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Highlights of Just a Few National Parks of Tanzania

Somak's Spice of Life - ZANZIBAR
Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania in Swahili), is a country on the east coast of Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda on the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the west, and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique on the south. To the east it borders the Indian Ocean. The country is named after Tanganyika, its mainland part, and the Zanzibar islands off its east coast. The country has been a member of the Commonwealth since gaining independence in 1961. In 1964, Tanganyika united with Zanzibar, forming the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, later renamed to the United Republic of Tanzania. In 1996, Tanzania's capital was officially moved from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma, although many government offices still remain in the old capital.
Sunset on Acacia Tree, Serengeti, Tanzania
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Tanzania has considerable land area of wildlife habitat, including much of the Serengeti plain, where Blue Wildebeest and other bovids participate in a large scale annual migration. Up to 250,000 Blue Wildebeest perish each year in the long and arduous movement to find forage in the dry season.  Tanzania has developed a Biodiversity Action Plan to address species conservation.
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Zanzibar is the collective name for two islands in Tanzania: Unguja and Pemba. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City. The city's old quarter, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site. Although Zanzibar enjoys a high degree of autonomy, it is not a sovereign state: it remains part of Tanzania. 
Zanzibar's main industries are spices (which include cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper), raffia, and tourism. Zanzibar is also the home of the endemic Zanzibar Red Colobus and the elusive Zanzibar Leopard. The word "Zanzibar" probably derives from the Persian, Zangi-bar ("coast of the blacks") and it is known as Zanji-bar in Arabic, also. "Zanzibar" may also refer to the spice ginger (genus Zingiber). "Zanzibar" often refers especially to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the "Spice Islands," though this term is more commonly associated with the Maluku Islands in Indonesia. Pemba Island is the only island apart from Zanzibar that still produces cloves on a major basis which is the primary source of spice income for the islands.
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Stone Town of Zanzibar is the Cultural Center of the Island, Tanzania
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Colosseum Hotel, Oyster Bay, Dar Es Salaam
October 2007 saw the opening of Tanzania's most modern and luxurious hotel; the Colosseum. With inspiration drawn from classic Greco - Roman architecture; the hotel offers complete facilities and relaxation whether you arrive after a long day in the office or as a stop of between your safari and Zanzibar beach holiday.  Each of the fully air-conditioned rooms have a king size bed and plasma wide screen television connected to DSTV satellite offering the best in news, sport and entertainment channels. 
Transit Motel Airport, Dar Es Salaam
Transit Motel Airport offers clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation and services to travelers who want to stay near Dar Es Salaam's J Nyerere International Airport (JNIA). Our closeness to the Airport is ideal for travelers on transit,  arriving late during the night,  departing very early in the morning and those who want to relax and prepare for a long journey back home. All our rooms have private toilet and shower, TV, AC, reading desk and mosquito net. Airport transfer can be arranged on request
Mount Meru Game Lodge & Sanctuary, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
This ‘boutique’ Lodge is located 18 kilometres East of Arusha town along the main road leading to Kilimanjaro International Airport. It is situated in a Game Sanctuary which provides many of its visitors with their first exciting game viewing experience.  The Lodge is able to arrange full-day and half-day cultural, educational and game viewing excursions to some of the best sites in Tanzania.  The many carefully planned facilities available at the Lodge combine to provide visitors with an unforgettable experience of Africa at its very best.  All rooms have a veranda with comfortable chairs where guests may sit during the late afternoons enjoying the peace of the surroundings, or watching the animals and birds.
Saadani Safari Lodge, Saadani National Park, Tanzania
Tanzania’s youngest national park, covering 1,000 square kilometers in the east of the country, north of Dar es Salaam. The Park has the distinction of being the only coastal wildlife sanctuary of its kind on the eastern coast of Africa. It offers a completely unique safari environment, combining that most rare of recipes – river, bush and beach.  The game is plentiful in the inland bush: lions and other predators jousting with a wide range of plains animals. The entire eastern boundary of the Park is set along the Indian Ocean where white beaches stretch to the horizon in both directions, and sand islands off-shore provide good snorkeling and swimming. Set on the Indian Ocean with bush behind, in the heart of the National Park at closest proximity to the most diverse range of wildlife and environments.
Matemwe Lodge, Matemwe, Zanzibar
Twenty years ago, two Swedish sisters arrived in Zanzibar to set up Matemwe and had the entire island to choose from. For obvious reasons they chose the north eastern part of the island (known as Matemwe) which boasts the most idyllic beaches and offers spectacular diving and snorkelling around the adjacent Mnemba Atoll. Matemwe embodies the quintessential beach experience, a relaxing atmosphere, friendly and personable staff, massages, cocktails, swimming pools, lush tropical gardens and sumptuous cuisine. Fresh seafood is a specialty.
Matemwe Retreat, Matemwe, Zanzibar
Matemwe Retreat consists of just three exclusive villas situated on a small, private beach opposite Mnemba Atoll. This luxurious retreat offers the ultimate experience for those seeking absolute privacy, relaxation and indulgence. Offering a quality of accommodation and service that is arguably the best on the island, the exclusive yet relaxing barefoot atmosphere that made Matemwe famous is very much present in this stylish retreat.
Mbuyuni Beach Village, Beach Bungalows, Zanzibar
Paje and Jambiani, It’s 50 km from Zanzibar town/international Airport. Our location has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. A true sublime paradise Island experience, A bay’s azure blue water-protected by the reef one kilometre from the shore, It is ideal location for Sunbathing/Swimming and Snorkeling.  If the midday Sun becomes too strong, you can retreat into the shade of our local open beach hut or on one of the hammock and sip a long, cool drink and relax while enjoying Zanzibar’s distinctive, mellow pace.  They are nice, lovely bungalows with a big space in the bedroom and big toilets which are well furnished and comfortable, with a modern interpretation of "Zanzibar Chic". with the perfect blend of comfort and style.
Highlights of Just a Few National Parks of Tanzania   by Ian Williamson

Tanzania is the place where dream safaris are made. The country is politically stable and the people friendly. Tanzania's national parks are Africa's most diverse and dramatic wildlife areas. Bellow is a taste of only a few National Parks in the extraordinary land of Tanzania.
1. Gombe Stream National Park and Mahale Mountain National Park sit side by side in the remote west of Tanzania. They are found alongside one of the great lakes of Africa - Lake Tanganyika. They offer a rare opportunity to observe and study the behavior of the Chimpanzee. This area is difficult to get to and almost the only way to reach these parks is to fly to Kigoma. From Kikoma you must travel by boat to gain access to the Chimpanzee trails which are home to some if the last troops of chimpanzee's in Africa. 

2. Kilimanjaro National Park is in contrast very accessible; and at 5895m Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest point and the world's highest freestanding mountain. Incredibly, the snow-capped peak is only a few hours away from a tropical coastline. This incredible trek climbs form the brown dusty plains of Africa through tropical rainforest, then upward onto the ice and snow and near artic conditions on the summit of this majestic mountain.

Blue Wildebeest Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Tanzania
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3. Ngorongoro crater heralded as the 'eighth wonder of the world' is an awe-inspiring collapsed volcano; enclosed by near sheer walls the crater is breathtaking; as is the descent onto the creatr floor in your 4x4 safari Landover. This small area is a mini Serengeti with a lake, savannah and forest; it is possible to have a six hour safari and see many animals in just a short time in this truly unique part of Africa.

4. The Udzungwa Mountains National Park is a park without roads and is Tanzania's first National Park created primarily to protect flora rather than fauna. This national park forces you out of your vehicle. No lodges in this park either so to truly explore these mountains means hard hikes and basic camping. The remote parts of this park become dangerous and inaccessible in the wet season.

5. The Serengeti home to last Great Migration left on our planet. These endless plains, contain valleys, hills and woodland as well as the open grasslands that seem to stretch out forever. Every time of year in the Serengeti offers something different, something special. 

6. In contrast to the ever popular Serengeti is the Katavi National Park in the remote and inaccessible west of Tanzania. This park has the largest herds of buffalo in Africa and where there are buffalo the lions are not far behind. The usual way to access this park is to fly into the one [luxury tented] lodge in the entire park. It is rumored that when a guest drives upto the park gates the wardens there are shocked and bewildered, so rare are tourists to this park. Here, in this park the only other people you will meet are other guests and the staff at the lodge. Here you have one million hectares to yourself.

Memories of Serengeti
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7. A huge carpet of ground orchid's bloom quite unnoticed, every year, in a forgotten corner of Southern Tanzania. This high plateau called the Kitulo Plateau is high above the madding crowd is covered with a sea of orchids. This National Park of wild flowers in all its glorious color is a delight to anyone who appreciates and loves the orchid in its natural setting.

8. The Selous Game Reserve embraces 54,000 square kilometers of southwestern Tanzania; it is the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent, three times larger than the Serengeti.

After the safari there are the rewards of Tanzania's coast; crystal seas, sun bleached white sands give the Tanzania cost a scintillating appearance. Ancient ruins rest among whispering palms enticing you to explore. This palm fringed coastline looks out over the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Tranquil coral lagoons shelter underwater coral gardens, claiming some of the best diving in the world; Tanzania and Zanzibar welcome you to explore a diving tropical paradise.


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Somak's Spice of Life - ZANZIBAR   by Louise Newton
Exotic, colourful and above all fragrant, Zanzibar is the Spice Island, a place that thrives on its centuries old association with aromatic cinnamon, cloves and cardamoms. Once a wealthy empire at the hub of the Monsoon trading routes and the world's slave trading capital, Zanzibar still has a touch of mystery about it - which makes it perfect for a romantic interlude.
Although Zanzibar consists of an archipelago of islands and islets, the largest of these - Unguja - is confusingly known internationally as.... Zanzibar. A separate state within Tanzania, Zanzibar is best known as a place to flop on the beach after the exhilaration of an East African safari. Now a new night flight from Nairobi makes combining the two even easier - and a quicker hop to the beach.

And what beaches! The eastern coast has a long stretch of perfect white sand beaches - uncrowded, often remote - fronted by warm aqua-coloured waters and interspersed with simple fishing villages, where life goes on much as it did in times gone by. Under the water a coral reef provides the backdrop for great snorkelling and world-class scuba diving. Above it, windsurfing, kayaking and state-of-the-art big game fishing are favourite holiday pastimes.

Trees Beside Shore, Nungwi, Zanzibar North, Tanzania
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Children Diving in Sea at Waterfront, Stone Town, Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar West, Tanzania
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Zanzibar also has a rich culture - best discovered on a trip to its capital, Stone Town, recently categorised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Reputedly the only ancient town in East Africa still flourishing, Stone Town has changed little since the 19th century. Winding streets and alleyways, leading past more than 500 ornately-carved doors, take you back in time and yet the city is very much a place where people live and work. In this colourful, highly scented labyrinth, veiled women bargain noisily in crowded craft and food shops.

Away from the melée, the island interior is home to fragrant spice plantations - a real assault on the senses. Exotic forests are scented with the delicate fragrance of ylang-ylang, hibiscus and jasmine and the heady aroma of cloves and cardamoms, which provide the ingredients on which Zanzibar's spicy cuisine is based.


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