Chess may not help to build biceps or tone abs, but it guarantees a steadfast, lifelong capacity for mental health....much needed in our puzzled lives of chaos and confusion in the ongoing quest for Africa's emancipation!
Sledge Chizhala realized the potential of chess to align the strategic thinking power of potential leaders at an early age.
He stays purpose driven to develop chess in Africa, as a tool to assess situations and discover committed paths of action on the continent!
Chess is life. Chess is life mirrored on a board. Everything that happens in real life is chess, it’s only when you get to understand it and you feel it in your soul and spirit that you get to understand things better.
I then proceeded to senior high school and met Mr. Sathiya Kandasamy from India who continued to coach me. After his passing, Mr. Mpowe who was also my chemistry teacher took over to coach me in chess.
We played in tournaments in Botswana and around Southern Africa. I proceeded to The University Of Botswana, where I formed a chess club called KINGS chess club which was to participate in the first ever Botswana Chess League.
It takes the whole village to raise a child as we say in Africa and the rest is history…
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life
My true and soul passion is chess, I love chess and everything chess with my heart, soul, and spirit. What drives me every day is the love for my family, my wife, and kids. She is my Queen! And my two beautiful kids are my Princesses. I was born out of love so let love lead and love conquers all.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Chess is life. Chess is life mirrored on a board. Everything that happens in real life is chess, it’s only when you get to understand it and you feel it in your soul and spirit that you get to understand things better.
Unraveling the mystery makes the game so appealing. Chess makes you smart and what appeals to me most is breaking all myths and stereotypes around chess, for example, everyone and anyone can play chess regardless of their age, color or religion. Chess is a beautiful game for everyone. Chess is like music to my ears!
What drove you to make money from your passions?
It has never been about the money, it’s about the people and spreading the Chess Gospel to all four corners of the world, through my Chess Foundation,
The Sledge Chizhala Chess Foundation which is the first of it’s kind in Africa. I have played chess all my life and my wish has always been to see it grow to dizzier the world over!
The mandate of my chess foundation is to help the Botswana Chess Federation promote chess and help where the federation falls short by bringing the corporate or private companies to assist in donating chess sets to marginalized places, the underprivileged and helping in gender issues.
The government surely cannot do it alone, due to other constraints, and that is how the Chizhala Chess foundation come in to bridge that gap. I also write articles for a local newspaper all in a quest to promote and sell the game for free.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
The first time I was ‘paid’ for my passion I was fourteen years of age, after coming 3rd and winning a bronze medal at the Debswana Junior Secondary Schools Championships.
It was a fierce battle amongst the top chess players in Botswana. I won a chess board and a small trophy for my efforts which I still have. It was payment in kind so to speak because here in Botswana we do not encourage paying school kids in cash so they focus on their studies rather than chasing the money with no education.
Chess is part of education but we encourage that we balance the school work which is the books with sport , which I believe is a brilliant idea. See I still have the small trophy, if it was money I would have long spent the money. My trophies, chess accolades, and my chess talent are for keeps. Money comes and goes.
I have played chess greats such as International Master Robert Gwaze from Zimbabwe, Grand Master Judit Polgar from Hungary one of the best woman players of our time, to name but a few. I have played in the Junior Ranks and senior ranks and I have also represented The University Of Botswana at the inter-varsity games winning all medals in the process during my time at University.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Growing up in rural Tutume, north of Botswana there was no electricity. One day, my favorite teacher Ms. Kgomo sent me to her house to pick up something and when I got there, I found her kids watching a South African TV station powered by a generator. I was so fascinated by the television set. It was my first time to watch a television in my life……I must have been 7 years or so.
Botswana did not have its own TV station then, then there came a TV commercial with a boy my age doing the unthinkable and at the end the boy said ” BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, NEVER GIVE UP, EAT JUNGLE OATS’‘ and that stuck with me ever since.
I got in trouble for taking too long at the teachers quarters. Giving up has never been an option for me really, I could share other countless episodes and then came chess which then has always kept me going, be it academically or in my personal life.
Chess is what cemented who I was and who I am, chess is my destiny. In chess after losing or playing to a draw with your opponent you rectify your mistakes, go back to the drawing board then start afresh, you never give up and its what makes life interesting, you win some you lose some BUT never give up!
My parents also taught me to have willpower and the power of prayer at a very young age, I always prayed though I had no proof nobody could hear at such a young age, I just prayed for a better life, good health and getting more lambs (baby sheep)!
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
Reading, prayer and seeing the happy faces and inquisitive looks on people’s faces when I impart my chess skills, unravel chess novelties and beautiful moves with the people motivates me to wake up every day. Chess gives all my students hope.
Charity begins at home. My parents have always taught me that I should share everything that I have, no matter how little it goes a long way. In Botswana, I have since volunteered to teach chess to prisoners, psychiatric patients, able-bodied kids, disabled kids and everyone willing to learn.
Given a chance, I can spread that all across Africa and the world and motivate people. Chess is a gentlemen’s game and makes you humble yourself in defeat and in victory by shaking hands with your opponent after the game!
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Nothing at all… Silence is Golden……
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Everything happens for a reason, so remain steadfast, remain committed and always be honest and true to life. Do not drop the ball. We are one people, one world! Amen
These are rare and highly endangered animals found only in Tanzania. They weigh 60 grams and they continue to decline in threatened forests.The Rondo Dwarf Galago is classified into 25 of the most endangered species in the whole world.
The animal is losing its habitat due to forest fires and deforestation. This particular species has no conservation program to maintain them and few Tanzanians know of their existence.
2. Mountain Dwarf Galago
Mountain Dwarf galagoes are found in the Udzungwa Mountain National Park, the Udzungwa scarp forest reserve in Tanzania as well as Taiti Hills forest reserve Kenya. Their main threat is loss of habitat due to deforestation and conversion of the land for agriculture.
3. Zanzibar Red Colobus
Endemic to Zanzibar (Unguja), they are mainly found in the southeast, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park as well as the agricultural area in the south. In Mangrove swamps and coral thickets in the southwest.
A large forest antelope found exclusively in Tanzanian Forest Mountains. They are called ‘Minde’ in the local language Kiswahili. This antelope is a rare Duiker in Africa.
Due to hunting and deforestation, it is endangered and is under protection of private and national companies
They are located in the humid, high sections of the Kilimanjaro, Usambara Mountains, the Ilole forest as well as the Rubeho Mountains. They can also be located in the high evergreen peaks of forest hills
The Pemba flying fox is one of the highly endangered species in the country of Tanzania.
The Pemba flying fox is a highly endangered in Tanzania. It is a large bat that weighs between 400 to 650 grams. It feeds on flowers and fruits and lives in the forests, mangroves, and graveyards
Found on in Tanzania on Pemba island, when the population in Pemba grew the species subsided. The population is now increasing as they are learning to adapt and live near people
6.The Desperate shrew
This species, rare small located in the Udzungwe Mountains southern The rare small animal, the shrew, is disappearing due to deforestation in these areas. They are found in only in the ideal climate of Tanzania.
The Sanje mangabey is an endangered Old World monkey of the white-eyelid mangabey Tanzania group. They are 5 to 65 centimeters in length and weighs about seven to nine kilograms, they are greyish in color. They live forests on ground-dwelling and are threatened by poaching and to hunting.
The demon mole rat is solitary. communicates seismically to other mole rats and predators by head banging its burrow.
There are numerous issues affecting the conservation of animals in Tanzania. These are inclusive of poverty and education, wildlife and human health, the growth of the population, pressures of sustainable development, the planning of land use, financial and technical capacity. These issues need engagement for any conservation programs to help Tanzania conserve an extraordinary environment and wildlife sector.
Species are under several threats including fragmentation and habitat loss, conflict, natural resource management that is unsustainable and hunting. The climate changes have a negative effect on the biodiversity in Tanzania as well.
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?
A 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.
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!
With its natural landscapes of wonder,the blessed land of Tanzania is one unforgettable destination to set foot on in the world.
It is not extremely expensive, but there is so much to do. This leaves you yearning to experience all you can, that can leave your wallets undernourished and the magnetism will leave you craving to come back.
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A ‘must have’ trip to Tanzania can include mountain climbing, safaris, city bustling excitement and beach relax escapades. The ideal backpacking trip venture can include reaching the highest summit to the wilderness of Serengeti in the north until chimpanzees at the Gombe national park in the west.
The Tanzanian journey for most and many begin in the city of Dar-es-Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, a natural start for a tour around Tanzania.
It is a fascinating mixture of cultures. Dar-es-Salaam is a compelling insight into city life in Africa. The Kariakoo market is jam-packed with an allure of remarkable food and exotic products. Dance and nightclub joints leave you thumping to East African beats of Tanzania
There are cities in the north and the south of Dar-es-Salaam where you find camping and beach relaxation points. It is recommended to get in tune with Tanzania in the city a few days before jetting off to the natural wonders beyond the buzzing city life.
Trekking and Wildlife in Tanzania- The North
The essence of a travel in Africa is an experience of rich unique nature and wildlife. The northern side is where Mount Kilimanjaro the highest summit in Africa is located and amazing sightings along the way. A week can be dedicated to climbing the mountain. On route up, there are cabins and camps to spend nights and rest. It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro at any fitness or temperature level. Reaching the top can be tedious but exhilarating!
Safari in Tanzania
We have ample opportunities in Northern Tanzania to experience fascinating wildlife on a safari tour. There are alternatives to the known and most visited parks like Serengeti National Park. One is the Arusha National Park, between Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.
Arusha National Park has a wide variety of flora and fauna that differs from the Serengeti National Park. It has savannah, marshes, and forests. The highlights include the Ngurdoto Crater, Mount Meru and Momela Lakes.
Mount Meru is the alternative to climbing Kilimanjaro. A unique opportunity to explore abundant wildlife. There are buffaloes, elephants, zebras, antelopes, monkey and bird types and leopards too.
There is a wide range of Safari options including the Lake Manyara National Park. The park has teeming hippos and gains its fame for masses of flamingos.
Another highlight is tree climbing lions. Spend a tent night camp and the evening can be spent absorbing and reflecting on the mesmerising day experiences and watch the sunset in a backdrop of huge baobab trees.
If you decide to travel through the west of Tanzania, chimpanzees in Gombe are the highlight in the Gombe Stream National Park. The park is near the border of Burundi near the Tanganyika lake and the only pathway there is a boat ride to the deepest Africa continent endeavor.
Jane Goodall researched chimp behavior in Tanzania since 1960. Chimpanzee sightings are special experiences. Baboons and monkey sightings, as well as approximately 200 bird species, can be possible in Gombe. There are many options of accommodation in lodges and lakeside camps or the permanent campsites.
The Remote Wild of Tanzania: Kalambo and Katavi
Close by Lake Tanganyika next to the Zambia border is the Kalambo waterfalls. These are the second highest in Africa, 235 m tall. Visit Kalambo in conjunction with a trip to the Katavi National Park. The least visited because of it so so remote. Great opportunities to see wildlife. Katavi, a river delta has may elephants, hippos, and crocodiles
The highlights include the mesmerizing annual migration of the wildebeests in Serengeti. The south Serengeti and moving to northern Kenya as well as the Maasai Mara from about August to September. Safaris are in the range of $300 for about three or four days if you carefully plan.
Kilimanjaro with its snow-capped peak is a drawing card on a note. Experts say that the top glacier with the iconic snowcap will melt away by 2020, so get a move on to experience the soon to be the extinct wonder! The costs are between $850 and 5000 depending mainly on your willingness to rough it up.
Zanzibar, the spice island in the world apart from the mainland of Tanzania, it is a hidden Arabic alcove, and if you ignore the five-star hotels, you can experience the island that is forgotten by time. Blue waters and giant tortoises together with food markets to making your mouth water in a full moon party.
Ngorongoro Crater has more animals than you can imagine. It is brutally something else. Even months can pass by in a heartbeat in Tanzania.
The Tanzania Backpackers Budget
$30 to $40 per day excluding Safaris and climbing Kilimanjaro
Food: expect to spend $4 for each meal on the street and about $ 3 to $5 at semi décor cafés. Accommodation ranges from $10 to $15 dollars per night
Transport: Buses are about 3 dollars for an hour of travel, but it is common for them to be late
Zanzibar is almost 100 percent Islamic and culturally sensitive with dress and behavior. The mainland is more of a mixture but cultural awareness remains key.
There is Visa and MasterCard ATMs in most of the major towns and cities, visa is at $50 and are available when you land at the airports
Travel to Tanzania and start changing life and influencing others breaking free from to ‘real world’ padlocks in the wastelands that drown magnificence.
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!
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.
#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
Many dream and fantasize about Africa. The ultimate destination. A perfect getaway.
Yet many times people waver it off and say 'África me? That is a dream that will stay just that'. Only a dream. Hold on.Think about it.Plan it and peruse the never-ending possibilities ahead.
Make what seems impossible possible.
Stay with the locals and get an adventure at grassroots. There are many homestay opportunities and possibilities to book easily. You get local knowledge, authentic local food tastes and make the most out of the unforgettable journey.
If you desire to travel but are not in the status of high-income cashflows, it is no problem at all. There are loads of opportunities to stay in homes.There is an abundance of information for the student as well as budget travellers.
If you are cautious about safety, everyone is and should as nothing can be 100% safe, using an online network, you get references and reviews with verification.This improves the level of safety.
It is safer, for example, for a female travelling alone to stay with a family and kids, or another person of preference than choosing a hostel with random strangers who come in toxified at odd hours of the night.
Feel the culture. Feel the country. Feel the motherland of Africa
In a hostel, you are bound to meet other travellers. Staying in a home of a local you will get authentic experiences of the country. Choosing profiles you are more likely to link with and get on with when selecting a host.
You get a guided tour, local cuisine, with an abundance of possibilities. These extras will not always be possible in a tourist hotel or hostel.
Establishing a network of friends in Africa is about living with local families wherever you wish to in the magnificent continent of Africa.
There is accommodation in suburbs with the elite and even village and rural accommodation available.
There is a wide range of services available from couchsurfing which is a cultural exchange with no payments involved to services like Airbnb which amounts to hostel rates in an authentic local setting.It may be free but contributions in some of the other way will be expected like cleaning skills and food. Then there is convenient platforms with a wide range of options like HomeStay
We have initiated the 'Only in Tanzania' series, an endless series. We described a few endemic mammal species from a list of many others and birds and bees get a mention too.
Now let's talk about the trees....
Trees of Tanzania
A safari in Tanzania is more than the amazing wildlife and animal sightings.
The most common trees encountered on a Safari trip are from the classic Acacia family of trees.
The Whistling Thorn
Wait a bit Acacia
The Yellow Fever tree
The Serengeti houses these characteristically long trees with fruits that drop down and seeds are released. The 5kg fruit may easily crush one, so better not to camp under as elephants come over for fruit supply as well! A local belief is that the fruit wards of whirlwinds if hung in huts.
The majestic baobab measures 40 feet wide and 60 feet long.The giant trees have a lifespan of a thousand years. Then new seeds sprouts for a brand new thousand year lifestyle the stirring landscape.
The umbrella tree, the African bush symbol is always photographed as a typical tree African bush tree, Ask any African bush enthusiasts about African bush trees they will most definitely mention the umbrella tree envisioning a lone tree in a huge sunset.
In the initial stages of growth it is like a little vine-like plant climbing nearby large trees, then it thickens producing aerial roots and strangles the host tree, The bottom half of strange figs are twisted where it was initially attached to the host tree. The upper part is smooth. It is commonly found along Serengeti rivers
In the South of Lolliondo, we have a massive fig tree “Tree Where Man was Born”. Ngorongoro, near Endulin we have the “Ancestor Tree” significant for the regional Maasai population.
Ngorongoro, near Endulen we have the “Ancestor Tree” significant for the regional Maasai population.
WILD DATE PALM
These palms have leaves with unbranched parallel veins. Relatives of lilies, grasses orchids, and bananas. The most common palm trees are the native palm that occurs along swamps and rivers. The edible fruits are not tasty at all but the sugary sap is used for making palm wine. The palm tree shades have fragrance and a perfect for resting under.
These trees are common in the north and west parts of Serengeti. When they break, quite easily..they are filled with a toxic white latex
A single drop can burn skin. The tree was planted as cattle fencing to steer away predators who would keep away from the dense poisonous stems,
The Commiphora can be distinguished Acacia tree species by the bluish yellow peeling papery bark.
The trees occur all over the Serengeti dominant of the eastern side, The roots, barks, and berries are used as local medicine for stomach and liver problems, colic in children and rashes. There are several Commiphora species in Serengeti
There are many medical uses like typhid fever treatments, it serves as stomach probelm remedy as well. The powdered bark mixed ina porridge cures malaria .The medica use of the resin is used for the sealing and disinfecting of wounds. Applied as a plaster ,it is used for spasms. Burnt resin is used as insecticide as well.
Uses of the wood, are soft but termite resistant. They are used for the contruction of houses ,beehives, tool handles and musical instruments as well.
The leaves, fruit, and roots are edible. Edible oil is extracted and incense is made from bark and dried sap.
The Yellow Fever Tree
The yellow fever tree is common in Lake Manyara . Early settlers knew malaria was common near areas where there was standing water but they blamed the Yellow Arcacia instead of the mosquitos, And that is how the name Yellow fever tree came about.
(Acacia drepanolobium) (Ant-galled Acacia)
The hollow spheres ate the thorn base is filled with ants that bite. The ideal home for ants food supplies come from the special flowers called floral nectaries. There is an abundance of these trees in saturated soils
BALANITES (Desert Date)
Balanites EgyptianDesert Date
The Balanites tree is commonly confused with Acacia trees. They can be identified by green thorns. A nut like a date that the tree produces is tasty both raw or roasted.
The toothbrush tree is a low bush tree with long and arching shoots. These shoots when green is cut by locals for using as toothbrushes. They chew until it resembles commercial toothbrush, and then brush teeth spitting out wood fragments. Their smiles show a job well done.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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, 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.
Unforgettable journey into the wild – Safari Package to Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park
Thinking of adventuring on an unforgettable Safari in East Africa, Tanzania? Consider a combo package to Mikumi and Ruaha National Park.
On the first day, we drive from Dar-es-salaam to Morogoro, for lunch and once lunch is over we head over to an exhilarating Mikumi Game drive. Thereafter an overnight stay at a lodge in Mikumi.
A journey leaving behind Dar-es-Salaam crossing the hills and highway of coastal mainland reaching the plains. We pass by local Masaai tribes vendors with beaded accessories.
Further, on nearby Sisal plantations, there are glimpses of the amazing Uluguru Mountains soaring above Morogoro into Mikumi National Park.
The Mkata floodplain in is the most popular centrepiece of Mikumi National Park is comparable to the popular plains in Serengeti, with sightings of rare Kudus and antelopes. Mikumi is on route to the well known Selous national park and Ruaha National Park.
Day 2: Departing Mikumi to Ruaha National Park
After breakfast in Mikumi, we head off to Ruaha National park stopping to indulge in a sumptuous meal of choice during lunch time.
The roads beyond Mikumi climb the Kitonga hills that form part of Udzungwa mountains. Following the Ruaha river, climbing the rift escarpment passing the town of Iringa and finally, we reach Ruaha national park in time for dinner and overnight lodging in Ruaha.
Day 3: Ruaha national park game drive
A game drive in Ruaha National park will be an unforgettable glimpse of East Africa elephants, believed to be the highest concentration in East Africa.
Antelopes and Kudu, endangered wild dogs and leopards, lions, zebras, impalas, jackals and foxes.Over 571 bird species and vast vegetation.
On day four we take off back to Dar es Salaam from Ruaha National Park.
The urbanized Dar-es-Salaam gradually fades away into clouds and eventually reaching the huge Miombo woodlands, lakes, swamps, animals, meandering roads and a passage of serenity. Selous game reserve Reserve in the Southern stretch of Tanzania.
Selous, as is commonly called, was named after a conservationist, Frederick Selous. The vast 54600 square kilometer land is huge.The game reserve has several airstrips.Elephants, cheetahs, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, as well as crocodiles, occupy the sanctuary.The vegetation ranges from wooden grasslands to dense thickets.
The Selous, one of the largest conservation areas in the world. Selous is approximately three times bigger than the famous Serengeti National Park.
The World Heritage Site makes up 6% of Tanzania. Selous takes its name from the famous hunter and conservationist Frederick Courteney Selous who was killed in action in WW1 within the now Selous. His grave lies close to the Beho Beho Hills and can be seen on a game drive in that area.
Selous is home to a diverse range of bird and mammal species.There are close to 60,000 elephants and about 40,000 hippos.
The Selous is photographic and displays African wilderness grandeur. The Rufiji river meanders through Miombo Woodland connected with streams and lakes with waterfowl, crocodile and hippos
A game drive along the rough roads of Selous is rewarding during dry seasons around the lakes. Whether bush camping or staying in lodge comfort, it is easy to make arrangements for a walking safari and have a field guide close by.
Boat safaris on lakes or the Rufiji river is an opportunity to see diverse birds and wildlife from a differing perspective.
The size of Selous game reserve and its remote location, it is recommended to have a minimum of at least three nights. Fly in Safaris and game viewing activities by lodges are popular choices. For a truly wild experience, try bush camping.
The wildlife in Selous attracts southern and eastern African wildlife, both migratory and resident with over 440 known bird species of birds. The lion population is strong here and a huge leopard population and home to hippos.
One way to reach Selous Game Reserve is by train, The TAZARA Railway route from Dares Salaam to Zambia passes Selous Game Reserve a few times each week and is also one transport way.
Accommodation in Selous
There is a wide range of campsites and lodges around the Selous Game Reserve.
Lodges on Rufiji River banks as well as remote hilly locations are all within the gmae reserve. As there is a diversity of accommodation and a wide range of habitat longer stays at Selous Game Reserve are recommended
A main attraction is hot springs where soothing warm water dips are possible. Lake Tagalal is great for bird watching and home to hippos and crocodiles
The Ulitmate Bush Experience
Unspoilt Woodland, grassy plant, bush sounds make up the best scenery.
Exciting walking and boat safaris
Selous is African wildlife untouched in Africa and is easily reached from Zanzibar or Dar-es-salaam. Welcome! Explore motherlandAfrica#