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The insider's guide

Gerald Sakaya, who works for an agricultural development agency in the Kilimanjaro region, 
takes you off the beaten track in Tanzania.

What is Tanzania’s best-kept secret? 
More than 28 per cent of Tanzania is given over to national parks and nature reserves, but, for some reason, most tourists stick to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara in the north of the country. Just 120 miles (200kms) west of Dar es Salaam, though, is one of the world’s largest conservation area, the Selous Game Reserve – a vast, unpopulated wilderness that attracts surprisingly few visitors. The park is home to thousands of elephants, as well as some of the largest concentrations of lions, hippos, buffalo and crocodiles in East Africa – not to mention a quarter of the world’s wild dog population.

Where’s good to relax?
The beaches of Dar es Salaam are a great place to chill out, and it’s a lot cheaper than Zanzibar. The old colonial neighbourhood of Oyster Bay, north of the city centre, is extremely popular, while the beaches to the south of the city are completely unspoiled. I particularly love Kigamboni or “South Beach” – a five-minute ferry ride from Dar. It’s a really pretty resort where you can chill out on the beach, hire jet skis, play volleyball or party the night away.

Where’s good for an adventure?
The Uluguru Mountains near Morogoro are a stunning place to go hiking and climbing – with peaks that rise more than 8600ft (2600m) above sea level. You pass through pristine rainforests, stunning mountain gorges filled with waterfalls, and colonial buildings that are being slowly reclaimed by the jungle.

Where’s good to party?
Dar es Salaam has great bars and clubs, where you can listen to live bongo flava every day of the week. Another nice place is La Liga in Moshi – the DJs play every type of music imaginable.


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