Boat trips at Babati

Kirsten & Klaus write:

Traveling Tanzania we have just come through Babati and we want to place a recommendation:

By accident we  met a very congenial young guy who has initiated his own business offering wonderful boat trips in a traditional dugout canoe on peaceful lake Babati, where you can spot hippos within the water, and watch birds (great groups of pelicans including also many young animals, kingfisher, cormorants and ever so many more) and fisherman.

We paid 25.000TSh per person for approx. 3 h including boat tour and walk and we very much recommend this activity, if you come to visit Babati. It was one of the little unexpected highlights of our tour, not least due to the nice personality of our companion.

The name of the guide is: Erineus (Eric) Songay.
His business is: Babati Guides (T) Ltd.
Email:  erineuss@yahoo.com
Phone: +255 688522450

He speaks English very well. His small office is under construction. You can contact him by phone or email, or ask for him, e.g. at the Royal Beach Hotel, which is located directly at the lake (1,5 km off the main road on the left hand side when approaching Babati from the south. Walk from the town center or take a bajaji/taxi) – this is where the boattrip also starts.
Make sure you accept Eric´s offer to walk you back to the road after the boat trip! It is very nice, enlightening and entertaining to talk to him and people alongside the way. You might also be lucky to taste corn beer on your way through the village.

News from Babati

As we approach the end of year 2010, I believe you might need some fresh information for any of your updates about Babati.
1. The road to Babati from Arusha-Minjingu is approaching full Tarmac making confortable to travel to Babati on full tarmac road and reduce the travel time to 1 /12 -2 hours
2. My guest house is full self contained (we provide even disposable tooth brush and paste) with TV, Bed and Full Breakfast comprising of ; cornflakes, fresh juice and seasonal fruit, sausages, eggs; coffee /tea making it the best in the fast growing town.
3.Many  Self contained guest houses have mashroomed in Babati with differing  standards.
4. I have registered a new company Kahembe’s Culture and Wildlife Safaris Ltd. to deal with Cultural Tours , Wildlife camping and lodge safaris, Kilimanjaro, Meru, Hanang, Oldonyo lengai, Crater Trekking, Zanzibar, Mafia and all costal tours. starting Jaqnuary 2011.

Regards
Joas Kahembe

Royal Beach Hotel, Babati

I am Meshack, the manager of the new Royal Beach Hotel in Babati.  Our hotel is well situated, near Tarangire national park, 101km from Kondoa, 75km from Mount Hanang (3415m), and close to Mount Kwaraa (2428m). the hotel is about 1.5km from the main road, at the shore of Lake Babati, with its rich birdlife and some hippos. Motor boat or traditional cances for lake trips are available. The room facilities are round, self contained bungalous for 2 persons each, 4 persons bungalous are currently under construction. Trips to national parks can be arranged.  Elephant adventure at Dar es salaam organizes transports to Babati its well, Babati is reachable from Arusha in about 3 hours. For more details contact me at meshakingomuo@yahoo.co.uk