Tanzania boasts of national parks, game reserves and conservation areas where countless animals, birds and insects are to be found. In the west, bordering Lake Tanganyika, discover the Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe Stream National Park, home to the chimpanzees, made famous by British explorer Jane Goodall. In the south is the Selous Game Reserve, well known for large herds of elephants, and the Mikumi National Park, popular for the education of students studying ecology and conservation. Last but not least, in the north, visitors can explore a number of smaller national parks including the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. Ngorongoro Crater is a worldwide famous conservation area where Maasai herdsmen and wildlife coexist in a natural setting. Serengeti is renowned for the migration of millions of wild animals on an annual exodus north, which can be viewed either from the back of a luxury 4×4 safari vehicle or high above in a hot air balloon. Whichever way, this spectacular sight will be remembered forever!
Tanzania is one of the few places in the world where sandy, white and pristine beaches are found. Discover the endless coastline of mainland Tanzania or relax on the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. Snorkel or scuba dive on the stunning reefs of marine parks and reserves where myriad of colourful fish, turtles and sharks are to be seen.
Discover some of the largest and deepest lakes in the world. Large populations of flamingos, storks and herons occupy the soda lakes of Lake Manyara and Lake Natron. In the west, Lake Tanganyika is the world’s second deepest fresh water lake, and in the northwest, is Lake Victoria, by far the largest lake in Africa. At Ujiji, on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, is where the famous meeting between Henry Morton Stanley and Livingstone took place, and where Livingstone spent much time.
Tanzania has a range of fascinating cultures of which the most famous is the proud Maasai, one of the last pastoral peoples. More than 120 tribes exist, all differing in culture, customs and language. Cultural tours are available to visit local people, either for a short excursion or a longer stay. Learn about medicinal plants, tribal rituals and traditional farming methods.
Not only has Tanzania a long history of tribal, colonial and Arabic habitation, but one can learn about mankind’s first step on the ladder of human evolution by visiting Olduvai Gorge, located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Stone Town, in Zanzibar, offers up many sights and sounds reminiscent of ancient Arab spice traders. Whilst in Zanzibar a visit to the House of Wonders is a must! On Tanzania’s southern coast explore that ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani where remnants of Swahili civilization on the East African shores are found.
Tanzania is not only rich in history and fantastic attractions, but has lively towns and cities, where there are plenty of activities on offer. Arusha, at the foothills of Mount Meru, is the safari capital of Tanzania where visitors converge, before departing on their journey to the bush or to the mountains. Arusha is also the home to the International Human Rights Tribunal for Rwanda and in the future, a centre for the East Africa Community. The commercial capital is Dar es Salaam, which boasts a huge natural harbour and other interesting places as reminders of its colourful past. Located in the centre of Tanzania is Dodoma, the country’s administrative city and where the Government meets. The historical town of Tabora was once the meeting point for slave traders, where later became an important mission station. Most of Tanzania’s towns and cities thrive on trade and agriculture, but have many interesting sites to fascinate visitors.
No matter what your age there is an exciting adventure for everyone visiting Tanzania.