Category: Africa

Things To Do In Tanzania

Tanzania, well known around the world as the home of Kilimanjaro is currently one of the most popular of all safari destinations in Africa. Tanzania was formed out of 2 nation-states and now offers everything from incredible white sandy beaches to wildlife that you will never forget. In order to highlight some things that you will love, here are the things to do in Tanzania.

 

Visit The Serengeti National Park

 

Serengeti National Park
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This one is arguably the most popular of all Tanzania’s tourist attractions. It is really well known as a big game safari. That is mainly due to the fact that there is an annual migration of zebras and wildebeest noticed. You should seriously consider a May visit since that is where the migration starts. The wildlife show is definitely spectacular.

 

Visit Ruaha National Park

 

safari in Ruaha National Park
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Ruaha is right in the heart of Tanzania. It is the largest of all the national parks that can be found in the country and you can easily come across elephants, leopards, lions, wild dogs, impala, giraffes, zebras or jackals. You get the opportunity of experiencing nature in a close environment and you will love the fact that there are not too many tourists to bother you.

 

The Selous Game Reserve

 

Selous Game Reserve
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Here you can see a lot more savanna animals than anywhere else in the country because of government regulations. Many of the visitors will arrive via plane. You will love the fact that river trips and walking tours are allowed. In addition, no permanent structures or human habitation is allowed.

 

Mafia Island

 

Mafia Island
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Mafia Island is smaller than popular attraction Pemba but it is also a part of Spice Islands. The population here is of around 40,000 and although the name can be a little deceiving, there is absolutely no organized crime present. The name is just similar. Here you can enjoy game fishing and scuba diving while also being able to relax on wonderful sandy beaches. If in the area, make sure that you also consider Pemba as it is less crowded than the really popular Zanzibar. You can also enjoy marine life here with great scuba diving locations.

 

Lake Manyara

 

Lake Manyara
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During the wet season, you will be able to see around 300 migratory bird species. This includes thousands of lovely flamingos. During the dry season you can also enjoy various different wonderful animals since there are various mammals like elephants, giraffes, wildebeests and hippos. Different safari lodges are available and you can enjoy various safaris.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro

 

Mount Kilimanjaro
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We cannot mention the things to do in Tanzania without a mention of Kilimanjaro. The inactive volcano nested peak is the highest in Africa and houses the highest of all free-standing mountains around the world. It is located really close to the equator but the snow-capped peak will make everything incredibly attractive, a top tourist attraction for all interested trekkers and mountaineers.

As always, such a list is always subjective. Did you visit Tanzania? If so, what was the favorite attraction that you enjoyed? We would love to hear about it. Maybe we will get to enjoy it one day.

General Facts You Might Want To Know About Sao Tome And Principe

Sao Tome And Principe is a democratic republic that does seem to gain a lot of popularity lately among travel lovers. It is located on Central Africa’s Western Equatorial Coast, right in the Guinea Golf. Since you may want to consider it for your next vacation, here are some general facts that you may want to be aware of.

 

Sao Tome And Principe
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Sao Tome And Principe Geography

The republic is located in the Gulf of Guinea and it is the second smallest African country. We basically talk about two regions that are united. Sao Tome has a length of 50 kilometers and a width of 30 kilometers. Principe has a length of 30 kilometers and a width of 6 kilometers. To get an idea where you are, the Equator line goes through Ilheu das Rolas, an island that is right under Sao Tome And Principe.

Climate

As you would expect, the climate in Sao Tome And Principe is tropical at the sea level. It is humid and hot with an average yearly temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. There is little variation in temperature on a daily basis. In the interior of the country we have higher elevations and average yearly temperature goes down to 20 degrees Celsius, while having nights that are usually cool. If you want to visit outside of the rainy season, you should be aware that the heaviest rains happen between October and May.

Wildlife

There are not many native mammals found in Sao Tome And Principe although there are many bat species and the Sao Tome Shrew present. These two islands have many different endemic plants and bards, including the Sao Tome Ibis, the smallest ibis in the world and the largest of the sunbirds, known as Giant Sunbird. You will also want to see the Sao Tome Fiscal, a really rare Begonia species and make sure that you look for the hawksbill turtles.

Sao Tome And Principe Demographics

Since the country is relatively new, the first ever census is quite recent, 2011. The total population is estimated at a little over 160,000 and the vast majority is present in Sao Tome. The entire population is basically formed of descendents of other countries that reached the islands from the year 1470.

Most of the people are Roman Catholics, Seventh-Day Adventists and Evangelical Protestants. There is also a pretty small population of Muslims. There are 4 national languages out of which Portuguese is spoken by 95 percent of all people and is considered to be the only official language.

Culture

The culture in the republic is a mix of Portuguese and African influences. You will be able to experience socope and ussua rhythms in Sao Tome and in Principe you will see the dexa beat. All local dances and rhythms are influenced by Portuguese ballrooms. You can also participate in shows of Tchiloli and danco-congo.

On the whole, even if we are talking about a small country, you surely already figured out the fact that there are many different things that you can see. Make sure that you take advantage of the possibility and visit now since prices are lower than they are about to be in the future.