Paying a day visit inside Nyumba Nitu natural forest in Njombe would be an exciting and memorable adventure worth reckoning.
The Nyumba Nitu natural forest is located in Mlevela village, some 15 kilometres from Njombe Township just after wattle estates which border the Nyumba Nitu village.
The forest has its root from Nyumba Nitu caves and had derived its name from the dark caves which have been associated with a myth of black cows which dwelt inside the caves.
Inside the caves, local Wabena people hid or took refugee during tribal wars between rival Wahehe fighters during Chief Mkwawa conquests in Iringa region, way back in last quarter of 19th century. The caves also provided safe hideout from German forces during the Maji Maji uprising.
Several tales and myths surround Nyumba Nitu forest, where wild hens are found living since time immemorial. The Wabena communities are the owners of the forest where they pay homage calls to conduct rituals and sacrifices to their unseen ancestors.
The natural caves could accommodate up to 100 people at a go, and have been a home of early people before houses or settlements were discovered.
You can visit Nyumba Nitu to enjoy its thrilling atmosphere and share experience with local communities neighboring the forest.
BAGAMOYO HISTORICAL SITE _ Dar es Salaam Tanzania _
It was also used as a holding point for slaves brought from the interior and awaiting transportation to Zanzibar. During German colonial times, it was the economic and administrative capital of German East Africa. Since the capital was moved to Dar es Salaam, Bagomoyo has been in decline. Architecture of European origin is rarely maintained and thus slowly falling apart, while still often beautiful to see. The Arabic influence on local architecture is also significant.
Today, a fish market has replaced the slave market and Bagamoyo it is sleepy fishing town, more known for its stretch of white beach than its colonial past.
The beach itself is a base for working fishing dhows and is a lovely place to watch the moon rise over the Indian Ocean as crabs scuttle back and forth along the shore.
Famous explorers Burton and Speke
Burton and Speke began their famous expedition from Bagamoyo, and it is also home to one of the oldest churches in East Africa.