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.
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.