Travel and Tourism

Tanzania the land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Serengeti, is a land of contrasts.  is the largest country in East Africa with total area of 945,087 square kilometers whereby waters covers 62,000 sq. km and 3,350 sq. km is forest and woodland.

Tanzania is bounded on the North by Kenya and Uganda, west by Burundi, Rwanda and Republic of Congo (DRC), south by Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, and its east the country is bordered by the Indian Ocean.

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The country has an amazing topographical features ranging from the snow-capped peak of Mount Kilimanjaro to the endless plains of the Serengeti, from exotic Archipelagos of Zanzibar, Pemba and 51 other smaller islets and Mafia to the gentle shores of Lake Victoria( Biggest Lake in Africa).  The country contains immense cultural and natural wealth. It was here, on the dusty floor of Olduvai Gorge, that early man left his first footprints and here, on palm-fringed Zanzibar, that Swahili traders welcomed dhows and trading vessels from across the Indian Ocean.  Zanzibar (or Spice Islands)   lies about 30km from Dar es Salaam. The name Zanzibar is derived from a combination of two Arabic words, "Zenj", meaning black, and 'bar', being the Arabic word for land, resulting in the ancient title 'Land of the Blacks'.

As Zanzibar absorbed peoples from as far as the Orient and Iberia, Assyria and India. Pemba is the second largest island of the Archipelago, named Al-khudra "The Green Island” by the Arabic mariners.  The Islands are famous for clove production and its channels offer some of the best diving experiences in East Africa. Besides being a habitat of different spices, the Island is also well-known by its pristine beaches, exclusive marine-life that embraces aquatic foliage, amazing creatures and exotic corals while the old Zanzibar Stone Town, (the UNESCO World heritage) gives the essence and the real meaning of the natural, cultural and historical tourism in Tanzania.

In the coastal plain where Dar es Salaam (Heaven of Peace) with prosperous natural Harbours is sited lounge number of unique historical architectures and monuments such as Roman and Lutheran Cathedrals, Askari and Uhuru Monuments.

Tanzania also encompasses the Africa's highest point—Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet). The Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano with a snow cap throughout the year although it’s near the Equator.

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Other the plateau and highlands such as Mt. Meru, Mt. Oldonyo Rengai, and the vast fault line of Great Rift Valley which attributed to many fascinating geological facets such as Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Tanganyika, the second oldest and deepest Lake in the World, Kalambo water falls in southwest Tanzania's region of Rukwa (the second highest in Africa) located near the southern tip of Lake Tanganyika are some of the appealing features Tanzania is endowed with.

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Tanzania is proudly harboring many large and ecologically and significant wildlife parks, including  the Great Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater  which are among 15  Tanzania National Parks. Others are 13 Game Reserves and 38 Conservation sites counting Arusha, Gombe , Stream Katavi, Lake Manyara,, Mahale Mountains, Mikumi, Ruaha, Saadani, Tarangire, Udzungwa Mountains

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Others are Mkomazi Game Reserve, Selous Game Reserve, Olduvai Gorge, Kitulo Plateau etc.  that shelter gorgeous and unique species of wildlife, fauna and flora.

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Tanzania landscape also topographies an amazing history and abundance of natural wonders. Tanzania has eight World Heritage Sites including

Serengeti National Park.

It is most famous for its annual migration of over one million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 200 ,000 zebra. The park covers 14,763 km (5,700 square miles) of grassland plains and savanna as well as riverine forest and woodlands.

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Kilimanjaro National Park

The Kilimanjaro National Park is located near Moshi, Tanzania. It is centered on the iconic and dramatic snow- clad slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, which covers an area of 753 km (291 square miles). In 1973 was classified as a National Park and  in 1987 the park became listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town or Mji Mkongwe in Swahili meaning “ancient town” with rich cultural fusion and harmonization in the old part of Zanzibar City. The old town is built on a triangular peninsula of land on the western coast of the island and was awarded World Heritage Site status in 2000.

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Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) boasts the finest blend of landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeological sites in Africa and is situated 180 km west of Arusha. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife of up to 25 ,000 - predominantly grazing animals. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of Ngorongoro District. It covers an area of 8,288 km (3,200 square miles)

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Selous Game Reserve

The Selous Game Reserve covers a total area of 54,600 km (21 ,081 square miles) and is one of the largest fauna reserves of the world, located in the south of Tanzania. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982

Selous Game Reserve

Kondoa Rock Art Sites

The Kondoa rock art site is a series of caves carved into the side of a hill looking out over the steppe. The cave site is nine kilometres off the main highway from Kondoa to Arusha, about 20 km north of Kondoa. The site has a spectacular collection of images from over 150 shelters depicting elongated people, animals, and hunting scenes. Today many of the shelters are still considered to have ritual associations with the people who live nearby, reflecting their beliefs, rituals and cosmological traditions.

Kondoa Rock Art Sites

Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and Ruins of Songo Mnara

The remains of two great East African ports admired by early European explorers are situated on two small islands near the coast. From the 13th to the 16th century, the merchants of Kilwa dealt in gold, silver, pearls, perfumes, Arabian crockery, Persian earthenware and Chinese porcelain; much of the trade in the Indian Ocean thus passed through their hands. Serious archeological investigation began in the 1950 s. In 1981 it was declared a World Heritage Site, and noted visitor sites are the Great Mosque, the Mkutini Palace and some remarkable ruins.

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ruins

Travelling

A well-maintained infrastructure and three international airports, airdromes and airstrips connect its bustling commercial centres and ensures easy transportation, whether by air or by road.

Sports and Adventures

Hitherto Tanzania delivers more than just safaris tourism.  Sports and other adventurers  activities like Balloon flights, CanoeingDeep sea & inland fishingDiving snorkelingGolfingHorse and camel ridesMountain bikingMountain climbing and hikingParagliding micro light flightsBoat SafarisSpa treatmentsWalking in the wild are also among tourism temperaments and fascinations.

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There is Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru, respectively the highest and fifth highest peaks on the continent for mountain climbers, the Udzungwa, Mt Meru and Usambara ranges for hikers, Lake Victoria (Africa’s largest lake), Tanganyika (Africa’s deepest lake)and Nyasa (located along Africa’s Great Rift Valley)

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These three largest freshwater bodies in Africa are ideal spots for waters ports and fishing enthusiasts.

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The magical ‘spice island’ of Zanzibar is gem nestled on the vast Indian Ocean coastline, studded with picture perfect beaches, stunning offshore diving sites, and mysterious mediaeval ruins for the romantic at heart, the history buff and the culture enthusiast.

Zebra

Tanzania is a truly destination for an authentic safari and other type of tourism. Unparalleled one-quarter of its surface area has been set aside for conservation purposes, from the world-renowned Serengeti National Park and the incomprehensibly vast Selous Game Reserve to the tiny Arusha National Park, Tanzania’s wildlife resources represent a amusing montage of protected areas that collectively harbour an estimated 20 percent of Africa’s large mammal population.

For more information visit the following links below

Tanzania Tourist Board
Zanzibar Tourism 
Ngorongoro craters
Tanzania National Parks
Serengeti National Park
Katavi National Park
Mahale National Park
Saadani National Park
Udzungwa Mountains Park

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