Polish Tour in Arusha Tanzania | Polski cmentarz w Tanzanii |Obóz wygnańców polskich w Tanzanii | Cmentarz wygnańców polskich : Why is the Polish tour in Arusha/Tanzania important for Poles and historians? Like any other community on earth, it is worth knowing their roots, where they came from, where they are, and what their future is; this enables them to understand their social progress but also helps them preserve their history.

How did it all begin? The Polish movement started in 1942 during the Second World War after facing war difficulties in their home country. Some groups moved to Iran, India, Mexico, and New Zealand. The larger group traveled far away to Tanzania, where they settled in Arusha-Tengeru, a small village on the outskirts of Arusha town. Britain facilitated the Polish migration through the Polish government; the Polish refugees didn’t stay longer in Iran; they were transported to East Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Nyasa.

In 1942, two groups of Refugees arrived at the Tanga and Mombasa ports with 1,400 people who were then transported to the towns of Morogoro, Dar es Salaam, and Kondoa under the supervision of the Tanganyika Government. This Tengeru Polish cemetery is a must for your Tanzania safari tour, especially the Arusha city outdoors trip.

In October 1942, the last group arrived in Tanganyika and was brought to Tengeru village. A total of 13,364 poles were in East African regions from Iran.

What did the Polish do in the Tengeru camp? Tengeru and its surroundings are superb for Agriculture and livestock keeping; after arriving in this Tengeru village, they established beef farming projects, making them afford to live in this foreign country.

What is the cost of a Tengeru Polish Cemetery visit? This is a ubiquitous question, but there’s no fee to see the cemetery; through their embassy in Dar es Salaam, the Polish government oversees the entire compound and pays the people who care for the area. However, there will be additional charges from the company for transportation and driving, which vary between 30$ and – 50$ per person depending on which hotel or place you’re staying and the number of people who want to visit the cemetery. A reputable safari company for local tours in Arusha town, like East Africa Safari Guides, is recommended.

Itinerary for Tengeru Polish Cemetery;

Our East Africa Safari Guides professional tour guide will pick you up from the hotel in the Usa River or Arusha town. Either way, it takes a 40-minute drive to reach the cemetery. On the way to the Polish tombs, you will get a chance to visit a local market called “Soko la Tengeru,” where you can do local shopping to buy things like pineapples, mangoes, bananas, or watermelons. After that, we will proceed to the cemetery. Upon arrival and a short registration, we will get inside and start reading the history, which is written both in English and Polish; you can take as many pictures as you want in this cemetery isn’t only for Polish, but also other people are buried in Tengeru Polish cemetery such as Jewish and Orthodox. The Tengeru Polish tour is worth it because you will learn the natural history of how the Polish moved from North Poland by board ship; after learning, you will drive back to your lodge or proceed with a daily schedule.

Polish Tour in Arusha Tanzania
Polish Tour in Arusha Tanzania

You will see all 179 graves where people of three different religions, such as Catholic, Jewish, and Orthodox, are buried.

What other tours can be combined with Tengeru Polish Cemetery?

Meru women group tour in Tengeru: After this unique Tengeru Polish tour visit, you can see local tribal women of the Meru community who live around the Tengeru village; you will learn the way Meru people live, how they cook, dance, eat, separation of power and responsibility within the families according to age. Tanzania boasts 120 different tribes, and by visiting Meru local women, you’re broadening the sense of adventure and enhancing the positive vibes on how people in Western countries live compared to Africa. These women also participate in environmental protection through the small fee that visitors pay and support the women in the group as they get some money to pay school fees for their Children and earn something for their daily lives.

Lake Duluti canoeing tour: After the Polish cemetery Arusha visit, you can visit a little oasis, Lake Duluti, 2 kilometers away from Tengeru Polish cemetery. There are many activities to do in Lake Duluti, such as a canoeing trip to explore the marsh area of the lake, and from the lake, you can see Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro during the evening hours; fishing activities is another superb activity to engage in, also guided nature walk tour in Lake Duluti is a way of exploring the duluti forest in the forest you can see different species of birds such as grey herons, cormorants, kingfishers, egrets, ospreys, New World barbets, storks, doves, buzzards to name a few. A canoeing tour to Lake Duluti in Arusha may cost 100$ per person, depending on the number of people visiting. The price includes transportation, entrance fees, and village fees.

Visit Orphanage centers: There are several centers near Tengeru Polish Cemetery / Cmentarz wygnańców polskich where you can visit parentless children, spend some time with them, or volunteer to teach them different lessons such as counting, reading, jumping ropes, or even playing football.

Local schools around Tengeru Polish Cemetery: There are different local government schools where you can pay a visit near the Tengeru Polish Cemetery/ Obóz wygnańców polskich w Tanzanii once you’re there. You can participate in their classes and see how the lessons in Tanzania are conducted. This will give you a significant difference between the Tanzania and Poland education systems/ System edukacji w Polsce.

Arusha National Park: You can also embark on a day trip to Arusha National Park after or before visiting the Tengeru Polish cemetery; this stunning National Park is located northeast of Arusha town, just 25 kilometers from Arusha, 35 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). The park is home to a biodiversity of wildlife such as Elephants, giraffes, impalas, buffaloes, zebras, and over 400 species of birds, such as bar-tailed trogon and Narina trogon, which can’t easily spotted elsewhere, walking safari in Arusha is not to miss activity which can be conducted in Arusha National Park.

Day trip in Arusha itinerary | 3 days tour activities in Arusha including Tengeru polish cemetery/ Cmentarz wygnańców polskich

Day 1: Arusha National Park

What to do: Wildlife game viewing + walking safari

Day 2: Tengeru polish cemetery/ Cmentarz wygnańców polskich + Tengeru local market visit + Lake Duluti day tour in Arusha.

Day 3: Arusha city tour + traditional Meru women group visit + local schools tour

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