Tanzania is Africa’s visual masterpiece. From astounding wildlife, wide open spaces, flawless islands and beaches, friendly people, fascinating cultures, Africa’s highest mountain, charming ancient towns and geological wonders, Tanzania has all of this and more.
The Serengeti is renowned for its abundant wildlife, in particular its large numbers of predators – especially lions, leopards and cheetahs – and of course the quintessential Serengeti landscapes of the acacia-studded savanna. Arguably it is one of the greatest wildlife-watching destinations on earth.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. Spanning 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, it is a breath-taking natural wonder with a huge density of wildlife and is named a World Heritage Site.
For those who want to step off the beaten track and experience a truly wild area, Tarangire National Park is the place to go. Uncrowded and relatively unknown, it covers approximately 2,850km² in the northern region of Tanzania. Famous for its vast herds of elephants and forests of giant baobab trees, the rugged landscape is incredibly diverse and stands out from any other on the traditional northern safari circuit.
Zanzibar, known as the Spice Island, is surrounded by white-sandy beaches that rate among the finest in the world and has a culture with incredible history. From the winding alleys, bustling marketplaces and beautifully carved wooden doors in Stone Town to the island’s many spice plantations and Jozani Forest Reserve, this wonderful island offers so much to offer and explore.
Located at the heart of Tanzania, Ruaha is one of Tanzania’s best-kept (and more affordable) secrets. It is the largest National Park in the country and delivers one of the most rewarding and authentic wildlife experiences in Tanzania. They say Ruaha is where the woodlands of Southern Africa meet the savannahs of East Africa.
Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake and is the world’s longest (660km) and second deepest (1436 metres) freshwater lake. It is shared between four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and Zambia. The shorelines consist of long deserted beaches, tropical rainforests and breath-taking slopes of the Mahale Mountains where thousands of chimpanzees inhabit the region.
Situated between two mountains, Mount Meru and Mount Kilamanjaro, Arusha is known as the safari capital of Tanzania. Surrounded by national parks, it is the gateway to some of the finest wildlife adventures in East Africa.
Dar Es Salaam is Tanzania’s most prominent city in arts, fashion, media, music, film and television, and is East Africa’s second-busiest port and a leading financial hub. The city is the primary arrival and departure point for most tourists who visit Tanzania, including the national parks for safaris and the surrounding islands.