S A F A R I S
The Land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Serengeti.
• About Tanzania and Map of Tourism Circuit
• About us
• Northern Circuit :Arusha Town, Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru, Arusha National Park,
Manyara, Tarangire National Park Ngorongoro Crater,
Olduvai Gouge, Serengeti National Park.
• Southern Circuit :Mikumi, Katavi, Ruaha, Kitulo and Selous.
• Coastal Circuit :Zanzibar, Stone Town, Bagamoyo, Saadani, Pemba and Mafia
• Cultural Activities :Mto wa Mbu, Longido, Elkiding’a, Mamba & Marangu
About Tanzania & Map Of Tourism & Circuit
Tanzania is home to many of nature’s most spectacular creations.
Among them - Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s roof top and the world’s
highest free Standing Mountain. The Ngorongoro Crater the
largest crater in the world, and a vast amphitheatre teeming with
game. The Serengeti Plains home to an estimated 3 million animals
covering an area of 12,950 square kilometres.
Get closer to wildlife & local culture & explore from the Serengeti to Kilimanjaro. Tanzania is one
of the world’s greatest safari destinations. Known for its rich culture, and diverse landscapes,
the country boasts a wildlife population that is unparalleled on the African continent.
The country’s game viewing experiences are widely regarded as the best in Africa.
Tanzania boasts some of the most romantic and tropical beaches in Africa
Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia Islands. Zanzibar Stone Town was once home to Sultans and
explorers and is the land of exotic spices, azure waters and white sandy beaches.
Tanzania is without doubt the land of Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and Zanzibar!.
Serengeti Insider is a Tour Operator Company, based in Arusha Tanzania. The Company have vast
experience in Tourism Industry, Car Hire, Air Ticketing and Transport services.
Our tour packages are designed to satisfy its target clients in tourism needs and wants all around vacation
where they will experience the wildlife, panoramic scenery viewing as well as have an opportunity to visit
the local people and get to learn their ways of life (culture).
Serengeti insider offer fair-trade in mountain trekking, wilderness safaris and cultural tourism while putting
a lot of emphasis on the principles of Ecotourism.
Serengeti Insider appreciates the fact that in East Africa there are not only wild animals but also diverse beautiful
culture and other activities that clients should sample. Our packages also offer the clients with chance to participate
either directly or indirectly in various Community based projects.
Arusha, the gateway to the world famous game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire
and Lake Manyara, is one of the oldest towns in Tanzania. At 1,540 metres above sea level, Arusha
enjoys a very agreeable climate throughout the year. Positioned at the centre of Africa between the
Cape and Cairo on the Great North Road, As act centre point marked with the clock tower, Arusha
is the administrative seat of the East African Community made up of
Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda Rwanda and Burundi
Arusha offers an excellent opportunity for authentic souvenirs shopping, including the bold Makonde
carvings, and the colourful Tinga Tinga works and batiks. Tanzanite, the native gemstone of Arusha,
and one of the most beautiful and exciting gems from Africa, are sold in all gemstone shops in town
alongside other locally mined stones like Ruby, Rhodolite and Tourmaline.
Tanzanite was first discovered in 1967, some 40 kilometres to the southeast of Arusha at Mererani.
To date Mererani remains the only commercially viable source for Tanzanite in the world. Tanzanite
was named after Tanzania.
For the more adventurous, mountain climbing is often a very popular option. Mount Kilimanjaro
which stands at an altitude of 5,895m is Africa’s tallest freestanding mountain and is situated
only three degrees below the equator in Northern Tanzania. It is a protected area, allowing
climbers to enjoy their visit without causing any harm to the environment.
Located to the east of Arusha town, about 20 kilometres drive
from Arusha; Mount Meru is the second highest
mountain in Tanzania. The mountain stands at an
altitude of 4566 meters above sea level inside the
Arusha National Park. Meru has one route to the top and can be
attempted for three days but we highly recommend doing for four days for acclimatization.
Most alpines uses Meru for acclimatization before the Kilimanjaro climb. The mountain
has less snow formed at the volcano eruption.Unlike Kilimanjaro when you are climbing the
Mount Meru you have to be escorted by an armed ranger(s) as you pass through the Arusha
National Park. It is at this time when you will enjoy the walking safari as you pass the groups
of African buffaloes, Zebras, Black and white colobus monkey just little wildlife to mention.
Arusha National Park
Volcanoes erupted to make the dramatic terrain of Arusha National Park
in Tanzania, just east of the huge fault known as the Great Rift Valley.
They spewed fire and lava into the air 20 million years ago, and then
collapsed into two big calderas, the Ngurdoto and Meru craters, which
mark the western and eastern boundaries of the 52-square-mile park.
Depressions in boiling mud became the Momela Lakes.
Today, these lakes are fed by underground streams that leach salt from
the alkaline soil and support algae, a few small fish, and thousands of
birds, especially grebes and flamingo.
Manyara national Park
Lake manyara national park is at the base of the Great Rift Valley
escarpment, stretching for about several miles. The park covers
about 130 sq miles (336 sq km), it has a spectacular view with
easy back drop on Rift valley. The surrounding vicinity comprises
forest and green grassland. Lake manyara offers perfect introduction
to Tanzania wildlife species including birds.
Manyara offers varieties of wildlife animals including; lions, leopards,
cheetah, elephants, jackals, African Cape buffalo, wildebeest, grants
and thomson´s gazelles, hippos and many other large herd of mammals l
ike, eland, baboon, dikdik and over 400 different species of birds.
Tarangire national Park
Named after the river that flows through the park, Tarangire National Park is one of the lesser known Tanzanian National
Parks, giving it a real air of undiscovered Africa. Famous for massive baobabs and large herds of elephant, Tarangire National
Park is small but still home to a significant wildlife population, with a density of wildlife matched 5 only by Ngorongoro.
Birding is particularly good here; the swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties; the most breeding
species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a true Garden of Eden, with highland forest covering the sheer
sides of the caldera and is popularly known as the eighth natural wonder of the world.
Measuring 16 kilometres in diameter and enclosed in walls over 600 metres high, it acts as
a spectacular barrier encircling the wildlife that roams the largest intact crater in the world.
Within Ngorongoro Conservation Area you can visit one of the foremost craters in the world
which was formed 2.5 million years ago
The archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge is located in the eastern Serengeti in northern
Tanzania within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The gorge is a steep sided 4 to 8-
kilometre (30 mile) long ravine, which forms part of the Great Rift Valley. It is situated on
a series of fault lines which, along with centuries of erosion, has revealed fossils and remnants
of early humankind. The name Olduvai originated from a European misspelling of Oldupai, the
correct Maasai word for this region of great historical importance – named after the wild sisal
plant fibre growing in abundance in the gorge
Serengeti National park
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, 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.
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi is the access point for the southern Tanzania tourist circuit. A tented camp lies to
the south of the main road at Vuma hill and there’s another campsite just north of the road.
Trees and other plants distinguish Mikumi. Marula trees (Mng’ongo in Swahilli) are common.
This tree occurs in Deciduous, wooded grassland from south Africa to Ethiopia and the fruit
is used to make the Amarula wild fruit cream drink that is indigenous to Africa. Elephants
regard the Marula as a delicacy, vigorously shaking the tree to dislodge the fruit. Tamarind
with its many medicinal uses, grotesque but distinctive baobabs, sausage, cassia, black
thorn and African blackwood trees exist in http://www.violatours.com/zanzibar-mafia-andpemba.html
Mikumi as do a profusion of flowers.
Selous National Park
The Selous is known in swahili as Shamba la Bibi - literally translated as ‘‘grandmother’s garden”. It has
the largest number of several species of animals found in a single reserve anywhere in the world.
The Selous ecosystem encompasses a wide spectrum of wildlife habitats including open grasslands,
miombo woodlands that cover three quarters of the reserve, and riverineforests.
Asaresultofitsuniqueecologicalimportance, the Selous was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982.
Selous was the son of a chairman of the London Stock Exchange, Born in England in 1851, he became a
noted naturalist, conservationist and big game hunter.
Katavi National Park
Katavi National Park consists of a series of secret floodplains that open up in front of you as you arrive
through their woodland fringes. I t is during the dry season, when the floodwaters retreat, that Katavi
truly comes into its own. The Katuma, reduced to a shallow, muddy trickle, forms the only
source of drinking water for miles around, and the flanking floodplains support game concentrations
that defy belief. An estimated 4,000 elephants might converge on the area, together with several herds
of 1,000-plus buffalo, while an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings
for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.
Ruaha National Park
Most memorable sighting at Ruaha is of a mature, spiral- horned male greater Kudu. Greater
Kudu males are solitary or found in bachelor herds except during mating. In contrast,
females may be seen throughout the year, usually in
dense bush country in groups of 6 to 10 including their offspring. Elephants are in abundance
and Ruaha has been nicknamed “Giraffic Park” because of its 8,000 Maasai giraffe.
Lying in the rain shadow of the Udzungwa Mountains, the park is bisected by the great Ruaha river.
It is the most southern extension of the Maasai steppes and is among the most arid of Tanzania’s 14
national parks.Ruaha is a transition zone where much of the flora and fauna that distinguishes east
and southern Africa meets and overlaps.
The 18 th Century the Sultan of Oman visited Zanzibar and was amazed by the favourable climate of the Island.
Comparing with his homeland’s climate, the Sultan decided to stay in Zanzibar. As a result of his decision to
settle in Zanzibar, he brought and planted spices, traded slaves, gold, and ivory by that reason Zanzibar
become a major slave market
This town is also known as Unguja Town or Zanzibar Town. At Stone Town you will see the following things:
The Stone Town Cultural Centre (Old Dispensary) situated along the Mizingani Road, the four storey building
originally built as a private residence, but later used by colonists as Dispensary
Bagamoyo was another major slave trading post in East Africa. Bagamoyo, which literally means “Lay down your
heart” in Swahili, was probably given this name because it was the last place where the slaves stayed in Tanzania
before they were taken to Zanzibar as main market to foreign lands. The town is 80 km north of Dar-es-Salaam.
Bagamoyo is not a busy port anymore, but rather a touring place where one can go for holidays and stay in a
quiet Resort Hotel, moving around the town, enjoy the white sand beach and listen to the history of old Bagamoyo
town from historians and non-historians
Saadani is a newly visited park in Tanzania despite the fact that it was officially recognized as a Game Reserve more
than thirty years ago. Located about 60 km from Bagamoyo town, Saadani appears small but really rich in natural
vegetation, insects, swamps, coral reefs, wild and birdlife. Saadani National Park is home to lions, Zebras, warthogs,
giraffes, elephants, leopards, hartebeests and hyenas. Large flocks of flamingos, Senegal plover, African hawk eagles,
wood sandpiper, African spoonbills, yellow-billed, sand plover, black-winged stilt and little-spotted woodpeckers
Mafia Island lies off Rufiji River delta about 120 Kilometres south of Dar es Salaam. It is 160 Kilometres south
of Zanzibar and the same distance east of the Selous. It is reached in 45 minutes from Dar es Salaam, one hour
from Selous and Zanzibar, by light aircraft. The island was an important trading post from 11th to 13th centuries.
Today the island is known as a Resort Island for deep-seas fishing and scuba diving. With 40,000 inhabitants,
Mafia is an archipelago ringed by pristine coral reefs. It offers ideal conditions for diving, snorkelling,
big game fishing, surfing, sailing, windsurfing scuba diving, swimming and boats excellent cuisine.
The park also offers bird watching and picnic excursions
Located about 80km from Zanzibar Island, about the same distance directly east of Tanga on the Tanzanian
mainland. With its hilly landscape its highest point is less than 100 metres above sea level, by size Pemba is
smaller than Unguja.
Arab sailors once named Pemba as ‘El Huthera’, meaning the Green, due to her dense and lush vegetation.
There are more natural forests and plantations than on Zanzibar Island, and Pemba grows more cloves than
her Zanzibar. Today, earnings from the clove crop are supported by other agricultural products, cattle raising,
and by fishing, which is an important source of livelihood. Pemba is also popular for its voodoo and traditional healers.
Longido is situated about 80 km north of Arusha on the way to Nairobi, just at the foot of Longido mountain,
which rises up steeply from the plains and forms an important orientation point for people in the wide surroundings.
On the mountain and the surrounding plains the Maasai warriors wander about with their cattle, looking for
pasture and water. Once a week, on Wednesdays, the cattle are herded to a cattle market in Longido town.
Maasai families live in traditional bomas scattered over the area. In the early morning, women leave the boma
to fetch water and collect firewood. Young children play around the mud houses and start at a very early age
to take care of kids and lambs
Ilkinding’a lies at 10 km north of Arusha town, a 30 minutes drive. From Arusha town, take the small road North
at the Ilboru junction on the Moshi-Nairobi road. Follow the Ilboru Safari Lodge sign. With its neighbour Ilboru,
it has played a role in the history of Arusha. The Lutheran Missionaries form Germany and Sabaya, the chief of
the Wa-arusha people, agreed in 1904 to build the first church and school in Ilboru. From that time on, co-operation
between the church and the chiefs was settled
Mamba & Marangu
Mamba and Marangu are within 3 km of each other and the participating lodges in the area have worked together to
establish activities for their visitors. Magnificent views of valleys rumble ring and waterfalls offer great entertainment
for nature lovers and bird watchers. With more than seven waterfalls in the vicinity one can spend a whole day enjoying
the views. Walking tours will provide excellent views overlooking the area including points where the lights of Nairobi
can be seen at night
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