The Northern Serengeti is dominated by woodland, and during the heaving rains it seems virtually empty. Rain is heavy and you can hear and feel the storm clouds overhead stimulating the migration to the North.
The Tanzanian landscape
The landscape here is a lush green with beautiful coasts, lakes, mountains and game parks. High Plains, savannahs and valleys alternate unexpectedly.
Everywhere are wild animals, not only within the park boundaries. The animals can be easily seen in the national parks and game reserves. You will need some patience with the rarer species though because the animals live in the wild and are not bound to fixed locations.
Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and is bordered by Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. Tanzania lies on the Indian Ocean surrounding the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.
The official name of Tanzania is Jamhuri ya Mwungano wa Tanzania, United Republic of Tanzania. The country was formed in 1964 by the merger of the then Tanganyika and Zanzibar. The legal system in this democratic republic is the British model, supplemented by Tanzanian and Zanzibari input.
Leopards of Tanzania
You will find animals appear, disappear, and reappear within a moment’s notice. In an instant a leopard jumps onto a low tree branch and settles. Staring into the thicket below watching intently as her mate approaches.
The African leopard (Scientific name: Panthera pardus pardus) is the nominate subspecies of the leopard, native to many countries in Africa. It is widely distributed in most of sub-Saharan Africa, but the historical range has been fragmented in the course of habitat conversion.
Leopards have been recorded in North Africa as well.
The long rains create dramatic landscapes. Even a less photogenic Marabou stork can look graceful against the intense East African sky.
East Africa is well known for the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain.
The crown jewel of Tanzania… Mount Kilimanjaro. Set high in cloud cover she shows herself only briefly, still covered in snow. The mountain of Kilimanjaro stands at 5,893 metres (19,334 ft) at its highest point.
It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world and is situated in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It has three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. it is rightly called ‘the roof of Africa’.
Tanzania has the highest point but also the lowest point of the continent, which lies at the bottom of Lake Tanganyika (358 m below sea level). The largest lake in Africa is here: Lake Victoria. About 6% of the surface of the land consists of lakes.
The magic of Tanzania is safari. Breathtaking landscapes cover the country. Here is a special sundowner, at Klein’s Camp, Serengeti.
Times for sunrise and sunset in Tanzania won’t differ much all over the year. The reason is the only fair proximity to the equator. So in summer the sun moves slightly to the north and in the winter slightly back to south, but without much change in the distance. E.g. in the Nordic countries of Europe the difference is much more extreme.
As darkness falls, Tanzania comes alive once again!