Tanzania is an oasis of peace and natural beauty with an incredible mix of animal species and human cultures. It is at the heart of Africa which means you can live the true Africa experience while marvelling at the wonders of this spectacular continent.
If it’s wild animals and untamed wilderness that you’re after then head for the parks of the north where you’ll find the highest concentration of wildlife in the whole of Africa, if not the world. It goes beyond what you could have imagined and it’s still largely unspoilt. There’s an infinite variety of habitats to discover within the vast conservation areas which make up a quarter of the national territory: from the white coral beaches of Zanzibar Island to the 5800m snow-capped heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, the roof of Africa.
If it’s timeless emotions that you’re after then follow the millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras as they make their annual great migration. Then go on to experience the beauty of Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site with an incredible concentration of wild animals including the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo.
And there’s more to this wonderful land!
The Great Rift Valley is the longest trough on Earth. To the north of the country part of it runs in an ancestral setting rich in geothermal activity. If it’s history you’re after then its geological strata tell it all and trekking trails are designed to lead you in the tracks of our forebears. To the west there are the Great Lakes with their multicoloured fish and unchanged landscapes, just as the great explorers Livingstone and Stanley must have seen them. And deep in the forests of this land that time forgot you’ll also find those beloved chimpanzees of the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall.
If it’s a marine experience that you’re after then there’s the 1000km of coastline on the Indian Ocean from Zanzibar to Mafia with their paradise beaches and the best scuba diving sites that the continent has to offer. The coast boasts a rich history of culture and trade between Africa and the East: there are old town centres, exotic ruins and the profound influence all this has had on Swahili culture.
In fact it’s the locals who are going to make this holiday so wonderful and unique. Many of the tribes still live as they have always done, practising ancient customs which they will be happy to share with you and offering you the chance to experience some incredible emotions!
Even from a political point of view Tanzania is inspirational in its achievements. When the Republic came into being it adopted a new flag and embraced diversity in all its forms by adopting the values of ujamaa (‘familyhood’ in Swahili). Today Tanzania continues to be one of the most politically stable countries of Africa.
Here is what you’ll find in Tanzania, land of beauty, oasis of peace.
Languages: Swahili, English, local dialects
Currency: Tanzanian shilling
Religions: Animist, Christian, Muslim
When to go: all year
- none for the mainland
- Yellow Fever for Zanzibar Island if arriving from the mainland