Kondoa and Singida
is a region of Northern Tanzania
which lies to the south-west of Tarangire National Park
Singida itself is a significant town, the centre of a major farming district, but of little interest to the majority of international visitors.
The area contains two mountains of some significant, Mount Hanang and Mount Kwaraa, both of which are substantial extinct volcanoes standing proud of the surrounding landscape, with their slopes covered in thick forest, but neither of which are climbed with any regularity.
The main reason to come here is to visit the various remote rock art sites which are scattered to the west of the village of Kolo on the main road south towards Dodoma. The drive down passes through some very pleasant rural landscapes and the area experiences very low visitor numbers, so this really does have an off-the-beaten-track feel. There is also a small museum in the Kolo area, which tells a little of the history of the people who were responsible for these wonderful paintings.
There is no accommodation at Kolo, so a visit to the rock art is usually done as a very long detour when travelling between lodges in Tarangire
and Lake Manyara
. With perhaps nine hours driving to do, it only leaves a pretty short time to spend at the sites themselves. The only other option is to camp down at Kolo, although this tends to take up more time and cost more money than most people are prepared to deploy.
Consequently these rock art sites seem destined to remain very little visited, until someone builds a lodge. Hopefully when that does happen it will be something really special, that makes the trip worthwhile.
The majority of visitors combine this area with Serengeti safari
, Ngorongoro safari
, Tarangire safari
and Lake Manyara safari
to make a total of 7 to 14 nights in the region.
Some visitors also combine with options further afield including Kilimanjaro treks
in the northeast of the country, Ruaha safari
and Selous safari
to the south, Katavi safari
and Mahale Mountains chimpanzee safari
out west, Maasai Mara safari
over the border in Kenya and Virunga Mountains gorilla safari
over in Rwanda.
These mainland areas are also commonly combined with nights down on the Tanzania Coast
, especially on Zanzibar Island
, Pemba Island
, Mafia Island
or Fanjove Island
, usually in trips of 10 to 21 nights.