Northern Tanzania

  • Mkomazi Game Reserve

  • Is  actually  north-west  of  Kilimanjaro  and  theoretically  part  of  Northern  Tanzania (about 3 to 4 hours  from  Arusha) however  it  is  usually  associated  with  southern circuit.  Home  to  the spectacular  Usambara  mountains  it  was  made  into game  reserve / sanctuary in  1998  when the  government  requested  the  George  Adamson Wildlife  Trust (of Elsa-Born Free fame) to  step  in  and  manage  the  project.  It  is  described  as  one  of  the  most  important  projects in  Africa concerned  with re-establishing  Tanzania’s depleted  wild  dog and  black rhino numbers.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, lodge and camping safaris, mobile camping (in controlled numbers only), walking safaris.

  • Mount Meru

  • Standing  at  4565m  Mount  Meru  is  considered  by  many  to  be  more  challenging  hike than its  brother  Kilimanjaro. Mount  Meru  is  a  mixture  of  lush  forest  and  bare  rocks  with  a spectacular  dome  crater  and  peak.

    -ACTIVITIES: Hiking to  the peak, separate  route (for  the  fittest) to  the  volcano’s  cone, in this  mountain accommodation is in huts  only (no  camping)

  • Kilimanjaro National Park

  • Standing at 5895m Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa.  Its dome shaped  crater, covered  with glaciers, has  long  attractive  adventures, offering   one  of  the  most  beautiful   hiking  experience  to  be  had.  Terrain  varies  from  dense  forest  in  the  lower  regions,  extensive moorland  with  a  stunning  view  of  both  peaks  Kibo  &  Mawenzi,  to a  lunar  alpine  desert leading  to  the  glaciated   heights  in  the  clouds.

    -ACTIVITIES: Hiking  excursions  to  slower  slopes  and  craters, 5 routes  to  the  peak  and Technical  climbing  up  Mawenzi. Accommodation in huts as well as camping.

  • Arusha National Park

  • Is a beautiful and diverse park, hugely under estimate. It is the home to Tanzania’s second highest volcanic mountain (Mt.  Meru) as well as Momela Lakes that spreads across its North East boundary as far as the eye can see. The seven lakes are some of the deepest  in  East  Africa, their  rich  source  of  algae  act as  a constant  food  source  to  millions of  Flamingoes. Ngurodoto crater along  the  park’s  southern  boundary  is  a  natural  amphitheater  to  plain game  including  herds  of  Cape  buffalo  and  Giraffes. In complete contrast   are the numerous    swamps and Serengeti ndogo (small Serengeti) plain teems with game.  The  secretive  treks  through  the  thick  forest  offer  a  different side of  this  super Park, its  dark  recesses   full  of  shy  DikDik, Red  Forest  Duiker  and  Bush  Buck. The park is also known for its giant trees including spectacular arched fig (strangella fig) trees.

    -ACTIVITIES: Walking  excursions  including  the  Njeku  waterfalls, mountain hiking, Lodge &  camping  safaris, day  trips  from  Arusha / Moshi.

  • Tarangire National Park

  • The Tarangire National Park got the name from Tarangire River which flows from the South of the park to the North West. It is famous for its dense wildlife population, which is most spectacular between June and October (the dry season). During this period thousands of animals such as wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephants, hartebeest, buffaloes, water bucks, congregate at the Tarangire River searching for water. Lions and other predators are found in the area too.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, Lodge & camping safaris.

  • Lake Manyara National Park

  • Lake Manyara National Park is famous for its tree-climbing lions, because of the park’s geographical  location nestled at the base of the Great rift valley. Escarpments also stands up for its incredible beauty. The area is home of more than 350 species of beautiful birds and many numbers of Flamingoes in the soda lake especial in dry season. Other Wild animals found in the area are Hippos, Cape buffaloes, Elephants baboons and Monkeys, Impala, Giraffes and other many small animals.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, canoeing in rain season, night game drive, Lodge & camping Safaris.

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area

  • There are much more to the Ngorongoro area than just crater. At its greatest height it is believed that was higher that the Kilimanjaro mountain. It is surrounded by a complex and diverse collection of dramatic gorges and volcanoes. The Ngorongoro Conservation area also hold the Historical sites such as Olduvai Gorge where Australopithecus (1.7 million years old homosapiens ) skull was discovered by archeologist Louise Leakey and Laetoli where the old foot prints were discovered. There are other small craters e.g. Olmot and Empakai including high hills found in that area.

    -ACTIVITIES:  Lodge & camping safaris, game viewing, hiking and  walking in  the crate highlands, and cultural tours visiting the Maasai tribe who lives there.

  • Ngorongoro Crater

  • Surrounded by a very steep wall rising 610 meters from the Crater floor, this natural amphitheater covers an area of 265 sq. /kilometer on the crater floor and 304 on the crater rim. It is the home of about 25.000 large mammals of which over half of then are zebra and wildebeest. The crater also is the place to see the Black rhino. Other big mammals are Cape buffalo, hippos, elands, hartebeest, gazelles and warthogs. Such vast numbers attract predators like lion, cheetah few leopard on the crater wall, hyenas etc. Ngorongoro crater has also more than 100 species of endemic birds not found in other areas near the crater such as the Serengeti National Park.

    The crater is also a home to countless flamingoes, which form a pink surface over the soda lake.

  • Serengeti National Park

  • The Serengeti National Park is the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. The    Serengeti has a lot of varieties over three million of large mammals within its boundaries including an assortment of 35 types of plain game. The Serengeti is estimated to contain more than 2.800 lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs and cape buffaloes. In the late May towards the early June, huge numbers of wildebeest and zebras begin their spectacular migration that crosses the area of Serengeti to Mara river (the boundary to Kenya) and beyond. On their way they are followed by predators like lion, leopard, cheetah, hunting dogs with a big number of vultures who are there to clean the park. Other common species found are giraffes, hippos, impalas and primates like baboons and monkeys. And about 450 species of birds.

    -ACTIVITIES:  Game viewing, Lodge & camping safaris, Baloon safaris, night game drive in the buffer zones.

  • Southern Tanzania

  • Udzungwa Montains National Park

  • This  new  park  covers  1000  sq kms  and  has  a  huge  altitude  range,  from  300 m  to  2.800 kms above sea  level. Along  its  northern  boundaries  flows the  great  Ruaha  river  with  a  superb  biodiversity  of  vast  open plains  occupying  its  western  region to  dense  forests  renowned  for  primates  including  red  colobus monkeys.  The  forest  hides  a  web  of  streams  and  beautiful water  falls which unite at  the  spectacular  Sanje  Falls. Lions, elephants, leopard, sable antelope and eland are inhabitants of  the area.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, walking safaris (on request). Permanent tented camps and lodges, budget mobile camping is accessible by train from Dar.

  • Selous Game Reserve

  • Named after the hunter / explorer Fredrick  Courtney  Selous, the  Selous  game  reserve  is  the  largest in  Africa  and  is  said  to  be  size  of  Switzerland. If  your  favourite  animal  is  elephant, this  is  the  right  place  to  go, you  will  fulfill your  dreams.  Other  common  species are lions, wild dog, buffalo,  bush  buck,  impala,  giraffe,  eland,  baboon  and  large  numbers  of  hippos  and  crocodiles.

    The  best  time  to  visit  this  park  is  from  June  to  October.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing,  Lodge  &  camping  safaris, budget mobile  camping , walking  safaris accompanied  by armed rangers,  boat  safaris on  might Rufiji  River  or one  of  the lakes. The park is accessible by train from Dar.

  • Ruaha National Park

  • Comparative inaccessibility has ensured that Ruaha National park has remained virtually unchanged, unaffected by the ravages of man kind.  The  park’s  name  derives  from the great  Ruaha  river  that  flows  along  the  border of  the  park, creating  a  maze  of spectacular gorges.  Ruaha   boasts  being  the  biggest  elephant  sanctuary,  and  hippos  and  crocodile  inhabit the  river.  The  park  is  known  also  for  its  large  concentration  of  lesser  and  greater  Kudu sable  antelopes, Ostrich  and  Grant  gazelle.  More than 370 species of birds are found in this park. Best months to visit this park in July to November.

    -ACTIVITIES:  Game viewing, permanent tented camps and lodges, budget mobile camping and walking safaris.

  • Mikumi National Park

  • Located in the north of the selous, Mikumi is one of the most beautiful parks in Tanzania. African hunting dogs, water buck, baboon, colobus monkey, buffalo, eland, giraffe, elephant, hippo, sable antelope, wildebeest, zebra and Greater Kudu can be seen in Mikumi National Park. More than 300 species of birds have been sighted in this park. Crocodile, monitor lizards and python are also residents here.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, permanent tented camps and lodges, budget mobile camping, snake park visit outside the park.

  • Westhern Tanzania

  • Mahale Mountains National Park

  • Described  as  an  acres of  turquoise  water  waving  through  lush  vegetation  in  the  heart  of  Africa, it   is  wild  and  untamed.  A  mixture  of  forest,  mountains  and  dry  bush  land   Mahale’s  uniquely  varied  flora  supports  a  huge  range  of  fauna.  Primates  dominate  the  forests  and  the  mountains  are  home  of massive  variety  of  game  and  plant  life. Its  remoteness  making  it  a last  bastion  for  wildlife. Particularly  remote its  hard  to  reach  but   is  good  choice  for  the  hardy  safari  adventure.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, walking safaris, budget camping and guest house safaris.

  • Katavi National Park

  • Another  National  park  which  is  often  referred to as the ‘Lost   world’ as it doesn´t have many  visitors, which visit  this park  annually .  Occupying   the  floor  of  the  Rukwa  valley,  a  major  fault  of  the  western  rift, is  a  web  of  fragile  rivers  that  wind  through  tamarind, big trees  and  albida  forest  and  vast,  seasonal  floods plains. There are many hippos  and  big  tuckered elephants, and  it  is a potent  experience  for  the  inspired  and  true  adventure  traveler.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing and walking safaris (on request). Permanent tented camps and lodges, budget mobile camping.

  • Gombe Stream Reserve

  • The smallest  of  Tanzania’s  11  National  parks, it  is  perfect  for  ‘foot  safaris’. Brought to  the  world’s  attention  through  primates  specialist  Jane  Goodall, she  studied chimpanzees here. Bordering the Lake Tanganyika ( African  largest lake) the  lake  feeds  the  park  massive  evergreen  forest. Further north terrain gives way to drier grasslands. Teeming with wildlife the park offers another perfect opportunity to enjoy walking safaris and experience the nature.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, boat trips from Kigoma, walking safaris, chimpanzee trecking. Lodge permanent camps, budget camping safaris.

  • Main Coast & Islands

  • Zanzibar, Pemba And Mafia Island

  • Most  of  people  like  to  come  and  have  beach  holidays  after  safari  or  mountain climbing. Of  course  is  good  to  start  from the other  side and  then  end  up here. Zanzibar’s  brilliant   white  beaches  fringed  by  the  warm  Indian Ocean  provides the  perfect  retreat  to  soak  up the  tropical  sun  and  take  a  break  from  busy  sight  seeing.  There is more to Zanzibar   than just talcum powder white beaches. The  winding  cobbled  streets  of  the  Old Stone Town  are  a  living  history  book  of  its  colorful  and  exciting  past, a treasure  trove of  adventure, legends, sultans, galleons, battles,  slave  and  explorers.

    Both  Zanzibar, Pemba  and  Mafia  Island  provide  some  boats  to Chumbe  Island  just  off  its  shores (the  world’s  finest  marine  park, a kaleidoscope) which has the  best  waters  in  the  world  for  diving, fishing  and  sailing. Impressive  formations of  coral, including  stunning ‘drop wall’ dive sites ( off Pemba) complemented  by  colorful  and  prolific marine life,  including  dolphins,  turtles, beautiful sized  manta rays, whale, sharks (seasonal)  as  well as swarming  tiny  coral fish. Zanzibar ia a spectacular, bright  coral  forest  in  crystal  clear  water(snorkeling only).

  • Bagamoyo

  • Is located 76 km North of Dar es salaam. This  is  the  former capital  of  Tanganyika  was  once  the  center  of  the  big  slave  trade  some  years in   history. The  city  was  also  a spring  board  for  the  first  Europeans, the likes  of  Livingstone, Stanley,  Burton  and  Speke, exploring  East  Africa.

    ACTIVITIES & INTERESTING PLACES:

    • The  first  catholic  church (built  by  French missionaries  in the 18 century)
    • The  Kaole  Ruins (an  old  mosque  built by  Arabs late of  18  and  beginning  of 19 century)
    • Old  slave  trade  Infrastructures
  • Dar Es Salaam

  • Is  a  very  big  and  busy  city  said  to  be that  about  3 million  people live  in  this city  but  looking  very  beautiful  as  the  Indian  ocean laying along  the  big  city. Boast  of  one   of  the  finest  natural  harbors  in  the  world  and  has  become  a  bustling  port  and  economic  center, whilst  remaining  a  place  of  fascination  with  many  reminders  of  its  colorful  past.

    ACTIVITIES & INTERESTING PLACES:

    • The  fish  market  and  Kigamboni  ferry
    • Kariakoo  central  market
    • Marine parks
    • Extensive  water  sports
    • Makumbusho  village
    • National  Museum
    • Un spoilt  beaches  with  tourist  hotels
  • Saadani Game Reverve

  • Close  to  Dar  es  Salaam, a  route  now  blessed  with  a new  road  and  bridge  makes  this  little  heaven  easily accessible. Here  the “ bush  meets  the  beach”, lion  spoor is  often  sighted  on the deserted, soft  sand  beaches.  The  acacia  shrub further  inland  is  home  to  a  multitude  of plain games including  Maasai giraffe, water  buch  and  antelope. The  whole  concept  of  eco-system teeming  with  wildlife  that reaches  the  Indian  oceans  edge has  along captured the  imagination and it is  a  popular retreat  for writers and  artist alike.

    -ACTIVITIES: Game viewing, lodge and camping safaris. Walking safaris on request