Tanzania is in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south and the Indian Ocean to the east. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania. Tanzania's population of 44.9 million is highly diverse composed of numerous ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. Dar es Salaam, the former capital retains most government offices and is the country's largest city, principal port and leading commercial center. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10 °C and 20 °C during cold and hot seasons respectively. The rest of the country has temperatures rarely falling lower than 20 °C. The hottest period extends between November 25 °C and February 31 °C while the coldest period occurs between May 15 °C and August 20 °C. The climate is cool in high mountainous regions.

Northern Tourist Circuit

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600m deep and 300 sq kms in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder.

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Tarangire National Park

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem.

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Serengeti National Park

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park also a world heritage site, the Serengeti, is famed for its annual migration when some six million hooves pound the open plains as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.

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Lake Manyara

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward across the alkaline lake to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains as do giraffes.

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Grumeti Game Reserve

Located in the remote Western Corridor of the Serengeti, Grumeti provides a private Serengeti experience with exclusive game viewing in some of the most secluded parts of Africa’s most famous game reserve.

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Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering the understanding of the early human evolution. This site is significant in showing increased developmental and social complexities in hominins.

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Southern Tourist Circuit

Selous Game Reserve

The reserve covers a total area of 54,600 sq. km. Within the reserve no permanent human habitation or permanent structures are permitted. All entry and exit is carefully controlled by the Wildlife Division of the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.

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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha national park is Tanzania’s famous wilderness area where one can have a rare experience of game viewing spiced up by the fascinating landscape. The park is rich of plants and animals such as Greater Kudu which cannot be found in any other national park.

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Mikumi National Park

Lions survey their grassy kingdom. Zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo herds migrate across it from the flattened tops of termite mounds or sometimes during the rains from perches high in the trees. Giraffes forage in the isolated acacia stands that fringe the Mkata River. Islets of shade are also favoured by Mikumi's elephants.

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Zanzibar is the semi autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean 25 to 50 km off the coast of the mainland and consists of many small islands and two large ones, Unguja and Pemba. The capital is Zanzibar City located on the island of Unguja. Its historic centre is Stone Town which is a World Heritage Site. Zanzibar's main industries are spices, raffia and tourism.

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Pemba remains largely ‘undiscovered’. Much of the coast is lined with mangroves and lagoons. There are stretches of sand and some idyllic uninhabited isles. The healthy coral reefs, the steeply dropping walls of the Pemba Channel and an abundance of fish provide the best diving in East Africa.

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The Mafia Archipelago is scattered over the Indian Ocean 21 km off the Rufiji River Delta. The largest of a score of islands atolls and tidal sandbars, Mafia itself is approximately 50 km long and 15km wide surrounded by a barrier reef teeming with marine life.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland to an imperious 19,336 feet. Kilimanjaro is one of the world's most accessible high summit a beacon for visitors from around the world.

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Mount Meru

Mount Meru is a huge sacred golden mountain in the centre of our universe which supports the heavens and passes through the centre of the Earth or at least this is what the ancient Hindu texts state. Furthermore the supreme gods Brahma, Siva, Vishnu and the Devas reside on the top of this mountain. Many temples and ancient places were model after their abode on Mount Meru including Angkor Wat.

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Dar Es Salaam & Surrounding Day Trips


Strolling through Bagamoyo’s narrow unpaved streets or sitting at the port watching dhows get loaded takes you back to the mid 19th century. This is when the town was one of the most important settlements along the East African coast and the terminus of the trade caravan route linking Lake Tanganyika with the sea.

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Gombe Stream National Park

Gombe is the smallest national park with only 52 sq. km. of forest running along the hills of the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika. The terrain is distinguished by steep valleys and forest vegetation ranges from grassland to alpine bamboo to tropical rainforest. Accessible only by boat, the park is most famous as the location where Jane Goodall pioneered her behavioral research conducted on the chimpanzee populations.

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Mbudya Island

Mbudya Island is an uninhabited island north of the country's capital city Dar es Salaam and is one of the four islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve. The island lies close to the beach resort and fishing community of Kunduchi and is reachable by means of a 20 minute motorboat ride. It is therefore a popular daytrip for tourists serving as a location for a variety of leisure activities like snorkelling, sunbathing and hiking.

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Bongoyo Island

The island has a very rocky shore and only two beaches. All visitors visit the beach at the northwestern tip of the island where the boats moor and where there are some huts, drinks and food. The much longer but narrower beach along the northeastern side has no facilities and is mostly deserted. The entire island is covered in dense forest and has a few walking trails.

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