The African Tulip Hotel

The African Tulip Hotel is an elegant, charming boutique hotel located in the leafy suburb of Arusha, Tanzania’s safari capital! We pride ourselves on a team of friendly and hospitable staff who are there to attend you your every need. No wonder, for over 10 years now, The African Tulip has been voted as a number 1 hotel by travelers on TripAdvisor!

 

The African Tulip Hotel

Tanzania’s rich cultural and wilderness resources helped shape the décor at the African Tulip, from intricately carved furniture to warm colors throughout the hotel invoking that feeling of being a home away from home! On behalf of our team, we welcome you to stay with us and truly experience the African Tulip hospitality!

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The African Tulip Hotel
The African Tulip Hotel

Rooms:

The African Tulip boasts of individually styled and decorated rooms. Each of our 29 rooms is different from the other in terms of size and décor! Our inventory consists of 22 deluxe rooms and 7 spacious suites equipped with: –

  • Modern flat-screen LED television.
  • Safe lockers
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone
  • WIFI.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Minibar.
  • King and Single bed configurations.

SINGLE/DOUBLE DELUXE 

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Enjoy the intimate and unique comforts of a boutique hotel in Arusha.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

African Tulip Hotel

The African Tulip is an elegant and charming Luxury Boutique Hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests who want to experience the best of Tanzanian hospitality. The hotel has been designed with safari travelers, business persons, families, honeymooners, elite and leisure travelers in mind. It has amenities of convenience whilst offering a high standard of luxury.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

 

“The Zanzibar Lounge is beautifully decorated with Zanzibari art and offers comfortable seating where guests can relax and peruse the various coffee table books, whilst enjoying pure African Coffee. A fully stocked lounge bar offers warm Swahili service.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

‘The Baobab’ Restaurant is uniquely designed and offers a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience. Our Chefs creatively prepare exotic and delicious meals with fresh and natural ingredients giving guests a flavor of both Tanzanian and International cuisine.

 

The African Tulip Hotel

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Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanian Cuisine A Journey Through Local Flavors is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, cultures, and traditions. This East African country boasts a diverse culinary heritage that reflects the influences of various ethnic groups, including the Bantu, Arabs, and Indians. In this article, we will take a delicious journey through Tanzanian cuisine, exploring its unique dishes, staple foods, and regional variations.

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

Tanzanian Cuisine: A Journey Through Local Flavors

Tanzanian cuisine is a reflection of the country’s rich cultural history and geographical diversity. It brings together a fascinating array of flavors, textures, and cooking techniques, making it a unique and delightful culinary experience.

 

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

The Influence of Tanzanian Culture

Tanzanian cuisine has been shaped by centuries of history, including the spice trade, Arab influences, and the Bantu migration. The blend of these influences has resulted in a cuisine that is both familiar and exotic, creating a culinary adventure for anyone who explores it.

Staple Foods in Tanzanian Cuisine | Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanian cuisine relies heavily on staple foods such as maize, rice, cassava, and plantains. These ingredients form the foundation of many traditional dishes and are used to create hearty and satisfying meals.

Regional Variations

One of the most intriguing aspects of Tanzanian cuisine is the regional variations. From the coastal areas to the highlands, each region offers its own distinct dishes and flavors, showcasing the diversity of the country.

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

Some of the must-try Tanzanian dishes include:

  • Pilau: A fragrant rice dish with spices, meat, and vegetables.
  • Nyama Choma: Grilled meat, a Tanzanian barbecue specialty.
  • Mishkaki: Skewered and marinated meat, a popular street food.
  • Kisamvu: A spinach dish often served with coconut milk.
  • Mandazi: Sweet, deep-fried doughnut-like pastries.

Spices and Flavors | Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanian cuisine is known for its bold use of spices and flavors. Commonly used spices include cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon, which add depth and complexity to dishes. The use of coconut, tamarind, and hot peppers gives Tanzanian food its unique taste.

Dining Etiquette in Tanzania

In Tanzanian culture, meals are a time for gathering and socializing. Traditional dining often involves sitting on the floor and eating with your hands. Sharing a meal is a sign of hospitality and connection.

Street Food in Tanzania

Tanzania’s bustling cities offer a wide array of street food. From samosas to roasted maize, the streets are filled with the tantalizing aroma of local delicacies.

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

The Role of Ugali

Ugali, a starchy porridge made from maize or cassava, is a Tanzanian staple and a dietary cornerstone. It is often served as an accompaniment to various dishes and is a source of comfort and sustenance for many Tanzanians.

Seafood Delights

The coastal regions of Tanzania offer a bounty of seafood, from fresh fish to prawns and lobster. These delicacies are often prepared with aromatic spices and coconut milk.

 

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

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Tanzanian cuisine offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, making it accessible to those with dietary preferences. Dishes like coconut bean soup and plantain stew are a delight for plant-based eaters.

Beverages and Drinks

Tanzania is known for its high-quality tea and coffee. You can savor a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea while enjoying the scenic views of the country.

Food Festivals in Tanzania

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

Tanzanians celebrate their culinary heritage through various food festivals. These events offer a glimpse into the diverse food culture of the nation.Tanzanian Desserts

End your Tanzanian culinary journey with delectable desserts like kashata (coconut candy) and kaimati (sweet, fried dough balls).

Conclusion

Tanzanian cuisine is a treasure trove of flavors and traditions. Its rich history and cultural influences make it a unique and delightful culinary experience for food enthusiasts. Whether you are savoring the street food of Dar es Salaam or enjoying a traditional meal in a local home, Tanzanian cuisine offers a diverse and satisfying journey for your taste buds.

FAQs

  1. What is the signature dish of Tanzanian cuisine? Tanzanian cuisine is renowned for its Pilau, a fragrant rice dish with a medley of spices, meat, and vegetables.
  2. Is Tanzanian cuisine spicy? Yes, Tanzanian cuisine often incorporates spices like cardamom, cumin, and hot peppers, giving it a spicy kick.
  3. Can vegetarians and vegans find suitable options in Tanzanian cuisine? Absolutely, there are various vegetarian and vegan dishes in Tanzanian cuisine, making it inclusive for all dietary preferences.
  4. What is the traditional way of dining in Tanzania? Traditional Tanzanian dining often involves sitting on the floor and eating with your hands, emphasizing communal sharing.
  5. What are some famous Tanzanian beverages? Tanzania is known for its high-quality tea and coffee, which are a must-try for beverage enthusiasts.

 

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Olakira Migration Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The mobile Olakira Migration Camp follows the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti, from the epic river crossings in the north to the southern plains where they give birth to thousands of calves each year. Stay with us to witness the greatest animal migration in the world.

 

Olakira Migration Camp

ABOUT OLAKIRA MIGRATION CAMP

Between June and October, Olakira is in the north to witness the crossing of the Mara River. Here, watch thousands of wildebeest take a leap of faith into the water, facing hungry Nile crocodiles and cantankerous hippos. When the herds are on the move, the air is full of grunting, thudding hooves, and billowing dust. From December until March, we move camp to the southern plains of the Serengeti, where the wildebeest go to give birth and graze on lush grass, and predators such as lions and cheetahs gather to prey on the young.

Even at night, the Olakira Migration Camp experience is special. Our mesh-covered stargazing tents allow guests to sleep under a sky of glittering stars.

  • Calendar

    Open: June to October, December to March
    Closed: April, May, November

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Kogatende (in the north – June to November): 45-minute drive from camp. Ndutu (in the south – December to April): 20-minute drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged five and older

  • 43 Migration Season

    Year-round

     

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Accommodation & Amenities

Olakira Migration Camp follows the migration throughout the year, offering the closest possible view of the action. The canvas tents are designed to blend into the bush without leaving a trace, though that doesn’t mean we scrimp on comforts. Admire the sprawling plains of the Serengeti or Ndutu region from the dining tent, or spend a leisurely afternoon in an armchair, watching zebras or Thomson’s gazelles pass by. After dark, dinner is served under the stars.

  • Tents

    9 tents (including 1 family tent)

  • Stargazing Tent

    Stargazing tent design

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water showers and bath

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • Complimentary Laundry Service

    Complimentary laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar and generator power

  • Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities

     

    Rooms

There are nine tents at Olakira Migration Camp, including one with two bedrooms ideally suited to families. The tents have king-sized beds (twins are also available) and en suite bathrooms with flushing toilets and solar-heated hot water showers. Our tents have been perfectly designed for stargazing; a portion of the tent boasts a 270°-view from beneath a net, offering you the best of the outdoors while remaining indoors. At night, roll your bed into the meshed area to spend the night with the stars glittering above while dreaming about the day’s adventures. It truly is an experience you don’t want to miss.

 

OLAKIRA MIGRATION CAMP

Location of Olakira Migration Camp

As a mobile camp, our location changes with the seasons. We pack up camp and move twice per year. Note that the camp does not operate in April and May.

Olakira Migration Camp North: June to October

Between June and October, we are in the Bolongoja region in the northern Serengeti, watching the wildebeest herds crossing the Mara River. Watch hundreds of thousands of wildebeest plunge into the water and hurry across in a bid to avoid the crocodiles that lie in wait.

Olakira Migration Camp South: December to March

In December, we move to our southern base in Ndutu, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here, the camp is conveniently close to an airstrip, besides being well positioned for excellent wildlife viewing. From here, we look across grassy plains, on which the wildebeest gather to give birth around February each year. Watch thousands of wobbly-legged young finding their feet, something they have to do quickly to avoid the watchful big cats that stalk these plains.

 

Tanzania Luxury Tour & Zanzibar

 

EXPERIENCES

The ultimate Migration camp

Olakira Migration Camp follows the migration throughout the year, offering the closest possible view of the action. The canvas tents are designed to blend into the bush without leaving a trace, though that doesn’t mean we scrimp on comforts. Admire the sprawling plains of the Serengeti or Ndutu region from the dining tent, or spend a leisurely afternoon in an armchair, watching zebras or Thomson’s gazelles pass by. After dark, dinner is served under the stars.

A typical day on safari at Olakira Migration Camp

The best time to see wildlife is at dusk and dawn when the temperatures are cooler and nocturnal animals are either beginning their night’s activities or winding down. We head out on our first game drive just as it begins to get light, so the time differs slightly depending on the season.

Start the day bright and early with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast before you depart for a morning game drive (or have it packed as a picnic to take with you). You’ll arrive back at camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch.

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy some downtime. Read a book or just relax and soak up the atmosphere. Refuel with afternoon tea before we depart for an afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners. Return in time for a relaxing evening of drinks around the campfire and dinner

Game drives

Game drives are led by expert local guides. We depart early in the morning and again late in the afternoon when it’s coolest and we’re most likely to see predators on the move.

 

Tanzania Safari Vehicles

 

Hot-air balloon rides

Don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to soar above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon, appreciating the full scope of the wildebeest migration and watching the colors change as the sun rises. This experience is at an additional cost and is weather-dependent.

 

Serengeti National Park

Family safaris

We welcome families with children over 5 years old and have a large family tent with two separate bedrooms. Depending on camp occupancy, we may be able to accommodate younger children. Please enquire and we can advise further. Note that, although our guides and camp team happily cater to younger guests, Olakira has no specific program for children. Please ask your agent for information regarding private vehicles for your family’s safari.

Meals and refreshments

We source our organic produce from local farmers for a menu of wholesome, delicious meals. Start the day with a continental buffet or a full English breakfast. At lunch, the light buffet includes fresh salads and homemade bread. Dinner is a three-course affair served in the dining tent or under the stars.

 

OLAKIRA MIGRATION CAMP

 

What to expect during the year

Olakira Camp follows the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti, which ensures you’ll see the Great Migration at any time of year (except April, May, and November, when the camp is closed). July and August are the busiest months in the Serengeti, when there will be many other visitors in the area.

Great Image Expedition Ltd offers a safari experience like no other. From witnessing the incredible Great Migration to enjoying luxury glamping, this camp has it all. Immerse yourself in the beauty and drama of the Serengeti while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

FAQs

1. What is the accommodation like at Olakira Migration Camp?

  • The camp offers luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms and stunning Serengeti views.

2. How can I book a safari at Olakira Migration Camp?

  • You can book directly through our website / trusted safari operator.

3. Is Wi-Fi available at the camp?

  • While the camp prioritizes a natural experience, limited Wi-Fi is available in the main common areas for guest convenience.

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Where and When To Go Tanzania Safari

Experience Tanzania

Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and almost one-third of its land is protected for wildlife conservation. It’s not only home to world-famous safari destinations that attract many tourists, but also lesser-known reserves that feel wild and remote.  

The Serengeti is the site of the Great Migration, where around 2.5 million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle follow the rains in a never-ending cycle around the park. The most dramatic stage of the journey is when the herds cross the Mara River, facing starving crocodiles, territorial hippos, and swollen waters.

The Ngorongoro Crater, a caldera created 2 to 3 million years ago, is one of the most game-rich areas of East Africa. In the crater basin, you’ll find grazing Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest, stalking lion and leopard, and maybe even elusive black rhinos browsing the thickets. Outside the crater, Maasai people share the land with wildlife.

Most tourists favor the better-known northern parks, so those who travel to the baobab-studded Ruaha National Park and the vast, wild Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) in the south have the privilege of an exclusive safari experience.

Adventure abounds: Fly out to Rubondo Island National Park in Lake Victoria to trek through the forest looking for wild chimpanzees or spend a few days hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Then treat yourself to a well-earned break on the palm-lined shores of Zanzibar.

 

Serengeti hot air balloon

Seasons

Dry: Late Jun – Mid Oct and Late Dec – Mid Mar

Wet: Apr-May and Late Oct – Early Dec

 

Seasons

Fly to

Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam

 

KLM-Royal-Dutch-Airlines

Languages

Swahili, English, and > 100 local dialects

 

Jambiani Villas

Currency

Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) and USD ($)

 

US$

Tanzania Regions

Almost one-third of Tanzania is protected, with 17 national parks spread across the country and its oceans.

One-fifth of Africa’s large mammals are found within its borders, including lions, elephants, hippos, zebra, and, of course, the wildebeest whose mass migration is one of the most famous natural events in the world. 

Serengeti

The Serengeti is one of the most iconic destinations in the world, so no wonder it’s one of Tanzania’s top attractions. The subject of many nature documentaries, the park is host to the dramatic Great Migration, where millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles must cross the Mara River.

 

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

Tarangire

One of the Northern Circuit parks, Tarangire is famed for its huge baobab trees and massive herds of elephants. It’s also one of the least visited northern parks.

 

Tarangire day trip

Ngorongoro

Home of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area has a high concentration of wildlife and staggering volcanic scenery.

 

Ngorongoro Crater

Ruaha

One of the largest national parks in Africa, southern Tanzania’s Ruaha remains blissfully off the beaten track, despite being home to around 10% of the world’s lion population.

 

Ruaha National Park

Rubondo Island

The extraordinary Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria was made into a haven for endangered chimpanzees. You’ll also find other animals, from elephants to sitatunga antelope.

 

Rubondo Island National Park

Nyerere (The Selous)

Located In the south of Tanzania, Nyerere National Park is a vast, wild reserve – larger than Switzerland – with just a scattering of small camps.

 

Selous National Park

Lake Manyara

Encompassing varied landscapes that include soda lakes, mountain regions and dense woodlands, Lake Manyara National Park offers scenic beauty and exceptional birding.

 

Lake Manyara National Park

Arusha

Located at the base of Mount Meru, Arusha is considered the gateway to Tanzania’s top safari destinations as well as Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Arusha National Park

Dar es Salaam

A vibrant commercial port and the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is a cultural melting pot.

 

What to do in Dar es Salaam

Highlights

It’s difficult to talk about Tanzania without mentioning the Serengeti. This is what many people think of when they imagine an African safari – vast savannahs across which cheetahs sprint, lions prowl, and great herds of wildebeest kick up dust as they thunder through. Completing the northern circuit are the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. Those with the legs and lungs for it can summit the continent’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Further south, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve are two of the most underrated safari destinations in East Africa, offering a wilderness experience without the crowds. For a wildlife destination like no other, Lake Victoria’s Rubondo Island is unmissable.

Wildlife

One-fifth of Africa’s large mammals are found within Tanzanian borders, including lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, and, of course, the Great Migration wildebeest herds of the Serengeti.

Aside from these vast migration herds, the Serengeti is famed for its prolific big cats. However, 10 percent of the world’s wild lions live in and around Ruaha National Park, in southern Tanzania, which is also home to an important cheetah population and the third-largest population of African wild dogs.

Chimpanzees can be found in western Tanzania, including the now-wild group on Rubondo Island, offspring of chimps originally reintroduced from European zoos in the 1960s.

 

Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania

Culture

There are more than 100 ethnic and tribal groups in Tanzania, including the Maasai and the Hadzabe. Christianity and Islam are the main religions.

The official languages are Swahili and English, with indigenous languages interwoven throughout the country —thought to be more than 120 languages in total. Arabic is widely spoken along the coast and in Zanzibar.

 

Local Tour Operator for Safari in Tanzania

General Safety Tips

  • The official languages are Swahili and English.
  • The currency is the Tanzanian shilling, available from ATMs or currency exchange bureaus. You can also use US dollars in safari camps and lodges.
  • Greet people properly before starting a conversation, even if it’s just asking for directions. It’s common to shake hands upon meeting and hand contact might be held for longer than you’re used to.
  • Please ask permission before taking a photograph of someone.
  • In safari lodges and on Zanzibar beaches, it’s fine to wear shorts, t-shirts and beachwear, but dress modestly in towns or cities, taking care to cover shoulders and knees.
  • If you’re looking for a great deal, travel outside peak season when camps reduce their rates and you’ll have far fewer other visitors with whom to share wildlife sightings.
  • Pack light. Small planes have strict luggage restrictions, usually meaning you can only check one soft-sided bag with a limit of around 15kg. 
  • Tipping is entirely your call, but as an example, we suggest around US$15-20 per person per night for a guide (you can hand that over to your guide on departure) and US$10-15 per person per night for the camp staff (this is usually put in a communal tip box and shared equally between the staff). You can tip in shillings or US dollars.

 

Cuisine

Tanzanian cuisine varies according to region. For instance, around the coast, there’s a lot of seafood and spicier flavors.

Nyama choma (grilled meat in Swahili) is a popular meal, usually served with ugali–like polenta, made from maize or cassava flour. Vegetables include okra, beans, cassava leaves, and chicha, similar to spinach. Fried plantains are a common side dish.

There is a big Indian influence in Tanzania, so expect to find plenty of chapatis, pilau rice, and biryani.

At most safari camps, you’ll be able to sample lots of Tanzanian dishes, and familiar international cuisine, plus homemade bread and pastries, Western-style breakfasts, fresh salads, and fruits.

At most safari camps, you’ll be able to sample lots of Tanzanian dishes, but also familiar international cuisine, plus homemade bread and pastries, Western-style breakfasts, fresh salads, and fruits.

 

Meals

 

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