Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Tarangire
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Thumbs Up! from New Media
Tanzania, East Africa
East Africa contains one of the wildest, most diverse geographies on the
planet. From the snow-covered slopes of Mount Kilamanjaro to the sparkling
shores of the spice islands like Zanzibar and Pemba, Tanzania is a land of
contrasts. It is also home to one of the most fascinating collections of wild
animals, plants, and birds. As a safari destination, it is rivalled only by its
close neighbor to the north, Kenya, and Botswana's
Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Tarangire
is the first in a new series of CD-ROMs focusing on the world's wild places and
the creature that live in them. Filmed entirely on location, and specifically
for multimedia formats, this CD takes you to the African plains of Tanzania in
search of the world's riches collection of primate, animal, and bird
In the Habitats section, interactive maps enable you to explore three of
Tanzania's most famous parks, including their various ecological zones and
animal populations. The Visual Tour is an extended photo-essay covering more
than 75 species. The handy Field Guide provides instant access to information
about all the plants, animals, birds, and locations featured on the CD-ROM.
Search and export functions give you full access to, and reuse of, more than 60
minutes of video and more than 250 full-screen photographs.
Serengeti National Park, on
Tanzania's northern border, is one of largest, unfenced, wildlife preserves in
the world and offers a chance to witness millennia-old migrations of
wildebeest, zebra, and antelope--just as it was when animals, not man, ruled
the planet. To the south east lies the magical
Ngorongoro Crater. This stunning
World Heritage site provides superlative game viewing in a dramatic setting,
and an opportunity to glimpse the severely endangered Black Rhino. A huge
elephant population inhabits nearby Tarangire Park. The area is feeling
the encroachment of a new highway and heavy poaching, but still affords
excellent game viewing in the dry season.
IBM-Compatible: 33MHz 486 processor; 8MB of RAM; Windows 95 or
above; VGA+ display (256 colors) at 640 by 480 resolution; sound card;
double-speed CD-ROM drive recommended.
Tested OK on Windows XP. Best to use Windows 98/ME compatiiliby mode,
Macintosh: 6MB of RAM; System 7.0; 13-inch monitor (256 colors);
double-speed CD- ROM drive recommended.
New Media, October 1995
"Dusting off the pith helmet and safari jacket for a brave trek into the
deeps of the Dark Continent? No? Well, you can still have a wonderful adventure
with Sumeria's Wild Africa. Focusing on three national reserves in
Tanzania, the disc offers a treasure trove of information about this
breathtaking land, as well as the native plants and animals.
"The interface is elegant, minimal and attractive, cleverly designed to
reference African art without mimicking it. The original soundtrack, which
ranges from light and vibrant to moody and sophisticated, is based on
traditional African melodies that have been modernized - thankfully without a
trace of New Age sappiness. A minor criticism: The clinical and unmistakably
American narrator's voice distanced me from the experience. An African voice
would have taken me a step closer."
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