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This is Africa’s highest mountain and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. It is home to many plants that have adapted to living in alpine conditions and is a very popular challenge for climbers – experience is not required but the climber must be fit and healthy and properly equipped.


Lake Manyara National Park

Stretching for 50 kms along the base of the rusty-gold 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as ‘the loveliest I had seen in Africa’. This area is excellent for bird-watching and a good area to find elephant. There is also the exciting possibility of spotting a legendary Lake Manyara tree-climbing lion.


Tarangire National Park

The name of the park originates from the river that crosses through the park, which is the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. The park is famous for its huge number of elephants and baobab trees. It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara.


Ngorongoro Crater

The Crater is sometimes called the 8th wonder of the world. The vast crater floor of what was once an active volcano is a magnificent setting and contains abundant wildlife that can be viewed against an ethereal blue-green backdrop. It opens into the vast Serengeti. On the rim there are luxurious hotels for the visitor.


Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.

The Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania's protected areas, which altogether make up some 14% of the country's land area, a conservation record that few other countries can match.


Selous Game Reserve

Enjoy riverine panoramas framed by borassus palms, be captivated by boat safaris, exclusive camps and excellent wildlife.



Ruaha is one of Tanzania's best kept secrets! Its previous inaccessibility means that this park has remained unchanged for centuries and offers the type of wild safari that early explorers experienced.



This is the island from which explorers and missionaries sailed to the East African coast and from which many slaves set out on their sad journey away from their African homes. It is an island of spicy fragrances and soft, white, palm-fringed sands. The historic Stone Town's winding alleyways are interesting and exciting to explore and Forodhani Gardens' street food at sundown is an unforgettable experience.


Mafia Island

Mafia’s waters are unsurpassed in beauty, and there are fantastic views of the unspoiled coral reef. Little of the island is changed from ancient times and it retains a traditional and friendly culture.