Tanzania is a multi-purpose destination. From fabulous game parks, the richest in animals in the whole of Africa, to the opportunity of experiencing the ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro’ personally, the hustling and bustling metropolis of Dar Es Salaam, to dream islands in the Indian Ocean, Tanzania proves to be absolutely rich in diversity.
HOW TO GET THERE
Numerous international flights land daily on Dar Es Salaam’s Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport, named after Tanzania’s first president.
Top names like Serengeti and Ngorongoro are popping up when Africa’s best safari destination is mentioned. But these two are only the tip of the ‘safariberg’.
Selous Game Reserve is still one of Tanzania’s best-kept secrets. All Tanzanian parks are famous for being incredibly rich in game, but Selous prides itself for having the highest elephant population, big groups of giraffes and some endemic antelopes. The diversity of this reserve is based on the richness in different habitats and landscapes.
Anthropologists might desire to visit the ‘cradle of mankind’, Olduvai Gorge. Hidden within the scenic beauty of the copper and brown hued gorge is one of the world’s most significant anthropological discoveries. Imagine stepping on the same ancient historical grounds as the first Homo sapiens 1.8 Million years ago. Traces of early human foot prints preserved in volcanic rock are displayed in the adjacent museum, exhibiting a variety of artifacts, like stone tools and archaic fossils, even of an extinct three-toed horse.
CLIMBING MOUNT KILIMANJARO
Climbing the roof of Africa is an unparalleled experience. The fact that it is rather hiking or trekking to the summit should not be taken lightly. The height and increasing lack of oxygen take their toll and climbers should be fit, healthy and ‘ready to suffer’. Almost 15.000 ft have to be surmounted to reach ‘Uhuru’ (=freedom), the Swahili name of the highest Kibo summit. A...