Tanzania, once known as Tanganyika, has always been an alluring destination in East Africa, with a dazzling geography that includes plains, forests, African Great Lakes, and mountains.
It is the largest country in Africa, and while there, travelers will view an abundance of wildlife, walk the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean, and enjoy diverse local cultures that live in harmony with the natural fauna and flora.
Some of the top attractions in Tanzania include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, driving into the Ngorongoro Crater to see the Masai tribesman walk their cattle and goats among black rhino and large lion prides, and drifting over the Serengeti plains in a hot air balloon while watching a golden sunrise over a landscape filled with millions of wildebeest and a number of other unique animals.
The northern parts of Tanzania are well-explored and are a photographer’s heaven. The southern parts of this large country are well known now for the large game reserves and the National Parks, for example, the Selous Game Reserve or Ruaha National Park. Most National Parks are easily accessible by small aircraft, and there are fewer lodges and people.
One cannot visit Tanzania and not make a side trip to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. Zanzibar and its surrounding islands offer sweet tropic relaxation after an adventurous safari experience. The island waters are teaming with fish and corals, perfect for snorkeling and diving.
There is a thriving culture and some incredible architecture in Stone Town, on Zanzibar. The surrounding farms harvest many spices and they offer informative tours that enhance smells and tastes.
Tourism to Tanzania has increased significantly in recent years. The expanse of this large and safe country and the range of experiences and activities are probably best enjoyed with a personalized tour itinerary, based on what is most important to you.