Tanzania is a land of contrasts, a world where the wilderness of the Serengeti and its bustling plains bow before mighty Kilimanjaro’s snow-laden crown. Further south, the verdant basin of the Ngorongoro Crater cradles a vibrant ecosystem, while beyond its parameters, endless coffee plantations churn out infinite quantities of the berry-like brew. To the east, teal-hued waters gently lap the Tanzanian shoreline and lazy ocean currents beckon visitors toward the Afro-Arab islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia.
Home of the Big 5, Tanzania is also the stage for the Great Migration, which plays out partly on the vast plains of the Serengeti. Each year, over 1.5 million wildebeest, a fair number of gazelles, and small following of zebra seek better grazing areas. To the south of the Serengeti lies a wildlife trove, hidden in the volcanically-rich and fertile soil of the Ngorongoro Crater and the pink-tinged, flamingo-infested waters of Lake Natron.
Further east and beyond the coastline are Africa’s own spice islands. With a culture stemming from an amalgamation of Swahili and Arab influences, the palm frond-littered shorelines, pearly-white sands, and spice-rich markets of Pemba Island or the mystery around famous Stone Town residents such as Freddie Mercury and slave trader, Tippu Tip, are sure to entice visitors into staying a while longer.
- Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro
- The great Serengeti ecosystem, setting of the Great Migration, borders Kenya and its Maasai Mara
- The largest and only intact caldera in the world is the Ngorongoro Crater
- A number of active and extinct volcanoes and exciting hikes to their peaks are available
- The islands of Zanzibar are within easy reach of the mainland with flights and ferries departing for Zanzibar and Pemba Island daily