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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?
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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 Malawi (FEOW).
All you can find in Tanzania and nowhere else!
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!
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