Another of East Africa’s jewel nations is Tanzania, which incorporates the magnificent and exotic autonomous region of Zanzibar. Among Tanzania’s most impressive attractions are Mt. Kilimanjaro, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, the Selous Game Reserve, and last but certainly not least, Zanzibar.
A week to ten-day tour can include:
Climbing 5,895 meter Mount Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and extremely popular among climbers from all over the world. It comprises four peaks: Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi; the Uhuru peak on the Kibo crater is highest.
Many climbing abilities can be accommodated for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Lower elevation hiking tours are also available to enable travelers to explore the Shira Plateau, craters and wildlife while taking in amazing scenic views.
The natural park surrounding the mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, accessible to climbers and non-climbers.
Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, The Serengeti, is also a world heritage site, recently proclaimed one of the seven wonders of the world. It is famous for its annual migration, during which as many as six million hooves pound the open plains, and more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.
Yet no matter what the time of year, The Serengeti offers fantastic game viewing with great herds of buffalo, elephants, giraffes, and many thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle. Also throughout the year, you will see golden-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, three African jackal species, spotted hyenas, the aardwolf, and the beautiful serval cat.
Certainly one of the most unique ways to view the wonders of The Serengeti is from a hot air balloon sailing above the treetops of the beautiful Seronera River or drifting far above the famous Serengeti Migration or Moru Kopjes.
Engo Tours will be happy to make all the arrangements for this most amazing of viewing opportunities.
No visit to Tanzania is complete without a game drive safari through Ngorongoro crater, the cradle of mankind, and home to over 25,000 animals. The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a giant volcano exploded then collapsed on itself two to three million years ago.
The crater has since flourished as a natural enclosure for wildlife, including lions, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, and buffalos. Nearby Olduvai Gorge is another main attraction in this conservation area as important early human fossils were discovered in the gorge making it one of the world’s most important anthropological sites.
Anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey first discovered a 1.8 million-year-old hominid skeleton in the steep ravine in 1959. You are guaranteed to see large concentrations of game on any Ngorongoro safari.
Also, a must is a boat safari in Selous Game Reserve, the largest game reserve in Africa and one of the largest protected areas in the world. The reserve runs across five regions of Tanzania, covering 5 percent of the country. It is home to the largest concentrations of elephant and buffalo. Leopards, wild dogs, lions, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, wildebeests, antelopes, and a range of birdlife are abundant in the reserve, to name but a few.
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