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Tanzania, long time ago. Discover the archaeological sites and the best accommodation nearby

On the road, finally! While driving around the most famous locations of Tanzania and Zanzibar, just stop for a while and have a look at the archaeological treasures of this country.

And get a luxury accommodation nearby… why not? The experience will be unforgettable!

Olduvai & Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Olduvai & Serena

Located in the Great Rift Valley in Arusha Region, Olduvai is one of the most famous paleoanthropological sites in East Africa, where many important evidences in the understanding of early human evolution have been found by Mary and Louis Leakey.

Just 40 minutes driving from the stunning Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.

Laetoli & Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Laetoli & Crater Lodge

This location was excavated by archaeologist Mary Leakey in 1978 and others followed, finding in this area many tracks of the presence and remains of hominids.

Just 1 and a half hour driving from the unique Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Kaole & DoubleTree by Hilton Dar Es Salaam

Kaole & DoubleTree

Kaole is a small town, located three miles east of Bagamoyo, on the Indian Ocean coast. The Kaole Ruins, dating back to a period between the 13th century and the 16th century, are what remains of an ancient muslim Shirazi settlement.

Just 1 and a half hour driving from Dar Es Salaam, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

Kondoa Rock Art Sites & Asilia Oliver’s Camp Tarangire

Kondoa & Oliver

Nine kilometres off the main highway from Kondoa to Arusha, it is possible to visit a series of caves carved into the side of a hill. The caves contain paintings, some of which are believed by the Tanzania Antiquities Department to date back more than 1500 years.

Just 3 hours from Asilia Oliver’s Camp Tarangire.

Zanzibar Stone Town & Zanzibar Serena Inn

Stone Town & Serena

Plenty of marks from the past are still visible in Zanzibar Stone Town. More than ten ruins sites are actually open for visits, and it is possible to arrange day trips to discover these magical places.

Zanzibar Serena Inn is located right in the middle of Stone Town.

The secret language of Zanzibar’s doors

Zanzibar Door

Wonderfully carved doors hiding the traditional Zanzibari homeplaces, owned once upon a time by rich merchants and traders. Having a walk around Stone Town, you will see lot of these unique artifacts – a traditional crafting expression that nowadays is still a must in the archipelago.

Not everybody know, but the there is a meaning behind each centimeter of these complicated depictions. When building a new house, the first part was the door: not just for safety reasons, but also as a kind of “business card” of the inhabitants.

Stone Town was divided into ethnic and economic districts, often more specialised in a certain trade rather than others. At a good observer’s sight the difference is clear: not all doors look the same. Styles and symbols change depending on different cultural roots.

A few common figures are the key to “read” a Zanzibari door. Flowers indicate a high class family. Chains are the symbol of a slaves trader. Fishes and ropes represent a businessman dealing with fishing and vessels. Geometric shapes were for mathematicians and accountants. Beads mean jewellers. And so on…

Along bazaar streets, you’ll see mostly the Indian type: built for security purpose as first, these doors are less decorated, reinforced and studded with dhow nails. The second type are Arabic doors, richer in carving with visible symbols and Koranic scripts.

Next time you visit Stone Town, pay a little bit of attention. Every door locking a house will open instead a window on a story of times gone by.

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.