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IMAGES Top: Elephant sightings are commonplace and often close-up. Above, left: Breeding herds of Cape Buffalo can be found in all the National Parks. Above, right: A lioness tucks into a freshly-killed Zebra.

TRAVEL LOG:

Unguja, Pemba and Mafia Islands, Tanzania Getting there There are regular flights from European cities to Dar-es-Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar.

Getting around Coastal, Safari Airlink, and Auric are the best for internal flights.

Water temperature From 26-30°C depending on time of year / location.

Currency Tanzanian Shilling for local payments. Cards accepted at resorts subject to a processing fee. All dive resorts, hotels and safaris are priced in USD.

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Apart from the wildlife safaris, visiting Stone Town’s historical and cultural attractions.

Where to Stay UNGUJA Sunset Bungalows, Gold Resort and Spa or the new Zuri 5 star boutique resort in Kendwa. Diving with Scuba-Do.

PEMBA

Gecko Eco Lodge and Swahili Divers offer great dive and stay packages. 5 star resorts include Fundu Lagoon and Constance Aiyana, diving with Swahili Divers.

MAFIA

Kinasi Lodge and Pole Pole Bungalows are amongst the best places to stay or try the unique treehouses of Chole Mjini.

third. In total we saw five or six individuals, and during one quiet five-minute spell, a Giant Devil Ray turned up and started doing underwater loop-the-loops lest I get bored. But what about the promised elephants and Lions? Well the socalled Northern Circuit has the world famous and unforgettable Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and its massive migration, and the lesser known but most enjoyable Manyara and Tarangire National Parks. The former is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and home to the lake of the same name with huge flocks of flamingos and pelicans, and its famous treeclimbing Lions. The latter has its massive and fantasy-world baobab trees, herds of elephants, and over 500 bird species. Both are also excellent for most African mammal species and less frequented than the UN World Heritage Site Ngorongoro Crater the only place where Black Rhinos can be found in Tanzania. The south is home to the beautiful and little-visited gem of Ruaha, the continent’s largest National Park. This rolling

wilderness, studded with the great angular-branched baobab trees, and intersected by the Ruaha river, is known for its magnificent elephant population, huge herds of buffalo as well as for other mammals and, in particular, its bird life. The easiest fit for a short safari fix is the enormous Selous Game Reserve, with a wide range of lodge options inside and outside the reserve to fit all pockets. As well as diving and safaris, Tanzania offers incredible trekking opportunities. The 4566-metre Mount Meru in Arusha National Park is particularly steep in parts, and of course there is the climb to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent, atop Mount Kilimanjaro. n

MORE INFORMATION There are hundreds of safari companies but few of them have the combined diving and safari expertise of Africa specialists Indigo Safaris who put together tailor-made trips for budget and five-star lodge travellers alike. Contact Indigo Safaris at info@indigosafaris.com.

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