When we think of Africa, one of the first things we remember is animals. And, in fact, from the Sahara down, biodiversity is not lacking. Fortunately, over time, hunting started to be fought, and tourism grew, making us bow to the beauties of the animal kingdom. The fascination is so great that Tanzania safaris have excellent hotel and logistics infrastructure when it comes to looking for animals.
Also, we are not talking about any kittens. They are great beasts that boast beauty and demand respect. So, if you always dreamed of being in front of the most superb beings of nature, today, the Blog Vida ao Ar Livre has separated a list of the main countries to go on Tanzania safari in Africa. Continue reading for more tips.
It is no mystery to anyone that the African continent is rich in animal life. So much so that the ancient explorers created the name “Big 5” to refer to those more difficult to be hunted. Nowadays, the animals are the same as before, but the terms have come to refer to those most difficult to be seen: lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos. And even though the latter is in a serious process of extinction, with the number of individuals decreasing each year, Botswana is one of the countries where you can still find the complete list of the big five.
For this, the main places are the Chobe National Park (mainly for those who love elephants, which appear en masse from August to October) and the Okavango Delta. The secret is that they are two places with large wetlands, where animals go to cool off in the dry season. And if you don’t know exactly where Botswana is, you will be surprised when you discover that it is not bathed by any sea or ocean! Therefore, it is necessary to highlight the exuberance of the largest internal delta in the world. All water that arrives from the Okavango River “dies” in an immense plain, so that life can be made in the region. Not surprisingly, the delta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the Seven Wonders of Africa.
For those who wish to experience the local experience, even more, it is possible to go on a photographic Tanzania safari in Moko r o, a canoe extracted from the trunk of the ebony, which the natives use to transport themselves through the region.
In Kenya, the Big 5 will also be present. However, the big show is due to the annual migration of wildebeests and zebras between July and October. Especially when they cross the Mara River, within the Masai Mara National Reserve. This also attracts several predators, such as crocodiles, lions, and leopards, which have the fiercest side of the animal world.
If you prefer a more relaxed program, another migration that takes place in the region is that of birds, especially flamingos, on Lake Naivasha. Do not forget the camera, to leave an expert in all movements of flight and landing.
In both Kenya and Botswana, most trips are made in 4×4 cars. In Rwanda, your legs will be your best friends. That’s because the country’s biggest attraction is trekking through the Volcanoes National Park in search of the rare mountain gorillas. The road is long and can last up to 8 hours, but only this isolation could protect them from the rest of the world. Still, hunting, disease, and war put them on the list of animals at high risk of extinction.
Speaking of wars, before going into the woods, be sure to stop by the Genocide Memorial, in Gisozi, and if you didn’t know, Listen to the stories and hallmarks of one of human history’s most horrific massacres. For all these reasons, even though it is one of the shortest routes in Africa, Rwanda is perhaps the most powerful and touching of all.
Now that you have passed through Kenya, we can see where all the wildebeests come from: on the other side of the Mara River, in the Serengeti National Park, which in the Masai language means “Great Plain”. And it is not for nothing since the 40 thousand km² are covered by grasses perfect for antelopes, zebras and, of course, wildebeests. But the area is also home to the Masai Warriors, a nomadic people known for traveling through hunting parks in their red robes.
But in Tanzania, all animal life shares space with stunning natural landscapes. The Ngorongoro crater was a caldera of a giant volcano, now inactive and covered entirely by a sanctuary of plants and animals. Another place also little explored in the country is the island Zanzibar, whose pristine beaches only relax more than its turquoise and transparent blue waters.
If it weren’t enough, it is also in the country where the highest point in Africa is: Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5,895m above sea level. A wild, long and refreshing climb.