Wide open plains covered with game, proud tribal warriors, snow-capped mountains, white sandy beaches, dark forests and deep lakes. This is real Africa. Tanzania is a place for true nature lovers and people who appreciate wild places. Travel in Tanzania may be on foot, horseback, safari vehicle, boat, balloon, charter plane or dhow. Activities include diving, walking, bird watching, fishing, hiking, climbing, mountaineering, ballooning, rafting, cycling and canoeing.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Conservation Area is home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro crater which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The crater (610 meters deep and 260 km squared) is a microcosm of East African scenery and game and should be included on any itinerary.
Serengeti National Park
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular National Park, the Serengeti, is famed for its annual migration when zebra and gazelle joining the wildebeests trek for fresh grazing. Even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers some of the best game viewing in Africa.
Lake Manyara National Park
Stretching for 50 km along the base of the rusty gold 600 m deep Rift Valley escarpment. From the forested entrance to the jagged blue volcanic peaks. From the grassy plains to the acacia woodland. Lake Manyara is a scenic gem. Activities in this area include canoeing, cultural tours, mountain bike tours, abseiling and forest walks.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. A smorgasbord for predators. In the dry season, herds of up to 300 elephant scratch the dry river bed for underground streams. The swamps, tinged green year-round are the focus for 550 bird varieties. The most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. Activities here include walking safaris, game drives, day trips to local villages and viewing of ancient rock paintings.
Arusha National Park
The entrance of this small park leads into the shadowy mountain forest. Further north, rolling grassy hills enclose the tranquil beauty of the Momela Lakes, sometimes tinged pink with thousands of flamingos. Kilimanjaro s only 50km away but it is Mount Meru, the fifth highest peak in Africa that dominates the park’s horizon.
Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding scrubland to an imperious 5895 meters (19 340 feet)
Selous Game Reserve
Africa’s largest protected area. It is almost four times the size of the Serengeti. This World Heritage Site is an area of absolutely wild and unspoilt bush. An ancient migration of elephants takes place between Selous and Mozambique’s Niassa Game Reserve. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary ecosystems in Africa. At the last census, it was estimated that the elephant population was 64 400.
Best time to travel
Tanzania can be visited all year round but there are some definite seasonal variations from region to region.
- Northern Tanzania – Traditionally the log rains occur from mid April to end May and the short rains in November. The summer season being from November to March with temperatures of over 30 degrees.
- Southern Tanzania – The dry season is generally from June to December and game is excellent particularly along the rivers. From January to April the birdlife is spectacular and the scenery lush.
- Tanzania coast and Zanzibar Islands – The best time is June to August with the long rains being in April and May.
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