Touring Tanzania on foot can be extremely rewarding!

Touring Tanzania on foot

 “In a country crowned by the tallest free-standing volcano in the world and almost bisected by chains of ancient mountain ranges, hiking takes on a high profile.  Stunning scenery and rugged terrain combine with a fascinating cultural backdrop to create several challenging and adventurous routes.”

Touring Tanzania: The hustle and bustle of traveling can be exhausting at times. Whisking off from one place to another means that sometimes there is barely enough time to enjoy every experience to the full and that’s a downright shame! The whole point of traveling is to encounter new things and immerse yourself in different experiences. In doing so, you learn about the country’s unique culture and traditions, as well as visiting places completely unique to your own homeland.
Tanzania has so many exquisite things to offer and we believe that one of the best ways to explore some of this country’s highlights is on foot, so touring Tanzania can be extremely rewarding! Walking allows travelers the time to develop a deeper connection and understanding of their surroundings. It forces you to be completely involved and aware and travelers will often discover and learn about things that they never would have even noticed before.
Famous for being one of Tanzania’s premier wildlife destinations and home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongorio Conservation Area offers rugged and scenic guided walking opportunities. There are no set routes, which make for many possibilities, and guests are often treated to thrilling up-close wildlife encounters. Walking is less invasive than driving in game vehicles and therefore provides a more Eco-friendly and authentic safari experience.

Stone Town
Stone Town is the oldest part of Zanzibar and also the cultural heart of the city. As the world’s oldest functioning Swahili city, many of the landmarks in Stone Town have been restored to their former glory. Walking down the narrow streets of the city, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported back in time as you take in the grand old Arabian homes lining the winding alleys.

Lake Victoria
Bordered by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest freshwater lake and yet is one of the least visited regions of Tanzania. This remote and scenic area is a birdwatcher’s paradise and perfect for nature walks. There are also a few villages in the area which can be visited, including Musoma, Mwanza and Bukoba, which have a quiet waterside charm.

Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe Stream National Park is the smallest national park in Tanzania. The park is home to many species of primates and mammals but is most famous for its chimpanzee population. Guided walks take visitors into the forest to observe chimps in the wild – a true bucket list activity!
In other words, if you’re planning a trip to Tanzania, make sure to pack a comfy pair of walking shoes. You’ll be needing them a lot!

Climbing Kilimanjaro

At Africa Sasa we do much more than photographic safaris. We offer guided treks to Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here is an great movie made by the University of Houston that will show you all about this fantastic mountain that is literally the roof of Africa.

Mount Kilimanjaro (pronunciation: /ˌkɪlɪmənˈdʒɑːroʊ/), with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 m (16,000 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level. The first recorded ascent to the summit of the mountain was by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889. The mountain is part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. The mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers.
Kilimanjaro rises approximately 4,900 m (16,000 ft) from its southern base in the plains near the municipality of Moshi to its summit height of 5,895 metres (19,341 ft). Kilimanjaro is the highest volcano outside South America.

Kilimanjaro is a large stratovolcano and is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, the highest; Mawenzi at 5,149 metres (16,893 ft);[9] and Shira, the shortest at 4,005 metres (13,140 ft). Mawenzi and Shira are extinct, while Kibo is dormant and could erupt again.

Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim. The Tanzania National Parks Authority, a Tanzanian governmental agency, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization list the height of Uhuru Peak as 5,895 m (19,341 ft). That height is based on a British Ordnance Survey in 1952. Since then, the height has been measured as 5,892 metres (19,331 ft) in 1999, 5,891 metres (19,327 ft) in 2008, and 5,888 metres (19,318 ft) in 2014.

Tansy Aspinall and the mountain gorillas

At Africa Sasa we like to inform our clientelé about wildlife in East Africa. In this modern world, we tend to feel disconnected from the wildlife around us, but we are an integral part. It’s amazing to see how close we really are, and how these precious creatures are very much like us.

Tansy is the eldest daughter of maverick conservationist Damian Aspinall, and the gorilla she is cuddling is Djalta, one of the animals she played with as a child at Aspinall’s Howlett Wild Animal Park in Kent.

During their embrace they rub noses, share kisses and sniff each other in a deep animal ritual. The bond is clearly strong – and made even more remarkable by the fact that this was the first time they’d seen each other for 12 years, after Djalta was returned to the wild in 2002.

Here is the inspiring story of Tansy Aspinall’s reunion in Africa with her gorilla friends.

 

Amazing Elephants

At Africa Sasa we take wildlife and our natural resources in Africa seriously. The African elephant is endangered by poaching, and we support the AWF (African Wildlife Foundation) in that we give a percentage of all our safaris or treks to support this important organization.  As you can see here, elephants are incredibly intelligent, and incredible to see in the wild. When we take you on safari, we do not hunt them, except with a camera. You will find these wild creatures in many parts of Tanzania, and it’s our pleasure to get you up close and personal with the elephants.

Suda the Elephant Painter