Arusha National Park is considered to be a little gem in Tanzania's 'Northern Safari Circuit', just 40 minutes drive from the safari gateway town of Arusha. Many visitors head straight for other nearby safari destinations including Mt Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, without leaving time to visit this scenic park.
This park hugs a beautiful section of South Africa's west coast and incorporates coastline, islets and lagoon wetlands, playing an important role for resident and migratory birds. Much of this Atlantic seaboard is rugged and hostile, but this portion is as gentle as the Atlantic gets. The rocky Postberg peninsula creates sheltered bays and coves and closes around a warm shallow and very inviting lagoon.
Lake Kariba is like an inland sea in a landlocked country. It was created by damming the mighty Zambezi and Nyaminyami - the River God - was most displeased at the harnessing of his powers. Legend has it that Nyaminyami was responsible for the devastating once-in-a-thousand-year flood in 1958, during the building of the massive Kariba dam. Many workers lost their lives but more than 45 years on, the new eco-system provides life in many forms and gives villagers and their livestock constant access to water.