Rift Valley Safari – A True Serengeti Experience

We offer trips to the Serengeti that go beyond the expected, taking travellers closer to the beating heart of the region. Many trips to Tanzania focus solely on the animals which, glorious though the wildlife is, do not form the entire picture. On our Rift Valley Safari Trip we venture far off the beaten track, around the very edges of the park to where the Maasai live. Thus the travellers on our trip also come to see the Serengeti in its human context.

“It is here that the pristine natural world of the Serengeti begins to co-exist with the pastoralist world of the Maasai and the hunter-gather Hadzabe bushmen. This dynamic goes back thousands and thousands of years.”

Tanzania – Wildlife, Landscapes and Nomads in the Cradle of Humanity

Let me hook you up with my brother who is a a wildlife vet in the Serengeti National Park. He lives on the slopes of Mount Meru. Together we will send you on an off-the-beaten-track journey through the Great Rift Valley.

This is more than just a wildlife safari. Your journey will take you through the Massai and Hadzabe region of the rift valley where the pristine natural world of the Serengeti meets the human world of pastoralists and hunter gathers, a dynamic that goes back to the beginning of time.

You will be at a loss to know which takes your breath away more, the majestic landscapes and endless skies, the fascinating cultures or the humbling chance to get up close to my own guaranteed “Big Five”:

Lake Malawi Extraordinaire

Lake Malawi is an African lake that is far from ordinary. Vast, lush, wild and inviting, it offers a wealth of interest to the traveller. Here are a few of the key facts about this stunning natural feature, as outlined in USA Today:

Location and Geography

The eight largest lake in the world, Lake Malawi is the third biggest in Africa and the second deepest. It runs through the Great African Rift Valley and occupies parts of Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique. The lake measures approximately 360 miles north to south and up to 50 miles in width with a surface area of almost 15,000 square miles.

Landscape

Fringed with golden beaches and welcoming coves, there are also remote villages and establishments aimed at tourists, mountain slopes, woods and lush flora around Lake Malawi. The water is mainly placid – there are no tides or currents and few storms, making it popular water sports enthusiasts.

Wildlife

Lake Malawi contains up to 1000 species of fish, more than any other lake in the world. This includes rare tropical fish like the mbuna, plus one may see crocodiles, hippopotamuses and monkeys in and around the lake. There is also a great number of birds, including black eagles and various species of kingfisher.

 

Leisure

Lake Malawi is great for those who love water sports such as swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and fishing. The tourist establishments on the lake will guide and organise activities, whilst small cruise ships also provide tours of the lake. The Malawi Lake Services-operated Llala II cruise liner and in Tanzania, the Songea Ferry transports passengers between ports.
Climate

Visit Lake Malawi during the dry season from May to November, when the climate is warm and pleasant with cool evenings and the vegetation is green and lush. October is best for wildlife viewing. It is hot and wet during the rest of the year and conditions are less settled.

35 Ways To Say Hello In Africa

When travelling around Africa, one of the main pleasures is the contact with the locals.  There are thousands of languages spoken all over the continent, but each one has a word for “hello”.  We look at the ‘African Greetings’ guide by Anouk Zijlma, country by country.
Including the English and French, which many countries also use, here is how to say “hello” in:

Angola
Portuguese:
Bom dia – Good morning
Boa tarde – Good afternoon
Boa noite – Good evening