Why Visit Tanzania?
Outstanding Cultural Safaris
There are more than 120 different ethnic groups in Tanzania. Visitors can experience authentic, indigenous cultures, folklore, rituals and local hospitality along with nature and breathtaking scenery. Tanzania's people are among the most welcoming on earth. Cultural safaris give visitors a unique perspective into the daily lives of the local people, such as the Massai tribe. This is one of the few tribes in Tanzania who continue with their age-old customs, semi-nomadic lifestyle and traditional dances.
At 19,341 feet above sea level, it is the largest mountain in Africa. There are six trails that take hikers through five different ecosystems (cultivation zone, rainforest, heather-moorland, alpine desert and arctic tundra). Temperatures range from 90 degrees to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Climbers take in extraordinary views along the way, extending hundreds of miles.
Zanzibar Beach Holiday
The island of Zanzibar is located in the Indian Ocean, 22 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania. It features outstanding, powder white beaches along its eastern shores, flanked by barrier reefs. In Zanzibar, one can find the largest crab in the world: the coconut crab.
Politically Stable Country
Tanzania has never had a military government or experienced a coup d'etat. Since 1985, nationwide elections have been held on a five-year interval. Tanzanian Presidents have abided by the national constitution (stepping down after the maximum two terms they are allowed to serve).
Voted #1 Country for African Safaris
After an in-depth analysis of reviews from safari tourists and experts in 2013 by "safaribookings.com," it was concluded that Tanzania is the "best safari country" of Africa.
12 National Parks
30% of Tanzania is occupied by National Parks, with 12 parks, 13 nature reserves and 38 protected areas. Tanzania also has more than 4 million wild animals.
Large herds of hoofed animals such as wildebeests, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, gazelles and kudu are found in most of Tanzania's national parks. Frequent predators include hyenas, lions, leopards and cheetahs, while crocodiles and hippopotamuses are commonly seen on the riverbanks. Also, nearly 1,500 varieties of birds have been reported. Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area are two areas that are home to thousands of game animals. Lake Manyara is the other top destination for Tanzania safaris. It is scenic and offers superb gameviewing, including a chance to see Tanzania's rare tree-climbing lions.
The Big 5 Animals
The "Big Five" include the African elephant, black rhinoceros, cape buffalo, lion and leopard. Tourists from around the world travel to Tanzania for a chance to see the "Big Five" in their natural habitat.
Lions are the largest and most social of Africa's cats. Tanzania hosts the largest lion population in Africa, with the bulk of them inhabiting the game parks of the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit.
The African elephant is the largest land mammal in the world, weighing up to 6 tons. Visitors stand a good chance of seeing them in large herds in Targangire National Park, where the elephants are reddish in color due to a coating of fine dust kicked up as they walk between the dry woodlands and the Tarangire River's fresh water.
The rhinoceros is probably the hardest of the "Big Five" to spot in the wild because it has been hunted to the brink of extinction. White rhinos are making a comeback through conservation efforts, but black rhinos are still on the endangered list.
Leopards are solitary creatures and are rarely seen "together" except during mating season, or else a mother might be seen with cubs. During the daytime, they often lounge around in trees and come to the ground after dark to hunt, taking their prey back up into a tree to eat.
The African buffalo is a long-horned bovine, frequently spotted on safari in Tanzania. It is actually the most dangerous of the "Big Five" and has only a few predators (mostly lions and large crocodiles).
The Great Serengeti Migration
The annual migration of giant herds of grazing animals across Northern Tanzania is a spectacular event. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti, searching for green pasture and fresh water. They move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. (The timing of the migration is dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.)
In Tanzania, the best time to witness the migration is divided between two different periods. (1) In the southern Serengeti, it is in February and March, when the animals are grazing and can be seen in immense numbers. (2) In contrast, river crossings are best seen between July and September in the northern Serengeti.
The key players of the Great Serengeti Migration are the wildebeest (1.5 million) along with 200,000 zebras. These herds also attract the attention of predators: big cats, crocodiles and hyenas.
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