Tanzania

Tanzania is a vast country of which the main attractions are the great migration and the Serengeti National Park and the Northern Circuit, Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha, the Southern Circuit including the chimps of Mahale, and the tropical coastline at Zanzibar and Mafia Island.

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South Luangwa photographic workshops with David Rogers.
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During February, the wildebeest gather in the short-grass plains in the southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro and drop their young. It’s an amazing spectacle that attracts a great deal of predator activity, including cheetah. The migration spills into the Ndutu region, and for many photographers, this is the ideal destination as it offers more flexibility and limited off-road driving, which is strictly prohibited inside the national park. At the end of the rains in May, the herds move northwards up into the Grumeti area and then reach the Northern Serengeti and the Masai Mara from July. By November, the herds start moving back southwards following the rains back to the short grass plains.

Quick Facts:

  • The Serengeti National Park (15,000km²) as well as smaller game parks create a seamless wilderness of more than 28,000 square kilometres, home to 70 large mammals and 500 bird species
  • During the great migration up to 500 000 calves are born each year
  • The capital city of Dar es Salaam is the gateway to the Zanzibar Archipelago as well as the reserves which form the so-called Southern Circuit
  • Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest mountain in the world that’s free standing (not part of a mountain range). The highest point is Uhuru Peak at 4877 metres above its southern base or 5895 metres above sea level
  • Lake Tanganyika is one of the great lakes, 72 kilometres wide and 1200 metres deep (the second deepest in the world after Lake Baikal in Russia)

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