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A bit about Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa's most famous and alluring destinations, with the country boasting world-famous game reserves like the Serengeti, the tallest peak on the continent in the form of Mount Kilimanjaro and stunning island retreats on Zanzibar.

Located to the south of Kenya, with a stretch of coast running along the glorious Indian Ocean, Tanzania is a real gem to discover. As well as its natural attractions, it is also home to several heritage sites and vibrant cities, like the colourful Dar es Salaam and the intriguing Stone Town.

To really get the most out of a trip here, you need to travel around and visit more than one part of the country.

Top places for Tanzania safaris

Safaris are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Tanzania and, not surprisingly, the majestic Serengeti is one of the most visited national parks. There are numerous game reserves in the nation, though - the following are just a few of the places you can go on safari:

  • Serengeti National Park - Famous for the annual wildebeest migration, the Serengeti is Tanzania's best known national park. Its plains are home to lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles, hyenas and many more species, so there are ample opportunities to catch a glimpse of some of Africa's most iconic creatures.
  • Arusha National Park - With views of Mount Meru and access to the Ngurdoto Crater and the Momela Lakes, this is a wonderful place to go on safari. Herds of buffalos, flocks of flamingos and packs of hyenas are among the sights you can look forward to here.
  • Katavi National Park - This area of wilderness in the west of Tanzania is perfect if you're looking for a quiet safari experience. Large flood plains provide a home for hippos, crocodiles and various waterfowl, while elephants, buffalos, sable and roan antelopes, and impalas graze the plains and move through the forests. Lions and spotted hyenas are also abundant here.
  • Gombe Stream National Park - Situated close to Tanzania's border with the Congo, Gombe is one of the premier destinations in the country for observing wild chimpanzees. The tropical forest here is also home to colobus and vervet monkeys, baboons and forest pigs. Walking is the best way to get around in this reserve.

Discovering Zanzibar

Off the coast of Tanzania is the Zanzibar archipelago, a semi-autonomous group of islands in the Indian Ocean. The two main isles of Zanzibar and Pemba are where most travellers head to. They are known as the Spice Islands due to the number of plantations here that grow crops such as cloves, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, coconut, orange, breadfruit, cinnamon and coriander.

The main draw for many holidaymakers, however, is Zanzibar's beaches. There are numerous all inclusive resorts dotted along the coast, where you will have access to stunning beaches and where you can swim in a sea teeming with colourful life.

Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular pursuits around Zanzibar, particularly in its marine parks like the Menai Bay Conservation Area, the Mnemba Island Conservation Zone (which protects a turtle nesting site) and the Pemba Channel Conservation Area.

If you'd like to spend a day away from the beach, wander around the charming streets of Stone Town - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This port city was an incredibly important trading post and played a pivotal role in the slave trade during the 18th century. You can find evidence of Stone Town's varied heritage in its buildings, with Swahili, Portuguese, Omani Arab and British rulers all having controlled the islands at various points in time.

Mount Kilimanjaro: a challenge for active travellers

Another of Tanzania's incredible attractions is Mount Kilimanjaro - the highest peak in Africa. It also has the distinction of being the tallest walkable summit in the world and thousands of hikers travel here each year to take on the challenging trek to the top.

There are six different routes to Kilimanjaro's summit, offering walkers a chance to discover the varied habitats on its slopes. If you'd like to attempt the climb during your holiday in Tanzania, make sure you leave sufficient time for the ascent - a minimum of five days is recommended - although a longer climb is preferable.

If hiking to the summit of Kilimanjaro sounds too taxing, you can content yourself with views of the famous peak from Arusha National Park.

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Places of interest in Tanzania

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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