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Have you ever thought of meeting calm and inviting people in EastAfrica? Then Tanzania is the answer to your question. Come and meet the local people in Tanzania and spend an afternoon with them plus having a meal together, have a chance to attend a typical African church ceremony, or visit one of the projects in Tanzania.This East African country is one of the leading destination for both cultural Safaris and wildlife viewing.
Maranatha tours works together with some local community based tourism organizations in Tanzania and can help you have a wonderful tour around this ever green country in East Africa.This unique combination gives our customers an opportunity to visit local tribes like the Massai and the Hadzabe. Meet the local people and find out what makes Tanzania one of the most peaceful country in Africa.
Maranatha Tours is famed of promoting cultural tourism in East Africa, Tanzania inclusive. Apart from watching wildlife and having a tour around the magnificent sceneries of Tanzania, Maranatha Tours provides you with special services in cultural tours. Visit the Horizons of mountain Kilimanjaro slope in the villages of Mamba and Marangu, where there are both natural and cultural heritage to offer the visitor a unique change in life.Hiking safaris to Mt.Kilimanjaro is an adventurous experience that one can ever get. These Villages are organized and peaceful. At Mount Kilimanjaro one can see over eight waterfalls with unique floras-flowers and fruit nurseries.
Have a walk around the slopes of Mountain Kilimanjaro and spot the beautiful viewpoints tours through Mamba and Marangu villages. Also have a chance to visit the memorial of the late Johanna Lauwo who accompanied Dr.Hans Meyer a German popular man, on the first recorded climb of mountain Kilimanjaro in 1888(reading the original log book of Johanna).
Spare one or two days touring around the most beautiful parts of Tanzania like; Moonjo falls, Kinukamori falls and visit the straw roofed house known as the Chagga house. Birding is an assured deal in Mamba village plus the beautiful sceneries of waterfalls and fruit nurseries, not forgetting the historical sites including the Laka holes-large hiding caves. These caves were used as hiding places during the Chagga-Massai wars. Meet a local blacksmith who uses ethic methods to make spears and tools. Still in Tanzania you can take adventures around the revered Oldonyo Lengai base in rift valley and meet the Massai people who are deeply cultured in their traditional ways.
Reading and hearing about this country is not enough but making a Safari to Tanzania is the best idea.The climate is stable throughout the year and this gives a conducive environment for tourism in the country.
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Uganda is one of the few countries that are blessed with a wide collection of wild animals, bird species, mountains, forests, and primate species. The country has recorded a rapid growth of the tourism industry for the past years and this is because of its magnificent look of nature and calm people.
One of the greatest attractions in Uganda is the hard-to find mountain gorillas and the human-like Chimpanzees. These chimpanzees are found in specific areas of Uganda and they are grouped and habituated to human contact just like the gorillas. Though chimps have an unpredictable nature that makes them slightly less approachable, there is no doubt that spending a day with these human-like mammals is one of those unforgettable moments.
In Uganda Kibale Forest National Park offers the best environment for Chimpanzee tracking. Visitors at the park get a chance to get close to these mammals and even take photographs with them. Chimp tracking at Kibale Forest National Park takes 3 hours with a maximum of one hour specifically spent with the chimps.
A day spent tracking the chimps guarantees a visitor with more adventure and if lucky, a fight between a chimp and monkey can be witnessed. They crash through the undergrowth and swing across the tree tops making different sounds. It is advisable that you keep a distance from them because if irritated, they can attack a human being. This is the reason why it is recommended to switch off the flush of the camera while taking photographs with these enchanting animals.
Before going for Chimp tracking, you are briefed and grouped in small numbers since moving in large numbers scares the chimpanzees. Sometimes it becomes a hustle to see the Chimps and you need to get some tips before starting the trek. Chimps are fond of hiding in leaves and one needs to be vigilant enough in order to see them. This explains why on some occasions, the guide may tell you to keep quite while tracking.
Apart from Kibale Forest National Park, there are other places in Uganda where these mammals can be seen including; Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve and Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.Google+ Read more
Lake Nakuru National Park is Kenya’s most visited National park by birders and it covers the lake,the land strip around the northern, eastern and western shores, while as in the south it extends to Makali Falls. This park was gazetted in 1968 and since then, it has been acting as a bird sanctuary at Lake Nakuru’s south. Initially the park used to cover 10-50 km sq but it was later extended with the support of world wildlife Fund and the Kenyan government to 188km squared.
Today the park receives over 100000 visitors every year and 60% of these visitors come specifically to look at the beautiful flamingos that crowd the shores of Lake Nakuru. Flamingos are traditionally Lake Nakuru National Park’s main attraction and many entries of tourists at the park are recorded daily. The park has more than one million flamingos and as a result, the park acquired a title ‘”the greatest bird spectacle on earth”. These elegant flamingos fly over the park making it hard to see the sky. These flamingos are protected by the Kenyan government from the predators and the park is fenced with a 74km metal wire.
However, rhinos today compete with flamingos to attract tourists as they have tried to increase in population for the past five years. Nakuru National Park was declared a rhino actuary in 1987 when there were only two resident black rhinos. Later, two white rhinos were introduced in the park from Lewa Downs. As time went on, these rhinos accumulated and their population in the park has responded positively competing with the flamingos.
Apart from the flamingos and rhinos, there are other mammals in the park such as; lions, elephants, over 250 species of birds, antelopes, leopards, water bucks, impalas, and buffaloes, plain’s zebras, elands, warthogs, duikers, bushbucks, and reedbucks. A small herd of hippos inhabit the northeastern part of the lake and at night graze around. Other small herbivores include hares and rock hyrax.
Other primate attractions at the park are the vervet monkeys, baboons and black and white colobus. These mammals stare at the latter with your binoculars as you move through the green savannah grasses of the park.
There are magnificent hotels and lodges near the park that go for fair prices. The nearby Nakuru city offers several choices for accommodation. There are two lodges within the park limits that enable you chill while having a wonderful view of the park. These lodges are; Lake Nakuru Lodge and Sarova Lion Hill Lodge.
Naishi House is another elegant accommodation premise near the park. This is well known for its special activities like swimming, sunbathing,relaxation, camping and more others.
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Kalangala is an island found on East Africa’s largest lake called Lake Victoria and it takes a 3 hour sail across Lake Victoria to access the place. The journey to Kalangala is so interesting with a relaxing expedition. On your way to the island, a cool breeze will blow all the stress away and this is best experienced on the balconies, in case one is traveling by ferry.
It looks to be a hustle to get to the Island but once one is welcomed by the virgin rural look of this fishing village, he/she is convinced that the hustle was worth it. People at this island are peaceful and they mainly put up semi-permanent shelters. These features act as a welcome to this true African-styled village that is said to float on the lake.
There are no modern structures at the island. The only structures are the semi-permanent structures which act as people’s homes while others are restaurants, where local foods such as matooke,fish and tea are prepared. There are also some decent restaurants where people go for a more sophisticated meal.
Beauty at the Island
There are numerous attractions that the island has to offer and this is supplemented by a jungle with monkeys. The beauty, freshness and relaxation that the island offers have greatly led to the increased number of visitors to the Island. Some people today spend their honeymoon at the Island because of the originality of the beauty that is available.
The most beautiful island of all the Kalangala islands is Bukasa.This Island is more organized compared to other islands that are still traditionally fishing villages. But with the plan by the government to extend electricity to the place, it is expected to lead to a massive development of the whole Kalangala Island.
Visit Mirembe beach, a beach found in the quiet corners of Kalangala, with most of the modern facilities relaxation. There is hardly any pollution at the Island and the best place for relaxation is the Pearl Gardens Resort Beach. It has a well organized forest camping site as one of those things that one would like to have a glance at.
Kick the sand in the evening as you walk along the beach and late in the evening; converge at the campfire for a simple talk. From the gardens, you can tour different places on the island and enjoy some adventurous activities like spot fishing, sun bathing and many more.
There is no doubt that an extension of a safari to Uganda that includes a visit to Kalalangala Island,is one of those safaris that you will live to tell.Google+ Read more
Located just about 27km from Jinja town, Itanda Falls is one of the magnificent-breathtaking attractions that Uganda has to offer. It only takes 45 minute from Jinja town to reach at these wonderful falls found on the longest River (River Nile).Strategically located along the River Nile, the Falls are near other great views of hills ,green grasslands, water birds and many more eye-catching features.
Itanda falls has a thread-like line between 4 large holes namely; the Cuban, the badplace, the ashtray and the pencil sharpener. These trashy holes are large and lead to changes in the water levels. While at Itanda falls, a visitor can experience an adventurous boat cruising that is accompanied by great nature views.
Today, Itanda Falls is one of the leading attractions in the Eastern Uganda, and many tourists from different countries can’t leave the country without having a glance at them. A visitor is exposed to wonderful views while at Itanda Falls followed by different activities like; kayaking, swimming, white water rafting, and many other adventurous activities. These activities are organized on request and are guided by trained people.
This magnificent Falls (Itanda Falls) have 3 levels of rapids along with grade 6 to 4.This has offered a wonderful experience to rafters, kayakers and many other visitors. The biggest problem facing the place is poor marketing, in that many visitors don’t know about this wonderful site and if not told, one finds himself/herself leaving Jinja without having a glance at the Falls. However, there are new plans set up by the ministry of Tourism that will see this place marketed and improved on both local and international levels.
The major cause for Itanda Falls conservation is the under exploitation of the area. The place makes a visitor relaxed and experience the River Nile to its fullest hence making a Safari in Uganda more colorful and adventurous.Google+ Read more