Sinya Mines, Enduiment WMA (Wildlife Management Area) lies in the Olmolog and Tingatinga wards of West Kilimanjaro. It borders Kilimanjaro National Park and the Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
The WMA hosts a large variety of wild species which includes elephant, buffalo, giraffe, leopard, klipspringer, hartebeest, hyena, Thomson Gazelle and Grants Gazelle amongst an assortment of other, much smaller, animals. Ecologically, it acts as a connection between the Mkomazi, Arusha, Kilimanjaro National Parks and Tsavo ecosystem.
The Enduiment WMA (also known as the Sinya mines) is where, between the 1940s and 1960s, Tanzania used to mine meerschaum, a soft white clay-like material consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate most commonly used in the manufacture of smoking pipes.
WMA can be reached using numerous roads; a gravel road from Bomang’ombe through Sanya Juu, and Engare Nairobi to Rongai, rough road from Arusha-Namanga road junction at Longido village to Sinya, Ngereiyani and Tingatinga.
During the rainy seasons, the Sinya Mines become a floodplain, leaving the whole area inaccessible to visitors.
A WMA permit needs to be bought prior to entering the area. We can arrange a permit for you but we require a minimum of 48 hours for this. Gate fee is $10 per person and $20 for a guide for the day.
NB: WMA Permits can only be bought at the headquarters in Arusha beforehand and you will need your payment receipt to enter the gate.
Guide: Simba Farm Lodge has two English speaking guides available to take you to the WMA Sinya Mines (available only on booking a minimum of one night’s B&B at the lodge). Guide fee is $20 per day.
(NB – Information sourced from the Sinya Mines, Enduiment WMA website)