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Tanzania is one of Africa's most exciting destinations. From its endless plains filled with wildlife, the snowy peak of Kilimanjaro rising with pride into the sky, the green forests that remain untouched by time, to the tropical coast and islands with the turquoise waters filled with colorful fishes, along with a rich history of tribes and traditions, this country is so rich and diverse in cultural and natural beauties that speak to the heart of even the most demanding traveler.

Located in East Africa, covering an area of 943,000 sq km, it comprises both the mainland and the Zanzibar Archipelago. Its neighbours are Kenya to the East, Uganda to the North, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the South.

Tanzania is a cultural mosaic with over 120 ethnic groups. Each tribe speaks its own local language and honours its unique culture and traditions. The common language is Kiswahili. This amazing diversity far from being a source of division is well prized. Tanzanians place a high value on their country's multicultural heritage with its dignified and peaceful history. It's a very friendly and open-hearted nation. As most of our team consists of native people, if you wish to get closer to Tanzanian life, we will be very happy to introduce you to our friends and to numerous tribal cultures along the way. There are also numerous interesting cultural programs scattered throughout the country that you can be a part of.

Lying just below the equator, Tanzania has a comfortable tropical climate and pleasant temperatures all year round. Warm and sunny days are followed by cool and balmy nights. There are two main rainy sasons each year. The Masika or long rains which fall from mid-March to the end of May, and the Mvuli, or short rains which occur periodically throughout November and parts of December. We suggest you avoid visiting Tanzania during the Masika period, as the roads can be muddy making it difficult for game drives, and the mountains are more slippery making them more difficult to climb.

The northern circuit is the most famous for visitors and with such spectacular nature and wildlife to see it is definitely worth its fame. Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro stand out immediately on the map, making these alone sufficient reason for the traveler to pack his/her stuff and hit the road. But northern Tanzania has many more treasures to be discovered. The Ngorongoro Highlands with their numerous craters are perfect for walking safaris accompanied by Maasai warriors. Mt Meru has one of the most impressive ash cones at its summit. Bushmen and remote villagers with their traditional lifestyle will welcome you to share your day with them. Lake Victoria, the largest lake on the continent and Rubondo island are ideal for boat trips and a bird watchers paradise. If it's your first time in this country, a trip to the north must definitely be on your list.

Heading south is an adventure into the wild. Parks such as Ruaha and Selous are relatively untouched and offer the opportunity of traversing part of them on foot or by boat for a more authentic safari experience. Gombe Stream Park and the Mahale Mountains are where the pioneering Jane Goodall does her research on chimpanzees', working extensively on conservation and cohabitation of primates, and humans. The Usambara Mountains and Amani Reserve along with its botanical reserve are known worldwide for the diversity of their flora and fauna along with their great hiking trails. Saadani is where the bush meets the beach, the only place where hours spent lazily sunbathing may be interrupted by elephants out for a stroll. The South is for those who don't mind roughing it a little and wish to mix it with wild unspoilt nature.


And then, it's the Swahili coast and the numerous islands and islets with their shimmering, palm-lined beaches, together with their exceptional marine reserves. Zanzibar, the spice island is magical, full of life and colours, revealing the rich history of the old trading routes. Pemba and Mafia Islands are more tranquil, offering relaxation and high quality diving opportunities. After your dusty safari on the mainland, a few days spent by the limpid waters of the Indian Ocean is the best closure to your journey through this beautiful country.

The chances are that your journey in Tanzania will always remain in your heart and you will wish to come back for more.

Have a look at the list to your right for more extensive information on the various places or if you wish to contact us, we can suggest the best places for your next journey depending on your own particular interests.

You can contact us either by filling in the booking form or by email at info@activetanzania.com or if you prefer, call us on +255 784 605 785. We will be happy to hear from you.
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Tanzania
  Arusha National Park
  Gombe Stream National Park
  Katavi National Park
  Lake Manyara National Park
  Lake Natron & Ol Doinyo Lengai
  Mahale Mountains National Park
  Mikumi National Park
  Mkomazi Game Reserve
  Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  Ruaha National Park
  Saadani National Park
  Selous Game Reserve
  Serengeti National Park
  Tarangire National Park
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