Adventure Holidays to Tanzania
A country that boasts Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar, to say nothing of Mikumi reserve, the Usambara Mountains and Mt Meru, is a country to be recognised both in terms of wildlife and beauty. For many it is the ultimate safari destination. The Serengeti is home to the extraordinary migration and to be there in the early months of the year is always rewarding. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. To stand astride Uhuru peak watching the dawn is a remarkable achievement. The climb is tough but not technical and we use the Lemosho and Rongai, the least trekked trails on the mountain. As a contrast to the exciting game areas and the mountain, Zanzibar is a beautiful jewel in the Indian Ocean. With a fascinating spice and slaving legacy, the crumbling Stonetown has streets full of character, and the beaches on the north and east coast are stunning. Whether it is diving, snorkelling, fishing, swimming with dolphins or just relaxing Zanzibar has few if any equals.
Adventure Holiday Highlights: things you must do in Tanzania
1 Trekking Holidays to Mount Kilimanjaro
The highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro rises three miles high above the plains, so high that even this close to the equator it’s still capped with snow. It has become especially popular because it’s highly walkable – allowing adventure nuts without much trekking experience the chance to take one of the most exhilarating holidays of their lifetime.
It’s not called Kili for nothing. Skive on the training routine and kill you it might! This is not a trivial trek but exceptional views, mountain beauty, contrasting climate zones as you ascend and an incomparable sense of achievement as you reach the “Roof of Africa” make every tough step worth it.
There are different grades of walks on Kilimanjaro but the altitude can make any of them tricky, no matter how fit you are. On Exodus holidays we allow an extra day to acclimatise which can make all the difference to reaching the summit.
The Sun - recommends Kilimanjaro with Exodus (28 February 2009).
2 See the Serengeti
The natural spectacle of the Serengeti has been so heavily documented that just the word conjures up images of treeless wide plains, teeming with wildebeest, zebras and gazelles harassed by lions, cheetahs and leopards hiding in the long grass. Now imagine seeing that in the flesh, African sun on your face, wind in your hair as you follow this famous migration on a game drive. This is one adventure holiday experience you don’t want to miss.
3 Gaze across the Ngorongoro Crater
Rich natural resources and the 600 metre high walls keep the abundant wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater from ever migrating and have created a natural 'zoo'.
4 Soak up the atmosphere of Zanzibar
This is an idyllic island with the contrast of paradise beaches, exceptional diving and a traditional way of life on the shore, in the cobbled alleys and chaotic bazaars of the towns. A place where you can spend one day snorkelling in clear seas with dolphins diving in the distance and eat from street stalls, inhaling the pungent smells of the spice market the next.
To find out more about this fascinating country see our Country Guide to Tanzania.