The safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, Mount Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar's beaches and authentic tribes make Tanzania a top destination.
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Zanzibar has become synonymous with beautiful white beaches and stunning coral reefs in clear waters. The archipelago consists of two larger islands - Ungoja (whose unofficial character we call Zanzibar) and Pamba. While Ungoja is famous for its beaches, resorts and historic Stone Town; Pamba is sometimes referred to as the 'Green Island' and is known for its spice production and pristine dive sites.
Many people come to Tanzania for their dream safari experience, but this idyllic archipelago is a great destination in itself and a good opportunity to take a few days to relax in this Tanzania paradise.
Activities in Zanzibar
Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, deep sea fishing, windsurfing and other water sports. If you fancy a traditional adventure, you can ride a traditional dhow and see the island as locals.
Where else can you walk down the street and pass Portuguese, British, Arabic, African and Indian architecture while hearing and smelling the sounds and smells of the bustling bazaars and restaurants? These make Stone Town a must-visit destination in Zanzibar.
Mafia and Pamba Islands
Pamba boasts beautiful beaches and is one of the leading places in East Africa for both diving and fishing, making it a popular place for those who love the ocean.
If Pamba is a well-kept secret, a bakery is almost unfamiliar at all - making it the ideal place for a pastoral vacation. This is a string of small islands that boast diverse landscapes ranging from mangroves to a subtropical rainforest, almost half of Mafia beaches are marine parks.
General Information Tanzania
Tanzania is located in the Great Lakes region and borders Kenya and Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. It is the 13th largest country in Africa.
Tanzania is a combination of two past colonies - Tanganyika and Zanzibar, hence its name. Tanzania is ethnically diverse with more than 120 different ethnic groups.
Its capital is Dudoma. Dar es Salaam which was the capital until 1996 is the largest city in the country, the main commercial center, the largest port.
Tanzania boasts both the highest point in Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,985 meters above sea level) and the lowest point - Lake Tanganyika with 352 m below sea level). Lake Tanganyika is one of the three largest lakes in Africa bordering Tanzania - along Lake Victoria and Lake Niasa.
Tanzania has 49 million inhabitants, with 44% under the age of 15.
It is estimated that Islam constitutes 35%, and Christianity 30%. The rest of Tanzania's population are engaged in other beliefs, including traditional African religions, or do not practice religion at all. The coast is more inclined to Muslim beliefs, and the interior to Christianity.
Tanzania is extremely linguistically diverse in East Africa, with more than 100 languages spoken.
Although English is an official language, it lags behind Swahili in terms of widespread use. 90% of Tanzanians speak Swahili as a first or second language, with a local dialect being their other language.
Visit The Local Tribes
From the iconic Masai to lesser-known tribes like Datuga and Chaga, Tanzania has a rich cultural diversity. Here are some options for visiting local tribes:
A visit to the Masai stage
Visiting one of the many Masai temples in Ngorongoro is an easy and inexpensive way to get to know the famous Masai people.
While Masai people are not allowed to live in national parks, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area allows these semi-nomads to continue living their lives as they have always lived.
In case visits to authentic Masai villages are not included in the program, the tourist-targeted booms offer visitors a chance to explore a village, see traditional dances and even take souvenirs.
Since this is a tourist-focused activity, it is less recommended for those who crave an authentic cultural experience.
The Great Migration
The Great Migration is an annual migration of animals from the Naduto region of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in southern Kenya.
The rains leave the amazing Caldera reserve with plenty of grass for the zebras and gnu, and this time of year the gnu breeding season begins (December-March). This is the right time for predators such as lions, cheetahs, tigers and hyenas that freeze to devour the weak calves.
When the rains end in April-May, the zebra begins to migrate north towards the Masai Mara. Wherever the zebras go, the defenders go after them.
The huge herd crosses the Gromati River in June-July and the Mara River between August and November, so you can take some of the most spectacular photos and videos. The rivers sweep the herd members, the predators run the herds and the opportunistic crocodiles feast as animals try to cross. It's a bloody but dazzling display of the wheel of life at work.
After the move, the herd settles in Masai Mara in southern Kenya. After staying in the fertile Masai Mara for the entire dry season, the migration heads south again towards the new calving season.
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