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When visiting Kilwa, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding town attractions and cultural activities after heading out on your Northern Tanzania safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro or Southern Tanzania parks such as Selous and Ruaha.


On your arrival in eastern Tanzania, we recommend spending 1 or 2 nights in the city or seaside suburbs of Dar es Salaam to unwind but also to give you an opportunity to experience the peaceful coastal haven of Tanzania which was unceremoniously inaugurated around early 1860’s. Today, Dar es Salaam is a bustling city, proud of its rich heritage and a vital center for commerce and administration. It is also the lifeline of Tanzania’s transportation network. The coastal metropolis of Dar es Salaam has three distinct beach areas. The first in the north (Kunduchi and Jangwani), the second in the south (Ras Kutani and Kigamboni) and the third is within the city limits of Oyster Bay (Coco)

Recommended Accommodation Options In Dar es Salaam

Hotel Tier 1 - Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

Part of the internationally acclaimed Hyatt chain of hotels, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro needs no introduction as a Tanzanian premier city accommodation after taking it over from the former brand owners of Kilimanjaro Kempinski Dar es Salaam Hotel. Located in the heart of the Dar es Salaam, this luxurious hotel offers you stunning views of the Indian Ocean and of the harbor thanks to its strategic ocean side setting. You can be assured of the unsurpassed services hand designed to make your Tanzania city vacation truly unforgettable.Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro

Hotel Tier 2 - Serena Dar es Salaam Hotel

“Peaceful Haven” is the relaxed translation of the words Dar es Salaam. Whatever your reason for visiting, if you are looking for a mid-range Dar es Salaam deluxe accommodation within close proximity to the city areas, you might want to cherry-pick the Serena Dar es Salaam Hotel. Surrounded by a lush tropical garden and a neighboring golf course, this stylish and comfortable hotel is located only 8 miles from Julius Nyerere International Airport, in the hub of the city. They offer rooms in different categories to suit the preferences of guests touring the city of Dar es Salaam with emphasized services for families traveling with children.

Hotel Tier 3 - Southern Sun Dar es Salaam

Laid out in a garden of rich greenery, the Southern Sun Dar Es Salaam offers you a tranquil oasis on the border of the city center close to the shores of the Indian Ocean. Step inside and you will be impressed by the eclectic décor that includes a colonial charm, tastefully interspersed with Swahili and African touches. An ideal priced accommodation, it has all the facilities you need to make your Dar es Salaam leisure tour truly memorable. At the Southern Sun Dar Es Salaam, you will be pleased by the attentive care the staff show you. The hotel offers rooming in three categories - standard, executive and suite. Southern Sun Dar es Salaam



Proceed to Tarangire National Park for the next 2 nights. The tributaries and swamps of the Tarangire River provide permanent water sources when surrounding shallow lakes dry up, thus attracting a migratory movement of up to 250,000 mammals during the dry season from June to October with a more varied mix of ungulates.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Tarangire

Safari Tier 1 - Tarangire Treetops

Tarangire Treetops is an adult dream and a childhood fantasy. As African safaris go, that is a pretty potent combination. Take the adult yearning for freedom, wilderness and untamed wildlife. Then graft it onto your inner child’s fairy tale tree house up in the air and far from every-day reality. There you have Treetops, stilted premier residences high amongst the branches of ancient baobab trees, overlooking the dense dry vegetation awash with fascinating wildlife to the farthest horizon.Tarangire Treetops

Safari Tier 2 - Kikoti Safari Camp

Kikoti Safari Camp offers a unique Tanzanian safari holiday experience to travelers who value the thrill of wilderness living, far from the usual tourist haunts, down a long, adventurous trail from Arusha, through lightly wooded savannah to the heart of a private game concession of thirty thousand acres owned by the Maasai people. There is so much to see and do on tour in Tarangire that you could spend a day exploring the Tarangire River, where hundreds of elephant dig for water. Kikoti Safari Camp

Safari Tier 3 - Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge

Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge is designed for safe and comfortable wilderness living. It is a perfect value African safari accommodation, on the Northern edge of Tarangire National Park, 75 miles from Arusha outskirts, with all necessary amenities for budget aware adventurers who appreciate under canvas authenticity and natural beauty. You can take walks, ride mountain bikes, or enjoy night game-viewing drives which are not permitted within the park itself. Herds of zebra and wildebeest can be daunting in proximity.Kirurumu Tarangire Lodge



Proceed to Ngorongoro for the next 2 nights with a combo-game drive at the spectacular Great Rift Valley lake - Manyara, and also on the Ngorongoro Crater floor. Home to the densest concentration of wild animals in Africa, Ngorongoro Crater is sited within 100 square miles of varied micro-climates, encompassing over 30,000 mammals, half of them rangy wildebeest and well-rounded zebra, together with their many predators, lordly lion, lithe cheetah, retiring leopard, opportunist jackal and skulking hyena, with a vast cast of smaller mammals and birds, form a compelling destination for a dream tour of Tanzania.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Ngorongoro Crater

Safari Tier 1 - The Manor At Ngorongoro

Set amidst tranquil gardens within a 1500 acre coffee farm in Southern Tanzania, the Manor at Ngorongoro combines bygone Colonial charm with East African hospitality at its best. For a truly luxurious taste of Cape Dutch style and modern Elewana comfort with all the drama of African adventure, the Manor at Ngorongoro safari cannot be beaten. Adjacent to the borders of Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, in verdant highlands, it makes a memorable home-base from which to explore the entire range of the volcanic uplands and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater itself, a collapsed volcano which contains the densest and most diverse wildlife to be found on a tour to Africa.The Manor at Ngorongoro

Safari Tier 2 - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge is a superbly camouflaged safari haven set high on the largest caldera in the world and cushioned in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania. It offers AfricanMecca guests a convenient base from which to explore the varied, self-contained biosphere of what is arguably the most densely populated wildlife conservancy in the world. The Ngorongoro Serena Lodge safari experience combines an unforgettable setting, massive, boulder-built walls and ponderously dramatic accommodation, with unbeatable year-round game-viewing opportunities in a veritable paradise for photographers, adventurers and enthusiastic bird-watchers alike. Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Safari Tier 3 - Ngorongoro Farm House

Ngorongoro Farm House is a hugely successful, popular African travel lodge set on a 500 acre coffee farm a few miles from the Lolduare Gate to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, with views of the massive Oldeano Volcano towering to 9,000 feet on the edge of the Great African Rift Valley. Like its smaller sister, Tloma Lodge, a short distance away, it offers comfortable Tanganyika Wilderness accommodations set amidst beautiful and productive gardens, with decor reminiscent of the Colonial era.Ngorongoro Farm House



You will proceed to the Seronera Valley in Central Serengeti for the next two nights, a year-round game-viewing mecca with impressive populations of herbivores and predators which remain even after the spectacular hordes of rutting wildebeest and zebra have gone. Across the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park range a fantastic cast of wild creatures including impressive numbers of hoofed herbivores, predators and avi-fauna. Amongst them, the principal actors are the blue wildebeest (gnu) and the stalking predators, determining the nature of the ecosystem by their spectacular annual Great Migration, The Greatest Show Of The Natural World.

Recommended Accommodation Options In Serengeti Central

Safari Tier 1 - Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Serengeti Pioneer Camp is an addition to a collection of Elewana lodges, camps and hotels located in East Africa. This camp specifically is located within the Moru Kopjes area in the southern end of the central sector of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Situated close to the breeding plains of the wildebeest, near the start of their dramatic yearly mass migration, it is ideally placed to observe this world famous event. Over a million wildebeest set off every year on a year round trip following the rains for succulent grazing attended by several hundreds of thousands of gazelle, zebra and other hooved animals, together with thousands more predators who feed off the young, the stragglers and the weak.Serengeti Pioneer Camp

Safari Tier 2 - Soroi Serengeti Lodge

Soroi Serengeti Lodge is located in the western side of central sector of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is a superbly built luxury Mbali Mbali safari accommodation, a must stop for discerning adventurers who travel in Africa. Set high on a majestic granite rocky outcrop overlooking the Musabi plains panorama and shading distant and nearby hills; it is cushioned by the breath-taking views over the Serengeti plains and its fantastic wildlife, the Soroi is a safari accommodation and location to be prized for its own sake on your AfricanMecca vacation in Tanzania. Soroi Serengeti Lodge

Safari Tier 3 - Kati Kati Camp

You have not experienced the true nature of safaris in Africa until you have tried an authentic bush tented camp such as the Kati Kati Camp overlooking the vast rolling grass plains in Central Serengeti. The camp provides an ecologically responsible way to get back to your roots during your tour in Tanzania with AfricanMecca. Ecologically sound, because the management takes care in minimizing footprint to the ecology from their activities by re-sitting the tents periodically to provide former sites to naturally renew..Kati Kati Camp



After your stay in Central Serengeti, you will proceed for 3 nights to the polar direction of where the migrating wildebeests are located, moving from or towards the area (view Serengeti wildebeest migration map), and choosing a strategic Serengeti accommodation to maximize on your migration tracking activities, predator-prey interactions and other diverse terrestrial, aquatic and avian fauna viewing opportunities. The Great Migration of the wildebeest in the Serengeti is the largest single movement of wild animals in the world, deservedly listed as one of the “Natural Wonders Of The World”, and a superb reason for a dream tour of Tanzania with AfricanMecca.

Recommended Migration Tracking Accommodation Options In Serengeti

Southern Serengeti Camps And Lodges

On a Serengeti South Safari with AfricanMecca, from December to March, you can follow the wildebeest in at Kusini, in the Serengeti National Park, at Ndutu in the similar Serengeti ecology of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and at the bordering Maswe Game Reserve. On the rich grasslands from Ndutu to Kusini, the gnu produce 8,000 calves a day for three weeks. Predatory lion, leopard, cheetah, jackals and hyena eat their fill, but the majority survive. Nearby lakes attract colorful flamingos. Acacia woodlands provide homes for hundreds of birds, monkeys and small mammals. Grassland erupts with wildflowers and fascinating insect life.

Northern Serengeti Camps And Lodges

From July to September, the Mara River in Northern Serengeti affords the most dramatic river crossings. Fierce and deep, cliff-sided and rain-swollen, the river takes an enormous toll of the exhausted and terrified wildebeests that surge through its torrential flow, drowning helplessly, foundering in narrow defiles, floundering in mud, falling victim to prehistoric crocodiles, staggering, exhausted to dry land and often, in confusion, returning to the scene of their ordeal. On a Serengeti North Mara River Safari with AfricanMecca, this raw, moving farce-cum-tragedy cannot fail to rivet itself in memory as the gnu clowns of Africa, these ungainly animals, demonstrate their strength and courage, each an expendable unit of a single wildebeest herd-entity determined to survive.

Western Serengeti Camps And Lodges

From April to June, a vast army of wildebeest and zebra head out from Central South Serengeti towards the Western Corridor, with an intent to cross over the less treacherous Grumeti River. Harassed behind by lion, cheetah and hyenas and ahead by giant Nile crocodiles, many hundreds perish as they hazard the river crossing. But the beauty of the landscape, stretching without end beneath an infinite sky on a Serengeti West Safari with AfricanMecca, changes something within the watcher, who becomes more aware of the place of humankind within the drama of the animal world. There is a sizable resident wildebeest population which does not migrate but remains here year-round. When the seasonal Mbalageti River runs dry, the Grumeti River retains pools which attract thousands of mammals. Buffalo and hippopotamus rarely stray far from water.

Eastern Serengeti Camps And Lodges

Enjoy a Serengeti East Safari with AfricanMecca during October and November when the mega herds from Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya return to the rich plains of the Serengeti National Park, east of the Grumeti River, passing through Lobo and Western Loliondo and under the majestic Gol Mountains, at the northern edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here, you will find higher concentrations of cheetah in the Serengeti, preying on thousands of indigenous gazelle. The mountains shelter colonies of Rupels Griffon Vultures. Wildebeest cover the valleys on their way north in the long rains in March to May, and some pour through the scenic bottleneck of the Angata Kiti pastures during the shorter rains on their way back south. But with or without the migratory millions, this area is breath-taking for its immensity and feeling of freedom. These lands, the way Africa used to be, are home to the nomadic Maasai people, a fitting destination for an African cultural safari.



After your Northern Tanzania safari, we recommend a combination off-beat extension to either Southern or Western Tanzania wildernesses depending on your safari activity and wildlife preferences. Thereafter, harmoniously conclude with a beach rest and relaxation visit to the Eastern coast of Tanzania with varied seashore, marine, cultural and historic experiences available at Kilwa - Fanjove Island or alternatively including the spice island of Zanzibar, the secluded Ras Kutani beach, idyllic private islands of Mnemba, Bagamoyo or Chumbe. The options are endless!


Fanjove Island - Kilwa

As you step off the boat on your Fanjove Lodge beach trip, you will have the impression of leaving civilization behind you and entering into a world of sheer tranquility and beauty, the kind that you can only dream about. It will seem to you that you are the lone inhabitants of an island that has never before been visited by humans. The sand beneath your feet is an immaculate white in striking contrast to the turquoise of the ocean waters. The only sounds that greet you are that of the waves softly stroking the sand and the ocean breeze rustling through the palm trees of the island. Thanks to the coral reefs, the strong currents of the Indian Ocean are tamed to a gentle flow by the time they reach the island making it the ideal place for swimming and exploring the underwater mysteries of this fragile world. Every time the tide ebbs and flows, it changes the sand formations, so the island presents itself like a new entity again and again. And each new entity will enthrall you completely. Combined with the shifting sands is the cliff created out of coral that offers you yet another contrast to the perfection of the sands. Fanjove is located near Kilwa, a coastal region on the Indian Ocean in the southeastern coast of Tanzania. Kilwa was once a prominent trading hub on Africa’s east coast. It was first established as a port of the Swahili civilization at the start of the 9th century and later served as a busy and very wealthy commercial center.


Selous Game Reserve

Selous Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania has 55,000 square kilometers (over 21000 square miles) of pristine wilderness designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. It is the stately Rufiji River with its navigable network of stunning oxbow lakes and tributaries forming an inland delta that makes Selous so unique from all the other parks in Tanzania. You can boat, walk and game drive here! Apart from its massive herds of tens of thousands of elephants and Cape buffalo, the reserve boasts a varied population of large mammals including huge pods of hippos and prides of lions as well as packs of African wild dogs and families of black rhinoceros, both fast disappearing in other parts of Africa.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha is one of the most awe-inspiring African safari destinations. Its unspoiled character results from its inaccessibility which contributes to the tremendous range of wildlife to be found on tour in wild Ruaha, not in vast herds of single species, but in diverse and wide-spread fauna communities. In its unadulterated ecology, lions snooze on the sandy Mwagusi River bed and rangy cheetah mothers can be spotted with their hungry cubs around rocky kopjes on dry grassland as they wait to ambush a careless antelope. The park boasts of over of 20,000 elephants in dissected herds, and also buffalo, hundreds of crocodiles and hippopotamus, 38 kinds of fish in the Great Ruaha River, and one of the largest bird checklist ever to delight a twitcher’s heart, with over 570 species recorded.


Katavi National Park

Only a few hundred privileged African safari enthusiasts can visit Katavi National Park each year. Arguably the most remote and unspoiled wildlife haven in Tanzania, at 4471 square kilometers (1727 square miles) in extent, this is the third largest wilderness area dedicated to the conservation of spectacular concentrations of indigenous mammals, including thousands of Cape buffalo, various antelopes, zebras, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and jackals. The endangered African wild dogs are also found here as well as many smaller felines, including the golden and wild cats, servals, caracals and civets.

Mahale Mountains National Park Or Gombe Stream National Park

There are four sub-species of chimpanzees in Africa, all threatened by loss of their tropical forest habitats. One sub-species is found on the banks of the stunningly beautiful Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania. The most popular primate safaris are in Gombe and Mahale, sites of intensive studies of chimpanzees, mankind’s closest living genetic kin with more than 95% of DNA in common. Dr. Jane Goodall studied one group of over 60 chimpanzees, the Kasakela community, which you may see on a chimpanzee safari to Gombe Stream National Park, where she has set up a research center. Down in Mahale Mountains, the park is justly famous by Japanese researchers headed by the late Dr. Toshisada Nishida since the 1960s, where for over 800 wild chimpanzees roam, more than any other African park.


Tanzania’s Eastern coastline and surrounding islands have come a long way from its tempestuous history of imperialists from many nations vying for control of this priceless gem on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Today, its peaceful and tranquil environment offers you a dream beach vacation where turtles are nesting, completely oblivious to humans, cream beautiful deserted sands and waves caressing them under the warmth of the tropical sun. The only sounds that greet you are that of the waves softly stroking the sand and the sea breeze rustling through the Indian Ocean palm trees on your secluded beach. Complement your beach holiday with Swahili cultural and historic experiences in Zanzibar, Bagamoyo and Kilwa.


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You can use beachfront accommodations in Kilwa as your base for ruins exploring. Choose from hotels located on Jimbiza, Masoko Bay and other seaside areas. Fanjove offers a private island experience.

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Kilwa's significance as a port town is very much evident when you tour the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites with AfricanMecca i.e. the Ruins of Kisiwani being the larger one and the Ruins of Songo Mnara.

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Kilwa has excellent tropical weather for you if you prefer a sunlit holiday in Tanzania during the months from June to October. It is warm and dry with a cool breeze; though humidity levels are high.


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