EASTERN CIRCUIT DESTINATIONS
DAR ES SALAAM
Dar es salaam is the largest city in Tanzania located in the eastern part of Tanzania. The word Dar es salaam comes from an Arabic language meaning “the house of peace”. The city is warm by nature at an average of about 28-30ºc throughout the year. Tourists can enjoy so many things in Dar es salaam as beautiful beach sand, sea, sun, the wood carvers market and village museum where one is able to see how different Tanzania traditional houses look like but also to know about Tanzania tribes and enjoy traditional dances. National museum is also another attraction found in Dar es salaam where some historical documents, facts and objects are kept for example skull and tools used by the oldest man ever existed in human history. There are several marine parks off the coast of Dar es salaam, such areas are Mbudya and Bongongoyo that are commonly known for diving and snorkelling. Moreover, sport fishing and chartered yacht cruises are available.
Bagamoyo is located 75km from Dar es salaam. It’s one of the coastal towns with great history, the town was found in the late of 18th century. It was the capital of the German East Africa and one of the most important ports in the coast of East Africa. Bagamoyo is interesting destination for the birdwatchers as it is nearby Ruvu River where is the home to the recently discovered endemic Ruvu Weaver. If one is there around sunrise the birding is excellent. Bagamoyo is also home to the oldest church in Tanzania and a crocodile farm. Activities available are of all sorts as; boats, diving, snorkelling, southern circuit driving safaris.
SAADAN NATIONAL PARK
Saadani is located 130km from Dar es Salaam, offering an irresistible combination of beach and wildlife viewing. From Zanzibar, it’s just 42km away. It has an area of 1062 km2 making it the 13th largest national park. It is rich in the Eastern coast cultural history, it was one of the trading areas and important port in East Africa at a time. Wildlife in Saadani includes four of the Big Five, namely East African lions, African bush elephants, buffaloes and African leopards. Masai giraffes, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, common waterbucks, blue wildebeests, bohor reedbucks, common and red duikers, Dik-Diks, yellow baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, black-and white Colobus monkeys, civets, mongooses, genet cats, porcupines, sable antelopes, warthogs, hippopotamus, crocodiles, Nile monitors are also found in the park. Saadani is good to visit from June to October.
Tanga is one of the largest cities in the country. The city of Tanga sits alongside the Indian Ocean with beautiful attractions, marine parks and Amboni caves, the most extensive limestone caves in East Africa. The caves were formed about 150 million years ago in the Jurassic age. Beautiful beaches and Magoroto Forest known as “the lonely planet”, Amani Nature Resort located in the East of Usambara Mountains, is a paradise of nature with unique flora and fauna. It has been termed as the “Last Paradise.”
Zanzibar termed as the paradise of Africa, Africa’s best island. Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast, and 6° south of the equator. Zanzibar Island occupies a total area of approximately 650 square miles. It is characterised by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. There are no large wild animals in Zanzibar, and forest areas such as Jozani are inhabited by monkeys, bush-pigs and small antelopes, mongoose, birdlife, and a large number of butterflies in rural areas. The coral reefs that surround the East Coast are rich in marine diversity, and make Zanzibar an ideal location for snorkelling and scuba diving. Zanzibar is also rich in Swahili Coastal Culture. The ‘mwako kogma’ festival is one of the most interesting festival in Zanzibar where people fight with banana leaves. Activities to do in Zanzibar include spice tour, dolphin tour, dhow tour, evening forodhani market tour and oldstone town tour.
The Mafia archipelago consists of one large island (394 km²) and several smaller ones. Mafia is located 120km from Dar es Salaam, it is one of the most exciting destination in the world. The major tourist activities are scuba diving, big game fishing, snorkelling, beach and offshore excursions; it is a paradise for fishermen, divers and water sport lovers. The water is very beautifully transparent with fantastic views of the unspoiled coral reef; the variety of the coral permits an unimaginable quantity of fish, with diving and snorkelling sites just a short boat ride away. Chole Bay is one of the fabulous place to visit in the island, it is perfect for windsurfing and laser sailing. Mafia island along with its smaller ones are now within the protected Mafia Island Marine Park. With its fine sandy beaches, swaying palms and lush vegetation, Mafia is the ideal spot to relax after a great African safari. Isolated islets and beaches, lagoons, coves and channels provide many private swimming and picnicking hideaways. Birdlife is excellent and very different to the mainland parks that guests may have visited. The tidal flats and mangroves are always alive with coastal and sea birds and there are many colourful woodland and forest species.