As one of the Swahili coastal nations, Tanzania enjoys a deserved reputation as one of the finest safari destinations in the world, from volcanic highlands and Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro to some of the largest Game Reserves including the largest single wildlife area in Africa such as the Serengeti National Park, to the tropical white sandy beaches crystal clear waters spices islands of Zanzibar. Home to countless peoples of many different origins, the influence varies from original Bantu settlers from south and west Africa to the Arabs from Shiraz in Persia and the Oman; from the Portuguese to the Germans and the British and Indians.
This tour combines the best of safari, trekking, cultural-history, and beach resort all in 11 days. Our adventure includes staying in an array places including hotels, mobile tent camps and safari lodges all with standard basic modern amenities and travelling on 4x4s, boats, and buses through various plains and landscape of this East African tropical country.
In the game parks, we will experience the companionships of elephants, rhinos, lions, cheetahs, hippopotamuses, giraffes, baboons, all kinds of birds and common prey such as zebras, impalas, antelopes and buffalo and more. Climb up at least 2000m of Mount Kilimanjaro and visit various local villages, tribes and communities including a Muslim girls school. Finally, we will explore the historical Stone Town in Zanzibar, taste the local herbs, spices and exotic fruits, and finally relax on the brilliant white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters facing the Indian Ocean, and maybe go sailing in a traditional dhow!
Islam, Muslims in Tanzania
Alhumdullilah, Islam and Muslim communities make up nearly third of the population, mainly in the coastal regions, which started around the 9th century as part of the Indian ocean trade archipelago network which reached as far Java in Indonesia. Zanzibar achieved the Kilwa Sultanate, and by that time, the famous Muslim traveller Ibn Battuta visited East Africa in 14th century, who reported that he felt at home because of Islam was the dominate cultural norm as Arabic was the language of literature and trade.
By the 16th century, the Portugese via Vasco Da Gama invaded and colonised the region but eventually ousted by the Sultan of Oman who ruled the region and furthered the dawah into East Africa with many chiefs converting to Islam, whilst negatively, also contributing to the ‘East African slave trade’.Eventually the mixing of the peoples and cultures along the East African coast, developed the Swahili language, mainly derived from Arabic. By the 19th century, colonisation continued through the Germans and British, til the independance movement where Muslims played roles that eventually created the modern nation state of Tanzania. Since then Muslims have played important roles in developing the nation, from the social-political-economic as well as the cultural imperative.
Places to visit include:
- Mount Kilimanjaro, Tarangire and Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Mudio Islamic School in Mudio village in Machame, sites and sounds of Dar e Salaam and the Spice Island of Zanzibar and more!
Optional (additional days and charge):
- Extra safari trails subject to time and availability
- Sailing in a traditional dhow
- Water sports
Our local partner and guide is Fransisca Said Masika with many years of experience in this region.