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Home of some of Africa’s most iconic game reserves like the Serengeti and the Ngorogoro Crater, as well as the continents highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanxzania should, without a doubt, be on every travellers bucket list.
The largest country in east Africa, Tanzania is bordered by eight countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC. Rich in history, the country lies within the region considered to be the cradle of humankind. Olduvai Gorge in the north of Tanzania is famous for its findings of pre-modern human remains dating back to 1.9 million years. Later history includes thousands of years of Indo-arabian influence as part of a wider trade route along the coastal areas. Modern Tanzania reflects a long diverse history, having over 100 ethnic groups as well as different languages spoken.
Key to the ancient trade routes was the island of Zanzibar, now one of the country’s tourist centres. A great snorkeling and diving destination, the island offers some of the beast beaches in the world, great cuisine and a good variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets. Take in the sights and sounds of the ancient port town of Stone Town – walk the streets between white-washed buildings, see its famous wooden doors, its numerous markets and historical buildings.
Only 50km away from Zanzibar is Tanzania’s largest city Dar es Salaam (or ‘the Place of Peace’). With its international airport ‘Dar’ is the entry/exit point for most travellers to this country. It also offers a selection of car rental agencies and is a good point from which to explore the rest of the country.
As a wildlife destination Tanzania truly offers a something unique. In the north one can see, during the first few months of the year, possibly one the greatest phenomena in the animal world – the famous Great Migration. During this epic journey literally millions of animals, including over 1.5 million wildebeest, migrate across the African plains in search of food and water. It is the only natural migration of large mammals of this magnitude left in the world, and the witnessing such an event is truly an honour.
With over 35% of the country set aside for conservation, Tanzania offers many opportunities for game viewing. Some of these include the Selous Game Reserve (the second largest reserve in Africa), Ruaha National Park, Katavi National Park, Gombe (made famous by Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees) and Tanrangire National Park. The country is also home to some of the Africa’s Great Lakes including Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria. The latter of these is the largest lake in Africa and the source of the Africa’s longest river –the Nile.
The Tanzania map includes all main roadways as well as many secondary and off-road tracks. The map contains accommodation details for camps, hotels and lodges throughout the country as well as fuel points, picnic sites, view points, airports and activities such as hiking and game drives. GPS waypoints are provided. The reverse side offers a street plan for Dar es Salaam.