Tanzania is arguably one of Africa's best-kept secrets, being less well know than Kenya, despite the fact that it is home to Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain, and three largest lakes in Africa - Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika and Victoria. These lakes boasts the worlds greatest diversity of fish species. Natural highlights of Tanzania include, Ngorongoro Crater - the largest intact caldera in the world, Olduvai Gorge - said to the birthplace of man, the 20 million year old Great Rift Valley and the vast game-filled plains of the Serengeti.The Annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and can be viewed at various Tanzanian and Kenyan locations throughout the year. More that 25 % of Tanzania is dedicated to conservation areas, protecting over 20 % of Africa's largest mammals, 35 species of antelope and 1.5 million wildebeest.It is possible to view the 'Big Nine' in Tanzania, elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion, leopard, cheetah, hippo, zebra and giraffe - plus the famous 'Jane Goodall' chimpanzees on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Tanzania boats over 1000 bird species, with Lake Manyara National Park alone being home to more than 400. The people of Tanzania are courteous, sincere, friendly and hospitable, making visitors feel very welcome.If a line had to be drawn around one place in Africa that contained the highest, longest or largest geographical giants, one could only choose Tanzania. About a quarter of the country is officially protected - a monumental tribute to its natural wealth. Tanzania stretches from volcanoes in the crater highlands along the Great Rift Valley to the tropical Indian Ocean, home to the spice islands of Zanzibar.Stand in awe as over two million herbivores cross the Serengeti, a grassland the size of the Netherlands. Marvel at Eden-like Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest unbroken caldera. Discover the mystery of our ancestors at Olduvai Gorge.Snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro towers over Tanzania's northern border with Kenya, while Lake Victoria sparkles in the far north and Lake Tanganyika forms a watery western border with Zaire and Zambia. Tanzania has an exceptionally diverse population of over 30 million people, consisting of 120 tribal groupings.Tanzania has whatever you are dreaming about - be it tropical islands, climbing the highest mountain in Africa, diving for marine treasures or watching the annual migration of plains game Tanzania is without doubt one of the most exciting countries in the world. Tanzania boasts some of the most romantic and tropical beaches in Africa - Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar Stone Town was once home to Sultans and explorers and is the land of exotic spices, azure waters and white sandy beaches.
Africa Of Your Wildest Dreams
Why you should visit the home of the migration?
- Tanzania is home to the three largest lakes in Africa - Lake Malawi, Tanganyika and Victoria
- More than 25 % of Tanzania is dedicated to conservation areas, protecting over 20 % of Africa's largest mammals, 35 species of antelope and 1.5 million wildebeest
- Tanzania boasts over 1000 bird species
- It is easy to combine an exciting big game safari with a relaxing beach extension
- Tanzanite, a highly desirable gemstone, is found only in Tanzania.
Northern Circuit (7 days)This exotic safari departs from Arusha and takes in Tanzania's finest wildlife areas, from Lake Manyara, to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Spend 2 nights at Lake Manyara Tree Lodge or Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, before visiting the famous Serengeti National Park where you can stay at Kusini, Kirawira Camp, Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Grumeti River Camp or Klein's Camp.Finally, transfer to the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater where your choice of accommodation includes the stylish Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge or Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. An optional 2 night extension allows you to visit the more remote Tarangire National Park, choose between Tarangire Tree Tops or Swala.The bustling port city of Dar es Salaam is the departure point for exploration of the southern game reserves, the coastline, Zanzibar and nearby islands. Southern Tanzania is dominated by Selous, the largest game reserve in Africa, boasting a huge elephant population, as well as numerous buffalo, crocodile, hippo and wild dog. West of Selous lies the remote Ruaha National Park, Tanzania's second largest park. With it's great concentration of game, this reserve offers a truly wild African experience.
Southern Circuit (7 days)Depart from Zanzibar or Dar es Salaam by air for 3 nights in the Selous Game Reserve, a designated World Heritage Site, which still remains untamed. Stay at either Selous Safari Camp or Sand Rivers, both situated on the banks of the Rufiji River. Enjoy game drives, boating and walking for 3 days before flying on to the rugged Ruaha National Park, on of Tanzania's best kept secrets.Spend 3 nights at Jongomero Camp, witch is situated on the banks of the seasonal river in the remote southwest, or Mwagusi Safari Camp, nestling into the banks of the Mwagusi Sand River. On Day 7 return to Dar es Salaam, or continue to Zanzibar.There are many other attractions in Tanzania, from the remote Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Park near Lake Tanganyika, home to chimpanzees, to scenic Lake Victoria in the north. In neighbouring Uganda, there is a unique opportunity to view some of the worlds last remaining free ranging mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Uganda Gorilla Tracking (4 days)Arrive at Entebbe International airport from where you take a private charter to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp, before setting out on your challenging expedition in search of Bwindi's mountain gorillas, part of the world population of just 600.If you are fortunate enough you will get to spend an hour on each tracking excursions interacting closely with one of 2 habituated gorilla family groups in the Park, truly a memorable experience. After 2 days of adventure in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and 3 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp, you take a scenic flight back to Entebbe.
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