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Under the sea!

The Indian Ocean is like a wonderful gift box. Can you figure out how many creatures live in the sea of Tanzania and Zanzibar? Many, colorful and extraordinary ones! The coral reef itself is alive, and home at the same time for species of fishes, shellfishes and marine predators.

Let’s have a look!

What’s your way to climb Kilimanjaro?

So… your next challenge has been chosen, and you’re ready for it: time to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro! It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and every detail is important for a successful adventure.

As first, the route you’re going to take. Kilimanjaro is wide; you can start climbing from different sides, planning more or less days to reach the summit, adapting the trekking to your real level of training.

It’s all about combining properly all these factors. The advice of an expert is important indeed. In the meantime, you can get a general idea reading our suggestions in this article.

Machame Route

The most popular way to Uhuru Peak. You can find a bit of everything along the way – it’s scenic and various, not the easiest but anyways good for acclimatization. You will need to do camping, as there is not accommodation in huts along this way. Ascent and descent are different, it means great vistas of Kilimanjaro. Additionally, Machame visits stunning places such as Shira Plateau, Barranco, and Lava Tower.
7 days advised

Marangu Route

The easiest and the cheapest, as well as the most suitable for regular tourists. Because the ascent is gradual, it is told to be feasible also for not trained people. There are comfortable sleeping huts along the way, so it’s not required to do camping. Scenically it is not the best route compared to all the others: it confines climbers to one area of the mountain, thus limiting the variety; aside ascent and descent follow the same way. However, Marangu has the best trail in the rainforest section of the trek.
6 days advised

Rongai Route

This is another easy way to get to the summit, but more quiet and less crowded than Marangu. It starts from the very Northern side of Kilimanjaro, nearby the border with Kenya. It is probably the only route where seeing wildlife in the first days is possible. Scenically it is beautiful because it travels through an unspoiled rainforest and remote wilderness area; but anyways not such various as as Machame, Lemosho and Shira.
7 days advised

Lemosho Route

The best of the best, if you are an experienced climber! This is the longest and most various route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, not easy but recommended for well trained and experienced climbers. It is also the most expensive, but for real passionates of trekking and climbing it is really worthing the price. Besides it’s very good for acclimatization, so the success rate is high despite the difficulty. At one point it combines with Machame Route, crossing the Shira Plateau and other spectacular viewpoints.
8 days advised

Shira Route

This route is more extreme and challenging about acclimatization. In fact the first part across the rainforest is done by car, and the trekking starts at a higher altitude. It’s less beaten until it combines with Machame route, it’s as well scenic and crosses amazing viewpoints. It’s one of the most expensive routes as well, although the success rate is lower. It’s not enough to be expert and well trained when you choose this way; this is for very motivated climbers, who are really looking for challenge and who are ready to a possible fail as well.
7 days advised

Umbwe Route

The most difficult way to get to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It’s steep and doesn’t offer much space for acclimatization, and because of this reason the success rate is quite low. This is the choice for extreme and very well trained climbers, whose goal is mainly the challenge. This is the reason why this is also the less used track of Kilimanjaro.
7 days advised

And now… are you ready to leave to a great adventure that you’ll never forget? Ask our experts, sending an email to info@savannahtz.com. We’ll be happy to assist you the best way possible!

On the footprints of the Great Migration

Serengeti Great Migration

Destination Serengeti! Depending on the season, you might see the Great Migration – one of the most incredible experiences you can try in Tanzania. Every year, the endless Serengeti National Park becomes the scenic frame where more than 2 millions wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate looking for greener pasture. If this sounds to you like a good plan, you can ask our safari experts about it; and have a look at our calendar.

From December to March

Big herds of herbivorous concentrate in Ndutu region and Ndutu Lake, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and continuation of Serengeti South. Ndutu Safari Lodge is a good option for accommodation.

From April to May

It’s rainy season, and despite the weather these months are a good option if you prefer to travel in low tourist season. The migration moves to Serengeti South, Western Corridor and Serengeti central. Many hotels are located here, like Sopa.

From July to October

The right place is Northern Serengeti, along Mara River. You can reach it from Arusha, the starting point of many safaris in the Northern Circuit. Because of the position, it is possible to combine the safari with a visit to Lake Victoria and Mwanza town.

From October to December

The herds of herbivorous enter in Masai Mara Park (Kenya) and then, from the end of October, they come back to Southern Serengeti and Ndutu area, where they can be seen from December.

Secret treasures of Pemba Island

Pemba Island

Off the beaten tracks, as first. Pemba, the green island, is the less touristic corner of the Archipelago of Zanzibar – mostly covered by rainforest and surrounded by lagoons, where the sea looks as an incredible emerald ocean.

The quiet population are mainly farmers and fishermen, proud of their land and their tradition; welcoming towards small scale tourism, much less towards the mass one. Long roads crossing endless forests, totally unspoilt beaches, just a few cars, small towns… this is what you are going to see in Pemba.

Environmental and cultural treasures are many, and still well hidden many times. Let’s try to discover them.

Looking for Pemba Flying Foxes…

These giant bats are the most famous endemic species. Several colonies are spread around the island, even nearby places where humans live. One is at the archaeological site Kidike, so a visit is worthing for more than a reason. Another very large one is in the town of Wete, nearby the port, where at sunset you can see hundreds flying foxes floating in the air.

Beaches & Forests

A nature walk in Ngezi Forest will surprise you in many ways. This is a majestic indigenous rainforest, full of birds and wildlife: over thousand-years trees all around, in a very special atmosphere that you can’t find in many other places in the world. After crossing the forest, take some time to walk along Vumawimbi beach, one of the favourite places where local people spend the week-end.

Diving and snorkeling at the coral reef

Many smaller islands surround Pemba, and many of them are in coral reef areas. One most famous is Misali, but there are many more unspoilt corners that are excellent locations to see the rich marine fauna of the Indian Ocean: it’s possible to see as many as 400 types of fish, and a huge array of pelagics. Colorful tropical fishes, extraordinary corals and other creatures are very near… even if you’re just a snorkeler for hobby.

The factory of essential oils

You will need a good guide in order of booking a visit to this special secret place! Here spices of the island are used to produce extraordinary oils… probably the best souvenir that you can bring back home, to remember the magic Pemba from its typical fragrance.