Memorable Experiences in Tanzania
Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and almost one-third of its land is protected as a home for wildlife conservation. It’s not only home to world-famous safari destinations that attract many tourists, but also lesser-known reserves that feel wild and remote.
Serengeti National Park.
Serengeti is the site of the great migrations where around 2.5+ million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle follow the rains in a never-ending cycle around the park. The most dramatic stage of the journey is when the herds cross the Mara River, facing starving crocodiles, territorial hippos and swollen waters.
The Ngorongoro Crater a caldera created 2 – 3 million years ago, is one of the most game-rich areas of East Africa. In the crater basin, you’ll find grazing Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest, stalking lion and Leopard and maybe even elusive black Rhino browsing the thickets. Outside the crater, Maasai people share the land with wildlife.
Ruaha National Park
Most tourists favor the better-known northern parks, so those who travel to the baobab-studded Ruaha National Park and the vast, wild Selous Game Reserve in the south have the privilege of an exclusive safari experience.
Adventure abounds: Fly out to Rubondo Island National Park in Lake Victoria to trek through the forest looking for wild chimpanzees or spend a few days hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Then treat yourself to a well-earned break on the palm-lined shores of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar and Coast
If you’re expecting white-sand shores, coral reefs and clear waters full of marine life in Zanzibar, you won’t be disappointed. But you’ll also find mangrove forests where the trees are alive with monkeys, and sprawling spice plantations rich with the scent of cinnamon and cloves.
You may be surprised to discover that Zanzibar is not just one island, but a group of more than 50 islands in the Indian Ocean. This semi-autonomous region of Tanzania consists of many little isles and two bigger ones — Pemba and Unguja (usually just referred to as Zanzibar). The UNESCO World Heritage Site Stone Town is actually the old half of the capital, Zanzibar City. Only a short flight from Dar es Salaam and Arusha in Tanzania or Nairobi in Kenya, it’s the perfect place to end an action-packed safari in East Africa.
If Zanzibar is a melting pot, this is epitomised by Stone Town, where you’ll find Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European influences. The languages, foods and buildings all reflect the changing rulers the trading port has seen over the centuries. Take it all in as you practise your bartering skills in the markets and wander through the narrow streets lined by huge, brass-studded wooden doors with intricate carvings.
Spot the endangered red colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest. Dive with turtles and colourful fish and spot bottlenose dolphins or even migrating humpback whales from a dhow cruise. Spend days lazing around one of Zanzibar’s beaches, topped off with a seafood barbecue feast for dinner.