by AdminSoa
December 3, 2015

Visit Tanzania

When it comes to the safari experience, Tanzania’s stunning range of wildlife and its many beautiful national parks and conservation areas make it the best place in Africa to go on safari.

Parks such as Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire, and the world famous Serengeti offer visitors the opportunity to see the fabled big five as well as countless other animals, birds, and insects the likes of which you cannot see elsewhere in the world.

Whether you choose to do your safari from the back of a truck or want to try something more adventurous such as guided hiking or even canoeing, there is a wealth of options to satisfy.

Tanzania is also the traditional home of the Maasai people, and no visit to Tanzania would be complete without interacting with these people and paying a visit to the Cradle of Mankind at Olduvai Gorge.

For the more adventurous, the opportunity to climb iconic Mt. Kilimanjaro or the smaller but no less beautiful Mount Mara is also available.

Those seeking sun, sand, and leisure can visit beautiful Zanzibar, a magnificent island retreat whose rich cultural history is every bit as fascinating as its jungles and beaches.
Tanzania Safaris and Tours

It’s a cliché to say it, but Tanzania can really boast having it all. When it comes to tracking down the Big 5 or viewing the legendary Great Migration, you can’t do any better than this stunning east African country.

The sixteen national parks of Tanzania offer an incomparable opportunity for travellers to get up close and personal with stunning animals such as the elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhinoceros, and so many more. Tanzania truly offers the world’s most unique safari experience.

From the vast open plains of the legendary Serengeti to the lost world that is Ngorongoro, the sheer variety of landscapes means that each day on safari is an entirely different experience.

Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro offers up a stunning backdrop – but it’s not just pretty to look at. The opportunity to scale this tremendous mountain draws thousands of people to Tanzania each year.

For those who are looking to unwind after their safari, the world renowned holiday destination of Zanzibar offers up its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. The sights, sounds, and smells of Stone Town offer a rare glimpse back into the island’s long history, and it’s a short trip from there to get to quiet beaches and idyllic resorts perfect for relaxing.

Cultural tourism is a fast growing aspect of Tanzanian tourism as well, and a trip to the country would be incomplete without taking the opportunity to interact with some of the over 120 different ethnic groups that call the country home. The Maasai may be the most famous, but you’ll find that wherever you go you’ll be offered a window into the country’s rich cultural heritage.
Wildlife of Tanzania

Tanzania can boast 20% of Africa’s large mammal population, a stunning number that you will soon realise is no exaggeration. The plains of the Serengeti literally teem with wildlife, and you can expect to see hundreds of zebra, wildebeest, giraffes, impala, and more as you travel.

The National Parks of Tanzania offer an unparalleled wildlife viewing experience in which the Great Migration is the crown jewel. The massive herd movement of wildebeest, zebra, and other animals is one of the greatest spectacles not only in Africa – but in the world.

20% of Africa’s large mammal population. Just savour that fact for a moment. In a continent as huge as Africa, you can find a stunning 20% of its large mammals in the relatively small corner that is Tanzania.

The safari experience in the country offers visitors the opportunity to not only track the elusive Big 5 (the lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephant), but to also see countless other animals both big and small.

Bird-watchers and insect investigators will find that Tanzania doesn’t slack in these departments either. From the ominous hooded vulture all the way down to the beautiful blue breasted kingfisher, you’ll be able to do a second safari of the Tanzanian skies as well.

National Parks of Tanzania

Each of Tanzania’s sixteen national parks offers up a unique experience, meaning that no two days on safari are ever the same.

This variety of landscapes really does let you design a safari experience that is perfect for you. While many prefer the comfort and ease of a classic safari across the Serengeti or through dusty Tarangire, others might prefer to stretch their legs with a guided walking safari or get really adventurous with some climbing and canoeing.

Tanzania's most famous national park is vast Serengeti, where the Great Migration can be seen during the year. Regardless of when you visit, the Serengeti is the best place to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, and thousands of herbivores in their natural habitat.

Nearby Ngorongoro is a verdant lost world in which the enigmatic black rhinoceros and the cape buffalo can be seen grazing, hippopotamus laze in shady pools, and the vast herds of zebra and wildebeest move across the crater's cloud dappled plains.

Closer to Arusha are Tarangire and Lake Manyara, offering up very different experiences. Lake Manyara is perhaps most famous for its flocks of flamingos and the tree climbing lions who look lazily over their dominion.

Nearby Tarangire, dry and dusty for much of the year, is the ideal place to see elephants in the wild year round. The rainy season also brings out herds of zebras, impala, and cape buffalo, and the park's mischievous monkeys and baboons are sure to delight.

Arusha National Park is the perfect day trip from Arusha, and is one of the few places in Africa where you can step out of the car and explore wilderness on foot or by canoe. The Big Five can't be found in the park, but it boasts the world's largest giraffe population as well as some of Africa's most iconic herbivores.

Visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of Africa’s premier beach and leisure playgrounds. With beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear water perfect for swimming and scuba diving, people from all over the world travel to this tiny island paradise to escape from it all.

In addition to relaxation and water sports, Zanzibar is also a unique part of Tanzania with a rich and fascinating culture as a spice island and former slave port. Walking through the alleys and markets of Stone Town is akin to time travel.

The main reason people come to Zanzibar is obvious: it’s tropical climate and beautiful beaches make it an ideal destination for those wanting a break from the hustle and bustle. If you’re feeling dusty after your time on safari, there’s no better place to wash it all off than on one of Zanzibar’s many picturesque beaches.

The island’s interior contains lush jungle and the spice plantations that continue to make Zanzibar famous to this day. The rare red colobus monkey is native to the jungles of Zanzibar, and spotting them in the wild is a miniature safari all of its own.

Historic Stone Town – a former British and Omani settlement – was an infamous slave port for much of its history, and the old part of the city still very much bears the scars of this dark period in its history.

The markets and alleys of Stone Town are a dizzying maze in which history truly comes to life, and you’ll find many historic sites in the warren of old buildings that is this unique World Heritage site.

Tribes & Religion of Tanzania

Tanzania is home to over 120 unique ethnic groups. The Maasai, Hadzabe, and Chagga Tribes are just a few of the more well-known nations that call Tanzania home.

Many will be most familiar with the distinct dress style and culture of the Maasai, whose traditional territory among the northern game parks make them every bit as much a part of the safari experience as the animals that also call the land home.

A fascinating part of any Tanzanian vacation is the opportunity to engage in a cultural experience with these people.

The Maasai tribe’s unique culture, distinct dress style, and strategic territory among some of Tanzania’s most prominent National Parks have made them one of East Africa’s most prominent tribal groups.

Tanzania’s religious beliefs are every bit as diverse as its people, and religion plays a prominent part in the lives of Tanzania’s people even today.

Our cultural safaris offer you the opportunity to not only meet the tribes, but also to visit their villages and experience a taste of real tribal life.

Browse our selection of hand-picked cultural safari itineraries below, or feel free to send us a free enquiry.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

The highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is a permanently snow-capped mountain that is often known as the Roof of Africa.

It offers visitors one of the best opportunities in the world to climb a peak at high altitude without the need for technical climbing training. This doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the most challenging experiences that can be found on African soil!

Shadows of Africa provides complete support and guidance for those wishing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Our experienced mountain guides will make your climb to the Roof of Africa both safer and easier.

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