Tanzania – The beginning of Creation!

Always a nudging urge to come to Tanzania?  Maybe it is an inner ‘calling’ to go back to your roots???

Located in the east of Africa, Tanzania is made of a flat plateau, rising from a coast belt at an average height of 1500m. The plateau is segmented by the twenty million-year-old Great Rift Valley.

The Great Rift from outer space resembles two parallel lines that run down Africa. It cuts a 2000m deep tough on the continent of Africa all the way from the Dead Sea to the land of Mozambique.

The main branch of the Rift Valley bisects Tanzania. The Western part of the Rift valley consists of the Tanzania Congo border. 

It initially formed about 20 million years ago when the crust of the earth crust weakened and tore apart. 

The jagged rift that was created stretched for many thousands of kilometres down East Africa.

 The plate of earth tearing caused earthquakes and eruptions with formations of volcanic mountains on all sides of the rift and the floor of the valet sank lower forming flat plains.

We have clear indications that Tanzania is rooted in the 'beginning of creation'

Tanzania was home to the ‘Great Apes’ .The settlements were unearthed by archaeologists. In Northern Tanzania, around ‘the cradle of mankind’, Olduvai Gorge, came the discovery of stone tools. Discovered by Louis Leakey after the rocks were taken to Germany from a 1913 expedition to Olduvai. The oldest form of human technology was discovered in Olduvai Gorge.

Discovered by Louis Leakey after the rocks were taken to Germany from a 1913 expedition to Olduvai. The oldest form of human technology was discovered in Olduvai Gorge.

Paranthropus Boise discovered in Tanzania is said to be over 1.8 million years old. Then there were fossils of Homo habilis fossils were subsequently made. Nearby Laetoli was where the oldest hominid footprints were discovered by Mary Leakey around 1978 was estimated to be 3.6 million years old. Tracking back to 10000 years, Tanzania was made of main hunter-gatherers, that are assumed to have been people who were

Tracking back to 10000 years, Tanzania was made of main hunter-gatherers, that are assumed to have been people who were Khoisan-speaking. About 3000 – 6000 year ago Cushitic-speaking coming from the north arrived who introduced basic agriculture techniques together with food production, and eventually cattle farming.

At about 2000 years, back Bantu-speaking people migrated from West Africa. At a later stage, Nilotic pastoralists immigrated until the 18th century. One of the most important archaeological sites in Tanzania is Engaruka located in Great Rift Valley with a cultivation and irrigation system.

Welcome home. Tour Africa, our motherland. Karibu!

The Calling to Travel Africa – might just be linked to genes embedded in your DNA?

There are a few people that are content in their current destination and city, the home they live and everything in their immediate surroundings.
And then all the rest, restless wanderers that cannot be stagnant people.Those that always carry a passport, just in case!




															

 Curiosity and Travel Genes

Call it curiosity, call it love for travel, the common urge is a hunger for exploration. This cannot easily be quenched irrespective of the neverending journeys embarked on.

It is concluded that the origin of human life is the continent of motherland Africa.   Studies have linked the love of travel to be DNA embedded.  The DRD4-7R gene. People that carry DRD4-7R, have historical links to traveling.

DRD4-7R is correlated to increased restlessness and curiosity levels of “curiosity and restlessness”.

This gene could have been the determining factor that caused pre-historic man migrate out of the motherland Africa, the origin of humankind 

Passed down from generation to generation the gene is prevalent in travelers furthest from the motherland of Africa, the birthplace of humans. Civilizations that diverge further from Africa are more susceptible carriers of the restless and curiosity gene. The calling of their  African ancestors to lay footsteps in the motherland?

 

As National Geographic supported findings found the  DRD4-7r gene linked to the passion for travel.Carriers of this gene are likely to explore the destination, take risks;  embark on f testing new foods ideas, foods.They embrace the movement, change, and adventure.

So there you have it.

No escaping the calling to travel.

#ExploreMotherlandAfrica. These are the telling signs.

  • It is not merely a Safari anymore. You will surely be magnetized to return.
  • Safaris in East Africa have always been prioritized for generations.  And undoubtedly, all need a Safari experience in this lifetime but is not entirely the only African venture to plan. There is much more. The air route proliferation and travel infrastructure make getting around the continent a breeze.
  • The divergent climates, landscapes, the ocean, the bush, deserts, and cities all reachable with flights or are a drive away. Combinations of Journeys exclusive to Africa.
Head off to the island of Madagascar or visit  Uganda. Stroll with lions in Tanzania on a walking Safari . Or taste the best wines in the Franschhoek or Stellenbosh in South Afric a near the ever popular Cape Town.  Start planning the trip you desire because you will definitely want to return

 

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Planning the Ultimate Safari Tour in Tanzania

 

The list of reasons to visit Tanzania is never-ending. The fascinating history, the beautiful coastline and of course, the magnificent scenery.

 

The one major attraction that overwhelms others is the wildlife. It a prime country for game viewing.

The most famous are the Serengeti as well as the Ngorongoro Crater. These are the highlights of the national parks and conservation areas mosaic.

In total there are 16 National Parks. More are most likely to be gazetted with additional conservation areas too. There are marine parks and forest reserves  as well as significant assessable conservation areas

 Natural resources include minerals, flora and fauna; and the largest  concentration of animal species in the world

Guide to the Safari Venture

Once a safari destination in Tanzania is decided upon, examine flight routes that are available from your place of departure.

Remember that whatever you manage to save on flights can be kept for your accommodation and Safari.

Choosing a tour operator for your safari

You will require a guide that will be able to drive you around the game reserves and view the wildlife.

You can opt to choose for a private tour or join a tour group. This links to costs. Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.

Large buses with bigger groups cost less per person but remember that this will not allow that ‘personal journey’ mode.

If you choose a personal guide there is freedom to travel according to your personal preferences.

  • If you decide to spend a longer time at a certain site you are more drawn to, it is your choice.
  • You may alter itineraries and change the plans if you feel like. For instance, you may decide to lengthen your time in Serengeti.

Connect personally with the guide, as this will enhance the safari energy and experience. This is critical. The guide will be your ears, your eyes and with you for the coming days. They can either make your experience or break it. To have a guide that is knowledgeable adds more to the safari experience.

Guides that can share  knowledge about plants, birds and wildlife habitat will be amazing

Read reviews. Make inquiries. Get different quotes. There are various sites including 'Explore the Splendor in Tanzania' , 'TripAdvisor', 'Travelink', and 'Travellerspoint'  or 'Your Local Cousin' to research reviews

 Narrow down your searches to the 3 companies from your search. Ask for a quotation depending on the number of days you are planning and analyse the offers.

There will be a variety of packages to choose from. Budget lodges and other exceptional ones

Some tent camps have simple necessities while others are far better than hotel rooms! They have built in showers and incredible views with elephants and giraffes in short distances.

Splitting time between lodges and camps allow you experiencing both ways. Lodges have a great atmosphere and you get to socialise with other travellers on safari while sipping drinks at the poolside, looking over the area you plan to venture the next day.

There are many mobile camps available in Serengeti. They are like little tent hotels with the private bathrooms and eating area and a bed.

The tents are large is hardly about ‘roughing it up’ in the outdoors. Yet right outside your tent, there could be a hyena, elephant or a lion!

You are escorted to your tent room each night as barriers do not exist and next, you may just spend an exciting night when the hyenas visit!

Budget lodges allow you to camp in public sites.  It is recommended to get a guide, as it is easy to lose your way if you are not very experienced.

Safaris do not come cheap, but there are many ways to cut down costs.

  • Book cheaper accommodation. There is no need to overdo accommodation as you will be away on Safari all say anyway. You may book budget hotels as an alternative.
  • Buy snacks and enough water at a nearby local market before you start your safari venture. Hotels will charge more than local markets. Stock up before your journey and you will be sure to save.
  • Limit the safari days. Many book safaris that may last for many weeks visit multiple parks and game reserves. That can really be great, but expensive.It is possible to enjoy safaris in just a few days in the same way.
  • Limit parks that are visited. Each park has entry fees payable . This may vary depending on where you may be, but remember by visiting four parks, you are paying four times the fee.

Safaris are lifetime experiences to savour for many.

Make sure you plan. Do the research and do not merely settle for the very first quote you get,Negotiate and to save on the trip and you will not regret seeing the most amazing animals in the world.

 

Keynotes for planning a camping  group safari

  • Find out the number in the group. Small groups tend to work out as they are more personal.
  • Get guides that are more knowledgeable and find out which languages they are most comfortable with.
  • Interact with locals
  • Get a detailed itinerary

Vehicle

  • Check out the type vehicle to ensure the best vision
  • Vehicle equipment, camera stabilisation storage for cameras and
  • Is there a canopy
  • Roof openings on car

PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • Follow all the parking rules and regulations.
  • Attempt to keep noise  levels down
  • Donate to schools and charities rather than individuals.
  • Respect and understand customs and culture.

 

Exploring Tanzania-The Heart Of Motherland Africa

Thank you for the priviledge of being an active contributor to #Explore MotherlandAfrica 
My mission is to share ventures in the heart of motherland Africa, Tanzania
Shabani Ibrahim Mpita

The Tanzania Quest


Welcome! ‘I aim to be a key tool in the exploration and discovery of my homeland, Tanzania. Life is about exploring, new discoveries, and realizations. I journey on the motions of a Tour and field guide into a pathway designed by destiny’

Africa’s most scenic miracle? Most definitely. The best wildlife destination? Most certainly. Best on earth? Without a single doubt!

Tanzania is an unforgettable destination in the world unraveling the natural variety. Featuring the snow-capped Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on earth  , spectacular forests on our shores along Lake Tanganyika, the least polluted, longest, and second-deepest freshwater base, Tanzania is a destination that all need to venture into.

"Bora maisha; mengine ni majaliwa 

(Life is the best gift: the rest is extra)

#ExploreMotherlandAfrica




 

Only in Tanzania- Part 3 -Let’s talk about the birds….Birds from Tanzania

Only in Tanzania

The only in Tanzania quest continues. Why Tanzania? Today we introduce and explore the birds of Tanzania.


Tanzania in East Africa has a wide range of endemic bird species. It is one spectacular country offering a variety of birding habitats, including the montane forest, savanna miombo woodland, arid plains and the coastline.

It is a migratory passageway as well. Despite many attractions, national parks and reserves place big game on display ahead of birds. A visit to Tanzania in East Africa is definitely memorable lifetime for birders,

It is recorded that there are 1100 bird species in Tanzania.This is the the third-highest on the continent of Africa.

A well-planned bird watching itinerary for two weeks can result in viewing approximately 300 species.

Game reserves like Selous and Serengeti are rewarding for bird watching and are an ideal introduction to the widespread species.

Experienced birders usually explore the Eastern Arc Mountains. They are the biggest attraction in Tanzania as they harbor 35 endemics that are found exclusively in Tanzania

Birding in Tanzania is good all year round, the prime season is usually September to April when the resident population has migrants that spend the northern hemisphere winter in Africa.
Winter in Europe coincides with the rainy season in East Africa when resident species transform into bright colors. We discuss a few notable birds endemic to the country.

1. Grey-breasted Francolin

Grey-breasted Francolin
Grey-breasted spurfowl,otherwise known as grey-breasted Francolin is a  bird species of thefamily Phasianidae. It is found exclusively in East Africa,Tanzania.

2. The Masked Lovebird

The yellow-collared lovebird also known as the masked lovebird or the eye ring lovebird,is a species of bird from the parrot family Psittaculidae.They are native to the north east of Tanzania.

3. The Pemba Sunbird

Pemba Sunbird
The Pemba Sunbird is a bird species of bird from thesunbird family. Endemic to Pemba Island in Tanzania.

4. Pemba Scops Owl

Pemba Scops Owl
The Pemba Scop owl a ‘creature of the night', a mysterious bird, identified by local island dwellers of Pemba as a bird associated with witchcraft.

5. Kilommbero Weaver

Kilommbero Weaver
The Kilombero weaver species discovered in the year 1986 because of patchy, restricted distribution in a small range of the Kilombero River, a floodplain in the south-central Tanzania.

 

Support for our Native birds in Tanzania

All that desire to support native birds from Tanzania can either donate to organizations with the goal to protect endangered wildlife and habitats.

The other way is spreading an awareness about our magnificent birds and find ways to help as individuals like keeping a clean environment. We need more protected areas and national parks and focus on more protection in conservation areas that exist.

Welcome to Motherland Africa. #EXPLOREMOTHERLANDAFRICA

Arkive species - Iringa akalat (Sheppardia lowei)

Arkive species - Pemba green-pigeon (Treron pembaensis)