Imagine a country that can fulfil your every holiday dream. A country of wide open spaces and magnificent wildlife, of idyllic palm fringed islands set in turquoise seas, of pirate tales and sultan's palaces, of smiling faces and warm hospitality.
If you distilled everybody's quintessential dream of Africa into one country, Tanzania would be the result. It is an intensely sensual land, appealing to sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Somehow everything seems to be bigger, wilder, more exotic and quite simply, more spectacular in Tanzania.
Africa's highest mountain, most famous national park, largest game reserve and three largest lakes lie within Tanzania's borders. It is a land that has inspired artists and writers such as Ernest Hemingway. It was here that Henry Stanley uttered the immortal words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume". Here too lie the remains of one of the earliest human ancestors ever discovered.
Somehow, miraculously, Tanzania has managed to escape the well beaten tourist track. Here you can rediscover the wild, romantic Africa of your dreams. Tanzania is a land of tropical forest, savannah grassland and shimmering lakes with some of the largest and unspoilt wilderness areas in the world. Here too are sandy beaches and coral reefs, breathtaking mountains and ancient towns. There are national parks, conservation areas, forests reserves, biosphere reserves and World Heritage sites.
There is a fascinating mix of people and cultures. The erect figure of a Maasai warrior striding across the Serengeti, is as much part of Tanzania as is the shadowy silhouette of the shrouded Arab women in the Stone City of Zanzibar. Tanzania enjoys the cultural heritage of more than 120 ethnic groups spiced with touches of Chinese, Persian and Arab influence from the traders of a past era.
The word 'safari' originated here. It is Kiswahili for journey - and what a journey! Take the annual migration of the wildebeest - something so awe-inspiring that once seen it is never forgotten. Tanzania is elephant country with some of the largest herds in Africa and this magnificent land is also home to chimpanzees, now rarely seen in the wild.
While Tanzania embodies all the enchantment of ageless Africa, the visitor can enjoy all the comforts and amenities of modern life, making the adventure of exploration comfortable and extremely enjoyable.
There are so many ways to enjoy what our country offers that you'll want to come back and that's just what we would like you to do. So read this guide and see your travel agent. We will be waiting to say Karibu..... Welcome to Tanzania......
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