Tanzania Journals

Beaches, Safari, and Kilimanjaro of Tanzania

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A May 2006 trip to Tanzania by nora_yusuf

Lake Manyara National Park Photo, Arusha, Tanzania More Photos
Quote: Some books picture Zanzibar as synonym to paradise. Tanzania itself is home to the Serengeti and numerous national parks and conservation. Tanzania is also a gateway to the Kilimanjaro quest.

Lake Manyara National Park

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Lake Manyara National Park Photo, Arusha, Tanzania
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Day 1 Safari – Lake Manyara National Park.The first day of our safari takes us to Lake Manyara National Park. A fairly small, but very beautiful park right on the shores of salty Lake Manyara. Manyara in Masai language means the finger tree – Elmanyara. The faults of the East African Rift Valley are right here causing a displacement of the higher western side with its steep slopes and the flat plain eastern side. A ride in the open roofed Land Cruiser brings us closer to lots of hippos spending the hours of sunshine in the river water close to the lake. Giraffes, zebras, and wilder beast also can be seen in the distance. I’m glad I have a pair of binoculars given to me as my farewell pr...Read More

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Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara
Arusha, Tanzania

Zanzibar

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Sunset at the beach Photo, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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By the time we arrived in Zanzibar, I had already taken many photos from the plane. The most popular objects were the meandering wadis, and the mountains of Oman. Zanzibar—by the word of Andersch "the last reason to live"—is a famous piece of German literature and a symbol of beauty and hope (according to Anke). The real Zanzibar is stepping out of an airplane into the typical tropical weather. The air is heavy with humidity. For people who are not used to it, seems like you have to overcome a physical obstacle to start walking, something like walking into a wall (exaggerated a bit). Crowds gather in the airport with everybody queuing for their bags at exactly the same spot. Since there is only one ta...Read More

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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Attraction | "Norongoro Crater"

Ngorongoro Conservation Area Photo, Ngorongoro, Tanzania
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Day 4 Safari – Ngorongoro Conservation AreaWe start the day with another beautiful sunrise above the crater. Right after breakfast we visit a traditional Masai Tribe village. It does feel a bit awkward though, walking around in the village, being an outsider, and not used to their customs. Entrance fee is $50 for a group of tourists. A Masai man can have as many wives as he can afford. Each of them has a separate house. The whole village is surrounded by a fence, and in the middle of the village, another fence where they keep the cattle at night. In contrast to the straw, round Masai houses we have seen on the way, these houses here are compact and small, built of a wooden frame with cow dung...Read More

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Crater Highlands, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

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Serengeti National Park Photo, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Day 2 Safari – Serengeti National Park.The day starts with a beautiful sunrise. The clouds are impressively colored. Our first stop is on top of the Norongoro Crater before we drive down into the vast plains of the Serengeti National Park. Next to the viewpoint stands the memorial of Gizmek, a researcher/biologist known by his effort to save the Serengeti "The Serengeti shall not die", who died here in 1957 when a vulture got caught in the propeller of his plane causing it to crash. The road into the Serengeti takes us through the land of the Masai. Everywhere are herds of cows and goats with their little Masai shepherds clad in the typical Masai blankets. Among the hundreds of ...Read More

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Serengeti National Park

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Mount Kilimanjaro

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Attraction | "Mt. Kilimanjaro"

Mount Kilimanjaro Photo, Tanzania, Africa
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Day 1 Mt Kilimanjaro.There are several routes to get up Kilimanjaro, specifically reaching Uhuru Peak. We were to go by the Merengu Route better known as the Coca-Cola Route because of its popularity. It is also one of the easier routes. A normal hike to the top usually takes a minimum of 5 days, which includes time for acclimatization. We had only 3 days. For some, surely they would want to try to make it in 3 days to the top, but for me, I’d be happy just wherever it would take me, and at least to get nice photos of the peaks Kibo and Mwenzi. So we started our hike, a 3-hour climb through the rainforest-like vegetation. We spent the night in Mandara Hut. The huts are A-frame huts which can sle...Read More

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Mount Kilimanjaro

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