An accumulation of Africa landmarks, wildlife, and adventures are all there in Tanzania. Officially known as the United Republic of Tanzania, the country offers welcoming package of unforgettable destinations. Tanzania has diverse ethnic groups, religious groups, languages, as well as geographical conditions.
Tanzania has varied geographical features including national parks, salt lakes, large area of freshwater at considerable depth, and high points as well. Along the coast of the country you will most likely find plains; the center is filled with plateau; both south and north are highlands. From all 30 regions in the country, 25 of which are on the mainland. Three regions are on Zanzibar Island, and the other two are on Pemba Island.
Modern people of Tanzania are known for their welcoming mood and politeness. The same can be said to the indigenous ethnic groups, but their cultures are much more colorful. Take the Maasai people for example; they are semi-nomadic people who inhabit some of the most precious national parks in the country. They have been in co-existence with wildlife without disturbing the balance of the ecosystem. Barabaig people are also semi-nomadic, and they live near Mount Hanang. The experience in Tanzania is not only with the wildlife and scenic views of natural wonders, but also interaction with ethnic groups featuring their dances, local meals, lifestyles, and perspectives towards their world. National language of Tanzania is Swahili, but many people can speak English quite well.
In general, Tanzania is considered safe country for travelers from all around the world. That being said, you still need to take precautions and always keep up with government/international travel advisories. Political demonstrations are quite common in the country; as long as you stay away from rallies or public gatherings, you should be fine. Since you will also spend times in public areas, do not attract unnecessary attentions as those can potentially invite unwanted circumstances.
There are no particular issues when travelling in Tanzania, whether you are male or female. At certain times for examples going out at night or trekking, it is always best to join a group of visitors. It is safer and more affordable at the same time. Avoid isolated situations including walking alone in the beach.
A lot of countries in Africa claim that they are the best in terms of wildlife conservancies; they are indeed excellent by any means, but Tanzania seems to be one step ahead of others. Serengeti comes to mind, but actually throughout the country, you have an unparalleled opportunity to witness natural wonders inhabited by wildebeest, hippos, elephants, and even chimpanzees in the treetops. In the Selous Game Reserve, take a boat safari and have the thrilling experience passing the crocodiles; in the Ruaha National Park, capture a scenic views of giraffes standing next to some ancient baobab trees; take your binoculars to Rubondo Island to see hundreds of bird species; and in the Ngorongoro Crater, embrace a majestic scenes of wildlife like no other place on Earth.
Tanzania has more than 1000 species of birds; some of them are endemic species. Bird species count in the country in the third-highest all across Africa and it represents more than 10% of global avifauna. Savannahs and game reserves give the most rewarding experience for birdwatchers. Most popular birds include ostriches, ground hornbills, francolins, flamingos, pelicans, ibises, waterfowls, African skimmers, and more.
Coastline of Tanzania is beaches of Indian Ocean. Swahili cultures remain strong in the coastlines. It is a bit surprising and mesmerizing at the same time considering that East Africa was once a melting pot when it functioned as a center of international trading network. Tanzanian coastline is not as busy as it used to be, but it gives visitors the real chance to enjoy the sense of tranquility at its best. Palms, baobab, sunrise, wooden dhow, and coastal waves are combined into one enjoyable visit.
You will need many weeks to fully explore Tanzania and visit its best places. It may take even more time to absorb the experience and realize how lucky you are to encounter such beautiful country in your lifetime. Some of the best places to visit in Tanzania are as follows:
Images and scenes from National Geographic come to mind when you think of Tanzania. The accumulation of Africa’s attractions with the wildlife and Great Migration, challenging adventure in Kilimanjaro, historic town filled with remnants of generation gone by, and remote places inhabited with indigenous cultures is wrapped around very well in Tanzania.
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