Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs.
Unlike other parks in northern Tanzania, this one is not visited for the wildlife
but for the chance to stand in awe of this majestic snow-capped mountain and,
for many, to climb to the summit. Mount Kilimanjaro can be climbed at any time,
although the best period is from late June to October, during the dry season.
This huge volcanic crater has a permanent supply of water which draws all kinds of animals who stay in
this area rather than migrating. Visitors come here primarily for viewing large game and bird watching,
but also of interest in the conservation area is the Olduvai Gorge. This important archeological site has
revealed ancient skull and bone fragments that have delivered critical information about early mankind.
and the river, spectacular gorges, and majestic trees are especially appealing to photographers.
As Tanzania's second largest park, Ruaha has large herds of buffalo, elephant and gazelle.
The concentration of elephants are some of the largest in Tanzania.
A broad range of game can be found including elephants, hippos and rhinos as well as buffalo,
antelope, giraffe, warthog, wildebeest, lion, leopard and cheetah.
The diversity of bird life in Selous includes over 350 recorded species.
The wet season is from March to May, with the coldest period from June to October.
The annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest takes place in May or early June.
This migration is one of the most impressive natural events and the primary draw for many tourists.
During the dry season, Tarangire National Park has one of the highest concentrations of migratory wildlife.
Wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the lagoons
with the grand old Arabian homes lining the narrow
streets and winding alleys give the city its own unique charm.