Ascend remote routes on Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro
Ascend remote routes on Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro
The Anglican cathedral was built on the site of the old slave market alongside Creek Rd. Although nothing remains of the slave market today, other than some holding cells under St Monica's Hostel next door, the site remains a sobering reminder of the not so distant past. Services are still held at the cathedral on Sunday mornings; the entrance is next to St Monica's Hostel.
Downhill from the boma is the old Slave Market building, which now houses several craft shops. Unfortunately, it was much less accurately restored than the boma and lost much of its architectural interest when its open arches were filled in. The original design is now preserved only on one of Tanzania’s postage stamps, and in a photo in an earlier edition of this guide.
The centrepiece of this open-air museum is a collection of authentically constructed dwellings illustrating traditional life in various parts of Tanzania. There are sometimes traditional music and dance performances held on afternoons. The museum is 10km north of the city centre; the Mwenge dalla-dalla runs there from New Posta transport stand (Tsh300, 45 minutes).
A stylish and historic shop with good pizzas, pastas and sandwiches, but this is one coffee shop that really is foremost about the coffee. It’s run by the Kilimanjaro Native Cooperative Union representing tens of thousands of small-holding coffee farmers and it roasts its own beans on-site. Locals also like it because it has a generator, which ensures wi-fi during power cuts.
This popular place has a fine, breezy location on a 1st-floor terrace overlooking the water just opposite NBC in Shangani, and a menu featuring such delicacies as vegetable coconut curry, orange and ginger snapper, and chicken pilau, topped off by an array of homemade cakes and sweets. Breakfast is served until 11am. There’s no bar, but you can bring your own alcohol.
The menu here goes global with choices such as pizza, fish & chips, dhal tadka and fajitas. The Indian and local dishes are the most reliable and the outdoor Barbeque Village grills up all kinds of meat at dinnertime. The Chinese-owned restaurant (meals Tsh4000 to Tsh12,000) within the hotel is a crapshoot since dishes can be both good and awful.
Garden seating, good coffee and homemade breads, cakes, yogurt, breakfast and low-priced light meals. Proceeds go to a church project. <p>A laid-back vibe, garden seating, good coffee, small book exchange and an assortment of home-made breads, cakes, yoghurt, breakfast and low-priced light meals. Proceeds go to a church project.</p>
Daily rental rates average from about US$25 for a moped or motorcycle, and US$45 to US$55 for a Suzuki 4WD, with better deals available for longer-term rentals. You can rent through any of the tour companies, through Asko Tours & Travel , which also organises island excursions, or by asking around in front of Darajani market, near the bus station.
This reserve is one of the earth's last great wild places: 55,000 sq km (21,235 sq mi) of untamed bush, crocodile-filled lakes and emerald green floodplains. The only accessible bit is the northern section above the great muddy sweep of the Rufiji River, where you'll see hippos, elephants, zebras, a maneless variety of lion and the rare African wild dog.
Kilimanjaro International Airport , between Arusha and Moshi, also handles international flights, and is the best option for itineraries in Arusha and the northern safari circuit. It has a forex bureau and an internet connection, and shouldn’t be confused with the smaller Arusha Airport (ARK), 8km west of Arusha, which handles some domestic flights.
About 5km south of Zanzibar Town, Mbweni was the site of a 19th-century UMCA mission station that was used as a settlement for freed slaves. In addition to the small and still functioning St John’s Anglican church, dating to the 1880s, you can see the ruins of the UMCA’s St Mary’s School for Girls, set amid lush gardens on the grounds of Mbweni Ruins Hotel.
A striking edifice, with a red-roofed belfry overlooking the water and a rather stern Gothic interior, this is one of the city’s major landmarks. The church was built at the turn of the 20th century by German missionaries and is still in active use for services and for choir rehearsals (beautiful – you can sometimes hear the singing from the street).
Waving golden grasses, flat-topped acacia trees, distant blue hills. Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically across the plain. Stately giraffes, indolent lions, stealthy cheetah. How do you describe the Serengeti without using every cliché in the book? Perhaps in the words of Alan Moorehead - 'Anyone who can go to the Serengeti, and does not, is mad.'
The goal of this new ‘park’ is to protect the local population of prehistoric coelacanth fish. Temporary headquarters are in Kigombe village, just south of Capricorn Beach Cottages. Infrastructure is currently nonexistent, but there are plans for fees to be collected from anyone entering park-protected areas (including Maziwe Island and Tanga’s Toten Island).
A sample of East African wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park and at Lake Manyara.