There are 15.9 million hectares (over 60,000 square miles) of mangrove forests in the warm waters of tropical oceans all over the world. Tanzania is home to one of the largest mangrove systems in the world.
At the intersection of land and sea, mangrove forests provide a safe haven and support a wealth of life, from starfish to people, and may be more important to the health of the planet than we ever realized.
Mangroves live life on the edge. With one foot on land and one in the sea, these botanical amphibians occupy a zone of desiccating heat, choking mud, and salt levels that would kill an ordinary plant within hours. Yet the forests mangroves form are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth due to their excellent adaptive skills. Birds roost in the canopy, shellfish attach themselves to the roots, they act as a nursery for a variety of fish as well as a number of small creatures that can be spotted around and amongst them.
This tour entails walking on the scenic, sandy beach on a low tide to explore the mangrove systems, looking in the small pools created and spotting a number of different animals and plants. Not only is it a beautiful stroll but it is also an eye-opening experience to see how much life can be found amongst the forests. Or you can opt to snorkel through the mangroves on the high tide where you can see small fish, crabs and several other species hiding out in their nursery.
These tours are weather and tide dependent