Tanzania Holiday Destinations

Tanzania safari areas and other protected heritage sites make up about 38% of the total country's area. The country has some astounding 17 national parks. The largest national park is Ruaha National Park at 20,266 Sq. Km. The largest national reserve is the Selous Game Reserve, a whopping 54,600 Sq. Km, larger than Denmark and also larger than Switzerland. One of the world's most famous national parks is Serengeti National Park in the North. Every year, the world’s largest migration of big mammals takes place here as a million plus wildebeest, Zebra and Topi march North from Ngorongoro, through Serengeti and into Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, finding their way back to Ngorongoro in time for calving and to rest a while before starting the cycle all over again.

The country's wildlife have also been the center of international research and conservation efforts. The most notable of these is the Gombe Stream National Park's chimpanzee population that has benefited greatly from world renowned scientist and chimp enthusiast - Jane Goodall. Olduvai Gorge, west of the world's largest unfilled volcanic caldera - the Ngorongoro Crater - holds the torch for the region's claim to being the cradle of mankind. Excavated by famous British/Kenyan paleoanthropologist-archeologist team Mary and Louis Leakey, the site yielded many invaluable evidences of the beginnings of physical and social human evolution as well as insights into the factors that led to the geographical dispersal of the human race.

Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam along the Tanzanian Indian ocean coastline, have a history as deep and as old as the Swahili culture. It is here, over the centuries, that many sea-faring peoples interacted amongst themselves and with the Bantu natives that both the Swahili language and the culture were born. Many historical monuments that have stood the test of time and withstood many conquests, still stand witness to the different influences that the many visitors (some who stayed) had on these rustic, beautiful tropical beaches and islands. There is evidence all the way from the earliest Chinese and Persian traders, infamous Arab slave traders, Portuguese, British and German Imperialists and finally, the establishment of self-rule. And all this just scratches the surface.

Due to the large size of the country, the tourist circuits are divided into The Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, the Southern Tanzania Safari Circuit, The Western Tanzania Safari Circuit, and the Eastern or Coastal Tanzania Safari Circuit. We have grouped the destinations by circuit with sample safari tours to guide you on how best to have your unforgettable Africa Safari of a lifetime in the world's safari capital, Tanzania.

 

Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit

Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit

The Northern Tanzania is home to some of Africa’s best wildlife destinations and some of the most popular Africa safari destinations in the world. Starting with the world famous Serengeti plains, to the scenic snowcapped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. Northern Tanzania is the ultimate holiday safari destination. Most of the destinations in the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit have very unique superlatives that add to the thrill of a safari here. An example is the Ngorongoro Crater ...

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Southern Circuit

Southern Circuit

The Southern parks of Tanzania are some of the biggest and wildest safari destinations in Africa. They are considered a bit remote and do not get as much traffic as Serengeti and their northern counterparts, an advantage for the discerning, adventure seeking visitor with a knack for the unusual - boat rides, walking safaris and even horseback safaris. The habitat here is quite varied and supports an amazing variety of wildlife. Where the Selous is verdant ...

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Western Circuit

Western Circuit

Like Tanzania’s southern safari circuit, the western circuit is “off the beaten track” for most tourists on a safari in Tanzania. The circuit offers some unique safari experiences, like chimpanzee trekking, a surreal up-close experience with our primate cousins in their natural environment. Lake Victoria also offers a pleasant retreat from the safari circuit with boating, fishing, and hiking excursions for those who demand some involvement in their African safari experience. The main attractions of the ...

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Eastern Circuit

Eastern Circuit

One of the great attractions of Tanzania is its fantastic 800km coastline with palm fringed beaches of white sand and the historic towns of Dar es salaam, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, Lindi, Mikindani and Mtwara, along with the exotic islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.Swahili language and culture trace their roots to the Indian ocean coastline. Many explorers and slave traders encountered Africa for the first time along this history – steeped coastline and contributed to the events ...

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Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an archipelago of several islands off the coast of Tanzania that are famous for their warm tropical beaches and rich historical and cultural heritage. Since around the 7th Century AD, it has been an important point of trade between the Middle East, Africa and India. The Swahili culture, along with the language was developed in Zanzibar and other East African coastal towns, though Zanzibar played a major role as a seat of power for ...

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