Thursday, July 18, 2024

Tanzania – Diary of a Muzungu


The Muzungu’s high causes to journey to Tanzania, the ‘soul of Africa’

Serena Inn, Stone Town, Zanzibar. Diary of a Muzungu, Swahili
Because of this I journey… to take a seat at a desk overlooking the seaside on the Serena Inn, Stone City, Zanzibar. Need a glass of mimosa? “You simply need to ask.” Contemporary frangipani flowers, custard apple juice, mimosa glowing wine cocktail and ‘madafu’ coconut juice adorn the Diary of a Muzungu, Swahili-style!

It’s taken me a very long time to go to Tanzania. There’s a lot that’s familiarly East African, but so many charming delights which might be uniquely Tanzanian!

1. Tanzania has 14 Nationwide Parks, 370 mammal species and over 1000 birds.

2. Overdose on wildlife viewing at Ngorongoro Crater. Expertise the Nice Migration on the Serengeti, one of many ‘Seven Pure Wonders of Africa’ – watch it from a scorching air balloon!

3. Tanzania is the bottom for mountaineering Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain

4. Chill out on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast. Go diving!

5. Fly or take the ferry to the island archipelago of Zanzibar, well-known for the islands’ white coral sand seashores

6. Tour the historic cobbled streets and Arab-influenced Stone City, Zanzibar, celebrated for its movie and music festivals. No journey to Zanzibar is full with out a spice tour!

7. Tanzania has seven UNESCO World Heritage Websites together with the Serengeti, Selous Nationwide Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Stone City.

8. Take pleasure in uncommon contemporary juices – similar to coconut ‘madafu’ and custard apple

9. Discover the Selous, Africa’s BIGGEST sport reserve!

10. Discover Dar es Salaam, East Africa’s second largest port and a melting pot of African, Arabic and Indian influences.

“Jambo” – is the Swahili greeting for “welcome” which you’ll hear in every single place in pleasant Tanzania.

Wolfgang Thome, Edgar Batte, Charlotte Beauvoisin, Solomon Oleny. Kilimanjaro Airport
Me and my superior journey buddies! Tourism and aviation professional Prof. Wolfgang H. Thome and journey journos Edgar R. Batte & Solomon Mario Oleny, at Kilimanjaro Worldwide Airport

The Nice Migration of 1 and a half million Wildebeest traverse the Mara River twice yearly between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Maasai Mara. Sport-viewing consists of large buffalo herds, hundreds of antelope, elephant and giraffe.

Serengeti wildebeest migration map
Serengeti wildebeest migration map. PHOTO

When you’re going to the Serengeti, deal with your self to a scorching air balloon safari! It’s an enormous journey from begin to end. Rise up on the first light to look at the balloon being inflated and soar within the basket, prepared for the off. Watch the solar rise as your balloon strikes silently throughout the savannah, following the wildlife beneath. It’s wonderful what you possibly can see up there! A champagne and breakfast within the bush are only one a part of this fabulous expertise.

Considered one of Tanzania’s hottest points of interest is the Ngorongoro Crater, often called “Africa’s Backyard of Eden,” dwelling to 30,000 animals together with the uncommon black rhino and black-maned male lions.

Ngorongoro Crater. PHOTO www.tanzaniatourism
Ngorongoro Crater. See how the cloud kisses the rim of the crater! PHOTO www.tanzaniatourism

An aerial view of Mount Kilimanjaro, on our Precision Air flight from Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast to Entebbe in Uganda. I’m one fortunate lady!

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, requires loads of bodily coaching and is on many individuals’s journey bucket checklist.

Gilman's Point, Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
That is my buddy Apollo Makubuya at Gilman’s Level, Mt Kilimanjaro’s second highest peak. Get this far and you may actually name your self a Kili climber! Uhuru Peak is Kili – and Africa’s – highest peak. Click on on this picture to learn Apollo’s wonderful story!

The basic views of Kilimanjaro‘s snow-capped peak are taken from the Kenya aspect (a lot to many a Tanzanian’s dismay!)

elephant Amboseli Kilimanjaro
The basic views of Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak are literally taken from the Kenya aspect. I took this picture of a lone elephant in Amboseli Nationwide Park, Kenya

Much less visited, but well worth the detour is the dazzling Lake Natron, that boasts a few of Africa’s most wonderful surroundings: rift escarpments, volcanoes and the huge multi-coloured soda lake.

Lake Natron soda lake, Tanzania
On the muzungu’s Tanzania bucket checklist: the naturally pink Lake Natron soda lake!

The island of Zanzibar, off Tanzania’s coast, has miles of white sandy seashores and tiny islands. It’s an idyllic vacation spot for snorkeling, coral reef diving, deep sea fishing (and the occasional marriage ceremony!)

swimming pool Zanzibar Serena Inn, Stone Town
Our swimming pool on the Zanzibar Serena Inn, Stone City
Diary of a Muzungu. Serena Inn, Zanzibar, Tanzania
View from our breakfast desk on the Serena Inn, Stone City, Zanzibar. Diary of a Muzungu, Swahili-style
evening beach walk Stone Town, Zanzibar. Tanzania travel
Zanzibaris take a night stroll on the general public seaside subsequent to Stone City
The House of Wonders – Beit el Ajaib.Stone Town, Zanzibar
The Home of Wonders – Beit el Ajaib, Stone City, Zanzibar
Stone Town, Zanzibar. Tanzania travel
Have to make a cellphone name? Stone City, Zanzibar
tinga tinga art on sale in Stone Town, Zanzibar. Tanzania travel
Vibrant ‘tinga tinga’ conventional Tanzanian artwork on sale in Stone City, Zanzibar
Forodhani Gardens opposite Old Fort, Stone Town, Zanzibar. Tanzania travel
Forodhani Gardens reverse Outdated Fort, Stone City, Zanzibar.
Big Body Spice Farm Zanzibar. Lipstick Fruit. Tanzania
Spice Lady (and Boys!) on our incredible tour of the turmeric, cardamon, dorian fruit, vanilla and breadfruit gardens at Large Physique Spice Farm in Zanzibar. Guess who’s carrying the Lipstick Fruit? Oh Zanzibar, how scrumptious you might be!

The aroma of sensual spices, contemporary seafood and Swahili fusion delicacies infuse Stone City’s maze of courtyards. Music, movie and dance are a significant a part of this city’s enchantment.

Sauti za Busara music festival 2018, Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Sauti za Busara music competition 2018 will probably be held in Stone City, Zanzibar, Tanzania

The Selous is a superb wilderness of 48,000 sq. kilometres (roughly 20,000 sq. miles). That’s 5% of Tanzania, a rustic that’s 4 instances the dimensions of the UK.

aerial view Rufiji river, Selous game reserve. Coastal Aviation
Aerial view of the Rufiji river, Selous sport reserve. We flew with Coastal Aviation. WOW

This jaw-dropping surroundings is below essentially the most severe of threats. Tanzania presses on with hydroelectric dam on huge sport reserve. “Stiegler’s Gorge dam on the Selous park, a World Heritage Web site listed as ‘in peril’, will trigger irreversible harm, say conservationists.” Learn The true value of the Stiegler’s Gorge hydropower mission in Tanzania (2019).

An (avoidable) environmental nightmare beckons… regardless of “the wonderful potential of photo voltaic and wind energy choices.”

Serena.Selous game drive, Tanzania
My flip to drive… (I want!) What an excellent sport drive we had, from the posh tented Selous Serena Camp on to catch our personal personal boat for Serena Mivumo River Lodge….
lion lazing. Serena. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania
No zoom lens required! En route we chanced upon a delight of 5 lions sleeping within the afternoon solar. Selous Sport Reserve safari
Selous clouds and landscapes
I liked the open panorama – the various landscapes in reality – of the Selous. Hold studying Diary of a Muzungu for extra safari tales from the Selous!
Buffalo herd. Selous Serena Camp safari. Diary of a Muzungu
A herd of 300 buffalo have been only a few minutes drive from our base at Selous Serena Camp. What a sight (and a strong odor too!)
Lion in afternoon sun. Selous Game Reserve. Serena safari
Lion sleeping within the afternoon solar in Selous Sport Reserve. Completely ours: on an all day sport drive, we solely noticed 4 different safari automobiles.

Do you know…?

Swahili is the official language of Tanzania however English is extensively spoken.

Watch my quick video: my view from the cockpit! Flight between Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam.

We flew with Precision Air on their inaugural flight in 2017 between Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian coast and Entebbe in Uganda (nevertheless Precision don’t at the moment fly that route).

The inaugural Precision Air flight Entebbe to Dar. July 1st. Wolfgang Thome
The inaugural Precision Air flight Entebbe to Dar. July 1st 2017. Aviation professional Wolfgang Thome captures each second
inaugural Precision Air flight Entebbe to Dar. July 1st 2017. Wolfgang Thome
It’s an aviation customized that the inaugural flight is baptised on the tarmac! We took the primary Precision Air flight from Entebbe to Dar es Salaam due to the fantastic Professor Wolfgang

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