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The Great Wildebeast Migration

Tanzania is the land of giants!

The country itself is the largest in east Africa and shares the largest and deepest lakes in Africa while within its boundaries stands the highest mountain in Africa – Mt. Kilimanjaro. The largest game reserves - Serengeti to the north and Selous in the south among others, make Tanzania like Kenya, a great safari country. With a land mass of 937 000 sq km, close to a quarter of the country is protected for wildlife.

The beauty of Tanzania is not only seen in its wildlife reserves. This destination presents a truly unique blend of scenery, human culture and prehistory. Tanzania’s population is made up of more than 120 different tribes, reflecting a rich cultural diversity.

The Great Rift Valley cuts through the length of Tanzania and in it are found numerous lakes that support a great variety of birds, flora and fauna. Olduvai Gorge, also called the 'Cradle of Mankind' neighboring the Ngorongoro crater, is world famous for the archaeological discoveries that were made there. It arose interest in the archeological world as early as 1911, when German Professor Katurinkle, whilst looking for butterflies in the gorge, found some fossilized bones. Dr. Louis and Mary Leaky then discovered here the skull of Australopithecus-Zinjanthropus boisei - the nutcracker man who according to them, lived in the lower Pleistocene Age around 1,750,000 BC.

Tanzania was formed from the union of Tanganyika and the spice island of Zanzibar. But centuries back, Vasco da Gama had arrived in Zanzibar in 1499 presenting an opportunity for the Portuguese to enter East Africa and establish trade posts. Other European countries got wind of this attractive and virgin land and the following centuries saw other explorers such as Dr. David Livingstone visit East Africa. It is in Tanganyika that Dr. Livingstone and Stanley met with that famous phrase: ‘Dr. Livingstone I presume?’

Later on under the rule of the Omani Kingdom Zanzibar became a bustling centre for slave, spice and ivory trade. This left a major impact on the culture of the people of the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, most of who subscribe to the Moslem religion and culture. Today, Zanzibar has become a popular tourist resort. Mention the name ‘Zanzibar’ and in the mind comes visions of narrow streets, hanging balconies, old coral and lime buildings with huge intricately carved doors, traditional dhows, the compelling aroma of spices and a hospitable people.

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