If you are looking for an action-packed holiday adventure that includes mountaineering, a safari, a cultural experience and a beach break, there is only one destination you should be heading to this year, and that is Tanzania.
One of Africa’s richest countries in terms of biodiversity, Tanzania homes Africa’s highest mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Ecosystem – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, the Ngorongoro Crater – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a whole archipelago of paradise islands including Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.
The perfect place for a double-destination holiday, Tanzania is easy to get to and to get around, and with cheap local flights connecting you between all the main ‘must-see’ regions, you can climb Kilimanjaro during your first week, before heading down to the sugar white beaches of Zanzibar for some much-needed R&R.
If its wildlife encounters you are after, you will struggle to find anywhere better than the Serengeti Plains and the Ngorongoro Crater. Home to the Great Migration, the Serengeti is one of Africa’s richest game areas, and if you happen to be in the right place at the right time, you could witness some 2 million wildebeest and zebra migrating in this natural phenomenon.
If you are looking for a shorter safari to add onto your Kilimanjaro Climb, the Ngorongoro Crater is the perfect spot. Located just 180km from Arusha (your base for Kilimanjaro), the Ngorongoro Crater, also listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, homes one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.
The Maasai tribes still live around the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, so you will have the opportunity to take a cultural tour and learn about these fascinating people when visiting this region of Tanzania.
After you have climbed Kilimanjaro, taken your Serengeti Safari, and danced with the Maasai, your next stop should be the Island of Spice – Zanzibar. With beautiful beaches, and abundance of fresh seafood, and a wide range of accommodations, Zanzibar is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the natural beauty that you will only find in Tanzania – the Paradise of Africa.