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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Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and certainly one of the wonders of the world. Wildlife in the crater is prolific and photographic opportunities are superb.
Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and certainly one of the wonders of the world.
It is also an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest population of large mammals. Even high up on the chilly rim of the crater you can see thousand-strong herds of antelope as they move in ant-like formation across the crater floor. As you descend, the shapes become animals and you are soon in the depth of one of Africa’s richest game areas.
The crater floor is superb for photographic safaris. Animals are prolific, relaxed and beautifully framed against the striking backdrop of the 600-metre high crater wall. The open grasslands see thousands of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. The striking Lerai forest, composed almost entirely of yellow fever trees, is the best place to find waterbuck, bushbuck and eland, whilst the adjoining Gorigor Swamp is the main haunt of Ngorongoro’s elephant population, with some striking big tuskers. Black rhino, lion and leopard complete the big five.
Finally, there are hippos in Ngoitokitok Springs and Lake Magadi is often covered in a shroud of pink flamingos. This is the Africa of wildlife documentaries, and an experience that should not be missed when exploring Tanzania’s northern safari circuit.
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