Why go to Tanzania
Tanzania is home to the third tallest mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro; the world’s second deepest lake, Tanganyika; the greatest concentration of Lion in the world at Ngorongoro Crater; and the greatest migration of animals on earth found on the open plains of the Serengeti. Over and above all of this, there is also the Spice Island of Zanzibar, with incredible beaches, fascinating history, Arabian architecture and a mecca of other delights from romantic dhows to swimming with dolphins. This is the destination that will include first class game viewing, incredible adventure and pristine beaches to unwind.
Where to go in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
Teeming herds of plains game and the greatest concentration of predators on earth. Serengeti means ‘endless plains’ and the unending horizon and sense of limitless space will take your breath away. Ngorongoro is the crater of a collapsed volcano and definitely deserves its reputation as one of the natural wonders of the world. The crater was also designed to be able to accommodate both the Masai communities and the tourists and the villages (Manyattas) and the striking red robed herdsman can be seen all over this captivating landscape. Also home to Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind.
A dormant volcano on the Roof of Africa. One of the few peaks in the world that can be reached without technical gear. Kili has several routes with varying degrees of difficulty, which one can choose from to reach the summit.
Selous Game Reserve
Largest Game Park in Africa and the second largest in the world. Known as a game reserve and not a national park, this allows one to view game from walks and the river on boat cruises. One is also allowed to camp here. Known as one of the most unspoilt of the parks.
Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks
Made famous by Jane Goodall, the world renowned primatologist. There are no roads in the area, so all your chimpanzee spotting will be done on foot. A relative level of fitness is needed.
Known as the spice island for its export of cloves, it also had a roaring slave trade. The Arabian architecture can be seen all over the island, especially in Stone Town, which was home to Sultans. There are Sandy beaches, pristine forests and incredible coral reefs.
When to go to Tanzania
There are two rainy seasons in Tanzania. The long rains are from late February to March and the short rains stretch from October through to December. Many roads are impassable during the rainy seasons, but the beaches are open all year round and along the coastline the weather can be hot and humid. The highlands of Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro can have temperatures below freezing. Kilimanjaro continuously has a snow capped peak.
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