Planning to travel to Africa and venture on mountain climbing? Let’s start at the beginning of creation, the heart of the motherland, Tanzania.
Many nature lovers, come out to explore amazing wildlife and exciting Safaris. Others that have little interest in game drives and Safaris opt for climbing and hiking adventures. It becomes a combo of a Safari and a mountain climbing venture as the lush pathways have many wildlife sightings as well.
A traveler to Tanzania aiming to reach the peaks usually aim for Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro is number one on the list. It is the most famous and the highest mountain on the continent of motherland Africa.
Other mountain ranges that have attractive peaks are in the North and East of Tanzania. We have Mt Meru, Ol Donyo Lengai active volcano, and the tamer Usambara Mountains, gentle Crater Highlands slopes.
1. Mount Kilimanjaro
2. Mt Meru Crater
Mt Meru Crater is neglected if favor of his East neighbor Mt Kilimanjaro. This mountain close to Arusha National Park is definitely an experience that will be an unforgettable memory.
The low slopes are covered in a highlight of a dense forest where buffalos graze and the colobus monkeys play.
This extinct volcano has a base of a perfect crater and an additional inner crater with sheer, sharp cliffs. The subsidiary peak is formed by the Ash Cone. Momela lakes and Ngurdoto Crater are visible from the mountain slopes.
3. Crater Highlands
The Crater Highlands rise up from the Rift Valley.The lush chain of volcanoes and mountains including the Ngorogongo conservation area that is surrounded by Massai tribal lands. Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.
Hiking Safaris offer tourists a pathway from Ngorongoro Crater to the foot of Ol Donyo Lengai and a chance to see stunning scenery of spectacular Tanzania.
This is a hiking adventure of a lifetime. Large zebra and wildebeest herds graze nearby and lions lay back in the sun. At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.
At the calling of dawn, the black rhino return and to the thick layer of crater forests after completing their dew-laden grass in early morning mists. Nearby Massai herd goats and cattle over the green pastures of highland slopes.
4. The Eastern Arc Mountain Range
Stretching all the way from the Taita Hills South of Kenya to the Southern Highlands of Tanzania the Eastern Arc mountain range has a long history of geological activity.
It is estimated to be over a hundred million years old and some formations are six hundred million years old. The climate stability allows this area to inhabit a wide array of insect and plant life to amazing species of birds.
5. Livingstone Mountains
A low altitude range of mountains that on the border of Lake Nyasa.It is in a remote location and difficult to reach as the pathways are uncharted for the climb and are usually unexplored.
6. Monduli Mountains
A few hours away from Arusha, a day trip to the Monduli Mountains can either be a journey of a casual day trip or part of a hiking itinerary that is longer.
Massai herd cattle along the slopes and various cultural tour programs offer visitors an opportunity to learn about traditional medicines and local culture of the Massai.
It is surrounded by views of the rift valley, Mount Meru, and Mount Kilimanjaro.
7. Mount Hanang
Located on bumpy tracks about 200km on the South East of Arusha, the extinct volcanic crater is a stunning feature above the plains.It is usually a two-day climb, that takes trekkers via several tribal lands including the semi-nomadic Barabaig, known for goatskin garments.
8. Ol Donyo Lengai
Overlooking The Kenya bushland and Lake Natron, Ol Donyo Lengai meaning ‘ the home of God’ in Massai, this is an active volcano and an undiscovered and spectacular climb in Tanzania.
It has sporadic volcano eruptions, sending gray lava streams down the rim of the crater and spits out hot ash into the air. The climb is usually overnight for hikers to experience the spectacular sunrise over the escarpment of the Rift Valley.
9. Pare Mountains
On The Eastern Arc range in the North East of Tanzania lies the remote Pare Mountains and is extremely rewarding to trekkers on a search for trails off beaten paths.
It is home to the Pare tribe, pastoralists, and agriculturists who have retained traditional life.A Pare mountain hike takes visitors through beautiful forests and local villages, part of Tanzania that is little visited.
10. Udzungwa Mountains
- Udzungwa Mountain
The Udzungwa Mountains is located on the west of Dar es Salaam.It rises from the West of Selous Game Reserve. Vervet monkeys play in the forests and forest antelopes can be viewed at certain times of the day. The botanical diversity is exceptional, and the park hosts numerous endangered species of birds. The peak of the mountain offers views of the Selous game reserve and the coast of the Indian Ocean. It is a worthwhile venture.
11. Uluguru Mountains
The Uluguru mountains overlook the Morogoro agricultural area and part of the Eastern Arc range. Named after the Luguru tribe, a group that farms on the verdant slopes.This area is amidst the oldest forests in Africa.Hiking here is pleasant and rewarding.It has a plethora of endemic insect and bird species.
12. Usambara Mountains
Part of the Eastern Arc in the North East and is divided by 4km valley of farms and small villages. There are day trips and overnight treks, taking visitors through an area of concentrated biodiversity. Bird watching is rewarding and the views include the Indian Ocean and Massai Steppe.
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The Journey Continues – Endemic and Endangered in the heart of motherland Africa – Tanzania
Why Safari in Tanzania? The question pounded on. My journey, my search continued.
I clearly affirmed in Exploring the splendor of Tanzania – ‘Journey into all dimensions delving into the mystics and wonders of the heart of ‘Motherland Africa’ Tanzania.
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10 Endemic Primates in Tanzania
Rondo Dwarf Galago
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.
4. Abbots duiker
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
5. Pemba Flying Fox (ARKive)
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.
7. Gray-faced Sengi(ARKive).
The Kipunji is an Old World monkey species that living in Highland Tanzania forests. The kipunji ‘honk-bark’ call , distinguishing it from close relatives,
9.The Sanje Mangabey (ARKive)
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.
10. Demon African Mole Rat (Mammals of Tanzania)
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.
the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa(CEPF)
The Eastern Arc Forests (WWF)
Eastern Afromontane (CEPF)
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.
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
- 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.