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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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INTERMEDIATE

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

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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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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.

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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.

 

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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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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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  • 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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Best Things to do in Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park is Tanzania‘s 13th national park and has an area of 1,062 km2 (410 sq mi). It was officially gazetted in 2005 and is managed under the Tanzania National Parks Authority. The park is located administratively in southeast Pangani District of Tanga Region and northeast Chalinze District of Pwani Region.

 

Saadani National Park

INTRODUCTION

Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, Saadani National Park covers 1100km square. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. The climate is coastal, hot and humid. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascinating setting. About 30 species of larger mammals are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Besides many species of fish (over 40), green turtles, humpback whales and dolphins occur in the ocean nearby

Gazetted in 2005, it encompasses a preserved ecosystem including the former Saadani game reserve, the former Mkwaja ranch area, the Wami River as well as the Zaraninge Forest. Many villages exist around the boundaries of the park. Before being included in the national park, the Zaraninge forest was managed by the World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) whose goal was to preserve the extremely high botanical diversity of one of the last coastal rain forests remaining   in Tanzania.

 

Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park

HISTORY AND CULTURE       

Saadani village once was an important harbour-town and slave trading centre in east Africa. Now it is a small Swahili fishing village with about 800 inhabitants whose livelihood is mostly fishing. Other villages adjacent to the park make their living through farming, especially coconut growing.

After periods of Portuguese and Arab domination, the region gained importance in 18th and 19th centuries following a rising international demand for ivory and slaves. The actual Saadani village emerged with towns like Bagamoyo and Pangani as new trading centers connecting Zanzibar with long-distance trade routes from Tabora. At the end of the 19th century, Bwana Heri bin Juma was ruling Saadani. In oral tradition he is the mythological founder-hero of the village as he resisted all Zanzibari attempts to occupy the town and defeated the sultan`s troops in 1882. In 1886 the German protectorate`s borders were established. Two years later, the coastal people organized resistance against the Germans under the joint leadership of Abushiri bin Salim al Harth and Bwana Heri. On 6th June 1889 Saadani was bombarded and taken by Germans. Bwana Heri being considered by the Germans as an honourable enemy, he was told to rebuild Saadani.

Saadani`s and Bagamoyo`s caravan trade declined at the end of the 19th century while  Dar-es-salaam  rose to be the most important trading centre of the coastal region. Commercial production along the coast, such as rice, sugar and copra, which were exported to Zanzibar and the Indian Ocean, disappeared after the German invasion. These were replaced by cash crops such as coffee, cotton and sisal for the European market. Following the transfer of the protectorate to the British after the First World War sisal, kapok, cashew estates and cattle ranches were established in the Saadani area. Ruins of stone houses still bear testimony to the former flourishing condition.

An old German boma (government house) and several graves can still be found in Saadani.

SAVANNAH

The humid savannah of Saadani National Park can be divided into three easily distinguishable types: tall grass savanna with herbaceous cover growing up to 2m and scattered palms, short grass grazing land mostly situated on former sisal plantation and black cotton plains where the clay soil creates particularly harsh conditions.

Different degrees of tree cover can be distinguished: typical for Saadani is Acacia Zanzibarica with its long spines, which cover large areas of the park. Inhabitants of the tall grass savannas are the buffalo which weigh up to 850kg and several herds of hartebeests can be observed grazing in Saadan National Park.

The common waterbuck occurs all over the park area. Weighing up to 270kg these grazers can be easily recognized by the white ring around their tails. The density of reedbucks is especially high in Saadani National Park, although this medium-sized antelope (45kg) might be difficult to spot in tall grasses where they lie down for shelter. Warthogs are omnipresent and even come into Saadani village. As most of the villagers are Muslims, warthogs have learned that they will not be harmed.

The tallest animals in the world and the national symbol of Tanzania, giraffes, are numerous in Saadani National Park .Their tongues have special callus plates which make them particularly well adapted to browse on spiny acacia trees. Large herds of white-bearded wildebeest graze in the short grass savannas. They were released in the area in the 1970’s. Other introduced species are plains zebra and eland.

The lion, the largest of the African carnivores, is also found in Saadani although it is rarely seen. At night you may hear the hyenas and encounter genets, porcupines and civets. Other species which can be observed within the perimeter of the park are bushbucks, bush pigs, yellow baboons and vervet monkeys.

 

SAVANNAH
SAVANNAH

 

RIVER AND OCEAN

From East to West, the open ocean with coral reefs changes to brackish water ecosystem characterized by mangrove forest, salt pans and bare saline areas. Further inland, the Wami River is the most important fresh water source beside numerous temporary rivers and dams.

At low tide the sea retreats up to 100 metre to form a convenient passage for local people and wild animals. These beaches are the only place north of Dar-es-salaam where sea turtles still come to lay their eggs. The most common species is the green turtle, the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. Beside nest thieves on the beach, turtles are particularly threatened by commercial fisheries and water pollution. The marine extension of the park includes the Mafui sandbanks, whose colorful coral reefs are important breeding sites for many fish species.

Evergreen mangrove trees grow in the transactional zone, just above the mean sea water level. These salt tolerant tidal forests provide a resting and feeding place for many bird species, bats, monkeys, hippos and reptiles. Numerous species of fish such as prawns also lay their eggs in these protected habitats.
The high demand for the resistance mangrove wood leads to over exploitation, making the protection of these forests even more important. In Saadani National Park, large mangrove forest grows along the Wami River. This is also the place where large groups of hippos can be observed. Nile crocodile also live here. The Wami River is a very good place for watching birds such as kingfishers, fish eagles and many species of wading birds

FOREST AND SHRUBS

The less known coastal forest is characterized by a high biodiversity with many plants occurring only in this area (endemics).
Forest plays an important role in protecting the soil against erosion and thus regulates the water cycle. Besides the two large forests of Zaraninge and Kwamsisi, many of the smaller patches of forest and shrubs represent an important habitat for animals.  These forests and shrubs are vulnerable to illegal logging, charcoal production and farming expansion.

In Saadani, elephants are relatively shy and usually hide during the day in woody parts of the park. Leopards are also found in dense bushes and trees (thickets). Seldom seen, these animals are mainly nocturnal and can live in close proximity to humans. Other showy animals living mostly in woody areas are the greater kudu and smaller antelopes such as suni and duiker. The tree crowns are inhabited by colubus monkeys which subsist mainly on leaves, strictly nocturnal bush babies as well as many fruit eating bird species, insects and butterflies.

 

FOREST AND SHRUBS
FOREST AND SHRUBS

TOURISM ACTIVITIES

  • Boat safari at the delta of Wami River and the ocean, mangrove vegetation, water loving birds, Hippos and Nile crocodile.
  • Visit Green turtle Breeding site at Madete area.
  • Visit to Mafui sand bank Island that opens during the day and closes in the evening, a sand bank where you snorkel in the caves with colorful fish and green turtles. A place where lunch and sun bathing can give maximum relaxation.
  • Walking safari on natural  trails of Saadani gets you close to nature.
  • Day game drive.
  • Night game drive for sighting nocturnal animals
  • Relax on the cleanest beach on the coasts of Bagamoyo and Tanga, where one gets to see the sunrise.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

  • Clean beach and the Indian Ocean.
  • Abundance of wild mammals like waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, yellow baboon, hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and lion.
  • Green turtles breeding site.
  • Wami River.
  • Zaraninge coastal forest.
  • Over 220 species of birds including migratory birds.
  • Historical remains.
  • Swahili culture.

PARK ACCESSIBILITY

By road

Saadani National Park is located about 44km North of Bagamoyo town. The park can be easily accessed through Wami River from Bagamoyo.

The Park can also be accessed through 271km drive from Dar-es-salaam – Mandela village via Chalinze town. From Mandela drive on a rough road for 61km to Saadani park entry gate.

A daily public bus commutes from Dar-es-salaam / Bagamoyo and Saadani village to Tanga City and Mkwaja village.

Furthermore one can get to Saadani from Arusha – Moshi-Segera-Tanga-Pangani OR Arusha – Moshi-Segera- Kwamsisi-Mandela which is about 561 Km.

From Tanga city one can reach Saadani by driving and crossing Pangani River on a public ferry. It is about 3hours drive (130Km) on a rough road to the Park Entry gate.

 

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By air

Flight (light aircrafts) can be arranged to Mkwaja or Saadani airstrip from any part of the country such as Arusha, Zanzibar, Mwanza, Manyara, Dar-es-salaam etc.
Zanzibar Island is about 40km away from the park it takes about 14 minutes flying from Zanzibar to Saadani Airstrip. 

 

Mafia Island Marine Park

By Water

One can reach Saadani by boat from Dar-es-salaam, Tanga, Pangani, Bagamoyo and Zanzibar

NOTE; In rainy season (March-April), the muddy roads can make travelling in the southern parts of the park very difficult. It is advisable to inquire about the condition of the road before traveling.

Best time to visit the Park:

It is advisable to visit the park during the season. However the park has lots of attractions all year round. From July to March is the best time for flamingo watching in the salt pans.

ACCOMMODATION

The Park offers various types of accommodation and their facilities for both Residents and Non-residents visiting the Park.

  • Rest house near the beach, with a furnished sitting room, master bedroom, three single rooms and a fully equipped kitchen.
  • Bandaz which are located along the beach, each with two rooms of four beddings and

single rooms for couples with outside dining and kitchen equipped with cooking gas, deep freezer and utensils.
These facilities offer campers an opportunity to sleep at camping sites by pitching
tents at the public camp site which is located along the beach of Saadani,

  • Special camp sites: Kiwandi campsite located at Zaraninge forest, Kinyonga campsite located along Wami river and Tengwe campsite located in the wilderness zone.

Visitors are advised to come with their own food that they may cook using park facilities.
There are other privately owned accommodation facilities inside and outside the park include Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge, Saadani River Lodge, KISAMPA, Saadani Park Hotel, Tembo Kijani Lodge and A Tent with A View Lodge. Please visit their websites for more information.

 

Saadani Safari Lodge
Saadani Safari Lodge

PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

Because of the situation on the coastal part of Tanzania and many conflicting interests in the development of this region. Saadani National Park faces many threats to its survival. The most serious are poaching and ever increasing demand for land to feed a large and growing human population that border the park. Your behavior can be as damaging as that of a poacher’s snare.

Driving off road where it is not allowed damages the fragile soils and plants of these sensitive ecosystems and can disturb species during critical breeding periods. You can help preserve Saadani National Park and its unique character by respecting our general rules and regulations hereunder:

  1. Keep to the 50kph speed limit. This is for your safety and the safety of the wildlife.
  2. Driving at night is not allowed (7pm to 6am).
  3. Stay on the designated roads/tracks.
  4. Do not harass, feed or interfere with wildlife.
  5. Do not get out of/ stand on/ hang out of the vehicle near any animal.
  6. Green Turtles are endangered and their breeding sites are limited. Do not disturb the adult, hatchlings or nests on the beach.
  7. Coral reefs are sensitive habitats for marine life. Do not break off or walk on the fragile corals.
  8. Leave all plants, animals, skulls, bones, rocks, or any object in the park where they belong.
  9. Do not bring any animal, plant and / or any object into the park.
  10. Picnic at authorized places.
  11. Do not leave any trash behind: take it with you or dispose of it properly.
  12. Extinguish cigarettes in your vehicle’s ashtray to avoid bush fire.
  13. Do not start fire unless at authorized camps.
  14. Remember that the park gates open at 6am and close at 6pm.
  15. You enter the park at your own risk

 

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Known for its diverse landscapes and abundance of game, Katavi National Park’s drawcard is its remoteness. This has ensured that the area has remained completely unspoilt. With so few visitors around, a Katavi safari is guaranteed to make you feel like the only people on earth! With large populations of elephants, lions, hippos and more, game viewing is beyond spectacular, especially during the dry season when water sources dwindle.

 

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things-to-see-and-do-in-katavi-national-park
 HIGHLIGHTS
  • Remote location with refreshingly low numbers of annual visitors
  • Varied habitats from open grasslands to wooded areas to seasonal lakes and rivers
  • Wide array of large game, including impressive herds of thousand-strong buffalo
  • Densest populations of hippo and crocodile in Tanzania
  • Walking safaris are allowed at Katavi for a real bush experience
  • Incredible birdlife with over 400 species
  • A number of cultural and historical sites, including the legendary Katabi Tree

At just under 4,500km², Katavi National Park is Tanzania’s third largest park. Situated in the remote southwest of Tanzania, access to the park is not easy and there are few camps, ensuring that the park is not overrun with visitors and safari vehicles.

The park is named after the Wabende spirit, Katabi, who according to local legend lives in a tamarind tree near Lake Katavi. Locals looking for blessings from his spirit still leave offerings at the foot of the tree.

The area was first protected in 1911 during the German occupation and was later named Rukwa Game Reserve under British occupation until 1932. In 1974, an area of just over 2,200km² was declared a national park and the larger area was finally gazetted in 1996, officially opening two years later under its current name.

Located in the Rukwa Rift Basin, which forms part of the Central African Rift Valley, Katavi National Park boasts steep highland cliffs and escarpments, floodplains, vast grasslands and seasonal lakes, interspersed with woodlands.

Game in the park is plentiful, with large populations of elephant, buffalo, zebra, a wide variety of antelope and giraffe. There are plenty of predators here, too, including lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog. The main river through the park, the Katuma River, dries to a few muddy pools during the dry season and it is here where you can see huge numbers of hippos crammed into small pools, resulting in terrifying fights between the males.

Things to see and do in Katavi National Park

Contents:

  • Walking Safaris in Katavi National Park
  • Boat Safaris in Katavi National Park
  • Fly Camping in Katavi National Park
  • Sundowner Moments
  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural Encounters
  • Photography Opportunities
  • Relaxation and Reflection
  • Wildlife Research and Conservation Programs
  • Night Game Drives
  • Picnic at Maji Moto Hot Springs
  • Visit the Katavi Museum
  • Hot Air Balloon Safaris
  • Wildlife Conservation Talks and Lectures
  • Wildlife Tracking and Identification
  • Conservation Photography Workshops
  • Nature Walks and Birding Excursions
  • Nature Walks and Birding Excursions
  • Relax and Unwind in Nature
  • Final Thoughts
Overview:

The main activity, of course, is game viewing, which can be done on both game drives and guided walking safaris. The bonus of game drives in Katavi National Park is that you’re unlikely to come across any other humans. Walking safaris are an experience not to be missed to really get up close to the African bush and experience its sights, sounds and smells.

Fly camping is offered. This is the ultimate definition of bush camping, where normal tents (don’t expect luxury!) are set up in the bush at a temporary campsite. No fences, no flush toilets or showers. It’s living in the wild; cooking food over a fire and spending evenings chatting around the campfire, staring up at the breathtaking African night sky and listening to the nocturnal calls of wild animals.

There are a number of places of cultural and historical interest in Katavi. These include Stone and Iron Age sites and sacred sites such as the Katabi Tree, where the Wabende spirit, Katabi, lives.

 

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things-to-see-and-do-in-katavi-national-park

Best time to visit

Katavi National Park offers great game viewing all year round but reaches its peak during the dry season from June to November or December when the animals gather in their thousands around scarce water sources.

During the wet season, the floodplains turn to lakes and provide spectacular birdwatching opportunities.

Getting there

By car – Katavi National Park is a two- to three-day drive from Dar es Salaam and requires a definite level of adventure-seeking. The road from Arusha, even more so.

By air – By far, the easiest way to get to Katavi National Park is with twice-weekly scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam. Chartered flights can also be arranged.

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Bagamoyo Historic City Tanzania, Africa

Bagamoyo is a historic coastal town and capital of Bagamoyo District in the Pwani Region of Tanzania. Much of the settlement was founded at the end of the 18th century, though it is an extension of a much older (8th century) Swahili settlement, Kaole. It was chosen as the capital of German East Africa by the German colonial administration and it became one of the most important trading ports for the Germans along the East African coast along the west of the Indian Ocean in the late 19th and early 20th century. Bagamoyo lies 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Dar-es-Salaam on the coast of the Zanzibar Channel, across from the island of Zanzibar. The town hosts Bagamoyo Historic Town, that is a National Historic Site of Tanzania. 

 

Bagamoyo Historic City
Bagamoyo Historic City
Bagamoyo Historic City

The town of Bagamoyo is a home to world class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with rich cultural heritage waiting you to explore.

This town was once a most important trading port along the East African Coast and a German East Africa Capital. Bagamoyo is home to many ethnic groups, including the Wakwere, Wazaramo and Wazigua. Different cultures including people of Arab descent coexist in Bagamoyo making the town a peaceful and friendly place for visitors from all over the world.

The town of Bagamoyo was one of the most important trading ports on the East African coast and the penultimate stop of slave and ivory caravans travelling on foot from Lake Tanganyika on their way to Zanzibar. Missionaries active in abolishing the slave trade made Bagamoyo, whose name means ‘bury my heart’ in Kiswahili, a centre for their activities.

Bagamoyo is a quiet village with a few German colonial buildings still standing. In the past, the town of Bagamoyo was one of the most important trading ports on the entire East African coast. Its port was the penultimate stop of slave and ivory caravans that travelled on foot all the way from Lake Tanganyika. Once the caravans reached Bagamoyo, the slaves and ivory were shipped by dhow to Zanzibar, where they were then dispatched all over the world. These days, Bagamoyo is a centre of dhow building in the region and along the Tanzanian Coast.

BAGAMOYO OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TOURS;
• Bagamoyo Stone Town tour
• Bagamoyo Biking tours
• Kaole ruins tour
• Crocodiles farm tour
• Visits to Caravan serai Museum
• Visits to Catholic Old church & Museum
• Mangrove forest tour
• Fish with local fishermen
• Marine tours
• Visit Ngome kongwe
• Visit to the Old port
• Fish market tour
• The white sand beach
• Explore Coral reef
• Visit Slave prison
• Visit Art market
• Traditional Swahili Massage,
• Hair braiding
• Cultural celebrations and events
• Swahili traditional weddings
• Swahili music performances and Traditional dances
• Swahili music band entertainments
• Swahili traditional games

Overviews:

Bagamoyo Catholic Church & Museum tour
You will visit the Old tower of the first Catholic Church in East Africa, one of the Oldest Baobab tree, Cemeteries (Catholic, German and Indian), Dr. Livingstone tower, Old Fathers’ house and the Cross at the beach. Explore the museum with information about the slave trade, missionaries, life of the people and some collections of artifacts of the indigenous tribes.

Mwambakuni coral reef tour (1-3 hours)
On your marine experience explore Mwambakuni coral reef and listen to stories about local peoples beliefs on coral reefs and its uses

Crocodile Farm Tour (2-5 hours)
Visit a crocodile farm and learn how these wild predators are kept. Get to know their social behaviors, growth, live capture techniques, feeding/hunting techniques and local uses of various products.

Mapopo Island Tour (2-5 hours)
Take an evening or Morning boat tour to Mapopo Island where thousands of bats have inhabited the island. Get to know the bat’s life and ecological importance of these flying mammals.

Ruvu River cruising (2-3 hours)
Take a boat ride to explore crocodiles, hippos and various birds along the Ruvu River that flows from the Uluguru Mountains and some parts of Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Get to know how locals fish in the rivers and various used of river water.

Fishing with local fishermen Experience (1-2 hours)
Come and join a team of experienced village fishermen for a fishing experience. Do your best to fish what will be prepared for you during your lunch or dinner.

Learn how to prepare Swahili Traditional food
Participate in cooking Swahili dishes with local Swahili Mamas of Kaole village.

Visit Bagamoyo College of Arts (1-2 hours)
The Bagamoyo College of Arts (“Chuo cha Sanaa”) is an internationally famous arts college in Tanzania, teaching traditional Tanzanian painting, sculpture, drama, dancing and drumming. The college organizes monthly cultural events that people are freely invited to participate.

Local Home visits (1-2 hours)
Visit to a local home where you will learn how coastal communities lives. Listen to stories and share your time with local people by engaging in various home chores/daily activities.

Getting there
Bagamoyo is located 75 kms North of Dar-es-salaam, 1-1.5 hours drive.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you into the paradise of Tanzania

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