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Stretching from legendary volcanic highlands to the exotic tropical coastline and the spice island of Zanzibar - Tanzania is the Africa you have dreamed of.  It has more national parks than any other country in Africa and an unrivaled diversity of wildlife.  The ethnic wealth of its numerous tribes makes for a diverse mosaic of cultures within its borders, each with their own language, customs and dress.  From the distinctive reds of the Masai Warriors herding their cattle across the northern plains of Ngorongoro and the clicking hunter-gather tribe of the Hadzabe to the veiled Arab women scurrying through the narrow labyrinths of Zanzibar's Stone Town, there is a unique experience awaiting you around every corner.  A nation of warm and hospitable people, this is where you can discover the passion and romance of the African wilderness, stand daunted at the foot of Kilimanjaro and experience the mystery and enchantment of an age gone by.

Lying at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro are some of the world's best reserves:

GiraffeDesignated as a world heritage site this conservation area is home to the famous volcanic Ngorongoro crater which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world.  The crater floor consists of a number of ecological environments that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge River.  All these various habitats attract various wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb.  Although animals are free to move in and out of the contained environment, both grazers and predators are inclined to remain.  This is undoubtedly the best place in Tanzania to see the black rhino and prides of lions that include the magnificent black-maned males.

This park has endless rolling plains reaching up the Kenyan border and extending almost to Lake Victoria.  The park is teeming with magnificent wildlife  -- it is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains with over 500 species of bird, plus crocodiles, snakes and lizards.  In May or early June the Great Migration takes place when the wildebeest, zebra and gazelle search for water and greener pastures.

Water HoleTarangire National Park
The park supports its own wildlife community because of the permanent waters of the Tarangire River.  It is home to thousands of elephants and in the dry season game congregates along the river having migrated from the Masai Mara.

A typical 6 nights / 7 day Highlights of Africa tour could include:

6 night / 7 day

Day 1
After being met at Nairobi airport you will be driven over the border via Namanga border post.  The journey continues to Lake Manyara where you arrive in time for lunch.  After lunch depart for Ngorongoro Crater arriving in the early evening.

Day 2
Take a half day crater tour with a picnic lunch.

LionDay 3
Depart for the Serengeti National Park arriving in time for lunch.  In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the reserve which is famous for its large concentration of game.

Day 4
Take a full days game drive in the Serengeti, Tanzania's largest park.

Today go to Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area visiting the Olduvai Gorge en-route.  Have lunch in the crater before continuing to Lake Manyara.

ElephantDay 6
Take an early morning game drive in Lake Manyara before breakfast. Then after breakfast leave for the Tarangire National Park arriving before lunch.  In the late afternoon enjoy a game drive in the reserve.

Day 7
Depart Tarangire for the journey back over the border to Nairobi airport.

Prices on request

When to go

The temperature in Tanzania does not vary much over the year with average highs ranging from 26°C - 31°C and lows from 12°C - 18°C. The highest rainfall is expected between March and May.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 3 Tanzanian Shilling Swahili 6 hours 30 mins