Tanzanian Photographer Osse Greca Sinare shares stunning photos from his favourite spots and hotels ideal for a quick weekend jaunt away from Dar es Salaam.
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Kilwa was one of the most important trading sites on the Indian Ocean during the 11th to 16th centuries. Located on the southeastern coast of Tanzania, it may not be a widely popular spot with tourists but it is its history that is one of the most interesting things about it. The town is divided into Kilwa Kivinje, Kilwa Masoko and Kilwa Kisiwani. Kilwa Masoko is the most developed town and the regional hub whilst Kilwa Kivinje and Kilwa Kisiwani have spectacular historical attractions. Kilwa Kisiwani is reached by dhow and has an amazingly well preserved collection of ruins. The most striking sight is the old Omani Fort, which is built on the foundations of an old Portuguese fort. The Big Mosque dates from the 12th Century and was once the largest mosque in East Africa. Stay at Slow Leopard Hostels which is perfect for bigger groups and backpackers.
Gran Melia Arusha
Peace, balance and tranquility are some of the words you can use to describe the feeling you get while visiting Gran Melia. I found this place so special because the property’s main source of water is the river which flows through it, and the view from the hotel is also unmatched as it overlooks the second tallest mountain in Tanzania, Mount Meru. There is so much more to this place than meets the eye. An oasis within Arusha set out on 18 acres of beautiful landscaped coffee and tea plantations, the attention to detail in this stunning hotel is impressive.
Chemka Maji Moto
Also known as Kikuletwa Hot Springs, this little oasis is deservedly famous and a must-visit spot off the main road between Moshi and Arusha. The place is a relaxing paradise with clear turquoise water and lush green surroundings. It’s a bit of a rough journey to get there from Moshi, but it’s definitely a memorable experience that’s well worth the trip. Entry fee is about Ksh 1,000 for non Tanzanians.
Matema Lake Shore Resort
If you love chocolate, Matema in southwest Tanzania is the place to visit. Surrounded by cocoa plantations, it is located in the Mbeya region in a striking area right by Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi). The road leading to the resort reminded me of Hawaii because of its lush green mountains, and the property is set right on the edge of the lake making for the utmost tranquility. Boating and other activities out on the water are also available.
While Bagamoyo is a well known destination for travellers, one of its most visited places would have to be Firefly. This spot, a camp and lodge set in a beautifully restored historic building, is both unique and serene. If a fun weekend filled with food, drinks, the occasional live music events, swimming and lounging in the sun sounds like an appealing getaway for you then this is the place to be. There are rooms and tents for those keen on a camping experience, while the staff will impress upon you their passion for the environment. Bagamoyo is an hour away from Dar es Salaam and is therefore an ideal location to drive out to for a relaxing weekend away from the city and be back at your desk on Monday morning.
Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate
The avid golfers will be more than pleased. The golf course here, which faces Mt Meru and Kilimanjaro, is the first 18-hole championship golf course in Tanzania and is up to par with the most demanding international guidelines. It was designed by former Irish National Coach and Kenya Open Champion David Jones. Surrounded by astonishing natural beauty and spectacular views, it is a one of its kind experience with dramatic backdrops, challenging holes, fairways meandering through ponds and streams and all the comfort and service imaginable on offer. Step outside of your villa, meet up with your personal caddy and tee off to start an unforgettable experience.