The Key Attractions in Tanzania:
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is arguably the most famous safari destination in Africa.
For parts of the year, it is home to the vast wildebeest and zebra herds of the Great Migration – a spectacle that remains the park’s biggest draw. It is also possible to see the Big Five here, and to experience the rich culture of the region’s traditional Maasai tribe’s people.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Set within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. It creates a unique ecosystem filled with wildlife – including giant tusker elephants, black-maned lions and endangered black rhino. During the rainy season, the crater’s soda lakes are home to thousands of rose-colored flamingos.
The Mount Kilimanjaro
Iconic Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and the highest mountain in Africa. It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro without any specialised training or equipment, and several tour companies offer guided hikes to the summit.
Tours take between five and 10 days, and pass through five different climate zones.
Located off the coast of Dar es Salaam, the spice island of Zanzibar is steeped in history. The capital, Stone Town, was built by Arab slave-traders and spice merchants who left their mark in the form of elaborate Islamic architecture. The island’s beaches are blissful, while surrounding reefs offer ample opportunity for scuba diving.
How Getting There
Tanzania has two main airports – Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, and Kilimanjaro International Airport near Arusha. These are the two main ports of entry for international visitors. With the exception of a handful of African countries, most nationalities require a visa for entry into Tanzania. You can apply for a visa in advance at your nearest embassy or consul, or you can pay for one on arrival at several ports of entry including the airports listed above.