A quarterly Publication of Tanzania National Parks     April-June 2008, Issue 004

                                             8th LEON SULLIVAN MEETING
                                               “ ARUSHA HOSTS A
                                               SUMMIT OF A LIFETIME”


                      Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere

                 ARUSHA MANIFESTO

                  “The survival of our wildlife is a
                 matter of grave concern to all of us
                              in Africa.

                 These wild creatures amid the wild
                       places they inhabit are
                  not only important as a source of
                   wonder and inspiration but are
                   an integral part of our natural
                resources and our future livelihood
                           and well being.

                In accepting the trusteeship of our
                 wildlife we solemnly declare that
                we will do everything in our power
                  to make sure that our children’s
                grand-children will be able to enjoy
                this rich and precious inheritance.

                  The conservation of wildlife and
                    wild places calls for specialist
                 knowledge, trained manpower and
                     money. And we look to other
                     to co-operate with us in this
                    important task the success or
                failure of which not only affects the
                 continent of Africa but the rest of
                         the world as well”

2.      Arusha Manifesto

4.      Director General’s Message

5.      Editorial Comment

6.      Kikwete: Tourism is boosting our economy

8.      Mwangunga urges creativity in Tourism Sector

10      Arusha hosts a summit of a lifetime

11.     TANAPA Rangers attend ‘Walking Safari’ Training

12.     TANAPA’s new commmercial wing ready

14.     Tanzania has much to offer to the world

18.     Keeping abreast with wildlife conservation

20.     TANAPA spends 3.7 Billion in Community Conservation Projects

22.     Tourism promotion: Tanzania needs to curb infrastructural challenges

24.     “Mt Kilimanjaro offers fascinating hiking adventure”
26.     Chimpanzee: A Man’s relative?

29.     Trustees visit Parks

31.     Animal Quiz

32.     Humour

33.     Parks’ Tarriffs

      Published by:                           Editor                Graphics Design
      Tanzania National Parks                 Pascal Shelutete      TANAPA Publishing Unit
      Mwl. Nyerere Conservation Centre        Consulting Editor
      P.O. Box 3134, Arusha, Tanzania.        Lilla N. Lyogello     Photographs
                                              Editorial Team        TANAPA Publishing Unit
      Editor-In-Chief                         Ezekiel Dembe
      Gerald Bigurube                         Ignas Lejora
                                              Catherine G. Mbena

              DIRECTOR GENERAL

                                      Dear readers,
                                      The primary role of Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) is conservation. The 15 nation-
                                      al parks, many of which form the core of a much larger protected ecosystem, have been
                                      set aside to preserve the country’s rich natural heritage and to provide secure breeding
                                      grounds where its fauna and flora can thrive; safe from the conflicting interests of a
                                      growing human population.

                                      The existing parks’ system protects a number of internationally recognized bastions of
                                      biodiversity and World Heritage sites, thereby redressing the balance of the country’s
                                     areas affected by deforestation, agriculture and urbanization.

By choosing to visit Tanzania, you are supporting a developing country’s extraordinary investment for the future. In spite of
population pressures, Tanzania has dedicated more than 50,000 square kilometers to national parks. Including other
reserves, conservation areas and marine parks.Tanzania has accorded some form of formal protection to more than one-third
of its territory a far higher proportion than most of the world’s wealthier nations.

Tourism provides valuable revenue to support the conservation work of the National Parks, as well as wildlife research, and
the education and livelihood of local communities. In addition, tourism helps to generate international awareness of
conservation issues, while the physical presence of tourists can help deter illegal poaching activity by way of assisting the park
rangers with game management.

But TANAPA has resisted the temptation to cash in on the short term gains of mass tourism. Understanding our
responsibility to Tanzania and to the world-in the conservation and management of a global resource. We are committed to
low impact and sustainable visitation to protect the environment from irreversible damage while creating a first class
ecotourism destination.

Human activity is closely monitored and all development strictly regulated. Buildings in the parks must be unobtrusive and
waste disposal is carefully controlled. Park visitors and facilities are widely distributed to prevent harassment of animals and
to minimize the human imprint on the environment. Even in Tanzania’s most popular park, Serengeti, more than 7,000
square kilometers almost half the park’s area remains a wilderness zone with no roads.

Local Community
Guardianship of this rich resource, however, relies on the goodwill of the park’s neighbors. TANAPA is working hard to
ensure that local communities have a sense of ownership and a vested interest in the future of the parks by sharing the

rewards of conservation and delivering tangible benefits.

A percentage of park revenue is used to assist community development initiatives such as schools, health dispensaries, water
schemes and roads. Villagers are encouraged to develop cultural tourism projects to cultivate their own financial returns from
park visitors. Many locals are employed within the parks by lodges and tour operators-and by TANAPA, particularly in the
fight against poachers who desire to steal from the parks for profit or subsistence. TANAPA works with communities to teach
sustainable environmental management and assist with tree planting, establish nurseries and promote cultural, as well as
wildlife conservation.

Looking ahead
The future depends on those who will inherit the parks. TANAPA is taking the lead in educating the local community;
providing study materials and teacher training for schools; and showing conservation videos in Kiswahili in villages. Schools
and community groups are offered free visits to the parks to demonstrate the importance of preserving these habitats.

The support of research projects is an important facet of TANAPA’s commitment to the future. Tanzania’s chimpanzees are
the subject of the longest-running study of its kind in the world. Scientists working in Tanzania’s parks continue to discover
previously unknown species of butterflies, birds, beetles and plants. Regular surveys are undertaken to monitor the
distribution and number of animals, test water quality, identify disease outbreaks, and check invasion of exotic species.

The National Parks are a lifetime for animals that would otherwise face extinction from human hands. They offer refuge to
many endangered and vulnerable species, safeguard shrinking habitats, and provide protected breeding sanctuaries in which
threatened species can recover. With everyone’s support, I am convinced that these vital ecosystems will be preserved for the
benefit of our future.

Gerald Bigurube
Director General,
Tanzania National Parks

      “TANAPA has resisted the temptation to cash in on the short term gains of
     mass tourism... We are committed to low impact and sustainable visitation to
     protect the environment from irreversible damage while creating a first class
       ecotourism destination.”

                                FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

                                  Dear TANAPA Today readers,

                                  Tanzania is proud to host one of the world’s renowned international meeting the
                                  8th Leon Sullivan Summit between June 2 and 6,2008 in Arusha, the so called
                                  ‘Geneva of Africa’.

                                  May I take this opportunity to welcome all the delegates to this beautiful country
                                  and surely you will enjoy Tanzania’s true hospitality. While in the country,
                                  obviously you will be looking for areas of investment through partnerships with
                                  the locals, which we believe will be a catalyst in building the economy of our

Certainly, Tanzania has a lot of potentials that are yet to be discovered by many. By coming to Tanzania, is a right
step in discovering these potentials. What is needed therefore, is real commitment by responsible parties to ensure
that deliberations and resolutions agreed at the meeting bear results.

TANAPA welcomes the visitors to our 15 national parks , whether this time or in the near future because by so
doing, you will be boosting our country’s tourism industry.

The tourism industry in Tanzania now accounts for 17.2 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic (GDP) Product
and 25 per cent of total exports. According to statistics, Tanzania expects to receive a million
tourists by 2010, up from some 719,031 who visited the country last year.

Surely, the tourism sector is very vital for our economy. The industry has also been a good source of employment
opportunities. Currently the sector offers direct employment to about 250,000 people while close to 2.5 million
are supported indirectly.

It is for these reasons that, TANAPA Today appeals to the 8th Leon Sullivan Summit delegates to positively
contribute to Tanzania’s economy by investing in the available resources and boost the country’s nascent economy.

      “The tourism industry in Tanzania now accounts for 17.2 per cent of the
    country’s GDP Product and 25 per cent of total exports. Tanzania expects to
    receive a million tourists by 2010”

Kikwete:                Tourism is boosting our economy

President Jakaya Kikwete delivers a speech during the 33rd Africa Travel Association (ATA) meeting in Arusha in May, 2008.

     he Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has said that      He attributed the achievement to the government’s
     tourism is now the country’s leading foreign             serious efforts to promote tourism in the country.
exchange earner, as it accounts for 17.2 per cent of the      He said tourism has now been a model of success in the
Gross Domestic Product (GDP).                                 current economic reform process, as it had been very
                                                              responsive to transformation and modernization.
Opening the 33rd Africa Travel Association (ATA)
Congress recently in Arusha, President Kikwete said that      ‘“We know we are not there yet, but we are determined
the number of international tourist arrivals in the           to get there the soonest possible, as we want to make our
country had also increased from 525,122 in 2001, to           country a premier world destination for leisure,
719,031 last year, the increase has led to a creation of      exploration and discovery”, said the President.
250,000 new jobs.
                                                              Tanzania had realized that working in partnership with

                                                                          Mwangunga u
other stakeholders in the industry like ATA was a key to
success that could attract more tourists and more invest-

                                                                           creativity in
ment in tourism infrastructures, he added.

The president said that though Africa had vast tourist
resources available, tourism in the country was still at a
very infant stage of development.

“What has so far been exploited is a very tiny part of the
tourism potential that exists in our dear continent.
Much more can be done and needed to be done”, said
the President.

The President told the ATA Congress, whose this year’s
theme was; “Bringing Africa to the World and the World
to Africa,” that more needed to be done to tap Africa’s
share in the global tourism business.
Africa’s share of global tourist business he said, remained
small, as projections indicate that Africa would receive
47 million tourists in 2010 and 77.3 million in 2020, an
average growth of 5.5 per cent annually.

“Given that, global tourism arrivals are projected to be
one billion in 2010 and 1.6 billion in 2020, Africa’s
share remains relatively small. Africa can perform much
                                                                 In order to conserve wildlife, we have to conserve the habitat fir
better than what the projections tell us”, President
                                                                               generations to marvel at and for sustainable touri
Kikwete said.
                                                              The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism,
                                                              Hon. Shamsa Mwangunga has urged tourism
He added that development of tourism in Africa had            stakeholders in the country to be creative to achieve
                                                              speedy improvement in the industry.
called for solutions to solve problems facing the industry
such as communications, accommodation and standard            The Minister was addressing participants during the
of services to make the tourist’s stay comfortable.           official opening of the International Workshop on
                                                              ‘Balancing Biodiversity Conservation and Tourism’
                                                              held at Serengeti National Park recently.

                                                              She said that, creativeness was needed for future
                                                              tourism in the Serengeti Ecosystem. She stressed that as
                                                              a nation, there was a need to look for other countries
                                                              as role models. “I’m excited to be amongst a group of

                                                                      exceeds expectations; according to her.

n Tourism Sector
                                                                      The minister went on saying that, tourism was a major
                                                                      global industry and can contribute enormously to
                                                                      Tanzania’s economy. “Its present contribution is
                                                                      absolutely significant, it is one of the major sources of
                                                                      foreign currency and also a big employer”.

                                                                      However, the Minister did not avoid to caution over the
                                                                      challenges the tourism sector may encounter, such as
                                                                      over utilization, human impact outside the park, poor
                                                                      planning practices, uncoordinated implementation
                                                                      programs, poaching and climate change.

                                                                      The workshop was organized by the German Ministry
                                                                      of Environment, the Frankfurt Zoological Society,
                                                                      Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
                                                                      and Tanzania National Parks.

                                                                      “We need to understand the needs
                                                                      of our visitors and provide an
                                                                      exposure tha not only meets, but
                                                                      exceeds expectations”

rst. The habitat such as this one, needs full protection for future
ism so as to meet visitors’ needs and expectations.
       International experts helping us shape a vision for the
       future of tourism in the Serengeti Ecosystem” said the

       Hon. Mwangunga further added that, the future of
       Serengeti requires the balancing of science and
       environmental knowledge

       The minister pointed out that Tanzania has always
       provided the visitors with extra ordinary wilderness
       experiences but as the world changes and competition
       increases, there was a need to be smarter about how we
       do it. “We need to understand the needs of our visitors
       and provide an experience that not only meets, but


                                 AICC building where the Sullivan summit will take place

 Sullivan Summit VIII, "The Summit of a Lifetime," will       between America and Africa, serving as a forum for
 take place in Arusha, Tanzania from June 2-6, 2008.          economic and cultural cooperation. Africa needs part-
                                                              ners, who can bring skills, expertise and resources to
 The Leon H. Sullivan Summits bring together the              the problems and challenges it faces and defines. It is
 world’s political and business leaders, delegates            through these partnerships that Africa can realize its
 representing national and international civil and            full potential.
 multinational organizations, and members of academic
 institutions in order to focus attention and resources       The key strategic objective of the Sullivan Summit VIII,
 on Africa’s economic and social development.                 is to create the opportunity for the nations in Africa
                                                              and primarily North American and European business
 The Sullivan mission was inspired by Rev. Leon H.            interests invest and otherwise engage in the socio-eco-
 Sullivan’s belief that the development of Africa is a mat-   nomic development of the African continent, through
 ter of global partnerships. It was particularly important    foreign direct investments, joint venture initiatives and
 to Rev. Sullivan that Africa’s Diaspora and Friends of       public-private partnerships. SSVIII has four strategic
 Africa are active participants in Africa’s development.      objectives as identified by the host country:

 The Sullivan Summits are organized by the Leon H.            1. To advance physical and economic infrastructure,
 Sullivan Foundation and held biennially in an African           especially power, transport and information
 nation to highlight key issues and best practices,              technology through Regional Economic
 stimulate discussion and define opportunities, promote          Community Discussions
 private enterprise and foster high-level strategic           2. To attract investment in manufacturing, agricultural
 partnerships.                                                   development and tourism
                                                              3. To promote the tourism and hospitality sector as an
 Creative and innovative initiatives emerge out of discus-       engine of economic growth
 sions and negotiations at the Summits, and new rela-         4. To advocate for the sustainability of the
 tionships are brokered in order to make those initia-           environment as an integral part of Africa’s
 tives a reality. The Sullivan Summits are a bridge              long-term economic success.

TANAPA Rangers attend
‘Walking Safari’ Training

                           Walking Safari training participants at the Udzungwa Mountains.

TintensiveNational took place in Udzungwa Mountain

guides. The training
                     Parks conducted a three weeks
             ‘Walking Safari’ training for her Ranger
                                                            The course covered outdoor travel skills using map
                                                            reading, compass and GPS, wilderness First Aid,
                                                            minimum impact conservation practices through Leave
National Park in the South Central Tanzania. A total of     No Trace (LNT) ethics. Areas of environment and
16 participants attended the  training.                     cultural studies were also taught as well as customer
                                                            care and leadership qualities.
The aim of the course was to equip the TANAPA
rangers with modern ways of conducting the ‘Walking         The course participants successfully reached
Safari’ which is new product in some of the national        Mwanihana Peak (2,200m abs) on day seven of the
parks.                                                      course. They experienced mainly wet and cloudy
                                                            conditions whereby 17 out of the 21 course days had
The participants were drawn from Udzungwa                   rainfall. Despite this, participants enthustically
Mountains, Ruaha, Katavi, Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake        completed the training. Towards the end of the course,
Manyara and Arusha National Parks. The training was         students elected two of their peers to lead them on an
conducted by Kenyan experts.                                over night Independent Student Group Travel (ISGT)
Currently, ‘Walking Safari’ has been introduced in          from Udekwa Chui campsite to the base of
Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Udzungwa National Parks         Nyumbanitu Mountains. This allowed them to put into
and was soon to start at Arusha and Mikumi National         use skills learnt during the course without instructors.


                Front view of the newly built commercial wing of TANAPA at its headquarters in Arusha.

      fter having done a commendable job in                 be seminar rooms, first class restaurant and
      conservation and tourism for years now, the           canteen services and TANAPA Information Centre.
 Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) is expected to
 benefit from its newly constructed commercial              “People who believe in well equipped conference
 wing which will start its operations soon.                 rooms will enjoy the existence of Kibo Hall, the
                                                            main conference room with a capacity of
 The wing is meant to offer various services such as        accommodating up to 300 people.” said Mr.
 conference facilities, library, publishing work,           Richard Matolo, TANAPA Chief Engineer.
 bureau de change and rental offices. There will also

                           The rear view of the TANAPA newly built commercial facility.

The Kibo Conference Hall is the main conference           indigo press machine which can offer multipurpose
room with well equipped microphones and address           publishing work and desk top functions.
system, strategically controlled from the projector
room.                                                     Restaurant, Bureau de change, secretarial unit and
                                                          front offices will all be leased out to capable
There are seminar rooms with sitting capacities           operators.
ranging from 50 to 150 people . “We also have a
special room for Very Important People (VIP),             The complex will be managed by an independent
located close to the Kibo Conference Hall”,               property manager who will scout out for different
explained Matolo.                                         tenants and negotiate rental fees.

The TANAPA Information Centre, located in the             The TANAPA Commercial Wing is the second
building, aims at giving information on                   phase of the Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere Conservation
conservation as well as tourist information about         Centre, whose construction cost about 2.5 billion
the parks.                                                and took a comprehensive 18 months of
The Publishing Unit is expected to serve TANAPA
and external customers and act as a source of
revenue. The unit is equipped with a very modern

        TO THE WORLD
 T    anzania is the supreme destination in Africa. It possesses all
      the ingredients that typically attract visitors. Paradoxically, it
 provides an opportunity to talk about what makes it the greatest
                                                                           centres: Shira in the west, Mawenzi in the east and the
                                                                           snowcapped Kibo (5895 meters above sea level). Surely, this Park
                                                                           is a scenic show piece of Tanzania.
 destination. Certainly, we can identify these as the magic
 attributes.                                                               In western Tanzania, bordering with the Democratic Republic of
                                                                           Congo and Burundi, along Lake Tanganyika, are to be found the
 There are tremendous and marvelous attractions one can be able            Mahale Mountains and the Gombe Stream National Parks.
 to see when visiting this beautiful country. One thing, for a place       Both parks harbour one of the most endangered species of
 to be attractive, there must be a panorama to every scene.                animal- the Chimpanzee. Apart from this remarkable animal, the
                                                                           other attraction is the lake itself. This is the longest lake in the
 In Tanzania, what provides the panorama? Most often it is the             world with almost 720 kilometers and the second deepest
 wildlife, natural scenic beauty, mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches,       (1435m) after Lake Baykal (1740m) in Russia. The bottom of
 culture and, of course, the history.                                      Lake Tanganyika, is 655m below sea level.

 Tanzania has all the above attractions, and many others have not          The Mahale Mountains National Park is unique in
 been exploited. The National Parks are
 perhaps the most exciting. Tanzania is
 blesssed with a reasonable number of
 National Parks, each with its uniqueness,
 different from the others.

 Having more than three million large
 mammals, the Serengeti National Park is a
 thriller as it holds many pleasant
 reminiscences. Among the memories of this
 park are a variety of sounds at night, of a lion
 making a surprise kill late in the evening, but
 most of all, memories of the Serengeti
 Animal Migration as well as the endless
 plains located in the area.

 Serengeti contains the greatest remaining
 concentration of plains game in Africa, and
 on a scale which has no parallel anywhere in
 the world. It is the only place in the world
 where one can witness the migration of over
 two million large mammals. This abundance
 of herbivores and carnivores includes
 wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, buffalo,
 hartebeest, lion, leopard, and cheetah to mention                         botanogeographical terms in that it is the meeting place of natural
 but a few in an endless list.                                             scenic majesty of Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale Mountains range,
                                                                           the Zairean tropical rainforests and the Tabora Miombo
 Admittedly, the Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa.            woodlands.
 At 5895 meters above sea level, the peak of the mountain- Kibo,
 has permanent snow throughout the year. At the “Roof of Africa”,          Close to Arusha, there is, the amazing Arusha National Park; a
 you are presented with a vista that encompasses Kenya and                 unique park in its own right. It comprises of all the features found
 Tanzania, a magnificent panorama of high plains and distant               in various National Parks. Being at Arusha National Park, one can
 horizons.                                                                 be able to enjoy the good view of the Ngurdoto Crater and if that
                                                                           is not enough, the park is the home of the famous mountain
 The Park’s outstanding features, therefore, are its major volcanic        known as Mount Meru. Other prominent features found here

include the Momella Lakes, The Tropical
Montane forest, Mount Meru and Ngurdoto
craters, Big and Little Meru Peaks, the Ash
Cone and the Waterfalls. Other features
include: Serengeti “Ndogo” (Little
Serengeti), habitat diversity, fig tree arch,
butterflies and birdlife diversity and
spectacular views of giraffe throughout the
park. The Arusha National Park, forms part
of a larger regional ecosystem of Mount
Meru which is the fifth highest mountain in

The fabulous Katavi in Rukwa region is
another interesting National Park for visitors.
The dominant vegetation found in this area is
the miombo woodland.

The Park, has surprisingly higher mammal
biomass (estimated at over 23,000kg per sq
km) than other protected areas in East Africa,
except Lake Manyara National Park. The
types of animal found here include buffaloes,
zebra, hippo, waterbuck and impala. Other                               kilometer, and buffalo with a density of 18 per square kilometer,
notable species are: roan, elephant, sable, giraffe,                    comprises the bulk of this biomass.
hartebeest, reedbuck, topi, and warthog to mention but a few on
an endless list. Puku, an endangered antelope is also found here.       It is in this park, where, lions can be seen resting in trees during
                                                                        the day. Tree climbing lions, prefer the Acacia trees which appear
For bird watchers, Katavi is a paradise. At least 400 different         to be easy to climb. Unfortunately, elephants have a tendency of
species of birds have been recorded in the area. They include: the      knocking down these trees; and by debarking them, they kill the
African skimmer, Carmine bee- eater, Racket tailed roller,              trees. Some of the preferred trees have chicken mesh wires
Miombo bush warbler and Collared palm thrush.                           around the main stem to prevent elephants from debarking them.

The ‘Serengeti of flowers’-Kitulo, is another National Park in a        The park has a larger concentration of elephant in Africa, having
spectacular setting. Surely, sometimes it is very difficult to give a   almost six elephants per square kilometer. There is also presence
fair description of each individual park. However, Kitulo               of over 380 species of birds in the park.
National Park, is where one can witness the beauty of this
country. It is more or less a botanical garden and the local people     The Groundwater forest, found around the gate, is another
in the surrounding area have correctly referred to it as the            attraction, of course. Here, the tall trees are maintained by water
‘Garden of God’. Botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of              which seeps out of the rift wall.
flowers, simply because, it hosts one of the great floral spectacles
of the world.                                                           Apart from the area possessing wilderness characteristics, a series
                                                                        of hot water sulphur springs, form another tourist’s major
The Lake Manyara National Park, which is 130km away from                attraction. The springs are located in the southern end of the park,
Arusha, is another potential Park Tanzania can offer in the travel      and temperatures can reach 70º C enough to boil an egg.
and tourism industry, worldwide. The park is located in the
southwest direction to the famous twin World Heritage Sites of          Mkomazi National Park in Same, Kilimanjaro region, offers a
Ngorongoro and Serengeti. The outstanding features of the Park          mountainous view of the Pare Mountains and their foot-hills.
include, the spectacular escarpment of the Western side of the          Common species of animals found in the park include: Elephant,
Great Rift Valley.                                                      giraffe, Coke’s hartebeest, buffalo, gerenuk, Grant’s gazelle,
                                                                        Lesser kudu, zebra, warthog, reedbuck, waterbuck, impala, eland,
The park boasts of different vegetation types which are                 oryx, dikdik, suni, rhino e.t.c. The large carnivores are lion,
heterogeneous and are classified according to the local drainage        leopard, hyena, silver backed jackal, wild dog and wild cat.
conditions. The Groundwater and Riverine Forest, which can
be seen immediately on entering the park, covers an estimated           Mkomazi is also rich in avifauna. It is estimated that there are
area of 1300 hectares. There is also a Swamp at Lake Manyara            between 450 and 500 bird species making it one of the richest
with an extensive area of swamp herbage which projects out over         areas in terms of avian species- a birdwatchers paradise!
the lakebed flats.

Lake Manyara National Park has one of the highest mammal                The Rubondo Island National Park is more or less a wildlife
biomass in the world. Elephant, with a density of six per square        sanctuary rather than a normal park. Its geographical position in

                                                                                 More than 400 species of birds have been recorded in
                                                                                 Ruaha. The baobabs trees also exist throughout the park.
                                                                                 These magnificent trees may live for up to 3000 years and
                                                                                 are remarkably resilient; most of the big ones you are
                                                                                 likely to encounter during your safari are between 100
                                                                                 and 800 years old!

                                                                                 The exciting Great Ruaha River offers the major
                                                                                 attraction of course, especially during the dry season. In
                                                                                 this period, the river attracts a large number of animals
                                                                                 including: impala, warthog, giraffe, waterbuck, eland,
                                                                                 zebra, buffalo, lion, leopard, hunting dog,
                                                                                 Grant’s gazelle, roan and sable antelopes, Lesser and
                                                                                 Greater kudus, cheetah etc. In addition, the river harbours
                                                                                 and amazing high number of hippo schools and crocodiles
                                                                                 which merit attention.

                                                                                Saadani National Park, is the only park, where the ‘bush
                                                                                meets the beach’. Located along the coast line of the
                                                                                Indian Ocean, the park contains a unique combination of
                                                                                terrestrial wildlife and marine flora and fauna. Hence, it is
                                                                                one of the very few Parks in Africa where big game has
 Lake Victoria, reveals a number of things. In the 1960s, several              been seen strolling on the beach!
 chimpanzees, rhino, suni, roan antelope, giraffe, black-and-white
 colobus monkey as well as elephant were introduced in the park.         The Park which is located to the north Bagamoyo town, has a
 Admittedly, the park is the only one in a fresh water lake in           combination of attractions suitable for tourists. It is the only
 Africa.                                                                 protected area in Tanzania offering terrestrial, littoral and marine
                                                                         resources. It is also one of the few areas on the East African
 The kind of wild animals found in this park include: Sitatunga,         Coast, that is protected, and contains species of animals
 bushbuck, vervet monkey, hippo and crocodile which are                  associated with terrestrial life.
 numerous and widespread in the park. The other animal species
 seen are large-spotted genet cat, spot-necked otter and cane rat.       Saadani protects part of the East African Lowland Coastal Forest
 Reptiles include monitor lizards and pythons. Records show that         System (Zaraninge), with its rare and endemic species.
 there have been no mammalian predators on the island.                   Additionally, Saadani is very important because it provides
                                                                         protection for the green turtle and the mangroves which are rare
 The fact that the Park is an island, with its sandy beaches and         in East Africa.
 rocky shore, is in itself interesting. To date, there is a large num-
 ber of species of birds that have been
 identified in the park, some of which are migratory
 species from East, Central and West Africa. Rubondo has
 an abundance of herons, storks, ibises, egrets, cor-
 morants, kingfishers and birds of prey. It is believed that
 the park has the highest density of fish eagles in the
 world. It is impossible to walk, boat or drive, fifty
 meters without seeing notable pairs of these beautiful
 birds. Rubondo Island National Park, is also a migratory
 route for birds from Europe, Central, East and West

 In the Southern Tanzania, lies the second largest park
 after Serengeti- Ruaha. This large piece of land, gets its
 name from the Great Ruaha River, which flows along the
 entire eastern border of the park for about 160km.

 Ruaha enjoys a good climate, and indeed, it is a
 photographer’s paradise. It is easier here, to see both
 Greater and Lesser Kudu, roan and sable antelope in the
 same park. This is one of the special attractions of the
 Park. The area is also one of Tanzania’s largest elephant

In Saadani National Park, all the big five except rhinoceros are    However, the park is a haven for primates. Two endemic species
present. Others include, hippo, giraffe, bushbuck, bushpig, red     are also found here. They are the Iringa red colobus monkey and
duiker, dikdik, fringe-eared oryx, eland, Lichtenstein’s            the Sanje crested mangabey. The other primates are vervet
hartebeest, spotted hyena, genet, civet, zebra, warthog, yellow     monkey, Sykes monkey, baboon, black and white colobus
baboon, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey, vervet         monkey.
monkey etc. Along with a variety of birds, the beach and sea,
different vegetation types, the Wami River and the turtle nesting   The Udzungwa has spectacular mountains scenery. The
ground at Madete, they form major attractions for different         combination of landforms, valleys, waterfalls, forests and the
market segments.                                                    geology is a thriller.

The Tarangire National Park, which is situated in northern          Mikumi National Park, borders the Selous Game Reserve. The
Tanzania, derives its name from the Tarangire river, which rises    abundant wildlife, attracted to the lush vegetation, include lions,
in the Kondoa highlands in central Tanzania and makes its way       eland, zebra, wildebeest, elephant, hippo and giraffe. Eland, one
northwards along the axis of the park. The river forms a dry        of the largest antelopes, is frequently sighted around the Mkata
season retreat for large numbers of                                 floodplain. Mikumi is the most reliable destination in Tanzania
mammals including a high density of                                 for viewing the eland. Several observation towers in the park
elephant and plains game. And, although long stretches of the       allow visitors to view the entire park.
river are devoid of surface water, enough
pools remain to attract thirsty animals
especially during the months from July to
November. In the wet season, these ani-
mals disperse to large areas outside the

Within the park, there are different
features: flat areas, lake, swamps and the
kopjes. Baobabs-with their branches
protesting in the sky – are another feature.
Admittedly, there are several hills that can
be seen within the park. The Tarangire
river is the main perennial river traversing
the park.

In Tarangire, large herds of elephants can
be seen throughout the year; likewise,
herds of oryx and gerenuk are commonly
seen traversing the park. On the whole,
hundreds of species of wildlife and birds
inhabit the wetlands, Acacia woodlands
and innumerable baobabs, the river, hills,
low valleys and kopjes-a vibrant ecosystem indeed! In the dry
season, the park forms an important refuge for wildlife.            Over 400 bird species have been recorded in Mikumi National
                                                                    Park: storks, pelicans, herons, ibis, eagles and kites are some of
The Udzungwa Mountains National Park, in the Southern               the birds. Many of the species found in Mikumi, are rarely seen
Tourist Circuit of Tanzania, forms part of the Eastern Arc          in the northern game parks of Tanzania. Mikumi National Park, is
Mountains. It is believed that, this range of mountains, has an     the location for several educational and research studies such as
extraordinary rich and unique biodiversity and has been             the ongoing field study of yellow baboons.
nicknamed the “Galapagos Islands of Africa”. The eleven
geologically separated blocks of mountains, form a broken chain     Surely, Tanzania is a country of striking
running from Southern Kenya through Tanzania, up to the             differences-geographically, historically and culturally. Nestled
northern tip of Malawi; and each block has tropical forests with    between the Indian Ocean and Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania has
high rainfall.                                                      more to offer to the world than other African countries. Incredible
                                                                    natural beauty. A combination of the old and the new-like
Surely, the Udzungwa Mountains National Park is beautiful. It       medieval towns and ultra modern hotels. As well as an endless
has unique, natural, cultural and biological attributes in their    variety of sports, beaches, national parks, wildlife reserves,
spectacular setting. The “exceptional resources” are many and       archaeological sites and festivals. Come and share with us the
varied.                                                             beauty of this country. It is unbelievable!

As it is with other Parks, Udzungwa supports a large number of
mammals including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, bushbuck,
sable, eland and waterbuck.

 Keeping Abreast with
       Wildlife Conservation
      hroughout history, wildlife has suffered because of human           Parakeet, the passenger pigeon and the California grizzly bear.
      beings and their activities. Increasingly, efficient weapons such
 as bows, rifles and shotguns, enabled people to kill game with           Growing concern for wildlife
 growing ease. With such weapons, hunters have killed and wiped           Beginning in the late 1800's, growing concern for the world's
 off some species of animals. People have also cleared forests,           vanishing wildlife has led to increased conservation action. The
 drained swamp, and dammed rivers to clear the way for                    governments of many nations have passed protective laws and set
 agriculture and industry. These activities, have seriously harmed or     aside national parks and other reserves for wildlife. But several
 destroyed large areas of plant and wildlife habitats. Human beings,      hundred species of animals and thousands of species of plants still
 may also disrupt the natural processes of the habitats that remain.      face the danger of extinction. Such animals include the Asian lion,
 These disruptions affect the diversity and size of living populations    Bengal Tiger, Blue Whale, Mountain Gorilla, Whooping Crane,
 in the habitats. Many such habitats are small and no longer con-         California Condor and all Asian Rhinoceroses.
 nected to vast ecosystems (communities of living
 organisms and their physical environment).                               Classifications of scarce wildlife
                                                                          Three main classifications are commonly used for animals and
 The impact of human activities                                           plants that face possible extinction: (1) endangered, (2) vulnerable,
 Various species became extinct even before people appeared on            and (3) lower risk.
 earth. In the past, however, other species developed and replaced
 those that had disappeared or alarmingly died off. Admittedly, the       Endangered species face the most serious threat of
 total variety of life did not diminish. Today, human activities kill     extinction. They require direct human protection for
 off species with no hope for their replacement and so the variety        survival. The California Condor is endangered because only about
 of life is decreasing.                                                   180 birds of this species still exist, most of them in captivity. In
                                                                          1987 wildlife biologists captured what was then the last remaining
 Since about 1600, many kinds of wildlife have become extinct; for        wild California Condor. Since then, more than 150 California
 example, in North America, such species include the Carolina             Condors have been born and raised in captivity and scientists have
                                                                                   released some of these birds into the wild in California
                                                                                   and Arizona.

                                                                                   Vulnerable species, also known as threatened species, are
                                                                                   generally abundant in some areas, but they face serious
                                                                                   dangers nevertheless. These dangers may result from
                                                                                   unfavorable changes in the environment. They also may
                                                                                   be due to extensive hunting, fishing or trapping, or even
                                                                                   to collecting by hobbyists. The gray wolf, a vulnerable
                                                                                   species, is plentiful in some places. But, its overall
                                                                                   numbers worldwide, are threatened by hunting, trapping,
                                                                                   and poisoning.

                                                                                   Lower risk species, also known as rare species, have small
                                                                                   populations. They often live in restricted geographical
 Rhinos are in great risk of vanishing because of human activities and areas, but their numbers are not necessarily decreasing. For

example, the rare bristlecone pine trees grow only at high altitudes   industrialized nations, the recreational viewing of animals in zoos
in the Western United States. But their survival is not seriously      and wildlife refuges, is also a source of revenue.
                                                                       Scientific value
Values of wildlife conservation                                        The study of wildlife, provides valuable knowledge about various
If people ignore the need for wildlife conservation, today's           life processes. Such study, has helped scientists understand how
endangered species will soon become extinct. Many other species        the human body functions and why people behave as they do.
will also face extinction. If this happens, human beings will lose     Scientists have also gained medical knowledge and discovered
much of great value that cannot be replaced. Wildlife is important     important medical products by studying wildlife. In addition, by
to people for four main reasons: (1) beauty, (2) economic value,       observing the effect of environmental pollution on wild animals,
(3) scientific value and (4) survival value.                           scientists have learned how pollution affects human life.

Beauty                                                                 Survival value
Every kind of animal and plant, differs from every other kind,              Every species of wildlife plays a role in helping maintain the
and thus contributes in a special way to the beauty of nature.                                      balanced, living systems of the Earth.
Most people feel that such beauty enriches their life. It                                           These systems, must continue to
also heightens the enjoyment of camping and other                                                   function, if life is to survive. Thus, the
forms of outdoor                                                                                  loss of any species can threaten the
recreation.                                                                                      survival of all life, including human beings.

                                                                                              Methods of wildlife conservation
                                                                                             The method used to protect wildlife, depends
                                                                                            on the source of the danger to the species. Much
                                                                                           wildlife can be helped, by ensuring that their
                                                                                          environment provides enough food, water, and
                                                                                        shelter. This method, habitat management, involves
                                                                                    such action as soil conservation, good forestry prac-
                                                                                   tices, and water management.

                                                                                  Protecting against habitat destruction
                                                                                  Many species of wildlife are threatened because human
                                                                                  beings have destroyed their habitats. For example,
                                                                                  people have drained swamps and marshes and
                                                                                  converted them into farmland. The wetland habitats
                                                                                   that remain have been further degraded due to factors
                                                                                   caused by human activity. These factors include the
                                                                                   redirecting of surface water away from wetland sites,
                                                                                   reduction of ground water levels, sedimentation, toxic
                                                                                  chemicals, and isolation from other wetlands. Poor
         Wild Dogs are also disappearing slowly.
                                                                                 farming practices, may also destroy land, or the spread of
                                                                          cities and industries may pave over former wildlife
Economic value                                                         habitats. Pollution may poison the air, water, plants, and animals.
Wild species of animals and plants provide many valuable               To save wildlife habitats, people must control pollution and set
substances, such as wood and other plant products, fibers, meat        aside areas in which wild animals and plants can survive.
and other foods, and skins and furs. The financial value of wild
species is important to the economies of many nations. In

 Protecting against over hunting

 An animal threatened by too much hunting, can be
 protected by laws that forbid or regulate such killing. These laws,

 may specify when a certain species may be hunted or how many of
 the species may be killed. Laws, can also protect plants, endan-
 gered by over collection. If an entire habitat requires protection,
 the area may be made a national park or wildlife refuge. In some
 cases, predatory animals that kill an endangered species must be
 controlled until the endangered animal has increased in numbers.
 On the other hand, a species may become too numerous. When
 this happens, the animal may threaten its own survival—or the sur-
 vival of other species—by eating too much of the food supply.
 This problem has occurred with elk and hippopotamuses in
 national parks. The numbers of such a species, must then be
 reduced, either by controlled hunting or by restoring its natural
 enemies where they have become scarce.

 Other methods of protection
 If a species, can no longer survive in its natural environment, it
 may be raised in captivity and then released into a protected area.
 This method saved the Hawaiian goose. Likewise, conservation-
 ists hope to save the black-footed ferret. This small mammal, once
 lived in the Great Plains, but its population declined sharply
 during the 1900's. Scientists captured all known ferrets in the
 1980's and began breeding them in captivity. In 1991, they began
 releasing the ferrets into the wild, where these animals have
 established new breeding populations.

 A species threatened by disease may be helped by sanitation
 measures in its habitat. Rare plants can be maintained in botani-
 cal gardens, or their seeds can be saved in seed banks for future

 The success of wildlife conservation, depends on knowledge of
 the ecology of a species and the forces at work in a habitat. In
 other words, it requires an understanding of the way in which a
 species lives and how it relates to everything in its environment.                    A dispensary built by TANAPA for a village nea

 NB: The bits and pieces of the above information, are a result of
 collection from internet materials and from all                           Tanzania National Parks has spent about 3.7 bn/-
 studies we could lay hands on. EDITOR                                 to support 124 community projects during the
                                                                           financial year 2007/2008. The communities that
                                                                       benefited from the amount include those living
                                                                       around national parks as well as various disadvantaged
                                                                       and women groups.

A Spends 3.7 billion for
y Conservation Projects
                                                                    TANAPA has a presence.

                                                                        Bearing in mind the contribution of the
                                                                    communities towards wildlife conservation, TANAPA
                                                                    had initially introduced a trial period of outreach
                                                                    program under the ‘neighbors as partners’ philosophy,
                                                                    a policy meant to give conservation education to
                                                                    communities together with a benefit sharing
                                                                    mechanism. This program later on led to the
                                                                    introduction of Support for Community Initiated
                                                                    Projects (SCIP) which is a tool for implementing
                                                                    outreach program of benefit sharing. The idea behind
                                                                    this cost sharing mechanism is that TANAPA will
                                                                    contribute 70% of project costs and the remaining
                                                                    30% which is in kind, will be borne by the
                                                                    community for the approved projects.

                                                                       It was envisaged that if the communities are
                                                                    enjoying the benefits, in turn they will value, hence
                                                                    protect the park resources that generate the benefits
                                                                    both materially and in kind.

                                                                       SCIP is a tool used to implement outreach
                                                                    program objectives of benefit sharing with local
                                                                    communities. Through SCIP, a significant
                                                                    contribution in resource conservation has been recog-
                                                                    nized. The SCIP has brought about change in attitude
                                                                    towards conservation of wildlife resources due to the
                                                                    awareness campaigns and sensitization at all levels.
                                                                    The impact of the projects has reduced communities’
                                                                    burden in the contribution to their developmental
ar Katavi National Park as part of SCIP programs.                      The feedbacks from the community with regards to
                                                                    the support from TANAPA has been positive one
                                                                    whereby the communities show appreciation on the
             The programs are implemented under the                 improved social services e.g. Classrooms, dormitories,
          Community Conservation Service (CCS) programs,            teacher’s houses, dispensary, health centers and water
          which TANAPA facilitates to reach out to local people     projects.
          through development projects.
                                                                       There are also employment opportunities and
             These programs include construction of schools,        improved relationship.
          schools dormitories, water projects, health centers and
          dispensaries in areas across the country where

          TOURISM PROMOTION:                                                  TANZANIA NEEDS TO CURB
                                       INFRASTRUCTURAL CHALLENGES

       Beautiful attractions scenes like this one may not be accessible to tourists if the means of infrastructures are poor.

        T    he challenges facing the tourism Industry in
            Tanzania, are many and varied. One such
     area, is inadequate infrastructure both in towns and
                                                                          Look at this: About 30% of the country is under
                                                                       wildlife protection (slightly more than 225,000square
                                                                       kilometers); and that the government of the United
     the country side. If the industry is to succeed, then             Republic of Tanzania is spending more money per
     something has to be done quickly to invest on both                capita, on wildlife protection, than the United States
     infrastructure and superstructure. It should be noted             of America. The country has 15 National Parks,
     that the tourism product consists of the 3A’s                     more than fifteen Game and Forest Reserves.
     (Attractions, Accessibility and Amenities). An                    Admittedly, there are more than fifty (50) Game
     absence of any one of the 3A’s makes the whole                    Controlled Areas. All these, are “pull factors,” and
     industry to collapse. This is the main reason why                 make Tanzania a unique destination. Combined with
     investment in infrastructure is a necessity.                      the beautiful beaches, mountains, caves, waterfalls,
                                                                       lakes and rivers, archaeological sites, a variety of
        Let us have an overview of one of the 3 A’s; that              culture-all these attributes, make Tanzania, a thriller.
     is ‘attractions’-and these are National Parks, of
     course. Just look around, and you will be amazed to                   Four tourist circuits are now in place. The most
     note that, tourism today, is playing a remarkable role            popular and developed circuit is the Northern tourist
     in the growth of the country’s economy, by way of                 circuit. It comprises of the Usambara Mountains,
     foreign currency earnings and is a pillar for both                Mkomazi, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tarangire, Lake
     direct and indirect employment (formal and                        Manyara and Serengeti National Parks as well as
     informal).                                                        Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA).

   The Southern tourist circuit, on the other hand,        Doing tourism business in Tanzania can be very
includes: the Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi               challenging. The country has a number of challenges
National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park         that make running the business difficult.
as well as Kitulo and Ruaha National Parks.                While TANAPA was struggling to promote its
   The Western tourist circuit comprises of Katavi      Southern products, the issues of infrastructures and
National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park,          superstructure was posing a very big challenge from
Gombe Stream National Park and Rubondo Island           roads, airstrips and marine transport and
National Park.                                          accommodation in the mentioned areas. These areas
                                                        have been a challenge to us for sometime now,” said
   And lastly, the Coastal tourist circuit which        Mr. Kijazi.
includes: Dares Salaam, Tanga, Kilwa Kivinje,
Bagamoyo, Zanzibar, Saadani National Park and              Infrastructure is the major constraint on growth
Mafia Island which is the conchologist’s paradise.      of our economy. It offers tremendous opportunities
Here also, there is a Marine National Park              for investment. However, Tanzania can not tackle
                                                        this issue alone. The entire regional economy is
    The Northern tourist circuit is fairly developed,   suffering from poor infrastructure. Therefore, the
but the rest: Southern, Western and Coastal tourist     government has particularly focused on this regional
circuits need serious infrastructural development to    context of infrastructure investment.
meet an inevitable influx of tourists in the years to
come.                                                      The infrastructure services are good deals to
                                                        exploit. If the exercise was done properly, then the
   The recently strategic Tourism Development           port, railways and highways could offer a lot of
Program laid a great deal of emphasis in promoting      business opportunities in terms of creating
investment opportunities into various circuits, in      connection with neighboring countries, which are
consistent with the National Tourism Development        landlocked.
drive. However, the strategy is facing a challenge in
some key areas of tourism promotion.                       Improvement of infrastructures in these circuits
                                                        require huge amounts of money. It is obvious that
   It is obvious that TANAPA’s responsibility is not    the Tanzania National Parks Authority would like to
only confined to Tanzania, but the rest of the world.   welcome investors in different areas. This, in the
“As a policy, TANAPA which is the custodian of all      final analysis, would release pressure from tourists
the National and World Heritage areas, is strictly      who are more interested in the Northern Tourist
against the money first activities” said the Director   Circuit.
of Tourism and Customer Services, Mr. Allan Kijazi.
                                                           “It is only through improved infrastructure that
   Mr. Kijazi added that, the target was to utilize     we can lure investors in these areas. Therefore, part
Tanzania’s competitive edge of its unspoiled nature,    and parcel of our strategy is to look for institutions
and abundant wildlife, to lure various players with     that can offer soft loans for infrastructure
the capacity of putting Tanzania on a fast tourist      development” explained Mr. Kijazi.
                                                           Currently, there are planes like Regional Air,
   “It is exactly because of this that while we won’t   Coastal Air, Civil Aviation just to mention but a few.
forget the Northern Tourist Circuit’s attractions, we   Apart from these, other aircrafts which come
have a strategic Tourism Development Program that       directly from countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia
will from now on, lay a great deal of emphasis on       can also land in the respective park’s airstrips.
promoting investment in the Southern, Western and
Coastal Tourism Circuits in consonance with the             For those arriving by road, they are facing the
National Tourism Development drive. The industry        same challenge. TANAPA is responsible for road
has generally been ignorant of the beauty on these      construction and maintenance in national parks and
other circuits which are really remote, untouched       not beyond. Therefore, TANAPA has to establish
and in possession of bigger diversity,” quipped Mr.     cooperation with the central and local government
Kijazi.                                                 organs to make sure that nothing stands on the way
                                                        in the travel and tourism promotion of the country’s
                                                        tourism products.

 Real experience…

         “Mt Kilimanjaro offers fascinating
                 hiking adventure”
 By Alphonce Akarrow                                                guide and the costs involved, including the entry fees. This was
                                                                    done as planned. Then I trained myself into various kinds of
 Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, was my dream since long time           physical exercise so as to acclimatize myself with the task
 ago. Not only because I was born in the proximity of Mt.           ahead. I practiced running, cycling, attending gyms as well as
 Kilimanjaro, but also since I came to learn in school that it is   other light exercises. I also chose Moshi to be my area of
 the highest free-standing mountain in the world. This dream,       training, because the weather was more-or-less the same as
 was also accelerated further when I was abroad, where, I met       that found in the mountain area.

                     Uhuru peak: It was not an easy task but with determination you can make it!

 a lot of friends from various parts of the world, most of them,    After making sure that I had all the required equipment
 asking about the mountain and wanted to know the logistics         (some, we purchased, and some, we hired), then we embarked
 into getting there. While some few of them had already             on the climb through Marangu route. We started the climb
 climbed the mountain, I had not. So, I lay down a plan to          late (at around 12:00hrs) on 13th April 2007 because of
 climb the mountain. I arranged with my brothers for a tour         some unavoidable logistics. We arrived at Mandara Hut 9 km

                                         Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s snow-capped roof
away in the evening (approximately 2,720 meters above the         health status – do a medical check up, get a
sea level). We cooked our dinner and spent a night there. On      doctor’s advice, before you climb. Some of these tips are at the
the following day, we started the climb from Mandara Hut at       entrance gate.
around 07:00hrs. We arrived at Horombo Hut in the
afternoon; and instead of spending a night there, we decided      Okay, we passed Gilman’s point and Stella plate before
to take light food stuff and drink (as lunch) and thereafter      conquering Uhuru peak. In fact we were supposed to reach
continued with the ascent. We were really exhausted on the        there earlier (than 09:15hrs) to avoid slippery snow on the
way to Kibo Hut.                                                  way back. However, we managed to descend safely. At Kibo
                                                                  Hut, I wasn’t able to take any food , even juice. So we
We reached Kibo Hut late evening on 14th April 2007. We           decided to descend to Horombo Hut. It was a very funny and
cooked our dinner and had dinner between 20hrs-21hrs.             interesting trip!! You will really enjoy all the stages and the
Temperatures there, were very low, as it was freezing. At that    weather changes. At Horombo Hut, we cooked our dinner and
point, it normally freezes. We were not able to eat as it was     spent our night. On the following day (16th April 2007),
the case for other stop points. From this point onward or a       after breakfast, we started descending. We passed Mandara
little bit down from there, some people start to feel or suffer   Hut and reached the gate (exit gate) – Marangu, in the
from mountain sickness. Something I learnt was that: We           afternoon. We spent roughly 3 days from Friday to Monday.
were supposed to take sufficient food which would then give       We were excited after obtaining our certificates. Later we took
us sufficient energy before passing Horombo Hut or before         a commuter bus to Moshi town. Some of our team members
reaching Kibo Hut. With mountain sickness, it is always not       went to Arusha and some went to Moshi rural and that was
possible to eat food. You may end up just drinking water and      the end of the exciting mountain climb and the fulfillment of
finish your climb safely. This is what happened to me. You        my dream. Next, it will be to climb Mt Meru in Arusha and
need to carry drinking water – very crucial. I took water from    then Mt Kilimanjaro again. This time around, I will go for a
that night till late evening on the following day at Horombo      more challenging route.
Hut on the way back from the mountain top.
                                                                  Yap, I have climbed Mt Kilimanjaro. I have conquered its
The next day (15th April 2007), we woke up mid night and          top. Have you?
started the climb to the top. This took us nearly 8 hours to
reach Uhuru Peak (5895metres above sea level). We reached
there at around 09:15 hrs. The amount of oxygen at the top
of the mountain, is estimated to be 50% of the normal one we
inhale on the lower levels. So you need to have enough energy
and practices before you climb. You also need to know your

 TANAPA Today’s animal…....


 L   ook into the intelligent, warm brown eyes of a
     chimpanzee and you may see yourself not far below
 the surface, for you are looking at your closest animal
                                                           Chimpanzees are the most adaptable of the great apes,
                                                           living in lowland and mountain forests, dry woodlands,
                                                           and even open savannah country. The populations in
 relative. The chimpanzee is classified among the great    the Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National
 apes, with the gorilla, orang-utan, and bonobo (pygmy     Parks thus represent the extreme south-eastern limit of
 chimpanzee).All are large, big brained and tail –less,    the eastern race.
 and an impartial observer from another planet would
                                                                               Chimpanzees are covered in long
                                                                               black hair except for their faces,
                                                                               ears, fingers and toes. A baby chimp
                                                                               is born with light pink skin and a
                                                                               white ‘tail-tuft’ of hair that signals
                                                                               immaturity. As it matures, its skin
                                                                               darkens; usually becoming deep
                                                                               brown or black, and the white tuft
                                                                               disappears at about 8-9 years. Young
                                                                               adults have sleek, glossy, very black
                                                                               coats. After about 20-25 years, males
                                                                               in particular tend to become brown
                                                                               or grey on the lower back and legs
                                                                               and either sex may develop baldness
                                                                               or grey hair on the crown of the
                                                                               head. Many chimps live between 30-
                                                                               50 years. The oldest chimp known
                                                                               at Gombe so far was a female
                                                                               named Flo, who was at least
                                                                               43 years when she died.

                                                                               At Gombe, adult males weigh 35-40
                                                                               kgs, and adult females are slightly
                                                                               smaller at 32 kgs. They normally
                                                                               walk on all fours. This foot posture
                                                                               is called ‘quadrupedal’. At shoulder
             Chimpanzee with her baby at Gombe National Park.                  height they are 70-80 cms. high. A
                                                                              large male standing erect is about
 probably include us in the same group, perhaps in the    130cms high. Chimps in other areas and in captivity
 same genius as the chimpanzee, with whom we share        tend to be larger than the Gombe population.
 over 95% of our genes.                                   Chimpanzee live in ‘communities’of about 20-100
                                                          individuals. The members of a community do not stay
                                                          together all the time, but they share a common home

range (10-30 at Gombe and Mahale), within            Chimpanzees communicate very loudly when separated
which they roam around in small groups of 5 or fewer,      by vegetation or distance. Irregular, excited barks are
frequently meeting other members and keeping in            given by chimps who have found a new food-source.
touch through loud calls. If food is very abundant in      Loud, tense and repeated screams are given by a chimp
one area for several days or more, most members of the     who is being threatened or attacked by another. Loud
community may temporarily gather there in a large and      wailing ‘wraa’ calls are responses to something strange
noisy gathering.                                           like a big snake.

Adult males form the ‘stable core’ of the community,       If you do not know where to find chimpanzees, the best
unlike most other primate species. Sometimes               way to start is to climb high up on a ridge and listen for
competitive but generally supportive of one another,       any of these calls, while scanning the trees for black
they spend their whole lives in the community of their     shapes. Do not be discouraged if you hear nothing, they
birth. They protect their range against neighboring        might be there.
communities, and from time to time they patrol its
borders as a group, chasing or attacking or
even killing any strangers that they meet.
The number of adult males seems to
determine the size of the range they can

Adult females do not permanently pair
with males. A young female, when she
comes into oestrus (about every 356 days)
develops a conspicuous pink anogenital
swelling, and seeks out the company of
males, sometimes even going to a
neighboring community. She will mate
promiscuously with many different males.
As she grows older, however, she may settle
down to a pattern of ‘consort ships’ with
just a few regular partners. Thus when she
starts showing signs of oeastrus, one of
these males leads her away, and they will
avoid the company of all other chimps for
several days, sometimes for 2 weeks or
more. In this situation, the male has
exclusive mating rights to that female,
which obviously increases his chance of
producing an offspring. When not in
oeastrus, females are less sociable than
males, and spend much of their time alone
except for their young, or with one or two
female companions.

Family ties are very close. Infants are born
after 8 months pregnancy, well formed and
able to cling tightly to the mother’s belly.
Normally births are single, but 2 instances              Chimpanzee in a deep thought, just like human beings
of twins have been observed at Gombe.

 While travelling, chimpanzee always walk on the                and wrestle with them. When playing, chimps show a
 ground, walking on the soles of their feet and the             play face, with the lower teeth bared, and they give
 knuckles (second joints) of their fingers. They often          hoarse panting laughter. Even adult chimps play togeth-
 follow well defined trails in a single file, but they can be   er on rare occasions.
 hard to follow because they keep up a steady pace even
 when their trails become small tunnels through thorny          An oestrous female often attracts a group of males. She
 vines, to which the humans form is poorly adapted.             may mate with any of them, even infants and juveniles,
                                                                or a high ranking male, may monopolize her. A male
                                                                initiates mating by showing unmistakable signs of his
 Some of the most interesting social behavior occurs            readiness, and beckoning to the female or shaking a
 when chimpanzees meet and greet each other after               branch. Then the female crouches and presents herself
 being separated for a while, and have to re-establish          to him. Chimpanzees feed for about six hours every
 their relationships. Often, when adult males join a            day. They spend about 50-70% of that time eating fruit,
 group, they arrive with hair erect, a sign of tension and      about 20% eating leaves and the remainder on a variety
 readiness to fight. They may either break into a               of other things-seeds, flowers, pith, barks, stems and
                                                                                    resin. Nor are they only vegetarians,
                                                                                    at certain times of the year they eat
                                                                                    a lot of insects, and they are oppor-
                                                                                    tunistic hunters of birds’ eggs and

                                                                                   In spite of all this variety, chimps
                                                                                   tend to concentrate on a few major
                                                                                   food crops during the year.

                                                                                   At the end of the day, and
                                                                                   occasionally for a day time ‘siesta’,
                                                                                   each chimp prepares a nest in which
                                                                                   to sleep. Normally, a nest is used
                                                                                   only once, but sometimes old nests
                                                                                   are improved and re-used. Standing
                                                                                   on a branch, the chimp bends leafy
                                                                                   branches and twigs towards itself,
                                                                                   breaking them or pressing them
                  Playtime: Chimpanzee playing with each other                     down to form a springy platform of
                                                                                  leaves and twigs. A mother shares her
 charging display by either swaying bushes or dragging         nest with her infant, but weaned juveniles, sleep alone.
 branches, hurling rocks or stamping on the ground,            Members of a group may nest in the same tree if there
 even hitting anyone who does not get away on time. A          is room, or in adjacent trees. Usually chimps sleep all
 female, typically greets a male, by pant-grunting and         night, sometimes waking up to give a chorus of hoots;
 presenting her rear quarters to him. He then inspects         but on moonlight nights, they may feed close to the
 her anogenital area to determine her hormonal                 nest.
 condition, or may just give her a reassuring touch.
 Sometimes, chimps may kiss or embrace one another in
 greeting or for reassurance.

 In relaxed situations, young chimps spend much time
 playing. Infants at first, play largely, with objects, or
 with their mothers and older siblings who gently tickle


       A visit to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Park.

          A visit to the Serengeti Park


          A visit to the Tarangire Park.

        A visit to the Saanane Island Park

1. Where on earth one can find Serengeti and Mount
Kilimanjaro National Parks?
    (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania).

2. Why is Serengeti so famous in the world?
(Wildebeest migration, Wild and Beaches meet,
Home of Red Colobus Monkeys).

3. Mention animal that is famous at Gombe and
Mahale National Parks?
(Rhinoceros, Chimpanzee, Elephants)

4. Saadani National Park is a unique park because :-
(It is located near Lake Victoria, Can be reached by
air only, Where the bush meets the beach)

5. Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru both can be
found in which country within East Africa?
(Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda)
                                                                       8. Lake Manyara
6. Which National Park is referred as the “Serengeti
of Flowers”?                                                       7. Tree Climbing Lions
(Katavi, Lake Manyara, Kitulo)                                                  6. Kitulo

7. Why is Lake Manyara National Park different from                         5. Tanzania
other parks?
                                                       4. Where the Bush meets the beach
(Because of large number of Black Rhinos, Because
of White Monkeys, Because of Tree Climbing Lions)                        3. Chimpanzee

8. Flamingo birds can frequently be found at which               2. Wildebeest Migration
                                                                            1. Tanzania
(Udzungwa, Mkomazi, Lake Manyara)


 A Young Business Man makes a Phone Call               10. You move into a new house and you
                                                           decide to "Netscape" before you landscape.
 A young businessman had just started his own          11. Your family always knows where you are.
 firm. He'd rented a beautiful office and had it       12. In real life conversations, you don't laugh,
 furnished with antiques. Sitting there, he saw a          you just say "LOL, LOL".
 man come into the outer office. Wishing to            13. After reading this message, you immediately
 appear busy, the businessman picked up the                forward it to a friend!
 phone and started to pretend he had a big deal
 working. He threw huge figures around and             Anger In the Sky
 made giant commitments. Finally, he hung up
 and asked the visitor, "Can I help you?" The man      God was fed up. In a crash of thunder He
 said, "Sure. I've come to install the phone!"         yanked up to Heaven three influential men: Bill
                                                       Clinton, Boris Yeltsin and Bill Gates.
 Your friend and their computer                        "The human race is a complete disappointment,"
                                                       God boomed. "You each have one week to
 ‘You know it is time to reassess your                 prepare your followers for the End of the
 relationship with your computer when....’             World."
 1. You wake up at 4 O'clock in the morning to         With another crash of thunder they found
     go to the bathroom and stop to check your         themselves back on Earth.
     email on the way back to bed.                     Clinton immediately called his cabinet. "I have
 2. You turn off your computer and get an awful        good news and bad news," he announced grimly.
     empty feeling, as if you just pulled the plug     "The good news is that there is a God. The bad
     on a loved one.                                   news is, He's really mad and plans to end the
 3. You decide to stay in college for an additional    world in a week."
     year or two, just for the free internet access.   In Russia, Yeltsin announced to parliament,
 4. You laugh at people with 28.8 modems.              "Comrades, I have bad news and worse news.
 5. You start using smileys :-) in your snail mail.    The bad news is that we were wrong; there is a
 6. You find yourself typing "com" after every         God after all. The worse news is He's mad and is
     period when using a word            going to end the world in a week."
 7. You can't correspond with your mother              Meanwhile, Bill Gates called a meeting of his top
     because she doesn't have a computer.              engineers. "I have good news and better news.
 8. When your email box shows "no new                  The good news is that God considers me one of
     messages" and you feel really depressed.          the three most influential men on Earth," he
 9. You don't know the gender of your three            beamed. "The better news is we don't have to fix
     closest friends because they have nondescript     WINDOWS 95."
     screen name and you never bothered to ask.

                           National Parks’ Tarriffs
The entry fees are valid for 24 hours only                               G. Permit for each Motor vehicle from 1st july 2006:(all
A. Permit for entry for each person to Serengeti
                                                                                                                Tanzanian      Foreign

National Park from 1st jan 2006
                                                                                                                        Registered    Registered
                                                                                                                        Tshs             US $
                                            Tanzanian Non Tanzanian
                                              Tshs            US $       i) Tare weight up to 2000 kgs                  10,000            40
   a) Of or above the age of 16 years         1,500            50            ii) Tare weight between
   b) Between the age of 5 years                                                 2001-3000 kgs                          25,000           150
      and 16 year                               500            10            i) Tare weight between
   c) Children below th age of 5 years          free         free                3001-7000 kgs                          50,000           200
                                                                             iii) 7001-10000 kgs                       100,000           300
B. Permit for entry for each person to Kilimanjaro
National Park from 1st jan 2006
                                                                                                                       Tanzanian       Foreign

                                                                            iv) Vehicles accident fees
                                            Tanzanian Non Tanzanian                                                     Registered    Registered
                                                                                                                        Tshs             Tshs
                                                                               1. All types of vehicles                200,000       200,000
                                              Tshs            US $
   a) Of or above the age of 16 years         1,500            60
   b) Between the age of 5 years                                            v) Fine for overspeeding
      and 16 year                               500            10              1. All types of vehicles                 50,000        50,000
   c) Children below th age of 5 years          free         free           vi) Long time permit for
                                                                               citizens non commercial
C. Permit for entry for each person to Arusha, Tarangire and                   vehicles/trailers boats and aircraft.
                                                                               1. Tare weight up to 2000 kgs            50,000        50,000
Lake Manyara National Parks from 1st july 2006
                                                                               2. Tare weight from 2000 kgs
                                                                               7000 kgs. Minimum is paid
                                            Tanzanian Non Tanzanian

                                                                               quarterly and part thereof thereof      100,000       100,000
                                              Tshs            US $

   a) Of or above the age of 16 years         1,500            35
                                                                               3. Tare weight over 7000 kgs            200,000       200,000
   b) Between the age of 5 years
                                                                               4. Tractors, trailers and boats per
      and 16 years                              500            10
                                                                               annum. Minimum is paid quarterly
   c) Children below the age of 5 years         free         free
                                                                               and part thereof.                         5,000         5,000
                                                                               5. Aircraft per annum. Minimum is
D. Permit for entry for each person to Katavi, Mikumi,
                                                                               paid quarterly and part thereof         200,000       200,000
Ruaha, Rubondo and Udzungwa National Parks
                                                                         H. Permit for camping in any one period of 24 hours or part
                                            Tanzanian Non Tanzanian

                                                                           thereof from 1st july 2006:(All Parks except Kilimanjaro)
                                              Tshs            US $

  a) Of or above the age of 16 years          1,000            20
  b) Between the age of 5 year
      and 16 years                              500             5        1. On Established Campsite
                                                                                                                         Tanzanian Non Tanzanian

  c) Children below the age of 5 years          free         free            a) Of or above the age of16 years           1,000            30
                                                                                                                           Tshs            US $

                                                                             b) Between the age of 5 years
E. Permit for entry for each person to Gombe National Park                      and 16 years                               100              5
                                                                             c) Children below th age of 5 years           free          free
                                                                         3. All Campsites in Kilimanjaro
                                Tanzanian   Non Tanzanian   Expatriate
  a) Of or above the             Tshs          US $          US $

      age of 16 years           1,500           100            40            National Park from 1st july 2006
  b) Between the age of
      5 and 16 years             500             20            10        2. Special Campsites
                                                                                                                        Tanzanian Non Tanzanian
                                                                                                                          Tshs            US $
                                                                             a) Of or above the age of 16 years          2,000            50
F. Permit for entry for each person to Mahale National Park                  b) Between the age of 5 years
                                                                                and 16 years                               100             10
  a) Of or above the age                                                     c) Children below the age of 5 years          free          free
                                Tanzanian   Non Tanzanian   Expatriate

      of 16 years               1,500            80            40
                                 Tshs          US $          US $

  b) Between the age                                                     I. Guide fees
      of 5 and 16 years          500             30            10            a) Fees for the service of an official
                                                                                                                       Tanzanian Non Tanzanian

  c) Children below the
                                                                                                                         Tshs            US $
                                                                                guide                                      500            10
      age of 5 years             free           free         free            b) Fees for the service of an official
                                                                                guide who accompanies tourists
                                                                                outside normal working hours             1,000            15
                                                                             c) Walking Safaris guides                    5000            20

 J. Special Sport Fishing applicable only to Gombe, Mahale             P. Filming Fees
    and Rubondo Island National Parks (sport fishing allowed              The following filming fees are applicable to each person per
    only between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.)                                       day and covers entrance, camping and filming fees. (Filmers
                                                                          are not categorized into Tanzanians and Non Tanzanian)
                                            Tanzanian Non Tanzanian

     a) Of or above the age of 16 years        2000             50
                                               Tshs            US $

     b) Between the age of 5 and 16 years      1000             25        a) All Parks except Gombe and Mahale                    US $ 100
     c) Children below the age of 5 years       free          free        b) Gombe                                                US $ 180
                                                                          c) Mahale                                               US $ 130
 K. Huts, Hostel, Rest Houses Fees (rates are payable per head
   per night). Prior booking is required.                              Q. Hotel concession Fees
                                                                         Fees of 10% per person on half board (bed, breakfast and
     a) Kilimanjaro National Park:                                       meal) shall be payable by the owner or proprietor of a hotel or
        Mandara, Horombo and Kibo                                        lodge in respect of each person who lodges or stay in such a
        (Huts and Camping)                    1,000            50        hotel or lodge.
     b) Meru-Miriakamba and Saddle              800            20
     c) Other Huts-Manyara, Ruaha,                                        NB: Please note that tariffs are subject to change without prior
        Mikumi                                3,000            20      notice
     d) Hostels Marangu, Manyara,
        Serengeti, Mikumi, Ruaha and
        Gombe (Strictly for organized
        groups with permission of the
        Park warden In charge)                  500            10
     e) Rest House-Serengeti, Ruaha,
        Mikumi, Arusha and Katavi.            5,000            30
     f) Rest House-Gombe                      2,000            20

 L. Rescue Fee for Mts Kilimanjaro and Meru
    The Park shall be responsible for rescue between the point of
    the incident to the gate in any route.
    The climber will take care of other expenses from the gate to
    any chosen
    a) Rescue fee                              1,000            20
    Rescue fee is payable per person per trip and is non

 M. Canoeing at Lake Manyara and Arusha National Park

     a) Per person half day                   4,000            20
     b) Per person full day                   8,000            40

 N. Night Game Drive at Lake Manyara National Park

     a) Per person per Night                       -     50 US $

 O. Permit for Landing of aircraft and Helicopters

     1.Local Registered in Tshs
                                             Tanzanian Non Tanzanian
                                               Tshs            US $
      a) Up to 4 seater                       2,000         5,000
      b) 5 -12 seater                         5,000        15,000
      c) Over 13 seater                      10,000        25,000

     2. Foreign Registered in US $
                                             Tanzanian Non Tanzanian
                                               Tshs            US $
      a) Up to 4 seater                          40           100
      b) 5 -12 seater                           100           150
      c) Over 13 seater                         150           300


The Director General, Tanzania National Parks,
      P.O. Box 3134, Arusha, Tanzania.
        Direct line: (+255) 27 250 8040
  General line: (+255) 27 250 3471/4082/1930
           Fax: (+255) 27 250 8216

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