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Ras Kutani, Kigamboni, Tanzania & 39 Other “Summer" Photos Taken in Tanzania

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with peak travel season in Tanzania.

This “summer"—I put that in quotes because it wasn’t actually summer in Tanzania but rather some of our cooler months—I did my fair share of traveling and exploration because my brother was visiting from the U.S., and I wanted to show him all the best that the country had to offer.

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We discovered some beautiful places in Dar es Salaam where I live—you will see many pictures of the Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach in this post—but we also took a 3-week road trip that took us through 16 of Tanzania’s regions (more than half the regions in the country).

Now that was really something!

Of course, I took lots of pictures and shared many of those pictures on Instagram over the past few months.

Today, I’d like to share the best of those with you.

I hope you like them. Enjoy!

Let’s begin with a video…

READ ALSO: 52 East African Pictures: Good Eats, Cityscapes, Water Environments & More

No. 40: A Cheetah Outside the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


A few minutes after exiting the
Serengeti National Park on our way to Bunda , we came upon this cheetah that seemed to be tracking something, so we stopped and watched.

Go to Tanzania: Serengeti National Park One-Day Road Trip to read my experiences the very first time I ever visited the Serengeti.

Nos. 39 & 38: A Blissful Sunday at Amani Beach, Dar es Salaam

Bed, tree, and water Amani BeachTime for a delightful nap after lunch…and what beautiful rest it was!

Go to bit.ly/AmaniBeach to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at the beautiful Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach. (You can also book your stay there through that same link.)

Waiter at Ras KutaniAs I was walking along Kutani beach, about 25 km south of downtown Dar es Salaam, I came across this set-up that piqued my curiosity. Finally, I was setting eyes on Ras Kutani, an upmarket “camp” by the Selous Safari Company, which I had heard lots about.

This friendly waiter seemed ready to receive the camp’s guest for evening drinks by the ocean. Aye aye aye, another mental note made: I need to visit Ras Kutani one day soon. (I hope it doesn’t take me as long as it did to get to Amani Beach…see no. 30 on this list to understand what I mean by that.)

Go to bit.ly/RasKutani to find out more about what some call “the best beach lodge in East Africa”.

No. 37: Dhow Racing in Zanzibar

Dhows at Bluebay Resort & Spa Getting ready to race dhows, Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, Zanzibar

Go to Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips for Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island for my recommendations on what to see and do when you are visiting the magical island of Zanzibar.

No. 36: One of My Instagram Followers Visits the Dar Es Salaam Fish Market

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In the comments to yesterday’s post (no. 19 on this list), I confessed to a fellow Instagrammer (@loftyransom) that though I have lived in Dar es Salaam for 10 years, give or take, I have never once been to the fish market. @LoftyRansom, who lives in Lagos, Nigeria, quickly put me to shame by sending me pictures via private message of him visiting Dar es Salaam’s fish market on a recent trip to Dar es Salaam.

He said I could share them with you today. @LoftyRansom, mine are coming up soon! 🙂

Go to bit.ly/DarFishMarket to find out more about what there is to do, see, and experience at Dar es Salaam’s downtown fish market.

No. 35: Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater

Wildebeest in the Ngorongoro CraterI saw loads and loads of wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater this time, more than I remember seeing the last time I was there.

Wildebeest are affectionately called “zero brain” by the guides of the Ngorongoro/Serengeti ecosystem because of their super-short memories and attention spans.

Go to Travel Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area to find out all you need to know about visiting the Ngorongoro Crater. I had an amazing time there last week!

Nos. 34 – 32: Beaches in Dar es Salaam

Coconut with Coco Beach in the BackgroundDrinking (super healthy) coconut water at Coco Beach, a public beach in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Coconut water, not to be confused with coconut milk, is the clear liquid found inside young coconuts, known locally in Swahili as ‘madafu’.

Go to bit.ly/CocoBeachDar to learn more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Dar es Salaam’s famous Coco Beach.

READ ALSO: Enjoying East African Waters & Food from the Sea

Evening Sky Stroll with MutaThe sky on an evening stroll on the beach with my little brother, one of my favorite people in the world!

Bed and food board Amani BeachA full-fledged four-poster bed on the beach by the restaurant. What else could you ask for?

Go to bit.ly/AmaniBeach to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at the beautiful Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach. (You can also book your stay there through that same link.)

No. 31: Morning in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Clouds at Eye-Level NCAAWhen you look out of your car window and see clouds at eye level. Oh, the magic of Ngorongoro!

Go to Travel Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area to learn more about the Ngorongoro Crater and the magical protected area it lies in, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

No. 30: Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach

For 5 years, I’ve had a mental note to go check out the beaches further afield on Dar es Salaam’s south beach (Kigamboni). I finally made my way to Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach a few weekends ago. What made me wait so long?!

Go to bit.ly/AmaniBeach to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at the beautiful Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach. (You can also book your stay there through the same link.)

No. 29: Wild Fruit at the Supermarket

EntuntunaWhere I am from, we call these amatuntuna or entuntuna. In English they are known as Cape gooseberries, golden berries, or physalis.

I remember plucking these straight from a vine outside my grandmother’s home when I was a child and the delight of finding a perfectly ripe one is a pleasure common to many children in East African rural areas.

Did your heart skip a beat when you saw this picture? If so, what are these called where you are from? (I am totally delighted when I come across them in a supermarket aisle.)

From the comments:

  • They are called golden berries in America.
  • They are called nyatonglo in Dholuo.
  • They are called gooseberries in Canada.
  • They are called mbunue in the Bukusu dialect of Luhya.

Nos. 28 & 27: Touring the Serengeti’s Western Corridor

Two Lions Western CorridorWhen you look out of your car window and see a couple of “cats” lying under a tree. Everyday things in the Serengeti‘s Western Corridor.

Go to bit.ly/SerengetiNP to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in the awesome Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Hippo Pool Western CorridorHippos…lots and lots of hippos whiling away in the Serengeti‘s Western Corridor.

Did you know that after elephants and rhinos, hippos are the third-largest type of land mammal?

Also, despite their physical resemblance to pigs, did you know that the closest living relatives to hippos are actually whales, dolphins, porpoises, etc. from whom they diverged about 55 million years ago?

I didn’t.

Go to bit.ly/SerengetiNP to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in Tanzania’s awesome Serengeti National Park.

No. 26: The University of Dodoma

UDOMOn my recent trip to Tanzania’s capital, Dodoma, I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Dodoma (UDOM). UDOM is a beautiful grand facility that is still under construction, though classes have been going on there for the last 10 years.

When completed, the University of Dodoma will be able to handle a student body of 50,000, about triple the size of the student body at the University of Dar es Salaam in 2007, when the University of Dodoma first opened. What a great addition to Tanzania’s tertiary institution capacity!

Do/did any of you, my followers, attend the University of Dodoma? If so, what is it like being a student there?

No. 25: Mbudya, Dar es Salaam

Mbudya Trees and VinesWeekend vibes, the island of Mbudya, Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System, Tanzania

Go to 19 Sky, Water, & Sunset Pictures and More Taken in Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali, and Elsewhere for more pictures and videos taken on a past trip to Mbudya.

Nos. 24 – 22: Sunsets & More Sunsets

Serengeti Orange SunsetAfter a day spent driving through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, seeing Olduvai/Oldupai Gorge for the first time, driving through the Serengeti National Park with awesome animal sightings at Seronera, it was time for the day to end.

The sun put on a show for us just as we were leaving the Serengeti National Park, and in this light we saw some of the best game viewing of the day: a cheetah by the road side (no. 40 on this list), lions hiding in the brush, a herd of buffalo blocking the road so we were not sure how we would get to our hotel for the night.

It was stunning!

Go to bit.ly/SerengetiNP to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience in the awesome Serengeti.

Muta and Mwiggy Sunset Bomani BeachWhat do you do when it’s a public holiday in Tanzania? You go enjoy beautiful sunsets like this one near lagoons of the Indian Ocean. Celebrating Nane Nane at Bomani Beach Bungalows, Bagamoyo.

39 Pics Announcement PostToday on the blog, I’ve got an Instagram recap for you. In this post I share some of the most liked photos of my Instagram gallery in the last couple of months. To check it out, simply go to Water, Hotels, and Sunset: 39 East African Photos. I hope you like them! 🙂

No. 21: Dinner at Mediterraneo Restaurant, Dar es Salaam

Mediterraneo DinnerHow do you deal with the anticlimax of coming home after an epic holiday adventure? You stop for dinner on your way home at one of the most beautiful spots in your city, Mediterraneo Restaurant in Dar es Salaam.

Piping hot chilli garlic prawns in a broth ready to be soaked up by all that bread. A perfect ending to a wonderful holiday!

Go to Mediterraneo Restaurant, Dar es Salaam to find out more about the beautiful Mediterraneo restaurant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

No. 20: A Dar es Salaam Public Beach

Public Beach Mbezi with GideonA lonely public beach on Dar es Salaam’s Mbezi Beach strip

No. 19: Bongoyo Island

Bongoyo White BeachI was looking through old pictures when I came across this one of Bongoyo Island. Bongoyo Island is one of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve System and is the most frequently visited of the four. Bongoyo is located only 2.5 km north of Dar es Salaam and is an easy short boat ride away.

Go to bit.ly/Bongoyo to find out more about Bongoyo Island.

No. 18: The Kigongo-Busisi Ferry Outside Mwanza, Tanzania

MV SengeremaMV Sengerema valiantly ferrying people & traffic across Lake Victoria at the Kigongo-Busisi ferry crossing in Northern Tanzania, about 7.5 km outside Tanzania’s second largest city Mwanza.

Go to Mwanza, Tanania: 7 Things to Do in & Around Mwanza to find out more about what there is to do, see, and experience in and around Mwanza, Tanzania.

No. 17: Flying over Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dar es Salaam City Scape

If I could be any place I have Lived
It would be back in dear Dar-es-Salaam
This is where I left my heart moons ago
a simple yet enthralling and lovely place

Everything one needs on the doorstep
Exotic fruits filling the various trees
Gay birds of multi colour singing so sweetly
The sparkling ocean just a hundred yards away

– excerpt from “Places” by Shadow Hamilton

No. 16: Dining at Rhapsody’s in Dar es Salaam

Fried CamembertWhenever I dine at Rhapsody’s in Dar es Salaam, this is how I begin my meal:

Deep-fried Camembert served with pear and a cranberry sauce.

How could you possibly go wrong? Pure deliciousness!

Go to bit.ly/RhapsodysDar to find out more about Rhapsody’s restaurant in Dar es Salaam.

No. 15: Balili Mountain Resort, Bunda, Tanzania

Fire at BaliliIn the small town of Bunda, about a 20-minute drive from the Ndabaka gate of the Serengeti, lies a mountain called Balili. At the very top of the mountain, after a drive you are certain will kill you (but won’t), lies Balili Mountain Resort (BMR). On top of offering STUNNING views, BMR also has great hospitality.

Every night that my travel companions and I stayed there, the staff built us a bonfire and the manager and his assistant regaled us with great campfire stories.

I had passed by Balili Mountain Resort several years ago on a tour organized by Mwanza– and Mara Tourism, and I promised myself I’d go back one day. Staying there was every bit as enchanting and charming as I expected it would be.

Go to Mwanza, Tanzania: 7 Things to Do in & Around Mwanza to find out about other cool places I discovered on that trip.

No. 14: Home Sweet Home, Bukoba, Tanzania

Musila from BalamagaThe view of Lake Victoria from the terrace of Balamaga B&B in Bukoba, Tanzania (the terrace in the picture I shared yesterday). Can you spot Musila Island?

To read a neat cultural story about Musila Island, go to Water, Hotels, and Sunset: 39 East African Photos and scroll all the way down to the last picture.

No. 13: A Thai Restaurant in Dar es Salaam

Thai KaniThe Slipway in Dar es Salaam is not to be left behind by all that’s new in Dar. It too has decided to reinvent itself.

Along with the great expansion of what I think is The Slipway Hotel (I have not explored it all yet), the new Slipway also features this remake of Thai Kani, a popular Dar es Salaam Thai restaurant.

Go to bit.ly/ThaiKani to see what people are saying about the new Thai Kani @ The Slipway.

No. 12: The Ngorongoro Crater in All Its Glory

Overview of Ngorongoro Crater No ReferenceThe Ngorongoro Crater in all its splendour as seen from the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. #NoFilter

Go to Travel Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area to find out all you need to know about visiting the Ngorongoro Crater.

Nos. 11 & 10: More Pictures of Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach

Reception Area Amani BeachA sunny Sunday at Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach in Kutani, Kigamboni.

Go to bit.ly/AmaniBeach to book your stay at this heavenly resort on the Indian Ocean.

3 Pailottes Closeup Amani BeachWhat I would do to be here today. Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach.

Go to bit.ly/AmaniBeach to book your stay at this amazing resort on one of Dar es Salaam’s southernmost beaches.

No. 9: A Charming B&B in Bukoba, Tanzania

Balamaga PorchIt is so strange to go “home” and not stay with family. Well, the last time I was in Bukoba I had little choice: my parents’ home was under renovation, my aunt and uncle were out of town so a guesthouse was the easiest solution.

This little cozy guest house, Balamaga Bed & Breakfast, on Kashura Hill in Bukoba DID THE TRICK!

Super cosy, amazing gardens, attentive staff, great views of Lake Victoria…truth be told, it made my stay in Bukoba one of the most relaxing I have ever experienced.

If you ever happen to be in Bukoba, Tanzania, I can’t recommend it highly enough! Book your stay there at bit.ly/Balamaga. Don’t worry, you can thank me later!

No. 8: Sunset in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Boats Bomani Beach CloseupFishing boats at sunset, Bomani Beach Bungalows, Bagamoyo.

No. 7: Lunching at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Window View Ngorongoro SerenaLunch with a view. Lunching at the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. (And yes, best believe I took that seat right there at the window! 😜)

Go to Travel Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area for all you need to know about visiting the amazing Ngorongoro Crater.

No. 6: Walking on Amani Beach, Dar es Salaam

Amani Beach Shore with Some LandEarth meets the ocean meets the sky. Walking on the beach at Protea Hotel Dar as Salaam Amani Beach.

Go to bit.ly/AmaniBeach to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at this beautiful beach on Dar es Salaam’s southern coast.

Nos. 5 & 4: Wildlife in the Ngorongoro & Serengeti

Two Zebras NgorongoroZebra in the wild, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Go to Travel Tanzania: The Ngorongoro Crater & Ngorongoro Conservation Area to find out all you need to know about visiting Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

Lions HoneymooningDuring my last trip in the wild, I learned that lions go on honeymoon. Yep, I didn’t believe it at first but, apparently, when lions mate, a couple goes off on their own for about a week and mate about 20 to 40 times a day. Want more gory details?

During copulation (sex), the lioness will growl viciously while the male bites her at the neck! By doing this he forces her to submit and to block her from lashing out at him when he extracts.

A lion’s penis is barbed with ‘small hooks’ that will cause a lot of pain for the female upon extraction. Apparently this helps to induce ovulation. T.M.I.!

All I can say is that this couple looks like quite the happy pair! 😁

Go to Tanzania: Serengeti National Park One-Day Road Trip to read more about my experiences in the Serengeti National Park.

No. 3: Joy

Me Smiling to the CloudsThere is nothing quite like being on holiday to put a deep smile on your heart.

Soaking in the beautiful environment at Mount Meru Hotel in Arusha.

Go to bit.ly/MountMeruH to find out more about what there is to see, do, and experience at Arusha’s lovely Mount Meru Hotel.

No. 2: A Brilliant Sunset

Sunset with MarjorieSundowners at The Slipway in Dar es Salaam with @RacinesCreations. It’s been great getting to know you! 🙂

Go to 19 Sky, Water, & Sunset Pictures and More Taken in Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali, and Elsewhere for more photos taken at sunset at The Slipway.

No. 1: The Queen of the Jungle

Lioness on Kopje As we drove through the Serengeti, on our way to Seronera where we would pick up our guide, we came across this lioness sitting on a granite outcrop (known as a kopje). She seemed to be intently focused on something off in the distance.

We wondered: what was she doing all alone?

Then…we circled the outcrop and found 8 other lionesses hidden in the crevices of the kopje.

It looked like a setup.

As we drove on and came across herds of antelope just about where the lioness’s line of sight was, we realized…it probably was.

Poor, poor antelopes! 😌

Go to Tanzania: Serengeti National Park One-Day Road Trip to read about my experiences the first time I ever visited the Serengeti. #NoFilter

So there you’ve got it, guys and gals. This is a little of what I was up to this “summer".

I hope these pictures and video give you a few ideas of where to go and what to do in your upcoming travels.

If any of these pictures meant anything particular to you, let me know by leaving me a comment below.

Until the next time,
Biche

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