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    Treasures of Tanzania

    Treasures of Tanzania

    A stay in Tanzania usually rhymes with Serengeti, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. This great country of East Africa offers yet other wonders, as exciting and much less visited. Selection of six destinations that come out of tourist flyers, for curious and independent travelers. 

    Kilwa Archipelago: History and fine sand

    A short distance from the coast, these islands tell the past richness of the Swahili coast. Between the 12th and 15th centuries, they were at the center of the shipping routes linking Africa, the Middle East and India. The gold, ivory and slave trade prospered two lavish cities with nearly 10,000 inhabitants. Today, the islands are populated only by small fishing villages, and the remains of palaces, mosques and fortresses are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. A bucolic and historical landscape, dotted with baobabs, crossed by many more goats than visitors.

    Usambara Mountains: Tanzanian Switzerland

    In the north-east of the country, the Usambara mountains are a playground ideal for hiking while discovering villages and local culture. For a few hours or several days, the trails take you from hills to valleys, in the heart of villages often enlivened by colorful markets, and offer breathtaking views. To regain strength, we delect gourmet meals concocted with organic ingredients from the corner, with the bonus of excellent cheeses.

    Mount Meru: Accessible High Mountain

    No, it's not Kilimanjaro, and that makes all the difference! The second summit of Tanzania does not attract the crowds and does not require exorbitant tariffs to reach its 4566 m of altitude. Many other attractions make it even more attractive: the approach walk through the Arusha National Park, where buffaloes, zebras and giraffes are not uncommon; the 3000 m difference in altitude ensures a beautiful sporting challenge (to be completed in three or four days); and from above, the sunrise over Kilimanjaro is beautiful.

    Chole Island: Away from it all

    Nestled on the outskirts of the island of Mafia, the small island of Chole has only one motorized vehicle: the side-car ambulance of the clinic! The walk on this piece of woodland is rather peaceful: a few hammers on the side of the shipyard making traditional dhows, brushstrokes in the studio of the painter Tinga Tinga ... The island is located in the heart the Mafia Marine Park; Diving and observing the underwater wonders (including the whale shark) are a healthy part of the day. And nights are comfortable in the cottages nestled in the baobabs of the Chole Mjini Lodge, which proves that luxury and responsible tourism make a beautiful wedding.

    Village of Mulala: Savor the local culture

    In the foothills of Mount Meru, Mama Anna and her group of women from the village of Mulala warmly invite travelers to share their daily lives. Harvest coffee, traditional dances, courses and tasting of local cuisine (including homemade cheese), hiking through mountains and plantations are on the program. To prolong the pleasure, one can even stay on the spot. A great way to interact with one of the 120 ethnic groups that populate Tanzania. While contributing to the community, a portion of the profits from this tourism initiative is funding a nearby school.

    Mkomazi National Park: Safari at a bargain price

    In the north of the country, this national park is a well-kept secret. Giraffes, zebras, elephants, ostriches, some 400 species of birds and rare lions roam freely in this vast plain surrounded by majestic mountains. Unlike the country's best-known parks, this one is very little visited, easily accessible even without an off-road car, and offers activities, including walking safaris, which will satisfy all portfolios.

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