Tanzania is situated on the east coast of Africa, south of the Equator, and offers a prime location for a safari experience due to this mix of land and sea. Tanzania – or Tanganyika – has a long, colorful history, and is today a resultant mixture of many peoples and cultures, with influences ranging from Persian and Muslim, to Portuguese and German. Finally becoming independent in 1961 – the first East African country to do so – Tanganyika united with Zanzibar to form the United Republic of Tanzania in 1964. While Swahili is the official national language and English is widely spoken in towns and cities, Tanzania has more than 126 tribes each with its own dialect. The major attractions continue to be its National Parks, of which it boasts the highest number of any country in Africa. The Serengeti, Selous Game Reserve, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Lake Tanganyika – the deepest and longest freshwater lake in Africa – each offer an abundance of wildlife in varied landscapes, which may be combined for an incredible safari experience.
The Ngorongoro Crater is truly one of the most unique places on Earth! Within the walls of the 10×12 mile crater exists an ecosystem that is exclusively diverse. In addition to the phenomenal annual migration in the Serengeti, this area also provides magnificent game viewing most of the year and the endless plains offer opportunities to see huge herds of antelope, lion prides, and many other species both large and small, together with prolific birdlife. Lake Manyara National Park is a small, but very diverse park known for its hippopotamus, flamingos, and lions which hunt on the grassy shores and have an unusual habit of climbing trees. Tarangire National Park occupies almost 2,500 square miles of pure Rift Valley wilderness, southeast of Lake Manyara, and is home to giant baobab trees. In an opposite direction, south of Dar Es Salaam, and somewhat less known, lies the huge Selous Game Reserve, which is home to large volumes of animals, including the African hunting dog. Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and 5000 feet higher than the tallest mountain in the contiguous USA (Mount Whitney), but can be climbed without technical gear. Although Arusha National Park is one of the smallest parks in Tanzania, it offers breathtaking scenery, craters, lakes, rich bird life and some good animal sightings. For the more adventurous and those particularly interested in primates, Gombe Stream National Park covers a strip of hill country rising from Lake Tanganyika, with riverine forests that are home to the park’s chimpanzees made famous by Dr. Jane Goodall.
Because of the plethora of opportunity found here, travelers have the choice of safaris, beach vacations, mountain trekking on Mount Kilimanjaro, or, if they prefer, camping in the African bush, making Tanzania a truly unique and memorable experience!
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