Tanzania gets chat show host talking

30th Jul 2013

The majestic beauty of Tanzania and Kenya's Serengeti Plains has left one of the world's most famous TV chat show hosts with plenty to talk about.

Multi-dollar billionaire Oprah Winfrey has been tweeting the praises of the African ecosystem, which for decades has been wowing wildlife lovers on specialist tours.

Like Winfrey, holidaymakers on group tours have fallen in love with the 30,000 km² (18,641 miles²) habitat.

This vast area boasts over 1.6 million herbivores and thousands of predators, with wildebeests, zebras, buffalos and gazelles the most common.

It is home to a raft of other fascinating, exotic animals, including lions, cheetahs, hyenas, ostriches and warthogs.

Tourists to the region enjoy the famous migration of animals that occur every year.

Almost 1.5 million herbivores move towards the southern plains, crossing the Mara River around October, from the northern hills in search of rains, before returning in April.

The Serengeti region contains the Serengeti National Park, the Maswa Game Reserve and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania and Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Winfrey, 59, told her Twitter fans she was about to enjoy a slap-up meal on the Serengeti Plains.

It came just after she savoured what she said was her "favourite experience on Serengeti: Sunrise in Hot Air Balloon. A SuperSoulSunday moment indeed!"

Winfrey is no stranger to the African continent. She celebrated her success by founding a boarding school in a small town outside of Johannesburg in South Africa.

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