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Coastal Aviation, the only private carrier that serves all Tanzania National Parks (13) has increased its flights to Ruaha National Park to six times a week. The second largest of the National Parks, Ruaha takes its name from the Great Ruaha River that flows along its Eastern border. The Ruaha's Mjombo woodland has more that 1600 species of plants and over 400 species of bird life that have been identified. In conjunction with the increased frequencies, Coastal Aviation announced a special introductory offer of $250 dollars per person (no single supplements), for "last minute safaris," booked at least 48 hours in advance. This offer, valid through November 2004, includes round-trip air from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar or Arusha to Ruaha's Mdonya Old River (a tented camp), one night accommodation, game drives and transfers (park fees not included). Coastal flight schedules now make it easy for safari itineraries to feature both the more famous Northern circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro) with the lesser known, undiscovered jewels of the Southern Circuit, Ruaha and the Selous. Your adventure seeking clients can be game viewing in the Serengeti, and keeping Serengeti as their base, can take a day trip by air to Rubondo Island on Lake Victoria, popular for its great sport fishing: they can climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in the North and then go big game fishing or diving on Mafia Island. For information on Coastal Aviation's services and Coastal Agents in your area; or to find out how to become a Coastal Agent, go to www.coastal.cc or email aviation@coastal.cc;


Hon. Zakia Hamdani Meghji, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism presided over the groundbreaking for the renovation of the once renowned Kilimanjaro Hotel in Dar es Salaam. "The Kilimanjaro Hotel was once the pride of Dar es Salaam and we are pleased to know that its lost glory will be restored as part of the Government's development strategies for the renewal of Dar es Salaam as a major port, commercial and tourism center for East Africa," said the Minister.

ASB Holdings Ltd. is the investor who is bringing the Hotel, dormant for 10 years, back to life. The new Kilimanjaro hotel, located on a prime five-acre site on the Dar es Salaam harbor front, will feature world-class accommodation, including 170 rooms and seven presidential suites as well as banquet and conference facilities. Plans also call for a shopping and entertainment complex to be built adjacent to the hotel. The Kilimanjaro is likely to be operated by Kempinski and will also have a sister hotel in Zanzibar, the 250 room Zamani Zanzibar.

This major investment in down-town Dar es Salaam will play a key role in upgrading the surrounding waterfront area. In addition, the hotel will serve as an anchor for the development of Tanzania's "Southern Wildlife Circuit" intended to provide for expansion of the important eco-tourism business in Tanzania, while simultaneously reducing environmental pressure on the current Northern Circuit Wildlife assets.


The second annual Kilimanjaro Marathon will take place Sunday, March 7, 2004, in the foothills of Tanzania's world famous mountain. Mt. Kilimanjaro, or "Kili," as it is affectionately known, at 19,340 ft, is Africa's highest mountain and also the world's highest "free-standing" mountain. The 2004 race, supported by the Tanzania Tourist Board and the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association is expected to attract over 400 for the marathon (22.22 miles), including some of Africa's best marathon runners, and more than 1000 for the half marathon (13.11 miles) and fun run. For Americans, participation in the Kilimanjaro Marathon provides them with the unique opportunity to compete with the best of Africa in full view of the awe-inspiring and breathtaking Mountain. The start and finish of the Marathon is in the town of Moshi The picturesque route, with the spectacular panoramic view of kili, passes through many small farms, villages, banana and coffee plantations, as well as forest. Local residents turn out in great numbers to support the runners with traditional dancing and music. The logistics of the operation are run by the Kilimanjaro Marathon Club and the members of both the Tanzania Amateur Athletics Association (TAAA) and the local Kilimanjaro Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA).

Marathoners and their families can also take advantage of a pre or post Safari tours in Tanzania. Travel packages are available for clients, whether they are runners or spectators, and land packages are travel agent commissionable at 20% by Wild Frontiers, the official travel agent of the Marathon: tel: 27-11-702 2035; Fax 27-11-468-1655, email: Debbie@wildfrontiers.com, www.kilimanjaromarathon.com;

TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS, PROTECTOR OF THE COUNTRY'S RENOWNED NATURAL WONDERS CREATES TWO NEW UNIQUE PARKSMt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti. Both internationally acclaimed World Heritage Sites, both in Tanzania, and all protected by Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). Tourism in Tanzania is mostly nature-based, and TANAPA's mandate is to protect the country's rich endowment of natural resources especially the wildlife which is the major attraction for visitors. Tanzania protects an amazing 38% of its territory, including the national parks, reserves, conservation areas and marine parks, more than many of the world's wealthier nations. The 12 National Parks, soon to be 14, representing diverse ecosystems, include Arusha, Gombe, Katavi, Kilimanjaro, Mahale, Manyara, Mikumi, Ruaha, Rubondo, Serengeti, Tarangire and Udzungwa.

Conservation, however, needs the support of the local population and Gerald Bigurube, Acting TANAPA's Director General, is quick to point this out. "Although conservation is TANAPA's primary role, a major part of this policy is the emphasis on developing community-based tourism, and involving local people in conservation efforts. We have found that by providing employment for the indigenous population in the national parks' tourism activities, they benefit economically as well as become stakeholders in the future of the park. Nature-based tourism and community-based tourism for countries like Tanzania, are among the fastest growing sectors in the tourism industry." Bigurube further noted that TANAPA will be presenting several community-based tourism success stories at the up-coming IIPT/ATA 2nd African Peace Through Tourism Conference in Dar es Salaam, Dec 7-12, 2003.

Two New Unique National Parks: Saadani and Kitulo The newly created Saadani National Park, Tanzania's first coastal wildlife sanctuary comprising some 238 sq. miles of land and 6 sq miles of sea is located on the Indian Ocean coast some nine miles north of Bagamoyo, and directly west of Zanzibar. This park is unique in that it is the only one that combines the marine and bush safari experience. It contains many indigenous species including Liechtensteins hartebeest and the rare Roosevelt sable. A good population of elephants live in Saadani as do several herds of buffalo and numerous large groups of hippo. Lion, leopard, hyena, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, yellow baboon, black and white colobus and veret monkey, crocodile and monitor lizards can also be seen as can bushbuck, eland, reedbuck, and waterbuck. Saadani is a bird lover's paradise. In addition to the fish eagle and flamingo, there are lilac-breasted roller, fork-tailed drongo, grey hornbill, ring-necked dove, grey-headed sparrow and weaverbirds. Waders include yellow-billed stork, grey heron, little egret, sandpiper and various species of kingfisher. Bottle nose dolphins are common off the Southern coast of the park; whales pass through the Zanzibar channel in October and November; and green turtle breed at Madete Beach.

Saadani village, one of the oldest communities on the East African coast and an enclave to the park, allows tourists the opportunity to meet the local people, and watch the prawn fishermen at work. Bagamoyo, a proposed World Heritage Site for its past notoriety as a thriving center for the Ivory and Slave trade, and the nearby Kaole ruins, are both fascinating for their rich history.

Access to Saadani is by a paved road from Dar es Salaam to Chalinze (Mandera), and then by gravel road, or by boat, to Saadani. The journey takes around 4 hours. Alternatively, charter flights are available from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar as well as Arusha.

Kitulo - "The Serengeti of Flowers"Kitulo will be the first park in tropical Africa to be protected 'primarily' for its floristic significance. Known locally as "God's Garden" or the "Serengeti of Flowers," the 405.3 square- kilometer. Kitulo park is situated on the Kitulo Plateau and Mt. Livingstone in the Southern Highlands. Kitulo is covered for six months of the year in wildflowers, and already has documented 350 species of plants. These include 45 species of orchids, many found nowhere else on earth. Some 31 species are Tanzania endemics; 26 are endemic to the Kitulo region; at least three species are endemic to the plateau itself; and two more are found only in Kitulo and in the adjoining forests. The plateau is also home to some important bird species, again many endemic to Tanzania, including blue swallow, Denham's bustard, lesser kestrel. Pallid harrier, Njombe cisticola, short-tailed pipit, Uhehe fiscal and Kipengere seedeater can be seen and photographed, while some of the world's rarest butterflies also inhabit the area.

For more information on Tanzania National Parks: Tel: 255-27-2503471; Fax 255-27-2508216; email tanapa@habari.co.tz;


The Marine Park Lodge, formerly known as the Government Lodge, which had been dormant for many years, has now been reopened and renovated by Coastal Travel Services. The new 40-room upscale lodge, stands amidst tall palms on a white sandy beach on the East side of Mafia-Chole Bay. Horseshoe in shape, the beautiful bay is a protected deep-water anchorage, and the Mafia Island Marine Park, with its beautiful coral reefs and some 400 species of fish, are within easy reach for excellent snorkeling, diving and sport fishing. Marine Park Lodge offers tourists all the amenities including private baths and air-conditioned rooms. Coastal Aviation has made the island more accessible with its new, convenient twice-daily flights from Dar es Salaam, on mainland Tanzania.

Mafia Island, only a 30 minute flight from Dar es Salaam, but seemingly much farther than the 30 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Tanzania's commercial Capital, is a true remnant of the old Swahili coast, a place unspoiled, and timeless. The largest of a small archipelago of Islands with a population of about 40,000, Mafia lies across from the great Rufiji River Delta and the world famous Selous Game Reserve.

Arriving at the local airstrip, and traveling the 30 or so minutes on a bumpy dirt road to one of the beach front lodges, the visitor truly gets into the local rhythm of "pole pole" (slowly slowly). Mafia has so far escaped the invasion of mass tourism, as building has been restricted to three tourist lodges with a combined bed capacity of 120.

For more information on flights and Marine Park Lodge, contact coastal at safari@coastal.cc; www.coastal.cc



KLM/Northwest offers daily service from their US Gateways via Amsterdam into Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro: British Airways flies three times a week via London into Dar es Salaam; South African Airways flies three times a week from Atlanta and New York City via Johannesburg, into Dar es Salaam; and Ethiopian Airlines, effective Dec. 6, flies via Addis Ababa, from Dulles (Baltimore/Washington DC) and Newark with twice weekly connections to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro.

Bobby Tours and Safaris Offers Safaris for All Reasons. Since 1976, Bobby Tours and Safaris has provided tour packages and services to all national parks, lodge safaris, beach holidays and camping safaris. The company specializes in Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru mountain climbing expeditions, with qualified porters and guides. Bobby Tours offers your clients a variety of options from 3 day Safaris to luxury tented Camping Safaris and excursions. Locations in Tanzania include Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and much more including Southern Tanzania. Contact Bobby Tours and Safaris: E-mail bobbytours@bobbytours.com; http://www.bobbytours.com

For more information on Tanzania visit www.tanzania-web.com or contact the Bradford Group in New York at (212) 447-0027. Email: Tanzania@bradfordmarketing.org