|Tour dates:||08 February – 18 February 2018|
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.
Our local partner and guide is Fransisca Said Masika with many years of experience in this region.
The package DOES NOT include international flights and VISA [prior application at local respective embassy is preferred but can be bought on arrival] but it does INCLUDE airport transfers and local transportation (4×4 & driver, mini-bus, and ferry-boat), 3* & 4* accommodation all the places of visit including the safari lodges with breakfast, and specific meals (wholesome and indigenous to the area, thus giving an authentic feel to the tour), entrance fees to sites of interest mentioned below, and local professional qualified and registered guides. Itineraries can be subject to small modifications depending on the size and composition of the group as well as local circumstances at the time of the trip. Each day there will be a brief for the day, spiritual reminders throughout the day with important historical facts and points by our guide and an evening summary.
Overland journeys may be tiring and sometimes uncomfortable due to changes in altitude, temperature and humidity, therefore a basic level of fitness is required to fully benefit from this trip.
As flights to and from Tanzania are not included in the package, you are advised to book flights according to the dates advertised.
Destination: Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
Arrival Date: Dates advertised [Please depart from your country origin on Wednesday 20th July 2016]
Time: Any time in the afternoon
Departure Location: Julius Nyerere International Airport [DAR]
Departure Date: Dates advertised
Time: Any time in very late afternoon or evening
Upon arrival to Tanzania our local operatives will take over all transportation within the country and Zanzibar, including to and from the airport.
Mixture of 3* and 4* star hotels / safari lodges in convenient locations will allow you to easily reach the most important attractions. Participants will typically spend 1-2 nights in each city or town.
Rooms: The standard is twin rooms (2 separate beds in a room) or 1 double bed for couples. Rooms include en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, in most hotels.