Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa slightly south of the equator, ‘’Karabuni Njambo’’ welcome to the natural paradise. Most of the nature is in Tanzania, the overwhelming the Serengeti and the solace nature reserves, the snow-covered Kilimanjaro and the spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian ocean. Tanzania is a country of superlatives that originated in 1964 as a result of union of two independent countries. In the Northern region of Tanzania there is a fascinating region called Arusha, it is regarded as the busiest centre in the area. It is also a starting point of the country’s game reserve.
Arusha is the place where several buses travel to various cities and it’s a good strategic location and that’s why Arusha has developed into the administrative centre of the region, referred to as Tanzania’s shining light. Arusha is one of the first growing cities within Africa and East Africa, it is also an agricultural centre of Tanzania, a fact well demonstrated as you approach the city’s markets Furthermore, on the slopes of on the nearby mountains Meru and Kilimanjaro. Coffee, bananas, maize and vegetables are grown then offered for sale at various markets. Main because of the fertile soils the interior region has been used for agriculture, this was done from the 19th century by both Meru and Masai tribes. A group of the Masai would move from the dry regions and use the agricultural technics of the Meru. As many Tanzanian cities Arusha is a little run down, but tourism is good for its economy and the general standard of living for its population
In Arusha Park, the morning mist hangs around the mountains that is situated between mountain peaks of Mountain Njeru and Kilimanjaro. The Arusha National Parks is one of the most beautiful parks in Africa. The green forest is a play ground for the countless monkeys that habitat there. Around 20 million years according to archaeologists, this land was created due to volcanic activity hence the wonderful craters appearing as well as the impressive volcanic cones. Arusha Park has numerous families of giraffes that roam peacefully across the spacious savanna and make it easy to forget that the red-hot lava once flawed with impunity on this land.
The shallow Mamela are extremely salty so the local wild life cannot drink there, however several animals inhabit the area, around the several lakes located in this region. On the water large groups of flamingos, pelicans, herons and waders converge during their travels. The also rhinos in this park, but due to poaching rhinos almost became extinct and the elephants were treated into the hills. Right now, major conservation is a priority within the park to protect the species.
When travelling to Kilimanjaro, there is Arusha Airport that offers sight seeing to the most famous and the highest mountain in Africa. Kilimanjaro is a giant with less than three peaks. Our pilot was a charming young lady who flies the aircraft in a large ark above. The former active volcanic area that extends around enigmatic mountain. It is essential to maintain a wide sweeping approach as the aircraft has to maintain a height of up to 5000 metres. Suddenly as continue flying ahead, the famous mountain covered in snow appears in front of us and you can look at a sea of clouds. When the missionary Johannes Redman first spoke of the mountain covered in snow that he had seen in Africa no one believed him. Although the highest free-standing mountain was indeed a reality, its base has a gash of 60 kms and its height right up to the snow-covered summit measured 6000 meters. There are many myths and stories surrounding Mt Kilimanjaro that Queen Elizabeth gave the mountain as a birthday present to her cousin the emperor of Germany.
The Masai have lived in this area for long time, as we continue travelling in the western direction in the vast natural wonders of Tanzania. The first leg of our journey was well planned as we continued to evidence the existence of the Masai settlement in this region for a very long time. We drive past them with their cattle, they also do agriculture practises they learnt from the Meru people We continued to pass small villages on the road gradually influenced by the 21st century.
Directly at the steep slopes of the East African ditch suddenly appears like a wall is the lake Manyara. The Alkaline lake that is situated 900 meters above sea level, its sizes varies according to the weather, it is dry or rainy season. This small Lake nature reserve can only be accessible by Jeep. Its wild life has mixture of speeches that are typical of Africa. A hippo pool is always a popular focal point, here it is possible to observe these slow and lazy looking creatures. Though from close encounter the first impressions can be deceptive.
In addition, the plants of the savannah are grazed by the animals that live in close proximity of Lake Manyara. During the rainy season there is abundance of fresh grass. Many bird varieties while they are on their travels and they enjoy shallow expanses of fresh water. The park’s name is derived from a Masai word called emanyara that describes the poisonous bush. Its strong branches are used by the local people to make fences. The swampy forest on the slopes of the rift valley features five different types of trees. It is also a popular habitat for monkeys, it is an impressive area that offers untapped nature. Many tourists that have enough disposable income there are many places that offer tremendous accommodation. There many accommodations that are blended into the atmosphere or the natural surroundings.
At the edge of the ditch there is a swimming pool with magnificent view and wonderful atmosphere. This is relaxing tranquil spot and unique habitat for myriad of colourful animals that live near. It is the Africa of romantic novels with vast wilderness and landscape that conjures up images of nothing else but paradise