Zanzibar Attractions

 

Zanzibar is where the museums themselves are the exhibits, and the fishing boats sail right out of history books.

Location and size:
Lying some 39 degrees East of the Greenwich Meridian and 6 degrees south of the equator, Zanzibar is a small archipelago, consisting of Unguja ( Zanzibar Island), with a total of 2,332 square kilometres with  Pemba Island  and some  50 smaller surrounding islands and islets.

This collection rises out of the Indian Ocean , a mere stone's throw from the East African Coast. Although part of Tanzania, Zanzibar retains its individuality with pride and time honoured tradition .

The Zanzibar Archipelago has been inhabited for well over 200 years. Shiraz traders from Persia, made their way to East Africa and by the 10th century had established settlements at several places in the islands, including Pemba and Unguja.

Getting to Zanzibar:
The Zanzibar Islands are easy to reach as they are well served International Carriers ; including Kenya Airways; Gulf Air and Ethiopian Airlines. Other airlines like ; KLM, British Airways, Swiss Air and South African Airlines fly to Dar es salaam, where connections to Zanzibar are easily made by local airlines, air charters or by sea.

Climate :
A warm tropical climate, with an average temperature of 25 degrees centigrade and can go as high as 39 degrees centigrade. February is warmest and August the coolest. There are two rainfall seasons , the longest and heaviest occurring between March and June. The short rains in September to November.

Population :
About one million inhabitants.

Attractions:
Traditional music, dances, water sports, clear azure seas, sea food, marine life, modern discotheques in Stone town, ancient history, incredible coral reefs and rare terrestrial wildlife.
Visits to ancient ruins and buildings, trips to spice plantations and lazy days on the ocean , inviting beaches beaches bordering the Indian Ocean all add to the magic that is Zanzibar.

Zanzibar Excursions include:

Spice tours
Take the clients to the coconut,  spice plantations  and small holdings. The spices are used to for food flavouring and preparation, cosmetics, dyes and medicines

Dolphine Watching Tours
This takes place on the Southern tip of  the Island at Kizimkazi.

Beach activities
Horse riding, wind surfing and scuba diving to observe the spectacular coral formations and the great numbers of marine life they offer.

Cave Visits
Zanzibar was a major slave market in the 19th century and a visit in the slave caves at Mangapwani is enhancing.

Travel Tips:
All the visitors are required to have a valid passport and entry visas. The visas can be obtained from Tanzania Diplomatic Missions abroad, or for some Nationals , at the point of entry. Please check your status before departing you're your home country.

Health and Safety:
Visitors may require a valid International  Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate. Please check in your home country the precise position.
Malaria is common in Zanzibar and Malaria prevention drugs are recommended ( Please consult you physician at home for precise advice).  As a precautionary measure visitors are advised to apply insect repellants, wear long sleeved shirts and trousers in the evening and utilise the mosquito net over their beds.

Code of Conduct:
Majority of Zanzibar residents are muslims and this is reflected in their lifesyles and culture.

Visitors are advised that :
-       Swim suits, mini skirts and other revealing clothing  should be worn in hotels
        and beaches only
-       Alcohol drinking in public may offend residents
-       Nudity on the beaches  is not acceptable
-       Kissing in public is not customary in Zanzibar
-       Not to eat or drink in public during the
        month of Ramadhan
-       Non muslims are not usually permitted to enter
        Mosques and photographing of Mosque interior
        from the doorway is not allowed during prayers
-      Ask residents  for permission before photographing
       them. Military and other sensitive Government areas should not be photographed

Uganda Attractions

Why Uganda:

Uganda is stunningly beautiful; ‘ truly the Pearl of Africa’, and home of the original African Safari. Sitting astride a divide between the semi arid East African Savannah and the Rain Forest West African Jungle; the country provides, really the best of ‘two worlds’. It is a home for the majestic African wildlife as well as the a paradise for most of the world’s Primate species including the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas and the heart stopping wild Chimpanzees; reputedly,

Man’s closest relative. Egypt’s lifeline and the world’s longest river, The River Nile originates and bisects Uganda diagonally South to North providing numerous adventure opportunities, like White Water Rafting, Bugee Jumping, Adrenaline filled cruises as well as wildlife.

Uganda supports such a fertile River basin that is beautiful, has an authentic people culture including four fully establishes tribal Kingdoms dating back centuries. Uganda reputedly, has the world’s most hospitable people making it one of the most authentic African tourism destinations; a microcosm of the entire African continent in just but one country.

   Murchison Falls National Park:

The River Nile; the most mystical River dating back from the Pharaohs of Egypt is one of the most important river in the world. The river passes through the Murchison Falls National Park. On top of the Falls; the Nile River is one kilometer wide and squeezes to a 10 feet wide creft to fall over 100 metres to a thunderous frothing pool to create one of the most stunning sceneries on the planet. There is nowhere else where such exists.

To the North West of the Nile River, multitudes of elephants and antelopes abound. Inside the river, schools of hippo and innumerable Nile crocodiles,as well as many species of water birds, plus other endemics reside here. To the South of the River, evermore wildlife as well as primates including   habituated Chimpanzees are to be found. 

Kibale Forest National Park :

Kibale Forest National Park is a foremost tourism destination in Uganda. The Park hosts other attractions. However, the most intriguing one, is the tracking of habituated family of Chimpanzees, over 120 strong, reputedly man’s closest relatives.

Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will stay with them for one unforgettable hour as they go about their daily life – growling, grooming, barking, feeding, taking care of their young; agilely climbing up trees and dropping off like thuds before disappearing like they were spirits all over and around you – it is a bit scary we admit, but you have a ranger and they are habituated; however, it certainly is one unforgettable experience and the hour is always over too soon.              

  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park:

It is here that the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas are found. Gorilla tracking is very popular here and all attempt it are awed. The Batwa pygmy community are found here. You visit their cultural village to meet and interact with them. They are a forest people long displaced from the rain forest they shared with mountain gorillas - for a firsthand introduction to one of the most unique cultures worldwide; visit their homes, learn about their age old traditions, customs and cultures, enjoy and participate in their traditional music and dance, hike the forest with Batwa guides, hear their stories and ancient legends, how they lived and hunted, health and medicinal plants – how globalization is affecting their age old ways as well as the challenges and opportunities of new ways of life like education, and much more.

           Queen Elizabeth National Park:

This Park is situated in Western Uganda. It forms the natural boundary between The East African  savannah and the West African jungle. The Kazinga Channel is right inside the Park; it is a natural channel joining Lakes Edward and Lake George and is navigated with a Launch Cruise. It is a melting pot of eco-systems and species with a wide variety of bird species, multitudes of hippos cooling off on the shores, wallowing buffaloes, elephants. The launch cruise here definitely easily becomes one of the highlights of most Uganda holidays.The Park is also the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs, lions and others in their natural habitat.

             Lake Mburo National Park:

Lake Mburo is the only national park in Uganda where a safari on foot is allowed. With your guide’s  advice clients get as ‘safely’ close as possible to wildlife like giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes from a distance, elephants and many more. You also have the opportunity to learn about medicinal and other plants, earn about bird calls, learn how to identify some species by their footprints and dung, observe the small inhabitants; ants, beetles, butterflies and others; and exchange notes with your naturalist/guide      

Kidepo National Park:

The most off the beaten track tourist destination in Africa. It is situated on the North Eastern corner of Uganda. It is teeming with wildlife . It has plenty of outside the jeep activities like walking safaris and provides the opportunity to meet and mingle with the Karamojong tribes people.

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     Why Uganda:

    Uganda is stunningly beautiful; ‘ truly the Pearl of Africa’, and home of the original African Safari. Sitting astride a divide between the semi arid East African Savannah and the Rain Forest West African Jungle; the country provides, really the best of ‘two worlds’. It is a home for the majestic African wildlife as well as the a paradise for most of the world’s Primate species including the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas and the heart stopping wild Chimpanzees; reputedly,

    Man’s closest relative. Egypt’s lifeline and the world’s longest river, The River Nile originates and bisects Uganda diagonally South to North providing numerous adventure opportunities, like White Water Rafting, Bugee Jumping, Adrenaline filled cruises as well as wildlife.

    Uganda supports such a fertile River basin that is beautiful, has an authentic people culture including four fully establishes tribal Kingdoms dating back centuries. Uganda reputedly, has the world’s most hospitable people making it one of the most authentic African tourism destinations; a microcosm of the entire African continent in just but one country.

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    Why Uganda:

    Uganda is stunningly beautiful; ‘ truly the Pearl of Africa’, and home of the original African Safari. Sitting astride a divide between the semi arid East African Savannah and the Rain Forest West African Jungle; the country provides, really the best of ‘two worlds’. It is a home for the majestic African wildlife as well as the a paradise for most of the world’s Primate species including the rare but critically endangered Mountain Gorillas and the heart stopping wild Chimpanzees; reputedly,

    Man’s closest relative. Egypt’s lifeline and the world’s longest river, The River Nile originates and bisects Uganda diagonally South to North providing numerous adventure opportunities, like White Water Rafting, Bugee Jumping, Adrenaline filled cruises as well as wildlife.

    Uganda supports such a fertile River basin that is beautiful, has an authentic people culture including four fully establishes tribal Kingdoms dating back centuries. Uganda reputedly, has the world’s most hospitable people making it one of the most authentic African tourism destinations; a microcosm of the entire African continent in just but one country.

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