When you first dream of Africa (and its 54 countries) it often entails a vision of the open savannah, the ‘big 5′ game animals, primates and perhaps even dense tropical jungle. Tanzania has all of these as well as some of the most spectacular beaches in Africa. Of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, three are located in Tanzania including Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and The Great Serengeti Migration.
My own pre-conceived idea of Tanzania before actually coming to the country was quite limited. I originally thought that Mount Kilimanjaro & the Serengeti plains were in Kenya, when in fact they are both in Tanzania. As well, I thought only of the traditional game drive safaris, Massai or perhaps what I had seen in movies like ‘Out of Africa’. Instead I discovered the historic Swahili Coast along with the game drives. Tanzania is also home to Jane Goodall’s research station where she conducted her world famous studies on chimpanzees.
However, Tanzania in all its glory is not well promoted to potential travelers. The primary focus has been on the US & UK markets yet there is great potential to reach travelers from Canada, Israel or Argentina for example.
If you want to truly experience Africa, then this is the place to do it, as it is definitely raw and more than a bit exciting. Seeing the difference in the pace of life between an urban center like Dar es Salaam and a rural fishing village can be amazing!
Tanzania has protected about 40% of its land for the conservation of wildlife though it has not been without some conflict between animals & humans. With 16 National Parks, there is something of interest for most travelers.
From primate viewing (Udzungwa National Park has 11 primate species, 5 of which not found anywhere else in the world except in the tropical rainforests of Udzungwa Mountain) to exceptional birdwatching (with one of the largest species list of any African country) you can explore many aspects of this amazing destination
Photographic & walking safaris add a different flavor & slower pace for those looking for more ‘outside the box’ adventures and allows you to get closer to nature. So if you are looking for true ‘Adventure in the Heart of Africa’ look no further than Tanzania, where time has stood still and you will be welcomed in true Swahili style by women in colorful attire and men who can teach you a few local words such as “Karibuni Tena”