Enjoy game drives and fascinating scenery in Saadani National, the park which borders the Indian Ocean.Take an adventure into Amboni caves, the most extensive limestone caves in East Africa.
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Upon arrival, we will be met by our driver/guide at the airport for pre-briefing and transfer to Aishi Hotel for overnight stay. We will make arrangements for our dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Moshi and visit the War cemetery. Moshi War Cemetery contains 90 Commonwealth graves from the First World War and 84 graves from the Second World War. We drive on to Marangu, the starting point of most Kilimanjaro tours. Here we visit a Chagga Village and have a traditional lunch. After lunch, we drive to Mkomazi for our dinner and overnight stay at the Babu’s Camp.
We spend the entire day viewing game around the park. The Park covers an area of 3,700 sq. km and is protected on its northern border by Tsavo National Park in Kenya. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna with 78 species of mammals including elephant, kudu, hartebeest, giraffe and aardwolf. Endangered African wild dog and black rhino have been introduced to Mkomazi with the aid of the Wildlife Preservation Trust. There are approximately 450-recorded species of birds in Mkomazi, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise. All meals will today be served at Babu’s camp.
Today we leave Mkomazi and drive to Lushoto which was intended to become Tanzania’s capital by the German colonialists. We just arrive in time for lunch at Mullers Mountain Lodge in the West Usambara Mountains. We spend the exploring the trails around the Muller’s lodge. In the lush gardens we can study the various fruit trees. Many species were brought from Germany during the German colonial period. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Mullers Mountain Lodge.
After a delicious home-made breakfast, a professional local guide will take us on a full day walk through the Usambara area and its historical sites. Many of the buildings are made out of local bricks in European style evidence of the European influence in the early years of the 20th century. Large parts are still densely covered with tropical vegetation. The zigzag paths up the slopes offer breath-taking views. As we walk through villages and farming areas, interacting with people, we arrive at the women’s pottery group in the village of Sunga. Here we learn how to make local clay pots and the folklore of the traditional craft. After lunch in a local restaurant, we return for our dinner and overnight stay at Muller’s Mountain Lodge.
After breakfast we drive to Tanga with lunch on the way and visit the sacred Amboni caves. The Amboni Caves are one of the natural marvels of Tanga. It is believed that the natural underground caves were formed during the Jurassic age around 150 million years ago. There are 10 caves altogether; some of them flaunt fascinating chambers. Only one cave is allowed to be visited in the company of a tour guide. The caves have a great religious significance among the locals. We see local people praying and making offerings in the caves they deem as shrines. We will have our lunch in Tanga town while our dinner and overnight stay will be at the Tides Lodge in Pangani.
We have the day to relax and engage in leisure activities in Pangani. We can opt to visit the Pangani historical town or spend the whole day at the beach and the pool sunbathing and relaxing. “The Tides Beach” was ranked as one of the Top 6 Secret Beaches of the World by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Watersports such as scuba diving and snorkeling, kayaking and dhow and dinghy sailing are available. All meals will be served at lodge.
Today we drive to Saadani National park. We check in for lunch at Saadani Lodge and take an afternoon game drive in the unique sea bordering park which covers 1100 sqkm. The climate is coastal, hot and humid. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascinating setting. About 30 species of larger mammals such as waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, yellow baboon, hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and lion are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Besides many species of fish, Green turtles, Humpback whales (nyangumi) and dolphins (pomboo) are also seen in the ocean nearby. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Lodge.
After breakfast we drive to Bagamoyo the capital of German East Africa from 1887 to 1891. Strolling through Bagamoyo’s narrow, unpaved streets, or sitting at the port watching dhows (ancient Arabic sailing vessels) get loaded, takes you back to the mid-19th century. We check in for lunch at the Travellers Lodge situated in the gentle curve of a long white beach. In the afternoon we take a guided stroll through the town from where most of the European Explorers like Richard Burton, Stanley Morton and David Livingstone started their expeditions. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at the Travellers Lodge.
Today we can opt to spend the day at the beach with a variety of beach activities or visit more historical sites. All meals will be served at the Travelers Lodge.
After breakfast we take a 3 hours’ drive to Dar es Salam, the capital and commercial center of Tanzania. Depending on our international flight schedule we can opt for lunch before we transfer to the airport for our international flight or a flight to Zanzibar.