historical sites

HISTORICAL SITES

Tanzania is well gifted with abundant significant cultural heritage resources which range from the pliocene period about four million years ago to present time. These resources are categorized into three groups as follows:- – Archaeological or Paleontological sites such Olduvai Gorge, Laetoli Footprint, Isimila Stone Age site, Engaruka Ruins; – Historical places such as Kaole Ruins, Kunduchi Ruins, Kilwa Kisiwani Ruins, Songo Mnara Ruins; – Historical towns such as Bagamoyo, Kilwa Kivinje, Mikindani; Global Vacanza Tours and Safaris  is ready to take you through all mention historical sites – areas at a very reasonable costs

This historical sites / places give people – both local as well as foreign visitors a clear picture about our ancient cultures including ways of living, primitive working tools like Stone tools and our ancestors art work. Good examples of our ancient arts in Tanzania are as located at the Rock Paintings of Kondoa -Irangi in Dodoma region.

Apart from the famous Kondoa-Irangi rock paintings, Tanzania has got other attracting for historians as well as other visitors historical sites. These include Ismila Stone Age site, Engaruka ruins, Mikindani, Ngorongoro Conservation area, and many other sites within the country.

Olduvai Gorge & Laetoli in Ngorongoro

Oldivai is the Maasai word derived from a misspelling of Oldupai, a Maasai word for a wild sisal plant that grows in the wild area. The gorge is located in the Great Rift Valley, between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. It is 30 miles from Laetoli, another fossil-rich area. Olduvai Gorge was formed about 30,000 years ago, the result of aggressive geological activity and streams.

The steep ravine is about 30 miles (48.2 km) long and 295 feet (89.9 meters) deep, not quite large enough to be classified as a canyon. A river cuts through several layers to form four individual beds, with the oldest estimated at about 2 million years old.

At Laetoli, west of Ngorongoro Crater, hominid footprints are preserved in volcanic rock 3.6 millions years old and represent some of the earliest signs of mankind in the world. Three separate tracks of a small-brained upright walking early hominid. Australopithecus afarensis, a creature about 1.2 to 1.4 meters high, were found. Imprints of these are displayed in the Oldupai museum.

Zanzibar Island

Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze.

Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.

Activities:

Beach Holidays / Boating and Canoeing / Cultural Tourism / Fishing / Historical Sites

Bagamoyo Town

The town of Bagamoyo is a home to world class Historical sites and one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with rich cultural heritage waiting you to explore.This town was once a most important trading port along the East African Coast and a German East Africa Capital. Bagamoyo is home to many ethnic groups, including the Wakwere, Wazaramo and Wazigua. Different cultures including people of Arab descent coexist in Bagamoyo making the town a peaceful and friendly place for visitors from all over the world.

 Activities at Bagamoyo:

  • Bagamoyo Stone Town tour • Bagamoyo Biking tours • Kaole ruins tour • Crocodiles farm tour • Visits to Caravan serai Museum • Visits to Catholic Old church & Museum • Mangrove forest tour • Fish with local fishermen • Marine tours • Visit Ngome kongwe • Visit to the Old port • Fish market tour • The white sand beach • Explore Coral reef • Visit Slave prison • Visit Art market.

Bagamoyo Catholic Church & Museum tour 

Once planned for this trip, you will visit the Old tower of the first Catholic Church in East Africa, one of the Oldest Baobab tree, Cemeteries (Catholic, German and Indian), Dr. Livingstone tower, Old Fathers’ house and the Cross at the beach. Explore the museum with information about the slave trade, missionaries, life of the people and some collections of artifacts of the indigenous tribes.

Bagamoyo Tours:

Bagamoyo stone town tour (2-3 hours) Bagamoyo is surrounded by old buildings of the previous generation, beautiful Arab architecture with thick walls of Earth fitted with well-carved doors made of thick African hardwood. On your walk through narrow streets between Old buildings of Bagamoyo stone town you will visit the German Colonial Administrative block, Art market, Old post office, 1st Tanzania Primary School, Old Mosques, Hanging tower, Caravan Serai Museum and the fish market. On your walk along the Indian Ocean beach visit a centre for dhow sailboat building and get to know how local people builds boats.

Kaole Ruins Tour

Kaole village formally known as ‘Pumbuji’ is one of the oldest villages that immigrants from Arabic countries choose as they landed on East Africa’s coast. The village has ruins dating back to 13th Century. It is in this village where Sultan of Oman preferred to settle and construct administrative and military headquarters. Today the ruins made-up of earth and corals and the Kaole Museum tells volumes of stories about Ivory trade, movement of traders, cruel slavery and the living culture of today’s Kaole people majority originating from Asia. Beyond the ruins, there is an old port surrounded by a Mangrove forest where one can go closer to nature and enjoy fresh air.

Mwambakuni coral reef tour 

Once planned as well, you will visit this site in order to experience and explore Mwambakuni coral reef and listen to stories about local people’s beliefs on coral reefs and its uses

 

Crocodile Farm Tour 

You will also visit a crocodile farm and learn how these wild predators are kept. Get to know their social behaviors, growth, live capture techniques, feeding/hunting techniques and local uses of various products.

 

Mapopo Island Tour

You will take an evening or Morning boat tour to Mapopo Island where thousands of bats have inhabited the island. Get to know the bat’s life and ecological importance of these flying mammals.

 

Ruvu River cruising

You will as well take a boat ride to explore crocodiles, hippos and various birds along the Ruvu River that flows from the Uluguru Mountains and some parts of Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Get to know how locals fish in the rivers and various used of river water.

 

Fishing with local fishermen Experience

You will come and join a team of experienced village fishermen for a fishing experience. Do your best to fish what will be prepared for you during your lunch or dinner.

KARIBU SANA TANZANIA