Tanzania: Expect the Unexpected

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Tanzania, an East African Country famous for rich wildlife, white sand beaches, beautiful Islands and multicultural ethnicity has a lot more to offer. With no specific plan in mind and no reason to spend a vacation in Africa other than  “ The Great Migration” and the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, it was supposed to be exciting. For me, it was more like a surprise when people used to ask why Africa instead of all the beautiful continents and back then I had no convincing answer. But now, I have a convincing answer and I am sure this article will make you look forward towards this destination. Tanzania is a relatively small country with 55 million people driven mainly by Agriculture and Tourism. If you are earning in  Euros or Dollars then you can live a king size life. It is famous among the tourists for an adventurous climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro, game drives exploring the wildlife in biggest national parks on Earth or a relaxed vacation on the tropical Islands of Zanzibar also famous for the marine bounty.

Our troop on the African Safari- The best part is everyone is located in some corner of the world (USA, Germany, India and Norway, to mention) and we met in Africa.

Dar Es Salaam

We were six friends on our absolutely unexpected expedition in Tanzania and Dar es Salaam was the convenient option to gather at a place. Also, this place is a metropolitan city and the former capital city and one could easily spend 2-3 days experiencing the first glimpse of Africa. It is surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, multi-cuisine restaurants, local markets and much more. One thing not to miss if you are a seafood lover and can bear that typical fish smell in the Dar fish market. The best time to visit this fish market is early in the morning at around 7 am – 8 am, when usually the fishermen are out from the waters to sell their fresh catch. You can also buy fish of your choice at a very good price if you are good at bargaining.

 The game is played on a board having six pits using number of seeds as counters. Each player controls the pits and the objective is to have maximum seeds in the pits as compared to opponents.
Men playing a game called Kalaha in the Dar Fish Market. The game is played on a board having six pits using number of seeds as counters. Each player controls the pits and the objective is to have maximum seeds in the pits as compared to opponents.

Out of India, the best Indian food I had till date would be in Indian restaurants in Dar es Salaam; 56 Bhog, Mambooz Sigrill, to mention a few. For an amazing top view of Dar es Salaam one can also head on to High Spirit Lounge. Mbezi beach, 10km from Dar es Salaam is an amazing location to have a beachside beer.

Fishermen playing football on the beach while others are busy making their boats ready for fishing

We hired an uber taxi but ended up on the wrong beach which was exactly the opposite of what we were expecting. But after an hour-long beach walk, we ended up at Mbezi beach which had typical African shacks. Quenching the thirst with Serengeti and Kilimanjaro beers with the beautiful view of the sunset, couldn’t have asked for a better end to the day. Just be sure to make use of Uber taxi services, which is very convenient and are available at a very good price. If you want to just spend time strolling in Dar Es Salaam then you must definitely visit the local Kariakoo market, which shows the authentic Tanzanian style shopping.

Exotic African beach shack serving ‘Serengeti’ and ‘Kilimajaro’ beers.

Wildlife Safari:

After getting accustomed to Africa it was time for the African attraction of Wildlife, most importantly the Serengeti. There are numerous companies offering wildlife Safaris. But I was lucky enough to travel with “Hekima Safaris”. This is one of the tour agency who would make you feel at home away from home. I had never seen a tour agency owner accompanying the troop on the safari just because he liked it. Everyday of the wildlife Safari was miraculous and unexpected because of our safari guide Juma. We could experience the actual life in Savannah right from watching the cheetah sitting in the grass 10m away from you, leopard coming down to hunt ghazel, humongous hippo parks, big fives etc. and the migration of wildebeests he made it sure that we get what we paid for. I have a lot to talk about the Safari which I will cover in another blog.

The people behind the unforgettable Safari experience – Hekima Safari

Moshi

After the Safari we were back to Arusha at the base camp and from there the next plan was to head for Moshi, the base of Kilimanjaro. But the guys at Hekima Safari were so nice to us that we ended up staying at the base camp for two more nights. On the way to Kilimanjaro, we made a stop at Kikuletwa hot water springs. We had hired a taxi to drop us to Moshi via Kikuletwa and there was this funny (not really) taxi driver. He was taking us to some hot water springs. But when we asked him, are we going to Kikuletwa? (probably it has some other name) he would answer “ No Kikuletwa…pause…hotspring!!” And after asking the same question differently and getting the same answer we couldn’t control laughing. That was one of the funniest moment. Also, with him, there was one other guy in the taxi and till date, we don’t know who that guy was and why was he coming with us to Moshi, he never spoke a word. But as soon as we reached the spot we never really cared if it was Kikuletwa or not because it was just breathtaking with blue waters. From there we even had a first glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The town Moshi also has its own multicultural identity and authenticity. It is famous for its coffee farms and hence there is a good chance that coffee lovers are able to find amazing coffee shops.

Locals showing their acrobatic skills at the Kikuletwa hot water springs

Insights:

Dar es Salaam:

Stay: Hunch Backpackers hostel, good hostel with swimming pool and a terrace to chill at an affordable price.

Restaurents: 56 Bhog (Indian Veg Restaurent), Mamboz Sigrill

Moshi:

Stay: Climbers Corner Hostel, again very affordable hostel with a good location. It is famous among the Kilimanjaro climbers. You would definitely find some company for your adventure there.

Arusha: Base for starting the Wildlife Safari. Although there are many companies operating through Moshi as well. I strongly reccomend Hekima Safaris for your wildlife adventure.

The next destination of our African trip was Zanzibar. That I will cover in the next article.

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32 Replies to “Tanzania: Expect the Unexpected”

  1. Deepraj Sabale says: Reply

    Nice Sourya…it seems like you had a memorable experience.

  2. Excellent article that brought back memories! Looking forward to more posts 😉

    1. Thanks Mandar. Let’s keep executing such wonderful trips.

  3. Chinmay Vishwanath Gurav says: Reply

    Amazing description saurabh.. I am glad you started this series.. Great !!!!☺️☺️👍👍

  4. Amazingly described saurabh..
    I am glad you started writing.
    Eagerly waiting for your next blogs.. !!!!😊😊👍👍

    1. Thank You Chinmay. Keep following the blog for upcoming posts.

  5. Rucha Kulkarni says: Reply

    Very nice and helpful article!

    1. Thank You. Keep following the blog for upcoming posts.

  6. You have penned down your experience very well …I would recommend if possible try specifying the cost aspects in your blogs ..it can be helpful ….
    Keep it up and all the very best for your next blogs .. looking forward …

    1. Hi Deepak
      Thanks for your suggestion. I would surely try to sprecify the rough estimates. Keep following and motivating!

  7. Great Blog! I think it’s time for you to start Vlogs simultaneously!! Use your Go pro dude!😉

  8. Very well written and to the point! Gotta keep adding to this!

  9. Tanvi Kulkarni says: Reply

    Very well written! Good job 😊

  10. Wonderful sourabh…Really feels to visit such places..

    1. You should definitely go there 🙂

    2. Thank You Aniket. Do visit Tanzania. Also read my new post and keep following. 🙂

  11. Rahul P Kulkarni says: Reply

    Nice article.

  12. Deepika Agarwal says: Reply

    Wow! What a great experience. Thanks for penning down so well. Keep traveling keep writing.

    1. Thank you…will keep writing:)

  13. Kiran kuchekar says: Reply

    I never knew you were this good at writing sourabh! Splendid description!!! Keep up the good work 🙂

  14. Prathamesh Zurale says: Reply

    I indeed liked your article! Precise, apt and yet wonderful piece of work. Keep it up, man. We want more!

  15. Very well written Sourya !! Waiting for the next article

    1. Thank You Khare…next is on the way

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  17. Amazing photo ! I loved all shots ! Waiting for next series of adventure photography ! 😄

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