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Tanzania

Story-book wildlife, endless beaches, historical ruins, the tallest free-standing mountain in Africa and fascinating cultures – an adventure in Tanzania can be all of these, and more. Looking for the romance and adventure of a true African safari? You need look no further than Tanzania. Throughout the country, there are exceptional opportunities to experience a wealth of wildlife that weaves its way with breathtaking splendor through the natural tapestry that is Tanzania. The Serengeti and Maasai Mara areas outside represent the last remaining spectacle of large- scale mammalian migration left on earth. This annual event is a movement that has no beginning and no end, starting with birth and ending with death. Imagine over one million wildebeest on the move with pioneering zebra in their thousands preparing the way by eating and flattening tall and less nutritious grasses for the fussy clown of the Serengeti. The gnu prefers its meal short, soft and green. The eco-cycle is completed by the large predators, which feast on the migration, enjoying plenty as the herds pass through their territories and famine when they have gone.

Predators abound and are sustained by the herds. Watch prides of lion with regal and magnificent males sporting handsome manes, and hyena, much-maligned, little understood, hunter par excellence. Finally the spotted cats. The leopard, master of ambush. Witness a hunt by a cheetah, a whirlwind of speed and grace. Family groups of elephant move through the woodlands and plains, helping to maintain the savanna with their huge appetite. Huge Nile crocodiles snatch migrants as they cross rivers en route to their grazing grounds.

You’ll spot hippos wallowing in muddy waterways. Enjoy a boat safari down the Rufiji River past crocodiles sunbathing on the banks in Selous Game Reserve. Be inspired as giraffes glide through the grasses, amongst ancient baobab trees in Ruaha National Park. Gaze upon water birds standing in the shallows around Rubondo Island, or track down chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains that rise up from Lake Tanganyika.

Throughout Tanzania, travelers can choose from a spectrum of hotels, lodges, tented lodges, luxurious tented camps and adventure camps. Hoopoe’s own properties come under the Kirurumu Under Canvas banner, and are strategically located for guests visiting Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, and southern and northern Serengeti. - http://www.kirurumu.net/

Tanzania’s Indian Ocean Swahili coastline is as enchanting as the country’s wildlife. Dream on powdery beaches blanketed by pastel sunrises, while wooden dhows with billowing sails catch the breeze and float by in the distance, just as they have done for millennia.

Kilimanjaro
At 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is flanked by tropical rain forests rising up to heath land, high altitude desert, and capped by snow and glaciers of the summit. Challenge yourself and climb onto the roof of Africa, rewarded by reaching the summit of Africa’s highest mountain and at first light gaze across at distant Mount Meru and the distant plains stretching into Maasailand.

Rich culture
Tanzania’s cultures are as fascinating as its wildlife. Here, you’ll encounter red-cloaked Maasai warriors and can spend time with the semi-nomadic Barabaig near Mount Hanang. Take time to enjoy the experience of a local meal or the rhythms of traditional dance. Makonde carvers will be delighted to have you watch them create art from wood. Chat and barter at local markets in the Usambara Mountains. Let languid coastal rhythms carry you away from the ordinary. There is a rich ethnic and cultural diversity demonstrated by the 126 different languages spoken, variously derived from the four main language groups found in Africa. With their unique warmth and politeness, dignity and richness of their cultures, Tanzanians themselves will make your visit a heartwarming experience.

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