Take Your African Safari to New Heights in Tanzania
With a continent as big and diverse as Africa, the potentials for memory-making experiences are infinite. Deciding what you want to see during your African safari adventure can be overwhelming. From the dry Sahara in the North to the vineyards along the southern coast, the opportunities for extraordinary vacations are nearly limitless. For a vacation packed with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, discover the best that Tanzania has to offer. Searching for the Big 5 on game drives through Ngorongoro Crater. Follow thousands of wildebeests on their journey across the Serengeti. Take in the breathtaking views from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (and then brag to all your friends that you summitted Mount Kilimanjaro).
Here’s an informative list of must-see experiences to check out while on safari in Tanzania.
Visitors of Tanzania will doubtlessly see the world in a different light after reaching the summit of Africa’s highest mountain. To hike these scenic slopes is no small feat, but don’t let the fact that Kilimanjaro is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain frighten you. Despite the intimidating size of the mountain, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenge anyone who is of average fitness could overcome. Reaching the top of this landmark is truly something any traveler could be proud of accomplishing. Plus, you get the added bonus of bragging rights for life.
Want to know more? Listen to Kensington Destination Expert, Dervla, talk about what it’s like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
In juxtaposition to Kilimanjaro’s towering heights, Ngorongoro is home to two of Tanzania’s lowest points – Olduvai Gorge and the Ngorongoro Crater. The latter of which formed when a massive ancient volcano imploded in on itself. As unbelievable as the Ngorongoro Crater is from above, a trip to its bottom is sure to impress even the most stoic of travelers. Inside the crater (the world’s largest crater, we might add), you can find the highest concentration of lions in all of Africa.
Olduvai Gorge is another breathtaking site in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The gorge is an impressive 295 feet deep and over 30 miles long. However, if its size doesn’t astound you, its anthropological importance will. The Olduvai Gorge provides “the most continuous known record of human evolution during the past 2 million years.” Visitors to this prehistoric site get a rare glimpse into the evolution of mankind and its development of tools. Olduvai Gorge and Ngorongoro Crater are definitely a part of Tanzania you don’t want to miss.
Around 14% of Tanzania is made up of protected wildlife and nature reserves, but the bellwether of these is the Serengeti. Widely recognized as the oldest national park in Tanzania, this region is far from lacking in attractions. Perhaps the most popular of these is the annual migration. Every few months, the park’s 6 million wildebeest and thousands of zebras and gazelle move with the shifting rains. It is an incredible sight to behold as millions of hooves shake the earth and produce sounds like thunder.
The sprawling grasslands and hills of the Serengeti are also among the best places to see The Big Five of African safaris. Historically the most sought-after animals during big game hunts, lions, leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, and elephants roam the park in abundance. However, the only hunting that is done on the lands today is done by the animals.
Tanzania offers so many once-in-a-lifetime experiences that it’s easy to see why it is one of Africa’s most visited destinations. From towering mountaintops to lush valleys chock full of exotic wildlife, this country is sure to become one of your most memorable vacations.