ONLY IN TANZANIA! PART ONE: Why choose Tanzania as a travel destination?

Recently in a conversation with an eager traveler on the lookout for the best Safari, I was asked, why Tanzania?  A good Safari is just that, anywhere. I could not answer him. It was not a single line answer for a short conversation.  I thought about it for several days........What will you get 'Only in Tanzania'. What are the unique aspects of Tanzania?

Why travel to Tanzania?


Why choose to safari in Tanzania? Well, it is the beginning of creation?

Why ? I embarked on a journey to gather myriads of reasons. And there are much more. An eternal series.

There is so much unique to ‘just Tanzania’. We have birds, trees, fish, mammals and even butterflies that you will see only in Tanzania!

Let’s talk about Tanzania.

As I clearly spelt out in ‘Exploring the splendor of Tanzania’, my echo continues ………….

‘Journey into all dimensions delving into the mystics and wonders of the heart of ‘Motherland Africa’: Tanzania

On a general  fact and  figures note :
We have the mainland, previously known as  ‘Tanganyika’  just after Independence when it merged with Zanzibar and became known as Tanzania.
  • Tanzania, the mainland together with the island of Pemba and Zanzibar cover  945,200 sq.km.
  • The agricultural country Tanzania has 40 million hectares of arable land
  •  It is abundant in natural resources including minerals, flora, and fauna.
  • The Ngorongoro Crater (3,647 meters) is  the largest in the entire world and has the largest concentration of animal species
  • Lake Tanganyika is second deepest and  the longest and second deepest lake in the world
  • Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa
  •  Lake Victoria the second largest lake in the world.
  • There are also other lakes such as Lake Nyasa, Lake Rukwa, Lake Eyas and Lake Natron that pieces up the inland water to 60,000 sq.km
  • Tanzania has  coastal line of that is unbroken for approximately 800 kilometers. The ideal beach getaway.
  • Tanzania portions part of biodiversity spots:

  • the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa(CEPF)
  • Eastern Afromontane (CEPF)
  • The Eastern Arc Forests (WWF)
  • aCoastal East Africa (FEOW)
  • World’s three richest lakes for endemic freshwater fish species

  • Lake Victoria (FEOW)
  • Lake Tanganyika(FEOW)
  • Lake Malawi (FEOW).
Lake Victoria

All you can find in Tanzania and nowhere else!

citizen report announced that 27  new endemic species of animals were discovered, exclusive to Tanzania. Not anywhere else in the world but in Tanzania’s the Eastern Arc Mountains.

The biological potential was an instant qualification to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Scientists from the Italian Science Museum advocating range inclusion in the Unesco list spent an entire decade surveying the mountains in Tanzania. Twenty-seven  vertebrate species were found in the forests new to  science and fourteen other species discovered that were unknown before

UdzungwaMountains forests in the south-central of Tanzania,  researchers found a multitude species whose confined to the Eastern Arc mountain range,  A curious chameleon species was of three newly discovered reptiles belonging to genus Kinyongia. A Mahege Mountains discovery.

The geologically ancient mountains and forests persistence of forests for millions of years result in extraordinary living forms.

It is an important site existing in Africa for vertebrate forms. Some of these species are one hundred million years old and are evidence of forest stability and unique evolutionary history of the mountains.

Red Colobus Monkey

We have a list of mammal and tree species endemic to Tanzania, and probably much more will be discovered.

Explore Motherland Africa – Tanzania will continue posts in the  ‘ Only in Tanzania’  stream in a discovery of all the unique features in the heart of The Motherland -Tanzania!

Tanzania butterfly

 

 

 

 

Angola – The Great Travel Mystery in Africa

 

Abundant beaches,them continents second largest waterfall,emerging national parks and a diverse population.

Angola, the continent of Africa’s largest country has loads to offer. Spectacular nature, beautiful Portuguese colonial era architecture, lions, elephants, springboks and gorillas.

A fast-growing economy with mining exports, the tourism industry is set to make a name on the global stage. The tourist industry is underdeveloped and hopefully, opens up its amazing splendor to the world.

Tourists are usually advised against exploring Angola, but following visa bureaucracy procedures can be made easier. Travelling to the mysterious, and beautiful landscape of Angola will definitely reward any travelling enthusiast.

Adventurers: Step into a dazzling highlight of Africa.

An Atlantic Ocean coastline, spectacular nature, wildlife and architecture Angola is an amazing blend of savannas, grasslands, tropical forests and inland urban expansion

Mining exports make Angola a fast-growing economy and tourism is set to make it a global stage.


10 of the best Angola’s “must-see” destinations

  • 1. Luanda, Porto de Luanda

Luanda represents the stark contrasts of Angola, high-rise buildings and lean huts. The beauty of the Atlantic ocean with a disruption of busy ships. Luanda is a “must see”  to experience ”other side” of Africa.


 

2. Parque Nacional de Kissama

A wildlife sanctuary  70km  south from Luanda, Parque Nacional de Kissama has stunning natural settings that preserve and protect African species.


3. Dilolo, The Mythical Large Lake of Angola

Moxico in eastern Angola holds the largest lake in Angola, Dilolo.It is a tourist spot of note. The lake is filled with rare bird species, aquatic life and wildlife.

The lake is filled with rare bird species, aquatic life and wildlife.

Twelve kilometres long and a thousand metres above the sea level. The mythic unusual waves are believed to be supernatural forces to scare away those who dare to fish in the lake according to folklore. September is the best time to take a dip in the lake at pleasant temperatures.


4. Dala waterfalls

The Dala Waterfalls in Lunda Sol is 60m high, conjuring spectacular scenery with the mist, and splashing water that land on the rocks below. The comfortable view is possible from a bridge near the base of the falls or, for those who truly love the scene, a hotel is built is  50m away from falls.


5. Benguela

The bustling city of Benguela is in the west of Angola, situated on the Benguela bay. It is a tourist destination of significant historical marks as the early Angola economy was established on mining and slave trade to  Brazil. The city has an international railway. The major attraction is its location on the ocean side that is coupled with Portuguese architecture and breathtaking beaches to unwind at.


 

6. Maiombe Forest

 The Maiombe Forest, the “Ämazon of Africa” is a spectacular natural area boasts a forest area of more than 400 square km and it is fantastic for wildlife lovers. It has an abundance of unique rare species. Encounter elephants, gorillas, chimps, elephants,  rare birds and butterflies.
It has an abundance of unique rare species. Encounter elephants, gorillas, chimps, elephants,  rare birds and butterflies. The rare woods include mahogany and ebony. The reserves biggest town Buco Zau, has a guesthouse for all to fully immerse into nature.

7. The Tundavala Fissure

The Tundavala Fissure is a spectacular natural sight in Angola. Between the Namibe and  Lubango cities, it is 2,600m above the sea level with phenomenal views and visible vistas, some of the best on the continent of Africa. Tundavala with rock faces also has amazing savanna patches and forest landscapes.


8. Lobito

The town of Lobito is in Benguela, part of tourist and export economy. The coastline is popular with anglers that try to land  Giant Tarpon weighing up to 200lbs. The beach is a great place to relax in and watch the sunset with an abundance of restaurants and  Portuguese era buildings that are worth exploring as well.


9. SAURIMO

Saurimo, regarded as the rough diamond, is the capital of  Lunda-Sul province. Surrounded by cultural attractions and natural beauty, the city is a must see. Stroll the streets and absorb local culture and join the locals, taking it easy……


10. Iona National Park

Angola’s largest national park, the Iona National Park is the situated in southwest point of the country.  It covers15,000 sq km.  It is filled with a range of wildlife species and home to indigenous people that scientists claim are “culturally intact” people that exist on the continent of Africa, the motherland.

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10 ‘Must See’ Destinations in the Diverse and Colorful South Africa

Many are eager to explore South Africa, the diverse colorful nation with tons to rave about from natural beauty,people,world cities and unique wildlife.

Cape Town deservingly captures global attention, yet South Africa has much more to offer. There are hundreds of destinations to explore in South Africa. Here are ten highlights to note.

 

  1. Cape Agulhas


ATLANTIC AND INDIAN OCEAN MEET, THE SOUTHERN TIP OF AFRICA

Cape  Agulhas is the tip of Africa, where our two great oceans meet, a stone plaque to mark it is placed on the beach.

2.  Table Mountain


Any trip to Cape Town has an activity that all must step up to. A journey to the iconic Table Mountain. An unforgettable landmark to set foot on. You get to view the sea and the city from a 1085m height. The flat top summit has an easy route with the Table Mountain Cableway. It travels up at 10 metres per second. Table mountain has much more to explore with indigenous plants and animals and a nature reserve.

3. Maboneng Precinct- Johannesburg


Maboneng Precinct

Maboneng means the  “place of light”, and that is what the innovative section, the Maboneng Precinct, has become amidst a concrete jungle of red brick construction and warehouse jumbles. The graffiti spilt sidewalks reach an urban vibe, the hippest urban regeneration spot – a cosmopolitan and arty joint. Joburg is re-identifying itself from the slaps of being a wasteland of lost wanderers.

 one of South Africa’s hippest urban enclaves and an incredible example of urban regeneration.” BBC TRAVEL

4. Klein Karoo – Cango Caves


Cango Caves

The Cango Caves are as popular as the ostriches in Oudtshoorn 30 km away. The caves cut from limestone are twenty million years old. The Caves are listed as one of the great natural wonders of the world. The hidden stalagmite chambers inhabited in the stone ages make up the largest cave system in Africa.

There are amazing subterranean caverns open to the public for an unforgettable adventure through tunnels and chambers. One highlight is ‘Cleopatras Needle’, a formation that is 9m high and over 150000 years old.

5. Golden Gate Highlands National Park


The name of the park. ‘Golden’ Gate  Highlands National Park is linked to the golden glittering sandstone cliffs. Located in the Northern Freee State 120km from Bloemfontein, the Maluti  Mountains nestle the park, home to various wildlife including wildebeest and zebra as well as rare birds like the bearded vulture and bald ibis. There is an abundance of activity from horseriding to nature trails and game viewing.

6. Midlands Meander


Midlands Meander

The most recognizable meander in Kwa Zulu Natal offers many discovery routes through the scenic Midlands Meander of Natal. An hour away from Durban, the Meander is 80kms of entertainment, arts and crafts. places to see, shops and over 160 places to sleep in. Encounter craftsmen from herb growers to cheese producers weavers and craft beer, artists, potters, carvers and much more.A haven for watersports enthusiasts for sailing, canoeing, boating and windsurfing near the Midmar Dam.

7. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park


Kgagaladi Transfrontier Park

Africa’s first transborder conservation area between Botswana and South Africa. It is in the Northern Cape, 250km from Upington, the Kgalagadi Park is the joining of Botswana’s Gemsbok National Park and South Africa’s Kalahari GemsbokPark.

The combined protected area is thirty-eight thousand square kilometres.  In South Africa, part of nine thousand six hundred square kilometres covers the Southern part of the Kalahari desert which is uninhabited.  It offers great opportunities for game viewing of endangered and rare species.

8. Supertubes Jeffreys Bay


Supertubes Jefferys Bay Surfing

Jeffreys Bay, sixty-five kilometres from Port Elizabeth is a top surfing destination and has perfect and predictable right-hand Supertube point breaks

The high-speed waves reach 3 metres varying in length up to 300m. The best waves are in winter between May and the middle of September.

9. Moses Mabhida Stadium


Moses Mabhida Stadium

The Moses Mabhida stadium is popular for hosting international music concerts and sports.It is a tourist attraction with many other linked activities. It has a skycar taking visitors to the arch of the stadium, there is also the 500 step adventure walk up to the 106m arch to get the ultimate panoramic view of the sea and the city. Then there is the Big Rush, Big Swing, a stadium swing that plunges off the arch. There are restaurants and shopping boutiques on the property as well.

10. Sun City


Sun City

Sun City, an hour and a half away from Johannesburg is a popular complex for entertainment and family getaways. Hotels coupled with a popular golf course is a drawcard for tourists and locals. Many regularly flock here to enjoy the Valley of Waves, the casino for gambling and game viewing at the Pilanesberg National Park nearby. The Lost city Palace offers a five-star Africa holiday and has cabanas, game lodges and establishments for camping nearby.

 

 

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Top 10 Mozambique Mouthwatering Munches

Mozambique, the tropical paradise of Southern Africa has gorgeous beaches, beautiful islands and turquoise sea with a palm lined coastline.

A land of tropical fruit, abundant seafood and fish and a Portuguese taste influence is a heaven for foodies.

Piri Piri (peri-peri)  is part and parcel of all Mozambican cuisine. It is used in every marinade and also a common option for french fries or rice.

1. Matapa


Mozambique Matapa

Not common on tourist restaurant menus, Matapa is a traditional dish. You will be more than likely to come across if visiting locals. It is made with stewed cassava leaves, ground peanuts and garlic and coconut milk. It is eaten either on its own or accompanied by sumptuous prawns and rice.

2.     Prawns

Juicy fresh, flavourful prawns are the highlight of Mozambique delights. They are served fried, grilled in peri peri or tossed with garlic with rice of French fries.

3.    Coconut rice

Coconut Rice

Coconut rice is common in  Mozambique, fluff rice made in coconut milk. Perfect to compliment Mozambique spicy and hot delights.

4. Paõ

Pao

Paõ  are Portuguese bread rolls baked in  villages in ovens that are wood fired

5.    Curry

Mozambique flavours and tastes of curry are unlike Thai or Indian food but distinctly unique in a special taste of local spices. It is served with chicken or prawns.

6. Peri peri chicken

Peri Peri chicken is common in Mozambique and other parts of Southern Africa with Portuguese influences. It consists of marinated chicken in lemon juice and a generous dose of peri peri sauce and served with French fries.

8. Prego roll

Prego roll

A roadside Mozambique snack is prego rolls. Steak covered in fiery chilli vinegar and garlic sauce wrapped in paõ. Simply delicious

 8. Cashews

Once the largest cashew producers, cashews grow all over Mozambique. They are sold at cheap prices at every street corner and the beach. Plain and delightfully tasty peri peri flavours are tastebud sensational tinglers.

9. Fish

Fresh fish all along the Mozambique coast is available all the time for a perfect barbecued or grilled seaside meal

10. Tropical fruit

The humid warm Mozambique climate brings out simply delicious tropical fruit al over. Coconuts, papaya, avocados and sweet mangoes.

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The Unknown Tourism Splendor in Tanzania- Mtwara

Tanzania is filled with tourist attractions, and some are overlooked.  The remote location of the town Mtwara is slightly elevated along Makonde Plateau. Located on the south east coast of Tanzania along rugged coastline patch that leads to the Mozambique border.

Mtwara has loads to offer in several areas like history, culture irresistible landscape from beaches lined with palm trees.  Anyone who steps into this route will wonder why they never did before

 

History Of Mtwara


The history of Mtwara goes back to the times of colonialism by the Germans.  The old prison built in the 1880s is partly in ruins but was used as a customs office by the British as a police station and a post office.

A site of popular interest is the St Pauls Church, housing some interesting murals depicting biblical scenes

The Majengo area is a worthwhile stop at a popular site of interest, St Paul’s church for remarkable artwork. The walls are covered with biblical scenes rich in colour that was painted in the mid 70’s  by a German priest, Polycarp Uehlein. In distinctive style and colour makes these paintings a notable for the portrayal of biblical themes.

A special Mtwara attraction is Msimbati bay. It offers a wide range of activities including driving on the beach. The Ruvuma Estuary Marine Park in Mnazi Bayis based here and is total paradise for watersport enthusiasts. Visitors get to experience isolated coastal dive sites

Originally built by the British for an agriculture scheme focusing on the plantation of groundnuts along the south coast of Tanzania. This scheme came about after the second world war. when British took control of Tanganyika from Germans.

The groundnuts were meant to make up for the consequences of food shortages post war in the Uk and for export to Europe

The plantations failed, but Mtwara the town remains. Mtwara is excellent to stop for supply when journeying on trips to Mnazi Bay and it is good base f when on an exploration of the nearby Mikindani.

Mtwara is a gateway into the Southern Tanzanian scene for business and tourists. There is easy access to Dares Salaam with regular and frequent flights as well as sailing.

The laid-back town of Mtwara is spread over a huge area with good beaches in the north around Shangani. Shangani is where many affluent people reside. The main commercial area is located in the central part of the town with banks, post offices and shops with the market on the southern side

For wildlife enthusiasts game viewing at the Selous game reserve, the biggest trans-boundary game reserve in Africa.

Seventy kilometres from the town of Mtwara is a spring fresh water “lake Kitele” unique as it is not fed by any valley or river.

On a cultural note, Mtwara is spiced with coastline Swahili culture with Makonde carvings named after the Makonde tribe for their unique carvings.

makonde carvings

Accommodation for tourists is set to increase as the area opens ups for economic growth.

 

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