Preview: Tanzania

The next country on our journey is Tanzania, and after a day and half drive we pass through the peaceful Mikumi National Park. African safari travel is synonymous with wildlife, and in this national park I’ll probably see Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra and Antelope from the roadside. From here we continue travelling through the interesting and mountainous hinterland of Tanzania.

Mikumi National Park
Hey, this doesn’t look so bad!

Our route north then brings us to Dar Es Salaam where we’ll hang out for around 4 nights in a campsite on a beautiful Indian Ocean beach. I’ll most definitely take the ferry out to Zanzibar for the full four days and venture into the narrow bustling streets of Stone Town and its famous spice markets, old slave forts and dungeons. There is also time to relax on Zanzibar’s famous white beaches , scuba dive or snorkel and swim with dolphins!

Stone Town, Zanzibar

After leaving Dar Es Salaam we pass a number of small towns and villages along the way and, if the weather cooperates, I may get a sneak peek (no pun intended) of Kilimanjaro.

Kili

We will stop off at Marangu ,where I’ll have the opportunity to climb to Kilimanjaro base camp, or take a walk through the lush surroundings passing through coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls, caves and visiting a local blacksmith. Continuing to Arusha, I’ll hop on board a local safari company for a guided tour through Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara National Park.

Ngorongoro Crater. I’ve wanted to go here for about a decade

In these parks, I’ll practically be seeing all of Noah’s Ark - Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, White Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Antelope, Crocodile and Pink Flamingos are all fair game. From here I’ll have a day Serengeti National Park, checking out the wildebeests, before moving on to Kenya.

Serengeti
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