Spectrum Guide to Tanzania

Spectrum Guide to Tanzania

Amin, Mohamed and Willetts, Duncan


Book ID 3

See also

Amin, Mohamed and Willetts, Duncan Spectrum Guide to Tanzania, 1992
Extract Date: 1961

National Anthem

Mungu ibariki Africa
Wabariki viongozi wake
Hekima, umoja, na amani
Hizi ni ngao zetu
Afrika na watu wake

Ibariki Afrika
Ibariki Afrika
Tubariki watoto wa Afrika

Mungu ibariki Tanzania
Dumisha uhuru na umoja
Wake kwa waume ma watoto
Mungu ibariki
Tanzania na watu wake

Ibariki Tanzania
Ibariki Tanzania
Tubariki watoto wa Tanzania
God bless Africa
Bless its leaders
Let wisdom, unity
and peace be the shield of
Africa, and its people.

Bless Africa
Bless Africa
Bless the children of Africa

God bless Tanzania
Grant eternal freedom and unity
to its sons and daughters
God bless
Tanzania and its people

Bless Tanzania
Bless Tanzania
Bless the children of Tanzania

Extract ID: 1406

See also

Amin, Mohamed and Willetts, Duncan Spectrum Guide to Tanzania, 1992

Crater Highlands

Although not as spectacular as Ngorongoro, the extinct craters of Olmoti and Empakaai to the North-east are worth a visit for their scenic beauty and sense of solitude. They are not on the regular tourist trail and permission is needed from Ngorongoro Conservation Area HQ before visiting them. Both are reached from the ascent road on the eastern side of Ngorongoro Crater through thick strands of Acacia lahai trees.

To reach Olmoti Crater either ask for directions at Nainokanoka village or take the last track leading left at the end of the village. This will take you past the Ranger Post where you can leave your car and hire a guide for the rest of the thirty minute walk along the cattle tracks through buffalo country to the summit.

From the crater rim at about 3700 metres, eland and bushbuck can be seen grazing the shallow floor of the grassy caldera. Water collects in this natural basin and flows out of the south side as a waterfall, just below the path to the summit. This cascading sheet of water is known as the Munge Stream, named after the Maasai word given to their ceremonial anklets made from the skin of the colobus monkey. The white water falling down the dark escarpment is analogous to the black and white monkey flashing through the high forest branches.

Oddly though, colobus are not found anywhere in the Ngorongoro forest, even though it is quite a suitable habitat. It may be that the monkey has never crossed the open plains from its nearest home, the western Serengeti.

Whereas Olmoti Crater is relatively shallow and dry, Empakaai's 300 metre deep caldera is dominated by a soda lake. Unlike most soda lakes which are quite shallow, Empakaai's measures 85 metres in depth. Even so, familiar waterbirds like the black-winged stilt, cape teal and flamingo still dot its shores.

The crater rim of Empakaai can be walked (32 km, 20 miles), with spectacular views along the entire trek. The walk begins outside of Nainokanoka village, gradually ascending though silent stands of Nuxia, figs, crotons, and the high-altitude Hagenia abyssinica, with its feathery eaves that collect and drip water from the misty atmosphere.

When skies are clear there are views of the still active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai to the north, Lake Natron, and even Kilimanjaro far to the east. From the eastern section of the rim a path leads to the crater floor through woodland where sunbirds feed from bright flowers. Beware - buffalo and bushbuck are not uncommon......

Camping is permitted at ....Empakaai crater, with a number of basic accommodation options...Spring Water is available....All food and provisions should be brought with you.

Extract ID: 3703