Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania. It has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world: 5,895 m (19,341 ft) above sea level and about 4,900 m (16,100 ft) above its plateau base. It is the highest volcano in Africa and the Eastern Hemisphere.

Kilimanjaro is the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth. It is part of Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major hiking and climbing destination.

  Facts About Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro stands on its own.

Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s tallest peak but also the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. The summit, named Uhuru Point, is 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.

 

Kilimanjaro stands on its own.

 

The mountain is on the equator.

The equator is an imaginary line that divides the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere. It passes through the exact center of the Earth and divides it in half.

The equator is distinct from the rest of the globe due to the high amount of solar radiation it receives. The equatorial climate stays nearly the same year-round. The dominant patterns here are either warm and wet or warm and dry.

Mount Kilimanjaro lies just 205 miles from the equator, in the country of Tanzania. When early explorers reported seeing glaciers on the top of Kilimanjaro, people did not believe them as they thought ice couldn’t form so close to the hot, equatorial sun. Scientists now believe that the glaciers shrink and then regrow during the planet’s ice ages.

 

the equator.
the equator.

 

Kilimanjaro isn’t dead; it’s dormant.

Mount Kilimanjaro is a stratovolcano – a term for a very large volcano made of ash, lava, and rock. Shira and Mawenzi are extinct volcanoes, meaning that there is no activity underneath these cones. In short, they are cut off from their supply of lava.

However, Kibo is considered a dormant volcano; it can erupt again! If a volcano hasn’t erupted in the last 10,000 years, but scientists think it will erupt again, it’s considered dormant.

The last major eruption was 360,000 years ago. The most recent activity was 200,000 years ago. The ash pit is a two-hour round-trip hike from the highest campsite, Crater Camp. Those who visit the ash pit will be greeted by the smell of sulfur from the volcano’s lava.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro Crater
Mount Kilimanjaro Crater

 

No one knows the real meaning of ‘Kilimanjaro.’

The origin of the name Kilimanjaro is not certain.

European explorers had adopted the name by 1860 and reported that “Kilimanjaro” was the mountain’s Swahili name. But according to the 1907 edition of The Nuttall Encyclopædia, the name of the mountain was “Kilima-Njaro,” comprised of the Swahili word “Kilima” meaning “mountain” and the Chagga word “Njaro” meaning “whiteness.”

German missionary Johann Ludwig Krapf wrote in his Missionary Labours (1860), “The Swahili of the coast call the snow-mountain Kilimanjaro, “mountain of greatness.” It may also mean “mountain of caravans” (kilima – mountain; Jaro caravans), a landmark for caravans seen everywhere from afar, but the inhabitants of Jagga call it Kibo, `snow.”

Another possibility is that Kilimanjaro is the European pronunciation of a KiChagga phrase meaning “we failed to climb it.”

 

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Half of the people who attempt Kilimanjaro fail.

Now approximately 30,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year. Though not substantiated, it is often reported that 50% of climbers fail. This comes as a surprise as Kilimanjaro is not regarded as a particularly difficult peak when compared to other mountains. After all, it is not a technical peak and does not require superhuman abilities to scale it.

Why do so many people fail? Mostly due to altitude sickness. People make the mistake of selecting the wrong route. Many who fail choose to climb on the Marangu Route, which is the shortest path (five days round trip) to the peak. However, the best way to climb is to use a longer route to aid in acclimatization.

Additionally, many people climbing Kilimanjaro are first-time backpackers. They do not adequately prepare for their climb in terms of having the right gear, doing enough training, and hiring a reputable guide service.

 

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The young and the old have conquered Kilimanjaro.

The youngest person to climb Kilimanjaro is American Coaltan Tanner, who summited at age six in 2018. The youngest girl to summit is Ashleen Mandrick, who was also six years old when she accomplished the feat, wrestling that title away from Montannah Kenney, who was seven.

The minimum age for climbing Kilimanjaro is 10 years old, but the park authority grants exceptions to children who have significant experience trekking.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

 

The journey to the summit is like going from the equator to Antarctica.

While climbing Kilimanjaro, trekkers will experience five distinct ecological zones on their way to the top. These include:

  • Bushland/Cultivated Zone: 2,600′-6,000’/800m-1,800m
  • Rainforest Zone: 6,000′-9,200’/1,800m-2,800m
  • Heath/Moorland Zone: 9,200′-13,200’/2,800m-4,000m
  • Alpine Desert Zone: 13,200′-16,500’/4,000m-5,000m
  • Arctic Zone:16,500’+/5,000m+

Weather conditions near the base of the mountain tend to be tropical to semi-temperate and are relatively stable all year round. The lower plains are hot and dry. As one heads away from the bushland towards the rainforest, conditions become increasingly warm and humid.

Each zone gets colder and drier as the elevation increases. Plant and animal life also disappear with the rise in altitude through the heath and alpine desert zones.

The summit is in the arctic zone, characterized by ice and rock. At this altitude, categorized as “extreme”, there can be no permanent human habitation as the body is in a state of deterioration (short exposures are OK).

 

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

 

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 Tanzania Biking Tours

Bicycle Tours and Mountain Biking trips in Tanzania: Safari, Discover Maasai Tribes, Rau forest with waterfall, Saadani National Park and more.

Great Image Expedition Ltd offers a Safari Tours on Bike in Tanzania,Tanzania Biking Tours you’ll ride your bike at your own pace while enjoying the scenery and wild animals around. This is really genuine bike safari that you’ll experience Tanzania at a different style which is Bike Tour, just imagine out of the safari jeep and feel the really nature as you’re going to explore and dig-deep every single detail that can be found in nature. Visit the local villages around Tanzania and get to know well the whole story about them, this is how just a two wheels and your saddle will take you to the mostly amazing places in Tanzania.

 

Tanzania Biking Tours
Tanzania Biking Tours

Your time to discover Tanzania on two wheels is now!
Think outside the Safari Landcruiser and explore some of Africa’s best parks, as well as Kilimanjaro bike hiking to the summit. Cycle down Great Rift Valley escarpments, strolling through farm villages, the place where tourists rarely go, across the remote, barely charted plains of Lengai in the realm of vast grasslands and misty volcanic peaks. While riding, refuel with a cup of Tanzanian coffee. Roast, grind and taste your own in the village of Moshi and get a closer look at local farm life.

 

Tanzania Biking Tours
Tanzania Biking Tours

 

ADVANCED

We offer overnight and multiple-day bike tours in Tanzania. From expeditions through the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania’s National Parks or to the Indian Ocean, adventure awaits.

 

Tanzania Biking Tours
Tanzania Biking Tours

INTERMEDIATE

Pedal through Tanzanian culture while soaking in the mountains, waterfalls, plantations and villages with our savvy tour guides. Number one rule? Have fun.

Tanzania Biking Tours
Tanzania Biking Tours

CITY TOURS

Discover the picturesque town of Moshi and its relaxing outskirts against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro. Explore the history, delight in local flavors and immerse in local culture.

 

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Tanzania Biking Tours

Improving mobility for the Tanzanian community and promoting responsible tourism through a sustainable 2-wheeled lifestyle.”

Hungry for your next adventure in Africa? There’s no better way to experience the heart and culture of Tanzania than by bike. Get ready to embark on a thrill of a lifetime by choosing from our epic bike tours and expeditions.

There’s something special for everyone, like a bike safari through Maasai Land, a ride from Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro, bike climb up Kilimanjaro, or an expedition to the Indian Ocean. Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or family, we’ve got the perfect tour for you.

So hop on your bike and let’s explore Africa!

 

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Kitulo National Park is a protected area of montane grassland and montane forest on the Kitulo Plateau in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The park is at an elevation of 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) between the peaks of the Kipengere and Poroto mountains and covers an area of 412.9 square kilometres (159.4 sq mi), lying in Mbeya Region and Njombe Region. The park is administered by Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and is the first national park in tropical Africa to be established primarily to protect its flora.

While botanists have referred to it as the “Serengeti of Flowers”.

 

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Things to do:

Bird watching: Tanzania is gifted with variety of bird species and the Kitulo national park has it’s portion of numerous birds the most common being Denham’s bustard which is not often seen in other parts of the country, cisticola, and kipengere seed eater to mention a few.

 

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Hiking: Tourists can engage in hiking the montane grasslands that will expose you to various flower species, butterflies, chameleons, lizards, animals like elands and waterbucks. The whole montane grasslands provide an arena of a glorious view from the top it’s also a unique place for the photogenic lovers to take as many photos as they want.

Mountain climbing: Tourists can take a day hike on top of mouth Rungwe and see primates like the vervet monkeys, Kipunji monkey with a long Hong bark call, Columbus monkeys animals like Reed bucks and elands may also be seen at the mountain slopes.
The mountain tops give more excellent views of the Kitulo national park.

Guided nature walks: Tourists can take guided nature walks to the Livingstone forested area and come to lake Nyasa shorelines tourists can relax from here and enjoy lunch at the adorable Matema beach before getting back along the way tourists will see a lot o wildlife and other plant species.

Swimming :Apart from getting engaged in tourist’s attractions, tourists can engage in swimming in the Rauha river and get refreshed in the wilderness.

 

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The best time to visit Kitulo national park is in the seasons of June to March but the park can also be accessed in mid December to February.

The Kitulo national game park headquarters is found at Matamba in the Mbeya region of Tanzania, the park is n hours drive from Matamba. Tourists can use public transport, safari vehicles or their own private means. A railway can also be used to access the park from Dar- es Salam to Mpanda via Tobora then catch public transport to sitalike where tourists can get game drives from special hires.

Accommodations in Kitulo national park is available a luxurious tented camp.

 

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Mkomazi National Park is located in northeastern Tanzania on the Kenyan border, in Same District of Kilimanjaro Region  It was established as a game reserve in 1951 and upgraded to a national park in 2006.

Mkomazi National Park is a hidden gem amongst the parks of Tanzania. Located in Northeastern Tanzania below the slopes of the Pare and Usambara Mountains, Mkomazi extends to Tsavo National Park in Kenya and together these two parks form the Greater Tsavo Ecosystem with an area of 43,ooo square kilometers.

Representing one of Tanzania’s most unique ecosystems – Mkomazi National Park is the southernmost extension of the Somali semi-arid belt and the Sahel Biosphere – the biogeographic region linking the Sahara Desert with Central Africa. For this reason, a number of species found in Mkomazi are found nowhere else in Tanzania. Although protected as Mkomazi and Umba Game Reserves since 1951 it was only declared a national park in 2008 when Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) took over management of this 3,200 square kilometer wilderness.

 

Mkomazi National Park

Wildlife in Mkomazi

Since Mkomazi was given National Park status it has seen a dramatic reduction in poaching, cattle grazing, fires, and other illegal activities. TANAPA, together with the George Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust, has also improved the road network and established several water catchments. In the last few years, game numbers have increased substantially with herds of up to a hundred zebra, eland, elephant, and buffalo being seen. There are many kongoni, giraffes, dik-diks and ostriches, and in the drier areas gerenuk, lesser kudu and beisa oryx. The larger cats are still rare, but with luck, you will encounter serval cat, caracal and wild cat, as well as wild dogs.

 

Mkomazi National Park

Unique Diversity

Mkomazi National Park is one of the driest areas in Tanzania – in the local Pare language it means “little water” – yet still boasts an incredibly diverse flora and fauna with a high endemic population of species. Of the 1500 plant species identified so far over 50% do not occur anywhere else. And it is a fantastic destination for birdwatchers with over 400 bird species having been recorded, including the endemic Violet Wood-hoopoe, Friedmann’s Lark, the Somali Long-billed Crombec and the Yellow-vented Eremomela.

 

Mkomazi National Park

BEST TIME TO VISIT MKOMAZI NATIONAL PARK

The Dry season, from June to October, is the best time for general wildlife viewing in the park. However, the park isn’t a prime wildlife viewing destination and the scenery and views of the mountains are at their best in the Wet season, from November to May. This is also the best time to see elephants migrating into the park from Tsavo.

 

Mkomazi National Park

Conservation

Mkomazi National Park, together with Tsavo West National Park, forms one of the largest and most important protected ecosystems on earth.

TANAPA offers rhino viewing in both its sanctuaries within the park, these are exceptional opportunities to get up close to this highly endangered species.

 

Mkomazi National Park

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Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m, in the Arusha Region of northeastern Tanzania. The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas. In the west, the Meru Crater funnels the Jekukumia River; the peak of Mount Meru lies on its rim. Ngurdoto Crater in the southeast is grassland. The shallow alkaline Momella Lakes in the northeast have varying algal colours and are known for their wading birds.

 

Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park

Discover and explore the diversity of Arusha National Park!

The Park is nested on the foothills of Mount Meru, Africa’s most beautiful volcanoes and fifth highest peak.

Only 45 minutes drive from Arusha City center, one finds this beautiful Park.

Mount Meru makes an ideal high-altitude acclimatization warm-up before conquering the Kili.

The Park offers way too many attractions compared to its area

The unforgiving landscapes of Mount Meru and Ash Cone, scenic view of Momella Lakes, tropical forest glades, and Ngurdoto Crater are just a few

Visitors to this Park will have opportunities to do game viewing, ride a horse, climb Mount Meru as well as do organized walks with a ranger!

It is famous for being home to Tanzania’s second-highest mountain, Mount Meru, and the world’s largest population of giraffes.

 

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Arusha National Park

Walking Safari in Arusha NP

Due to the absence of predatory animals, such as lions, Arusha National Park lends itself perfectly to an exciting walking safari with a ranger.

Walking freely alongside the wildlife of Tanzania offers a truly unique experience. Here you´ll be walking at the foot of Mt. Meru, surrounded by green forests, lakes, waterfalls, and a huge population of giraffes. A walking safari offers an amazing chance to be up close with wildlife. The Colobus monkey is one of the highlights you can spot in Arusha NP and can often be found swinging from the trees.

 

Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park

Mt Meru

 

Mount Meru is an active, but dormant volcano and forms the center of Arusha National Park. It is known for its huge cliffs and green surroundings at the foot.

Mt. Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania. It might not be as tall as its big brother, but it requires more technical skills than its climber, making it a real challenge. The mountain isn’t climbed as often and gives you a unique, more private experience. It can be climbed in a 3-day route or a 4-day route.

 

Mount Meru Trekking
Mount Meru Trekking
ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK: BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Arusha National Park greatly depends on your personal preferences. The time of your visit can greatly affect your wildlife experience. The park is known to be a great place to spot birds, which generally is the best time between November to December and March through May. This is when the migratory birds such as the flamingos arrive.

However, if you prefer to spot mammals, the best time to visit would be in the dry season, between June and October. This is the dryest period of the year, making them significantly easier to spot in the normally thick, lush forests. Since water is more scarce, there’s a great chance to spot wildlife near one of the freshwater sources.

The dry months, including January and February, are also the best period to take on Mt. Meru.

CLIMATE & SEASONS

The Park usually has a pleasant and mild climate with fresh mornings and evenings, but nice and warm temperatures during the day. Due to the park being at the foot of Mt Meru, the climate is highly influenced by the mountain resulting in unpredictable weather and higher chances of rain near the slopes than at the surrounding areas.

The temperature differences can be quite drastic. It’s highly advised to bring a thick sweater for early morning safaris as the average temperature is around 10 degrees at night time. Day-time temperatures are usually around 20 degrees, depending on the time of year and elevation level.

 

ACTIVITIES IN National Park PARK

The Park offers more than ‘just’ wildlife spotting. There are quite a few amazing activities you can undertake if you’re on your way to the park.

For example:

  • Walking Safari
  • Climbing Mt. Meru
  • Maasai Visit (in the Area of Arusha)
  • Visiting nearby areas & waterfalls
  • Local Coffee Tours

 

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Arusha National Park

DRIVING TIME & DISTANCES

  • Driving from Arusha to Arusha National Park will take about 30 minutes.
  • Driving from Ngorongoro to Arusha National Park takes about 3,5 hours.
  • Driving from Lake Manyara to Arusha National Park takes about 3 hours.
  • Driving from Tarangire to Arusha National Park takes about 2,5 hours.
  • Driving from Moshi to Arusha NP takes between 1-1,5 hours depending on the current traffic situation.

Note that you’re only allowed to drive in the parks between 6 am and 6 pm.

 

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Travel to Zanzibar the Indian Ocean Island

The Indian Ocean is the third-largest of the world’s five oceanic divisions, covering 70,560,000 km2 (27,240,000 sq mi) or ~19.8% of the water on Earth’s surface. It is bounded by Asia to the north, Africa to the west and Australia to the east. To the south it is bounded by the Southern Ocean or Antarctica depending on the definition in use. Along its core, the Indian Ocean has some large marginal or regional seas such as the Arabian Sea, Laccadive Sea, Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea.

 

Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean Islands

From the often-overlooked and largely undeveloped tropical paradise of Pemba Island in the north to the classy utopia of Mafia Island in the south, Tanzania’s tropical east coast islands offer a welcome respite at the end of a rewarding safari. Nestled between Pemba and Mafia is Zanzibar with its eclectic mix of white-sand beaches, warm water, nightlife and powerful cultural history.

 

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LUXURY INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS HOLIDAYS

There’s no better way to end an action-packed Tanzania safari Tours than with a few days blissing out on the beaches and islands of the Indian Ocean. Boasting pristine white sands, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters, they offer a quintessential paradise where you can relax and rejuvenate before heading back to your day-to-day life.

From the vibrant beach resorts around Mombasa to the Swahili-cultured streets of Lamu, Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline offers something for everyone. Off the coast of Tanzania lies one of the continent’s most exotic island destinations – Zanzibar – and its no less beguiling little sister – Pemba. Slightly further afield is the stunning archipelago of Seychelles whose granite boulders perch above the Indian Ocean to create a scene that has to be seen to be believed.

To inspire your own beach and bush safari, here are a few of the Zanzibar Holidays tour packages.

 

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Indian Ocean Islands Highlights

  • Crystal, warm waters and spectacular corals make for superb diving and snorkelling
  • Each destination has its own flavour, a unique fusion of Africa and Europe
  • Many interesting historical sites and cultural experiences await
  • Easy to get to with flights from Europe and East Africa as well as via The Middle East
  • Usually thought of as romantic destinations, the islands are also excellent for family trips
  • Many options for travellers seeking relaxation, activity, adventure or a bit of all three

Travel to Zanzibar

The lion’s share of Tanzania’s island visitors gravitate towards world-renowned Zanzibar. Zanzibar Island has an almost overwhelming choice of over 800 tourism establishments to suit every budget and taste.

It almost goes without saying, but this is not a place you should come to if you don’t want to see other tourists. While some parts of Zanzibar are less intensively developed than others, this island is about as far from a pristine wilderness escape as you can get with almost the entire coastline developed, but most especially in the northeast and southeast.

Zanzibar – an exotic island kingdom of former slave traders and fishermen – has reinvented itself as a tourism hotspot. For those with deep pockets and a healthy budget, nothing beats the exclusive satellite island of Mnemba off the north-eastern tip of Zanzibar. With one exclusive; Beyond lodge, Mnemba is the very pinnacle of tropical island beach-chic luxury. Alternatively, there is a dizzying array of hotels, beach resorts, guesthouses and other accommodations options to choose between on the main island.

 

Zanzibar Luxury Hotel

Practical Advice

It is highly recommended to visit Zanzibar or one of Tanzania’s other Indian Ocean islands at the end of your safari. After lots of early morning game drives and ‘African massages’ courtesy of the often-bumpy roads, some quality rest and relaxation on an idyllic white-sand beach lapped by the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean is usually just the tonic and will no doubt prove the cherry on the top of an incredible Tanzanian safari experience.

The quickest and safest way to reach any of the country’s island destinations is by air. With both regularly scheduled flights and private charters flying the aerial island access routes, getting there is simple if a touch costly at times, especially if you want to fly from somewhere outside of the major cities.

For those on a tighter budget or who enjoy sea travel, there are a few ferries that sail daily between the mainland ports and islands of Pemba Island, Zanzibar and Mafia Island. It is, however, important to assess the sea conditions, seaworthiness of the vessel, and presence of safety equipment before boarding a boat for your island voyage.

 

Mafia Island Marine Park
Mafia Island Marine Park

TYPICAL ZANZIBAR DISHERS

Zanzibar cuisine should be sampled at least one in your life. In our resorts, you can experience evenings dedicated to local cuisine. Zanzibari cuisine is the product of diverse influences accumulated over the centuries and which can be traced back to the numerous cultures which have characterised the island’s history. The flavours are mixed with the gastronomic traditions of Arab, Portuguese, Indian, British and Chinese cultures.

A typical Zanzibari dish is spiced pilau rice. Other delicacies originate from the African mainland: manioc potatoes, boiled beans, sweet potatoes, roasted corn on the cob and yam.

The famous nut and date bread made with eggs and vanilla which is traditionally eaten at the end of Ramadan must also be tried.

If however you want to try something a little bit different, don’t miss out on shark in pepper, or “pwewa wa nazi”, Swahili for octopus in coconut milk prepared with curry, cardamom, cinnamon, garlic and lime juice.

Another equally traditional dish is “sorpotel”, a mixed offal and pork stew seasoned with curry spices. “Boku-boku” however, is a type of spicy meat stew cooked with wheat, ginger, cumin, chilli, tomatoes and onions. The famous Zanzibari pizza is also not to be missed.

For those with a sweet tooth, the spiced cake made with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and chocolate must be sampled.

In general, spices are used in all types of cooking on the island and characterise destinations, flavours and colours.

Drinks must have their say too: try DAWA, a local cocktail that literally means “Medicine”. It is similar to Caipirinha but honey is used instead of sugar.

 

Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania
Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

 

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Mikumi National Park borders Selous Game Reserve on the south, the two areas forming a unique ecosystem. Two other natural areas bordering the national park are the Udzungwa Mountains and Uluguru Mountains. Malundwe Mountain is within the park, the highest of a belt of hills that run east and west through the park, connecting the Uluguru Mountains to the northeast with the Uvidunda and Udzungwa mountains to the west. Malundwe’s south peak is the highest point in the park, reaching 1290 meters elevation.

 

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park

Welcome to Mikumi National Park!

As accessible as it is, Mikumi is the most appealing Park to a safari. This Park will give a true taste of an African safari while preserving your precious time.
The Park has a variety of wildlife that can be easly seen. Its closeness to Dar es salaam makes it an ideal place for weekend visitors who don’t have to spend a long time on an extended
safari itinerary. The vegetation of this area is savanna dotted with acacia, baobab, tamarinds and some palm trees. Mikumi is one most reliable places in Tanzania for animal
sightings especially during the dry season. This is the time when wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around water sources such as Mkata river,
hippo pools, Mwanambogo poosl and other waterholes. These waterholes are constantly visited by big herds of buffaloes, elephants as well as other wild animals. We are honored that
you have chosen to visit and stay with us and look forward to providing you with unforgettable experience.

Brief History of the Park
Mikumi National Park is lying just to the Nyerere National Park, gazetted in 1964 with 1,070 km2 , later on by 1975 annexed to cover an area of 3,230 km2, the park is the nineth largest National Park in Tanzania. It is in one ecosystem with Nyerere National Park making the animals (Elephants, Buffalos, wild dog and Zebras) migrate to and from the northern part of the Nyerere N. Park into Mikumi N. Park.

Location:
Mikumi National Park is located 288km (about 173miles) west of Dar es Salaam via Morogoro town about 107km (67miles) by the highway (which traverses the park for 50 km) from
Dar es Salaam to Iringa and Highland southern to Southern highlands.

Climate:
The park has a bi-modal rain season, characterized by short rain in October to early November, followed by long rain lasting for five/six months and annual average rainfall is 700mm, although the rainfall pattern is very unpredictable. However, there is always a definite dry period between January and February. The wet months are associated with a hot humid weather, where temperatures reach up to 30 degrees centigrade. Dry months are always cooler with temperature between 20 and 25 degree centigrade. Annual average temperature is 25.5 degree centigrade
The best period to visit the park is during the dry season, how whoever the northern part of the park is accessible through –out the year.

Attractions:
• The spectacular concentration of variety of animals in Mkata flood plain including four of the big five, Elephant, Buffalos, Lion and Leopard.
• The ever changing skies and light producing glorious sunrise and sunset.
• The world’s largest Antelope (Eland, Greater Kudu, Sable Antelope, Defassa Waterbuck and African hunting wild dogs.
• Mikumi also offers an outstanding diversity of bird life, from the striking turkey-sized group hornbill to the tiny sunbirds more than 400 spp are found.
• Mikumi has a variety of vegetation types ranging from seasonally flooded grassland to woodland and reverine forest.

  • Bateleur eagles are often seen soaring in the intense blue skies, and the lilacbreasted rollers add brilliance to their background.
  • The afromontane forest found on the summit of Malundwe Mountains is of forest type that is renowned for its unique flora and fauna.

 

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park

Tourism Activities
• Day Game drive: This is a main activity in the park for visitors enjoyment that will allow to view in tourist areas
and circuits within the park.

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park

Night Game drive: The bush is completely a different world at night. This is what makes a night game drive special. For those wishing to encounter nocturnal animals such as
porcupines, civet, cats and aardvarks a night game drive is a fantastic option. Spot wildlife that cannot usually be seen by day. Observe the different behaviors of wild animals such as
leopards and hippos displayed at night where is the time for hunting and grazing (feeding).

 

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park

Hippo: Hippos are generally nocturnal animals, they live in areas with abundant water as they spend most of their time submerged to keep their skin cool and moist during the hot days. Hippos are awake all night because this is the time they forage as they trek miles to nibble on tasty vegetation. Therefore, a night game drive will give you chance to see hippos feeding. Leopards are solitary creatures that only spend time with others when they are mating or raising young. They are nocturnal and spend their nights hunting instead of sleeping. Its ability to climb with kills marks the true strength of a leopard. Plan your visit to come and see this amazing display of strength.

 

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park

Walking Safari: This activity done for 1-2 hours, it conducted in the designated walking trails, where visitors enjoy a feeling of wildness. This activities is conducted only in the dry season and for adult from 16 and above age, but children’s under 10 to 15 years only.

 

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park

Birding: The Mkata plains are also a great place for birding Mikumi boasts with a respectful 400 species of birds with the most common ones being the black bellied bustards,
guinea fowls, marabou storks, bateleur eagles, ox peckers, colorful lilac breasted rollers and yellow throated long claw.

Cultural tourism: This is activity that will allow you to share an experience from the villages near the park such as cooking food, dancing and sharing artist productions

Available Tourism Facilities:
Inside the park: Including parks tourist houses (Bandas/Cottages, Rest house, three private tented camps and campsites (both public and special). Where public
campsites have basic facilities as water and bathroom. Special campsites are just natural sites where water and bathrooms facilities are not provided.
Outside the park: In Mikumi township there are accommodations services including Motels, Hotels, Lodges, Camps, Guesthouses which all of them are at affordable rates.

 

Mikumi National Park
Mikumi National Park | Vuma Hill Lodge

Visit and support:
Visit the park and experience the real side of an Africa culture where locals can share their traditions and cultural values where you can contribute by improving their livelihood in this ever changing world!
Thank you!

 

Cultural visit
Cultural visit

 

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Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania

Great Image Expedition Ltd we are Best Local Tanzania Luxury Safari Tours company based in Arusha. We tailor made genuine safaris, Mount Kilimanjaro climbing and Zanzibar beaches experiences according to your budget, desire and interest. Our mode of operating is unique because we know that you are unique too.

We don’t just send you pre-made itineraries or packages and ask you to pick one because we understand that people are different and have different tastes. We will design your Tanzania Luxury Safari Tours so that you will be aware of our efforts and attention to detail, which will ensure that you have the Tanzania Luxury Safari Tours of your dreams.

 

  • In-depth local knowledge: Local tour operators have an intimate understanding of their region.
  • Personalized Itineraries: Local tour operators prioritize a personalized experience.
  • Support local economy: Choosing a local tour operator contributes to the local economy of your destination.

When planning a vacation or a trip to a new destination, one of the most important decisions is choosing a tour operator to help organize and manage your itinerary. There are many options available now for making a tour, choosing a local tour operator or travel agency can provide many benefits that can greatly enhance your travel experience. Here are some advantages of choosing a local tour operator:

1. In-depth local knowledge: Local tour operators have an intimate understanding of their region. They have extensive knowledge of the best attractions, hidden gems, and local customs. Their familiarity with the region allows them to curate unique itineraries that showcase the destination’s authentic essence. Depending on their expertise, you can discover off-the-beaten-track locations and gain insights that may not be readily available to the average tourist. Local tour operators are aware of Tanzania very much.

 

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2. Personalized Itineraries: Local tour operators prioritize a personalized experience. They take the time to understand your interests, preferences, and budget, ensuring that your itinerary perfectly matches your needs. By tailoring tours to your specific needs, they can create a memorable trip that meets your desires, whether it’s exploring historical landmarks, engaging in adventure activities, or indulging in local cuisine.

 

Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania
Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania

3. Support local economy: Choosing a local tour operator contributes to the local economy of your destination. By booking transportation and accommodation through them, you directly support local businesses, guides, and communities. It helps sustain local culture, preserve traditions, and promote sustainable tourism practices. Additionally, local tour operators often partner with local suppliers, giving you authentic experiences and insider access that may not be available through larger, international companies.

 

Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania
Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania

4. Seamless logisticsMoving to unfamiliar territory can be difficult, especially in a foreign country. Local tour operators provide invaluable assistance in handling logistics such as transport, accommodation, and travel arrangements. Their expertise and local connections enable them to quickly handle any unexpected challenges, ensuring a smooth and stress-free travel experience. They can also guide visa requirements, security precautions, and other essential information, saving you time and effort in travel planning.

 

 

Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania
Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania

 

5. Cultural immersionOne of the biggest advantages of choosing a local tour operator is the opportunity for true cultural immersion. They can arrange tours to local communities, interact with residents and organize cultural activities. This exposure to local traditions, customs, and ways of life allows you to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the destination, provide cross-cultural exchanges, and create lasting memories. Local Sundarban travel agencies arrange folk dances in the evening by the local artists which gives ultimate enjoyment to all the tourists.

 

Cultural visit
Cultural visit

6. Responsiveness and flexibility: Local tour operators are often more accessible and responsive to their customers’ needs. Since they are locally based, they can promptly address any concerns or inquiries you may have during your trip. Furthermore, they are usually more flexible in accommodating last-minute changes or requests, ensuring that you can make the most of your travel experience without unnecessary restrictions. Now, there are many tour operators and travel agencies available in the market few of them are professionals and experienced. Many local tour operators and agencies are very professional and have depth knowledge about Tanzania to guide their tourists.

 

Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania
Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania

7. Best Accommodations: We are one of the well-known and reliable travel agency in Tanzania with association with the best accommodations, Lodges, Hotels and Safari Camps to plan your dream trip to Tanzania within your budget.

 

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Passion in what we do:

  • Share with us your passion for travel and in particular, for safaris in Tanzania with over 5 available itineraries
  •  We offer comprehensive information on Safaris in Tanzania, and are well connected to the best travel service providers.
  • With over 10 years of experience, our guides are competent to deal with any organizational and managerial problem.
  • We offer dedicated assistance from the moment of your booking to during and after the Safari.

Conclusion: There are many benefits to choosing a local tour operator. Their deep knowledge, personalized itineraries, support for the local economy, seamless logistics, cultural immersion opportunities, and responsiveness make them a great choice for travelers looking for an authentic and enriching experience. By entrusting your travel planning to a local expert, you can embark on a journey full of unforgettable moments and discover the true essence of your chosen destination.

 

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The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a Tanzanian national park in Morogoro Region. The park has a size of 1,990 km2 (770 miles2). The habitats contained within the national park include tropical rainforest, mountain forest, miombo woodland, grassland and steppe. There is a vertical height range of 250–2,576 metres (the peak of Lohomero), which incorporates the Udzungwa Mountains part of the Eastern Arc Mountains. There are more than 400 bird species, 2,500 plant species (25% of which are endemics) and 6 primate species. It has the second largest biodiversity of a national park in Africa.

 

udzungwa mountains national park
udzungwa mountains national park

Welcome to Udzungwa Mountains National Park!

The park is unique by hosting some of the endemic flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere on earth hence referred to as the “centre of endemism.” The vegetation is
absolutely pristine with closed canopy cover, woodland and moorland at higher altitude. The park is honored to be the Galapagos of Africa and one of the fewer remaining
“biodiversity hotspots” of the world.

Udzungwa is a magnet for hikers; with an excellent network of forest trails that include the popular half-day ramble to
Sanje waterfall which visitors are attracted to see primates like sanje mangabey and Iringa coloubus Monkey, forest
birds, amphibians, reptiles, plants and much more.

 

udzungwa mountains national park
udzungwa mountains national park

Getting there
By Road: The park can be accessed by road network from Dar es salaam (380km) or from Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Mbeya.
By Train: TAZARA railway from Dar Es Salaam to Zambia that passes through local town of Mang’ula takes you close to the park’s
gate.
By Air: Charted flights through nearby two airstrips of Msolwa and Kilombero

Climate
The park receives short rains from October to November and heavy rains from mid March to May. “Dry season (June – September) short
rains starts from October to November and thoughtful wet season starts from (November to April) when wild flowers are flourishing
and plentiful of butterflies. For bird watchers December to February is their best time as most migratory birds are nesting in the park and
easily spotted.”. The maximum temperature is 310C in October, with the minimum temperature of 21 0C in July

Attractions

  • Waterfalls
    There is a number of waterfalls including the famous Sanje waterfall which plunges 170 metres through a misty spray into
    the forested valley below. This waterfall is the highest waterfalls in the national parks system in Tanzania. Other waterfalls
    include; Prince Bernhard, Njokamoni, Mwaya, Sonjo and Msolwa that spice your visit.

 

udzungwa mountains national park
udzungwa mountains national park

Reptiles
A number of Reptiles and Amphibians with the endemic Udzungwa lizards
(Cnemaspis Udzungwae) and (Phrynobatrachus Udzungwensis)
also with endemic chameleons are also available.

 

Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Butterflies
Over 250 species of butterflies including the endemic Charaxes Lucyae Mwanihanae, Papilio hornimanii Mwanihanae and Baliochilla
Mwanihanae have been identified making udzungwa an ideal place for those who wish to see this paradise of butterfly

 

udzungwa mountains national park
udzungwa mountains national park

Natural Spring
Natural springs on the upper stream of the catchment forest forming various permanent rivers (Lofia, Msosa, Mwaya, Mkula, Rumemo, Sonjo, Ruipa) that flow and pour water to the famous
Kilombero Valley. Visiting this springs listening water spashing on the rocks leaves a memory to remember.

 

udzungwa mountains national park
udzungwa mountains national park

Cultural and Historical sites:

Udzungwa Mountains National Park contains more documented cultural and historical sites than any other Tanzanian Park. Within the park there are a number of historical and cultural sites that
offer the chance to explore the history of different tribes from the Southern.

Bird species
The park has 400 different bird species including migratory and non migratory species; with two being endemic to the park
(Udzungwa forest partridge and Rufous winged sunbird).

udzungwa mountains national park
udzungwa mountains national park

Tropical Rainforest:

Universally considered as World’s Wettest Ecosystems lie in the ‘Tropics,’ between the Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer. Comprehensively characterized
by very high annual rainfall, high average temperatures and humidity, nutritious soil, and high levels of biodiversity (species
richness).The forests with a magnificent view of a natural tropical rainforest that hosts approximately 2,500 different plant communities/
species of cultural, ecological, economical, historical, educational and medicinal values. The forests act as a major tourist’s attractions and
best for hiking when experiencing soundless forest walk surrounded by various flowers, birds, butterflies, frogs, snakes, chameleon,
primates and beautiful view of the numerous waterfalls that are being adored by vacationers.
‘The consistent sunlight provides the essential energy necessary to power the forest via photosynthesis; Temperatures are
generally moderated by cloud cover and high humidity

 

udzungwa mountains national park
udzungwa mountains national park

Tourism Activities:

Hiking to the waterfalls and forest: Hiking in the forest
while enjoying watching most primates, waterfalls, birds, reptiles and
amphibians makes your day. Hiking is mostly done throughout the
year but more ideal during dry season.

 

  • udzungwa mountains national park
    udzungwa mountains national park

    Mountain climbing: The park offers a chance of summiting the

    highest peaks of Luhomero and Mwanihana peaks while enjoying
    the scenic view of the lower slopes together with the farms on the
    Kilombero valley.

Photographing and Filming: This activity can be done
throughout the year. During short rains, photographic safaris can be
more exciting in the park as it is the time when wild flowers flourish
and there is abundant butterflies. Moreover, most migratory birds can
be seen during this time.

 

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Top Things to Do in Stone Town Zanzibar

Stone town of Zanzibar, also known as Mji Mkongwe (Swahili for ‘old town’), is the old part of Zanzibar Island, the main city of Zanzibar, in Tanzania. The newer portion of the city is known as Ng’ambo, Swahili for ‘the other side’. Stone Town is located on the western coast of Unguja, the main island of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Former capital of the Zanzibar Sultanate, and flourishing center of the spice trade as well as the slave trade in the 19th century, it retained its importance as the main city of Zanzibar during the period of the British protectorate. When Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined each other to form the United Republic of Tanzania, Zanzibar kept a semi-autonomous status, with Stone Town as its local government seat.

Stone Town is a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, giving a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian, and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.

Due to its heritage, Stone Town is also a major visitor attraction in Tanzania, and a large part of its economy depends on tourism-related activities.

 

Zanzibar Stone Town
Zanzibar Stone Town

Top Things to Do in Stone Town Zanzibar

1. Marvel at Stunning Zanzibari Doors

Something you will probably encounter very often on your tour through the city is a large number of impressive wooden doorways.

No wonder, Stone Town is famous for its iconic doorways that blend the typical African style with Indian and Arabic designs. Of an estimated amount of 560 doors around Zanzibar City, the majority can be found in this part of the island’s capital.

Most of them are over a century old and often they are the only thing left standing when the buildings they belong to collapse.

Furthermore, it is said that the doors had deeper meanings as well: Depending on their look from the outside, one could determine the social status or religion of the occupant.

 

Stone Town Doors
Stone Town Doors

2. Admire One of The Most Valuable Gemstones

Something else you probably didn’t expect to find in Stone Town either is one of the world’s most valuable gemstones. I’m talking about the Tanzanite.

Tanzanite gemstones are so expensive and valuable because they can only be found in a very small mining area in Tanzania. Usually, Tanzanite gemstones appear alternately blue, violet, and burgundy, depending on the lighting conditions and crystal orientation.

The best places to admire (and maybe buy) the luxurious and staggering Tanzanite jewelry are the Tanzanite Gallery and Johari Treasures – all in Stone Town.

 

Tanzanite Gems
Tanzanite Gems

3. Watch The Sunset From Stone Town Beach

Could you imagine a better end to an adventurous day than watching a romantic sunset from the most wonderful location? In Stone Town, the best address is the city’s beach, just a few minutes from Forodhani Gardens.

Stone Town Beach is a favorite spot for locals who come here after work to relax, dance, do acrobatics, sing, and just have a good time. And, as already mentioned, it’s a great place to watch the sun disappear behind the horizon.

Observing the sky turning first slightly orange and then dark red, creating a magical shimmer on the calm sea, is an indescribable experience!

 

Stone Town Sunset
Stone Town Sunset

4. Get Lost in The Narrow Streets of Stone Town

Trust me when I tell you that another one of the coolest things to do in Stone Town is to get lost in the city’s maze of narrow streets. It may sound scary at first, but it’s the best way to get to know the city.

Tours are a good way to get basic information about certain parts of the city.

Streets of Stone Town
Streets of Stone Town

5. Eat Local Food at Stone Town Restaurants

Don’t you agree if I say that trying local food is one of the most fantastic things about traveling? The best address to do exactly this in Stone Town is Lukmaan Restaurant.

Unlike most restaurants around the world, you don’t just take a seat and choose from the menu. Instead, you find a lot of different dishes in glass display cases so you can look and then order from the staff behind the counter. Solely the drinks you need to choose from a menu hanging at the counter.

Your food will then be brought to your chosen table. You don’t even get a table number or similar, no, the waiters just come looking for you in the restaurant! That’s remarkable service, given the fact that the restaurant is always well-visited and remembering all the faces is not an easy task, I guess.

Not only the service, but the food is excellent as well! Big portions and amazing taste – what more could you ask for?

Good for you that it’s open every day from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm so you’ll have enough time to taste your way through all the delicious dishes!

 

Local Food Restaurants at Stone Town
Local Food Restaurants at Stone Town

6. Learn About History at The Old Slave Market

While Stone Town is very lively and exciting, the city also has a very dark past.

In 1873, the world’s last open slave market was shut down by the British and the last vestige of this cruel institution could be found in Stone Town. For way too long, the city was home to the most brutal slave market in Zanzibar.

At the Old Slave Market, you can travel back to the horrible time of the slave trade and visit one of the formerly 15 low-ceiling slave cellars.

Here, up to 60 slaves were crammed together like sardines in the can, with no toilets, hardly any food, and chained by the feet.

The toughest among them who survived the dreadful circumstances were brought to the auction, ready to be inspected by potential buyers.

Being in one of these dim, suffocating chambers is a very oppressive and moving experience. It brings you much closer to the terrible past of the city.

Former Slave Market
Former Slave Market

7. Take a Stroll in Forodhani Gardens

Number seven on the list can be found just in front of the Old Fort. Forodhani Gardens, or Forodhani Park, is a small park located along the seafront, next to the new harbor.

During the day, it’s a wonderful place to take a break from bustling city life. It’s a popular place to hang out for locals and tourists alike.

You can find a big restaurant with a jetty into the water, two small cafés with outdoor seating, benches under trees, a children’s playground, and much more!

Every evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Forodhani Park gets usually very crowded because then it transforms into an open-air night market where people come to try local food from different food stalls.

If you love seafood, this place will be like heaven for you! There’s probably no sort of fish you won’t find at the market. However, if you are vegetarian or even vegan like me, it’s best to look for another place to eat.

 

Forodhani Gardens Food Market
Forodhani Gardens Food Market

8. Wander The Old Fort

Let’s continue your journey through Stone Town with a visit to the Old Fort. It was originally built in the 17th century by the Portuguese, making it the oldest building in Zanzibar.

Due to its location at the main seafront, the building is hard to oversee.

Originally used as a defensive fortress and later as a prison in the 19th century, the Old Fort is nowadays the place where the Zanzibar International Film Festival, also known as Festival of the Dhow Countries, takes place.

The fort can be best described as a square of high, brown walls with merlons surrounding an inner courtyard. While wandering the inner courtyard, you’ll spot the ruins of earlier buildings including those of a Portuguese church.

Moreover, numerous shops are selling tourist-oriented souvenirs such as African paintings plus it features an open-air amphitheater where live dance and music shows occur most evenings.

The Old Fort is open all year round every day from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and is completely free to enter.

 

Zanzibar Old Fort
Zanzibar Old Fort

9. Pay a Visit to the Freddie Mercury Museum

Did you know that Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of one of history’s most popular rock bands ever, was born in Zanzibar?

Well, I didn’t know until the moment I started putting together my itinerary for Stone Town. Only then, did I realize Freddie Mercury had roots in Zanzibar, more precisely in a house in the winding alleys of Stone Town.

Today, the house Freddie grew up in and stayed with his family until their move to England in 1963 is now a museum. It mainly showcases Freddie’s childhood and upbringing in Zanzibar, plus, of course, his extraordinary journey to becoming the great star that he was.

The location of Freddie Mercury Museum is right on one of Stone Town’s main streets, close to Forodhani Gardens and the Old Fort. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Freddie Mercury Museum
Freddie Mercury Museum

10. Go Shopping at Darajani Bazaar

The one place in Stone Town that every type of food lover will enjoy for sure is Darajani Market (or Bazaar).

This traditional African market specializes in food such as seafood, meat, fruits, grains, and spices but you’ll also find vendors selling other goods such as souvenirs or electronic devices.

It was first established in 1904 and later extended and restored.

Inside, the market is very organized and divided into different sections.

In the fruit and vegetable section, for example, you will find a large variety of tropical fruits such as bananas, pineapples, avocados, and jackfruit – everything that grows on the island!

Darajani Market is truly worth a visit, especially the area around Kanga Street where you’ll find colorful local prints and fabrics to buy.

Additionally, there are shops from where you can purchase clothes, shoes, household goods, and many other bits and pieces.

 

Darajani Bazaar
Darajani Bazaar

Conclusion:

As you see, the bustling old part of Zanzibar’s capital has many great things to offer.

Two full days are not enough to get to know the local life so if possible, I recommend spending at least three or four days here.

But one thing I can guarantee you: No matter how long your stay here is, you will enjoy every single minute of it!

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