Africa is one of the most diverse continents in the world with dramatic landscapes, fascinating
cultures and a myriad of wonderful people. The term safari was adopted from Swahili by 19th
century travellers as a way of describing a long journey. These days, when we think of safari, we
also think of spotting, and catching on film, an array of amazing wildlife. Ask anyone where to head
for the best African safaris and you will receive a different answer. But for my mind, top of the
wish lists has to be going on safari in Tanzania.
Tanzania is home to an unspoilt wilderness and has the largest and oldest game reserve in Africa,
the Serengenti National Park. It is also a World Heritage Site and was recently proclaimed the
seventh world wide wonder. On its border with Kenya is Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak
on the African continent and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. The Indian Ocean lies
to the east and Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s longest and deepest lake is in the west. The Serengeti is
famous for its annual migrations. More than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the
wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing and pound the open plains. The Serengeti also offers spectacular
game-viewing in Africa as great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe attract
prides of lions, cheetahs and leopards. Another natural wonder is the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater
is at the centre of an 8,000 square kilometre conservation which includes the Olduvai Gorge. It
was here that palaeontologists Louis and Mary Leakey found 1.75 million year old human remains
known as Homo Habilis or ‘tool making man’.
Going on safari in Tanzania will be one of the best life experiences. Consult an expert travel
company like Wild Africa to help you decide which part of Tanzania you can’t miss.
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