In the middle of the Indian Ocean lies an archipelago of 115 islands scattered like giant skipping stones across 1.4 million square kilometers of ocean: the Seychelles. These disparate islands fall largely into two groups: 41 “inner” granitic islands and 74 remote “outer” coral islands or atolls.
From the common wildebeest and zebra to the rare African wildcat and black rhino, Tanzania has one of the highest concentrations of animals in the world and some of its best game parks. Here are fascinating facts about some of its animals that my sister and I learned on safari.
Tanzania in East Africa is among the most biodiverse countries in the world, especially in terms of large mammal intensity. It is home to arguably the world’s best game parks, including elephant-laden Tarangire, baboon-filled Lake Manyara rainforest and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Ngorongoro Crater with an estimated 30,000 animals and the Serengeti, where the migration of about 3 million wildebeest occurs.
Morocco is a colorful country as represented by souks, covered markets that are full of life, grit and magic. It’s also culturally vibrant with Berber and Arab influences, plus membership in both the African Union and Arab League. On a recent trip to Taroudant, a walled city east of Agadir, I was reminded of the country’s colors of culture and Berber past.
The enchanting medina of Marrakech, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as the “red city” for its ancient clay buildings. But it is also full of other colors … as well as colorful characters.
Years ago, when I was studying abroad in Paris for a semester, my New Zealand housemate and I decided to go to Tunisia in northeast Africa for “spring break.” We went to the southeastern island of Djerba and Sahara Desert, baffling locals with our countries of origin.
The island country of Madagascar off the east coast of Africa is wild and teeming with wildlife. While I survived being jumped on by lemurs, I didn’t think I would make it out of the jungle alive.
Think of South Africa and your mind may first go to wine. But it also is amazing country for safaris and the wine comes in handy for them as the wildlife can get up close and personal … sometimes, too close.