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.

 

 Tanzania Biking Tours
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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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.

 

Arusha National Park gie
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!

 

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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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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 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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Gombe Stream National Park

It is a thin strip of ancient forest set in mountainous, cut with steep valleys clinging to the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

The park major attraction is obviously the Chimpanzees that live protected within its boundaries.

Tourist to this area will be able to do chimpanzee trekking, hiking and go to the waterfall and guided walk in the forest or along the lakeshore

The park is dominated by many steep sided ridges and valleys. This is where you will be on foot if you have come to see the chimpanzees

The scenery of Gombe is stunning with most of the 16 major valleys containing swift steams, which flow all year.

In this park you can meet the stars of the world famous chimpanzee community. Jane Goodall’s pioneering chimpanzee research began in 1960.

The Gombe Chimps are one of the most closely and continuously studied populations

Sharing more than 98 percent of our genes, it’s a look of recognition from our closest animal relative.

The majority of the mammals in this National Park are primates, most of them forest species. Likely to be seen, in addition to the famous chimpanzees are the colorful red-tail and blue monkeys.

Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe Stream National Park is located in the westernmost region of Tanzania along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.  The national park encompasses an area of 14 square miles (35sq km) making it the smallest national park in Tanzania as well as most of Africa.

The park is comprised of grasslands, woodlands, steep valleys, and tropical rainforest.   The diversity is surprising for such a small region.  The area where the monkeys and primates are found is dense jungle, which some may describe as a true Tarzan-like setting.

Gombe Stream National Park is renowned as the location where the scientific research and work of Jane Goodall with Chimpanzees and other primates.  Jane Goodall began her studies in the area in 1960 and her work and observations are well documented and incredibly valuable to understanding primates and their behaviors and communications.

Chimpanzees are probably considered the pinnacle attraction in the park, however, there are other primates calling the area home.  Other primates include blue monkeys, olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and vervet monkeys.  This is one of the highest concentrations of primates in Africa.

There are around 200 species of birds for the birdwatching to pursue.  Some of the other wildlife include bush pigs, hippopotami, various snakes, small antelope, and leopards.  Leopards are one of the key predators of the chimpanzee and their cousin monkeys.

 Highlights

The work of Jane Goodall is renowned and incredibly valuable as the community seeks to learn and understand our animal kingdom.  Having an opportunity to experience these chimpanzees and make observations as Jane did over the years, it is a highlight for those who value natural history.

Along with the chimpanzees, this is an excellent place to see a variety of primates.  For people who love monkeys, this is an excellent place to a diverse collection of them.

 Gombe Stream National Park Trails

The primary activity in the national park is guided hikes into the remote jungle to observe and experience the chimpanzees, other primates, and any other possible wildlife sightings.  Other than that, there are no trails for travelers to experience on their own.

 Park Protection

Gombe Stream National Park protects the jungle habitat that supports the chimpanzees and other primate species that live in the area.  The protected area also invests in the ground-breaking work of Jane Goodall who revolutionized our understanding of primate species.  The park also protects the habitat of around 200 species of birds.

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15 Best things to do in Tanzania

From witnessing wildebeests and zebras gallop across Serengeti National Park as part of the Great Migration to trekking volcanoes or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the best attractions in Tanzania are big, bold and beautiful.

It doesn’t matter if you’re camping and bird-watching or spotting the Big Five on safari, the best places to visit in Tanzania are extraordinary. While visitors are sure to encounter the famous Big Five on any safari, they should also keep their eyes peeled for rare or endangered species like the African wild dog, green sea turtle, Egyptian vulture and various antelope.

Outside of its extraordinary (OK, compulsory) natural attractions, Tanzania boasts cities and towns filled with history, architecture and superb cuisine. Populating every corner of the country are Tanzanian citizens, too including some 120 ethnic groups like the Hadza in the north, the Iraqw of the Great Rift Valley, the Pimbwe of western Tanzania, and the Maasai in the Serengeti. While they all have their own tongues, the Kiswahili language unifies these groups as Tanzanians.

With all that in mind, these are the best places to visit in Tanzania.

Wildlife, beaches, friendly people, fascinating cultures, Serengeti, Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Archipelago – Tanzania has all these and more wrapped up in one adventurous, welcoming package.

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1. Serengeti National Park

The Maasai people who have lived here for thousands of years call this park Siringet, which means “endless plains” in the Maa language. And indeed, anyone who visits Serengeti will see flat, verdant land studded with acacia trees extending dozens of miles into the distance. These plains host an intricate ecosystem offering some of the best variety of fauna and flora in Africa, including 450 species of bird and 35 types of mammal.

Each year between May to September, over two million wildebeest, antelope and zebra make their way from the Ndutu region in south of the park to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This thrilling spectacle is the largest terrestrial migration on the planet.

 

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

2. Zanzibar

The numerous beaches in the Zanzibar Archipelago are simply some of the most gorgeous in the world. Most travelers choose to lie out at Nungwi Beach in the north of Unguja (also known as Zanzibar Island). If crowds are not your thing, try Muyuni for dolphin spotting, Jambiani for kite surfing and parasailing, Paje for swimming, and Matemwe for diving or snorkeling.

North of Unguja, Pemba Island is a land of thick forests and crystal-clear waters. While the weather can be iffy, Misali and Vumawimbi Beaches offer unique diving and snorkeling opportunities.

 

Zanzibar
Zanzibar

3. Mt Kilimanjaro National Park

Since its official opening in 1977, Mt Kilimanjaro National Park has become one of Tanzania’s most visited parks. Unlike the other northern parks, this isn’t a place to come for the wildlife, although it’s there. Rather, you come here to gaze in awe at a snowcapped mountain on the equator, and to climb to the top of Africa. At the heart of the park is the 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s most magnificent sights.

Kilimanjaro is also one of the world’s highest volcanoes, and it’s the highest free-standing mountain on earth, rising from cultivated farmland on the lower levels, through lush rainforest to alpine meadows, and finally across a lunar landscape to the twin summits of Kibo and Mawenzi. Kilimanjaro’s third volcanic cone, Shira, is on the mountain’s western side. The lower rainforest is home to many animals, including buffaloes, elephants, leopards and monkeys, and elands are occasionally seen in the saddle area between Kibo and Mawenzi.

A hike up Kili lures around 25,000 trekkers each year, in part because it’s possible to walk to the summit without ropes or technical climbing experience. Non-technical, however, does not mean easy. The climb is a serious (and expensive) undertaking, and only worth doing with the right preparation. There are also many opportunities to explore the mountain’s lower slopes and to learn about the Maasai and the Chagga, two of the main tribes in the area.

There are entry gates at Machame, Marangu (which is also the site of the park headquarters), Londorosi and several other points. Trekkers using the Rongai route should pay their fees at Marangu gate.

 

Kilimanjaro National Park
Kilimanjaro

4. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Next door to the Serengeti National Park is the UNESCO-designated Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a true natural treasure thanks to its natural importance and beauty. Millions of years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions created a mammoth crater that is now home to the highest concentration of mammals in the world. (The ensuing ash created the Serengeti plains.) In a single Land Rover ride across the crater, it’s not uncommon to witness up to 30,000 animals of multiple species. Lions, hyenas, cape buffalo and big tuskers thrive in the swampy areas.

 

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

5. Tarangire National Park

Two hours drive from Arusha town is Tarangire National Park. The south of the conservation area is home to a large population of elephants who make their way inland to Lake Manyara and Tarangire, both of which are in Ngorongoro’s rain shadow. This pattern illustrates an interesting element of Tanzania’s natural profile: the land has natural corridors that allow elephants and other animals to move undisturbed from park to park.

Another notable attraction in the park are its massive baobab trees, which could be hundreds if not thousands of years old. Leopards, baboons and other mammals make great use of the branches of these iconic, majestic trees.

 

Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park

6. Lake Manyara National Park

Only 650 sq km (251 sq miles)Lake Manyara National Park nonetheless makes a mark. It is in this park that among the buffalo, hippo, cheetah and giraffe you’ll come across an odd sight: tree-climbing lions. Avid bird-watchers can spot some 400 species, including the forest hornbill and pelican. On the highly alkaline Lake Natron, thousands of lesser flamingos sift through the pink waters for food.

 

Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park

7. Arusha National Park

The transition between unappealing urban chaos and pristine mountain hiking trails is rarely so abrupt as it is in Arusha National Park. One of Tanzania’s most beautiful and topographically varied protected areas, the park is dominated by Mt Meru, an almost perfect volcanic cone with a spectacular crater. It also shelters Ngurdoto Crater (often dubbed Little Ngorongoro) with its swamp-filled floor and lost-world feel.

At 552 sq km, it’s a small park, and while there is wildlife here, it’s nothing compared to that of other northern-circuit parks. But these minor details can be quickly forgotten when you’re walking amid the soul-stirring scenery and exploring the meaningful trekking possibilities.

 

Arusha National Park gie
Arusha National Park gie

Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village is a good stop for anyone wanting to spend a night in an authentically constructed Maasai boma (a fortified living compound) or learn about Maasai traditions. There’s a small, informative museum, medicinal walks, lessons in spear-throwing techniques, and more. It’s an excellent destination for families with children. There’s a booking office in Moshi.

Pick-ups can be arranged from Moshi and elsewhere. If you’re driving, turn off the Arusha–Moshi highway at Boma Ng’ombe (23km west of Moshi) and continue 27km along a mostly sealed road to Sanya Juu, from where a poorly signposted track continues 25km further to Olpopongi.

 

Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village
Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village

9. Nyerere National Park (previously Selous National Park)

Set out from Dar-es-Salaam for the 5-hour drive to Nyerere National Park, Africa’s largest reserve. (The road is smooth until the last bumpy stretch; a 4WD vehicle is a must.) Within its almost 31,000 sq km (11,970 sq miles) roam huge herds of animals: the Big Five, but also certain antelope you rarely find in other parks on the continent. Look out for roan antelope, brindled gnu, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and sable.

Nyerere also has the world’s biggest concentration of the endangered African wild dogs, whose frenetic pace while hunting make for a thrilling game drive. Avid twitchers can also spend hours spotting birds among the trees and wilderness.  With its lush landscapes and the picturesque Rufiji River coursing into oxbow lakes, the park is a photographer’s dream. Note that most visitors choose to take a one-hour charter flight to the various airstrips in the park – another opportunity for standout photographs.

 

 Selous National Park
Selous National Park

10. Saadani National Park

Tanzania has 16 national parks each packed with wildlife. Every park is unique and each one attracts different wildlife so if you specifically want to see elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo or leopard (the big five) or other creatures it’s worth asking a safari guide like Great Image Expedition Ltd who really knows Tanzania for the best place to fulfill that dream.

Saadani National Park for it’s off the beaten track, wilder and less touristy and it’s unique in that Saadani is where the bush meets the beach so you can actually see wildlife on the beach.

I’d be hoping to see waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, yellow baboon, hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and lion as well as abundant bird life and maybe turtles.

 

Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park

11. Gombe Stream National Park

Just shy of the shores of Lake Tanganyika is Gombe Stream National Park, made famous by Jane Goodall’s behavioral research of the resident chimpanzees. Conducted over four decades, her studies are thought to be the longest ever done on any one wild-animal population. Within the small (22 sq km/13.5 sq mile) confines of Gombe’s grasslands, woodlands and thick rainforest, you can spot red colobus, blue monkey, olive baboon and red-tailed monkeys in addition to chimps.

Like most of us I’d love to see chimpanzees in the wild and there’s a chimpanzee habitat in Tanzania at Gombe Stream National Park where you can go trekking to see chimpanzees. It’s a remote area accessible only by boat on the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

The accommodation would be basic and I’m sure the trekking would be hard work but all of that would be well worth it for the chance to see chimpanzees.

Nearby Mahale Mountain National Park, also on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, has chimpanzees too so I’d like to spend a week or more in the area as it would be a true privilege to see chimpanzees in the wild.

 

Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe Stream National Park

12. Stone Town

For over a thousand years, Stone Town (or Zanzibar Town) was a thriving entrepôt, drawing merchants from as far as Persia, China and Europe who traded guns, textiles, minerals and spices. Today, this history can be felt in atmospherically narrow cobbled streets filled with Arab-style buildings, while numerous mosques and the Islamic dress of locals testify to the influence of Islam on the island.

Zanzibar was also once a major slave trading center, with a large and infamously brutal market in Stone Town. It closed in 1873, but before that, the trade of enslaved men and women here was perhaps one of the most robust in the world.

The intricate cuisine fuses African, Indian, Arabic and French elements. One of the top things to do in Tanzania, the nightly market at Forodhani Gardens is one of the best places to try local foods. Each dish is enhanced with spices that are grown in the area to this day – and which once made Stone Town the world’s largest spice market. To get the best of your visit to Stone Town, hire a guide to walk you through the history, layer by layer.

 

Stone Town
Stone Town

13. MAFIA ISLAND

Divers and snorkelers travel from all over the world to Mafia Island to explore the underwater environment that the Mafia Island Marine Park protects.

While Mafia Island experiences its greatest weather from May to October, the best diving conditions are from October to March.

Mafia Island Marine Park is home to a wide diversity of species, incredible coral gardens, and a calm diving environment.

The area is home to around 400 different types of fish and numerous bird species. Additionally, the green turtle, which is sadly on the verge of extinction, has its historical breeding grounds on Mafia Island.

Mafia is a popular spot for deep-sea fishing, particularly for big-game fish like tuna, marlin, sailfish, and others.

 

MAFIA ISLAND
MAFIA ISLAND

14. RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Tanzania’s largest parkRuaha National Park, was established in 2008. It contains one of Tanzania’s highest densities of elephants and vast herds of buffalo and gazelle.

Ruaha National Park’s primary feature is the Great Ruaha River, which offers breathtaking wildlife viewing along its banks.

Through a hydroelectric plant at Kidatu, the river also contributes significantly to Tanzania’s electrical needs.

Because Ruaha National Park is the least visited park in Tanzania, the environment there is still largely unspoiled.

Over 400 species of birds that are not present in northern Tanzania can be enjoyed by birdwatchers, while photographers are drawn in particular by the river, breathtaking gorges, and towering trees.

 

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

15. LAKE VICTORIA

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda surround Lake Victoria, the biggest freshwater lake in Africa. Millions of people live near this lake, which feeds the White Nile and generates revenue for them.

One of the least frequented areas of the nation is the Tanzanian portion of Lake Victoria, yet the cities of Bukoba, Musoma, and Mwanza contain a variety of attractions.

A few of the islands that are close to Mwanza and Musoma have turned into wildlife sanctuaries.

Boat tours or treks can be planned around Lake Victoria, and bird-watching and fishing trips are popular adventures.

On the southwest coast of Lake Victoria, there is a park called Rubondo Island National Park that contains a number of additional smaller islands.

 

LAKE VICTORIA
LAKE VICTORIA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When Is The Best Time To Go On A Safari In Tanzania?

  • The long dry season, which lasts from July through October, is the ideal time to visit Tanzania.
  • The Great Migration, treks, safaris, and Zanzibar beach vacations are all at their best during these months.
  • The busiest time of year to visit Tanzania is around July. Elephants are congregating at Tarangire National Park as the migration approaches Kenya.
  • The Big Five are more likely to be seen in August because animals begin looking for water sources, making their movements predictable for guides.
  • Flamingos also flock in large numbers to Lake Natron because they may find food and refuge there.
  • The migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra are dispersed across the Serengeti in September, the last month of the peak season.
  • The Mara River, which flows from Kenya’s Northern Serengeti, is their main barrier. It can be thrilling to see herds of wildebeest desperately swim through crocodile-infested waters.
  • For those fascinated by the wildebeest population, visiting near the end of January is a great time to see the calving season on the Ndutu Plains.

Is Tanzania Worth Visiting? 

  • Tanzania genuinely has something to offer every kind of traveler.
  • Incredible game reserves filled with wildlife, beautiful beaches, opulent lodging, and amazing culture and cuisine are just a few of the attractions.

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Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Witness the early morning mist rise on the banks of Lake Masek

From the private terrace of your tent you can observe the wildlife of the area. Many animals visit the lake in search of water and therefore this camp is in a privileged observation point.

Besides, this area is the principle setting of the Great Migration which takes place from December to April and the Big Five visit the area. The camp is set-up every year in a different part of the area, to make sure that you will always have the best place to see this impressive spectacle from your own tent.

In addition, the camp is ecological without losing in comfort and attention. The electricity is generated by solar panels and the water is rain water collected during the rains. All the products used are biodegradables.

 

Lake Masek Tented Lodge
Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Accomodations

Elegant tents built on raised wood platforms with en-suite facilities and an outside shower. After a day on safari guests can enjoy a refreshing shower under the stars. Each tent has its own private terrace where guests can enjoy the landscape and the surroundings. The family tent consists of two interconnected tents and a shared bathroom and private porch.

 

Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Privileged location during migration

Lake Masek Lodge is a ‘permanent tented lodge’ with only 20 luxury guest chalets, offering guests an intimate and authentic safari experience while enjoying the wildebeests migrations

  • 30 Spacious tents
  • Check In 12:00 – Check Out 10:00
  • Open all year
  • Children welcome
  • Full board
  • Eco-friendly

 

Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Services & Amenities

Premium Features

Drinks included

Great views to the lake

1h drive to Ngorongoro Crater

Tents on wood decks

Facilities

Room services

Lake Masek Tented Lodge
Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Suite Room

Lake Masek Tented Lodge
Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Interconnected Rooms

Lake Masek Tented Lodge

Let nature inspire you

The main building include a lounge and dining room with a large terrace overlooking Lake Masek. The premises include an area to relax with comfortable sofas, outdoor and indoor dining and a swimming pool. In the evening a camp fire is lit and guests can enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down.