Tanzania is home to some of the continent’s best game viewing yet is less visited as a safari destination as neighbouring Kenya or South Africa. Its national parks and conservation areas are largely uncrowded, served by Air Tanzania’s excellent network of internal flights, and there is a very high standard of safari lodges. When you want a break from the bush, its tropical coastline is dotted with superb beaches and exotic islands, including the fabled Spice Island of Zanzibar.
Safari options range from the great rolling plains of the Serengeti, with snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro ever-present, to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which specialises in walking safaris. Northern Tanzania also boasts excellent game viewing in Arusha National Park and the lesser-visited Lake Manyara National Park, while the south east stretches to Selous National Park, Africa’s largest at 50,000 square kilometres.
Travelling to the remote shores of Tanganyika you can visit the Mahale Mountains National Park to search for its native chimpanzees. Tanzania is also one of the best places to witness the great wildebeest migration, where some 1.5 million wildebeest head westwards from the Serengeti to seek out new grazing lands each year.
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