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5 Reasons to Visit Grumeti Game Reserve

Located directly north of the Serengeti, the Grumeti Game Reserve is comprised of diverse and breathtaking African wilderness.  The area is teeming with local wildlife and is ideally situated in the direct path of the migration route that is traveled by millions of animals each year between June and September.  The Game Reserve covers an area of some 2,000 square km and is a key part of the valuable Serengeti Masai Mara eco-system, which sustains life in the region.  It is the perfect place to participate in game viewing as well as learn about and experience the fragile Tanzanian environment.

 

Here are five reasons you should visit the Grumeti Game Reserve.

 

The Wildlife Viewing

From monkeys squealing amidst towering tree-tops to monstrous hippos bathing in the cooling waters to majestic big cats and enormous crocodiles, the Grumeti Game Reserve is absolutely teeming with indigenous wildlife.  A visit here provides the unique and unmatched opportunity to view some of nature’s most incredible animals thriving within their own natural habitat.  You’ll marvel at the fascinating feeling of being a guest in their home – the vast surrounding African wilderness. [Read More]

Reasons to Visit Pemba Island

Located in the beautiful Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and 50km east of Tanzania, Pemba Island is the northernmost island of the archipelago.  Unlike its sister islands, however, Pemba has an incredibly fertile landscape and hilly terrain, which explains its success with harvesting everything from clove to coconut and mango.  With a history steeped in mystery and intrigue, this breathtaking island has somehow managed to escape the heavy tourism that others in the area are prone to, making it refreshingly uncrowded and delightfully unique.  While there are plenty of reasons to visit Pemba Island, here are five of the most compelling.

 

The Diving and Snorkeling

Surrounded by luscious tropical waters and with a terrain that features breathtaking drop-offs, it’s no surprise that Pemba Island is the perfect destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.  There are multiple dive sites throughout the island that vary in difficulty, from simple to challenging.  Certified divers even have the opportunity to upgrade their specialty dives, such as drift diving.  Those who enjoy snorkeling will delight in the untouched coral reef and abundant tropical fish species that are found off the shores of Pemba. [Read More]

Why Visit Olduvai Gorge?

 

Located in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, the Olduvai Gorge is a steep-sided ravine that stretches approximately 48 km and is widely considered to be the most important prehistoric site in the world.  In fact, it’s been nicknamed “the Cradle of Mankind” due to the incredible and abundant prehistoric archeological finds discovered there.  But you don’t have to be an archeologist or genealogist to enjoy a visit to this fascinating site.  Just the idea of setting foot where perhaps the first known humans once roamed is intriguing enough.

 

What Was Discovered There?

About 50 years ago, German entomologist Wilhelm Kattwinkel was hot in pursuit of a beautiful butterfly in the area of Tanganyika when he tripped and fell over a rocky ledge into what’s now known as the Olduvai Gorge, discovering an eroded landscape littered with bones, fossils and ancient artifacts.  And the rest, as they say, is history (no pun intended).  What’s been uncovered since then has revealed some of the most important evidence of mankind’s earliest existence.

The modern-day rift was once a large lake, dating back millions of years.  The shores were covered with varying layers of volcanic ash which, over the years, served to cover and preserve remnants of the changing environment.  The gorge contains seven main layers, called beds, each of which have revealed fascinating information about the way life was over the past several million years. [Read More]

Reasons to Visit Tarangire Park


Named after the mighty Tarangire River, which flows directly through it, the Tarangire Park offers some of the best natural resources that Tanzania has to offer.  The park encompasses over 2,600 square kilometers of land, which features grassland, floodplains and abundant forests filled with towering acacia and ancient baobab trees.  It is home to a plethora of indigenous wildlife which thrives in the dense bush and tall grassy plains and who migrate instinctively toward the river for relief during the dry months.  A trip to Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a stop at this park.  Here are 5 reasons why.

 

The Wildlife

For those interested in viewing wild game, the Tarangire Park does not disappoint.  Depending on the time of year, it is home to any number of indigenous species including buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and lions.  The area’s ecosystem creates distinct migration patterns and supports thousands of animals as they pass through each year, particularly along the banks of the Tarangire River.  Perhaps most noteworthy are the 550 species of birds which flock to the park for the protection of the large acacia and baobab trees and the impressive climbing pythons that also call the towering trees home. [Read More]

5 Reasons to Visit the Ngorongoro Crater

 

The Ngorongoro Crater is widely considered to be the most impressive geological feature in all of Africa, certainly one of the most incredible in Tanzania.  It was created as a result of an imploded volcano, establishing a unique caldera that stretches 20km in diameter, is home to its very own eco-system and is teeming with indigenous wildlife.  Located right near the famous Serengeti National Park, it is ideally located for visitors to explore the variety of plant and animal life living within the crater walls.  Here are 5 reasons you should visit the Ngorongoro Crater.

A Natural Wonder

Existing as its own self-contained ecosystem for more than two millions years, the Ngorongoro Crater is an awesome feat of nature.  It remains the largest unflooded caldera in the world.  The volcano responsible for forming the crater is thought to have been even larger than Mount Kilimanjaro.  The massive mountain imploded and collapsed creating the vast cavity that still exists today.  Measuring in at 20km in diameter and surrounded by slopes as high as 600m, the incredible natural wonder is an unforgettable sight. [Read More]