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  Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti National Park is arguably the best known wildlife sanctuary in the world. "Serengeti" means "endless plains" in the Maasai language and within its boundaries are more than three million large mammals. About 35 species of plain animals can be seen here including the so-called "Big Five" - elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. In May or early June, huge herds of wildebeest, gazelle and zebra begin their spectacular migration. In their wake follow the predators; lion, cheetah, wild dog and vultures circling overhead. Other common species found here include hippo, giraffe, eland, impala, antelope, baboons, monkeys and a profusion of over 500 species of bird.

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, at 2,286 metres above sea level, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 metres from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre covers an area of about 260 sq. km and is home for up to 30,000 animals, almost half of them zebras and wildebeest.

There is also gazelle, bufallo, elland and wart hog. Such vast numbers attract predators mainly lion and hyena, but also cheetah and leopard. Also more than 100 species of bird have been spotted. Countless flamingos form a pink blanket over the soda lakes.

Zanzibar Islands

Just the name, Zanzibar, evokes dreams of romance and mystery and the reality will not disappoint the traveller bored with mass toursim, seeking an enlighting and enjoyable holiday experience. Zanzibar - includes main island Unguja and its sister island of Pemba - has for centuries attracted seafarers and adventurers from around the world. Now it welcomes a new generation of explorers - those who have come to marvel at the rich heritage, reflected in the architecture and the culture of people. For this is where Arabia meets Africa.

Visit Zanzibar's historic Stone Town, where sultans once ruled. Relax on one of dazzling white, palm-fringed beaches, where the azure waters of Indian ocean beckon swimmers, divers, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts alike. Breathe in the fragrant scents of cloves, vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg, and discover why Zanzibar is called "The Spice Islands". Explore the forests, with their rare flora and fauna. Or visit one of the ancient, archeological sites. Spend a few days here after a safari on the mainland or, better still, allocate a week or two and immerse yourself in the magic that is Zanzibar.

   
   
  Mount Kilimanjaro 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the crown of Tanzania. Rising abruptly from the open plains, capped by snow and frequently fringed by clouds, it is one of Africa's classic images. At 19,344 feet, it is highest mountain in Africa and the highest walkable summit in the world. The diameter of its base is an incredible 40 miles: "As wide as all the world, great, high and unbelievably white" was Ernest Hemingway's description

During their time on the mountain, climbers pass from a tropical to arctic environment in just a few days. The various trails first pass through lush rainforests before reaching heather and open moorland where giant lobelia and huge, cactus-like groundsel grow. Above this moorland is the almost lunar landscape of the alpine desert which stretches between two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The highest point on Kibo, and indeed the whole of Kilimanjaro, is Uhuru peak, with its spectacular hanging glaciers and stupendous views of African plains, some 20,000 feet below.

Tarangire National Park

 Close to Arusha, some 118 km away, Tarangire National Park gets its name from the river that threads its way through the length of the reserve. It is famous for its dense wildlife population which is most spectacular between June and September, the dry period. During this time thousands of animals - wildebeest, zebra, eland, elephant, hartebeest and buffalo - migrate from dry Maasau steppe to Tarangire River looking for water. Lion, leopard and other predators follow the herds. Tarangire is also home to 550 varieties of birds.

Lake Manyara National Park

Two famous spectacles in the Lake Manyara National Park are tree-climbing lions, which spends most of the day spread out along Acacia trees, and tree-climbing pythons. Nesting at the base of The Great Rift Valley escarpment, the park is noted for its incredible beauty. As visitors enter, they pass into lush forest, home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys.

Further along, the forest opens up into woodlands, grassland, swamps and beyond, the soda lake itself, covering 200 sq. km and sanctuary to over 400 species of bird including flamingo, pelican, storks, sacred ibis, cormorants and Egyptian geese. The park is particularly noted for its huge herds of buffalo and elephants. Also giraffe, impala, hippo and variety of smaller animals.

   
 
 
 
 

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