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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.

It is located in East Africa, with a territory of 943,000 sq km, comprising both the mainland and the Zanzibar Archipelago. Its neighbour countries are Kenya to the East, Uganda to the North, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West and Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique to the South.

This country 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 share a high value of their country's multicultural heritage with dignity 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 come closer to Tanzania's life, we will be very happy to introduce you to our friends and to numerous tribal cultures along the country. There are also numerous interesting cultural programs scattered throughout the country that you can be 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 seasons of rain each year. The Masika or long rains which fall from mid-March to the end of May, and the Mvuli, or short rains which come 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 thus more difficult to climb.

The northern circuit is the most famous among the visitors and with so many spectacular aspects of nature and life it is definitely worth its fame. Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro pop up from the map, making it enough reason to urge the traveller to pack his/her stuff and hit the road. In addition, northern Tanzania has more treasures to be discovered. The Ngorongoro Highlands with the numerous craters are perfect for natural walks accompanied by Maasai warriors. Mt Meru has one of the most impressive ash cones on its summit. Bushmen and remote villagers with their traditional lifestyle will welcome you to share your day with them. Lake Victoria, the largest lake of the continent and Rubondo island are ideal for boat trips and a bird watchers paradise. If it's your first time on 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 with the opportunity of traversing part of them on foot or by boat for a bit more authentic safari experience. At Gombe Stream park and the Mahale Mountains is where the pioneer Jane Goodall does her chimpanzees' research, working extensively on conservation and balance among nature, primates, and humans. Usambara Mountains along with Amani Reserve and its botanical gardens are worldwide known for their flora and fauna diversity with great hiking trails. Saadani is where the bush meets the beach, the only place where lazy sunbathing hours might be interrupted by an elephant stroll. The South is for those who don't mind to rough it up a little and wish to indulge into wild unspoilt nature.

And then, it's the Swahili coast and the numerous islands and islets with the shimmering, palm-lined beaches, and the 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 in the mainland, a few days by the transparent waters of the Indian Ocean is the best closure to your journey through this beautiful country.

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 lists to your right for more extended information on the various places or if you wish contact us so that we can propose you the best places for your next journey according to your interests.


You can contact us either by filling 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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