Reasons to Visit
It is extremely easy to add some beach relaxation in Zanzibar after a tiring safari on the mainland; the beaches are stunning and diving is excellent. You don't have to travel far either as the island is only a 30 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania is therefore the ideal location to combine a safari and beach break.
Tanzania has some of Africa's most famous and best national parks and reserves where you are guaranteed fantastic big cat sightings. The Serengeti, Selous and the Crater are just some of the best game viewing areas to visit.
Tanzania has more than 1,000 species of birds and some spectacular places to view them. Lake Natron is also the only known breeding ground for East Africa's millions of lesser flamingos which cover the lake between August and October.
The Mahale Mountains - towering almost 2km above the shore of Lake Tanganyika are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees. There are currently around 900 which are habituated to humans, and tracking them is a magical experience.
One of the highlights of the Serengeti National park is the great annual migration which passes through this amazing wilderness. Up to 1.8 million wildebeest and zebra have been counted doing their annual trip in search of the sweet grasses and the rains.
Tanzania has an evocative mix of people and cultures with 120 ethnic groups making up the diverse population. The largest group are the Sukuma but perhaps the most memorable are the Maasai who you will often see in Northern Tanzania herding their cattle, goats and sheep.
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For those who would like to be in central Arusha or based close to the airport, Arusha Coffee Lodge is in an ideal location. While not particularly beautiful from the outside, the interior of the rooms are smart and comfortable.
One of the nicest options in central Arusha, the Arusha Coffee Lodge has 30 stylish rooms surrounded by young coffee plants. While not particularly beautiful from the outside, the interior of the rooms are smart and comfortable, decorated with rich red rugs, a chandelier light fitting and dark wooden floors.
The rooms all have four poster beds and en suite bathrooms complete with bath tub and coffee scented toiletries. Each room has its own sitting area with a sofa inside, and a verandah outside. A fire is often burning in the huge fireplace of the main lodge or in your room upon request, and on warmer days it is always possible to take a dip in the pool outside.
There are three dining areas and if the weather's nice you can eat outside whatever the time of day! Currently the restaurants and pool are open to non-residents of the lodge so they can be busy at times. However a private restaurant for the lodge residents is planned for the future.
Arusha is not particularly attractive but has some good, small restaurants and some excellent curio shops. An everyday sight are the Maasai in their bold, red-coloured garments.
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