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The leopards of Serengeti can be seen along rivers and in the denser parts of the woodlands. By day, leopards often lounge and nap in large trees with sloping stems. After making a kill, they will drag it back and up into a convenient tree for protection; presumably from lions or hyenas who might steal their catch. A leopard will then return to the tree for several days to feed and rest. The classic pose of a leopard is feet dangling from a large Acacia tortilis tree, fast asleep with a gazelle draped over the tree in front of it.
Unlike lions, leopards are solitary animals throughout their lives. They establish and defend territories, meeting only to mate. Leopards mature at two years old and can have cubs every two years after that. Mothers appear to allow their young into their territory and have been seen to cooperatively hunt with them.
Leopards communicate by roaring and by scent. Their roaring sounds like a person sawing through a very rough piece of wood. Roaring can define their territories or signal that they are alarmed. Leopards also purr and meow similar to domestic cats, but normally only between mother and cubs. Scent marking is done using an anal gland similar to other cats. Marks are sprayed on bushes or trees on or near the leopard’s territorial boundary. They claw at the tree, sharpening their claws, and then spray urine on the tree to mark it.
The Serengeti leopard population appears to be healthy, though because they are so stealthy and reclusive, not as much is known about them as lions or cheetahs. Leopards, because of their stealth and their ability to live on a wide and varied diet, seem to have a relatively stable population across Africa. Serengeti is the best places to see leopards in Africa specifically along the riverine game viewing-tracks. Leopard camouflage makes them extremely difficult to see on the ground, so looking into tall trees with inclined trunks is the best bet for finding a resting leopard.
African leopards exhibit great variation in coat color, depending on location and habitat. Coat color varies from pale yellow to deep gold or tawny, and sometimes black, and is patterned with black rosettes while the head; lower limbs and belly are spotted with solid black. Male leopards are larger, averaging 60 kg (130 lb) with 91 kg (201 lb) being the maximum weight attained by a male. Females weigh about 35 to 40 kg (77 to 88 lb) on average.
Throughout Africa, the major threats to leopards are habitat conversion and intense persecution, especially in retribution for real and perceived livestock loss.
Sure, you’re going to see a brilliant array of wildlife and amazing culture during your Tanzania safari, but you may not realize just how incredible the shopping is as well! When it comes to African safari tours, those who are less outdoorsy may think that this isn’t really the vacation for them, but the accommodations and cultural opportunities offered by these sorts of adventures aren’t designed to only delight those who are passionate about rugged experiences! Shopping during your Tanzania safari can be an experience in and of itself, and we want to provide a few tips to make sure your experience is the best it can be:
- How to pay – When it comes to what money to bring, and what credit to use, you’ll want to use the native currency of Shillings or US currency in bills dated 2003 or after. Bills dated earlier than 2003 may not be accepted by shops and store owners, so making sure to have bills dated later is a great way to prepare. If you plan to pay by credit, we recommend taking along your Visa card!
- Where to shop – Tanzania has a vast and brilliant culture, and the local markets can provide souvenirs you’re not like to find anywhere else in the world. Gift shops and shops inside of your accommodations are where you can go to find your more standard souvenir, but if you’re looking for something unique, you’ll need to check out what the locals have to offer. Shopping in these local shops or from local markets also helps to boost the Tanzanian economy and improve the lives of the Tanzanian people.
- What not to buy – You may see some interesting folk items made from endangered woods or animal products, and we don’t suggest buying these items for a multitude of reasons. Not only does it support the destruction of these natural resources, but bringing them home may provide you some trouble when going through customs.
Tanzania safari vacations aren’t only for the rugged and adventurous, and those looking for a luxury experience will be offered quite a bit by vacationing in Tanzania as well. If shopping is something that you love to do during your vacations, Tanzania provides a gorgeous and interesting experience if you consider a few tips to prepare!
A Tanzania safari vacation is a vacation of a lifetime, and we field a lot of questions regarding how to prepare for your safari and what you can expect during your experience. To answer a few of these questions, we want to outline some of our most common and a few answers you can use to determine if this sort of experience is the one for you! Some of our most common questions are:
- What happens in the case of an accident? – Accidents can happen anywhere, but when travelling in a foreign country, wondering what to do in the case of an accident is common. We can suggest to you things to pack in your own personal first aid kit to carry with you on your safari trip, and we also suggest consulting with your doctor for any other necessities before taking your Tanzanian safari vacation. Should an emergency occur during your trip, travel health care insurance is also recommended to cover any emergency costs.
- What currency should I carry? – Tanzania uses shillings, but we often suggest US travelers carry US currency during your trip. Bills dated after 2003 are recommended, as older bills may not be taken, and the most widely accepted method of credit is Visa.
- What will my visa cost? – You will need a visa to visit Tanzania on your Tanzanian safari adventure, and the costs for this visa vary depending on your location. For US passports, the visa cost is around $100, Canadian passport holders can expect to pay around $75, and EU passport holders will pay $50. The visa can be obtained at your country’s Tanzanian embassy.
- How will I communicate? – The most common languages spoken in Tanzania are Swahili and English, so English speakers will often be able to communicated with Tanzanian natives while shopping, eating, and exploring. A book on Swahili phrases may also be appreciated to bring along on your safari.
There are few experiences like that of a Tanzanian safari, and this is one vacation destination that can leave lasting memories to be treasured by the entire family. Knowing how to prepare for your Tanzanian safari can ensure your trip goes smoothly and the maximum amount of fun is had, which is why we want to make sure your questions are answered and you feel confident about your trip!
The Mwl. Nyerere Golden Award on Science and Technology Achievements” or “Nyerere Golden Award” has announced NYERERE GOLDEN AWARD BEST WOMEN ACHIEVERS IN 2015. The 5 best women were selected from a group that were nominated last year.
Each woman brings great values to the community under the activity that she was identified with and it give us “Nyerere Golden Award” great pleasure to be identify with such great souls of the land.
Zainab Ansell of ZARA Tanzania Adventures has emerged a champion of “Tourism” sector that is predominantly controlled by men and major companies. She has marketed Tanzanian tourism industry to the highest level. Zainab has built schools in the nomadic areas at Ngorongoro to help educate nomadic children and this project has helped hundred of Masai children to get proper and reliable education. Her annual Ngorongoro Marathon project promote the entire country as it attract hundreds of tourists from all over the world.
Devota Mdachi is the Managing Director with Tanzanian Tourist Board (TTB) the first women in that position since Tanzanian independence. Devota has risen from a desk marketing officer to where she is today thanks to her sterling and highest managerial integrity, competitiveness and global exposure. Under her management, Tanzania has seeing the rise of tourism as number one national economic earner surpassing traditional Gold and Cash Crops.
Brigitte Alfred of Brigitte Alfred Foundation, cares for Albino’s orphans. Brigitte has devoted her entire life to care for Albinos as part of her vision for contesting “Miss Tanzania Miss World” pargent that she won in 2012. Alhough she is still at the College in South Africa, Brigitte runs couple of Albinos projects in the Lake Zone and has enabled many Albinos children to get education and safety during the time that their lives are in great danger by building hostels and dormitories for them.
Elizabeth Maro Minde managed Kilimanjaro Woman Information Exchange and Consultancy (KWIECO) that advocate and fight for abusive women. Elizabeth has managed to lead KWIECO as one of the advocacy for women and helped saved families that were separated to be reunited. Children whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS have been helped in KWIECO’s shelter and secure reliable education from Nursery to University Colleges.
Sheila Makindara is the Country Director of ChidReach Tanzania an organizations caring for children from poor and dilapidated backgrounds in Tanzania. Under her management ChidReach Tanzania has emerged as the national organizations providing proper education for the needs. With many intentional accolades and awards at her disposal, Sheila Makindara has become a national figure that represent Tanzania to international fora organized by the UN, US and others major powers.
The five (5) women would be awarded soon together with the BEST Tanzania figure of 2005 whose process of taking place now.
Nyerere Golden Award” congratulate the 5 women for their diligence and contributions to mankind in Tanzania and beyond and call upon others women in Tanzania and Africa to emulate these great women.
Mwl. Nyerere Golden Award on Science and Technology Achievements or Nyerere Golden Award is managed by a Board of Directors that include; Prof. Philemon Sarungi (President Emeritus), Onesmo Alfred McBride Ngowi (President), Godfrey Madaraka Nyerere (Vice President), Prof. Frank Kavishe, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology University of Namibia, Namibia. (Member), Prof. Alfred Ngowi, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology Central University of Bloemfontein, South Africa (Member), Jürgen Daschle, Business Development Director, Siemens Computers (Pty) Ltd, South Africa (Member).
Nyerere Golden Award” was established in 2000 to recognize contributions of Tanzanians and Africans in the science, technology and community.