With its own goodies, Tanzania is renown for its vast wilderness area, one third of its land is a home to wildlife. On this land seats the ‘safari mecca’ Serengeti National Park. It is also a home to Africa’s tallest Mountain – Kilimanjaro, an ideal destination for Mountain climbing and adventure holidays.
Zanzibar is a unique coral island lying in the Indian Ocean a short distance from Tanzania. It is located midway along the West Coast of the island. The old part of the town, known as Stone Town, is composed of a network of shady, winding narrow alleys between old stone buildings with ornately decorated entrances and balconies. Along the seafront are located several luxury hotels, the old Sultan’s Palace (House of Wonder), the old fort, restaurants and the docks. One can explore through the winding streets of the old town visiting shops, the museum, site of the former slave market, the churches and mosques. In the evening, dining at one of the seafront or rooftop restaurants is a magical experience. The magnificent coral reefs surrounding Zanzibar are a snorkellers and scuba diver’s paradise.
THE GREAT MIGRATION
Tanzania is full of amazing wildlife experiences but one of the most spectacular to witness is the Great Migration. A once in a lifetime experience and on the bucket list of many a traveller to Africa, none can surpass this incredible spectacle: a million wildebeest crossing the plains of the Serengeti in search of fresh grass while braving predators and perilous river crossings.
Located in North Eastern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and can be seen from far into Kenya. The mountain represents a powerful life force for the local Chagga people and all those who have made their lives around the mountain, providing rich volcanic soils for agriculture and an endless source of pure spring waters. 75,000 people climb Kilimanjaro every year so it is not the most untouched mountain, nor is it the most arduous, however it is still an awe inspiring sight to behold and highly recommended for anyone with even a vague interest in mountaineering.
WILDLIFE AND BIRDLIFE
Tanzania has the largest concentration and diversity of animals in Africa and there are over 1000 bird species to spot in the country. Tanzania is home to some of the world’s most treasured national parks and game reserves including the Selous Game Reserve, which is the world’s largest game reserve and home to herds of Elephants , Buffaloes and Rhinos.
It is also a home to large concentrations of hippos, crocodiles and wild dogs.
THE NGORONGORO CRATER
A jewel in Tanzania’s crown is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and haven to a wonderous array of animal life which makes the crater a “must do” on any visit to Tanzania. The backdrop of the crater walls makes for some stunning photographic opportunities as you see the animals wander through the grasslands on the crater floor towards the lake.
There is no better way to round off a safari adventure through Tanzania than to spend some time relaxing in Zanzibar on one of its beautiful white sand beaches. Known as the “Spice Island”, Zanzibar has brought visitors from other lands since time immemorial. They have all sailed their vessels into Zanzibar’s harbour over the centuries, bent on trade and sometimes plunder. A visit to the Stone Town gets you to explore its spice markets and superb Arabic architecture. For Divers, the waters around the island are very clear and host a huge diversity of marine life.
Tanzanian cuisine is a mix of traditional African food, with a strong Arabic/Indian influence, especially along the coast and in Zanzibar. Surrounded by the ocean, Zanzibar is renowned for its seafood with most hotels in the area offering a fantastic variety of fresh seafood menus. For the ultimate foodie experience, visit the Stone Town night food market. Offering a variety of delicious eats, this lively market is a must-see to experience the local people and culture.