Tanzania is most likely one of the oldest known and continuously inhabited areas on the planet. Fossil remains of humans and pre-human hominids have been discovered here dating back over two million years. It's Africa at its most naturally authentic and it's saturated with wildlife. So if you're planning a trip to Tanzania, these are the experiences you should be chasing:
This iconic mountain was summited by a European more than 120 years ago and since then has become a feat that the adventurous simply need to conquer. Known as the Roof of Africa, it's different from the others featured on the Great 7 summits list because you can do it without climbing experience or equipment. Kilimanjaro is well known for its incredible range of climate zones which include rainforests, deserts and naturally, the famous arctic summit. Experts have predicted that the classic glaciers of Kilimanjaro will have vanished in the next twenty years or so, that means that there's no time like the present to take a trip there.
Tanzania's northern circuit is the home of the popular Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation area but what about the lesser known places? This quintessential safari route offers lesser known but still noteworthy areas that are a great place to explore. These include the likes of Tarangire National Park and the remote Lake Natron. Tarangire National Park is underrated but has one of the highest populations of elephant of any park in Africa, including an impressive number of must see predators. The other worldly feel of Lake Natron is home to over two million flamingos and is presided over by an active volcano that can be summited on a one day hiking excursion.
When you aren't traipsing through the land of Tanzania, in search of all things wild and untamed, a Zanzibar beach break is the ideal way to unwind. A tropical island complete with white sand and crystal blue warm waters. The Indian Ocean teems with marine life and sumptuous fresh seafood is an essential part of any beach holiday. Stone Town is one of the exceptional highlights of a trip to Zanzibar, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site is characterised by its distinctive architecture of coral stone buildings.
Gombe Stream National Park is admittedly Tanzania's smallest national park but it's been made famous by its connection to Jane Goodall, world renowned conservationist. Over one hundred chimpanzees are well habituated and though it can be difficult hiking on steep hills and valleys, close encounters with these lovable creatures are almost guaranteed. If you aren't tracking the chimps, there's a chance to see Jane's old chimp feeding station, the viewpoint on Jane's Peak and Kakmombe Waterfall.
When you take a trip to Tanzania, it has to be during one of the greatest natural wildlife shows on earth, the annual migration. More than a million wildebeest and a few hundred thousand zebra from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the northern plains of Kenya's Masaai Mara provide an unparallel glimpse into the wonders of the natural world. In fact, the Annual Migration is classified as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. It draws documentary makers and photographers and wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world and is action packed as predators become increasingly active while their prey migrate. A unique experience is witnessing all of this from a hot air balloon ended with a champagne breakfast.