Country: Tanzania

Perhaps a bit more expensive than its neighbour, Kenya, but equally as rewarding to visit. The country splits in to two main areas, the northern circuit and the south.

Up in the north, and using Mount Kilimanjaro as a back drop, there are a number of iconic National Parks. The sweeping plains of the Serengeti, rightly one of the world’s wonders when covered with hundreds of thousands of ungulates, the spectacular view in to the Ngorongoro Crater, the tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara and big herds of elephant dwarfed by baobab trees in Tarangire are just some of the reasons to come here.

Again the size and quality of the accommodation does vary to suit all needs as does the experience. If there was one thing to say about the northern circuit, it would be – do not rush it. Better to visit 2/3 Parks and spend time there rather than rush from one to the other.

Down in the South you will find the Selous National Park which has all the game of the north but needs keener eyes as it is shyer here. Add in the Rifiji River with its pods of hippo and crocs along the bank and you have an extraordinary combination.

To either of these wildlife adventures you can add a completely different experience by heading to the beach either on the mainland or the magical islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. All of them are steeped in the history of the region and have much to offer in the way of exploring the sea life, the wildlife, local customs and farms (spices feature heavily). For those of you willing to explore the past, there is plenty of evidence to found in places like Stone Town, Zanzibar. Again, what a great way to finish your East African holiday.

 

 

EA buffalo

Credit Peter Ellis

EA beach

Credit Peter Ellis

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