Tanzania’s vast landscapes, both vibrant and beautiful, are a photographer’s dream. Snowcapped Kilimanjaro, exotic Zanzibar, the plains of the Serengeti and the amphitheatre of the Ngorongoro Crater are all symbolic of Africa.
The country is blessed with the winning combination of superb safari parks and spectacular tropical beaches. Because of its size, we recommend that you focus on just one or two areas.
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The Ngorongoro Crater was once a gigantic volcano, perhaps taller than Kilimanjaro. Today, its peak long since collapsed and eroded, it is now an extensive highland area with the famous Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. This natural amphitheatre covers an area 260 sq.km and has approximately 25,000 large mammals, almost half consisting of Zebra and Wildebeest. The wildlife within the Crater is one of the world's wonders and the Crater itself has been declared a World Heritage Site.
The Selous is the largest National Park in Africa and is about twice the size of Denmark. Visitors are restricted to the area north of the Rufiji River - the landscape here is largely open grassland and acacia woodland. The density of animals in the park is lower than other parks (poaching has been a big problem in the past) but being here gives you the feeling of being somewhere where little has changed for hundreds of years. During a game drive you are unlikely to see any other vehicles. The Rufiji River forms a wide delta where it flows through the Selous, which provides a unique ecosystem for aquatic animals. Hippo and crocodile sightings are especially notable and elephant, lion, buffalo, wild dog and over 400 species of bird can also be seen.
The Serengeti is the most famous of Tanzania’s national parks. The name is derived from the Masai word ‘siringet’ meaning ‘extended area’ or ‘endless plains’ and it contains one of the world’s greatest concentration of plains animals. Serengeti National Park was established in 1951 and at 14,763 square kilometres is Tanzania’s second largest national park (after Selous). It rises from 920-1,850 metres above sea level and its landscape varies from the long and short grass plains in the south, to the central savannah, the more hilly wooded areas in the north and the extensive woodland in the western corridor. The Serengeti is perhaps most well known for the annual migration that takes place across the great savannah plains. This is a phenomenal sight: thousands upon thousands of animals, particularly wildebeest, as far as the eye can see.
Only an hour’s easy drive from Arusha, Tarangire is one of Tanzania’s most accessible game parks. Home to 3,500 resident elephant and several species of wildlife, Tarangire is becoming recognised as an area of remarkable beauty with rewarding game viewing.
The very name Zanzibar conjures up exotic and romantic images. There are two main island...