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We ride through a thick forest. Suddenly my daughter screams stop, please stop. She points to a bush before us. The more I concentrate the more I can see it – a leopard! Amazing catch. I take pictures of it instantly. The cat is hidden in the trees. Still, we manage to observe it for a while. We don't disturb it at the moment. Soon we arrive at the center of the park. We immediately show our catch. Nobody believes us. One ranger says that for 8 years he has worked there he hasn't seen one yet. Well, we show him our evidence.
Perhaps it would surprise you that hippos are considered among the most dangerous animals in Africa. Many of the local inhabitants have at least one death in the family caused by hippo. This massive creature has almost no pigment, therefore it must remain in water for days. It washes itself with its tail. Their body makes them mistakenly slow. They can, however, run up to 30 km/h. If it manages to catch a human it can easily split a man into two halves.
We set off to Ngorongoro National Park as early as at 7 a.m. Prior to that, however, we take a groupd picture with the guards of our camp (the Maasai). Our driver, the always smiling Little John, is already waiting for us. Heavy rains left traces on the land slightly before our arrival. We are travelling for about an hour and suddenly we reach the gates of the national park. There is even a visitors’ center. There you can learn a lot of information about the park and its inhabitants. It is nice to see pictures of birds with captions, detailed information on fauna and flora and everything else that might be interesting for you.
So we got some basic knowledge last time. Finally, can we set off. Upon entrance to the park we spotted a herd of elephants. There often peaked baby elephants among grown-ups. Our vehicle was riding slowly on dusty roads. Sometimes he braked slightly. Thus, we could take pictures easily. I would like to make a remark of one classy new feature – there are electrical plugs in the car. Therefore, we can charge our cameras, phones, etc. Usually, there are six people on a safari ride. You have to take turns at charging. Fortunately, there were only two of us – me and my daughter. It was much more pleasant.
Today we go far far away. We set off to places where I fulfilled my dreams of taking pictures of wild cats. I wished for a flight to Africa a long time ago. Tanzania was my first choice. I took my daughter to safari. I made preparations ahead, read some basic information about the country, flora and fauna, the latter being the most interesting for me.
Except the classic exotic destinations such as Thailand, Cuba or the Dominican Republic has become increasingly more people goes to beautiful places of the black continent. Exactly such a location is divine island of Zanzibar, which smells of cloves and white beaches washed by the warm Indian Ocean.
Each year thousands of animals migrate across the huge national parks of Tanzania. In this African country live 20 percent of all African animals - Tanzania is the only country in the world that has more than 25 percent of the protected area.
"Serengeti must not die!" Zoologist Bernhard Grzimek addressed world public in such way in 1959. This was a challenge for rescue of Serengeti Nature Preserved National Park.
Everlasting snow on equator - this was shocking news for inhabitants of Europe, which brought Johannes Rebmann, German missionary, who saw in 1848, as the first white man Kilimanjaro Mountain. Nevertheless, the aborigines are afraid of this giant, covered with ice, as a mountain of bad demons, even at present, as nobody of them had the courage to mount up to the top.
United Republic of Tanzania
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