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Travel Guide: Tanzania Highlights

9th Mar 2016 1:55am | By Editor

See the largest mass movement of animals in the world.

Serengeti National Park

The endlessly rolling grass filled plains of the Serengeti Park spans almost 15,000 square kilometres. It is bordered by Kenya's Masai Mara Game Park to the northeast, the Ngorongoro Crater, Highlands and the Great Rift Valley to the east, and to the West by Lake Victoria. This entire area forms part of the whole Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

The Serengeti is best known for its annual wildebeest and zebra migration in which millions of animals circulate through the ecosystem, moving onto the 5000 square kilometres of grassland in the wet and returning to the woodland areas in the dry.

The spectacle is the largest mass movement of animals with crocodiles lying in river crossings to attack, as well as lion and other predators hunting the young or weak.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro

As the highest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro offers a luring challenge to any adventurer. The average five-day hike takes climbers through alpine grasslands, forests, barren rock face and white glaciers. If you make it to the top (5,900 metres), you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding areas such as Kenya the Masaai Steppe and Mount Meru (4,500 metres). But even viewed from afar, Kilimanjaro itself offers a stunning backdrop to the African wildlife.


The Tanzanian coastline

The Tanzanian coast spans over 800 kilometres of romantic bays, peninsulas and islands with natural, cultural, historical and archaeological attractions.

White sandy beaches north of Dar es Salaam attract many tourists, while various islands along the coast - notably Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia Islands - offer traditional villages, broad sandy beaches and superb marine life.

 

Lake Victoria

As the world’s second largest freshwater lake, Lake Victoria is the source of the Nile and the largest tropical lake in the world. The area is ideal for birdwatching as the lake attracts a variety of large water birds.