The United Republic of Tanzania represents the union of Tanganyika (independence in 1961), and Zanzibar (union into TanZANia in 1964), and forms part of the East African Union. Julius Nyerere, the first President of Tanganyika and later also Tanzania, laid the foundation for Tanzania to be one of the most peaceful and stable countries in the region, and is still remembered as one of the most remarkable leaders of the continent.
Tanzania today is a democratic republic, divided into districts. Jakaya Kikwete has been the president of the republic since 2005. Zanzibar forms an autonomous part of the republic, and has her own president, Dr. Shein (since 2010).
The country is a major holiday destination in Africa, famous for its rich wildlife in among the largest national parks in the world, as well as interesting and diverse culture, and pristine beaches along its Eastern Coast and Zanzibar Islands.
The Serengeti belongs to the ancient land of the Maasai People , and is the largest National Park in Northern Tanzania. Take a minimum of two days to follow the migration route of the Wildebeest and explore this amazing landscape, which is also one of the largest ecosystems in the world.
En route, don’t miss out on a stopover at Olduvai Gorge, where the remains of one of the oldest human beings were discovered a few decades ago.
The world’s largest caldera, Ngorongoro Crater, puts its protective rim around an amazing amount of predators and game alike. It forms part of the Rift Valley, belongs to the Serengeti ecosystem, and, like the Serengeti, is located in ancient Maasai land.
One day is sufficient to descend into the crater, and chances are good to see most of the famous ‘big five’.
This large National Park in the north of Tanzania is famous for two reasons: it is home to among the largest elephant herds found in Tanzania, and in it grow among the most ancient Baobab trees in the country. Please do not miss out on the chance to see this amazing landscape, part of the traditional homeland of the Maasai People.
Recommended length of stay: minimum one night and two days.
This National Park, among the smaller ones, is nestled around an alkaline lake, where Lesser Flamingoes are very frequently seen. The specialty of this area though is tree climbing lions. Pass through Lake Manyara National Park en route to Ngorongoro or Tarangire, or stay over night.
The highest mountain of Africa (5,895m) is at the same time one of the tallest volcanoes in the world, and the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
Climbing this mountain has become increasingly popular during past decades, and in general, any person in good health should be able to make it to the peak. Yet, the altitude should be accessed slowly and with precaution. A time span of 7 days would be advisable, under 6 days nobody should attempt to climb. Please ask for our special mountain information.
This second highest mountain of Tanzania, and fourth highest of Africa, used to be the ‘big brother’ of Mount Kilimanjaro, but exploded in ancient times. The remains of this enormous volcano still reach a proud altitude of 4,665m, and pose more of a challenge to the mountaineer than climbing Kilimanjaro. Yet, for any person in good health, it should be possible to make it within 3 to 4 days.
The ascend is amazing, as it leads through Arusha National Park, famous for its bizarre landscapes and flora.
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