Tanzania brims with spectacular landscapes, from soaring peaks to savannas teeming with wildlife.

There are many ways to experience this diverse country, from the wonders on a private expedition, exploring alongside local experts and the companions of your choice to visit Maasai villages with your kids during a fun-filled family expedition.

Maybe take on the ultimate challenge while climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. From classic safaris to photography expeditions, you can choose the experience that suits you best.

Here are five different ways to experience the wonders of Tanzania.

Go on Safari

Follow thundering herds of wildebeest on their epic migration through the Serengeti, and descend into the Ngorongoro Crater. Discover the real wild side of Africa on an adventure safari, choose an exciting tour that will ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime. When choosing a safari operator, be sure to specify what kind of safari you want. Trips can be tailor made according to your travel preferences, the time of year, and what you want to see, so don’t hesitate to let your operator know exactly what you want. While the quality of safaris can vary according to what you will be paying, all visitors should expect the best of their safari team, from competent, well-informed guides to well served food and comfortable accommodation. Remember that many of these multiple safari options are available in the same areas and parks, and that what differs is only the accommodation facilities offered; not the wildlife and the scenery that you will see.

Bring Your Family

Venture into the wilds of Tanzania on a family safari and search for a mind-boggling array of wildlife, from lions and leopards to elephants, zebras, and colourful birds. Meet Maasai families, learn to interpret animal behaviour, and encounter incredible creatures while exploring the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Tanzania is in the best possible safari and beach combination location! It has a fantastic coast line, and also the colourful and activity-packed island of Zanzibar is just a short hop away.

Take on a Challenge

Set out to conquer Africa’s highest peak, following the less travelled Shira Route up the western slope of Mount Kilimanjaro on an eight-day hike through five temperate zones. Experience the sunrise from the roof of Africa and opt for a post-climb safari as your reward. Tanzania’s numerous parks and reserves offer many climbing options for the avid explorer. The most frequent expeditions are obviously to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, but there are also other destinations such as the Crater Highlands. Trekking companies will happily put together an itinerary that suits your preferences and our ”things to bring” section will help to make sure that you are adequately prepared. It is advisable, especially when climbing at higher altitudes, to take things slowly and allow your body to acclimatize. Mountaineering is sport, hobby or profession of walking, hiking, backpacking and climbing mountains.

Travel Independently

Travelling alongside the companions of your choice, encounter the breathtaking diversity of Tanzania. Go on game drives away from the crowds at Tarangire National Park. Tanzania really does embody the African tourist dream and being such a large country, it’s the ability and ease to get off the beaten track and meet some beautiful people in some beautiful places. Tourism is well established in the country and travelling solo or by your self without a guided group is manageable.

Capture the Moment

Embark on a photo safari amid some of East Africa’s most spectacular landscapes and hone your skills while photographing an ever-changing tableau of wildlife. Learn how best to capture movement and light as you frame herds of zebras, majestic lion prides, and wildebeests. Spend time with the Maasai and document their traditions. The most awesome wildlife photography experience on Earth? Northern Tanzania is it! Serengeti and the adjacent, and almost equally famous, Ngorongoro Crater are so remarkable that one cannot do justice to this incredible place in words alone. Over two million large mammals live in this immense African wilderness that has miraculously survived, thanks to the remarkable understanding of the people of Tanzania, who despite all the pressures upon them have kept faith with the vision of the park’s founders. These vast herds still circulate across the Serengeti in the same way as they did when Man’s earliest ancestor’s walked these very plains, followed by their attendant carnivores in a cycle of life that has continued unbroken for millions of years.

For more on Tanzania, visit http://tanzaniatourism.go.tz/en

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About Kate Webster

Kate Webster is an editor and travel journalist – writer and photographer – who travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the places she visits. Born out of a life-long love of travel and fascination with the world around her, is Kate’s inspiration behind her writing and photography.
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