With its multitude of uncrowded locations that are home to a staggering variety of animals, Tanzania offers what most people hope to see on an African continent: the drama of the wildebeest migration unfolding along an infinate savannah; the gleaming snows of Mount Kilimanjaro; the proud Masai warriors stalking the plains; or the exotic palm-fringed beaches on the spice islands of Zanzibar.
Tanzania is serious about protecting its natural heritage and almost a quarter (23%) of its landscape has been allocated to game reserves and national parks that are home to a staggering range of animals. The town of Arushka is the safari capital of East Africa and the starting point for trips to the vast plains of the Serengeti, the birthplace of man at the Olduvai Gorge, the natural beauty of Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.
In contrast to their flat plains, Tanzania is home to the tallest mountain in Africa: every year thousands of people fulfil their lifetime ambition of climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro. The country has a long coastline steeped in Swahili culture that has been alive since the first dhows arrived on the trade winds from Asia.
A walk through the narrow, twisting passageways of Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town, reveals beautiful Arabian architecture, while the Indian Ocean offers excellent opportunities for diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing and even swimming with dolphins. Here, at some of the best beaches in the world, it is impossible not to relax in the dazzling sun and warm azure waters.
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