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INTRODUCTION
FACTS ABOUT TANZANIA
WHAT TO SEE
HOW TO TRAVEL
MOUNTAINS AND LAKES
NATIONAL PARKS
COAST AND ISLANDS
MAPS




 
what to see  

Across the great plains the Maasai warrior walked, their strides long and easy, spears resting lightly on one shoulder and the clothes flapping in the wind. The red blankets are seen from afar in the short green grass. The sky is clear blue.

Tanzania’s Safari Circuits
There are four safari circuits which are a guide as to the ease of moving from one destination to another. Mostly visitors choose to go on safari within one of the circuits but it is possible to cover two or even three circuits on one safari. To travel from one circuit to another you are recommended to take a flight – plenty of air operators offer scheduled flights or charter-plane.

The Northern Circuit
Parks such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro are all in the Northern circuit. Due to the fact that all the parks, towns and attractions are within easy reach of one another, one can tour this entire circuit by a 4x4 vehicle. This is the most well known area and also the most frequented by tourists.

The Southern Circuit
The National Parks and Game Reserves of the southern circuit are the hidden treasures of Tanzania. These parks are big and have some of the highest concentration of animals anywhere in Africa. The lodges and camps are small and therefore host far fewer tourists than in the north and this allows the area to be true to the tenets of eco-tourism. The travel times between the parks in the south are long as the parks are far apart. Packages can be arranged using scheduled air service or 4x4 vehicles.

The Western Circuit
All three national parks in this circuit offer the sight of chimpanzees in the wild. Lying in the Great Rift Valley are also the inland lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika.

The habitats of these areas are a merger of different cultures, rainfall and flora which are unique. The western circuit is most often visited as an addition to either the southern or northern circuit.

The only means of getting to these remote parks are mostly by aircraft and then sometimes by boat.

Tanzania’s Coast
One of the great attractions of Tanzania is its fantastic 800 km coastline with palm fringed beaches, white sand and ancient towns. Pangani, Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia Island and Chumbe Island are all example of places that offers a beautiful and relaxing stay near the Indian Ocean with a lot of distractions and culture for the explorer.

The beaches of Tanzania’s coast and offshore islands are easily reached and you can combine your safari with swimming in the Indian ocean, diving, snorkelling, fishing and walks on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

THE ISLANDS

Zanzibar
Few single attractions can beat an afternoon strolling through the narrow streets and winding alleys of ancient Stone Town , the capital of Zanzibar. You’ll find something interesting in every corner. As evening falls, the seafront comes alive and a cool breeze makes the dinner feel refreshing. As well as the magic of the streets, Stone Town have certain historic buildings and sights that are worth a look. The Darajani market with its colourful fruits and scents from spices is also worth a visit.

But most people come to Zanzibar for a few luscious days on the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean and for its great diving and snorkelling facilities.

Although the island is still fairly untouched by the increasing stream of visitors one has a big number of hotels and lodges in various price ranges to choose between, in town as well as on the beaches.

Pemba
The tiny number of tourists that come to Pemba Island each year means that the island has little in the way of tourist infrastructure, which for the alternative traveller is the main attraction. Small guesthouses are dotted around the island, and a couple of upmarket diving hotels have recently opened. The island has beautiful and unspoiled beaches. At night the wind whispers through the clove plantation which cover most of Pemba.

Mafia
Mafia Island is simply the largest of an island archipelago, off the beaten track and known only to the most discerning of travellers. The island has stunning beaches and is surrounded by a barrier reef rich in marine life. A tiny population of the pygmy hippo live in the remains of an old lagoon.

 

THE MOUNTAINS - KILIMANJARO
This fairytale mountain is the highest one in Africa, 5896 metres above sea level and permanently snow-capped, and is also the highest “free-standing” mountain in the world. Kilimanjaro has two peaks that can be seen in Tarangire on a clear day.

There are coffee plantations and cultivated land at the foot of the mountain. Those wishing to climb it have several routes to choose from. Marangu (1550 m above sea level) is the usual starting point.

 

THE LAKES
The lakes of Tanzania are as dramatic as they are varied. On soda lakes like Lake Manyara and Lake Natron, wildlife gathers on the desolate salt flats and shimmering views take on a lunar landscape which at sunset descends into shades of various pastels.

The soda lakes are alkaline and brackish, home to large populations of flamingos, storks, and herons. Bird-watching and game viewing is popular activities, but must be done from a distance as the soda flats along the lake shore are difficult to walk or drive upon. Still, a visit to the soda lakes of Tanzania is an unforgettable experience. Game still thrive along their unpopulated shores and the sheer ethereal beauty of the water, colored silver and white by the mineral deposits, is an unforgettable part of the African experience.

 





























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