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1st of September of 2016 tourists will be lucky to witness one of the rarest astronomical phenomenon,Annular solar Eclipse in Tanzania.

The most rewarding thing is the fact that, this year the eclipse viewers will have an opportunity to experience this in the middle of African Savanna of Tanzania National Parks!

Seeing a solar eclipse is sometimes described as a-once-in-a lifetime experience and this become even more entertaining when observers get a unique opportunity to experience the eclipse alongside stunning nature and wildlife in the Parks.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun thereby totally or partially blocking the image of the sun for viewers on the earth.

An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a ‘’ring of fire’’ or annulus around the moon.

At an annular solar eclipse the moon is too small to completely cover the Sun’s disk and this is due to its average distance from the earth. With over 97% of the Sun’s diameter covered by the moon only a very thin ring of the Sun will be visible to an observer in the middle of the eclipse’s path.

An annular solar eclipse is quite stunning to view, and requires one to be within the path of annularity to see the main effect of a ‘’ring of fire’’. Solar filters must be used for viewing throughout- even during (eclipse) annularity.

The path of eclipse (annularity) for this year as can be seen from the NASA map starts in the South Atlantic Ocean, crossing central Africa countries of Gabon, Congo then Tanzania and Mozambique before passing to Madagascar and Islands of Reunion, ending in Indian Ocean.


According to NASA interactive map extracted from their website (, the best viewing site is the point of Greatest Eclipse located southern Tanzania, giving annularity duration (eclipse) of 3 minutes and 6 seconds.

Famous Katavi and Mahale National Parks in Tanzania are positioned nicely for viewing the eclipse on 1st,September 2016 !


Some companies and agencies have organized the eclipse- viewing tour to Katavi and Mahale National Parks and other areas of Tanzania where eclipse will be best observed this September!

You are not late, plan early ,plan now for the solar eclipse viewing tour to Katavi and Mahale in September 2016. Don’t miss this opportunity-a once in a life time chance in the middle of Africa’s best wildlife parks.

In Katavi National Park it is predicted that annular eclipse will start at 6.50 a.m. and reaches its maximum at 8.38 a.m.

This experience will be the best, as the viewers will experience it amidst nature and wildlife in this pristine park. Having watched and probably photographed the annular eclipse, tourists will have chance to continue with the game drives which can add to their experience.

Katavi National Park that is located in the western Part of the country is one of the most untouched areas of Tanzania. It is the third largest National Park, which offers among the best wildlife viewing opportunities.

Mahale National Park, located also on the western part of Tanzania along the shore of the lake Tanganyika is a best refuge for the largest populations of Chimpanzee in the world. This September’s annular eclipsepath will be over the lake Tanganyika so viewers will get a chance to witness it while in the park.

Clear skies and amazing wildlife-rich parks during an excellent month of September will offer best annular solar eclipse viewing in Tanzania.


Arusha National Park


Mahale National Park

How to travel responsibly

How to travel responsibly

Being a responsible budget traveler

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Tourism in developing countries can be both a blessing and a curse – each individual leaves his or her mark upon a place.

Small decisions that we make along the way as travelers insure that future travelers find a place as welcoming and magical.

Travel and tourism should be planned and executed as a means of individual growth and development. When practiced with an open mind, it is an awesome source of self education, mutual tolerance and for learning about the diversity and wonderful nuances that make our planet such an interesting place.

Everyone has a responsibility for creating and promoting responsible travel and tourism. Governments, business and communities must shoulder their share of the load, but as a budget traveler you can support this in many ways that make a huge difference:

  1. Open your mind to other cultures and traditions. It will transform your trip and you will earn respect and welcome of the local people. Be tolerant and respectful, making sure to observe social and cultural traditions and practices.
  2. Respect human rights. Exploitation in any form conflicts with the fundamental purpose of travel.
  3. Help preserve natural environments. Leave things the way you found it – or better.  Protect wildlife and habitats and do not purchase products made from endangered plants or animals….this includes animal products, novelty insects, etc…
  4. Respect cultural resources. Activities should be conducted in a way that respects the artistic, archaeological and cultural heritage of a place.
  5. Support the local economy – they need it. Purchase local handicrafts and products using the principles of fair trade. Bargaining for goods should reflect an understanding of a fair wage – don’t fall victim to traveler scams, but that merchant probably needs the difference more than you do.
  6. Get up to date about the destination’s current health situation prior to departure and be assured that your health and personal security will not be threatened. Make sure that you have the means to remain healthy and happy before you arrive in a new place.
  7. Learn as much as possible about your destination and take time to understand the customs, norms and traditions in an effort to avoid accidentally offending the local population.
  8. Learn the local laws so that you do not accidentally break them. Refrain from all trafficking in illicit drugs, arms, antiques, protected species and products or substances that are dangerous or prohibited.

Responsible travel is not complicated.  Getting into the mindset that you are going to leave a place in better shape than you found it by doing your part and encouraging others, will ensure that the doors will be kept open for future budget travelers!

5 Places You Must Visit in Tanzania

5 Places You Must Visit in Tanzania
 Welcome to a country with the most polite and hospitable people in Africa, where the locals will not shy away from apologizing or making all their requests in the most courteous of manner. Being the largest of the East African countries, Tanzania has a large share of attractions ranging from lakes, mountains, islands and numerous game parks and reserves. For this reason, we have narrowed the attractions to those five that you cannot afford to miss on your Tanzanian visit. These are the five places that will make your travel worthwhile.

5. Mafia Island

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When you are looking to get away from the hustle and stress of this hectic lifestyle, then Mafia Island is just what the doctor ordered. As if stuck in a time warp, this unexplored gem takes you back into time with the lack of tarmac roads, few hotels and lack of ATM machines. But despite that, the island will blow you away with the white sandy beaches that go on for miles and miles, the clear shimmering aquamarine waters and the peace and quiet.

Boasting an incredible barrier reef teeming with marine life, you have a chance to scuba dive and snorkel in what is probably one of the best scuba diving spots in the world. You could even catch a glimpse of a whale shark or a humpback whale which are found around the island waters. The island is also rich in history with 15th Century ruins at Ras Kisimani. You would not want to miss the spectacular and romantic sunrise and sunset over the island. This island offers the perfect ‘Cast-away’ experience.

4. Ngorongoro Crater

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A candidate for the new seven wonders of the world, this massive crater holds it own in that category. Being the world’s largest unbroken caldera, Ngorongoro is home to over 25,000 animals. It is considered one of the best game viewing spots in the world with a chance to see the big five, zebras and wildebeests. The crater holds almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa including the extremely rare and critically endangered Black Rhino.

3. Mount Kilimanjaro

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This magnificent wonder of creation which has been nicknamed ‘The Roof of Africa’, really is a sight to behold. Standing at 5,895 metres above sea level, Mt. Kilimanjaro is not only the tallest mountain in Africa, it is also the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Rising from the cultivated lands at the bottom through forests and alpine vegetation to a snow capped tip, this mountain is alluring to the adventure seeking ones.

While on the trek or the descent, you get a chance to enjoy the varied and unique vegetation and wildlife including the elephants and buffaloes. So whether its a spiritual journey or an adventure, this hulk of a mountain is exactly what you are looking for. The ultimate climbing experience.

2. Zanzibar Island

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Commonly known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is an island associated with mystery and romance.The fragrant scents of cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla hung in the warm tropical air. A walk through ‘Stone Town’ is similar to going back in time with narrow winding streets, bazaars, mosques, fortresses and a Persian style public bathhouse. The ruins of palaces and ancient mosques attest to the rich history of the Island.

Those looking for romance are in for a treat with the presence of long, white, unspoilt sandy beaches flanked by lush coastal vegetation. There are numerous honeymoon and romantic packages in the many hotels and resorts that ensure that each day is happier than the last. Scuba diving spots abound and the Pemba Channel is reputed to have some of the best game fishing anywhere in the world.

From getting views of spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset, to dipping your feet into the warm ocean waters wrapped in the arms of the one you love, Zanzibar Island really feels like it is cupid’s playground.

1. The Serengeti National Park

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This park is the ultimate safari experience and is celebrated the world over. Not only is it one of the largest parks in the world, it also hosts the greatest animal migratory spectacle in the planet! This is where over 90,000 visitors flock to catch a glimpse of the millions of ungulates as they make their way through plains, dry land and even crocodile infested rivers. Covering 1.5 million hectares, the park is teeming with all kinds of wildlife, from the big five to cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, wild dogs…. the list is inexhaustible.

Not to be left behind are the over 500 species of birdlife…very much a birdwatcher’s paradise. Enjoy panoramic views of the vast serengeti by taking a ride in the hot air balloons. Indulge yourself in the 5 star amenities and services in the lodges and resorts that have been set up in the park. Do not miss a chance to visit this mother of all national parks.

Lake Manyara 5 Places You Must Visit in Tanzania

Malindi Kenya Little Italy

Malindi Kenya Little Italy

Malindi Kenya Little Italy

Malindi is a small town located in coastal Kenya. It acquired the name ‘Little Italy’ because of the growing Italian population in the area, which is more than 3,000 at present. It is also estimated that Italians own more than 2,500 properties there.

Three decades ago, the scene was not the same. The first batch of Italian tourists flew into the scenic coastal town in 1978 to enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches. The number of flights has been increasing ever since.

Smooth cultural integration between the locals and tourists has been a major factor facilitating the transaction. Locals in Malindi have grown fond of the Italians to an extent that their relationship crosses commercial boundaries.

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You’ll definitely be forgiven for mistaking that you’re in Rome when in Malindi. The billboards are filled with Italian advertisements. Interestingly, locals from all walks of life in the quiet town are eloquent in the language as well.

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What to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family

What to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family

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Looking for ideas for your next family holiday?  Forget Disney World why not consider something fun and educational at the same time.  Take your children miles away from TV, video games and computers and get back to nature with an African safari with Not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly different culture. Imagine your children seeing a magnificent Maasai warrior for the first time or learning to make a fire from wood and stone!

What may appear to be a daunting process, planning a safari for the whole family is not as difficult as it may first appear. Here are some things to consider before booking:
1.Countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania have more experience in dealing with families so they should possibly be your first port of call.

2. The safari peak season is June to Oct. If you are looking to save a few pennies and you are tied to travelling during the European school holidays (ie the peak season), consider visiting Rwanda or Uganda which are the exception – having their low season during these months.

3.If you are worried about long flights consider East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where the flights are shorter (around 8 hrs from Europe).  In saying that, an overnight flight and with the time difference either 1 or 2 hours (depending on time of year) there is no jet lag to contend with.

4. Not all safari lodges take children or allow them onto game drives. You may need to consider a private vehicle or babysitting services. Nature Bound Africa know’s the lodges which are child friendly offering specially tailored child-centred activities which will give parents a break and provide endless hours of fun and learning for the children.

5. Consider which East African countries require vaccinations and malaria tablets.

6. Don’t plan for too long on safari, if you are away for 2 weeks combine your safari with a beach break in the likes of Zanzibar or Mombasa. Most of the resorts or hotels on the beach offer kid’s clubs, brilliant activities and water sports as well as family rooms.

7. Nature Bound Africa has experience in planning family holidays to East Africa in order that it is expertly organized.

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