Five reasons weren’t enough… Tanzania has SO much to offer!
The wildebeest migration is world famous for the 1.5 million wildebeest along with zebra and other antelopes that migrate to follow food and water in Tanzania. The migration is the largest overland in the world, covering 800 km, primarily in Serengeti National Park. In February each year, approximately 8000 wildebeest calves are born every day. Predators follow the migration to take advantage of the abundance of prey, so wildlife viewing is phenomenal.
The people of Tanzania are known for their never ending friendliness. Huge smiles, and an eagerness to greet you with Jambo? really makes an average trip a memorable one. Tanzanians are always willing to help out, to teach you a few words of Swahili, to learn about your home, and to show you the beauty of their country. Everyone leaves Tanzania feeling like they have made a friend.
Gombe Stream National Park
This is Tanzania’s smallest park, only 52 square km, but it is distinguishing as it is home to man’s closest genetic relative, the chimpanzee. On the shores of Tanganyika, this park offers beach side camping, hiking, swimming, and snorkelling, and of course Chimpanzee trekking. World renowned for Jane Goodall’s research with chimps, Gombe Stream is rich in primates, and has few carnivores, making a great hiking and swimming destination. Gombe Stream is usually accessed by flight and boat ride.
Mahale Mountains National Park
Dominated mostly by the Mahale Mountain chain, this park also borders Lake Tanganyika. Hiking and swimming are astonishing here, however, the most common reason for visitors to Mahale is Chimpanzee Trekking. Your guide will lead you on a trek through the wilderness, looking for signs of recent chimp activity, such as nests and discarded fruit. Mahale Mountains is accessed by aircraft or watercraft, and its 1613 square km need at least 2 full days of exploration!
9. The big 5
The original big 5 was for game hunting and included the Rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, Leopard, Lion, and Elephant. The modern big 5 might include giraffe and cheetah; or whatever top 5 animals you want to see on your safari. Luckily Tanzania is home to all of these magnificent creatures and you have a high probability of seeing them all. The Rhinoceros is the most elusive and often is seen from afar. The parks of Tanzania are so dense with wildlife (and the parks are not gated in anyway!) You will see such an abundant amount of animals in their natural habitat, it is simply breathtaking.
10. Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Though it stretches well beyond the crater rim, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is known for its stunning caldera. An extinct volcano, the crater floor has permanent water and rich pasture, making an ideal habitat for wildlife. Some of Tanzania’s last black rhinoceros live within the crater, though they can be difficult to spot. This conservation area is also a World Heritage Site, acknowledged for the harmonious relationship between its Maasai habitants and wildlife.
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