Monthly Archives: January 2015

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On the footprints of the Great Migration

Serengeti Great Migration

Destination Serengeti! Depending on the season, you might see the Great Migration – one of the most incredible experiences you can try in Tanzania. Every year, the endless Serengeti National Park becomes the scenic frame where more than 2 millions wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate looking for greener pasture. If this sounds to you like a good plan, you can ask our safari experts about it; and have a look at our calendar.

From December to March

Big herds of herbivorous concentrate in Ndutu region and Ndutu Lake, part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and continuation of Serengeti South. Ndutu Safari Lodge is a good option for accommodation.

From April to May

It’s rainy season, and despite the weather these months are a good option if you prefer to travel in low tourist season. The migration moves to Serengeti South, Western Corridor and Serengeti central. Many hotels are located here, like Sopa.

From July to October

The right place is Northern Serengeti, along Mara River. You can reach it from Arusha, the starting point of many safaris in the Northern Circuit. Because of the position, it is possible to combine the safari with a visit to Lake Victoria and Mwanza town.

From October to December

The herds of herbivorous enter in Masai Mara Park (Kenya) and then, from the end of October, they come back to Southern Serengeti and Ndutu area, where they can be seen from December.

Secret treasures of Pemba Island

Pemba Island

Off the beaten tracks, as first. Pemba, the green island, is the less touristic corner of the Archipelago of Zanzibar – mostly covered by rainforest and surrounded by lagoons, where the sea looks as an incredible emerald ocean.

The quiet population are mainly farmers and fishermen, proud of their land and their tradition; welcoming towards small scale tourism, much less towards the mass one. Long roads crossing endless forests, totally unspoilt beaches, just a few cars, small towns… this is what you are going to see in Pemba.

Environmental and cultural treasures are many, and still well hidden many times. Let’s try to discover them.

Looking for Pemba Flying Foxes…

These giant bats are the most famous endemic species. Several colonies are spread around the island, even nearby places where humans live. One is at the archaeological site Kidike, so a visit is worthing for more than a reason. Another very large one is in the town of Wete, nearby the port, where at sunset you can see hundreds flying foxes floating in the air.

Beaches & Forests

A nature walk in Ngezi Forest will surprise you in many ways. This is a majestic indigenous rainforest, full of birds and wildlife: over thousand-years trees all around, in a very special atmosphere that you can’t find in many other places in the world. After crossing the forest, take some time to walk along Vumawimbi beach, one of the favourite places where local people spend the week-end.

Diving and snorkeling at the coral reef

Many smaller islands surround Pemba, and many of them are in coral reef areas. One most famous is Misali, but there are many more unspoilt corners that are excellent locations to see the rich marine fauna of the Indian Ocean: it’s possible to see as many as 400 types of fish, and a huge array of pelagics. Colorful tropical fishes, extraordinary corals and other creatures are very near… even if you’re just a snorkeler for hobby.

The factory of essential oils

You will need a good guide in order of booking a visit to this special secret place! Here spices of the island are used to produce extraordinary oils… probably the best souvenir that you can bring back home, to remember the magic Pemba from its typical fragrance.

Gombe Stream. On the tracks of chimpanzee

There’s so much to see in Tanzania, and some explorations can be a once in a lifetime experience for real. If you have time to travel to the far areas in the North West, close to the Tanganyika Lake, you can’t miss one of the most extraordinary spots: the Gombe Stream National Park.

Chimpanzee - Gombe Stream

Very off the beaten tracks, Gombe Stream is a tiny stripe of land which is habitat for the man’s closest genetic relative – the chimpanzee, that in this area are very used to the contact with humans. This is the place where, in the sixties, Jane Goodall started a pioneering research work about them.

Chimpanzees share about 98% of their genes with humans, and no scientific expertise is required to distinguish the individual repertoires of pants, hoots and screams… it will be an unforgettable encounter, where you will be surprised by the intelligence and expressivity of these animals.

Aside, it is possible to see other rare primates, such as beachcomber olive baboons, while red-tailed and red colobus monkeys – the latter regularly hunted by chimps. Last but not leasr, the park’s 200-odd bird species range from the iconic fish eagle to the jewel-like Peter’s twinspots.

At the end of your busy day, you will enjoy a dazzling night sky and the lanterns of hundreds of small wooden boats, sailing across the lake.