African wildlife in the tens of thousands must make this country the wildlife capital of the world.
Safari opportunities abound and a short list includes the Serengeti National Park, famed for the October and November annual migrations, of zebra and wildebeest. The 40km long column must withstand an orgy of killing, river crossings, forced marches and mating while predators work away at the flanks. Cheetah watch the open plains, leopards hunt the river bank acacia’s while the lions follow the mass, slaying at will. All three jackal species hunt here along with hyenas.
Beyond this annual spectacle Serengeti remains the greatest wildlife refuge and national park in central Africa. It hosts elephant and giraffe in numbers, great herds of buffalo and thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, Topi, eland, impala and Grant’s gazelle. For a unique un-crowded experience this is the place to safari with your camera.
Tarangire National Park during the dry season has, with its baobab studded landscape and many dry river beds one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Tanzania.
Ngorongoro Conservation area borders the Serengeti and includes the world’s largest crater, serving as a natural barrier to every species in East Africa. With some of the densest wildlife populations in the world, it’s a veritable wildlife paradise. The Masai also live in the area and parts of the Olduvai Gorge can be seen marking the site where some of man’s earliest remains have been found.
The fabulous old world port of Zanzibar, famous for its spices, was once an important slave trading post under its Arab rulers. Stone Town, the capital, is a World Heritage site with historic traditional houses and narrow alleyways and the Sultans Palace.