Tanzania Treasures - Welcome to a country with spectacular scenery, stunning wildlife parks with enormous herd of plains animals, snow-capped Kilimanjaro, inviting Indian Ocean beaches and habitats of world importance.
Serengeti National Park
Tarangire National Park
Mt Kilimanjaro National Park
Arusha National Park
Zanzibar and Bagamoyo
A unique combination of diverse habitats enables the Serengeti to support more than 30 species of large herbivores and nearly 500 species of birds.
Its landscape, originally formed by volcanic activity, is continually sculptured by the concerted action of wind, rain and sun. Its grass plains, savannahs with scattered acacia trees, wooded grassland, extensive woodland and black clay plains, small rivers, lakes and swamps scattered throughout, will impress even the most seasoned traveler.
Kilimanjaro National Park,- is home to Africa's crown jewel and home to "Kibo" or "Kili," the highest peak on the African continent, and tallest free-standing mountain in the world. It rises in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland to 5,895 meters.
One of the world's most accessible summits, Kili is a beacon for visitors from around the world. Climbers can reach the summit with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and equipment and determination, Those who reach the summit will have earned their climbing certificates.....and their unforgettable memories!
There are six trekking routes to the summit and other more demanding routes. Day or over-night hikes and nature trails are available on the Shira plateau and lower reaches.
The entrance gate leads into a shadowy mountain forest inhabited by blue monkeys and the only place on the northern circuit where the acrobatic black and white colobus monkey is easily seen. In the middle of the forest is the spectacular Ngurdoto Crater whose steep, rocky cliffs enclose a wide marshy floor, home to herds of buffalo and warthog.
Momela Lakes, in the northern part of the park, are home to thousands of flamingos and a rich diversity of waterfowl. Waterbucks, giraffe, zebra and dik dik all graze the park's grassy hills. Leopards and hyenas can also be seen slinking around in the early morning and late afternoon.
Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro's little sister at 4,566 meters dominates the park's horizon and offers hikers unparalleled views of its famous neighbor.
The park is an easy 40 minute drive from Arusha and its lakes, forest and Ngurdoto Crater can be visited in a half-day outing.
Olduvai comes from the Maasai word for wild sisal, which grow in the Olduvai Gorge, 30 km from Ngorongoro Crater.
Olduvai is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, the location of Dr. and Mrs. LSB Leaky's discovery of Zinjanthropus bosei who inhabited the area 1.8 million years ago. It has been instrumental in furthering the understanding of early human evolution.
There is a small museum, full of information about the most important finds, and knowledgeable guides to provide short introductory talks and tours into the gorge to examine excavations.
The mere name "Zanzibar" conjures up intriguing images of coral sand beaches and swaying palm trees, of exotic spice trade and Arab dhows. It's all here along with year around warm temperatures. Its fascinating architectural heritage, Swahili culture, unique Stone Town, spice trade tradition, and slave trade history make it a truly fascinating holiday destination.
Travelers often book a trip to Zanzibar before or following their safari.
Situated 70 km north of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, was recently designated as Tanzania's seventh world heritage site. Bagamoyo, which means "lay down your heart" in Swahili, was the major slave trading post in East Africa. It is also the center for dhow sailboat building. Its architecture, while in decline, is still beautiful to see.
The Bagamoyo College of Arts is an internationally famous arts college in Tanzania., teaching traditional Tanzanian painting, sculpture, drama, dancing and drumming.
Lake Manyara National Park
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Udzungwa Mountains National Park
The third largest national park in Tanzania, Tarangire National Park covers over 2,600 sq km and was founded in 1970. The park's abundant and distinctive baobab trees will immediately catch your eye.
Tarangire derives its name from the Tarangire River that rises in the highlands of Central Tanzania and winds its way through the game sanctuary. The river lures herds of plains migrants by the thousands from surrounding areas to its waters during the dry season. As part of the migration system, the resident population swells dramatically with zebra, eland, wildebeest, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo and fringe-eared Orynx.
Tarangire has some of the highest game concentration in Africa, and is a fine place to view many species, including especially large herds of elephants.
Lake Manyara National Park is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa."
Manyara offers a compact game-viewing circuit, a virtual microcosm of the Tanzania safari experience. The road from the entrance winds through lush jungle where troops of baboon lounge, blue monkeys scamper among mahogany trees, and bushbuck scamper through the shadows. In contrast are the park's grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks rising from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on the grassy plains as do giraffes.
Manyara is also home to legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Its more than 400 species of birds gives the Africa visitor a wonderful introduction to its spectacular bird life. Thousands of pink-hued flamingos and other large waterfowl offer more park highlights.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area (ACA) is a Unesco World Heritage Site located 180 km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area is recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa.
The main NCA feature in the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera, formed when the large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself 2-3 million years ago, is 2,000 feet deep and its floor covers 260 sq km.
The Crater includes most of the animal species found in East Africa. Approximately 25,000 large animals live in the crater. These include the endangered black rhino, hippo, wildebeest, zebra, common eland, gazelles, waterbuck and warthogs. Lake Madagi, a large lake in the southwest of the crater is inhabited by thousands of flamingos.
The Crater has more of the big cats per square km than anywhere else in Africa.
Udzungwa Mountains National ParK are unique and pristine wilderness mountains forested with a great altitude range of forest. The park, located in the Iringa and Morongoro region in south central Tanzania, is home to primates and known for its treasure of high biodiversity of plants and animals.
Part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, a series of mountains ranging from Taita Hills in Southern Kenya to Makambako Gap in South Central Tanzania, the major park attraction is biologically diverse plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, butterfly and insects. Many of these are found nowhere else in the world.
Humidity from the near by Indian Ocean and the sudden change of altitude precipitate constant rain resulting in spectacular waterfalls and intriguing natural caves. Udsungwa is ideal for those who are fit and enjoy walking and climbing. Its centerpiece is the 170m Sanje Waterfall.