Tanzania is a country that many people don’t think about. Did you know that the highest mountain in Africa is Mt Kilimanjaro? It’s in NE Tanzania. The country is south of Kenya and Uganda and right next to the Indian Ocean. We learned that two lakes on the border of Tanzania, Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika, are where the Africa Cichlid fish we always see at the pet stores in the US come from. The Serengeti desert is also in Tanzania.
Things we learned on this safari:
1. Maasai Tribesmen know everything about everything on safaris.
2. It’s always hot or very warm in Tanzania. It’s best to go when it’s late summer or early fall if you don’t want to live with the worst heat or humidity. They have seasons of long rains and short rains.
3. We’re more afraid of wild dog packs than I am of coming across lions.
4. The Swahili words we learned from The Lion King movie are accurate.
5. You see a lot more animals if you hang around the water places like river banks and lakes.
6. Nobody talks about time there. They tell you when they do something based on where the sun is or when it gets dark. Nobody wears watches.
7. Every African animal you ever heard of can be seen on safari in Tanzania. We saw herds of elephants many times, lions, wildebeest, zebras, water buffalo, leopards, rhinos (the scariest animals), hippos- from a distance only, cheetahs, giraffes, crocodiles and so many birds. We did not see gorillas but did see some other primates.
Until next time…
Hasan and Hussain