For many people, an African safari is the trip of a lifetime and one of the best places to experience a safari is in the east African country of Tanzania. The country’s national parks are unspoiled and are among the most scenic and most visited in the world. There are many different safari options, offering different types of accommodation although all allow you to see the big five of African animals – lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard. Most visitors make a point of visiting the bast Serengeti national park, although several other, less well known parks are also worth a visit.
If you visit Tanzania, there are several sights that should not be missed. The country is home to the continent’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro and a trek to the summit will provide unforgettable views. More wildlife can be seen in the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the remnants of a collapsed volcano. The coastal waters also offer opportunities to observe sharks and sea life, and the clear tropical waters provide some excellent diving and snorkeling.
Tanzania also has several historic sites and cultural attractions. The exotic island of Zanzibar offers some of the most beautiful beaches on the coast, a mixture of Indian and Arabic influences and some of the freshest and spiciest seafood anywhere. Stone Town has remained unchanged for centuries, and is a maze of narrow streets and alleyways; it is the biggest attraction on the island. Another island, Kilwa Kisiwani, is the site of a preserved medieval village that in its day was major trading port. Don’t forget also to try the Tanzanian coffee. It has a bright and acidic character. So if you can, try to bring some home to use in your home espresso machine.
The country is also home to Olduvai Gorge, the site of the oldest recorded human settlement, and mankind was here living and hunting around 1.9 million years ago. The Ngorongoro conservation area is one of the best places in the country to see the local Maasai tribesmen in their native habitat, and there are several villages where the Maasai live as they have done for centuries. Tanzania is one of the most fascinating and exciting destinations in the world, and a visit here will leave you with memories that last a lifetime.