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TANZANIA VOTED SECOND TOP SAFARI DESTINATION IN AFRICA

TANZANIA VOTED SECOND TOP SAFARI DESTINATION IN AFRICA

As we come to an end of 2019, we can close the 2019 curtains a little happier knowing that Tanzania has maintained its position prior to last year as being the second best safari destination in Africa coming to a close call with Botswana.

Tanzania has maintained a high rank of being one of the best safari destinations  throughout the years because of its wide diversity of wildlife in its natural wonders like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, the unique flora and fauna, and the luxurious glamping experiences found in the most scenic and breath taking locations in the wild.

Ngorongoro crater
Inside the Ngorongoro crater (photo source: Tanzania tourist board)

 

The Great Migration

So I did a little deep reading and found that one of the major reasons Tanzania is ranked as one of the top safari destinations is the Great migration. Dont get me wrong, the wild life, the 16 national parks and the 17 game reserves also have a lot to do with the country’s  status and its high rank, but the great migration just takes the cake as one of the most fascinating natural wonders.

photo source: Tanzania tourist board

What is the great migration?

The great migration is simply the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala. These animals move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. It is believed that the movement involves about half a million wildebeests, hundred thousands of Zebras and numerous antelope species looking for greener pasture.

Why does the great migration happen?

The sole purpose of the great migration is to follow the rain fall for greener pasture. This is tricky since like the rains in Africa, it is hard to constantly track the animals movements because they move in a zig-zag form. Their route is normally specific which is generally from the Southern to the Northern part of the Serengeti and back around.

There are usually predators along the way such as lions, cheetahs and crocodiles that prey on these animals. Its just an overall breath taking experience to witness all this.

Photo source: Discover Africa

When is  the best time to view the Great migration?

July-October:

So this time is usually when the wildebeests are in the Northern part of the Serengeti and you can get to see Thousands of wildebeests crossing the Mera River.

December- March:

This is the calving season. The Wildebeests are usually at the Southern part of Serengeti, specifically the Ndutu area in Ngorongoro. February is normally the only time when you are almost guaranteed to see the big herds as they come South for the calving season. Seeing the mothers deliver their young calves and seeing the little ones learn to walk and get the first glimpse of life is quite an emotional and breath taking scene.

Photo source: Art of Safari

 

If you plan to visit Tanzania soon, please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to assist you with all the information and travel requirements that you will need. Take care and safe travels!

Your Rafiki blogger here,

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7 MUST TRY TANZANIAN DISHES FOR A FOODIE LIKE YOU.

7 MUST TRY TANZANIAN DISHES FOR A FOODIE LIKE YOU.

Food is by far one of my favorite topics to talk about! I love good food and from a young age my uncle taught me to be explorative about my food and not be afraid to try new things. If you are a foodie like me and also enjoy trying new dishes from different cultures then this article will be of help to you. I decided to write about popular foods in my native country as a pre-guide for travelers who plan to visit Tanzania in the future.

One important fact most people dont know is that due to the influence of foreigners in the country, Tanzanian cuisines have a touch of  Indian, Portuguese, British, Arabic and German styles which makes the food even more exotic. Get those test buds ready and lets begin!

 

Ugali

Ah yes! Tanzania’s national dish. Ugali is not only popular in the country but throughout the East and even some of the Southern African countries such as Zambia and Zimbabwe. Why the dish is popular, I honestly have no idea. This native food is prepared by mixing wheat flour  with water under moderate heat steering it until it is hard and sticky (people call it the wheat cake), what makes the dish desirable is the sauce served with it, Ugali is normally served with fish(stewed or fried), maharage(swahili for beans), vegetables, meat, you name it. There is this stereotype that Ugali is a masculine food hence preferred by Men, obviously that is not true, anyone can enjoy this African delicacy.

 

Wali Maharage

Carbs is a staple part of Tanzanian diet, so do not be surprised that rice and beans (wali na maharage in swahili) is one of the most popular dishes in the country. I know what you’re thinking,” that’s not exotic! I could make that at home!” But what makes this dish unique is the way it is prepared. The beans are prepared by adding beautiful aromatic East African spices while the rice is cooked in coconut milk and oil. The mix of flavors brings an amazing aroma and unique taste to the overall dish.

 

Chapati

My favorite! It is similar to the Indian flat bread or Roti but it is made without yeast or baking powder. Chapati is a delicacy mostly preferred to be eaten during breakfast served with soup(beef or any other meat) or with a bowl of beans and tea, its all based on preferences. Chapati can also be served for dinner or lunch, there are no rules honestly so go crazy with it.

Tanzanian doughnuts (Locally known as maandazi)

These are not your regular chocolate creamy sprinkled Krispy Kreme doughnuts, these are far more guilt free. The doughnuts come in different shapes. There is the traditional spherical doughnut shape,rectangular shapes, square, trapezium, you name it. The doughnuts are normally fried in a pan (since most Tanzanian house holds do not have baking ovens), and they are delicious. Similar to chapati, Tanzanian doughnuts are mostly labeled as breakfast food.

 

Makande

A popular food especially for certain tribes in Tanzania such as the Nyakyusa. My mom loves this dish, It is uniquely prepared by mixing beans, maize, coconut milk and certain kinds of vegetables such as bell pepper(optional). I am also a fan of this food especially when prepared with coconut milk. The milk brings a buttery taste and texture to it. If you want to be a bit more explorative you can add a few table spoons of sugar and a little bit of butter and steer it. Delicious!!

 

Zege

Zege is a local name for french fries mixed with eggs and it is a popular delicacy among Tanzanians, especially the youth. the Zege can be served on its own or with vegetables such as cabbages or a mix of salads. Meats like beef skewers, fish, chicken are also popular options. It is downright delicious, I normally save this dish for my cheat day.

 

Pilau

Pilau is a popular Tanzanian rice dish which is prepared  by cooking in stock or broth, adding spices, and other ingredients such as vegetables or meat. To be more specific this is a popular family Sunday meal. Im not exaggerating when I say almost 80 percent of Tanzanian house holds prepare this meal on Sundays, why? I have no idea, I guess there is this perception that it is the perfect weekend food, or maybe its because it takes so much time to make that people just prefer to prepare in the least busiest day of the week.

All this food talk is making me hungry, luckily my Lunch break is a couple of minutes away. I hope you will make the most of your trip when you visit Tanzania and be as explorative as you can when trying new food. Of course you do need to be cautious especially with the environment where you eat for obvious health reasons.  But apart from that, let your taste buds discover new flavors that you did not even know existed. Be adventurous, be daring and most importantly have fun!

If you have any questions,or travel enquiries please do not hesitate to contact us. Take care and Enjoy your meal!

 

Your Rafiki blogger here,

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TRAVEL ITEMS YOU DO NOT NEED

TRAVEL ITEMS YOU DO NOT NEED

If you are a frequent traveller then I’m certain you have experienced a situation once in a while where you carry something and not once do you use it in your trip, and its even worse if the item is heavy, a total waste of space in your suit case.

It can be really tricky when you are choosing what to carry and what to leave behind. But it’s not impossible, below I prepared a small list of items that are definitely not a carry on necessity and will probably help you reduce a few kilos from your suitcase and save you from the extra weight charges.  Here we go!

Soap and shampoos

Unless you are travelling to the wilderness with no access to civilization you do not need to carry  a soap bar or a big bottle of shampoo. Even if you wont be staying in a hotel, fat chance is there will be numerous retail stores where you can get a bar of soap or a bottle of shampoo for a very cheap price. And of course you will be saving yourself from unnecessary accidents, the last thing you want in your trip is a suitcase drooling with shampoo.

 

Multiple pairs of shoes

Honestly this is one of my biggest struggles, I dont know when to stop packing for shoes, even if its a short trip. But recently I adopted a simple hack. Carry one casual pair, a pair of slippers or sandals, and if you will be attending a fancy occasion then carry one formal pair of shoes. You do not need more than 3 pairs of shoes, especially if you will be travelling for just a few days or a week. I love sandals because they can be worn both casually and indoors.

 

 

Too many books

The readers out there know exactly what I’m talking about. It can be very tricky to just carry one book especially if you are travelling for vacation. But you need to be realistic here. Based on my experience I will carry two or three books and end up reading just one, or in some incidences I found better books in the hotel lounge and end up reading them instead of the books I carried. Save yourself from the strain by carrying just one or two books utmost.

 

Too many electronics and gadgets.

I can’t relate to this but I know some of you will. Carrying more electronics on a trip simply means more charging equipment. Depending on where I’m travelling I normally just leave my laptop at home. I know that is a big ”N-O” for some of you who need your laptop no matter where you go, and its okay. What you can do is try limiting how much electronics you carry because fat chance is you wont use that hair straightener or hair dryer. You also might not need a portable clothing iron if you iron your clothes before your trip, and you may obviously not get a chance nor time to plug in your play station,so really think about what you need and what you don’t.

 

Too many pairs of clothes

Sometimes its good to carry an extra pair of t-shirt or jeans, but some people over do it. You ever see those memes of people packing an oversized suitcase for a day trip? I’ve met similar people in real life. The best thing is to count the days of your trip based on the number of your outfits and carry one or two extra outfits. You will save yourself from unnecessary loads of useless clothes.

 

Feel free to apply these suggestions for your next journey, I personally have benefited greatly by making changes on my packing habits, I hope this will make a difference to you as well. Do you have anymore travelling tips? Please leave a comment below.

If you are planning for a trip soon please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be more than happy to help. Take care and safe travels!

 

Your Rafiki blogger here,

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