Tanzania is a land of superlatives from annual migrations of millions of Antelope, to game viewing in the vast extinct volcano of the Ngorongoro Crater, to historic and atmospheric Stone Town in Zanzibar, Tanzania is a treasure trove of experiences for the intrepid traveler.
Almost a quarter of Tanzania, East Africa’s largest country, is made up of protected national parks and reserves. It’s also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, which attracts thousands of visitors each year, that climb its lofty heights to test their courage and endurance.
Safaris into Tanzania’s northern wildlife parks begin in Arusha. First stop, is Lake Manyara National Park, renowned for the astounding spectacle of its tree-climbing lions, and the estimated million pink flamingoes which give the strange, shallow soda lake a vast, magnificent pink blush. The bird species count there has topped 400.
Tanzania is renowned for its magnificent wildlife, lakes, mountains and breathtaking scenery, none more spectacular than the extinct sunken volcano, the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site where viewing all of the “Big Five” on a single day is a distinct possibility. This area is not only home to a marvelous variety of wildlife, where sightings of black rhino and large lion prides are quite likely, but they share this protected region with the legendary Masai tribe.
Serengeti is undoubtedly the world’s most famous national park, and it’s here where the great, awe-inspiring annual wildebeest migration between the Serengeti and Masai Mara (in Kenya) occurs during August and September. It’s one of the most spectacular sights in all of Africa.
The little spice island of Zanzibar off Tanzanian mainland, is a scuba diving and snorkeling paradise. It’s the idyllic beach holiday, yet filled with historical intrigue in the picturesque little alleys of Stone Town.
Great Reasons to Visit Tanzania
• Tanzania is home to Mt. Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – and bordered by Africa’s three largest lakes – Lakes Malawi, Tanganyika and Victoria.
• Natural Highlights abound, including Ngorongoro Crater – the largest intact caldera in the world, Olduvai Gorge – said to be the birthplace of man, the 20 million year old Great Rift Valley, and the vast game filled Serengeti plains.
• The annual migration of millions of herbivores is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
• More than 25 percent of Tanzania is dedicated to conservation areas, protecting over 20 percent of Africa’s large mammals and 35 species of Antelope, including 1,5 million wildebeest.
• It is possible to view the Big 10 in Tanzania – elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, African wild dog, hippo, zebra and giraffe – plus chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
• Tanzania boasts over 1000 bird species, with Lake Manyara National Park alone being home to more than 400. It is a year round birding destination, but at the height of the winter months, some 160 species of migrants add to the diversity.
• The people of Tanzania are courteous, sincere, friendly and hospitable, making visitors feel very welcome.