Roho ya Selous sits in the very heart of Nyerere National Park (formerly The Selous), a stone’s throw from a palm-fringed tributary of Tanzania’s Rufiji River.

 

ABOUT ROHO YA SELOUS

On a small peninsula overlooking Lake Nzerakera, Roho ya Selous is in the heart of Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve), the largest reserve in Africa and home to one of the biggest populations of wild dogs on the continent. 

  • Calendar

    Open: June to Mid-March
    Closed: Mid-March to end May

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: June to November: Beho Beho, a 90-minute drive from camp. December to March: Mtemere, a 90-minute drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged five and older

     

Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp
Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation & Amenities

Relax in our open-sided, canvas-roofed dining or lounge areas while reading a book, or keep an eye out for wildlife around the lake. In the afternoons, take a dip in the pool to stay cool. In the evening, gather around the campfire with fellow guests to share safari tales before enjoying dinner surrounded by the sounds of the bush.

  • Tents

    8 stretch canvas tents (including 1 family tent)

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot water showers

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • 35 Air Conditioning 2

    Over-bed “evening breeze” cooling system

  • 71 Private Swimming Rooftop

    Swimming pool

  • 25 Laundry

    Complimentary laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar power, with a backup generator

  • 6 In Room Safe 2

    In-room lockable box

  • Wifi

    Wi-Fi

    Rooms

    Relax in our open-sided, canvas-roofed dining or lounge areas while reading a book, or keep an eye out for wildlife around the lake. In the afternoons, take a dip in the pool to stay cool. In the evening, gather around the campfire with fellow guests to share safari tales before enjoying dinner surrounded by the sounds of the bush.

     

    Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp
    Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp

     

    LOCATION

    Location of Roho ya Selous

    In the heart of Nyerere National Park — the largest reserve in Africa — Roho ya Selous is perfectly positioned for excellent game viewing, close to a key waterway that links Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera. Here, pods of hippos wallow and fish eagles scan the landscape from their perches. Giraffes wander through the camp on their way to the water and impala graze on the grass around our tents.  

    Nyerere is a different type of environment to the grassy plains of northern Tanzania. This is a marshy landscape of palm trees, lakes, and rivers and is home to elephants, buffalos, lions, hippos, leopards, and one of the largest populations of wild dogs on the planet. Plus, bird enthusiasts can try and spot the more than 400 recorded bird species, including a good number of Pel’s fishing owls, in the region. Despite the excellent game, there are far fewer visitors here than in the Serengeti, making the safari experience feel much more exclusive. 

 

Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp
Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp

 

Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp
Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp

EXPERIENCES

Simple and stylish

The name Roho ya Selous means ‘heart of the Selous’, and that’s exactly where we are. Balancing adventure with plenty of comforts, the camp offers seasoned travelers an authentic safari experience in Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve).

 

 

Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp
Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp

A typical day on safari at Roho ya Selous

The best time for game viewing is in the cooler early mornings and late afternoons when animals are at their most active. Depending on the season, your day may start slightly earlier or later. If you have booked a private vehicle, please discuss schedule preferences with your guide. 

A day at Roho ya Selous starts with an early wake-up call and a cup of tea or coffee. Have some breakfast at camp or have your meal packed to enjoy on your morning game drive. You’ll be back in camp in time for lunch. 

The afternoon is time to rest. Read a book, take a dip in the pool, or have a siesta. Refuel with afternoon tea before heading out onto the lake, where you can sip a G&T onboard our boat. Round off the perfect day with drinks around the campfire and a leisurely dinner.  

 

Game drives

We have seven-seater, open-sided game vehicles for exploring further afield in the reserve and getting closer to large herbivores and predators. The vehicles have canvas roofs, power points, and fridges — everything needed to stay comfortable out in the bush for as long as you like. 

 

Tanzania Safari Vehicles
Tanzania Safari Vehicles

Walking safaris
Walking safaris

Walking safaris

Head out on foot for an intimate exploration of the Selous. Stop and examine the tiniest creatures, such as ants and butterflies, and learn about tracking animals using their prints and dung. Plus, there’s the excitement of getting close to large animals as they pass by. 

Boating Safari
Boating Safari

 

 

Boating

One of the things that separates Nyerere from other major Tanzanian parks is its boating safaris. From a safe distance, float past crocodiles on the sandbanks and hippos in the shallows, watching elephants come down to drink and birds nesting on the islands.

Fishing

Combine a boat safari with a spot of fishing. The rivers hold a good population of tigerfish and various types of catfish. 

 

Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp
Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp

Family safaris

We warmly welcome families with children over 5 at Roho ya Selous. The ease of access makes the reserve a fuss-free destination. We have a family tent with an enclosed en suite children’s room, ideal for younger kids, and a range of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Please note that guests must be 16 years old to join our walking safaris, but there is no age limit for game drives or boat safaris. Please ask your agent about the option of hiring a private vehicle for your family safari. 

 

Tanzania Family Safari Holidays
Tanzania Family Safari Holidays

 

When to Go to Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania
The best time to visit Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania will depend on what you want to see, do, and experience.

Getting There

BY ROAD

Roho ya Selous Luxury Camp is accessible by road from Dar es Salaam City, it’s a 3-hour drive (213 km).

 

BY AIR

  • Stiegler Airstrip (90 minutes road transfer)

 

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ASANJA NYASARORI

Asanja Nyasarori is a new Luxury Tented Camp located in the Western corridor of the Serengeti National Park. Asanja Nyasarori has Seven ensuite Individual Luxury huts and One (two-bedroom ensuite) Family hut. All huts are inspired by Maasai huts, which are known as enkaji in Maa language.

The Asanja Nyasarori camp is open all year round as this area has spectacular wildlife all year with so many resident animals around. Asanja has created an intriguing Maasai boma for our guests to experience living in a modern luxurious Maasai boma, consisting of three huts as a single unit room, each hut with its facility, which includes a sitting lounge area, sleeping area, and a bathroom. There are specially designed plunge pools in each of the rooms for you to soak up, unwind, and relax in the bush. Additionally, each unit can have its own dining experience giving you complete privacy.

To add, every year, thousands of Wildebeest take a plunge to cross the glittering waters of the Grumeti River. The River is well known for its population of hippos and the Gigantic Nice Crocodiles. The Lush Riparian forest that shades the river is home to the Rare Colobus Monkeys. Asanja Grumeti is well hidden amongst the open woodlands of the Nyasarori Plains, famous for large herds of elephants and a good concentration of wildlife.

 

Asanja Nyasarori
Asanja Nyasarori

 

Asanja Nyasarori
Asanja Nyasarori

 

Asanja Nyasarori
Asanja Nyasarori

Asanja Nyasarori Private Huts

Asanja Nyasarori has the option to choose 2 single beds or one double bed. There is a private bathroom inside the tent with hot shower facilities available.

Tanzania Game drives are varied and exciting. With a vast wilderness available to explore with your expert guide, allow nature to hold you enthralled as you take in this extraordinary landscape and the animals that inhabit it. The blissful days are filled with game drives which are so very adventurous. The evenings are spent reliving the day’s events; share the experiences, insights, and anecdotes with the staff serving you around a campfire!

Our safaris are a product of sheer hard work and dedication to the wildlife. Immense attention has been paid to every detail to ensure your comfort and satisfaction are met in every way. All our safaris are private which means the safaris are flexible to your requirements.

The Game drives are varied and exciting. With a vast wilderness available to explore with your expert guide, allow nature to hold you enthralled as you take in this extraordinary landscape and the animals that inhabit it. The blissful days are filled with game drives which are so very adventurous. The evenings are spent reliving the day’s events; share the experiences, insights, and anecdotes with the staff serving you around a campfire!

 This will be an extraordinary experience!

When to Go to Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania

The best time to visit Tanzania will depend on what you want to see, do, and experience.

 

Getting There

BY ROAD

Asanja Nyasarori is accessible by road from Arusha, it’s a six-hour drive and not recommended. And four hours by road from the Ngorongoro Crater main gate. The Serengeti’s Naabi Hill gate is approximately a two-hour drive from camp.

BY AIR

  • Grumeti Airstrip (20 minutes road transfer)

 

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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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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.

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Mafia Island Marine Park

Mafia Island is located on the archipelago of Zanzibar but it is not administratively part of it. It is attached to the Pwani region in mainland Tanzania, unlike the island of Pemba and Unguja which are semi-autonomous.

Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean.

 

Mafia Island Marine Park
Mafia Island Marine Park

How to get here

  • TO REACH MAFIA ONE NO LONGER SAILS, BUT MUST FLY IN LIGHT AIRCRAFT FROM DAR ES SALAAM OR ZANZIBAR, OR ONE OF THE GAME PARKS SUCH AS THE SELOUS. THE EXPERIENCE IS FANTASTIC, WITH GREAT VIEWS OF THE AFRICAN BUSH AND COASTLINE

 

Mafia Island Marine Park
Mafia Island Marine Park

Highlights to explore

Situated a short 30 minutes flight from Dar es salaam‚ lies the wonder that is Mafia Island. Experience one of the most unforgettable underwater safaris that the island has to offer. The water surrounding Mafia Island are home to one of the regions largest protected marine nature reserves. Host to over 400 species of marine life‚ spend your days snorkelling with sea turtles‚ moray eels‚ octopuses‚ giant reef rays and not forgetting the opportunity to dance around with the majestic Whale Sharks.

Best Things to Do in Mafia Island Marine Park

Between the wild countryside for hiking and animal watching, the incredibly rich marine fauna for its diving and snorkeling, the deserted beaches for relaxation, Mafia is an island where you can not get bored.

 

Mafia Island Marine Park
Mafia Island Marine Park

Discover the best things to do in Mafia Island.

Travel Information

1. The Island is a laid-back eco-alternative with one straight tarmac road‚ few hotels‚ no fancy shops‚ only 1 ATM (credit cards are accepted at the up-market lodges). But be warned‚ if you want fancy shops and a wild nightlife Mafia isn’t for you!

2. Like the mainland‚ the island has two rainy seasons: short rains in November and December‚ and long rains from March to May‚ when the island’s tourism closes. The best time of the year for diving is from October to February‚ when visibility is best — up to 25m (8 ft.) — and you can dive the walls outside the reef that protects Chole Bay.

3. Snorkeling And Scuba Diving

Mafia Island and its reefs are well-known as world-class diving destinations. Scientists have confirmed that Mafia has some of the world’s richest reefs, with an unrivaled variety of hard and soft corals and tropical fish.
The Mafia Marine Park offers excellent snorkeling and scuba diving throughout the year,
Swimming alongside one of these large creatures is an unforgettable experience while on a safari to Mafia island. The whale sharks are present all year in the waters surrounding Mafia Island but only appear seasonally in the shallow waters off the island’s west coast when conditions are favorable.

Whale sharks are fascinating creatures that can live for more than 100 years, grow to be 20 meters long, and weigh 15 tons, but they are completely harmless and feed on massive amounts of plankton that they suck up while swimming. Swimming with whale sharks requires no prior experience. Swimming or diving is simple with snorkels.

 

Mafia Island Marine Park
Mafia Island Marine Park

Activities in Mafia Island Marine Park

  1. Diving at the Marine Park
  2. Visit the ruins of Kua on Juani Island
  3. Enjoy the beautiful deserted beaches
  4. Swim with whale sharks
  5. Humpback whale watching
  6. Observe pygmy hippos
  7. Observe flying foxes
  8. See the hatching of green turtles
  9. Discover the wildlife of Mafia Island
  10. Visit fish stalls in Kilindoni
  11. Visit the Maasai tribes
  12. Lounging on an ephemeral sandbank
  13. Discover Bweni, a peaceful Mafia village
  14. Taste the local cuisine
  15. Admire the sumptuous sunsets

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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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