What we were about to do was one of the things I was most excited about out before coming to this continent. Gorilla tracking in the remaining rainforests in Africa. In theory it’s possible to…
Rwanda is an amazing country. It’s a country of thousands hills and more than a million smiles. We visited Kigali, tracked chimpanzees, saw Lake Kivu and tracked the golden monkeys at Volcanoes National Park. We…
All the books were right: it’s a huge and highly developed city with big modern buildings where you can walk the streets on one of the sidewalks or eat something at one of the many fancy restaurants. A way more serious subject you simply have to visit while in Kigali is the Kigali Genocide Memorial Museum.
One of the most unique experiences in Africa when talking about wildlife is ‘The Great Migration’. More than a million wildebeests migrate throughout the year. According to our research the wildebeests had to be in the ‘Western corridor’ of the park. We started hesitating while we were in the park. Weren’t we too late?
The next morning the Ngorongoro crater was our first highlight of the day. After taking in the views we proceeded to Serengeti National Park. Next to all the pretty things we saw the highlights for me were the gazelles, lions, elephants, hippos and even a leopard in a tree!
Arusha NP is one of the smallest in the area but is known for its diverse scenery: swamps, plains, mountain and the Ngordoto crater. Tarangire National park was the next park on our list. Some books describe this park as one of the few places where you can still admire the African nature the way it was intended.
Since Dar es Salaam isn’t exactly the ‘place to be’ we left early the next morning in the direction of Bagamoyo, a little fishing village 70 km North of Dar. The main purpose of staying here was to acclimatise: have a nice lunch, visit the local fish market, admire old ruins and stay in a lovely B&B.
The boutique hotel is actually a huge beach house with a colonial touch. The Italian owners decorated the seven rooms in a beautiful way. It truly was a paradise. Moreover the location was perfect. When you go down the stairs of the garden you step onto the white beach with palm trees at either side.
After two hours on the boat we arrived in the little harbor of Stone Town. The special thing about Stone Town are all these little alleys that make you feel like your going back in time. There lots of culture and the fact that you can easily walk through this city is what makes it unique in Africa.