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Tanzania

Home to the Big 5 and other endangered animals, you will never get bored of this country as it has the best game viewing experience to the visitors. You can choose to go on game drive tours that will allow you to get close with the animals and get to know about their natural habitat. Choose the hot air balloon ride which will take you a journey of calmness and tranquility. An aerial view of the entire place is something that should not be missed while on your tour to Tanzania. With so much to offer, Tanzania is a must visit place in Africa and should definitely be added in your bucket list. This African nation has left all the travelers stunned with its vast landscape, beautiful places and abundant wildlife that is sure to give your Africa vacation tour worth the while. From animals like cheetah, lion, buffalos to African bush elephant, antelopes and giraffe, Tanzania is blessed with the best and a must visit place to visit in Africa on your next tour. Not only the country is famous for its safari rides, it is also home to some of the stunning attractions which will take your breath away at once. The famous Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and much more reside in this African nation which is sure to give your tour to Africa lifetime of memories.

Arusha

Situated at the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha is Africa's fifth highest peak and is the undisputed gateway to the Northern Tanzania. Being the safari capital of Tanzania, the city of Arusha has garnered many tourists from all over the globe. Established in 1900 as a minor German military garrison for the colonial administration, Arusha town has a wide population of 270,485. The city was once a trading place for the domestic Wameru and Waarusha tribes but today it has become one of Tanzania’s famous safari and tourist center. It is also known as the ‘Geneva of Africa’ and consists of picturesque street markets, craft shops, restaurants, street cafes and bars. Built by the Germans as a centre of colonial administration in the early 20th century, Arusha was once a sleepy town with garrisons stationed at the old boma and a few shops around a grassy roundabout. Today the city is one of the country’s most prosperous town because of its backwater status among the farmlands and plantations of Northern Tanzania. A fascinating fusion of cultural heritage and modern Africa, Arusha is truly an excellent opportunity for the Northern Safari circuit. Arusha is not a particularly attractive city in itself and is regarded by many visitors as little more than a necessary stopover before their safari starts in earnest. The natural charm of the Tanzanians and bustling of a fast growing city means that this safari destination in Tanzania has plenty to offer to the travelers and for those who are prepared to see beyond the air conditioned safari trucks and satellite TV equipped hotel rooms. From the famous Clock tower, Massai market to Arusha museum and scenic cafes, the city has something for everyone. As the safari capital of Tanzania, Arusha is also where you are most like to encounter touts offering safaris and souvenirs to cherish the moment.

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Dar Es Salaam

Nestled on the Indian Ocean coast, Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and logistics hub. The title Dar belongs to Dodoma, a drab administrative city located inland and best avoided. The city of Dar es Salam is a typical African city, full of energy and people strutting in the bustling streets. Dar es Salaam's origins have been influenced by a myriad of Sultans, the Germans, and the British. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century and is now one of the famous tourist spots in Tanzania boasting of most important ports and trading centres. Despite its name, which means “abode of peace” in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the main port of call for most of the visitors. It is an ideal place from where both the wilderness areas and the beaches of Tanzania and Zanzibar can be seen and explored. The architecture of Dar es Salaam showcases Swahili, colonial and Asian influences which makes it perfect place in Tanzania for the travelers. From busting streets to chaotic traffic, Dar may not be of everyone’s taste but its s sure to proffer its travelers with true African culture and lifestyle. With implementation of modern facilities and style Dar es Salam has now become a tourist hub in the city of Tanzania.

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Lake Manyara

Well known for its tree climbing lions, Soda Ash Lake and flamingoes, Lake Manyara national park is one of the tourist spot in Tanzania which has attracted tourists from all across the globe. Located on the way to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, Lake Manyara National Park is worth a stop in its own right. The park offers a unique wilderness experience in diverse habitats making it an ideal spot in Tanzania for wildlife viewing. The shores of the lake, covered with pink flamingo, attract more than 400 species of birds, many of them waterfowl or migrants. The diverse landscape offers visitors stunning views of the escarpment and lake surroundings. Located a short 90-minute drive from Arusha and its airport, Lake Manyara is easy to reach and a convenient add-on to visitors exploring the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. The park in Tanzania provide visitors with excellent game viewing opportunities during dry season while the winter months attract an abundance of birdlife and rushing waterfalls. Apart from the lions, the national park is also home to the largest concentration of baboons and elephants which is a sight to behold. Large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai giraffe and impala can also be seen around in the park.

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Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park lies as the fourth-largest national park that resembles its backdrop with the Serengeti National Park. With a short distance from the Dar es Salaam and the adjacent national parks of the region, Mikumi is conserving the rich biodiversity and the wildlife of the region. The national park is not just an attraction for the visitors but an educational centre where a number of conservation and study projects are being carried out. The destination may not be that famous among the international tourist but the year-round weather condition and the endemic wilds make it a worthy place to explore. Mikumi National Park safari takes you to an amazing journey where you can have a great chance to spot the buffaloes, giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, zebras, crocodiles and the cat family as lion or leopards and endangered wild dogs. The big five as cheetah, lion, elephant, buffalo, and rhino will never disappoint you as there are high chances of spotting them wandering around. Around 400 bird species are recorded here that varies with the vibrant colour as the lilac-breasted roller, bateleur eagle and yellow-throated long claw and some European Migratory birds. With not much popularity among the international visitors, the park offers a comfy and leisure stay for business travellers’ ad those seeking a short vacation in Tanzania. There are few numbers of campsite and resorts along with the resorts that offer an affordable and relaxing option of stay at Mikumi national park lodges.

Morogoro

Lying at the base of the magnificent Uluguru Mountains, the Morogoro region is the agricultural land of Tanzania. The region supports the vegetation of Tobacco along with the complete processing before transported to market areas. Along with agriculture, the city is known for the educational centers and the hospitals promoting the missionary believe. Taking about the tourism in Morogoro, the mountains play an essential role in attracting the tourist to the region. The forest area and the birdlife and the flora and fauna aids to the tourism making the city suitable for adventure and leisure. Being close to the Uluguru Mountains, hiking and camping is most enthralling task for the tourist, visiting the city of Tanzania. The cultural tours are known worldwide enhancing the tourist footfall each year. If not much to do, the short distance from the lively city of Dar es Salaam and makes Morogoro popular among the travelers. The old German architecture missionary groups define the lifestyle and the culture, the city follows. Surely Morogoro won’t ever disappoint you with the fame and attraction it holds. Known for the colonial history from the German era Morogoro region exhibits is beauty with the culture and art. The jazz band and the buildings with the German influence I something that makes it stand as one of the most beautiful and prestigious region of Tanzania. The city although doesn’t offer much to the travelers but whatever attraction it holds makes it a worthy place for an escape. Adventure and leisure can be best here with less chaos and the amazing food. One can even enjoy Safari along with exploring the Morogoro Tanzania at the closely nestled Mikumi National Park and Selous Game Reserve.

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Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Conservation area offers one of the richest wildlife viewing experiences on the African continent. Situated in the Arusha region of Northern Tanzania, this conservation area in Tanzania is a world UNESCO heritage site. The area allows visitors to sample locally grown and brewed coffee, safari through a crater, and hike up another and walk in the footsteps of early man. The area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests which attract tourists from all walks of life. Home to 25000 large animals, Ngorongoro is one of the top tourist sites in Tanzania attracting tourists from across the globe. One of the famous attractions in Ngorongoro is the Ngorongoro Crater which is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa. With a diameter of approximately 19 km and its majestic walls that rise just over 610 m, the crater floor covers an area of 260 sq km. Today over 40,000 Masais reside n the area making the Ngorongoro Conservation Area one of the famous places in Tanzania that has garnered most of the tourists. The conservation shares a boundary with the Serengeti National Park and one must drive through the conservation in order to get to the Serengeti.

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Ruaha National Park

Situated at the heart of Tanzania, Ruaha national park is one of the few Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. Ruaha is named after the great River Ruaha which is the lifeline for the animals of the park in the dry season. The banks of the Ruaha are a permanent hunting ground for lion, leopard, cheetah, jackal, hyena and the rare and endangered African wild dog, who prey on the waterbuck, impala and gazelle that come to the river to drink. It covers an area of about 13,000 square kilometres and is one of the top tourist attractions in Tanzania. Ruaha national park is characterized by diverse landscapes of extraordinary beauty which attracts more tourists from across the globe. From hilly groves to spiky baobab, the park’s landscape is what it makes it unique and the best safari destination in Tanzania. With high diversity of plants and animals, the parks boasts of many endangered species like wild dogs, elephants, antelopes and much more. It also serves as a water shade both for animals as well as humans. Apart from large animals, the park also harbors a number of reptiles and amphibians such as crocodiles, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes, monitor lizards, agama lizards and frogs. Being the largest safari destination, the park can be an ideal spot in Tanzania to get close with the wild beasts.

Selous Game Reserve

A UNESCO world heritage site of Tanzania since 1982, Selous Game reserve counts as one of the largest game reserves of Africa. Spreading its boundaries to an area of 50,000 sq km, tourism here lacks for being a remote region. Still, the unique wildlife and the amazing safari experience have made it stands as the heritage site with remarkable beauty. Describing the region, it is not just the largest but one of the oldest and the most diverse game reserve in Tanzania. Safari in Selous extends its edges to offer much adventure and entertainment with activities as boating, scheduled game drives, flying safari or camping. The channel of lakes takes you through the lush and smooth trails where you can spot the wildlife and the birdlife dwelling there. Suited for every visitor be the honeymooners, the family travellers or the group travellers, there is a lot you can try to make your experience remarkable. The well furnished and luxury lodges aids on to the beauty and service the region offers to the visitors. With the pools and the deck for game viewing, the lodges here are ideally architected to maintain a balance between leisure and nature. Selous Game reserve Tanzania is a niche for an abundance of wild ranging from the hippos to crocodiles, the elephants rhinos, and the endemic spies of brindled gnu, sable antelope, Nyasaland gnu, eland, waterbuck, greater kudu, hartebeest, giraffe, zebras, warthog, reedbuck, spotted hyena, hunting dog, and the lion and leopard. The game drives here are best to spot the large population of buffalo in Africa. The game reserve holds a number of lakes and rivers that act as the life for the wild basically during the dry months. The diverse landscape and the presence of volcanic spring, River Rufiji makes the Selous Game reserve safari the best and the most unique in entire Africa.

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti national Park in Tanzania is one of the oldest national Parks and is the flagship of Tanzania tourism industry. The word Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word Siringitu, which means: ‘The place where land moves forever’. The park covers an area of approximately 15,000 km² and is one of the famous tourist attractions in Tanzania. Renowned for its huge number of predators and the Great Serengeti Migration of two million wildebeest, this tourist spot in Tanzania is worth the visit once in your lifetime. The park is surrounded by remarkable tribes such as the Masai and Hadzabe which showcases the true culture and lifestyle of African people. This park in Tanzania is a world heritage site which has attracted thousands of tourists from all walks of life. Being famous for its abundant wildlife, travelers have ample time to spend and explore the wilderness of this tourist spot in Tanzania. A safari tour in Serengeti national park should not be missed as you get to experience the unmatched beauty of gigantic creatures that are there in the park. Wildlife found in this park include lion, cheetah, hyenah, leopard, topi, eland, hartebeest, buffalo, elephant, caracal, serval, bat-eared fox, hyrax, genet, hares, porcupine and many more.

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Stone Town

Named as UNESCO heritage site in 2000, Stone Town is the oldest part of Zanzibar city that is known for its cultural heritage of Persian, Indian, Arab and European elements. Stone Town is the main city of Zanzibar that has attracted tourists from all walks of life. This is a city of prominent history and artistic importance in East Africa. The architecture of the city dates back in the 19th century and reflects the diverse Swahili culture. The cultural heart of Zanzibar has changed in the last 200 years and has become a popular tourist attraction for all kind of travelers. This bustling city boasts of a bewildering maze of streets and alleyways that form the western part of the Zanzibar Town. The city boasts of winding alleys, lively bazaars, mosques, huge Arab Houses and delicious cuisines that will make your stay memorable and worthwhile. Housing beautiful places, breathtaking landscape and friendly people, Stone Town is an amazing place where you can spend your upcoming vacation. You can spend many idle hours just traversing through the fascinating labyrinth of alleys and narrow streets. Admire the various examples of handiwork and get to know more about the place. With so much to offer, Stone Town has everything to offer to the enthusiast travelers.

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Tarangire National Park

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire national park is a diverse and picturesque African wildlife sanctuary that is famous for its elephant migration, birding and authentic safari atmosphere. Tarangire national park is a popular stop for people travelling through the northern safari circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Being so famous for its safari tour, this park in Tanzania is one of the most famous spot which has attracted thousands of tourists from many years. Tarangire is surprisingly large, giving visitors the quietest game viewing environment of all the parks in the region. Set in the ecosystem that is ten times larger than Manyara Park, the conservation area is only owned by the Maasai people and visitors have an opportunity to learn about their culture and lifestyle. A Tarangire National Park safari boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, and a remarkable concentration of big cats and is one of the best National Parks in Tanzania. Tarangire national park in Tanzania is well known as a wonderful birding destination and is a good choice for travelers to view large number of bird species. The huge baobab trees are of great attraction when you visit this national park and also make an excellent opportunity for photography.

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar stands as an attraction of Tanzania that is an extensive group of islands in the Indian Ocean. The Zanzibar city is laced with idyllic resorts, hotels and number of facilities that make it a one of the best attraction and holiday destination. The beaches at Zanzibar bring a sense of tranquillity and calmness adding to the serenity of the Islands. The destination makes a perfect gateway for leisure seekers, honeymooners and travellers with the immense beauty of crystalline beaches. The city of Zanzibar opens up a list of adventure and entertainment all from cruising in the clear waves, to relax in the beach amidst the gleaming sun and the pale shades. Coming to the history of Zanzibar, the city was known as the birthplace of the Swahili and the palace of the Sultans. The Portuguese invaded the city of Zanzibar Africa in the 16th century that ended the era of the Sultan. The city offers many historical sites for sightseeing at Zanzibar all starting from House of Wonders, Turkish baths of the old city, merchants’ houses and the Portuguese fort and gardens. Today the Zanzibar tour in Africa is renowned for this attraction and the sandy beaches enclosing the habitat of the vibrant coral reefs, the Islands and the vegetation of species adding more to the tourism in Zanzibar.

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