The United Republic of Tanzania is a country of exceptional geographic diversity; from the lofty heights of Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world, to the rolling plains of the Serengeti and the tropical beach paradises of Zanzibar, the spice island. Tanzania offers the African experience on a truly grand scale.
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Two of Africa’s most celebrated wilderness areas – the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti – are located in northern Tanzania and boast some of the largest concentrations of game on the continent. The latter acts as a stage for one of the world’s natural wonders as close to two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate through the Serengeti ecosystem annually. Also found here are the famous soda lakes of the Great Rift Valley, notably Lakes Natron and Manyara, which attract a multitude of flamingos every year.
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The lesser-known areas of the Selous, Katavi, Ruaha and Mahale flaunt an abundance of animals in the wildest possible settings. These areas exude an aura of untrammelled wilderness, conserved by limited accessibility, and truly belong to the animals. Mahale is situated on the sandy shores of Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world, and offers an exceptional opportunity to trek with wild chimpanzee in this Robinson Crusoe setting.
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Tanzania is home to some of the earliest known human development, it was at Olduvai Gorge that the Leakey family made revelatory anthropological discoveries and at Gombe Stream that Jane Goodall began to unlock the secrets of our cousins and our evolution.
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The population of Tanzania is 37 million, united by a shared experience of nationhood and a common language. Culturally rich, the Tanzanians are famed for their warmth, dignity and hospitality; from the Maasai in the north to the distinctly middle-eastern inspired Swahili culture of coastal Zanzibar.
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With fabulous game, wonderfully diverse wilderness areas and vibrant cultures Tanzania is a must for the safari aficionado.
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