Tanzania Attractions

  • Tinga Tinga: A Uniquely Tanzanian Art

    Chris Walker Bush
    四月 15, 2019

    What is Tinga Tinga?

    Tinga Tinga is a unique and visually stunning painting style that was developed in the second half of the 20th century in Tanzania, East Africa.

    Tinga Tinga Art began as a simple idea: Use recycled, low-cost materials, like masonite squares, ceramic fragments, and bicycle paint.

    The founder of Tingatinga paintings, Edward Tingatinga was born in the settlement of Mindu, and if you looked in the road map of Tanzania this location cannot be found; in fact, there is not much left of this settlement itself and the house where he was born is now completely gone.

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    While Mindu was once home to its own missionary school and dispensary, the settlement has since disintegrated with the departure of the young generation and is now home to a handful of older residents with nowhere else to go.

    Tingatinga paintings tend to be striking in color due to being made on masonite and are popular with tourists such as Europeans and Americans due to the ease of transportation.

    The paintings are found all over Tanzania in different sizes and qualities but are best found in the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society, located at Morogoro Stores in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's capital city.

    Why not consider buying a piece of Tinga Tinga Art as your next holiday souvenir?

    In this blog, we explore why you should buy Tinga Tinga Art.

    Reasons to Buy Tinga Tinga Art

    There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun – but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of Tinga Tinga Art.

    1. Buying a painting supports the artist directly.Tinga Tinga painters lovingly make their work, and it can be challenging to make ends meet in such a labor-intensive and competitive field. Enrich your home and feel good knowing your purchase is helping to support a local artist by shopping at their galleries or online.
    2. Paintings are tactile.An ordinary print surface can never live up to a gorgeously textured handmade painting. Whether done on a canvas, wood, or mottled watercolor paper, Tinga Tinga paintings have a tactile quality that sets them apart from the rest.
    3. Paintings are perfect for renters.If you rent, it can be difficult to personalize your own space when you’re not allowed to paint the walls or make other changes. Hang a painting or two and you can really make the place your own. Unlike bulky pieces of furniture, a painting can be carried with you no matter where you are and where you live.
    4. Paintings are one of a kind. 

      There’s something satisfying about having a completely unique piece of artwork that you cannot get anywhere else.

    5. Paintings are handmade. 

      Like handmade clothes or furniture, paintings show the hand of their maker so you can add a touch of personality to the home. Mass produced items cannot compete with that.

    6. A painting can make the room. 

      A painting begs to be the focal point of a room. Whether your artistic taste runs to the bold and graphic or to vintage landscapes, the painting you choose is bound to have a large impact on your space and give it the wow factor.

    7. Paintings can make a house feel like a home.Paintings you’ve owned for a while become like old friends. Simply pulling out your paintings and putting them up can make any space, no matter where you are, feel like home – you can even hand your painting down to sons, daughters, grandchildren as you get older.
    8. Paintings inspire. 

      Looking at a painting you love refreshes your spirit. Why not give yourself the gift of daily inspiration by saving up for a small painting you adore?

     

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    Where to Buy Tinga Tinga Art

    If these reasons are enough to persuade you to buy a piece of Tinga Tinga Art, you can purchase a lovingly handmade and unique piece from the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society’s official website on TingatingaArt.com.

    You can also visit the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society the next time you are in Dar es Salaam, the capital city of Tanzania. Located conspicuously along Morogoro Stores, the cooperative hosts around 100 talented artists who use art to express their creativity and talent through these colorful pieces of art. Many artists see themselves as Tingatinga's successors and maintain his style, but others experiment with new forms and motifs.

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    On the one hand, the cooperative operates as a painting school for the Tingatinga style of art, but on the other, it promotes the art sales internationally to enable its members to earn their living. The objective of the Tingatinga Arts Cooperative Society is to be independent of external financial and administrative help in the future, as well as to promote the lively Tanzanian culture.

    Go ahead and treat yourself or a loved one! What are you waiting for?

    The above is a guest post written by a member of the Tinga Tinga Arts Collective. The views therein do not represent the views of Shadows of Africa or its staff.

  • 10 Reasons to Visit Tanzania in 2019

    Chris Walker Bush
    二月 27, 2019
    Tanzania is Africa's foremost safari destination, and there are so many reasons for this. Here are the ten most appealing reasons to visit Tanzania in 2019.
  • What is the Best Time to See the Wildebeest Migration?

    Chris Walker Bush
    二月 11, 2019
    Wanting to know what the best time to see the Wildebeest Migration is? We've got a detailed, month by month guide to help you plan your dream safari.
  • How to Plan The Ultimate Lion Safari

    Chris Walker Bush
    八月 10, 2018

    Planning the Ultimate Lion Safari

    When people think of African wildlife, a variety of images probably come to their minds.

    The colossal silhouette of an African elephant against the backdrop of thorny acacia trees.

    Long-necked giraffe or stealthy leopards.

    But for most, the regal lion is the most enduring symbol of Africa, and they come from all around the world to experience their own lion safari.

    But if you're as obsessed with lions as we are, where is the best place to go for a lion safari?

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    Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

    One of two places in the world that can proudly boast being home to tree-climbing lions, Lake Manyara National Park is a popular choice for Tanzanian lion safaris.

    During the annual wet season (April - May), the park comes alive with life as all manner of wildlife flock to the lake's shores.

    Hippopotamus and water birds are popular sights in the park, but it is its resident tree-climbing lions that make it a good lion safari destination.

    Believe me, you haven't seen a lion until you've seen it lazily lounging in the branches of an umbrella acacia!

    When to Visit: April, May, or November.

    Where to Stay: Check out our fantastic Lake Manyara accommodation guide!

    What to See: Hippos, water birds, and tree-climbing lions.

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    Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

    The other park that can boast tree-climbing lions, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda is a popular spot between Kibale's chimp trekking and Bwindi's gorilla trekking.

    The park's Ishasha sector is especially popular, as it is here that you can find prides of lions relaxing in trees between meals.

    Queen Elizabeth National Park is arguably Uganda's best safari park, but it's especially popular as a lion safari destination. It's the perfect stop on the road to Bwindi!

    When to Visit: Year-round.

    Where to Stay: There are some fantastic lodges in Queen Elizabeth, but Enjojo Lodge puts you closest to the action!

    What to See: Lions, elephants, antelope, and chimpanzees.

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    Maasai Mara, Kenya

    One of Africa's most famous safari destinations, Kenya's Maasai Mara is a fantastic place to spot lions in the wild.

    While only home to the Wildebeest Migration for a few months of each year, the Maasai Mara is a top-class lion safari destination regardless of what time you visit.

    The best part about the Maasai Mara is how affordable accommodation can be during the off-peak season, with luxury lodges for the price you'll pay for a regular tented camp across the border!

    When to Visit: Year-round for lions or in August/September for the Migration.

    Where to Stay: There are too many Maasai Mara lodges to count! Our favourites are Sopa Maasai Mara, Ashnil Mara, Mara Leisure, and Ol Moran.

    What to See: The Big Five, African wild dogs, and the Wildebeest Migration.

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    Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    The piece de resistance when it comes to lion safari destinations, the Serengeti is Africa's most stunning wilderness and the home of the annual Wildebeest Migration.

    With an abundance of Serengeti accommodation options and something to be seen throughout the year, it is the ultimate safari destination.

    The Seronera region, in particular, is known as 'big cat country', and the famous Simba kopjes are said to have inspired Pride Rock from The Lion King!

    When to Visit: Year-round. Check out our post on when to visit the Serengeti.

    Where to Stay: Check out our Serengeti accommodation guide for some great ideas.

    What to See: The Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration.

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    Akagera National Park, Rwanda

    You don't need to take an international flight to see lions while in Rwanda.

    Akagera National Park is now home to a pride of 14 lions, making it possible to embark on a lion safari as a day trip from Kigali!

    While not of the same quality as a safari destination as the Serengeti or Maasai Mara, Akagera National Park is the perfect option if you're in Rwanda and need more to do than 'just' gorilla trekking.

    When to Visit: Year-round.

    Where to Stay: Consult your Shadows of Africa safari expert for Akagera accommodation recommendations!

    What to See: The Big Five, Nile Crocodiles, and water birds.

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    Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

    If you want to see a kill, there are few places better than the World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

    Rare are the days where guests on safari in Ngorongoro Crater don't see a pride of lions guarding a fresh kill against hyenas looking for an easy meal.

    When you add the spectacular backdrop of the soaring crater walls, you've got a recipe for an unforgettable lion safari.

    When to Visit: Year-round.

    Where to Stay: Check out our Ngorongoro accommodation guide.

    What to See: The Big Five, especially rhinos.


    Planning a lion safari? Reach out to your Shadows of Africa expert and let them help you design the perfect itinerary!

  • 10 Things You Need to Know About a Serengeti Safari

    Chris Walker Bush
    七月 23, 2018
    Planning a Serengeti safari? Here is all the information you'll need to make sure your Serengeti safari experience is unforgettable.
  • Where to Stay in Lake Manyara: The Best Hotels in Lake Manyara National Park

    Chris Walker Bush
    七月 12, 2018

    Where to Stay in Lake Manyara

    One of Tanzania's most beloved national parks, Lake Manyara is a popular stop-off on the way to (or from) the Serengeti and Ngorongoro regions.

    Home to Tanzania's tree-climbing lions, a startling variety of bird life, and the many hippos who call its waters home.

    A popular location for optional activities such as night game drives, Lake Manyara offers a variety of accommodation options while also being a short drive from the huge variety of accommodation in Karatu.

    Budget

    Most budget travelers will find there are better options in nearby Karatu, but Lake Manyara National Park is also home to both a campsite and budget lodge that cater to those on a tight budget.

    Twiga Camp

    If you're not looking for all of the bells and whistles, Twiga Camp is the best value for money you can find in the area.

    With both regular rooms and campsites, there are a variety of options to suit all budgets. The presence of a swimming pool and on-site restaurant make it a cut above other campsites in Tanzania's National Parks too!

    Recommended For: Budget travelers and adventurous travelers.

    Medium

    There are a number of Lake Manyara lodges for those on a conservative budget, with both tented camps and brick and mortar options available.

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    Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

    Boasting one of the most breathtaking views of Lake Manyara you're likely to find, Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is a brick and mortar lodge catering to families, large groups, and those who want affordable accommodation close to the park.

    While the rooms are a little small and it lacks some amenities, you can't beat the stunning view.

    Recommended For: Families.

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    Escarpment Lodge

    Perched on the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the aptly named Escarpment Lodge is another property that can boast a gorgeous view of the park.

    Its infinity pool, huge viewing deck, and gorgeous decoration make it a better option than Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge for those who want a little something special.

    Recommended For: Those with a little extra money.

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    Kirurumu Manyara

    For those wanting the tented camp experience, Kirurumu Under Canvas offers stunning views of the Great Rift Valley and the thrill of camping in the wilderness.

    You're not roughing it in your tented accommodation, either! There's hot and cold water, 24-hour electricity, and all of the comforts you'd expect to find in a hotel room.

    Ideally located between Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire - Kirurumu Manyara is a great place to base yourself for a few days.

    Recommended For: Adventurous travelers.

    Luxury

    Lake Manyara's immense natural beauty and its position on the Great Rift Valley escarpment lend it to some truly spectacular luxury lodges.
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    Lake Manyara Kilimamoja

    The best value when it comes to luxury properties in Lake Manyara, Kilimamoja offers luxury services at a price that even medium travelers can afford.

    From the same family behind the popular Ole Serai and Oldeani properties, Kilimamoja is one of our favourite lodges.

    Recommended For: Luxury on a budget.

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    Serena Lake Manyara

    The popular Serena chain of hotels has a strong presence in Lake Manyara. For those traveling with their family or a large group, the trusted Serena brand is always a good option.

    Like other Serena properties, Lake Manyara Serena can boast a large pool, spacious dining facilities, and comfortable lodge accommodation.

    Recommended For: Families.

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    Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp

    For a luxury tented camp experience, Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp is the place to be.

    Combining world-class luxury with a closeness to nature you won't find at other Lake Manyara lodges, Wildlife Safari Camp is perfect for those wanting the comforts from home while also enjoying an authentic African bush experience.

    Recommended For: Barefoot luxury and adventurous luxury.

    Ultra Luxury

    There may not be many top luxury options in Lake Manyara, but the one the park can boast is one of the best.

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    &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

    From the first name in African luxury experiences comes Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Not only is this one of Tanzania's most photogenic properties, it's also one of its most decadent.

    Each of the property's nine tree house suites can boast 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape. Designed to leave a minimal footprint on the surrouding ecosystem, Tree Lodge combines &Beyond's signature flair for luxury with an experience that is akin to sleeping in the trees like on of the park's famous tree-climbing lions!

    Recommended For: Honeymooners.

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    While Lake Manyara National Park may not boast the same variety of accommodation as Ngorongoro or the Serengeti, there is nonetheless something for all tastes and budgets.

    Got a favourite that you don't see here? Let us know!

     

     

     

  • Where to Stay in Zanzibar: A Guide to Zanzibar Beaches

    Chris Walker Bush
    二月 12, 2018
    When planning your trip to Zanzibar, you're likely to find yourself spoiled for choice. Thankfully, we've arranged this handy guide to Zanzibar beaches to help you find the right fit for you!
  • Five Unmissable Things to do in Zanzibar

    Chris Walker Bush
    一月 24, 2018
    Looking for inspiration for things to do in Zanzibar? There's more to Tanzania's island paradise than simply relaxing on the beach! Here are five of our favourite Zanzibar activities for your next adventure to the Spice Island.
  • From the Beach to the Bush: How to Plan a Zanzibar Safari Experience

    Chris Walker Bush
    一月 20, 2018
    Planning a Zanzibar safari experience? Here's our ultimate guide on how to combine your Zanzibar beach escape with an unforgettable safari experience.

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