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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North of the Ngorongoro Crater you will find the Maasai’s Mountain of God (Ol Donyo Lengai). It is a wild and fascinating area and we recommend a few nights here to gain an insight into Maasai culture.
North of the Ngorongoro Crater, and far off the beaten track, you will find the Maasai’s Mountain of God (Ol Donyo Lengai).
An active carbonate volcano, it is a focal point for the Maasai, whose land stretches out for hundreds of miles in every direction.
There are rugged mountains where vultures soar and baboon bark, dusty gorges where the Maasai bring their cattle to drink, and endless grassy plains. Here, zebra, giraffe and gazelle intermingle with the Maasai’s goats and cows.
The wildlife and Maasai live side by side as they have done for years. Crouching low on the plains are numerous manyattas (villages), crooked sticks and cracked clay houses arranged around cattle kraals under the hot sun. Young children herd goats, elders in bright red togas sit under acacias and the morani (warriors) watch guard, spears in their hands, intricate beading around their necks and ochre in their hair. It is a wild and fascinating area and we recommend you stay for a few nights to gain an insight into Maasai culture.
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