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Tanzania

Tanzania is quintessential Africa. It boasts the largest mountain range on the continent, the world renowned Serengeti National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, the fabled wildebeest migration and The Great Rift Valley.

The Serengeti National Park is one of the most celebrated wildlife reserves in the world. Serengeti’s literal translation is “endless plains”. The rolling distances of short grass provide an exceptional landscape for wildlife viewing. This wildlife sanctuary is home to lions, leopards, rhino, hippo, elephants, giraffes, baboons and wild dogs. It also stages the famed annual migration of wildebeest, which acts as a survival of the fittest contest, for this is a journey that encompasses crocodile infested waters and drought. For many, this is the ultimate wildlife experience.

No visit to Tanzania would be complete without a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater which lies within a conservation area of the same name. The steep edges of the crater are covered in lush dense rainforest which at the crater floor gives way to open grassy plains. This is the largest intact caldera (collapsed volcano) in the world. The endangered black rhino calls this home. It is not only animals which make this their home but also local Maasai people.

You can really get up close and personal with the wildlife by doing a walking safari here. If trekking is your thing, test your endurance levels and join a trek to Africa’s ‘roof’ better known as Mount Kilimanjaro.

No visit to Tanzania would be complete without a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater which lies within a conservation area of the same name.

Tanzania is one of the best places to view The Great Rift Valley. The valley is comprised mainly of forest, woodland and swamps. This backbone of Africa provides jaw-dropping scenery; the uninterrupted views of the plains and the misty escarpment stretch into the horizon and beyond.

The Lake Manyara National Park is approached from the eastern side of the Rift Valley and offers game-viewing of water monkeys swinging through the tall trees, woodland lions trawling through the acacia and hippos wallowing in the lake.

Tanzania is not just about open plains and incredible wildlife but it is also home to wonderful beaches and a fascinating mix of cultures. The Tanzanian Islands and Zanzibar in particular should not be overlooked. Known as ‘Spice Island’ for the amazing array of flavour enhancing produce grown here this island is home to picture perfect palm fringed beaches. Before you flop and drop however, you should spend at least a little bit of time in the capital of Stone Town wandering through the narrow cobbled streets and bustling market as well as learning about the slave trade which was so prominent here.