Tanzania is one of the most well-known countries in Africa and you always think of incredible scenery, large herds of wildlife on the endless plains of the Serengeti, the azure blue waters of the spice island, Zanzibar and happy, smiling people. Tanzania has it all, including Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tanzania has always been known for safaris, long before other countries had even thought of tourism this country hosted backpackers and some pretty intrepid travelling stories could be told of early safaris in the Serengeti. These days it is far more popular amongst people wanting to experience the thrill of seeing thousands of wildebeest and zebra on the move in the great migration as they move south with the rains, plus much more.
Over a quarter of the country, is set aside for game parks and reserves. Three of its wildlife sanctuaries – the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Selous Game Reserve – have been designated World Heritage Sites. Arusha National Park encompasses Mt. Meru with rare colubus monkeys, ancient fig trees, waterfalls and and Tarangire National Park,known for baobab and acacia trees as well as the densest population of elephants in Tanzania.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a large volcanic crater and is known for being a temporary home to over 30,000 animals at any one time. It also offers you the opportunity to spot the endangered black rhino and for the more adventurous, Mt Kilimanjaro is a must.
There are so many options in Tanzania and it is a great option for first time travellers to Africa as well as those wanting to see it all, in one glorious country. The people are friendly and not only do you get the chance to meet the iconic Maasai warriors in their red cloaks but you can also meet and gain an insight inot the many other cultures.