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Best of the Rest: Tanzania's tourist hotspots

THE SERENGETI
Between October and November, more than two million wildebeest, zebras and antelope pour across the crocodile-infested Mara River in search of pastures new in Tanzania. Braving lions, leopards and hyenas, the herd follows the rains to the great southern plains, giving birth en masse during January and February, before slowly munching its way back north to Kenya for the summer.
How: A three-day safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater costs £500 (including food, drinks, fees, four 
nights’ accommodation and optional transfers to Nairobi. Excludes alcohol).
See: absoluteafrica.com



KILIMANJARO
The world’s tallest free-standing mountain has “climb me” written all over it. Standing at more than 19,300ft (5895m), Kili’s snow-capped summit is nearly five times the height of Ben Nevis and towers forebodingly above the plains. But despite its impressive stature, Africa’s highest peak is considered a relatively easy ascent – most unsuccessful climbers fall foul of altitude sickness rather than the climb itself.
How: A seven-night Kilimanjaro trek starts from £770pp (including food, accommodation and fees. Excludes drinks).
See: climbingkilimanjaro.com



ZANZIBAR
A two-hour ferry ride (or 20-minute flight) from the frenetic African metropolis of Dar es Salaam is another world entirely: white powdery sand, translucent seas, neon-coloured fish – a little slice of Mauritius or the Seychelles at just a fraction of the price. But it’s not 
all jet skis, scuba diving, cocktails and luxury on 
this Indian Ocean paradise. Intrepid travellers can 
get lost in the winding streets of Stone Town, explore abandoned Arab palaces, and learn about the island’s 
dark slaving history.
See: zanzibartourism.net

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