Discover Tanzania – The land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti
Perched on the edge of Africa and overlooking the Indian Ocean, Tanzania experiences warm and sunny days that are followed by cool and balmy nights. Overlooking the plateau of northern Tanzania stands the snowy peak of Mt.Kilimanjaro. The varied and diverse ecosystem of this mountain creates a strikingly beautiful picture. Tanzania is the largest country in Eastern Africa and covers 937,062 sq. km (580,978 sq. miles) south of the equator. The Great Rift Valley run through its interior has created many fascinating topographical features such as the Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Tanganyika. The central plateau (3936 ft. above sea level) is a huge expanse of savannah and sparse woodland.
Mt Kilimanjaro It measures to 5,890m (19,344ft) being the highest mountain in Africa’s.
Gifted with the 8th natural wonder of the world, a visit to Ngorongoro Crater is definitely a world-class experience. The crater rim is home to large herds of zebra, wildebeest, lions and many more wild animals.
Approximately 120 tribes call Tanzania home hence one can expect to find not only diverse but also interesting aspects of this country’s cultural tourism. Despite the fact that there many tribes with differences; Tanzania is well known for its peace and stability.
Comfortably rooted in the Indian Ocean you find Zanzibar, an island best known for having some of the best beaches. This island is not only home to the Swahili people and the Arab African history; it is also home of the Menai Bay conservation, a protection for endangered turtles.
The tourism industry plays a significant role in the national economy accounting for a growing percentage of the gross national product. The sector also pulls tourism-based companies and foreign investors together so as to devise campaigns channeled towards the growth of the sector.
A good portion of Tanzania’s land is devoted to conservation areas that are well protected so as to continue to sustain eco–tourism in the country. The Tanzania Tourist Board together with the Tanzania National Parks is promoting tourism inside and outside the country.
During the rainy season, conditions on the mountains make it become very slippery and most often snow becomes a problem along some of the routes to the summit.
Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia
Make up to 500 mile (800-kilometer) coastline of lush and palm-fringed islands. Tanzania’s vegetation is green and lush in the dry season.
International Boundaries: Kenya and Uganda in the north, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique in the south.
President: H.E John Magufuli (since 2015)
Tanzania has two seasons composing of long rains which normally start at the end of March and last until June, and the short rains which normally occur in October and November. The Dry season normally get by in the months of June to September and December to February. These months are best for trekking and tour among the numerous physical features in Tanzania.
Top Places to Visit
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
This conservation area is composed of Ngorongoro crater, Olduvai Gorge, Olmoti and Empakaai Craters, Lake Natron known as the breeding ground for East Africa’s flamingoes and Oldoinyo Lengai, Mountain of God, as named by the Maasai.
The Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro is surrounded by very steep walls rising at 600 meters from the crater floor, 199km away from Arusha town. It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and positioned at 2,286m above the sea level. Ngorongoro Crater lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers by Lake Eyasi in southwest and the Gol Mountains in north. The views at the rim of Ngorongoro Crater is sensational known for the grassland blends into swamps, rivers , lakes, mountains and woodland on its crater floor in Africa.
The crater accommodates over 25,000 large mammals with greater numbers of grazers – gazelle, hartebeest, buffalo, eland and warthog. Elephants in the crater are mainly bulls and small numbers of black rhinos are noticeable. The birdlife is largely seasonal as there are affected by the ratio of soda to fresh water in Lake Magadi on the crater floor.
Olduvai Gorge The gorge is about 50km long, and 90km deep located within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is the deepest and shallower in the north. The platform and museum is located near by the gorge to the main archaeological sites and it is here that visitors view from.
Tarangire National Park
This National Park is located 118km away from Arusha town covering an area of about 1600 miles or 2600sq km. It derives its name from the Tarangire River that flows through the center of the park. Zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest, buffalo, gerenuk, fringe eared Oryx and flocks of birds of different species flock the national park holding to the fact that there is a permanent water supply throughout the year in the park.
Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve covers over 50,000 square kilometers, it is the largest game reserve in Africa, Selous is at low altitude.Selous has over 789,000 major mammals, 40% of the total in Tanzania and perhaps 9% of the total world Elephant 51,200 population. There are over 109,000 buffalo amongst other large and small animals found in Africa.
Selous Game Reserve was classified and declared a World Heritage Site in 1892 with an incredible diversity of the environments within its ecosystem, miombo woodland hardwoodland, open grassland, rocky acacia clad hills, palm woodland, seasonally flooded sand rivers and swamps, lakes and riverine forest.
Ruaha National Park
It is third largest national park and Located in south central Tanzania in a remote a wild place hence forth a reason. it lies at the heart of a much larger ecosystem, which extends across the Rungwa and Kizigo game conservation areas with a total an area five times the size. Ruaha river rises in the swamps to the south and sweeps north and eastward through the park and passes through the Iringa Highlands in deep-cut gorges to reach the Great Rufiji in the region of the Beho Beho mountains in the western Selous. The little rope bridge spanning one of the tributaries of the Ruaha River some times floods but then this River ensures the life time survival of wide life especially in the dry season in the broad valleys of the park.