Irrational wildlife, which is basically wildlife that coexists and is intertwined with human societies and villages, is really rare to find, as most interactions between wild creatures and settling humans don’t end well due to the danger predators present to the livestock and the risk of herbivores ruining the crops.
Animals do what they need to in order to survive, and so do the humans. It is not fault of either beast for wanting to ensure and cement an easy way to get food.
However, when it comes to the East African wilderness, it is possible for humans and animals to live together peacefully.
Here are the top 10 Tanzania destinations for irrational wildlife:
Although many of the birds have flown out the nest and spread across the world, there are still some of the Chagga tribe who remained on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Having kept their culture and language similar to how it has always been, the Chagga tribe has also succeeded in creating efficient and effective irrigation and organic fertilization methods for their crops, managing to secure a decent amount of wealth, especially by their famous white bananas.
There have been sightings of the mysterious Abbott’s Duiker around the general area of Kilimanjaro’s slopes nearby the tribe’s settlements, along with tree hyraxes, servals and the African Civet.
A small town near the edges of the Tarangire National Park called Loibor Siret has common encounters with wildlife such as lions. Although there is a bit of struggle between predators and farmers, people have come up with what’s called a ‘living fence’ made of living acacia trees and chain link fences to use in the enclosures to keep the lions at bay.
Serengeti and Ngorongoro
Villages of the Masai tribe are scattered along the roads between the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, with the ones closet to the paths being a little bit of a tourist trap and the farther ones more ‘authentic’. However, all of them still have their rich culture. Out in the open, giraffes walk through in the quieter parts and zebras graze in the distance.
The relationship of the Hadzabes tribe that resides around Lake Eyasi with the surrounding animals is mostly a predator-prey one whereby the tribe members hunt down cattle and other animals and consume their meat. They’re known for their excellent hunting skills!
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Tanzania and explore these beautiful destinations where you can see animals and humans living together as part of a larger ecosystem.
While you’re in Tanzania, don’t forget to check out the Expert Guide on Selous Game Reserve, a massive reserve that’s unspoiled by tourism and gives you an authentic sneak-peak into the wilderness of East Africa!