Tanzania

Location: South Eastern Africa

Total Area: 945,087 sq km

Border countries: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo,

Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique

Climate: tropical; short rainy season(October to December), long rainy seasons(March to June)

Popularity rating:

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Tanzania is a true natural paradise and has many of Africa’s most famed tourist attractions. Serengeti National Park is by far the most well known for the Great Migration that takes place here throughout the year – see the massive herd of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle as they move through the region following the rains in search of fresh grazing . Explore Tanzania’s northern Safari circuit and see Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Conservation Area – all offering superb wildlife viewing experiences. The southern circuit includes the off-the-beaten-track Ruaha, Mikumi and Gombe Streams – not to mention Africa’s largest reserve – the great Selous Game Reserve. The coastline is equally mesmerizing sporting turquoise waters, colourful reefs and island getaways to Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba to mention a few. For active travellers there is the opportunity to summit Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest peak, before settling in for some time to relax on safari or at the beach. Whatever your travel style, Tanzania offers magnificent opportunities for safari and relaxation. 

Serengeti National Park

The most well known of Africa’s National Parks, the Serengeti is undoubtedly predominantly associated with safari holidays to see the massive annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Spanning an area of 14,000 kilometres, the Serengeti has a great diversity of landscapes and habitats – short grass plains, savannah, thick bush, swamps and lakes.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire is a park of giants – home to great herds of elephants and magnificent Baobab trees, making for impressive game viewing and sightings. Arguably one of Tanzania’s best National Parks, Tarangire offers the visitor a true sense of wilderness, and a gentle backdrop of towering baobabs, golden savannah, and extraordinary wildlife viewings. There are also several cultural tourism initiatives to retain the practices of the local cultures within the region.

Highlights

Ngorongoro Crater

Visit the world’s largest intact caldera with up to 19 km length and its famous 610 m height in the north of Tanzania – the Ngorongoro Crater. As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa the Ngorongoro Highlands show off with its beauty and a spectacular variety of wildlife and plants in a very compact area. Together with Olmoti and Empakai, the Ngorongoro Crater has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage.

Kilimanjaro

Hike one of the seven summits and the highest African peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Formed by volcanic activity, it is a dormant volcano with three cones – Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Just less than 330 km from the equator in the country of Tanzania, a journey to the top of the world’s tallest free-standing mountain is an extreme adventure and feels like going from the tropics to Antarctica.




Lake Manyara National Park

The Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smaller parks in Tanzania. With diverse vegetation and one of the highest biomass densities of large mammals in the world. You may be lucky while in the forest to see families of elephants migrating or tree-climbing lions.

Zanzibar

Immerse into a tropical dream destination with soft-sand white beaches, coral reefs, shimmering azure waters and fascinating sights, exotic smells and flavourful tastes. Zanzibar is a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a colourful history with influences from Arabia, India, Africa, Persian and Europe as well as a vibrant culture and a captivating architecture.