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16 Jan 2020

NAMIBIA, TANZANIA INK AGREEMENTS TARGETING TOURISM, ART, CULTURE AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Namibia and Tanzania agreed to revive the Tanzania-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation to boost trade and investments in the two countries, according to a report from NCA in Tanzania.

The revival of the joint commission for cooperation which had been dormant for the past 20 years was made at the end of the 2nd session of the Tanzania-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation in Tanzania’s commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

The two countries signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on tourism, art, and culture and youth development. Palamagamba Kabudi, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, said the revival of the commission for the joint cooperation marked a new chapter toward improving trade and investments between the two countries.

Kabudi said the activation of the commission will invigorate bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.“We should now do more to attract trade and investments between our countries,” said Kabudi, adding that there was huge potential in investments in pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, tourism, and mining.

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, said the revival of the commission will enable the two countries to work closely in addressing challenges hindering socio-economic development. “With the revival of the commission, Namibia and Tanzania will continue to grow from strength to strength,” she said.

 

13 Dec 2019

How People cerebrate Christmas in Tanzania?

In Tanzania, Christmas is cerebrated on 25th December each year. Often Christian starts cerebrating the Christmas on 24 December by attending a superb Overnight at churches as they believe that JESUS CHRIST was born around the midnight. Although several Tribes in Tanzania have their own way of cerebrating it but based on religion they have common way of cerebrating Christmas to all people from all tribes.

Always on Christmas different Families and friends or neighbors may invite each other to cerebrate at the chosen area or location where people may make a remarkable photos and have meals together especially Dinner also several Christmas Gifts are provided to each other as  congratulations for reborn with JESUS CHRIST.

The common Meal(s) enjoyed on Christmas are RICE VS MEAT or FISH and sometimes UGALI which is made of a mixture of maize meal and if they can afford it, CHICKEN OR FISH are served as well.

The people of Tanzania are so kind and welcoming when it comes to hospitality during and after Christmas (all the time). Therefore if you are interested to come cerebrate Christmas in Tanzania please we SHENGENA ADVENTURE CO. LTD are welcoming you so much. We always leave a remarkable memory of our services for our beloved guests. YOU COME AS A GUEST; YOU LEAVE AS A BEST FRIEND.

05 Dec 2019

Horrific video shows elephant being hacked to death by mob in Kenya.

Horrific video shows elephant being hacked to death by mob in Kenya

November 20, 2019 | 4:04pm

A still from the disturbing video of a wounded elephant being hacked to death

Residents of a small Kenyan village hacked an elephant to death with axes and machetes in a gruesome scene caught on video.

The devastating clip — that went viral on Twitter this week — shows a group of men taking turns slashing the blood-soaked elephant on its back and hind legs as it lies helplessly on the ground.

Shortly after, the elephant attempts to stand up while exposing a huge bloody gash on its back right foot before falling back to the ground. The cameraman then attempts to get closer to the elephant, but the tortured animal bats him away with its trunk.

A second video clip shows the elephant on its left side as the villagers hack at its face and trunk.

Though it’s unclear who recorded the footage, the Kenya Wildlife Service confirmed in a letter Tuesday that the brutal killing happened in the Ncoorolboro-Imenti forest in Meru on June 21 of last year.

Villagers weren’t after the elephant’s valuable ivory tusks, but were instead trying to “chase away” the elephant after it broke through an electric fence and “raided” their farm, the letter states.

One managed to escape their wrath and run to freedom. But the second elephant wasn’t so lucky and broke its legs after falling in a ditch created by a fallen tree.

Animal rescuers from KWS rushed to the scene after catching wind of the incident, but the 44-mile trek to the location allowed the killers to escape. All they found was the elephant’s carcass.

Authorities said they will now pursue charges against the elephant killers with the video as evidence.

But some have taken to Twitter to criticize the rescue group for not acting sooner.

“We will not rest until the people who killed the elephant are brought to book,” Says Benson Kibore “It is unacceptable!”

05 Dec 2019

Man Drowns to death Proposing To Girlfriend Underwater

A tourist named Steven Weber drowned to death over the weekend on 21st Sept 2019, when attempting to make a dramatic proposal to his lover, who was put up in the underwater hotel at Pemba Island.

The incident occurred in Konde area and the grieved bride, Kenesha Antoine stated that her partner died while trying to pull off an underwater proposal, a video going viral online shows Steven Weber swimming up to the window of an underwater resort, with a written proposal.

He dived onto the window of a partially submerged structure anchored to the seafloor that gives guests a look into the ocean. The late Weber is seen holding up a note to Kenesha Antoine, who was standing inside the room. It was a piece of paper asking her to marry him.

The note read: “I can’t hold my breath long enough to tell you everything I love about you. But everything I love about you I love more every day! Will you please be my wife? Marry me???”

Weber, wearing a snorkel and flippers, apparently only gave Antoine time to read the two-sided note before reaching into his pocket to pull out a proposal ring. He then swims out of the video frame as seawater sucked him down.

Antoine replied with a “Yes,” but it was too late. Her lover was already dead in the Indian Ocean waters.

“You never emerged from those depths, so you never got to hear my answer, “Yes! Yes! A million times, yes, I will marry you!!” Antoine wrote on her Face book page, aggrieving about what she described to be “the cruelest twist of fate imaginable.” She did not say how Weber died.

The Department of State of Louisiana admitted to the media that a US tourist died in Tanzania, but no other details were reported. Efforts to contact authorities in Pemba weren’t successful either.

04 Dec 2019

Mount Kilimanjaro climbing routes – which is the best route?

                                                                                                                                     

The six Mount Kilimanjaro climbing routes vary not only in length, cost and scenery; they also have different difficulty levels and different success rates. Selecting a Kilimanjaro climb route is one of the most important decisions you have to make. There is no single best Mt. Kilimanjaro climb route.

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Which route up Kilimanjaro is the best for you depends on several factors:

  • The time Available
  • The money Available (The Budget)
  • Previous experience
  • The fitness
  • The time of the year (Season)
  • Personal preferences

Let’s look at the individual Kilimanjaro climbing routes and who they are suitable for:

  • The Marangu Route: the only Kilimanjaro climb route that offers hut accommodation.
  • The Machame Route: the most popular climbing route up Kilimanjaro.
  • The Rongai Route: the easiest route on Kilimanjaro.
  • The Shira Route: this one catapults you to some serious altitude on the first day.
  • The Lemosho Route: hands down the most beautiful Kilimanjaro climb route, but expensive.
  • The Umbwe Route: the most difficult and demanding route on Kilimanjaro, and the most spectacular.

01: The Marangu Route

The Marangu Route is jokingly referred to as the “Tourist Route” or “Coca-Cola Route.”

It’s called “Tourist Route” for two reasons. One reason is simply its popularity: it makes this climb route somewhat touristy.

The Marangu route is also the only climbing route that uses the same path up and down, which contributes to it being the most crowded climb route on Kilimanjaro.

The Marangu route is a comfortable walking path with a very steady, gradual slope (at least until you reach the last camp). This gave the Marangu route a reputation as an “easy” climb route.

And that’s the other reason for the name “Tourist Route“: because it is supposed to be “easy”, the Marangu route is used by many shockingly unprepared “tourists”, rather than trekkers.

The name “Coca Cola Route” stems from the sleeping huts along the route. They sell the stuff (as well as bottled water and candy bars). The Marangu route is the only Kilimanjaro climbing route that offers hut accommodation. Camping is not allowed. A climb on the Marangu route is comparatively cheap. You need no camping equipment (no cost for extra porters to carry the equipment) and you can do the climb in five days/four nights. Also, many cut throat budget operators run treks on this route.

But make no mistake: the Marangu route is NOT easy and it is NOT for tourists! It is a serious climb with very low success rates. Only a quarter to a third of the climbers on this route reach the summit of Kilimanjaro.

What are the reason?

  • The “tourists” on this route are shockingly unprepared.
  • A five day climb does not allow for sufficient acclimatization, many climbers have to turn around because of altitude sickness. (You can add an optional acclimatization day.)
  • Budget operators have much lower client success rates. Equipment, food, experience level of guides, all that makes a big difference and all that costs money.
  • The last day before the summit attempt is a long one and covers 1000 m of altitude difference. There is not much time to recover or acclimatize before setting out again at midnight to climb another 1200 m. Not good.

Add to that the lack of scenic variety compared to the other routes, and you wonder why anyone would want to climb Kili on the Marangu route.

Well, even if not as scenic as other routes, it is still a spectacular experience with great views all along. There are two reasons why you may want to climb Kilimanjaro on the Marangu route:

  1. You absolutely cannot climb this route under no circumstances; imagine sleeping in a tent for five nights or more. (But don’t think those huts offer luxury accommodation or that there are any amenities. There aren’t. You get a mattress and pillow – no linen – on a bunk bed, and you get to eat in a crowded dining hall. No less and no more.)
  2. The other reason to select Marangu is if money is your main consideration, before everything else. I you don’t care about scenery, and you aren’t worried by big crowds, and are willing to accept a reduced chance of success, Marangu is the cheapest option you have. (But do yourself a favor and take that optional extra acclimatization day.)

02: The Machame Route

The Machame route is also called the “Whiskey Route“, a reference to the “Coca Cola Route” Marangu (see above). Machame is “tougher” than that.

Machame is indeed a more difficult climb in some respects, but it does have much higher success rates than Marangu, especially if you choose the seven day version. (According to estimates about 60% of the climbers on Machame make it to the summit, and over three quarters reach the crater rim.)

The seven day version gives you a very short day before your summit attempt, which leaves plenty of time to recover, acclimatize and get ready. The six day version has the same problem as the Marangu route in that respect. See above.

The Machame route is not technically difficult. It is more strenuous. The trail is often steeper and it involves many ups and downs, crossing a succession of valleys and ridges. But that’s why it is also one day longer than Marangu.

Still, for people who have never done any longer hikes in their life and are not well prepared it can be demanding and tiring.

There is also the Barranco Wall to cross, a very steep, one and a half hour climb that will require you to occasionally use your hands for balance. (It sounds and looks a lot more difficult than it actually is!)

Well, and you have to camp all the way. If you go with a budget operator that alone can be demanding, especially if the weather turns bad. As for scenery, the Machame route is absolutely spectacular: the Shira Plateau, the Lava Tower, the Barranco Wall…

You start from the west, circle Kibo on the southern side, and then descend on the Mweka route in the south east. The variety is hard to beat. Machame is considered the most scenic Kilimanjaro climbing route.

For that reason the Machame route has become the most popular climb route on Kilimanjaro. The advantage of that is that prices have dropped and you can find many budget operators on it. The disadvantage is that the Machame route is very crowded.

If you are confident in your ability to hike in difficult terrain for days in a row, if you like camping and nature, but money is very tight, and then Machame may be the Kilimanjaro climb route of choice for you. You will have to put up with the crowds.

 03: The Rongai Route

The six day version of the Rongai route (via Mawenzi Tarn) is the route of choice for those looking for an easy climb with excellent success rates, but away from the crowds, with great scenery and a wilderness feel to it. It is slightly more expensive. The Rongai route is the only climb route that approaches Kilimanjaro from the north. The descent is in the south-east via the Marangu route, so you get to see both sides of the mountain. The extra transport cost makes a Rongai route climb more expensive. It is also more expensive because there is less demand and fewer budget operators.

The Rongai route has a reputation of being less scenic, but even if there is not quite as much variety as on Machame, it is still a spectacular route, especially on the later days. The camp beneath Mawenzi Peak is one of the most scenic on the mountain.

Rongai is also one of the routes where seeing wildlife on Kilimanjaro is still possible. The Rongai climb has the same easy, gradual climb profile as the Marangu route. It rises very steadily; there aren’t any steep climbs involved, no major ups and downs.

However, the camps are staggered a lot better than on Marangu. On your last day before the summit attempt you only ascend a few hundred meters, and you have all afternoon to rest and acclimatize. With a good operator you have an 80 – 90% chance to make it to the crater rim, and 70 – 80% will make it to Uhuru Peak. (If you have some trekking experience your chances to make it to the summit could be as good as 90%. (The remaining 10% come down to weather, individual preparation, individual altitude tolerance and unforeseen mishaps.) The Rongai route has another important advantage: the northern side of Kilimanjaro is a lot drier than the other side. Your chances NOT to get soaked on the first days are excellent. Especially if you climb Kilimanjaro during one of the wetter periods of the year, using Rongai makes a lot of sense.

04: The Shira Route

The Shira route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and then joins the Machame route. Hence everything that has been said about the Machame climb route also applies to the Shira route. There are several variations to the Shira route. It can be done in six days but most operators also offer a longer version of it. (A really good operator will also time their departure and stagger their camps in a way that avoids the heaviest traffic on the Machame trail.)

That and the added transport cost can make Shira a more expensive option. The first day on the Shira route is different to other climb routes: It follows a four wheel drive route. So you either walk on the road for most of the day (not very attractive) or you opt to drive as far as possible. The latter not only means you skip the first stage of the climb, the rainforest zone. It also means that you catapult your body to a height of over 3500 m/11500 ft without time for proper acclimatization. If you live near sea level and you only flew into Tanzania the day before, this may hurt.

Overall, Shira has excellent success rates if the schedule involves a night at Karanga Valley (making for a short and easy day before the summit day). However, the good success rate is partly due to the operators on this route being higher level than on the more crowded routes. Like the Machame route, the Shira route is for people who are confident in their ability to hike in difficult terrain and camp out for extended periods. It has less traffic but it is a more expensive option. You should also be confident about the way you will react to the altitude on the first day.

05: The Lemosho Route

Like the Shira route, the Lemosho route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and then joins the Machame route. Hence everything that has been said about the Machame climb route also applies to the Lemosho route. The first two days on the Lemosho route take you through beautiful and very remote rainforest, with good chances of seeing wildlife. The start of the trail is also known as the Lemosho Glades.

Lemosho is usually a longer trek, seven or eight days, and there are many variations of it. Which one you take depends on the operator. (A really good operator will also time their departure and stagger their camps in a way that avoids the heaviest traffic on the Machame trail.). The length, the remoteness and the added transport cost make Lemosho a rather expensive option.

 However, the longer itinerary and the fact that there are no budget operators (you can’t do this route on a budget) lead to excellent success rates on this route and it has become quite a popular one. It is a route for people who are confident in their ability to hike in difficult terrain and camp out for extended periods, who want a superb wilderness experience and for whom cost is not the main consideration.

 

06: The Umbwe Route

The Umbwe route is not a technical route, but it is a very direct, very steep, very tough, and in parts very exposed route. The Umbwe route joins the Machame route near the Barranco Camp on the second night. On the other routes Barranco Camp is reached on the third or fourth night. Goes to show how much steeper Umbwe is…

Parts of the trail on the first day are so steep; they can only be negotiated because the tree roots provide something like steps. The tree roots also serve as handle bars to haul you up where needed. The second day is also steep and uphill all the way. The exposed ridge is not for people uncomfortable at heights… And have a guess why the “Rope Rock” (Jiwe Kamba) is called “Rope Rock”. This is the most difficult and demanding of all Kilimanjaro climb routes. Don’t even think about it unless you have experience climbing mountains. Having said that, it is a spectacular route!

27 Sep 2019

10 African Safaris Travel Tips to must-consider.

10 African Safari Travel Tips to Keep in Mind

As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe, than sorry.” for an awesome safaris with us there is no regret when you travel with Shengena Adventure. We have come up with Safari Tips that will help you plan a safari without any mishaps.

  1. Travel insurance

As soon as you confirm your travel plans, take out travel insurance. Select a policy that covers cancellation, medical illness, and emergency evacuation and associated hospital treatments. Be sure to take your travel insurance emergency phone numbers and your policy number/details with you.

2.  Personal safety

Your personal safety and security is mostly a matter of common sense. So take the same precautions while travelling in Africa on safari that you would in any major city at home:

  • Do not carry large sums of cash (see below for more information on Cash, Credit Cards & ATM’s).
  • Carry your cash (plus passport and other travel documents) in a money pouch hidden under your shirt.  Keep it out of sight or stowed in your camera bag or knapsack (which should remain in sight at all times).
  • Keep a close watch on your personal bags when walking in crowded areas (airports, markets, restaurants and on the street).
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Leave your passport, airline tickets and cash in a safe place (the hotel/lodge safe) when venturing out.
  • Keep tempting valuables (including phones, cameras, wallet pouches, handbags) out of sight. Lock them up in the room safe or hand them in to management.
  • If possible, leave your jewelry at home.

3.  Cash, Credit Cards & ATM’s

Carry a combination of cash (preferably US$ for most countries…and Rand for South Africa) and at least one credit card.

Traveler’s cheques (checks) are not widely accepted in African countries (i.e. Tanzania) anymore. The United States Dollar remains the most widely accepted, followed by the Euro and Sterling.

A very important Travel Tip relates to money.  Take at least US$150 to $250 per person/per week in cash from home. Visas secured on arrival must be paid in cash and in the exact amount.

Some countries do not accept US$ bills dated before the year 2000, due to suspicions of counterfeiting.

Be wary of street side money-changers!  If you do use one, be sure to count each note separately to satisfy yourself that the whole amount is there before handing across any of your own cash. Once counted, be sure not to let the pile out of your sight. It is an old trick to switch bundles and for you to later discover that the new bundle is mostly newspaper. If the money traders are legitimate, they will not be offended!

Credit & Debit cards

Most establishments accept international credit cards. Use them as a method of payment wherever possible. It makes sense to carry more than one brand of credit card as not all types are accepted by all outlets/hotels. On the downside, credit card companies do not offer the best exchange rates going around and will often add a foreign transaction fee for good measure!

Credit cards in Africa carry attract a surcharge – up to 5% in some cases, and possibly more!  Be sure to ask about any surcharges before you hand over your credit card.

Important Travel Tip: 

Most banks and credit card companies advocate that you advise them before you travel overseas. This is so that their credit card monitoring systems do not suspend your card when they detect any unusual purchases. Such purchases will trigger the suspension of your card and leave you with the embarrassing consequences.

Also, be cautious of providing your credit card details when travelling. And do not let your card out of your sight when paying your bill.

ATM machines

In Africa, ATM machines supply only local currency and you may need an international PIN code. Be sure to check with your bank/credit card facility at home about how this should work. Not all ATMs in Africa will accept every credit card type. VISA has the best coverage in Africa. Use an ATM at a bank, so if your card is retained for any reason, you can go in and get it back. Don’t rely on ATMs as your main source of cash while on safari!

 

  4.  Electric current

Electricity in Africa is all 220 -240V/50Hz AC, as is much of Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand and virtually all the Asian countries and India. Those of you from North America must bring an adapter for the proper plug configuration and a converter.

Plugs/Types:

C (European)  :  Two-prong round (unearthed)
D (Old British plug)  :  Three-prong round (small)
F (Schuko plug)  :  Two-prong round (with 2 x earth contacts)
G (UK plug)  :  Three-prong rectangular
M (South African plug)  :  Three-prong round (large)

Type M (standard in South Africa , Type D (standard in Namibia plug sockets and Type G (the UK standard) plug sockets are the dominant plug types in Africa. However, some countries do offer the Type C & F plug sockets (see Table below). A number of hotels have international wall sockets which will take an array of both two-prong and three-prong plugs. North America and Japan use Type A & B plugs, and Australia a Type I plug . All will require an adapter plug!

Country  :  Plug type

Botswana  :  D & G
Rwanda  :  C
Kenya  :  G
South Africa  :  D & M
Malawi  :  G
Swaziland  :  M
Mozambique  :  C, F, & M
Tanzania  :  D & G
Namibia  :  D & M
Zambia  :  C, D, & G
Uganda  :  G
Zimbabwe  :  D & G

Not all safari camps and lodges have electrical outlets in the tents/rooms but they always have a place where you can recharge your camera/video and phone/iPod batteries.

Some camps run their generator at certain times of the day – so be sure to check with the manager when you arrive.

A number of mobile safari operators have inverts in their vehicles, so you can charge your camera/video batteries on the move.

5.    Mobile (cell) phone & internet access

Generally speaking, communications in Africa are not what you are accustomed to at home but mobile (cell) phone coverage (and even Wi-Fi) is certainly  more widespread throughout Africa – although not in some of the more remote safari destinations (thankfully).

A Travel Tip before you leave home: check with your service provider that your phone is registered for international roaming (and check that the phone you have is compatible with the networks in Africa. Most operate on GSM digital networks, running at a frequency of 900 MHz (and some 3G networks too). If your phone is a dual or tri-band GSM phone it will work just fine.

More and more we are seeing Wi-Fi being offered at safari camps/lodges – some as an extension of that countries communications grid, and some connected via satellite. Check with your Africa Travel Specialist before you leave home about which camps/lodges have WiFi. Better to use WiFi than your mobile phone. Avoid exorbitant international roaming charges!

Please note: Not all conventional communication options (phone, fax, internet and email) are available at the more remote safari camps (and mobile camps particularly). Communications are sometimes only available via HF radio.

6.    Water

Drink bottled water. You are always safe drinking the bottled water that is readily available at all the camps and lodges. Carry a bottle of water with you at all times – including on transfers between camps. If you are at all apprehensive about the quality of water where you are staying, check with the staff. And if the water is not treated or bottled, then avoid ice in your drinks or cleaning your teeth with the tap water. Take water purification tablets for emergency use if you think bottled water will not be available.

The safari industry is making a concerted effort to reduce the use of plastic water bottles – try to work with them.

A number of safari operators are making sterilized water bottles (mostly stainless steel) available for you to fill with purified water at their camps and lodges. This is an initiative that you should adopt wherever possible as this will have a significant and positive environmental impact. By doing away with the factory-filled (sealed) plastic water bottles you will not only save fuel in transporting these bottles to remote regions (by their thousands) but also solve the problem of the enormous pollution to roadsides and towns that these plastic bottles foster.

Caution: Dehydration is a real danger on safari. Make sure to drink at regular intervals and have water at hand at all times.

7.    Dust

In the winter months (June to October), the game reserves can be extremely dusty. Contact lens wearers should bring eye drops and eyeglasses, to avoid eye irritation. Clean camera and video lenses regularly and store in a camera bag, while on safari.

8.    Tipping

Should we tip, and if so – how much?? This is a common dilemma for most visitors to any foreign country! In Africa, tipping is not expected but is customary. The traditional gratuity to safari guides or camp staff is not included in the price of your tour and is completely discretionary.

Bear in mind that what may seem like an inconsequential amount to you may be significant to local African staff and will certainly be received with a display of gratitude that is genuinely humbling.

Most safari lodges will have a ‘tip box’ at reception for the staff – this covers all the ‘unseen’ services you have enjoyed during your stay, including the housekeeper and kitchen staff.

Guidelines: Tip moderately and in accordance with the level and quality of service provided – and only if you are satisfied with that service. Tips can be paid in US dollars or local currency. Use the following guide:

Driver/guide – US$10 and upwards per day.
Private safari guide – US$25 and upwards per day;
Camp staff – US$10 to $20 per day, as a pooled tip to be shared among the housekeepers, waiters, bartender, etc.

If you spend a great deal of time with a single guide, consider increasing the above amounts in accordance with the enthusiasm and effort displayed (or your overall satisfaction level).

9.    Charity on safari

Many visitors to Africa feel a strong urge to help the less fortunate whom they encounter on safari, or when visiting a local village or school. It is best to seek an appropriate opportunity while you are traveling, rather than carry along gifts from home.  Many safari camps and lodges are actively involved in working with their local communities to sustain schools, clinics and other projects. Ask about this when you are there and visit the school, clinic or project if you can.  A donation to something you have seen on the ground will bring you more satisfaction (and directly help the neediest). Contribute in a way that helps a person (or community) help themselves, and enhance their way of life.

Resist the temptation to offer ‘hand outs’ to kids on the side of the road. This only encourages dependency on such generosity and teaches these children that begging brings reward. There is no dignity in begging and the harassment it fosters will not endear you to the next group of tourists either!

10.    General

Most African countries have stringent exchange control regulations and it is illegal to enter or leave the country with anything other than nominal amounts of local currency. To avoid problems, do not exchange too much money into local currency at any one time. There is normally no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that may be imported.

Are you ready for your safari adventure?

We hope these 10 Travel Tips have been helpful to you. For more information or to book, Contact Us. It is our pleasure to assist you with your safari plans.

27 Sep 2019

World Tourism Day Cerebration 27th September 2019.

                                  WORLD TOURISM DAY 27th  SEPTEMBER  2019

                                                        NEW DELHI, INDIA

World Tourism Day 2019 is being celebrated at Friday, on 27th of September.

Host Country of World Tourism Day 2019

Host Country of World Tourism Day 2019 today at 27th September 2019  is “India”. It is for the first time World Tourism Day is hosted by India with the theme ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’.

 NEW DELHI, INDIA:

World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 every year. This date was chosen as the Constitution of the World Tourism Organization was accepted on this day in 1970. On this global day, Indian leaders have urged the youth to explore India and its diverse cultural heritage. Chief Ministers of various states have also invited various people to visit their states. This year, the theme of World Tourism Day is “Tourism and jobs: a better future for all”. India is the hosting country for World Tourism Day 2019.

VENKAIAH NAIDU (Vice President India)

The Vice President of India, urged the youth to visit tourist destinations in the country on World Tourism Day. “On World Tourism Day 2019 I call upon the youth to visit tourist destinations in the country to understand the rich cultural heritage of India. Travelling teaches many things. It introduces us to the diverse cultures of the world,” the Vice President of India President tweeted.

“India has many scenic and pilgrimage destinations with relevance to Indian history, culture, mythology and heritage. I urge schools to organize students’ visits to monuments, historical places, and archaeological sites,” he added.

World Tourism Day 2019 Special

  • India has got the privilege of hosting World tourist day for the year 2019, which not only encourages tourism but also makes people familiar to the art, culture and history of the country.
  • The theme for 2019 is ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’, the whole world is facing the problem of unemployment and tourism is one of the best sources of employment, especially for youth and women. This will not only increase enthusiasm among the people but will also help in developing the nation economically.

There is a program organized by the Ministry of Tourism in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. Where the auditorium will witness the presence of various famous personalities and the India National Tourism Awards of the year 2019 will be distributed. They will discuss various topics like economic development, tourism, private and public tourism sector and how to develop human capital skills in tourism, etc to promote tourism.

Why World Tourism Day is Celebrated?

This day is celebrated every year having particular theme for making aware the people all over the world. The theme of 2011 event celebration was Tourism Linking Cultures and of 2012 was Tourism and Energetic Sustainability. May be the theme of year 2013 will be highlighting the tourism role to a brighter energy future. The day is celebrated every year on September 27th each year aiming to aware the people about the importance of the tourism.

A message is sent to the general public every year by the UNWTO Secretary-General to participate in the occasion. It is celebrated with the great interest by the various tourism enterprises, organizations, government agencies and etc. Varieties of competitions are held at this day such as photo competitions promoting the tourism, tourism award presentations including free entries, discounts/special offers to the general public.

Tourism has become the continuously growing and developing economic sectors worldwide because of the occurrence of various attractive and new destinations for the tourists. So it has become the main source of income ‎for the developing countries.

Explore the Themes of World Tourism Day since 1980

> The theme of 1980 was “Tourism’s contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage and to peace and mutual understanding”.

> The theme of 1981 was “Tourism and the quality of life”.

> The theme of 1982 was “Pride in travel: good guests and good hosts”.

> The theme of 1983 was “Travel and holidays are a right but also a responsibility for all”.

> The theme of 1984 was “Tourism for international understanding, peace and cooperation”.

> The theme of 1985 was “Youth Tourism: cultural and historical heritage for peace and friendship”.

> The theme of 1986 was “Tourism: a vital force for world peace”.

> The theme of 1987 was “Tourism for development”.

> The theme of 1988 was “Tourism: education for all”.

> The theme of 1989 was “The free movement of tourists creates one world”.

> The theme of 1990 was “Tourism: an unrecognized industry, a service to be released”.

> The theme of 1991 was “Communication, information and education: power lines of tourism development”.

> The theme of 1992 was “Tourism: a factor of growing social and economic solidarity and of encounter between people”.

> The theme of 1993 was “Tourism development and environmental protection: towards a lasting harmony”.

> The theme of 1994 was “Quality staff, quality tourism”.

> The theme of 1995 was “WTO: serving world tourism for twenty years”.

> The theme of 1996 was “Tourism: a factor of tolerance and peace”.

> The theme of 1997 was “Tourism: a leading activity of the twenty-first century for job creation and environmental protection”.

> The theme of 1998 was “Public-private sector partnership: the key to tourism development and promotion”.

> The theme of 1999 was “Tourism: preserving world heritage for the new millennium”.

> The theme of 2000 was “Technology and nature: two challenges for tourism at the dawn of the twenty-first century”.

> The theme of 2001 was “Tourism: a toll for peace and dialogue among civilizations”.

> The theme of 2002 was “Ecotourism, the key to sustainable development”.

> The theme of 2003 was “Tourism: a driving force for poverty alleviation, job creation and social harmony”.

> The theme of 2004 was “Sport and tourism: two living forces for mutual understanding, culture and the development of societies”.

> The theme of 2005 was “Travel and transport: from imaginary of Jules Verne to the reality of the 21st century”.

> The theme of 2006 was “Tourism Enriches”.

> The theme of 2007 was “Tourism opens doors for women”.

> The theme of 2008 was “Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change and global warming”.

> The theme of 2009 was “Tourism – Celebrating Diversity”.

> The theme of 2010 was “Tourism & Biodiversity”.

> The theme of 2011 was “Tourism Linking Cultures”.

> The theme of 2012 was “Tourism and Energetic Sustainability”.

> The theme of 2013 was “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future”.

> The theme of 2014 was “Tourism and Community Development”.

> The theme of 2015 was “Millions of tourists, millions of opportunities”.

> The theme of 2016 was “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”.

>The theme of 2017 was “Sustainable Tourism – a tool for development”.

>The theme of 2018 was “TOURISM AND CULTURAL PROTECTION”.

>The theme of 2019 is “Tourism and jobs: a better future for all”.

 

18 Sep 2019

Top Tanzania Safari National Parks you should visit.

Travel makes the world a better place to live, expand life testimony and also provides a wider room for more interaction with different people from countries in the world.

It’s almost always an impulse that when one thinks of going on a safari adventure, the top choices will always include Tanzania as if we’re all programmed to think of it. Well, it’s natural, really; and there is absolutely no surprise why. Aside from being a staple safari country, visiting the top safari parks in Tanzania is always a great adventure, whether you’re a safari neophyte or a wildlife enthusiast at that.

Therefore, if you’re looking into exploring the best of the best safaris, here is a list of the top Tanzania safari parks you shouldn’t miss.

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Wildebeest Migration http://shengena Adventure. 

Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and probably the most popular and most photographed wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania also is among the Seven Wonders of the World. It is easily an absolute favorite among all who come to visit for a safari due to its unrivaled adventure and mystery as well as the mind-blowing Great migration, where two million strong wildebeests along with hundreds and thousands of zebras and gazelles stampede across the Savannah in search for better grazing and water. But, to only recognize Serengeti National Park because of the Great Migration would be unjust. In fact, it is believed that even if you take the migration out of the park, it would still be the finest safari park in Africa. Serengeti National Park demonstrates an amazing mixture of ecosystems ranging from open grasslands, swamps, rocky terrains and gorgeous woodlands. It is also home to the highest concentration of large mammals in the world, including the famous Big Five; and the highest concentrations of predators in Africa, guaranteeing spectacular, adrenalin-filled predator against prey actions. Plus, its birdlife is so impressive; you wouldn’t want to put down your binoculars.

NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Ngorngoro Crater.

Often referred to as “The Wildlife Eden” Ngorongoro is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies in the northern circuit of Tanzania, continuous to the world-famous Serengeti.

It is best known for its resident Big Five and endangered black rhinos and also the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera, Ngorongoro Crater. While at Ngorongoro Crater you will have an opportunity to take a long breath to the beautiful Picnic site known as Ngoitoktok while enjoying wildlife accompanied by Lunchbox.

The Park is a paradise of woodlands and crater lakes that provide habitats for abundant wildlife. It raises high above the plains of the Serengeti with Lake Natron in its northeast, which is a breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingoes, Lake Eyasi in its south and Lake Manyara in its east.

KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

It’s hard to Miss Kilimanjaro National Park in postcards and cover photos of Africa since it is where you can find one of Africa’s most iconic features, Mount Kilimanjaro.

At 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. It has a year-round snow-capped peak that looms over the Savannah, almost calling out for visitors to explore its splendor. Surrounding the mountain is a lush forest that hosts a wealth of mammals including endangered species like Abbots duiker.

For adventurous and physically fit travelers, a trek to the “Roof of Africa” will be an amazing opportunity to tick that off the bucket list. Luckily, there are several routes winding around the mountain (some routes are even beginner-friendly!), allowing travelers to discover the beauty of Africa from 5,895 meters high.

 

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Tree Climbing Lion at Lake Manyara National Park http://Shengena Adventure

A popular stop on the way to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara is an absolute scenic gem with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. It stretches for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold vast high Rift Valley escarpment and offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

The park boasts of diverse wildlife including buffalos, giraffes, hippos, antelopes and one of the thickest baboon and elephant population in Africa but what Lake Manyara is very famous for are the thousands of flamingoes by its soda lake, huge elephant herds, and the tree-climbing lions.

SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Lions at Selous Game Reserve

Known as Africa’s largest natural reserve covering a vast wilderness area of over 50,000 km² plus the Rufiji River, Selous Game Reserve offers magnificent wildlife and highly untouched, less crowded scenery.

It is located in southern Tanzania and it is popular for its unique wildebeests and numerous endangered wild dogs. Selous Game Reserve is also home to the largest population of buffalos in the whole of Africa, hosting about 150,000 of them which is more than twice the entire buffalo population in all of Southern Africa.

 

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

A neighboring park to Lake Manyara, but often skipped by tourists because it is quite off-route to the string of northern circuit safari parks, Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest park in Tanzania. It boasts of a stunning forested landscape with baobab and acacia trees peppered around it and it is famous for its migrating herds of elephants that come around June to October, which is the perfect season to see a lot of elephant mud baths.

Speaking of the dry season, Tarangire National Park also has a lake that attracts about 250,000 mammals during this time. The Big 5, sans the rhino, can also be easily spotted around the park as well as impalas, wildebeest, and zebras. When it comes to birding, Tarangire will not disappoint. It holds one of the highest numbers of birds in Tanzania, making it a paradise for twitches, photograph lovers and first-timers alike.

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Located in the southern circuit, Ruaha is known as the second largest national park in Tanzania. It is one of the most remote parks and is one hundred percent untouched. The park is famous for its immense concentration of lions, elephants and wild dogs.

Although not very accessible, many visitors to Ruaha say they would go visit the park again in a heartbeat. So if you fancy having the wild “all to yourself” and experience a more raw kind of adventure, Ruaha National Park should definitely be in your itinerary.

17 Sep 2019

What to wear when Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

 

It is said that the trek from the gate to the peak of Kilimanjaro is like walking from the equator to Antarctica. The temperatures you may encounter on Mount Kilimanjaro can be over 100 degrees to well below zero. Therefore, it is important for all climbers to understand how to best dress to cope with the mountain weather.

By following Ultimate Kilimanjaro’s comprehensive gear list, you already have everything you need to stay comfortable and warm throughout your journey.

 

So what do you do with all of the gear?

We use layering to achieve our goals. Layering is a systematic, logical approach to wearing multiple layers of clothing. It is the best way to keep your body in the desired temperature range no matter what the environment is.

The advantages of layering are that it is versatile, thermally efficient and space efficient. By having layers, a climber can add or remove pieces of clothing to adapt to changing weather, activity level and body temperature. It is easy to adjust and let you dial in with small incremental changes. Scientifically, it is warmer to wear multiple thinner layers than an equal thickness single layer because the air between layers provides insulation. Furthermore, it takes up less space in your backpack or duffel to have the thinner layers and a thick one.

Climbers should follow the layering principle when suiting up for Kilimanjaro. The technical clothing you bring on the mountain can be categorized into the following types of layers: base layer, mid layer, and outer shell. Each performs specific functions and together it will protect you from the peak’s harshest weather.

Base Layer

A base layer is moisture-wicking item that is worn against the skin. By moving sweat away from your body, the base layer should keep you dry and provide some insulation. They are available in different thicknesses, although light-weight is recommended for its versatility over medium-, heavy-, and expedition-weight clothing.

Base layers can be worn alone in warm weather, and can be doubled-up (worn on top of one another) during cold weather. Several types of fabric or blends of fabric are used to construct base layers, including silk, wool, and polypropylene, which are usually sold under registered trademarks by outdoor gear companies. All of these materials work well, so the ones you choose are based on personal preference.

Try them on and see if you like or don’t like the feeling of them against your skin, because you will spend the entire time on the mountain with base layers on.

Cotton is not a good base layer material! It does not have any moisture-wicking properties, does not dry quickly, and will actually increase your heat loss when wet.

Do not wear cotton shirts while you trek, and accordingly it’s best you avoid cotton rights and underwear as well.

  • 2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  • 3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  • 1 – Bandana (optional)
  • 1 – Balaclava
  • 3 – Sock liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn underneath to prevent blisters
  • 1 – Gloves, light, thin, synthetic, worn underneath for added warmth (optional)
  • 1 – Arm Warmers, synthetic (optional)

 

Mid Layer

The primary purpose of a mid layer is to provide warmth. Therefore, while searching for mid layers, you should look for those that have good insulating qualities. Insulation is best created by materials that trap tiny air pockets, or dead air, between you and the elements. Wool or

Synthetic fabrics can be used as a mid layer in cool weather. However, for cold conditions, use fleece, down or heavier synthetics.

Fleece provides good insulation because it is relatively thin, fast-drying, comfortable, and light-weight, but lacks wind protection.

Down is the most efficient insulating material, with respect to its warmth per ounce ratio, but loses its insulating qualities when wet. It is very compressible for packing, but bulky when worn. Therefore, select lightweight down products when used as a mid layer.

Note that a heavyweight down jacket can be used as an outer layer. It can be worn over a thin mid layer, such as fleece, or over an outer layer, such as a hard shell.

Synthetic insulated jackets are not as warm or light as down, but they function even when wet.

  • 1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
  • 1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
  • 1 – Fleece Pants
  • 3 – Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
  • 2 – Hiking Pants* (convertible to shorts recommended)
  • 1 – Shorts* (optional) *considered mid layers simply because they are worn on top of the base layer (underwear).

 

Outer Layer

The outer layer is designed to provide protection from the wind, rain and snow.

Some outer layers have built in insulation, but we recommend obtaining each layer separately for greater versatility.

  • 1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
  • 1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
  • 1 – Knit Hat, for warmth
  • 1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
  • 1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
  • 1 – Hiking Boots, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
  • 1 – Gym shoes, to wear at camp
  • 1 – Gloves (waterproof recommended)

With the above listed gear, you should be able to withstand whatever weather conditions Mount Kilimanjaro has in store for you. It is important that you be cognizant of changing conditions as you hike and adapt accordingly (unzip/shed layers before you sweat, zip up/add layers before you get cold, wear waterproof gear before you get wet, etc.)

 

17 Sep 2019

The best 2 volcanic mountain you may opt to climb while in Tanzania

 

Tanzania has much to offer those willing and brave enough to venture to this beautiful continent. Many activities are at every tourist’s disposal, including safaris deep into the Serengeti, shopping in the many local markets and bazaars, or even a visit to one of the many pristine beaches found in Tanzania.

All of these are great options to consider during one’s trip, but nothing will be quite as memorable as a climb to the top of some of the most beautiful volcanic Mountain this side of the world has to offer.
The most well-known Kilimanjaro is talked about and often frequented by climbing enthusiasts from around the world.

Below are the 2 best volcanic mountains you have to climb during your next trip to Tanzania.

 

  1. Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro, nicknamed as the roof of Africa, has earned its name for good reason, if you reach the top of this mountain, you’ll be at the highest point in all of Africa. Not only is the highest mountain, Kilimanjaro is Africa highest dormant volcano.

Kilimanjaro is a great place for intermediate climbers since technical skills or special equipment is not a requirement to be able to complete the climb. Rather, one must simply be in great physical condition and be able to undertake extreme physical exertion during this climb.

Starting at the bottom, you’ll have six different routes you can choose to take, all of which include their own level of difficulty. Choose accordingly, as not only the difficulty varies, but also the scenery you’ll be taking in during your climb to the top.

There are different routes one can take, which are all different with fantastic scenery and features, there are Machame route, Umbwe Route, Marangu route and Rongai route. choose to climbe with Shengena Adventure you won’t regret your precious time.

2. Mount Meru

Known as Kilimanjaro’s neighbor, Mount Meru is the second-highest mountain in Tanzania measuring in at nearly 4,565 meters high. Living in the shadows of Kilimanjaro’s legacy, Mount Meru offers an excellent climb with both impressive views and a diverse rainforest that will accompany you for most of your journey.

For climbers who wish to climb Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru is an excellent starting point to first become accustomed since both ranges are quite similar to one another. Expect the full climb to require between 3-4 days.

There is a lot to enjoy in Tanzania based on trekking, Culture and Wildlife Safaris.

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