Tanzania an East African Safari Destination
Just like its neighbour Kenya Tanzania has a lot to offer the East Africa safari traveller.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National park gets its name from the lake, Manyara which is a shallow freshwater lake in Tanzania once Said by Ernest Hemingway to be the loveliest lake in Africa. The lake is named after the maasai word emanyara, which refers to the plants that are grown into a hedge around a family homestead. Therefore the name describes the region around the lake shore.
The park while known mostly for its baboons and tree climbing lions is a beautiful and incredibly diverse park for its size (only 325 square kilometres/125 square miles) has a wide variety of anmals among them hippos, elephants, buffalo, warthogs wildebeest and giraffes.
The Park is home to an amazing variety of birds especially for waterfowl and migrants. Its lush green forests are one of the best places to see the elusive leopard. The lake it self consumes the majority of the parks area.
Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
Located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara and is named after the famous Ngorongoro Crater which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The Crater is a haven for tens of thousands of big East African wild animals and a spectacular setting in which to experience an East African safari.
This area is unique in that unlike the Serengeti and Masai Mara, the migration in the Ngorongoro Crater is scant. The reason being that the area has an abundant year-round food and water supply – and the precipitous walls of this collapsed extinct volcano discourage but not completely eliminates migrating. The crater in its self makes its much easier to view wildlife.
Selous Game Reserve
African National parks and game reserves invariably tout themselves as being areas of pristine wilderness, but there’s no question that you will experience raw and untouched Africa at its wildest when you visit the Selous Game Reserve.
Bigger than countries such as switzerland and almost six times the size of Kenya’s masai mara, this game reserve is simply huge by any standard.
Considered by some to be the worlds largest game reserve, and containing about one third of all Africa’s wild dog population, the reserve gets its name from Frederick Courtenay Selous whom during the late nineteenth century, when the term “great white hunter” still had a romantic ring, this man tracked big game throughout southern Africa and bagging lion, elephant, greater kudu, sable antelope and other species. In 1922 when the British established the Game Department they named the Selous Game Reserve in his honour.
Zanzibar a semi-autonomous part of the Republic of Tanzania and 25-50 kilometres (16-31 mi) off the coast. Today the island and its surrounding have become popular with tourists.
Even as it grows in popularity with African beach safari seekers, Zanzibar remains a rustic paradise. Large parts of the Zanzibar islands with exotic names like Mafia Island, Pemba Island and Mnemba are still thankfully untainted, offering you the traveller a chance to experience an exotic and authentic Indian Ocean island holiday.