Tanzania is one of Africa's most dynamic and popular travel destinations - offering the best of both safari and sea.
Tanzania has more natural tourist attractions than most ofther countries on the contine - becoming known as the best safari destination in Africa. complemented by its magnificent beaches and Islands, Tanzania offers it all. the spectacullar country draws large numbers of travelers from all over the Earth.
There are 16 National Parks in Tanzania (Arusha National Park, Gombe Stream National Park, Katavi National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, Kitulo National Park, Mahale Mountains National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Mikumi National Park, Mkomazi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Rubondo National Park, Saadani National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tarangile National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater). Close to 40% of the land area of Tanzania is being reserved for future and for animals to continue to roam freely. National Parks are spread all over the country. Animals such as Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Buffaloes and Rhinoceros and many others can be seen in most of these Parks. One - quarter of Tanzania's surface area has been set aside for conservation purposes. The 15 declared National Parks managed by Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), collectively harbour an estimated 20% of Africa's large mammal population - creating a rich mosaic of protected areas.
Serengeti National Park
Tanzania's oldest and most popular National Park, World Heritage Site and recently proclaimed 7th Wonder of the World, the 14,763km2, is located in North Tanzania and extends to South-Western Kenya. Serengeti is famous for the Great Migration. The Serengeti offers the most scintillating game viewing in Africa all year around. its ecosystem the oldest on earth and unchanged for millennia. The spectacle of predator versus prey dominated - with a large population of lion, as well as leopard, cheetah, all three African jackal species and spotted hyena.
The Great Migration
Serengeti Five Big Animals
The Mountain Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro epitomises the beauty of East Africa. Its legendary snow-capped dome, a top a perfectly formed extinct volcano stands at the Summit of Africa 5,895 metres (19,336 feet) above the sea level. As viewed from its base this is the World's tallest free-standing mountain.
The Mount Kilimanjaro
Lakes of Tanzania
Tanzania has numerous natural lakes scattered across the country. These Lakes include some of the World's largest and most renowned. Not only do these lakes form the countr's main sources of water, but they are also the countrys most unique attractions. The three Great Lakes of Africa lie in Tanzania and are part of the list of six great lakes in the world. These are Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa.
The largest Lake in Africa and second largest freshwater lake in the World, Lake Victoria is about 68,800km2 and shared by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Tanzania holds the majority with over 50%, located in the North-West of Tanzania. This body of water is the main source of the River Nile. The Lake's main ports are Mwanza, Bukoba, Kisumu, Entebe, Port Bell and Jinja. It is known for its superb birdlife, fishing industries and agricultural land surrounding it.
There are more than 50 Islands in Tanzania. The Three main Islands off the coast of Tanzania are Unguja, Pemba and Mafia. Unguja Island is the largest of the three and is generally referred to as Zanzibar.
Zanzibar known as the 'Spice Island' legends abound on Zanzibar and its legacy is known all over the World. Long famous for its spices, and Sultans, Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of the Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and several islets.
Home to some of the best beaches on the continent, it is about 25 miles from the Tanzania coast in the Indian Ocean, lying just six degree south of the equator. The biggest Island, Zanzibar Island or known as 'Unguja' ocally, is 60 miles long and 20 miles wide. Collectively called Zanzibar, its great attraction lies in its rich history and sandy beaches, creating a perfect holiday destination.
Zanzibar 'Spice Island' view
Stone town is the capital and cultural heart of Zanzibar, a UNESCO Heritage Site, the old part of Zanzibar city, is a living example of Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. Stone town is steeped in centuries of maritime trade with Asia and the Arab Kingdom.
Attractions include the Sultan's Palace, the House of Wonders, the Portuguese fort and gardesn the merchants' houses, and the Turkish baths.
The House of Wonders
Portuguese Fort (Old Fort)
Stone Town Street
Beautiful beaches of Zanzibar
Mafia Island is a popular destination with relaxed and secluded beaches, offering privacy and comfort. The unspoilt dive sites are a well kept secret. For centuries, the Island was a trading stop for Shiraz merchants travelling to Persia. Under the rule of the Omani Sultanete in Zanzibar, vast coconut and cashew plantations flourished.
The Island's prestigious past is reflected in the coral ruins on Chole Mjini - the small island just off shore. Mafia Island Marine Park has recently been gazetted as the largest protected area in the Indian Ocean.
Mafia Island Marine Park