Okavango Tours

Tanzania

Tanzania reaches from the tropical east coast deep into the continent to the Great Rift Valley. It owns shores of three of the vast lakes that flood the valley, Lakes Malawi, Tanganyika and Victoria, and the Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. Rich in the history of European exploration of Africa, and less happily of Arab slave-trading, Tanzania also boasts some spectacular natural jewels, among them active volcanoes such as Ol Donyo Lengai (the Maasai mountain of God), and the extinct volcanoes of Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest mountain, and a ‘gift’ from Queen Victoria to her nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm).

In addition to these and the great lakes the country has numerous and varied game parks, from the mighty Selous in the south to the Serengeti in the north, as well as Ruaha in the centre and remote reserves in the west. The Grumeti River that crosses the Serengeti plain is the scene of high drama as literally millions of animals are forced to ford its crocodile infested waters during their migration. Maasai morans (warriors) dot the plains in solitary splendour, scrota revelling in the breeze, while Olduvai Gorge is the site of the Leakeys’ seminal discoveries of the origins of our species. Salt lakes pink with flamingos, tree-climbing lions on the shores of Lake Manyara, ancient coastal cultures with heavy Omani influences, turquoise waters over glistening reefs, mountains, deserts, jungles and savannahs...in one word - Tanzania.

A safari in Tanzania is not complete without a visit to the spice island of Zanzibar, ancient trading post of the rulers of Oman, where slaves and ivory, rhino horn and gold were brought from the interior to be traded and consigned to the markets of Arabia. Historic Stone Town is a walk into history while the reefs and smaller islands sparkle in welcome from the warm Indian Ocean.

Tanzania shares east Africa's ‘short rains’ in November and December, and ‘long rains’ in April and May. The driest months are June through September. March and September offer the best conditions for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Mafia Island/Serengeti/Migration


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