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Zanzibar Island

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Dar es Salaam

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159,349,15

Mwanza

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Zanzibar Town

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Arusha

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Serengeti National Park

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Moshi

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Kilimanjaro National Park

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Jambiani

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Ngorongoro

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Mikumi National Park

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Sengerema

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Selous Game Reserve

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Paje

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Lake Manyara National Park

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Dodoma

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Bagamoyo

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Lake Natron

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Mbeya

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Katesh

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Kigamboni

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Longido

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Usangi

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Tarangire National Park

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Pongwe

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Lake Victoria

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Iringa

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Bukoba

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Dar es Salaam

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Uzi Island

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Ruaha National Park

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Njombe

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Ngara

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Mafia Island

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Kilwa Masoko

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Karatu

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Banda Kuu

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Zanzibar Island

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  • Best cookies in the city

    Zanzibar Island Restaurants

    Where do I start, how about the amazing appearance of this amazing little place. At first i wasn't sure where we were going as we had to go down a few African back streets to find it, then we walked through a constriction side, over a little gravel to see a beautiful glow and hear amazingly chilled/trance music. Once we made our way to 5th floor...

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  • Zanzibar Cycling Adventures

    Zanzibar Island Things to Do

    If you are going to pay a visit to Unguja Island, Zanzibar, I strongly recommend doing a cycling tour with Zanzibar Cycling Adventures. The business has been set up and is run by local Zanzibari's who are full of interesting stories and knowledge about their island. The tour I did was the Nungwi and the Northern Tip tour and it was honestly one of...

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  • Bribes

    Zanzibar Island Warnings and Dangers

    It is true that many of the police in Zanzibar are friendly and non-threatening. However, most of them will do what they can for a bribe. They either hope you just give them a "tip" when they pull you over (for no reason) or will come up with some real (or fake) violation to fine you for. If this happens, ask them to write a ticket and tell them...

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Dar es Salaam

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Mwanza

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  • Great view and fresh fish

    Mwanza Restaurants

    The Hotel Tilapia at the lake has a good restaurant with a great view over the lake. Rooms from $ 100. I had a grilled fish

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  • Lake Hotel

    Mwanza Hotels

    The Lake Hotel is a good place to stay in Mwanza if you don't mind too much about a bit of noice and...

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  • By Bus to Bujumbura

    Mwanza Transportation

    Nyehunge Express has every day a bus going close to the Rwanda and then close to the Burundi (3 km) border leaving from the Nyrgezi bus terminal 11 km out of Mwanza at about 5 am then going to the ferry close to town center where you can also bord at about 6 am arriving a bit after 2 pm. You can get the ticket at the former bus terminal close to...

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Zanzibar Town

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  • Wonderful view,wonderful food

    Zanzibar Town Restaurants

    On a windy terrace overlooking the sea, an exclusive ambiance for lunch or dinner. Now open at external guests,the very interesting cuisine is a mix of Italian and Swahili, using only organic and selected products like extra virgin olive oil from a little farm in Tuscany, whole flour for the home made bread and pasta, brown sugar with selected...

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  • Malindi Guest House

    Zanzibar Town Hotels

    The Malindi Guest House is slightly paradoxical. When you first walk in and up the stairs to...

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  • THE SHORTEST WAR IN HISTORY

    Zanzibar Town Local Customs

    Zanzibar fought the world’s shortest war against the British Empire – and lost after 38 minutes. Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini had been cooperation with the British when he suddenly died on 25 August 1896. His nephew, Khalid bin Bargash, seized power at the expense of another would-be pro British Sultan. Khalid was ordered to step aside by Britain. He...

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Arusha

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  • Fabulous Safari Vacation

    Arusha Things to Do

    My wife and I were in Arusha, Tanzania last year where I was working as a facilitator for a workshop on East African transboundary conservation for a week. My wife accompanied me so we could do our lifelong dream of a safari in the Serengeti and other National Parks in northern Tanzania. We engaged a local safari tour company, Borderless Tours,...

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  • The African Tulip

    Arusha Hotels

    Excellent service at the hotel and top accommodation. The safari trip for 8 persons to Lake Manyare,...

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  • Safari

    Arusha Things to Do

    When you´re visiting Arusha in Tanzania you definitely have to go on safari. I visited two national parks, Lake Manyara and Tarangire. Both were very nice in different ways. I would say that Lake Manyara has more animals, at least big animals, but have to keep your eyes open to see them in the bushes. Tarangire is more open. It is big steppes with...

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Serengeti National Park

  • private safari

    Serengeti National Park Favorites

    If you are looking for a private safari with a local company, choose Calabash Adventures and I was very happy wih the guide of Wilson and the food cooked by Juma!! And the boss in the office is Tillya and you can trust this company sending them the advance payment by bank transfer (which is normally the main concern for us people of the so-called...

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  • Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

    Serengeti National Park Hotels

    Typical very nice Serena lodge: Good food, included in the price Stunning grounds and views All...

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  • Safari in the Serengeti

    Serengeti National Park Things to Do

    The Serengeti has some unique characteristics that make it a very popular safari spot.Because of the volcanic soil on the plains, grass grows incredibly quickly but there are almost no trees.When water is available, there can be over 1 million wildebeest and 750000 zebra roaming the plain in huge herds.It is much harder to spot carnivores than...

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Moshi

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  • Good!

    Moshi Restaurants

    Our guides took us into this place on the way back from climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. After a week of campsite food (brilliantly produced by Aloise & Ernest, but still campsite food), it was wonderful to get a decent burger and a cold beer.We were 11 altogether, and Jonas (chief guide) was smart by phoning in our order as we drove into town from...

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  • Marangu Hotel

    Moshi Hotels

    PO Box 40, Marangu, Moshi, Tanzania

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • not so good

    Moshi Restaurants

    My guidebook (Bradt’s) tells me this hotel restaurant is a good bet.Before going, a colleague enthused about the fact that the local Rotary club meets there and that the toilets are quite nice.Hmmm. OK, to be fair, 10 of us arrived unannounced for lunch. Not easy to deal with. But to be honest, the food took best part of 90 minutes to arrive. Mine...

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Kilimanjaro National Park

  • PRIVATE EXPEDITIONS - DISHONEST/NO...

    Kilimanjaro National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I travelled to Kilimanjaro on 16th August with Private Expeditions. During the booking stage - they had provided me with an agreement form which asked for NO medical conditions and NO medical history - therefore I rang them to explain about my condition and I was told that so long as my doctor agreed (I have a letter from my doctor) and so long as...

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  • Some Essentials

    Kilimanjaro National Park What to Pack

    Do not bring a wheeled bag; a duffel bag or backpack is preferable as the porters will carry them on their head or back of their neck. I used a duffel bag which had hidden backpack straps, needed lots of souvenier room. You'll also want a dayback in which you'll carry your day to day essentials like your water, sunscreen and camera. Hiking boots,...

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  • Gear for Kilimanjaro

    Kilimanjaro National Park What to Pack

    You will need two bags - one main pack (carried by a porter) and a day bag big enough to hold your wet weather gear, camera, nibbles and water. I had a 22 litre day bag and this was fine. Remember, the bigger the bag the more gear you may end up stuffing in it! Starting from the bottom - as you are walking for several days your boots and socks are...

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Jambiani

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  • Kitesurfing for beginners

    Jambiani Things to Do

    East coast of Zanzibar is the perfect spot for learning kitesurfing. It is windy, has almost no waves (because of the reef protecting it from the wide ocean) and has beautiful sandy lagoons with thousands of share meters of blue water just over white sand.The place very popular with kite surfers is Paje - there are at least 5 schools/centres and...

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  • Blue Oyster Hotel

    Jambiani Hotels

    This place on the beach seems to be open by someone in Germany. That would explain why their website...

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  • RASTA ALL DAY, RASTA ALL NIGHT

    Jambiani Nightlife

    Bob Marley still lives! Want an exotic cold drink or just an ice-cold beer. Want to Chill Out? This is the place. The large bar is open on all sides and the bar stools are buried in the sand. Padded benches and tables are also available. Service is friendly and inquisitive. When they ask how your day was, they want details! The guys are superb and...

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Ngorongoro

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  • Giraffes

    Ngorongoro Things to Do

    There are no Giraffes in the crater itself but outside in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area they are quite common.

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  • Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

    Ngorongoro Hotels

    Typical very nice Serena lodge: Good food, included in the price Stunning grounds and views of...

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  • Tour the Crater

    Ngorongoro Things to Do

    Our group of volunteers all decided to do a safari tour together just 3 days prior to the weekend. We knew we were just hitting the peak safari season in Tanzania, so we figured our chances of booking a decent deal was slim.Luckily, I had come across a brochure at our homebase that a previous volunteer had left behind. I figured I'd call them and...

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Mikumi National Park

  • Time to take photos

    Mikumi National Park Favorites

    The best time to take photos , what every photografer knows, is the early and late hours of the day. So , ask for a early rising, go to 4 hours of safari and come back to breakfast, and then drive to the lakes and pools to see the wildlife that came to drink.

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  • Rats removing landmines in Morogoro near...

    Mikumi National Park Off The Beaten Path

    Better than the Movie "Ratatouille" and real!Source: http://www.apopo.org/newsite/content/index.htmDate 02 March 2008APOPO was initiated in response to the global landmine problem. In the mid 90s it was well recognized that most mine clearance techniques in use were slow and expensive. APOPO’s overall objective is to develop an efficient method for...

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  • Entrance of Mikumi National Park

    Mikumi National Park Favorites

    The main entrance of Mikumi National Park is conveniently located at an exit of one of Tanzania's main highways, from Morogoro to Iringa. Park fees are low compared to the more famous parks in the north of Tanzania.Park gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The maximum speed inside the park is 50 km/h, though most of the time you will be driving...

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Sengerema

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  • Go further out and visit a rural health...

    Sengerema Things to Do

    If it is at all possible you should try visiting some of the rural dispensaries or clinics close to Sengerema. Sengerema has a hospital, so most people go here if they live close by. But for the majority of Tanzanians, hospitals are not an option. In stead they have to go to witch doctors or rural clinics. I tell you it is a different world. Small...

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  • Taxi in Sengerema

    Sengerema Transportation

    It's good to have a reliable taxi driver in Sengerema. If anything happens you can always call him and get him to pick you up. Trust me when I say that standing as the only mzungo in pitch darkness outside the broken off-road, preparing to spend the night in the middle of nowhere is NOT funny... You soon realise it's essential to have a good...

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  • Greetings

    Sengerema Local Customs

    Try learning a bit of swahili. It's amazing the kind of good-will that follows from a few frases. You do have to learn the greetings, though. No way about it. ALL elders should be greeted with a bow (!) and a "shikamoo" (Literally I hold your feet). If children or young women say shikamoo to you, you have to reply with "marahaba or...

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Selous Game Reserve

  • Wild Dogs!

    Selous Game Reserve Favorites

    There are 3000 African Wild Dogs left in this world... to put that in perspective, there are at least three times more cheetahs than that... and the Selous is home to the largest population of the Dogs (1700). I personally LOVE wild dogs. Before seeing them, I wondered what all the fuss was about - it isn't unusual for people to spend entire weeks...

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  • Night Frights

    Selous Game Reserve Warnings and Dangers

    When walking around at night (which really isn't recommended, but sometimes when you gotta go, you gotta go!) carry a torch and wear boots. Everyone's aware of the dangers of bigger wild animals at night, for example leopards, but not many people are aware of the Puff Adder. Puff Adders have a nasty habit of lying about looking like a big pile of...

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  • Boat Safari

    Selous Game Reserve Things to Do

    Definately one of the nicest things to do in the Selous is go for an evening boat trip. Sometimes animals can be a bit scarce, but you see plenty of hippos and crocs and HUNDREDS of birds. I was never really interested in birds until I started paying attention to the birds in the Selous. Look out for Boehm's Bee-eaters, all kinds of kingfishers and...

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Paje

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  • Kite Surfing

    Paje Sports & Outdoors

    Paje seemed a popular place to kite surf during high tide. The wind is quite strong as the tide turns and a number of people took to the sea. Was fun watching them aproach and jump over the local fishing boats in the water.

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  • Armed robberies

    Paje Warnings and Dangers

    Although during my stay in Paje I had not encountered any trouble at all I do feel I should post a warning about a number of the hotels along the beach in this area including Crystal (where I stayed). I am aware of a number of armed robberies that have allegedly taken place, where men have walked up from the beach and held up the tourists in the...

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  • No ATM

    Paje Favorites

    There is no ATM in Paje so you need to take all the money you need with you otherwise you'll be taking a long trip back to Stone Town to get more out. I don't believe there are any any the neighbouring villages either (Jambiani or Bweju) but I'm not 100%... Better to be prepared though.

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Lake Manyara National Park

  • Safari in Lake Manyara

    Lake Manyara National Park Things to Do

    Lake Manyara has a diverse population of wildlife, and is distinct from other safari locations in terms of what you will see. The elephants are a bit less aggressive and smaller than in other areas because of the density of the trees. So you can get right up next to them without risk.It is also a great place for bird watching, with over 300...

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  • The only hippo that has not only nose...

    Lake Manyara National Park Favorites

    It is very hard to find any hippo posing for photographer ;)))Usully they are siting under water showing only nose to breath.

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  • Safari

    Lake Manyara National Park Things to Do

    The diversity of animals and birds is so great in such a relatively small area.This was the first park I went to on safari and loved it. It is small(ish) compared with others, but I would imagine in high season can get busy. Never the less, this lush forested area, with the lake and savanna areas, set again the rift valley wall is beautiful. Also,...

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  • Jan 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Our daughter will be traveling to Tanzania this summer with a group called GIVE -- Growth International Volunteer Excursions. They will be involved in a service project and recreation mostly on and around island of Zanzibar, then to Arusha and Kilimanjaro. Any advice appreciated.

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