What are the importance of tourism in Tanzania: An African safari is a definite must do, but very often guests ask, why should we choose Tanzania? Safari is a way of life in Tanzania. Visitors flock here annually to witness the epic annual Great Migration pass through the legendary Serengeti – a natural spectacle with wildebeest herds so large they can be seen from space.
The neighboring Ngorongoro conservation area is home to an extraordinary selection of predators. Further south, Ruaha national park and Selous game reserve offer wild, off-the-beaten-track game viewing in a spectacular setting. Add to this the exotic island of Zanzibar island and its palm-fringed beaches, Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – and the shores of Lake Victoria and you have one of the most beautiful, vibrant and diverse countries in Africa.
The Great Migration is one of the natural wonders of the world. Each year a staggering 2 million wildebeests looking for greener pastures follow a 1,800 mile (2,900 km) circuit traversing Tanzania and Kenya. And they’re not alone, zebra and antelope follow suit in an epic saga of life and death. While the ungulates move through the country seeking water and fresh grass, they are stalked by lions, cheetahs, and hyenas. Birthing season is when the predators are treated to easy meals as the circle of life is enacted on a massive scale. The river crossings are another incredible sight as the wildebeests and zebras wildly race to avoid the lurking crocodiles or the trampling of their large herds. As a whole the Migration represents the savannas flowing ecosystem at work and witnessing it is unforgettable. It’s no wonder that people are drawn from all across the world to the Serengeti each year.
The NCA is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that takes its name from the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera, formed two to three million years ago. Approximately 25 000 large animals live in the natural enclosure formed by the 300km² crater, while the greater conservancy surroundings are home to wildebeest and zebra migratory movement in the wet season. It was recently voted one of the new Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. A Ngorongoro safari is one for the books.
Experience the highlands of the wild Ngorongoro Conservation Area surrounding the camp, home to leopard, buffalo and elephant. A Ngorongoro Crater safari is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Follow ancient Maasai trails to the summit of the Olmoti crater and visit local communities to catch a glimpse into the traditional Maasai way of life that has defined this corner of East Africa for centuries. The famous Ngorongoro Crater is easily accessible from camp, while the setting ensures maximum privacy, a rich adventure and a range of activities not possible elsewhere in Ngorongoro.
Like the Serengeti, Tarangire is part of the world-famous annual massive migration of millions of wildebeest and zebras following the rains and fresh pastures. Roughly ten times the size of nearby Manyara National Park, it has a concentration of wildlife that is exceptional from July through to October. Although a little off the main safari route, this Tanzania safari park is a gem on the Northern safari circuit. Though Tarangire means ‘river of warthogs’, the park is most famous for its giraffes, birding and a plentitude of baobab trees. It’s authentic, untouched Africa at its best. Above all it offers unrivaled elephant sightings; it is estimated that the park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Make sure to spend time at the sizable watering hole near the park entrance where the animals congregate together like a scene from the ‘Lion King’.
This wild and unspoiled game reserve in southern Tanzania boasts an enticing mix of abundant wildlife and varied terrain to explore.Game-viewing here is rewarding, with plentiful numbers of wild dog, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and more than 400 species of bird. A real highlight of the Selous is the variety of safari activities available, making every day entirely different from the next. Choose from traditional game drives, boat safaris to get up close to the hippos, or walking safaris to take a slower approach to understanding the flora and fauna of the Selous National Park.
Set on a hill overlooking the water, Roho ya Selous sits in the very heart of the Selous Game Reserve. Explore this vast wilderness, home to one of Africa’s largest populations of wild dog, with our expert safari guides. Whether you’re exploring on a game drive in search of leopard lurking in the shady boughs of a fig tree, or out on foot tracking wildlife that’s ventured close to camp during the night, this reserve is full of surprises. With just eight canvas tented rooms, each with air-cooling systems over your bed to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep in the hotter months, Roho ya Selous strikes the perfect balance between comfort and adventure. The Selous is larger than Switzerland and is home to just a handful of small safari camps, ensuring an exclusive safari experience.
One of the most distinctive features of the Kilimanjaro trek are giant lobelia and groundsels found in the Alpine zone of Kilimanjaro at roughly 12-14,000 feet. The giant lobelia rosetta-like spikes can reach an incredible height of 10 feet. In order to combat the extreme cold at the high altitude the plants have evolved to close its leaves at night.
The giant groundsels, or Senecios, a strange, prehistoric looking plant that grows up to 30 feet tall. These intriguing flora have evolved in isolated circumstances giving Kilimanjaro, and other free standing high altitude mountains, the title of a ‘biodiversity islands’. Though neighboring mountains have similarly evolved groundsels, the ones endemic to Kilimanjaro are genetically unique. These enchanting plants offer mesmerizing photo opportunities to those who trek Africa’s tallest mountain.
Taking a hot air balloon ride of the Serengeti is a once in a lifetime experience that many only dream of. You’ll be wide awake with excitement despite the early morning (4am) wake up call. Watch for nocturnal creatures such as aardvarks and bush babies as the safari jeep jostles towards the departure site. Soon enough, cold dense morning air pushes the buoyant balloon in a moment of lift and then you’re smoothly floating 20, then 1000 ft above the vast plains. The dream-like pastels of dawn transform into vibrant hues above the golden plains. Below life in the Serengeti goes on as usual. That is to say, you might get a birds eye view of big cats hunting, elephants roaming, while gazelles and zebras graze in vast numbers. This indescribable flight gives riders the ultimate vantage point for photographing the park’s big 5; lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants and buffalo. This is especially true at dawn when predators are most active. Furthermore, it lends the opportunity to see different areas of the park that are inaccessible to vehicles required to stay on the roads. Though the most popular time to go hot air ballooning over the Serengeti is when the Great Migration arrives, it is unquestionably breathtaking year round.
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On the northeast coast of Zanzibar Island, framed by coconut palms and white sand, is Matemwe village and beach. Privacy and exclusivity rule at this tropical paradise. Matemwe Beach is one of the most peaceful places on this lush tropical island. With a shallow, coral-fringed lagoon, it is the perfect place for a tropical beach holiday or to relax and unwind after a busy game-viewing safari. Just off the coast is the world-famous Mnemba Atoll, said to provide some of the best diving and snorkeling on the continent. The waters off these mesmerising coral reefs provide brilliant sightings of colourful reef fish, turtles and many species of dolphin, while the deeper Indian Ocean gives you the chance to see humpback whales on their annual migration route between July and November.
The Matemwe properties are perched on an outcrop overlooking a shallow coral-fringed lagoon, with the Indian Ocean glittering ahead. The long stretch of beach has not been noticeably altered by tourism and it remains an important thoroughfare for locals. Fishing and seaweed harvesting are still key to the local economy – at high tide, fishermen can be seen sailing across the lagoon in their dhows. The lodge has a close relationship with the local fishing village, Matemwe Village, situated under the palm trees on the far side of the beach.
The Masai people originated in theNile Valley in Northern Africa and migrated south around the15th century with their cattle. They are possibly Africa’smost famous ethnic group, the Maasai people aresemi-nomadic people located primarily in Kenya and NorthernTanzania.Once considered fierce warriors and feared by all tribes in thearea, the Maasai lost much of their power in the 19th century. Intribefighting was detrimental to the growth of the tribe as awhole and combined outbreaks of human and cattle disease,followed by severe droughts, decimated both the herds andpopulation of the Maasai.As a result, the masai tribe lost lands theyhad already conquered and when the British and Germancolonisers arrived, the Maasai were in no position to avoidcolonial conquest and their lands diminished. Nevertheless, the Maasai turned their backs upon the prizesand temptations offered by the West, and despite education,civilization and western cultural influences they remainedfaithful to their ancestry and traditional way of life, making themthe strong symbol they are today of East African culture.
Maji Moto, known locally as Kikuletwa Hotsprings, is paradisiac oasis amidst the Tanzanian savannah, offers captivating, Bounty-styled views, crystal-clean water and dense vegetation around. Located in 2-hour drive from Moshi (Tanzania) – the main climbing hub of the region – Chemka Hot Springs is the best place to visit after a Kilimanjaro hike or a safari adventure.
Chemka oasis is a unique phenomenon – it is the only place in Tanzania (and most likely in the whole East Africa), where the groundwater actively interacted with geothermal sources, forming a number of small lakes with warm, never-stagnating water, which purity is not inferior to the best Dominican or Maldivian resorts.
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