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Same Tour Same market is a pleasant place to visit.
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Mkomazi Park See this undiscovered national park.
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Cattle Market Experience rich traditions of cattle keepers.
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Masaai Village Experience rich Maasai culture.
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    Business or Recreation

    Choose from a variety of excellent cuisines - everything from traditional to western to oriental food. For those who come for business, we offer a state of the art business center with up-to-date office technologies, full secretarial services and Internet access.

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    Full Range of Services

    For those who come for pleasure, our staff can help you with all your sightseeing plans. Check out the nearby attractions or visit our Tourist Information Center at the main entrance for assistance.

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    Rich Culture

    Experience the rich culture of the people of this region. This includes initiation and marriage rites and traditional dancing.

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    Splendid Scenery

    Nature is just next door to you. Take one look out of your room and see the impressive mountains. Step outside and you will find yourself between green lush trees, where you can spot beauty at its best.

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    A Wide Range of Choices

    Our selection of things to do, activities and attractions offer you the opportunity to enjoy Africa with your interests in mind.p>

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    Ideal Holiday

    Our selection of things to do, activities and attractions offer you the opportunity to enjoy Africa with your interests in mind. This enables you to plan the ideal safari holiday.

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    Unique Style

    As soon as you arrive in the main door, you are greeted by a member of our management team offering a welcome smile.  This ambience of warmth and comfort extends to our 12 guest rooms - double and single.  In these rooms, you will find complete rest and relaxation that is something quite special in Same.

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    Fresh & Refined Hospitality

    As soon as you arrive in the main door, you are greeted by a member of our management team offering a welcome smile.  This ambience of warmth and comfort extends to our 12 guest rooms - double and single.  In these rooms, you will find complete rest and relaxation that is something quite special in Same.

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    Custom Tours

    Our experts customize your itinerary to suit your style and budget making your tour and stay memorable. Private guides let you discover, wonder, or relax, at your own pace. We provide service wth a personal touch as can be attested to by our growing list delighted guests.

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    Group Expeditions

    For those interested in enjoyong Tanzania expeditions as a group, we shall be delighted to work with you to develop an itinerary that is nothing like a routine package tour. We do our best to accommodate the wishes of our guests.

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Welcome to Same

The Elephant Motel is ideally situated along the Moshi - Dar es Salaam road, only half a kilometer from Same town. The motel offers spectacular views of the South Pare Mountains and because of its location it is the ideal gateway to Mkomazi Game Reserve, the South Pare Mountains and Shengena Forest.

Whether you're traveling for business and want a good night's rest or you're on holidays enjoying Northern Tanzania: the Elephant Motel offers a comfortable home. As the old saying goes: "There is no place like home". . . unless it is the Elephant Motel!

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Incredible Experience

We have over two decades experince in providing exceptional accomodation and adventureres safaris to various destinations in Tanzania. Your safety and comfort are foremost as we bring your dreams to life and craft them into lifeling memories.

For your uttermost enjoyment we provide guides in all leading international languages.

Not One Safari for All

We do not strive to provide a few safari packages that many people like. We customize the safari to suite your needs and desires. This provides us an oportunity to consider our style and budge.

Our proven and trusted service will give you peace of mind while you experience the best place to stop.

 

Traveller Information

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS
The Ministries of Health in Tanzania and Zanzibar changed their yellow fever policies in 2012. Yellow fever vaccinations are required for all travelers from yellow fever endemic countries/regions. All individuals in transit for twelve (12) hours or more and/or who leave the immediate airport vicinity in a yellow fever endemic area are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival in any port of debarkation here in Tanzania. However, direct arrivals from non-endemic countries in Europe and North America are not required to show the certificate. Please refer to the CDC website for a list of yellow fever endemic countries. 

A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the visa issuance and visa are required for travel to Tanzania. U.S. citizens with valid passports may obtain a visa either before arriving in Tanzania or at any port of entry staffed by immigration officials. The U.S. Embassy highly recommends that U.S. citizens obtain their visas before arriving in Tanzania to avoid potentially long delays at entry points. The current fee for a visa is $100 for a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa. Some border posts and embassies may make hand-written annotations on the computer printed visa due to technical difficulties. Be prepared to show your passport and explain your visa status when entering or departing Zanzibar.

Tanzanian law governing visa categories is very strict. Volunteer activity – even if the traveler is paying for the opportunity – isprohibitedon a tourist visa. U.S. citizens who are traveling to Tanzania for short or long-term volunteer, study, and/or research projects should ensure they have the right type of visa before entering the country through careful coordination with the sponsoring organization and Tanzanian immigration authorities. Contact the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, D.C. prior to departure to obtain the most current visa information. Read the page on visas and immigration to ensure you will have the correct status during your visit to Tanzania.

Maintain control of your U.S. passport while in Tanzania. Keep a photocopy of your passport in a separate location in case your passport is lost or stolen or if needed to prove your identity and U.S. citizenship. Travelers and U.S. citizens resident in Tanzania are strongly urged to maintain legal immigration status while in Tanzania to avoid difficulties with local immigration authorities. If you do not have the right type of visa and entry stamp when you leave Tanzania, you may need to visit the immigration office, incurring possible delays and financial obligations. If a public official attempts to solicit the payment of a fine from you, ask to travel to the nearest police station to file a report regarding the incident. Obtain a receipt and a written report of any such transactions. If your passport is seized, ask for a receipt, note the officer’s name, location, and contact details and report it immediately to the U.S. Embassy.

Travel Tips

Citizens of the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, and most countries in the EU, need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites. US citizens can apply here. Tanzanian embassies issue single ($50) and double ($100) entry visas (handy if you're planning to cross over to Kenya or Malawi for a few days). They do not issue visas for more than two entries.

Tanzanian tourist visas are valid for 6 months from the date of issue. So while planning ahead for visas is a good thing, make sure the visa is still valid for the length of time you plan to travel in Tanzania.

You can obtain a visa at all airports in Tanzania as well as at the border crossings, but it is advised to get a visa beforehand. In order to get a visa you have to have proof that you plan to leave Tanzania within 3 months of your arrival.

As with all visa matters -- contact your local Tanzanian Embassy for the latest information.

Health and Immunizations

Immunizations

No immunizations are required by law to enter Tanzania if you are travelling directly from Europe or the US. If you are travelling from a country where Yellow Fever is present you will need to prove you have had the inoculation.

Several vaccinations are highly recommended when traveling to Tanzania, they include:

 

  • Yellow Fever
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A
  • Diptheria

It is also recommended that you are up to date with your polio and tetanus vaccinations. Rabies is also prevalent and if you're planning to spend a lot of time in Tanzania, it may be worth getting the rabies shots before you go.

Contact a travel clinic at least 3 months before you plan to travel. Here's a list of travel clinics for US residents.

Malaria

There's a risk of catching malaria pretty much everywhere you travel in Tanzania. While it's true that areas of high altitude like the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are relatively malaria-free, you will usually be passing through areas where malaria is prevalent in order to get there.

Tanzania is home to the chloroquine-resistant strain of malaria as well as several others. Make sure your doctor or travel clinic knows you are traveling to Tanzania (don't just say Africa) so s/he can prescribe the right anti-malarial medication. Tips on how to avoid malaria will also help.

 

Safety

Tanzanians are well known for their friendly, laid-back attitude. In most cases you will be humbled by their hospitality despite the fact that most people are a lot poorer than you. As you travel in the touristy areas, you will probably attract your fair share of souvenir hawkers and beggars. Remember that these are poor people who are trying to earn money to feed their families. If you aren't interested then say so, but try and remain polite.

Basic Safety Rules for Travelers to Tanzania

 

  • Make a copy of your passport and keep it in your luggage.
  • Don't walk on your own at night in the major cities or on empty beaches especially in Pemba and Zanzibar.
  • Don't wear jewelry.
  • Don't carry too much cash with you.
  • Wear a money belt that fits under your clothes.
  • Don't carry a lot of camera equipment especially in the major cities.
  • Beware of thieves posing as police officers.

Roads

Roads in Tanzania are pretty bad. Potholes, road blocks, goats and people tend to get in the way of vehicles and the rainy season completely wipes out half the country's roads. Avoid driving a car or riding a bus at night because that's when most accidents happen. If you are renting a car, keep the doors and windows locked while driving in the major cities. Car-jackings occur fairly regularly but may not end in violence as long as you comply with demands made.

Terrorism

In 1998 a terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam left 11 dead and 86 injured. The US, UK and Australian governments are all warning that more attacks may occur specifically in Zanzibar and/or Dar es Salaam. Vigilance is required, but there's no need to avoid visiting these places -- people are still visiting New York and London after all.

For more information on terrorism check with your Foreign Office or Department of State for the latest warnings and developments.

 

Activities

Safari Circuits


National Parks

Conservations

Game Reserves and Safaris

Spas

Mountain Climbing

Cultural Tourism 

Conference Tourism

 Marine Parks

Diving

Fishing

Cultural Sightseeing

South Pare Mountains

Pare Mountain

We are happy to provide tour packages to our guests for walking tours to Ranzi Dam or the Ikongwe village tour. Before you reach the dam, you walk through Mkwakweni village, where you will learn about traditional healers and how to make local brew (dengelua). Then you explore some local caves and proceed to Heiganda, Duma Viewpoint for a view of Mkomazi Game Reserve.
You can extend your visit by spending nights at Tona Lodge or stay with a family. You can also travel from the Elephant motel to Chome Village where the youth guides organize the tour. Local attractions includee: the Namoche Valley (scene of a victorious battle against the Maasai), warrior's graves, German ruins, waterfalls and the King's Stone. This huge rock was used to lie children upon with an offering of milk and many prayers when children were born with what was believed to be unfortunate attributes - left-handedness and even the arrival of upper teeth prior to the appearance of their lower teeth.
 
Tourists climbing the Mountain

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Travel To Tanzania

Elephant Motel will pick you up at your entry airport and work with you on your safari to various attractions. Tanzanians are well known for their friendly, laid-back attitude. You will be humbled by their hospitality despite having low incomes. It is not difficult to prepare to travel to Tanzania.

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Immunizations

Tanzanians are well known for their friendly, laid-back attitude. In most cases you will be humbled by their hospitality despite the fact that most people are a lot poorer than you. It is not difficult to prepare to travel to Tanzania.

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Safety

Tanzanians are well known for their friendly, laid-back attitude. In most cases you will be humbled by their hospitality despite the fact that most people are a lot poorer than you. It is not difficult to prepare to travel to Tanzania.

Read More

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Christmas Festival

Christmas Festival
Christmas Vigil: After evening mass couples, individuals, friends and visitors come together at Elephant Motel to eat, drink and dance for the...

Summer Dance Competition

Summer Dance Competition
Summer traditional dance competition is a festival that sees all styles of dances  in competitive harmony. Everybody has a great time and...

Traditional Dance

Traditional Dance
If there are a big number of tourists the management of the motel arranges the local traditional dance to come to entertain visitors. For many...