Tarangire – Baobabs and Birds

Tarangire – Baobabs and Birds Tarangire is often overlooked by visitors to Tanzania more intent on the better known Serengeti or Ngorongoro Crater, but it is a park that has a surprising amount to offer. Declared a National park in 1971, Tarangire covers an area of 2,850 km sq. One of the park’s main features is the Tarangire river which[…]

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Kenya targets poachers

The Kenyan government has recently ramped up its anti-poaching operations; promising that KWS would be deploying 1000 more rangers to reinforce wildlife security efforts. Noting that the country had lost 74 elephants to poachers since the start of 2013 government spokesman Muthai Kariuki said that the rangers would get cutting edge training and equipment. At the same time he made[…]

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3 of Africa’s ‘Seven Natural Wonders’ are in Tanzania

Serengeti and Kilimanjaro National Parks have come out on top in the recently contested 2012 Seven Natural Wonders of Africa Awards. The contest was conducted by the founders of the Seven Natural Wonders based in the United States of America. The exciting news about the inclusion of Serengeti and Kilimanjaro in to the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. There was[…]

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Heavy Rains disrupt travel plans in Tanzania

Hundreds of travellers  were stranded on the road between between Mto wa Mbu and Karatu in Arusha on Sunday after a section of a road was swept away by floods. The section of road affected was one of the busiest for Tanzania’s safari traffic, used by everyone driving between Arusha and Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti. The floods were caused by[…]

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Vultures on Endangered Species List

We were really shocked to learn that both the White-Backed Vulture (Gyps Africanus) and the Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture (Gyps Ruepellii) have been moved onto the Endangered Species List. We’ve got so used to seeing these ugly buggers picking at carcasses that it’s hard to believe their numbers are falling rapidly. But according to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation[…]

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Kenya election results upheld

Kenya’s Supreme Court has upheld the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta in the March 4 presidential election, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said. The court unanimously ruled on Saturday that the election had been conducted in a “free, fair, transparent and credible” manner and that Kenyatta and his running mate had been “validly elected”, Mutunga said. In the lead up period to[…]

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Migration Update

Right now, the Ndutu area of southwest Serengeti is heaving with Wildebeest and zebras. Good rains have meant lush grazing and the number of wildebeest calves seems to be a bit higher than recent years. This has caused them to loiter in the Ndutu area a bit later than usual. The herds can be seen massing in readiness for the[…]

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Maasai Mara introduces Smartcard entry

With immediate effect, the Masai Mara authority (Narok Country Council) in conjunction with a local bank, have launched a Smartcard System to replace the park ticket. The smartcard will be the ONLY accepted mode of payment and access to the Masai Mara National Reserve. You won’t be able to get in without one! To obtain a smart card we need[…]

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