Tanzania is a country in eastern Africa, about 40% larger than the state of Texas. It has a population of about 45 million people, comprising some 128 ethnic/tribal groups and indigenous languages. Geographically, the northeast is mountainous & includes Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak, the north, west, & southwest contains some of Africa's major lakes including Victoria, Tanganyika, and Nyasa, and the central plateau is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, & Lake Manyara national parks and conservation areas.
We were fortunate to be able to visit all three of these famous wildlife areas, as well as a Maasai village and pastoral area where we met the chief of 16,000 Maasai. NatGeo also gained us access to the incredibly significant paleoanthropological site at Olduvai Gorge where Louis & Mary Leakey discovered the first specimens of ancient pre-humans, including Homo habilis, Australopithecus boisei, and Homo erectus.
Our guides estimated that we viewed over 300,000 wildebeest and 100,000 zebra during birthing season in the southern Serengeti. In addition to seeing the many incredible animals for which Tanzania is famous, we were incredibly fortunate to see very rarely viewed African Painted Dogs and a Narina Trogon.
Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Africa, Great Migration, Lake Manyarar, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tanzania