Places to visit in Tanzania
Tanzania ticks all the boxes: the Big Five, spectacular scenery, pristine white beaches and some of the most beautiful safari lodges on the continent. Here, the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro towers high above the Tanzanian plains and rhinos roam the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Come for safari, come for the beach, come to climb Kilimanjaro; whatever your Tanzania holiday plans, our Africa Experts will make it happen.
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Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park
It’s hard to beat the vast plains of the Serengeti for sheer size. It’s from here that the masses of wildebeest make their annual migration up to Kenya’s Masai Mara and the seemingly endless grasslands make for a spectacular backdrop for your safari. Spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as giraffe, zebra, impala and hyena, either on a 4x4 safari or from a sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the plains.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a unique conservation area found in the caldera of an inactive volcano. Here, Masai livestock farmers co-exist with the dense wildlife population, which includes the fabled Big Five, as well as cheetah, hippo, wildebeest and gazelle, plus the highest density of lions in the world. In fact, the only safari animal you definitely won’t see here is giraffe because they aren’t able to walk down the crater’s steep, cliff-like sides.
Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, looms high above surrounding farmlands, rainforests and alpine meadows and frequently disappears into the clouds; it’s 5,896m of awesome mountain, waiting to be conquered. Thousands attempt the climb each year, lured by the lack of technical expertise required and spurred on by the challenge. But you don’t have to climb it to appreciate it – exploring the rainforests of the lower slopes can be just as satisfying.
Kick back on the evocative island of Zanzibar, the air filled with the scent of spices, the skyline pocked with former palaces and the streets a hive of activity. Covered with spice plantations and surrounded by gorgeous white sand beaches, the island is perfect for snorkelling trips to exposed sandbars followed by watching the sun sink into the ocean, cool cocktail in hand and the day’s fresh catch on the barbeque.