The reason that many come to Africa
Well, where to start on African wildlife….? Without doubt one of the most incredible nature experiences on the planet, a trip to Africa for a safari ranks in anyone’s top 10 holidays of a lifetime. Every animal that exists out on the plains or in the forests has developed into a niche survivor and, as such, they all have something interesting to offer…from the 100,000 muscles in an elephant’s trunk to their closest genetic relations, the rock hyrax (that are about half a foot in size!)
Amani Nature Reserve
Amani Nature Reserve Park is one of the most beautiful places in Tanzania. Featuring a rich array of vegetation and wildlife, well-established hiking routes make walking a breeze for all ages. Amani Nature reserve is located in Muheza and Korogwe district. The main access is via Muheza town. Just 65 Km from Tanga town and 35 Km from Muheza.
Endoro Falls Walking
Endoro is an eco-friendly Lodge located along the boundary of the Ngorongoro Conservation Athority, on the edge of the Northern Highland Forest Reserve. Endoro Lodge lies at the foot of the Ngorongoro Highland Forest. With outstanding views to the Ngorongoro Highland Forest, you will experience the beauty and essence of nature. Within steps of the Montane Forest, the lodge is located at an altitude of 1600 metres, ensuring there are no mosquitoes. The local resident elephant, buffalo, baboon and the occasional leopards are frequently seen in its immediate environs.
At the lowest point of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa at an altitude of 600m above sea level, sits the shallow Lake Natron. Here, between the only active volcano in Tanzania, Oldonyo Lengai to the south, pinnacles of Mt Gelai to the east, the gorge etched escarpment of the Rift Valley to the west, and the mirror-surfaced lake, a sanctuary to thousands of flamingos to the north, is the cool oasis adjacent to the soda flats where Lake Natron eco-camp lies.
With a surface area of just under 70 000 km², Lake Victoria not only dominates this part of East Africa but ranks as the second largest freshwater lake in the world. Yet despite its huge size, the murky lake is quite shallow – only 75 metres at its deepest – and there is little wildlife compared to the smaller Rift Valley lakes such as Lake Nakuru or Manyara.
The giant lake borders three African countries – Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, with half of the lake lying in Tanzania. Travelling between these countries via the lake is, sadly, a luxury of the past. Sitting in a fertile basin, the area is predictably heavily cultivated and densely populated, and given that much of its shoreline is marshy and infested with bilharzia, swimming is not an option.Several lodges in the Masai Mara or Serengeti offer day trips or fishing expeditions to Lake Victoria but it has never really featured on the Tanzanian or Kenyan safari circuits.
Tanzania’s Rubondo Island National Park – located in the southern portion of Lake Victoria on one of its many islands – is the only major highlight of a visit.
There is a good range of big game on the forested island – including elephant, chimpanzee and giraffe – and the bird list of around 400 species will appeal to bird watchers. Uganda’s Ssese Islands, lying close to Entebbe, offer visitors to Uganda the chance to soak up a little of the lake’s atmosphere.
The emphasis on these islands is less about wildlife and more about rest, relaxation and interacting with the local fishermen.