Wednesday, October 31, 2012

JURASSIC PARK now in Tanzania

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'Beautiful Tanzania,Feel the Friendship


Tanzania will construct the world first 'real human history' dome museum to be established in Ngorongoro at the estimated cost of about 40 billion. President Jakaya Kikwete unveiled the plan while officiating the first ever exposure of the historical hominid footprints dating back some 3.6 million years but which had been concealed for preservation underground for over 15 years.
"I have instructed the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority to start working on the project and the government is ready to help them foot the bill,” said Mr Kikwete adding that he is not concerned with whatever cost that the project may demand because once completed the the first ever, Jurassic museum is in position to generate billions of foreign exchange through thousands of visitors interested to see real immortalized imprints of the world's first human being.
Early on, the Natural Resources and Tourism Minister, Mr Ezekiel Maige said the initial feasilibity study for the proposed Jurassic Museum is already underway but since the project won't be an ordinary one, the partly exposed (3 meter long) section of the 30 meter long early humans tracks will remain under cover until the large museum is completed and opened to the public.
Prof Charles Musiba who heads the re-excavation process said the museum which will actually be a large dome that creates its own weather condition through special machinery and high-tech electronics will need US $ 30 million. But the government is prepared to foot the bill for the construction of the state-of- the art, giant technological 'green house' type of a museum which will be able to regulate its own temperature and weather conditions in order to preserve the footprints and display the marvel to visitors
The partly re-excavation of the set of Hominid track way believed to be close to 4 million years old have been achieved successfully at the geological site of Laetoli some 45 kilometers from Olduvai Gorge in the leeward section of Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.
"We have just proved to the entire world that footprints of humans who walked the earth some 3.6 million years ago indeed do exist in Tanzania because having been concealed underground for 15 years, there have been speculations that probably the whole thing was hoax,” Mr Ezekiel Maige, the Natural Resources and Tourism Minister had commented earlier.
President Jakaya Kikwete had, three years ago, ordered that the pedal imprints of creatures believed to be the world first ever upright-walking human being, to be exposed for both tourism purposes as well as to enable local Tanzanians to witness for themselves this important part of the history of human beings.
The line of hominid fossil footprints was discovered in 1976 by Dr Mary Leakey. The historical footprints are preserved in powdery volcanic ash from what scientists believe to be an eruption of the 20 km distant Sadiman Volcano. Soft rain cemented the 15 cm thick layer bearing the imprints without destroying the prints.
The hominid sole prints were produced by three individuals, one walking in the footprints of the other, making the original tracks difficult to discover. As the tracks lead in the same direction, scientists say they might have been produced by a group.
German anthropologist Ludwig Kohl-Larsen was the first to make scene in Laetoli to look for fossil remains. In 1934 he found the jaw of Australopithecus afarensis.
The NCAA currently attracts 450,000 visitors per year and these are both foreign and domestic tourists making the park, whose main selling point is the Ngorongoro Crater to be the most visited tourist attraction in the country.
Laetoli is a site dated to the Plio-Pleistocene and famous for its hominid footprints, preserved in volcanic ash.
Professor Terry Harrison, a physical anthropologist at New York University, has continued research at the site since the late 1990s.
Already fiberglass based imitations of the Laetoli hominid track way are sold in the United States and Europe at prices starting from US $ 500 per slate, going up.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Cheating games of Cheetahs (did you know this about cheetahs).

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Swahili Name:           Duma
Scientific Name:        Acinonyx jubatus
Size:                          30 inches at the shoulder
Weight:                      110 to 140 pounds
Lifespan:                   10 to 20 years
Habitat:                     Open plains
Diet:                           Smaller antelopes
Gestation:                  90 to 95 days
Predators:                 Eagles, humans, hyenas, lions

The lion is said to be majestic, the leopard ferocious and shrewd. But elegant and graceful best describes the cheetah. The cheetah is smaller than the other two cats, but by far the fastest at speeds of 70 miles per hour it can run faster than all other animals.
Now restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, wild cheetahs once were found in most of Africa, the plains of southern Asia, the Middle East and India. 

Do you have any problem with me?

Physical Characteristics
The cheetah is built for speed. It has long, slim, muscular legs, a small, rounded head set on a long neck, a flexible spine, a deep chest, nonretractable claws, special pads on its feet for traction and a long, tail for balance. Although fast, the cheetah cannot run at full speed for long distances (100 yards is about the limit) because it may overheat.
Cheetahs have distinctive black "tear stripes" that connect from the inside corner of each eye to the mouth that may serve as an antiglare device for daytime hunting.

Cheetahs are found in open and partially open savannas.

Cheetah mothers spend a long time teaching their young how to hunt small live antelopes are brought back to the cubs and released so they can chase and catch them. Unlike most other cats, the cheetah usually hunts during daylight, preferring early morning or early evening, but is also active on moonlit nights.
Cheetahs do not roar like lions, but they purr, hiss, whine and growl. They also make a variety of contact calls, the most common is a birdlike chirping sound. 

Am real getting exhausted.

Once a cheetah has made a kill, it eats quickly and keeps an eye out for scavengers lions, leopards, hyenas, vultures and jackals will occasionally take away their kills. Although cheetahs usually prey on the smaller antelopes such as Thomson's gazelles and impalas, they can catch wildebeests and zebras if hunting together. They also hunt hares and other small mammals and birds.
Although known as an animal of the open plains that relies on speed to catch its prey, research has shown that the cheetah depends on cover to stalk prey. The cheetah gets as close to the prey as possible, then in a burst of speed tries to outrun its quarry. Once the cheetah closes in, it knocks the prey to the ground with its paw and suffocates the animal with a bite to the neck. 

You are all mine for lunch.

Caring for the Young
With a life span of 10 to 12 years, the cheetah is basically a solitary animal. At times a male will accompany a female for a short while after mating, but most often the female is alone or with her cubs. Two to four cubs are born in a secluded place. Their eyes do not open for a week or two, and they are helpless at first. When the mother is hunting, she leaves them hidden, but by 6 weeks of age they are able to follow her. They are suckled for 2 to 3 months but begin to eat meat as early as 3 weeks.
By 4 months the cheetah cub is a tawny yellow and almost completely spotted; the tail has bands of black and by adulthood a white tip. The grayish mantle disappears more slowly; the last traces are still visible when the cubs are adult-sized at 15 months. 

'Just try me by getting close to my sweet cubs'.

A shy creature that roams widely, the cheetah is not seen as easily as some other cats. Never numerous, cheetahs have become extinct in many areas, principally due to shrinking habitat, loss of species to prey upon, disease and a high rate of cub mortality. In some areas 50 to 75 percent of all cheetah cubs die before 3 months.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Rashid is among Karibu Bongo rising stars ( Tanzanian Stars)

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Rashid is on to the next level.
I hope that you still remember the you man called Rashid I introduce you here.
kindly compare the sketches from the photo and drop us your comments.
Any way what your flavor? black and white or the colored
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Serengeti, the world greatest wildlife show (watch the mystery wildebeest migration).

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Serengeti National Park poster

A million wildebeest... each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills. 

As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterises the Serengeti Plains, stretching across sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. And there are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.

Popular the Serengeti might be, but it remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focussed unswervingly on its next meal.

About Serengeti 
Size: 14,763 sq km (5,700 sq miles).
Location: 335km (208 miles) from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west.

Getting there
Scheduled and charter flights from Arusha, Lake Manyara and Mwanza.
Drive from Arusha, Lake Manyara, Tarangire or Ngorongoro Crater.

What to do
Hot air balloon safaris, walking safari, picnicking, game drives, bush lunch/dinner can be arranged with hotels/tour operators.  Maasai rock paintings and musical rocks.
Visit neighbouring Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge, Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano and Lake Natron's flamingos.

When to go
To follow the wildebeest migration, December-July. To see predators, June-October.

Four lodges, six luxury tented camps and camp sites scattered through the park; one new lodge will be opened next season (Bilila Lodge); one luxury camp, a lodge and two tented camps just outside.

The route and timing of the wildebeest migration is unpredictable. Allow at least three days to be assured of seeing them on your visit - longer if you want to see the main predators as well.

Source: Tanapa
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Monday, September 10, 2012

How to marry in Four days in Tanzania (Bongo Marriage).

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 In general, traditional marriage customs vary by ethnic group. The practice of clan exogamy—or marriage outside of the clan or group—is typical, however, of almost all ethnic groups. Traditional customs call for marriages to be arranged by the parents of the bride and groom, although such arrangements are becoming less common, particularly in urban settings. 

In patrilineal ethnic groups (those in which descent is traced through males), traditional marriage customs often include the presentation of a dowry or bride price to the wife's family by the bridegroom. The dowry may include livestock, money, clothing, locally brewed beer, and other items. The amount of the dowry is determined through negotiations between the families of the engaged. 

Preparations for marriage may take months. For those wealthy enough to afford it, marriage may include a separate dowry ceremony and, several months later, a church wedding followed by traditional ceremonies. Although many ethnic groups and Muslims allow polygyny (having more than one wife), the practice is decreasing in popularity, in part because of the influence of Christianity and the expense of maintaining several households.
Domestic Unit. 
Foreigners must consider the following if they want to marry in Tanzania.

Read more: Culture of Tanzania - history, people, clothing, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family

Bride groom and the Bride

Flower girl and escorting mate

It might be you!

The wonderful Roast Goat aka Chagga traditional Cake called  " Ndafu"

Local brew from Chagga called Mbege

We are good to go!
For more on Traditional Chagga wedding practices please become our cultural tourism guest at Machame village in Kilimanjaro Region. Your welcome.
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Mountain Kilimanjaro (The Roof of Africa).

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Kilimanjaro National Park poster
Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don't even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, the summit of Africa.

Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).

Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman's Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories.

But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. 
Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.

About Kilimanjaro National Park
Size: 1668 sq km 641 sq miles).
Location: Northern Tanzania, near the town of Moshi.

Getting there
128 km (80 miles) from Arusha.
About one hour’s drive from Kilimanjaro airport.

What to do
Six usual trekking routes to the summit and other more-demanding mountaineering routes.
Day or overnight hikes on the Shira plateau. Nature trails on the lower reaches.
Trout fishing.
Visit the beautiful Chala crater lake on the mountain’s southeastern slopes.

When to go
Clearest and warmest conditions from December to February, but also dry (and colder) from July-September.

Huts and campsites on the mountain.
Several hotels and campsites outside the park in the village of Marangu and town of Moshi.

Climb slowly to increase your acclimatisation time and maximise your chances of reaching the summit.
To avoid altitude sickness, allow a minimum of five nights, preferably even more for the climb. Take your time and enjoy the beauty of the mountain.

(JUNE '08)
USD 10 per day
Cooks USD 15 per day
Guides USD 20 per day



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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Gombe National park, the smallest but wondeful (Meet the Chimps).

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Gombe Natinal Park

An excited whoop erupts from deep in the forest, boosted immediately by dozen other voices, rising in volume and tempo and pitch to a frenzied shrieking crescendo. It is the famous 'pant hoot' call: a bonding ritual that allows the participants to identify each other through their individual vocal stylisations. To human listener, walking through the ancient forests of Gombe Stream, this spine-chilling outburst is also an indicator of imminent visual contact with man's closest genetic relative: the chimpanzee.

Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake Tanganyika.
Its chimpanzees - habituated to human visitors - were made famous by the pioneering work of
Dr. Jane Goodall, who in 1960 founded a behavioral research program that now stands as the longest running study of its kind in the world. The matriarch Fifi, the last surviving member of the original community, only three - years old when Dr. Jane Goodall first set foot in Gombe, born 1958 and died in 2004.

Chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans, and no scientific expertise is required to distinguish between the individual repertoires of pants, hoots and screams that defines the celebrities, the power brokers  and the supporting characters. Perhaps you will see a flicker of understanding when you look into a chimp's eyes, assessing you in return - a look of apparent recognition across the narrowest of species barriers.
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Friday, August 17, 2012


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Recently, a new competition has been launched for the public to vote for 
entries into the list of new  SEVEN NATURAL WONDERS OF AFRICA. The 
competition is conducted via the Website,
involving twelve (12) tourist attraction sites on the African continent. Tanzania 
is the only blessed country with most entries in the list: these areMount 
Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater,and the Serengeti National Park.All 
Tanzanians and the world at large are sensitized to vote for these three 
attraction sites.  

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Zanzibar's ten best places to be, see, and things to do.

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It is well know that it is real overwhelming to choose places to be, things to see and do when your on tour. Zanzibar can be very dramatic if you can't find your way to the very best that it can offer. That is why you need knowledge about the very intriguing places that worth being and take part. Karibu Bongo is dedicated to inform you on the ten best places, things to see and do while in Zanzibar to have a lifetime experience.

With the help from Zanzibar Travel and Tourism directory 2012/2013, we proudly announce the ten Zanzibar's best.

10.  Festivals! - Sauti za Busara, ZIFF, Jahazi & Mwaka Kogwa
Get into the groove at one of the the Zanzibar's three largest annual festivals - Sauti za Busara (Sounds of  Wisdom). the Music festival takes place in February, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds in celebration of African music. Sauti za Busara is the fusion of old and new, classic and contemporary like historic Zanzibar itself. The festival is a magical meeting place, a melting casserole of diverse cultures, styles and visions - where town meets country, young greets ild. The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries, East Africa's largest cultural event and takes place each June/July. It is a hotbed of activities, with cinema, music, performing arts, literature and exhibitions across the island. Mwaka Kogwa, also in July, celebrates Shirazi new year in Style and is not to be missed.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to feel and touch Tanzania in Artisan Craft

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MWANDALE MWANYEKWA  is one of Tanzania's best wood carvers. Her carvings show the feelings that she has for people, animals, cultural beliefs, relationships and the environment in which they live.  Today she adds some spices to our delicious dish about 'Tanzania Authentic Wonder .' She will take us through the feelings and believes of Tanzanians. Experience love, nature, faith, entertainment, responsibility to mention a few, please welcome and share this African Cake.



Piece Name: Self Portrait - Life Size
Date Made: 2006
Material: Female Mpingo (Ebony) Wood
Place: Bagamoyo (Tanzania)
Size: (132 x 27) cm
Price: Private Collection

Idea & Description:
In realistic art, an artist is supposed to make art just as he or she sees it not as one knows it. Because as an artist myself, I cannot make myself as I know but can only make myself as I see either in portrait or picture. And that was why I had someone else to make my face in clay before carving. Eventually after the clay portrayal, I would make a cement casting before I actually carve in wood.

Then, I would make a miniature trial but the life size as a practise is just to see if I can actually create a direct exactness.


Piece Name: Mama Na Mtoto (‘mother and baby’)
Date Made: 2000
Material: Female Mkuruti Wood
Place: Bagamoyo (Tanzania)
Size: Length 9 cm. & Height 11.2 cm.
Price: Private Collection

Idea & Description:
As a woman and mother to be, I always think that children deserve the close attention of both parents, especially that of the mothers! That is why I put a symbol of the breast because that is the first centre of attention for the baby.


Piece Name: Passion
Date Made: 2005
Material: Male Mpingo (Ebony) Wood
Place: Bagamoyo (Tanzania)
Size: (46 x 21 x 15) cm
Price: US$ 1000

Idea & Description
You don’t have to be masculine to be a sculptor. It’s all about creativity, passion, and a positive mind. When you end up doing that job that the Most High has destined you to do you will never stop smiling, and one-day morning when your work is all over somebody will look back at what you did and he/she will say, “Passion kept her moving”.


Piece Name: Envious Monkey
Date Made: 2008
Material: Female Mpingo Wood (Ebony)
Place: Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Size: (52 x 18 x 20) cm
Price: Private Collection

Idea & Description

There was this funny monkey, which used to love only male human beings and hate women at the Bagamoyo Sculpture School. We used to call it “Jealous Monkey”.

Whenever it saw female students chatting with male students it used to be very violent. It became even more problematic since our school had more male students than female ones. This made me believe that animals have the same feelings as human beings.


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Slogan for Destination Tanzania.

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The Tanzania Tourist Board is proud to announce the slogan for Destination Tanzania Competition.

The competition seeks to find the next short and exciting phrase that will define Tanzania as a unique destination.

I have posted my slogan "Tanzania -  Authentic Wonder." What is yours? Post today.

follow link below.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012


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'Beautiful Country, Feel the Friendship.'

Elephant in Tarangire National Park

The best time of year to visit Tanzania -  if you’re after large quantities of animals that is, is between June and October.  This is the dry season across most of the country.  While this is particularly the case in Ruaha and Selous in Southern Tanzania, Katavi in Western Tanzania and the Mahale Mountains on Lake Tanganyika, it’s by no means the case for all parks.  Between December and May for example throws up some of the best game viewing available in all Africa in the Serengeti and surrounding areas.  Have a look at some of our favourite Tanzania safari experiences

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Saadani National Park is where the beach meets the bush.

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'Beautiful Country, Feel the Friendship.'

Saadani National Park

Palm trees sway in a cooling oceanic breeze. White sand and blue water sparkle alluringly beneath the tropical sun. Traditional dhows sail slowly past, propelled by billowing white sails, while Swahili fishermen cast their nets below a brilliant red sunrise.
Saadani is where the beach meets the bush. The only wildlife sanctuary in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular with European sun-worshippers. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Zanzibar: Beautiful Island of Africa. (Get to know something)

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'Beautiful Country, Feel the Friendship'.

Zanzibar is an island partner within the United Republic of Tanzania, located in the Indian Ocean about 35 km off the coast of mainland Tanzania at six degrees south of the Equator. Zanzibar is made up of many islands, the main two being Unguja (sometimes called Zanzibar) and Pemba. The land is divided into three main areas, the plantation area, the coral rag area and the indigenous forests. The highest point is 390 feet above sea level. The population is estimated at around 1 Million, including Pemba and Mafia islands.

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How to travel in style and enjoyment in Tanzania (Tanzania travel tips).

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'Beautiful Country, Feel the Friendship'.

British Airways fly to Dar es salaam, from Heathrow, three times weekly. Flying times is approximately 9 hours 40 minutes.
Other carriers operate to Tanzania via Europe. KLM, from Armsterdam, to Dar es salaam and Kilimanjaro daily and Swiss, from Zurich, to Dar es salaam five times a week.
In addition, Emirates fly to Dar es salaam via Dubai; Egyptair via Cairo; Ethiopian via Addis Ababa; Oman Air Muscat; Qatar Airways via Doha; and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
Regional carriers into Tanzania include Air Malawi, Air Uganda, Fly 540, Kenya Airways, SouthAfrican Airways and Zambezi Airlines.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Kearsleys Travel and Tours, Tanzania's oldest

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'Beautiful Country,Feel the Friendship'.

Kearsleys, as it is more avidly known today, was established in 1948 with a vision to serve the foreign expatriates working in Tanganyika (Tanzania before independence) with a reliable and efficient travel and tourism services to meet their needs. Originally it was a fully owned subsidiary of J.W Kearsley (UK) Ltd., owned by Cory Brothers Ltd. and a member of Powell Duffryn Group. It changed hands in 1974, when it was sold to N.V. Patel & Brothers Ltd., a locally owned holding company with a wide interest in agriculture and agro- chemical industries, air and sea transportation and general trading. Since that date the management of the company has been passed to the local board of directors consisting entirely of Tanzanians who have admirably steered the company forward and developed it into a market leader in spite of the economic challenges it faced over the years.

Kearsleys at this juncture is the oldest operating tours and travel company in Tanzania and taking this legacy into consideration, we celebrated its 50th anniversary on 02nd December 1998 with jubilation and euphoria as it earmarked a significant milestone in our history of dedicated and matchless service to the people, general air transportation and tourism sectors in Tanzania. Today, as we’re now over 60 years into our operation, we are proud to say that Kearsleys has played a pivotal and a leading role in the development of air travel and tourism in Tanzania and has built an unrivaled reputation both locally and internationally serving its clients and the travelling public at large with unparalleled and reliable service levels.

With this strong historical past, the future looks promising and we at Kearsleys are very confident that our legacy will live on for years to come.
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Tanzania: Local Hotel Wins Top Global Fame (Singita Grumeti Reserve.

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'Beautiful Country,Feel the Friendship'.

Tanzania: Local Hotel Wins Top Global Fame. 

Read more by following the link below.

The untouched wilderness of Singita Grumeti Reserves is located in northern Tanzania and forms part of the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, on the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park – Africa’s No. 1 World Heritage Site. The word ‘Serengeti’ comes from the Masai word ‘Siringit’, which means ’the place where the land stretches to forever.”
The famous Great Migration, an annual trek of 2 million animals through the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, bisects our reserve annually. Called The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth it has, since time immemorial, been the dramatic backbone of this enormous wilderness.

The successes of conservation as well as diverse habitats have ensured that, since its inception in 2003, Singita Grumeti Reserves has a well-established resident game population that inhabit the area throughout the year. In addition to the annual wildebeest migration some notable highlights include: large mixed herds of impala, zebra, topi, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle. Good numbers of reedbuck, waterbuck, dik dik, klipspinger, oribi and Coke’s hartebeest are to be found and large breeding herds of buffalo, up to 400 strong, compliment the abundant small bachelor groups of bulls. Herds of elephants number up to 450 – concentrations seldom seen elsewhere in Africa.
Large carnivore regulars such as lion, hyena, cheetah and leopard top the predator pile while the smaller aardwolf, jackal, mongoose species, serval, caracal, civet, genet, porcupine, pangolin and aardvark top a total of about 70 mammal species found in the area.
The migration movements can expect to be witnessed in June, July and August as the herds move northwards. However, in September and October some large wildebeest herds remain, along with inflated numbers of topi, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and eland - really the best time of year. In November, southbound wildebeest, returning from the Masai Mara in Kenya, move back into the reserves along with the onset of the first light rains followed by fresh new grazing.
Extra special year round highlights on the Grumeti River include the beautiful black and white Colobus monkeys. Continuing the special primate theme there is a chance to spot the world’s fasted primate – the rare Patas monkey, out in the open woodlands. A herd of Roan antelope can be seen as well.
For birders special endemic highlights include the Grey Crested Helmet-shrike, Fischer’s Lovebird, Rufus-Tailed Weaver, Karamoja Apalis and the Grey-breasted Spurfowl. They head up an impressive bird list of 400 species on the concession.
Each of Singita’s three Grumeti Reserve locations command a view of the renowned migratory route traversed annually by more than a million wildebeest, and the predators that lie in wait… The area is home to large herds of game that provide world-class photo opportunities all year round. Each of the lodges offer a unique experience: Singita Sasakwa Lodge positioned on Sasakwa Hill, presents dramatic, elevated views across the endless plains, Sabora Tented Camp celebrates flat open space as far as the eye can see and Faru Faru Lodge is tucked away in a diverse habitat.
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