Tanzania, Africa: My Home and Favorite Places by: Tumsifu Frank

Hi everyone! We have another special guest author for 108 Klicks Around the World. Tumsifu Frank graduated from Moshi University College Of Cooperative and Business Studies (MUCCoBS) in Tanzania, Africa. He is a local with a great appreciation of his country, travel, and humanity. Here, Tumsifu shares with us his favorite places in Tanzania. Enjoy this interesting article of these wondrous places! All photo credits go to: Tumsifu Frank.


Mountain Kilimanjaro is the home to Africa highest and first free standing mountain on the earth. Most visitors go there to get the chance to stand in awe of these majestic snow capped mountain, although it lies only 3 degrees south of equator. You may climb to the summit the Mountain Kilimanjaro from late of June to October during the dry season, and from December to March. Kilimanjaroi has 3 peaks; Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi. The highest point is in Kibo at 5895m which is the 7 summit of the world.


Serengeti rhinos
Serengeti rhinos

Serengeti is the vast treeless plain with over 3 million wild animals roaming the plain. Is the largest national park in Tanzania . The best month for viewing is between December and June, and the annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest takes place in May and early June . The migration is one of the most impressive natural events and the primary draw of tourist in the Serengeti National Park. Large herds of antelopes as well as lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyena, jackals, hunting dog and bat-eared fox are just a few animals that you can witness when you visit the park. Also nearly 500 species of birds have been recorded on Serengeti.


Lion in Ngorongoro
Lion in Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Conservation Area it is located between Serengeti and Lake Manyara National Park. The

Ngorongoro National Park is the home to famous volcanic Ngorongoro creator and one of the popular places for wildlife viewing area. The huge the volcanic creator has a permanent supply of water which draws all kind of animals to stay in this area rather than migrating. You can come here to see the large game and bird watching and also you can come to an interesting conservation of Olduvai Gorge. This is an important archaeological site that has revealed ancient skulls and born fragments that have delivered critical information about early mankind. Ngorongoro crater is the largest intact ancient in the world, nearly 3 million years ago the Ngorongoro volcano was one of the worlds tallest mountains before it exploded and collapsed. Thousands of wild game can be seen on the crater floor including lions, elephants, rhinos, thousands of gazelle, buffalo, but wildebeest and zebra account for half the animals that call Ngorongoro crater home. Bird watching is superb, especially around Lake Mijadi, which attracts flocks of flamingos to the shallow; also hippos can found here.


Olduvai Gorge is an archaeological site situated on the series of fault line; erosion have revealed the fossils and remnant of early mankind. As early as 1911 a Germany professor found some fossil bones while looking for a butterfly in Olduvai. In the later expedition Louis Leakey collected skull fragments, bones, and determined that was as far as 2 millions years old. Tools and hunting weapons approximately one to 1.5 million years ago was discovered in Oldupai Gorge. Another exciting find were famous footprints of a man, women, and child at Laetoli near Oldvupai.


The park has a highest concentration of migration wildlife; wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, hartebeest , eland and lagoon. The park is known well for its highest concentration of elephants in Africa. One of the noticeable highlights of Tarangire is the baobad tree that dot the grass landscape. Arusha National Park has Mount Meru is the one of the beautiful volcano in Africa and the second highest mountain in Tanzania after Kilimanjaro, The summit is reached by a narrow ridge which provides stunning views of volcanic cone lying several thousand feet below in the crater. The ascent is steep, but route passes through parkland forest, a giant heather zone and moorland.


The Gombe is primarily for those who want to get a little beaten and see chimpanzees. It is the work of famous Jane Goodall the British researcher who arrived in 1960 to study wild chimpanzee, and her work turned into what would become the first longest running behavior research program of its kind on the wild. Guided walks take visitors in the forest to observe chimps in the wild. Many species of primates and other animals live in the park, and over 200 species of birds have been recorded in that tropical forest. Hiking and swimming are the popular activities, and the trails leads you also to the water falls in the valley.


Zanzibar consist of the Island of Zanzibar and Pemba, also Zanzibar is called the Island of Unguja. It is the major holiday destination known for its finest, beautiful beaches. This island has some of the best beaches in the world, varying surf depend on what side of the island your on. Visitors will find soft white sand and clear shallow water, along with traditional style boats. Also it known for its history; in Stone Town where you can see the slavery markets, old mosques.


Guest Author Tumsifu Frank
108 KAW’s guest author, Tumsifu Frank

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