With more land devoted to national parks than any other wildlife destination, Tanzania is considered by many as the ultimate safari destination – a vast country with natural beauty and rich culture.
The endless plains of the Serengeti are understandably Tanzania’s greatest attraction especially for first timer visitors.
It’s a remarkable experience to witness herds of wildebeest and zebra during the Great Migration, find prides of lions lazing in the shade or simply watch the sun set over the breathtaking African horizon.
The magnificent Ngorongoro Crater is rarely left out of a first-time itinerary. As the home of Africa’s largest concentration of wildlife, it not only offers sightings of black rhino, hippos and lions, but far-reaching views and exceptional photographic opportunities.
But Tanzania is also popular with experienced safari-goers thanks to its more remote parks in the southern circuit, which remain largely untamed. The Selous is Africa’s largest game reserve and offers a true wilderness adventure, with game viewing from vehicles, on foot or by boat along the mighty Rufiji river. Ruaha also offers a safari experience away from the crowds and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. And then there’s Mahale National Park. If seeing wild chimpanzees is in your bucket list then this unique spot on the shores of Lake Tanganyika is the place to head.
And then there’s Tanzania’s beaches for some R & R after your safari. Zanzibar provides a comprehensive variety of destinations and choice in accommodation to base yourself for beaches, diving, fishing or simply doing nothing.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest volcanic crater, with a diameter of 19kms and 600m deep.
- The world’s earliest human skull was found in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.
- Mpingo trees (a.k.a. Africa blackwood trees) are the most expensive hardwood tree in the world.
- With more than 4 million wild animals Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometre, in the world.
- Ancestors of wild elephants that live in Tanzania today didn’t roam on the land, they swam in the water. Dugongs were sea cows that lived in sheltered waters 55 million years ago. They grew about 3.5 metres in length and lived to about 70 years old.
- Countries share food, flora and fauna, and several other things. But have you heard of any country that shares its national anthem? Tanzania does. With South Africa and Zimbabwe.