© 2019 by Kyle de Nobrega

TANZANIA

It is unsurprising how many people fall in love with Tanzania and keep returning year after year to immerse in the vibrant and friendly culture as well as within the seemingly endless menu of some of the greatest wilderness regions on the continent.

Tanzania really has one of the broadest arrays of habitat and species diversity in Africa. Massive species of Alpine plants such as the Giant Lobelia exist on the glacial slopes of Africa tallest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, a mountain capped with white snow that straddles the African equator. On the eastern fringes of the country is the longest fresh water lake in the world, full of multi colored cichlid fish that epitomize evolutionary diversification. The forest fringes along the steep shorelines are home to eastern Chimpanzees which have proven to be some of the easiest to view in Africa due to their preference of being more terrestrial due to a lack of continuity of the forest canopy. Places like Mahale NP will blow your mind away, not only for the most incredible chimpanzee experience, but for being in one of the most stellar locations on the continent.

Perhaps it is the vast swathes of intact Savannah grasslands and woodland that make the country famous for being a favored safari destination. It has also in recent years proven how effective philanthropy and community-involved conservation can be for the wilderness regions that are constantly being encroached upon by herders and livestock. Singita Grumeti and Legendary Expeditions have some of the most remarkable private reserves in the country with equally inspiring turn around stories.

Due to her popularity, Tanzania requires a bit of creativity to get away from the crowds and support enterprises that are pushing for a sustainable future for the wilderness. Without doubt, it is a country rich with the old spirit of safari and symbolizes in every way why we choose to come on safari in the Africa.