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
By Air: Charted flights through nearby two airstrips of Msolwa and Kilombero

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


  • 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

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

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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The Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar is located on Nungwi Beach, a beautiful white-sand beach with crystalline waters that make you feel like paradise. This adults-only hotel in Zanzibar, Tanzania, offers you an all-inclusive holiday with the exclusive services of RIU Hotels & Resorts.

The rooms at this hotel in Zanzibar, stand out for their design and spaciousness. They all have air conditioning, satellite TV, a minibar, a balcony or terrace, and many other amenities. Plus, the hotel has villas with private pools for those who want a stay in total luxury.


At the Riu Palace Zanzibar, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the three pools, relax under the sun in a lounge chair, or go to the beach and enjoy the private area for hotel guests. When it comes to gastronomy, you have the main restaurant where you can enjoy buffet breakfasts with show-cooking stations, and three themed restaurants that serve exquisite dishes. And if you want to sample the best snacks and appetizers, the staff in the bars of this all-inclusive resort in Zanzibar will gladly serve you.

Fun and relaxation are guaranteed during your holiday at this all-inclusive resort in Zanzibar. With our entertainment programs, you can enjoy activities, live shows, and music. The spa at this hotel in Zanzibar offers a relaxation pool, hydromassage zone, steam bath, and the best services and treatments so that you can go home from your holiday. Likewise, the sportiest guests have a gym where they can do their favorite activities and enjoy water sports like kayaking and paddle surf.

Zanzibar, once known as Spice Island, is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday in paradise. We recommend that you sign up for an excursion to see the most emblematic places in the area or to have an authentic African experience. If you want further information, you can consult our tourist guide to Zanzibar or find out about the best offers for the Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar.


The suites at the Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar are specially designed to offer you everything you need during your stay. These 60 m2 rooms have a double bed, a sofa bed in the lounge area, a dressing room, satellite TV, WiFi, air conditioning, a safe box, a minibar, a kettle, and a balcony or terrace.



The exclusive villas at Hotel Riu Palace Zanzibar are perfect for those who want to enjoy luxury in every detail on their holidays. These 125 m2 rooms have one king-size bed (200×200 cm), a sofa in the living room, a dressing room, satellite TV, WiFi, air conditioning, a safe box, a minibar, and a kettle. In addition, on the terrace, you will find a private pool and sun loungers where you can relax.



Hotel Amenities:

  • Outdoor swimming pool, Fitness classes, Fitness, Massage chair, Spa lounge/relaxation area, Steam room, Spa facilities, Beauty Services, Sun loungers or beach chairs, Hammam, Hot tub/Jacuzzi, Massage, Spa and wellness center, Solarium, Fitness center, Sauna
  • Aerobics, Live sports events (broadcast), Live music/performance, Beach, Evening entertainment, Water sports facilities on site, Entertainment staff, Snorkelling, Diving, Canoeing
  • Adult only, Air conditioning, Hardwood or parquet floors, Soundproofing, Laptop safe, Fan, Barber/beauty shop, Non-smoking rooms, Iron, Wake up service/Alarm clock
  • Toilet paper, Towels, Bath or shower, Private bathroom, Toilet, Free toiletries, Bathrobe, Hairdryer, Shower
  • Outdoor furniture, Beachfront, Sun terrace, Private beach area, Balcony, Terrace, Garden
  • Luggage storage, Tour desk, Currency exchange, 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping, Ironing service, Dry cleaning, Laundry
  • Fruits, Snack bar, Bar, Minibar, Tea/Coffee maker
  • WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.



Room Amenities

  • Flat-screen TV, Satellite channels, Telephone, TV
  • Linen, Wardrobe or closet, Alarm clock
  • Sofa, Seating Area, Desk
  • Socket near the bed
  • Electric kettle




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About The Hotel:

  1. On beachfront
  2.  All-Inclusive 24 hours
  3.  Free WiFi throughout the hotel
  4.  Main and theme restaurants
  5. 66 km / 41 miles from the Airpor
  6. ADULTS ONLY hotel, exclusive to adults over 18 years old
  7.  Spa with a variety of treatments, beauty salon and massages
  8. Awarded GOLD certification for the Travelife Sustainability System

Tanzania, a jewel in East Africa, boasts diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant cultures. If you’re an avid traveler seeking an authentic experience, exploring Tanzania through best local tour company is the key. In this guide, we’ll delve into the best local Tanzania tour company, uncovering the treasures that make this East African destination truly extraordinary.

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We are Best Local Tanzania Tour 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  Safari Tour so that you will be aware of our efforts and attention to detail, which will ensure that you have the Tour of your dreams.

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A. Brief Overview of Tanzania

Tanzania, renowned for its natural beauty and cultural diversity, is a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. From the iconic Serengeti National Park to the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro, this country offers a plethora of attractions waiting to be explored.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

B. Importance of the Best Local Tanzania Tour Company

While mainstream tours may cover the basics, Best Tanzania Local Tour Company provides a deeper understanding of Tanzania’s essence. Offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture, discover hidden gems, and create lasting memories.

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II. Popular Destinations

A. Serengeti National Park

1. Wildlife and Nature Experiences

The Serengeti is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream, teeming with iconic species like lions, elephants, and wildebeests. Local tours here promise intimate encounters with nature’s wonders.

2. Unique Features of the Park

Discussing the park’s unique features, such as the Great Migration, will captivate readers and emphasize the distinctiveness of the Serengeti.

B. Mount Kilimanjaro

1. Adventure and Trekking Opportunities

Embark on a journey of a lifetime by exploring Mount Kilimanjaro. Beyond the physical challenge, this trek offers breathtaking landscapes and a sense of accomplishment.

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • Local guides keep you well informed about local traditions and cultural-social sensitivities.
  • Human porterage is an essential part of the Kilimanjaro Climb and we understand the importance to adhere to the strictest guidelines for the porters’ welfare on the mountain. We are member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), which has a clear mission to improve the working conditions of porters on Kilimanjaro by advocating for fair wages, providing educational opportunities, and ensuring companies uphold a responsible treatment practice.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally owned hotels, restaurants, and other enterprises, and by championing locally produced food wherever possible.
  • Where you have time, you will visit markets, which supports local economies.

2. Cultural Significance

Highlighting the cultural importance of Kilimanjaro for local communities adds depth to the reader’s understanding.

C. Zanzibar

1. Beautiful Beaches and Historical Sites

Zanzibar’s allure lies in its pristine beaches and historical sites. A local tour here unveils the island’s secrets, blending relaxation with cultural exploration.

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2. Local Culture and Traditions

Explore the rich cultural tapestry of Zanzibar, showcasing the traditions that make it a unique destination.

III. Benefits of Tanzania Local Tour Company

A. Authentic Experiences

Tanzania Local Tour Company provides an authentic glimpse into the daily lives and traditions of Tanzanian communities, fostering a deeper connection between travelers and locals.

B. Support for Local Communities

Choosing Tanzania Local Tour Company ensures that your travel contributes positively to the communities you visit, promoting sustainable tourism.

C. Knowledgeable Local Guides

The expertise of local guide enhances the tour experience, offering insights and stories that guidebooks can’t capture.

IV. Types of Local Tours

A. Wildlife Safaris

Explore the untamed beauty of Tanzania through wildlife safaris, a must for those seeking close encounters with the country’s diverse fauna.

B. Cultural Tours

Immerse yourself in Tanzania’s rich cultural heritage with specialized tours that showcase traditional practices, music, and dance.

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C. Adventure and Trekking Tours

For the thrill-seekers, Tanzania’s varied landscapes offer exhilarating adventures, from mountain trekking to off-road safaris.

V. Choosing the Right Best Tanzania Local Tour Company

A. Research and Reviews

Before booking, thorough research and reading reviews ensure you choose a reputable and reliable tour operator.

B. Customization Options

Opt for tour operator offering customization, allowing you to tailor your experience to match your interests and preferences.

C. Sustainability Practices

Support operators committed to sustainable practices, contributing to the conservation of Tanzania’s natural and cultural heritage.

VI. Planning Your best local Tanzania tour Company

A. Best Times to Visit

Discuss the optimal times for visiting, taking into account weather, wildlife migrations, and cultural events.

B. Visa and Travel Requirements

Provide essential information on visa requirements and other travel logistics, helping readers plan their trip seamlessly.

C. Packing Tips

Offer practical packing tips to ensure travelers are well-prepared for the diverse conditions they may encounter.

VII. Budget-Friendly Options

A. Affordable Tanzania Local Tour Company

Highlight budget-friendly tour options, ensuring that Tanzania is accessible to a wide range of travelers.

B. Tips for Cost-Effective Travel

Share insider tips on saving money without compromising the quality of the travel experience.

VIII. Safety Tips for Tourists

A. Health Precautions

Offer guidance on health precautions, vaccinations, and safety measures to ensure a worry-free journey.

B. Wildlife Encounters

Educate readers on responsible wildlife viewing to minimize impact and enhance safety.

C. Cultural Respect and Etiquette

Provide insights into local customs and etiquette, promoting a respectful and culturally sensitive travel experience.

IX. Personal Experiences

A. Testimonials from Tourists

Share testimonials from previous tourists, offering real-life perspectives on the joys and challenges of exploring Tanzania through Tanzania Local Tour Company.

B. Memorable Moments Shared by Travelers

Craft narratives around memorable moments, evoking emotions and inspiring readers to embark on their own Tanzania adventure.

X. Conclusion

A. Recap of the Significance of Local Tours in Tanzania

Summarize the key points, emphasizing the transformative impact of local tours on a traveler’s perception of Tanzania.

B. Encouragement to Explore the Beauty of Tanzania Through Best Local Tanzania Tour Company

End on an encouraging note, inspiring readers to step off the beaten path and discover the beauty that

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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).


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.


  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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Things to See and Do in Arusha

A city nestled in the heart of Tanzania is a place of remarkable beauty and rich cultural heritage. This article invites you to embark on a journey to explore this vibrant city, uncovering its hidden gems, natural wonders, and the cultural tapestry that makes it a unique destination.


  • -Horses Riding
  • -Catching the sunrise
  • Visit Meserani Snake Park
  • -Guided market excursion
  • -The immaculate golf course
  • -Kayaking in Lake Duluti
  • -Restaurant in Arusha for Hot pizza
  • – Visit the Arusha Heritage Cultural Center

The Gateway to Tanzania

Things to See and Do in Arusha
Things to See and Do in Arusha


Arusha is often referred to as the “Gateway to Tanzania” due to its strategic location. It serves as the primary access point for those seeking to explore the wonders of this East African nation.

The Serengeti Connection

One of the key attractions of Arusha is its proximity to the Serengeti National Park. It’s the ideal starting point for an adventure in this world-famous wildlife sanctuary.

Unveiling the Natural Beauty

Mount Meru: Tanzania’s Second-Highest Peak

A visit to Arusha would be incomplete without trekking up Mount Meru, a dormant volcano and the second-highest peak in Tanzania. The journey promises stunning views and the chance to encounter diverse flora and fauna.

Arusha National Park

Nestled at the base of Mount Meru, Arusha National Park is a hidden gem. It offers a unique blend of ecosystems, with lush rainforests, volcanic craters, and diverse wildlife, including giraffes and flamingos.

Cultural Immersion

The Maasai People

Arusha is home to the Maasai people, one of Africa’s most well-known indigenous groups. Explore their rich culture, colorful attire, and traditional villages while learning about their way of life.

Craft Markets

Visit the local craft markets, where you can shop for exquisite Maasai beadwork, wood carvings, and vibrant fabrics. It’s an opportunity to take home a piece of Arusha’s culture.


Things to See and Do in Arusha
Things to See and Do in Arusha

Gastronomic Delights

Nyama Choma

Savor the local delicacy, Nyama Choma, a dish of succulent grilled meat. It’s a favorite among the locals and a must-try for any visitor.

Coffee Culture

Arusha is renowned for its coffee. Explore the local coffee shops and learn about the coffee-making process from bean to cup.

Accommodation Options

Luxury Safari Lodges

Experience the epitome of luxury by staying in one of Arusha’s exquisite safari lodges. These lodges offer not only comfort but also breathtaking views of the surrounding wilderness


Things to See and Do in Arusha
Things to See and Do in Arusha

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Exploring Beyond Arusha

Tarangire National Park

Just a few hours’ drive from Arusha, Tarangire National Park is known for its massive elephant population and stunning baobab trees.

Lake Manyara

Discover the beauty of Lake Manyara and its diverse birdlife and tree-climbing lions in this captivating national park.


Arusha City is a captivating destination that seamlessly blends natural wonders and rich cultural experiences. Whether you’re an adventure enthusiast, a nature lover, or a culture seeker, Arusha has something to offer everyone. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey to the heart of Tanzania.


1. Is Arusha safe for tourists?

Arusha is generally safe for tourists, but like any destination, it’s important to take standard precautions and follow local advice.

2. What’s the best time to visit Arusha?

The best time is from January to December is ideal for wildlife safaris and outdoor activities.

3. How do I get to Arusha?

You can reach Arusha by flying into Kilimanjaro International Airport, which is the nearest major airport.

4. Can I see Mount Kilimanjaro from Arusha?

Yes, on clear days, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, from Arusha.

5. What languages are spoken in Arusha?

Swahili and English are the official languages, but you’ll also hear various local languages spoken by the diverse communities in the city.

If you’re going on safari to any of Tanzania’s northern conservation areas – such as the Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro National Park, or Lakes Manyara, Eyasi, Duluti, and Natron – then you will probably have at least one night in Arusha, a small town in the foothills of Mount Meru that acts as a gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit.


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Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the best national parks in Kenya given that it has one of the Rift Valley soda Lakes i.e. Lake Nakuru. The park has 3 main gates and once you get into the park you will enjoy a wide variety of wildlife species and especially the Flamingoes which make the lake look pink.

History of Lake Nakuru National Park

Nakuru National Park, the park most famous for the colonies of flamingos that live on the shores of the park’s Lake Nakuru. Lake Nakuru park Kenya  is a premium game park, one of only three in the country and one of the most visited game parks in Kenya.

Lake Nakuru Park is known as bird lover’s hub because of the numerous birds that make home in this park. Lake Nakuru kenya Park is home to over 400 bird species including the flamingos that live on the lake and in the park’s savannah grasslands. The bird species include but not limited to African Fish Eagle, Slender-billed greenbul, Long-tailed widowbird, Rufous-throated wryneck, Montane white-eye,Red-capped lark, Northern puffback, Rüppell’s robin-chat, Shining sunbird and many more

Nakuru National Park though famous for the numerous birds, it’s also a wild game destination for animal lovers and wildlife explorers.  Lake Nakuru park  is a habitat  to over 100 endangered  Rhinos distributed between the black and white rhinos; the park is also home to the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe and other 50 or more animal species that include buffalos, waterbucks, lions, impalas and many more


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Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park, in Central Kenya, is famous for its huge flocks of pink flamingos. The birds throng on Lake Nakuru itself, one of the Rift Valley soda lakes that covers almost a third of the park’s area.

The Lake Nakuru National Park  was established in 1961, and more than 450 species of birds have been recorded here, as well as a rich diversity of other wildlife. Lions, leopards, warthogs, waterbucks, pythons, and white rhinos are just some of the animals you might see, and the landscapes range from sweeping grasslands bordering the lake to rocky cliffs and woodland.

The park also protects the largest euphorbia candelabrum forest in Africa. These tall, branching succulents are endemic to the region and provide a bold textural element to the arid landscapes.

The best time to visit Lake Nakuru  is during the seasons. June to March is the long dry season, and January to March is the short dry season. During the seasons, many of the smaller watering holes dry up, causing animals to gather at Lake Nakuru for water.

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Lake Nakuru National Park


Lake Nakuru National Park is Kenya’s second most popular national park after Masai Mara and it is easy to see why. Close to Nairobi and relatively compact it has a vast lake at its heart drawing a massive quantity of birdlife and all the big game animals you’d hope for. Lake Nakuru is one of the best places to see Rhino in Kenya and Giraffe, Buffaloes, Zebras and antelope are all easy to spot. The big draw are the huge flocks of flamingos that are often found in the shallows.

The wildlife in Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru National Park  plays host to a fantastic variety of game and good sightings are virtually guaranteed. What Lake Nakuru National Park has that the other major parks don’t have is flamingos. The shore-line is often thick with pink flamingos and pelicans fishing the shallows. The only major wildlife exceptions in the park are crocodiles and elephants. Highlights of Lake Nakuru’s wildlife include a large number of Rothschild giraffe, lions, black and white rhino, hippo and large flocks of flamingos and pelicans.

The Habitat in Lake Nakuru National Park

Lake Nakuru plays host to a variety of terrain. The soda lake provides shallows, mud flats and swamp whilst the surrounds provides some classical African Acacia woodlands interspersed with grasslands. To the West of the park lies a cliff which plays host to bush and scrub and troops of troublesome baboons. There are some fantastic lookouts atop the cliff over the lake, just keep a tight hold on your camera as the Baboons have been known to take them.

How to fit Lake Nakuru into your Kenya Holiday?

Lake Nakuru is in the Rift Valley around 2 hours drive from Nairobi. It falls on route for anybody heading to Masai Mara or the Mount Kenya region. Near bye to Lake Nakuru National Park  are Lake Elimentatai (hot springs), Lake Naivasha (hippos) and Hell’s Gate (walking or cycling amidst zebras, antelope, buffalo and giraffe) and many visitors spend 2 or three days in the area. Typically Lake Nakuru will warrant one overnight stay and a half days game drive.

When is the best time of year to visit Lake Nakuru?

The Park  is a great year round destination:

Things To Do In Lake Nakuru ·
Bird Watching · Game Viewing · The main way to experience the Lake Nakuru National Park is on a game drive · Photography · Safari with Animals.
The main entrance gate is situated 4km (2.4miles) from Nakuru town. Tourists travelling from the Masai Mara will enter the Lake Nakuru through the Nderit Gate. Airport – The Lake Nakuru is serviced by the Naishi Airstrip.

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On the banks of the wetlands, just beyond the reaches of the seasonal high-water mark, Usangu Expedition Camp sits among the woodland shade offering the perfect launch pad from where to enjoy the multitude of activities available across this largely unexplored 6,000km2 wilderness.


Usangu Expedition Camp
Usangu Expedition Camp


Boating and canoeing through the waterways amongst an array of birdlife, walking the wide open grasslands during the dry season months, or sleeping under the enormous canopy of the African night sky, Usangu Expedition Camp offers a safari experience like none other.

The neighbouring Douglas Bell Eco Research Station offers the opportunity to engage with research projects and develop a deeper understanding of the work being performed in the area. From the placing of camera traps and the identification of predators against the research database to tracking lions with telemetry and contributing to global research. Late afternoon presents the perfect time to explore the surrounding area on foot before enjoying the sunset over the Usangu Wetlands.

  • Calendar

    Open: 1 June to 31 January
    Closed: 1 February to 31 May

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Jongomero, 2-hour drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged 12 and older


Accommodation & Amenities

Usangu Expedition Camp has been carefully positioned as close to the high-water mark as possible, whilst still maximising the shade offered by the surrounding miombo woodlands. With just 4 guest tents, the camp offers an exclusive experience into this largely unexplored wetland. Simple in its design, the focus sits firmly on the exploratory nature of the experience with meals cooked on the open fire and enjoyed under the African stars.


  • Tents

    4 tents

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water plumbed showers

  • Mosquito net

  • 6 In Room Safe

    In-room lockable box

  • 7 Wifi 2

    WiFi (in research centre)

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar and generator power

  • Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities


    The four guest tents at Usangu Expedition Camp are simple yet comfortable, positioned on raised wooden decking with views towards the wetlands and a shaded veranda on which to relax. En suite bathrooms feature flushing toilets and plumbed showers.

Usangu Expedition Camp
Usangu Expedition Camp

Location of Usangu Expedition Camp

The Usangu Wetland features a permanent water source in its centre, the Ihefu Swamp, surrounded by grassy marshlands and floodplains. During the dry season, only the Ihefu Swamp offers water but, as the rainy season develops, the wetland expands to cover an enormous area. On the outer limits of the wet season high-water mark, the miombo forest thrives and provides the perfectly shaded location for Usangu Expedition Camp.

The Usangu Wetland is an essential feature to the Ruaha-Rungwa ecosystem, with major implications for ecosystems thousands of kilometres away from the wetland itself. Its features are unique and under the proper conditions and health, the biodiversity of species is undeniably a treasure trove. Herds of roan and sable roam the vast wetland, and wild dogs run wide along rivers.

Hundreds of ostrich congregate in a way that is not often seen in other places in Africa. Thousands of migratory bird species pass through the wetland as well as unidentified amphibians, still waiting to be discovered.


Ruaha’s wildlife is renowned throughout East Africa and we aim to provide the best opportunities — from game drives to walking safaris — for all kinds of animal sightings. Explore this little-known area within Ruaha: go boating through the waterways, and walk the wide-open grasslands.


Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park

Game drives

The best times to depart on a game drive are early morning and late afternoon to avoid the midday heat when animals are less active. With your private vehicle and guide, you have the flexibility to explore any (accessible) area of the Usangu wetlands. Usangu has five biozones and offers many different habitat types that are waiting to be explored. Our up-cycled Land Rovers have been re-built from the ground up and are powered by green alcohol fuel (ethanol). This five-seater, safari vehicle offers unobstructed views — built for comfort, bush driving and remarkable off-road capability.


Usangu Expedition Camp
Usangu Expedition Camp

Night drives

See a different side of Usangu with a night drive. It’s a special opportunity to spot shy, nocturnal animals and the those that prey on them. With the aid of your knowledgeable guide, keep your eyes out for leopard, genet, serval, honey badger, civet and African wildcats on the hunt; as well as bush babies, mongoose, bat-eared fox, nightjars and owls going about their business. Don’t forget to take a moment to a gaze up at the breath-taking night sky.


Night Game Drive
Night Game Drive

Boating safaris

The wetland area and the intricate waterways that swell and contract throughout the season create a variety of conditions for boating. Our swamp boat is designed for these marsh-like conditions, offering the opportunity to explore the wetland narrow waterways year-round. Elephant are regularly seen along the shallows, and the birdlife is fantastic.


Boat Safari
Boat Safari


Family safaris

We welcome families with children over 12 years old. If the camp is booked on an exclusive use basis, younger children can be accommodated, but participation in walking activities and canoeing will not be permitted.


Family Safari
Family Safari

Walking safaris

Walking safaris give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature, away from the noise of the land cruiser and closer to the ground to observe the smaller and less obvious parts of the African wilderness. This is a completely different way to experience the bush, encouraging your senses to engage as you spot tiny but fascinating creatures you’d never see from the vehicle.


Usangu Expedition Camp
Usangu Expedition Camp


What to expect during the year

Usangu is open from June to November, when it’s hot and dry. During this time, the Usangu wetlands recede, and the surrounding grasslands dry out into wide open spaces ideal for walking. The rains that fall from November until April transform the landscape, making it green and lush but also creating logistical problems as the road networks become water-logged and the rising floodplains limit land-based activities.


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The Manor at Ngorongoro

Crossing the Rift Valley and climbing the steppe onto the green and rolling hills south of the, there lies a truly undeniable surprise and one that will be a home-away-from-home.


The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Manor at Ngorongoro


Every detail of The Manor has been designed with its guests’ comfort in mind. Each of the cottages has been carefully positioned to maximise the views of the adjacent verdant hills but at the same time to maintain the intimacy and privacy of this old-world Manor home.


The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Manor at Ngorongoro


The Manor at Ngorongoro provides the perfect environment to relax and take in the outstanding natural beauty of its gardens and the coffee-bush laden hills. However the drama that is Africa is but a short distance away.

Ngorongoro Crater is famed as being the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, and is a ‘must see’ on anyone’s itinerary. This extinct volcano – with its 18-kilometre wide crater floor – is home to an abundant and unique ecosystem that encompasses almost all of the wildlife that you would wish to see in Africa. This spectacular setting is a ‘once-in-a- lifetime’ opportunity to experience the rawness and beauty of Africa’s natural flora and fauna.


The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Manor at Ngorongoro


And what better way to enjoy the Crater than in the knowledge that at the end of the day you will return to enjoy an incomparable dinner in The Manor’s restaurant followed by a deeply restful night in a cottage that has been designed both with your comfort solely in mind.


The Manor at Ngorongoro
The Manor at Ngorongoro


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Discover the elegance of Glan Melia Hotel Arusha, a Luxurious Safari Getaways in Africa nestled in the heart of Tanzania. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding landscape and enjoy a remarkable stay in this exquisite hotel.

Gran Melia Arusha is a smart choice for travelers to Arusha, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay.

The Gran Melia:

Welcome to the enchanting world of Glan Melia Hotel Arusha! Situated in the heart of Tanzania, this luxurious hotel offers an exceptional experience that combines opulence with the breathtaking natural beauty of the region. In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the hotel, its surroundings, and everything you need to know for a memorable stay.

A five-star hotel with exclusive views of Mount Meru

This spectacular hotel is located between the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro National Parks, opening out onto all of Tanzania’s majestic natural beauty. An oasis of five-star comfort and elegance, with extensive, unbeatable facilities, exclusive suites, and international cuisine, including the outstanding The Grill restaurant. With spa, infinity pool and gym. Perfect for a safari trip or luxurious business meeting.

Discover the rooms and suites in the 5-star hotel in Arusha. With stunning views of Mount Meru or the city

Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

Services and facilities

  • Rooftop
  • Massages
  • Early check-in
  • Room service
  • Spa
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private reception
  • Late check-out
  • Vip lounge
  • 24-hour reception
  • Restaurants
Gran Melia Hotel Arusha
Gran Melia Hotel Arusha SPA

The Essence of Glan Melia Arusha

Glan Melia Hotel Arusha is a haven for travelers seeking both comfort and natural beauty. Located in the heart of Tanzania, it provides a serene and luxurious experience that allows you to unwind and rejuvenate.


At Glan Melia Arusha, you’ll find lavish accommodations that offer a perfect blend of modern luxury and natural charm. From elegantly appointed rooms to top-notch amenities, every detail is designed to enhance your stay.

Culinary Delights

Indulge in a gastronomic journey that celebrates local and international flavors. Savor delectable dishes prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients while enjoying the picturesque views of the surrounding landscape Luxurious Safari Getaways in Africa.

Spa and Wellness

Rejuvenate your body and soul at the hotel’s spa and wellness center. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating treatments and therapies amidst the tranquil surroundings.

Exploring the Natural Beauty

The Beauty of Tanzania

Tanzania is a land of breathtaking landscapes, including the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, lush national parks, and abundant wildlife. Explore the natural wonders of this region, including the iconic Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

Safari Adventures

Embark on thrilling safari adventures and witness the incredible wildlife that calls Tanzania home. Experience close encounters with iconic species such as lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinos.

Cultural Experiences

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Tanzania by exploring local villages, interacting with indigenous tribes, and enjoying traditional dances and music.

Glan Melia Hotel Arusha
Glan Melia Hotel Arusha


Q: When is the best time to visit Glan Melia Hotel Arusha? A: The best time to visit is during the seasons, from June to March, when the weather is pleasant for outdoor activities.

Q: Is Glan Melia Arusha suitable for families? A: Yes, the hotel welcomes families and offers family-friendly accommodations and activities.

Q: What is the closest airport to Glan Melia Hotel Arusha? A: The nearest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport, which is approximately an hour’s drive from the hotel.

Q: Are there guided tours available to explore the nearby national parks? A: Yes, the Great Image Expedition Ltd offers guided tours and safari packages to explore the nearby national parks and wildlife reserves.

Q: Is there a restaurant at Glan Melia Arusha that serves local cuisine? A: Yes, the hotel’s restaurant offers a diverse menu, including local Tanzanian dishes, for you to savor.

Gran Melia Hotel Arusha
Gran Melia Hotel Arusha GYM


Great Image Expedition Ltd invites you to experience a blend of luxury and natural beauty in Tanzania. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or adventure, this hotel provides the perfect base for your journey. Explore the wonders of Tanzania, immerse yourself in the local culture, and create lasting memories in this idyllic oasis of luxury.

Every booking at our safari lodges and camps receives a dedicated guide and vehicle for a truly personalised safari experience. Explore at the pace of the wild, sync your pulse with the earth, and discover true freedom.

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Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

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


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

Wet: Apr-May and Late Oct – Early Dec



Fly to

Kilimanjaro, Dar Es Salaam




Swahili, English, and > 100 local dialects


Jambiani Villas


Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) and USD ($)



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. 


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


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


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


Ngorongoro Crater


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


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


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.


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


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.



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.




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