Tourism Promotion

Tourism Promotion

LEAD Foundation joins other stake-holders to promote tourism in the Central Zone of Tanzania, for everyone to enjoy; “Tourism for All!” as Dr Shein, President of Zanzibar, has said.

The Central Zone of Tanzania has many potential tourist attractions that need to be identified, conserved, publicised and utilised. Apart from the familiar Kolo Cave Paintings and the hot water springs in Kondoa District, there are sites like the fascinating rock structures littered around in the Zone, mountains, valleys, Samora Machel’s underground Office in Kongwa, the Mpwapwa town landmarks that led to its being identified for designation as one of the World Heritage Centres along the central slave route in Tanzania.
Tourism Promotion

The Kiboriani mountain range is also a very famous but yet neglected tourism attraction. Until the 1930s Kiboriani range of mountains was thickly forested, as noted by a visitor in 1933.

“One of my earliest annual holidays in Tanganyika was to be a member of a party going to Kiboriani. The very big, substantially built stone building at Kiboriani had been the one holiday place, apart from mission stations, where the missionaries could go for their often very much needed holidays during the earlier years of this century.


Kiboriani is a delightful place for a holiday. It is one of the highest points (over 6,000 feet above sea level), in a range of mountains dividing the Masai Plain from the Mpwapwa Plain. Holidaymakers had to be provided with winter clothing to withstand the cold of the mornings and evenings. We had big fires going in all the rooms every night, there being plenty of dry wood available in the wooded valleys below us. These fire-warmed rooms seemed very strange for Central Africa. We were about six degrees south of the Equator.

We had glorious views all round, lovely hills and green valleys, wide-stretching plains nearly all round and beyond range upon range of mountains encircling the plains.  The vegetation in the neighborhood of Kiboriani was almost autumnal in its coloring, with a mixture of spring, vivid red and yellow-leaved trees and shrubs keeping company with numberless trees covered with masses of blossom of varying shades of pink, just like Japanese cherry blossom" (Miss Avis Richardson 1933, LEAD Foundation Archives).

The above revelation shows the richness of the mountains in natural environment. It also demonstrates the potential of Kiboriani Mountain Range for environmental conservation education, tourism and hospitality activities. Such activities if implemented will assist in ensuring the sustainability of the natural forest vegetation and biodiversity.

Where to Stay in Kiboriani

The Leadership and Environmental Planning Institute (TUMIKA), an NGO Partner of LEAD Foundation, welcomes conference and holiday makers, tourists, researchers and friends who wish to visit the heart of the Kiboriani Conservation Project. The Institute, housed at the Anglican Retreat Centre, has a residential capacity of at least 50 people, apart from open air camp sites. Advance notice will be appreciated, through Tel. No. 0784727205 or email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trekkers scaling the Kiboriani Mountain to the TUMIKA Centre

Travel up Kiboriani Range

Hikers can scale up the mountains from various points (advisable to use beaten paths), depending on their direction of approach to the range. Drivers (a four wheel vehicle advisable) can reach the Kiboriani village and TUMIKA Centre from either the north through Kongwa, Ibwaga, Nguji or from the south through Mpwapwa, Kikombo and Vianze.

Airports/Airstrips close to Kiboriani Peak

•    Dodoma(DOD) Airport (181.7km)
•    Mpwapwa Airstrip (16.4km)
•    Kongwa Airstrip (26.2km)
•    A Helicopter can easily land at Kiboriani Village or TUMIKA Centre grounds.