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Sumitting Tanzania’s Mt Meru

A gruelling three day climb to reach the peak of Mt Meru – Tanzania’s 2nd highest peak.

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China, Tanzania and the blood ivory blacklist

An update on the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) report that showed Tanzania as a key player in the illegal ivory trade.

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Tanzania’s top 7 diving sites

7 places to consider for amazing underwater adventures in Tanzania.

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The Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism of The United Republic of Tanzania, Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu

Tanzania refute claims to evict 40 000 Maasai from their land in Ngorongoro

The government of United Republic of Tanzania says they have never had any plan to evict the Maasai people from their ancestral land.

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40 000 Maasai told to leave homeland as hunters move in

Tanzania has been accused of reneging on its promise to 40 000 Maasai pastoralists by going ahead with plans to evict them and turn their ancestral land into a reserve for the royal family of Dubai to hunt big game.

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The Serengeti – a place within us all

The Serengeti is a place that is hard wired into our DNA and it’s a place that we all have to visit, if possible more than once.

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Lion cubs play mechanic

Lion cubs play mechanic on a safari vehicle in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater.

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Chinese criminal syndicates and corruption behind Tanzania’s elephant meltdown

A new report reveals that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, a trade which has caused half of Tanzania’s elephants to be poached in the past five years.

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Video footage emerges showing why Tanzanian hunting company was banned

Motherboard has gotten its hands on some horrifying video footage of hunting and wild animal abuse in Tanzania with a company known as Green Mile Safari.

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Loiborsoit Village game scouts

Help save Tanzania’s woodlands by sponsoring a bee-keeping project

Alamnyak Thaddeu has big plans for a bee-keeping project in his Loiborsoit community in Tanzania.

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Social media’s impact on conservation issues

A look into the role that social media plays in conservation issues in Africa.

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The Serengeti highway battle won, the war with the courts continues

The battle against the construction of a highway through the Serengeti has been won yet the war still continues as there are potholes in the verdict.

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Primatologist Dr Jane Goodall ©AFP

Great apes face extinction, Goodall

According to Dr Jane Goodall, the loss of habitat and climate change will see that the great apes: chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, orangutans and gibbons are pushed to extinction in coming years, if people don’t act soon.

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Watch as Alison Nicholls helps in the painting of a school in rural Tanzania.

Where is the lion’s eye?

Watch as Alison Nicholls helps in the painting of a school in rural Tanzania.

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A rare melanistic serval sighting

Africa Geographic encounters a rare melanistic serval in Tanzania’s Mkomazi National Park.

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An Irishman cycling through Africa

32-year-old Irishman, Derek Cullen, talks about his great solo cycle up Africa – from Cape Town to Cairo.

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An elephant in the Mikumi National Park, which borders the Selous Game Reserve, in Tanzania.  © Daniel Hayduk

Alleviating poaching by sidestepping Tanzanian government

Tanzanian game ranger discusses his fears about the rise in elephant poaching in Selous Game reserve.

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Driver training in Tanzania

See what it takes to conduct off-road driver training with a group of driver guides in Tanzania.

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Breeding group of lesser flamingos, known as a creche. Photo © Anup Shah. 

Tanzania to mine in world’s most important flamingo breeding ground

Lake Natron may be under threat as Tanzania plans to mine in a flamingo breeding ground that is not only regionally important, but globally.

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The elephant killing fields of Selous

Some 481 miles to the southeast of Tanzania’s iconic Serengeti National Park lies the lesser well-known Selous Game Reserve. But for many species in the Selous, all is far from well. Results from a wildlife census conducted in October and November, 2013, show a dramatic decline in elephants in particular.

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Ivory tusks

Ban on ivory imports into the USA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the intention to stop all commercial trade in African elephant tusks and rhino horn, starting with a suspension on the importation into USA of sport-hunted African elephant trophies taken in Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

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Tanzania’s exploding waters

Tanzania is one country along the East African coastline where dynamite or blast fishing still occurs with massive regularity explains Linda Markovina.

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Amazing Tanzanian local culture experience

Tanzania is well known as one of the best safari destinations in Africa but Tanzania is not only about wildlife and nature. A visit to Tanzania is not complete without meeting the local people and experiencing some of their culture.

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Tanzania sacks wildlife director over incompetence

The Tanzanian government has announced the sacking of the director for wildlife, Alexander Songorwa, for failure to do his work properly.

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21 Tanzanian officials suspended over poaching claims

Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism has suspended 21 Wildlife Department staff for allegedly colluding with poachers to kill elephants.

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Amboni Caves and Lake Chala

Ovelanders Patrick an Chloe visit Lake Chala and the Amboni Caves in Tanzania.

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From coast to mountains in Tanzania

Follow these overlanders as they travel from the coast to the mountains in Tanzania.

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What's a camel worth?

Interview with the Maasai and Samburu tribes to determine their views on owning cows vs. camels accordingly to practicality and tradition.

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The streets of Stone Town in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, with all its clichés that make it out to be the ultimate travel destination, is even better than these travellers expected.

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Adventures in the Udzungwa mountains

Arriving at Udzungwa Mountains National Park in Tanzania, travellers Patrick and Chloe share their experience with us.

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11 species in 1 sitting

Sue Stolberger had an amazing few hours at Ruaha National Park in Tanzania in early August, sighting eleven different animal species in one sitting. Can you guess all the animals in these pictures?

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Journey via Zambia to Tanzania's Katavi National Park

We began the formidable 4 day journey through Zambia and into Tanzania, stopping at Victoria falls during our gruelling  journey. The falls were spectacular; any more adjectives here would just be superfluous. We saw the falls during the dry season

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Magical Malawi

The final day’s cycle in Tanzania was a 158km ride, but one of the most beautiful scenic roues on tour so far. It’s always a little sad leaving a magnificent place like Tanzania, but at the same time the feeling

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Tanzania, in the heart of the rainy season

After a wonderful mini holiday with my dad it was time to say the very sad and emotional good bye. Impressively, I held it together very well while saying farewell to my dad, but I won’t deny that the feeling of

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From Nairobi to Arusha

Nairobi was a fantastic city in which to have a rest day. With well established infrastructure, modern shopping malls, cute cafes, sights to see, activities to do and numerous good restaurants to try, everyone had a busy schedule. The Carnivore

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On the left is a piki-piki; on the right is a bajaji – a motorised tricycle with a covered seating area for up to three people (some of you may be more familiar with the term rickshaw, the bajaji’s Indian equivalent).

Karibu Tanzania!

Processing the boat and us into Tanzania was nothing short of smooth and efficient. Mtwara is southern Tanzania’s largest town and we motored into it late in the night, finding a safe little anchorage next to a large that was

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Maasai locked out of Loliondo

The Loliondo Game Controlled Area (LGCA), one of Tanzania’s most well-known Maasai community concessions and wildlife destinations is in the spotlight as local stakeholders and outside financial interests clash over its natural resources. These tensions are not new, and given

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A guided tour through Gombe Stream National Park

Having only been awarded the protective status of National Park in the late 1960s, the significance of Tanzania’s smallest forest reserve was, for a long time, unrecognised. Had this transition not taken place, the world might today be oblivious to

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All-female Team Climbs Africa’s Highest Peak with Help of UN World Food Programme

WFP News Release JOHANNESBURG – They have conquered the world’s highest mountain. They have climbed the highest peaks in Europe and Australia. Now, seven Nepali women – members of the most successful all-female team ever to scale Mount Everest –

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Top 10 most romantic destinations in Africa

I am a hopeless romantic at heart. It’s a symptom I inherited at birth when my mother decided to deliver me to this world on Valentines Day. Ever since then my birthday has become sidelined for love. Why not a

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Tanzania Withdraws Proposal to Downlist Elephants

Earlier this year Tanzania applied to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) for permission to hold a one-off sale of 101 tonnes of stockpiled ivory and to reduce protection for its elephant

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10 Essential Things to do on Safari in Tanzania

1. Witness the migration – nothing compares to seeing hundreds of wildebeest thundering by in unison across the plains. 2. Bird watching – try any of the amazing parks for great diversity in the bird life. 3. Visit the incomparable

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In a Chimp’s World

In a Chimp’s World

We have been walking for only 10 minutes when a deafening scream silences the chirping, buzzing and other forest sounds that surround us. The calls act as beacons. As does the walky-talky Emmiti, our guide, carries to communicate with other

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annual wildebeest migration masai mara kenya

5 point Guide to Understanding the Great Wildebeest Migration

Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest have begun to surge across the mighty Mara River, in a migration crossing that is truly one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. Often portrayed as an event that takes place annually around the month

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Photographs of Tanzanian wildlife

Suspected Albino Elephant sighted in Tanzania

While leading a 
photographic safari through Lake Manyara National
 Park in Tanzania, I happened to come across a peculiar looking elephant. At first, nothing jumped out at as particularly unusual. But on closer inspection, and after zooming in with my

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Hassan II Mosque Morocco Marrakech

Ramadan: Top 8 Travel Tips

This year the Muslim holy month of Ramadan falls between the 20th of July and the 18th of August 2012.  Ramadan dates change every year because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle.  Throughout north Africa including Morocco

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