A time to explore, a time to give
A very special safari to the extraordinary mountain and coastal region of Tanga – a time to explore, a time to give –
Date: a mutual agreement
In the past ten years Mark Walker has been to Tanzania on a regular basis. Instead of touring from highlight to highlight he travelled in a simple and pure way. He used local transport and buses, slept in nice local guesthouses, walked through small and big towns, got connected with local people, fell in love with beautiful places and beaches and kept coming back for more.
Mark likes to share his love for Tanzania and its people with you. With great pleasure he invites you to join him on a very special Safari.
A Swahili Sojourn
Swahili: a member of people of Zanzibar and nearby coastal regions, descendants of the original speakers of Swahili.
Sojourn: A stay, a stop, a visit or vacation
This safari shall be very enjoyable. You will be visiting Usambara Mountains, Coastal Towns, Village communities, Youth groups and of course a National Park to meet a lot of wild animals.
Because of some excursions during this safari we would be very grateful if you can bring some essential equipment with you like books, pencils, a ball or notebooks. It is not allways necessary to buy these things. Just see what you have and do not use yourself.
Are you a Writer, Musician or Photographer?
You are very welcome to participate and give “back” to Tanga.
Come and join this amazing group.
We will meet you at the airport and take you to Kijiji Resort for a good rest, swim and relaxing time. You will stay there for two nights. Bungalow with garden view.
Today you will be taken on a guided half tour in the old town of Dar Es Salaam. You can enjoy the streetlife, historical places and stories, shops, markets and restaurants.
In the morning we will depart with jeeps to Lushoto in Usambara Mountains. Usambara is one of our favourite places in Tanzania. Nature is beautiful and the views are wonderful. There is a big chance you will see a breathtaking sunset.
You will spend two nights at The Lawns hotel based on double rooms.
Today we shall drop you off at a certain place in the Usambara mountains. From there you will walk and be guided to Mambo Viewpoint. From there you will enjoy a great view over the planes. On top you have a very good chance to enjoy a spectacular sunset. Afterwards we will escort you back to Lushoto.
We leave the mountains behind us and make a ride to Tanga. Tanga is a lovely coastal town. Life is taken as a leisurely pace. To walk the streets is a very joyful multicultural experience. Many people are spending the afternoon and evening outside. They have social meetings with each other, play games, join the group for singng like in a parade. Tanga is very much alive. You will spend two nights at the Panori Hotel in Tanga.
Before arriving in Tanga we will visit Ngomeni-Mnyusi Village project. This is a popular non-profit organisation.
Visit to Ngomeni -Mnyusi Village project which means: “Bring HOPE to the village”
This village was established before independence of Tanzania. It is a remote village located in the Eastern Usambara Mountains and 295 km from Dar es Salaam.
The nearest primary and nursery schools are 6km from the village. The nearest health clinic is 12.5km. There is lack of accessible education, health care and agricultural resources keep a village in a state of hardship and poverty. Most people of Ngomeni village speak Swahili, though traditional tribal languages can be heard such as Zigua, Sambaa, Bondei and Makonde.
WHY NGOMENI VILLAGE?
“My goal for this giving back project is to promote cultural tourism in Ngomeni village and to use the funds raised to help create sustainable and accessible health care, education and agriculture, thereby helping the villagers improve their quality of life. I feel the project will help create more friendship between the tourists and the local people in the village”.
HOW CAN YOU HELP NGOMENI?
All the money from your village tour will end up supporting project’s goals. Anyone willing to support the kids can keep in touch through email;
Close to Tanga you can find the Amboni caves. The Amboni Caves are the most extensive limestone caves in East Africa. The caves were formed about 150 million years ago during the Jurassic age. It covers an area of 234 km². According to researchers the area was under water some 20 million years ago. There are altogether ten caves but only one is used for guided tours. We will visit these caves and we will also enjoy a cultural tour through Tanga today.
You will spend two nights at Panori Hotel in Tanga Town.
Price based on a double room
After breakfast you will depart Tanga for a short drive to Peponi. In the afternoon you will visit a Sisal plantation.
You will spend two nights at Peponi Beach Resort.
Silver Tour: two nights camping plus breakfast
Gold Tour: Standard Banda plus breakfast and dinner.