Why Visit Tanzania?
Tanzania Wildlife Safari, Game Viewing:
Tanzania has huge numbers of wildlife that are spread over the country and each of the wildlife displays their features particular to the eco system. Tanzania has national parks and reserves located in remote areas like Selous and Mahale mountains, Tanzania Safaris gives you the opportunity to view one of Africa’s resources that are preserved by nature and the untouched mankind. The country has over 3000 lions in the selous, Africa’s hunting dogs in Ruaha, chimpanzees in Mahale and Gombe within theire natural habitats. There are also millions of Wildebeests in the Serengeti National Park.
Chimpanzee Safari Tanzania
- Mountains of Mahale have a great number of chimpanzees, guests can undertake a chimpanzee trekking safari to the south western national park a chimpanzee trek can also be done in Gombe stream national park.
Adventure Tours in Tanzania
You can also climb the natural wonder of the world, which is Mount Kilimanjaro which is easily accessible by the climbers. The routes suit the varying lifestyles that make mount Kilimanjaro a must mount to climb for people who desire to experience nature or view the ecosystems as well as the terrains. The other options to trek include; Ol Donyo Lengai mountain of God that remains inactive to present.
Beach Vacation Holidays
Tanzania safari guests take time off their busy schedule to be able to enjoy a vacation far away from anything done routinely. The Ocean Island provides the clients with the opportunity to select their beach sports as they prefer. These white sandy beaches can be enjoy at Zanzibar under a palm umbrella watching the blue waters.
EcoTourism in Tanzania
Those clients who want a true African safari, which is run by the true indigenous people of Africa within an environment where your accommodation facilities are built by the local people of Africa. The revenues from these activities go directly to the local people. You can visit the maasai home steads, i.e, you can visit the chumbe Island where the accommodation facility have been designed with natural material. The food served comes from the fresh produces, guests there will enjoy activities including; snorkelling as well as sustainable tourism.
Historical Tours in Tanzania
You will get to walk in the footsteps of the past great explorers and the adventures that happened in Tanzania. You will as well visit the exact place in Ujiji , in south western Tanzania, were the centuries happened and the phrase “Dr Livingstone said . Visit Zanzibar as well as the Bagamoyo and learn about slave trade history and its effects.
Tanzania Cultural Experiences
You will enjoy Tanzania’s tribes and the cultural experiences that provide a good opportunity to the clients to encounter the many ways of life, rituals and rites of the people of Tanzania. As you visit Usambara Mountains, you can take a tour of the local communities or also visit Zanzibar and get to interact with the Zanzibaris participating in their day to day activities. As you tour Zanzibar, you will get the opportunity to undertake the spice tour that livens the human senses with the sweet smelling aromas of the plants used in the foods today.
The Marine Experience
Tanzania offers has got an underwater paradise for the marine lovers visiting pemba, Zanzibar and Mafia, these have got many interesting reefs that feature shallow rocky areas that drop off into vertiginous crevasses, which are 40m deep. With the deep walls that are covered in colourful sponges as well as Gorgonia, the divers will find variety of Brittlestars, Moray Eals, and the Langoustines. The reefs here are like undersea mountains, covered with seaweeds and the corals plus the teeming colourful fish.
The Pristine Beauty, peace and Relaxation.
This country offers peace and relaxation programs to the guests who take off to remote areas like Kigoma which is located on the shores of the great lake Tanganyika and spend days as they enjoy comfort from their rooms looking at the majestic vistas of the lake and also visit the remote Islands of Mafia where they can sleep in rooms facing the ocean. Here the guests can relax and enjoy the warm Ocean breeze and also spend their best moments of their lives in Africa.
Ngorongoro Safari Crater, 8th Wonder of the World
There is the Ngorongoro Crater which is the Eighth wonder of the world will change your mind about visiting Tanzania. You will sit back at the lodge and relax as you enjoy the incredible views of the beautiful crater.
About Geography, Culture and History
Tanzania is known to be the largest East African Country, covering a surface area of 945,203 sq metres. This country lies south of the equator and is the land of the amazing natural contrasts, just from the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, towards the endless plains of the great Serengeti as well as the un spoiled beaches of Zanzibar archipelago.
This country is also home to the immerse cultural; which is the archaeological evidence that shows along history that comes back to the origin of the mankind. It was also the Olduvai Gorge that is situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area were the early man’s remains were discovered. In the culture way, many areas of this country have for long been meeting points for different cultures, which gives the country an amazing cultural wealth.
Tanganyika got its independence in 1961 and Zanzibar did in 1963. Within April 1904, both of these countries singed a union Treaty to become the republic of Tanzania.
The country’s population density is so low, it’s approximately 33 million, and these comprise of people of three major religions, Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity.
Tanzania is a rural country with cattle herding and agriculture as the main source of incomes. However, for the; last two decades, tourism has gain a position as an economic activity in different areas of the country.
Weather in Tanzania
Just at 5,000 above the sea level, In the Northern Tanzania has got spring like weather year round with a low humidity. In the warm seasons, the temperatures rarely go above 80s and the dry heat is usually comfortable. Wildlife viewing if usually good all year long except in the rainy season of April to mid may when the animals move due to the availability of water.
National Parks in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti comes from the Maasai word Siringeti which means the endless plains. It has got an area of 14750 sq km, and the park is known for its wealth of leopard, lion, Rhino and many more, this made Serengeti as the world greatest wildlife sanctuary. This park is the largest reserve in Tanzania and located in the southern part of Tanzania. The park has got variety of environments with wide grass plains to the southern acacia savannah in the central region. The is characterised with the Kopjes that gives a feeling of the incomparable wildness and infinite variety.
According to the seasons, the Serengeti changes from rich fertile land to the desolate wilderness that cause migration of wildebeest. The best season to visit this national park is from May to July and in December to February. This spectacular national park can be reached by road from Arusha via the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and by the charter of the scheduled flight from Aruhsa or Kilimanjaro International Airport. It has also got many accommodation facilities including; campsites, tented camps, lodges inside and outside the park. The common animals to be seen here include; zebras, wildebeests, Giraffes, Jackals, elephants, wild dogs, buffaloes, lions and the leopards etc. the park has the great annual migration that creates the reputation of this national park.
The Maasai Kopjes
The Maasai Kopjes form the eastern boundary of the seronera River Valley. The massive stacks of the boulders heaped on one another and rose above the land scape interrupting the smooth skyline of the plains nearby. These kopjes overlook the broad entrance to the infamous seronera River Valley. The Kopjes are surrounded by the craggy hollows and the smooth granite crests that are base to the most legendary lion prides called the Maasai Lion Pride. The Kopjes is a must see to any tour to the Seronera River Valley since you can view lots of wildlife.
The Maasai Kopjes is also home to the rare Bohor reedbuck, ostriches, leopard, jackals, black backed jackals, waterbuck, gazelles and the spotted Rhinos. The rock out crops are the most delightful habitants and are more visible on the flat open plains and they consist of 2 to 3 billion year old granite rock due to weathering and erosion. The Kopjes have ecosystem with a range of vegetation and wildlife that includes; Mongoose, hyrax, lizards, birds, and the porcupines. The kopjes are like Islands with a community plants and animals as well as a refuge for the mother cheetah and the lions with the cubs. These Kopjes also serve as a water catchments area as well as the clefts where the soils mix with the eroded rocks and the tree seeds.
About Makoma Hill
Makoma hill is a hill that forms the western edge of the packed Seronera valley. In front of the hills, lies a small and idyllic plain that is referred to as the Makoma plain. This Makoma plain is bordered by Makoma hill in the west and the seronera River in the east. Each of the land marks of makoma hill, Thatch kopjes and Makoma plain is a scenic wonder and offers variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. The wooded makoma hill is a good spot to view the impalas, giraffes, gazelles, hyenas, buffalos, cheetah and many more. These kopjes are also favoured by the large Makoma lion pride.
There are also game drives that are carried out in areas of Makoma and its incredibly rewarding. This area is also called the Makoma Game loop that circles the entire makoma plain with the smaller tracks that surround the Thatch Kopjes. As you drive through the makoma plains, its chance that you will spot large groups of Buffalos, and the gazelles. The gazelles live here during the dry season while the buffalos live here all year round. It’s known that they are over 100 buffalo individuals that can be seen here. There is also the Makoma pride lions as well as the hyenas that are seen hunting in the plains. There are also Raptors including the Tawny eagles, the black backed jackal and the bat eared fox.
Makoma hill is situated with in a great location for the wildlife viewing throughout the year, and it’s at this time when the migration takes place in the north in May/ June and south in November and December. The migration activity is the best time of the year for the Makoma hill lion pride as well as the large clans of hyenas. The cheetahs also use the long grass plains that cover the Makoma Hill in the dry season and then they migrate back to the east.
The Turners spring
This turner’s spring is located at the heart of the central Serengeti in the thick bushes of Acacia trees. These springs are so difficult to see but have lots of wildlife especially during the dry season including the giraffes, lions, impalas, leopards, buffalos, and the hyenas. These springs are named after Myles Turner. Who was also a chief game warden of the Serengeti from 956 to 1972. He took up the post after the great inception of the national park since these early years were among the darkest and the wildlife was so threatened by poaching. Its location is isolated and remote from the many guests that come to central Serengeti, this area is also home to the two of Serengeti’s finest dry season campsites, which are located on either side of the massive and vegetated kopjes. Game drives to the Turner’s springs is approximately 5 miles long and heads directly east from Seronera. The area offers good wildlife opportunities since it crosses the thick acacia woodland with the small open areas where the animals meet. The most seen animals include the buffalos, giraffes and the leopards.
The springs are also good for viewing the lion prides, and these rule the entire surrounding area. The area is indeed the park place of the lion territories with in the Serengeti due to the presence of water and the high biomass of the resident prey. The lions roar most during the dry season of the plentiful prey, when the nomad lions might be tempted to pilfer from their larder. Both the male and female lions roar in the similar way except that the calls of the male are deeper in the tone. Therefore a visit to the Turner’s spring is mostly recommended during the dry season of July to November, in the green season of December to June, the tracks out to the remote located springs are so difficult to navigate when wet. More so, the wildlife will be more concentrated in the woodlands around the springs during the green season as most of the resident animals have many other sources of water.
The Simba Kopjes
About the Lion Grass Plains
These long grass plains consist of the massive area of the long grasses and the termite mounds that are located in the strecting miles that are between the central Serengeti and the seronera region plus the Naabi Hill in the south of Serengeti. The grass in this area grows tall due to the fact that the soil is deep and less alkaline than the other areas of Serengeti. In the south and east side, the grass is short since the soils are shallow and an impenetrable volcanic hard pan that prevents root growth? This means that the wildebeests and the gazelles prefer short, and more nutritious grass that is found in the southern and Eastern Serengeti as compared to the coaser grass that is found on the long grass plains that are preferred by the zebras.
The migrations of both the zebras and that of the wildebeests is different in terms of their migratory movements and the range of habitants. The wildebeest migration is located in the south and the gazelles in the east Serengeti and that of the zebras can be found in the ling grass plains in the green season. One of the most surprising feature of these long grass plains are also the towering clay castles that are constructed by one of the Serengeti‘s smallest creatures the termite. These termites might be so small, but they don’t keep a low profile since their presence is well known throughout the Serengeti. The moulds of the termites provide homes , resting places, and look out points for mammals, reptiles, baboons, cheetahs, hares, hyenas, monitor lizards, pangolins, porcupines, toads, topis, antelopes, and birds including; aardvarks, and the red and yellow barbets and many more.
About the Eastern Serengeti
These eastern plains of the Serengeti are composed of the massive area and they begin in the eastern of Naabi Hill. These also extend east wards through the Gol Kopjes, Nasera Rock, Lemuta hill, Angata Kiti and the Salei plains and all the way to the Ngorongoro Highlands and the active volcano Mount Lengai. This area is over 50 miles wide from the west to the east. The southern border of the eastern plains is the Olduvai Gorge and the northern border that reaches into the great Loloondo game controlled Area.
These eastern plains are similar to the Sothern plains since they are all seasonal. In the dry season, the eastern plains are transformed into a semi desert and a few grant’s and Thomson‘s gazelles survive. The eastern plains also come to life during the wet season of November to May and offers good wildlife viewing for certain species of animals. In order to enjoy this section of the park, a day trip should be included in every green season safari itinerary.
The eastern Serengeti has also got the Gol Kopjes that boast the highest concentration of cheetahs in the African continent during the wet season. The many cheetahs found here are migratory and most of these follow the Thomson’s gazelle migration to the eastern short grasses in the wet season and then back to the central Serengeti in the dry season. The region is also famous for the hyenas, lions, giraffes, birds, zebras, eland, wildebeests, etc.