DISCOVER TANZANIA: BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, IMPRESSIVE WILDLIFE, AND WHITE SANDY BEACHES
Home to the safari experience that attracted explorers from around the world more than a century ago, Tanzania is a country rich with beautiful landscapes, impressive wildlife, and white sandy beaches. Filled with national parks and conservation areas, Tanzania makes an ideal location for a bush and beach trip. Visitors can climb the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, witness the massive herds of the Serengeti's Great Migration, and explore Zanzibar, home to historic trading ports that gave the archipelago the nickname "Spice Island."
KILIMANJARO AND SERENGETI: AFRICA'S STUNNING WONDERS
Africa's highest peak, the awe-inspiring Mount Kilimanjaro, rises above the grassy plains of northeast Tanzania. The snow-capped mountain is one of the tallest in the world, surrounded by a lush mountain forest. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the sprawling volcano is recognized as an unmatched natural wonder. Paired with a safari, climbing the so-called Roof of Africa can be a life-changing experience.
To the west of Mount Kilimanjaro lies Tanzania's most famous safari destination, Serengeti National Park. Vast expanses of grassland plains and savannah stretch to support large herds of migrating wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras, as well as the big cats and other predators that follow in their wake. Home to the most amazing wildlife spectacle on earth, Serengeti National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
NGORONGORO CRATER, LAKE MANYARA, AND TARANGIRE: A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE
The Serengeti's southeast edge ends at the volcanic highlands of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest unfilled caldera. The crater took its shape three million years ago, after a massive volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself. The crater and the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, serve as home for dense wildlife populations which include several globally threatened species.
To the southeast of Ngorongoro, the peaceful shores of Lake Manyara sit against the rocky cliffs formed by the East African Rift. The alkaline lake plays host to flocks of flamingos, groups of pelicans, and hundreds of other bird species. Surrounding the lake are lush forests, swamplands, and extensive bush plains teeming with wildlife – including the area's remarkable tree-climbing lions.
A short distance from Manyara, the green marshlands and sweeping grasslands of Tarangire National Park unfold. Drawn by the Tarangire River, herds numbering in the thousands of wildebeests, cape buffalo, and zebras gather in the area during the region's dry months. The picturesque park is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa and to a multitude of other species, including giraffes, lions, gazelles, and leopards.
ZANZIBAR: EXPERIENCE THE CHARMING "SPICE ISLAND"
Pristine, white sand beaches line the eastern coast of Tanzania, trailing off into crystal clear waters filled with colorful marine life. In the warm water of the Indian Ocean, spot humpback whales or explore the amazing coral reefs. Off the coast lies Zanzibar, home to yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site: the historic Stone Town. Once the capital of the island, the town played a pivotal role in the region's thriving spice trade in the 19th century. Its winding alleyways and intricate architecture maintain the town's unique charm.
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