Southern Tanzania Safari – Explore the Exotic Mnazi Bay Marine Park
In Tanzania travel, the country’s South coast has become a popular vacation destination especially among those visitors out to avoid the large crowds of tourists in the northern game reserves and national parks. Some of the ideal places to visit in South Tanzania include the quiet Mnazi Bay Marine park, and Mtwara, a small Swahili town surrounded by beautiful beaches that rival many beach travel destinations in the North.
If you are an adventure travel enthusiast, you can have lots of fun in Southern Tanzania. The experience of traveling in the African country without the usual tourist crowds is in itself very rewarding. You get to explore such sites as unspoilt beaches on the Indian ocean coast, a number of swahili ruins, among other attractions.
The main gateway to Southern Tanzania travel is Mtwara. The town is easily accessible by sea and flight from Dar es Salaam. The laid back Mtwara town occupies a large area near the Mnazi Bay Marine Park. Visitors get to enjoy diving in some of the most secluded diving spots on the Tanzania coast. If you are traveling to the Mnazi Bay Marine Park, Mtwara town is just a perfect stop-over.
Some time in the past, Mnazi bay was the take-off port for sea travel to Mozambique, by dhow. Today however, the main attraction is the white sand beaches, and the coral reefs which provide very memorable snorkeling experience. Visitors can explore the coral reefs even when the tide is low.
The marine park abounds in bird life with several water birds species present. Waders are the most abundant including the mangrove kingfisher, the greater sand plover, crab clover, the Zanzibar black-bellied glossy-starling, and brown-headed parrot.
Mnazi bay and the surrounding area has an international reputation for its biodiversity. The abundant sea grass beds, the coral reefs, and a variety of mangroves are a source of livelihood for the local community. The bay lies north of Ruvuma river and is generally shallow.
Mnazi bay is protected on the seaward side by the Rawira peninsula to the south and by a series of small islands to the north. The government of Tanzania is looking to the future and plan to develop the area for tourism ” it is an ideal location to unwind after a game safari in the Southern Circuit of Tanzania. The local communities are extensively involved in the running of the park which will ensure that the local communities benefit from tourism.
For international travel to Southern Tanzania, Dar es Salaam is the main entry point. This city, also known as a Haven of Peace, is accessible by flights from Johannesburg, Nairobi, Addis Ababa. A number of airlines also operate flights to Dar es Salaam airport from other airports in Tanzania including Dodoma airport and Kilimanjaro international airport, which are also points of entry for several international flights to Tanzania. Dar es Salaam can also be reached by sea from Mombasa, Kenya through the daily ferry service between the two cities.
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