Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country and also one of its most diverse, consisting of famous landmarks, mountains and tropical stretches of coastline as well as countless native cultures, languages and customs. The country has some of the best game viewing on the continent, and is home to some of the most famous areas for viewing Africa’s wildlife, including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
There’s also no shortage of cultural heritage, particularly on the island of Zanzibar, which was once a slave trading port. Historic and cultural tours are conducted on the island, and snorkeling and diving is extremely popular amongst visitors. Striking a balance between culture and wildlife is Tanzania’s specialty, and visitors can get a healthy combination of the two by taking in the diversity of the country.
- There are well over 100 languages spoken in Tanzania.
- The world’s earliest human skull was discovered in Tanzania in the Olduvai Gorge.
- Tanzania has the largest concentration of wildlife per square metre, with more than 430 species and 4 million wild animals.
- Africa’s highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro, is located in Tanzania, and is a renowned conquest amongst climbers.
- Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is on many adventure bucket lists and can be conquered with a guide, as long as climbers have had proper preparation.
- The Ngorongoro Crater – the world's largest of its kind - teems with wildlife and is a virtual 'fairyland' when viewed from the crater's gaping rim.
- The stunning plains of the Serengeti see innumerable animals pass through during the world famous migration – or, as many travellers like to call it, 'the greatest show on earth'.
- The Great Rift Valley offers breathtaking scenery.
- The Spice Island of Zanzibar offers idyllic palm-fringed beaches and unsurpassed diving experiences, colourful and festive spice markets and the ancient and captivating capital of Stone Town, which has been granted World Heritage Site status for its cultural and historical significance.
Depending on which area of Tanzania you are traveling to, there are two main airports at your convenience. When traveling to the northern region visitors will arrive near Arusha at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Visitors to the south of the country are advised to arrive in Dar es Salaam. When traveling to the beautiful island of Zanzibar, one must first touchdown in Dar es Salaam, which has regular flights to Zanzibar Island. Many large carriers have regular flights to Tanzania, including KLM, British Airways and Delta Airlines.