USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT TANZANIA
Tanzania has one of the largest wild animal
populations in the world. To see all of Tanzania’s
attractions in one visit would be impossible.
A few of Tanzania's must see attractions are
Zanzibar, Mt Kilimanjaro National Park, Serengeti
National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's premier city and trading
centre. Here you will see the colourful Kariakoo Market
and clock tower, the government quarters to the north,
the National Museum and the Botanical Gardens in the
city centre, the Village Museum, which is located 10km
from the city centre and Oyster Bay is the city's
Zanzibar, otherwise known as Unguja or Spice Island,
is located off Tanzania's East Coast. It has a strong
Persian and Arab flavour. Zanzibar's Stone Town is
absolutely fascinating with its maze of winding streets
lined with whitewashed coral-rag houses with brilliantly
carved brass-studded doors. There are also many little
shops, bazaars, mosques and courtyards. You will also
see two sultans' palaces and cathedrals, not to mention
some ancient colonial mansions. Around the island you
can find such things as the ruined Maruhhubi Palace, the
Mangapwani Caves and various spice and fruit plantations
at the island's heart.
Mt Kilimanjaro National Park is one of Africa’s most
spectacular sights. An enormous 5895m perfectly shaped
volcano, it's the highest peak on the continent. From
cultivated farmlands on the lower levels, the mountain
rises through lush rainforest to alpine meadow and
finally across an infertile lunar landscape to the twin
summits. The rainforest is home to many animals
including elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and monkey.
Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's most famous
game park. Here you are able to catch a glimpse of what
much of East Africa must have looked like before
hunters. On these seemingly endless and almost treeless
Serengeti plains are millions of animals. They are
always on the move in search of grassland and are
watched and preyed upon by their predators. It's
probably one of the most incredible sights you will ever
encounter. Serengeti is also famous for its lion,
cheetah and giraffe populations.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area houses the 600m tall
Ngorongoro Crater, where you can see spectacular views.
On Ngorongoro’s 20km wide floor you are able to see
endless amounts of wildlife, including lions, elephants,
rhinos, buffalos, gazelle, zebra and reedbuck, as well
as thousands of flamingo wading in the Lake Magadi, the
soda lake on the floor of the crater. Local Masai
tribespeople have grazing rights here, and you may well
come across them tending their cattle.