steppe.
World Environment day marks a special day. It highlights the importance of the environment we live in. We need to take the time to always celebrate nature. The environment connects to us and supports us in every essence. We need to support our environment.
Humans are creatures on earth that mold the environment. The environment is for physical sustenance. It is part and parcel of our existence. It molds us. It gives 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
An East African Community initiative, LVEMP, is a regional initiative that is coordinated by LVBC, the Lake Victoria Basin Commission. It is implemented in the five East African states Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda
The main objectives are to improve collaborative management of natural resources of the Lake Victoria basin and improve the environmental management of pollution hotspots for the benefit of the communities that depend on the lake Victoia Basin natural resources.
Raleigh International funded by the OAK Foundation initiated a ‘Youth for Green Growth’ project that supports youth action for environmental and social advocacy in the Tanzania region. This in turn, promotes an advancement for the agenda of green growth, contributing to the global sustainable development goals.
The project involves experiential training and learning opportunities, as well as the support of organization strengthening of youth-led societies that enable the youth of Tanzanian to address environmental and social developmental issues at grassroots and at a national level.