Undoubtedly Tanzania is one of the most beautiful destinations of East Africa. Key landmarks include the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater (often called the eighth natural world wonder), the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro (the highest freestanding mountain in the world), the mighty Lake Victoria (world's largest tropical lake) and a great range of stunning national parks. And not to forget: the idyllic spice island of Zanzibar and its tropical white sandy beaches.
Tanzania is home to the largest movement of land animals on the planet: the great annual migration from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara in Kenya. The different national parks offer some of the best wildlife viewing in the world.
The close proximity to the equator provides a tropical climate with average day temperatures around 30°C and plenty of sunshine year-round. At higher grounds, like Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro, it can be quite cool in the early morning period and at night.
Experience the warmth of the people, the magical wilderness and the splendor of wildlife, welcome to Tanzania!
Had it not become the largest intact caldera of the world, the Ngorongoro crater would have been a towering volcanic mountain, as high as Mount Kilimanjaro.
The crater is often called the 8th Natural Wonder of the World and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an extraordinary density of wildlife and big game with over 25 000 large animals (it is the best place in Tanzania to spot the famous ‘big 5’!) and over 400 species of bird like ostrich, white pelican and flamingo. It is considered one of the most beautiful natural wildlife safari sites in the world and is therefore sometimes named ‘the garden of Eden’.
The crater is the only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist in harmony. Maasai cattle can sometimes be seen grazing on the fertile and rich grasslands inside the crater. A spectacular sight!
A lovely park in Northern Tanzania which offers the quietest game viewing in the region. The name originates from the Tarangire River that flows through the park. The river is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals during the annual dry season (late June to October). During this time large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest, buffalo and other animals migrate to the Tarangire River looking for water followed by predators who prey upon them.
The park has a diverse landscape that is completely different from the other parks. Majestic baobab trees and acacia woodland make up the beautiful vegetation.
The park is most famous for its high density of elephants (up to 3000 during the peak months, the largest in Tanzania!). And with more than 550 species of bird, Tarangire is also a real birdwatcher’s paradise.
Lake Manyara is a gorgeous scenic park that consists of 330 square kilometers of land and beautiful forest of which 60% is covered by a soda lake during the wet season (leaving a strip of land along its shores where the game concentrates). During this time thousands of flamingos inhabit the edges of the lake.
There are a number of unique species to be spotted. The main attractions are the famous tree climbing lions (a remarkable sight!), huge herds of baboons, elephants and off course the stunning lake itself with its massive flocks of pink flamingos. At the end of the park there is a hippo pond where you can observe the enormous creatures lounging in the water from up close. It is also a good spot for bird watching with over more than 300 species of bird, including raptors and Eurasian migrant birds (mainly from November to April).