A land of plains, lakes and mountains, with a narrow, low-lying coastal belt, Tanzania is East Africa’s largest country and also one of its most diverse. Tanzania is home for more than 100 different ethnic groups, mostly of Bantu origin, each with its own language and customs.
Tanzania has one of the largest and wildest animal populations in the world. Wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, gazelle, and flamingo – you name them. Blessed with some of the world’s largest game reserves, the country also has one of the highest concentrations of elephant, buffalo, hippo, wild dog and chimpanzee.
Its spectacular topography includes The Great Rift Valley, Mt Kilimanjaro and famous parks such as the Serengeti and the wonderful Ngorongoro Crater.
Offshore are idyllic islands with beautiful palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas that surround pristine coral reefs. The archaeological treasures of Tanzania include hominid fossils, which are more than 300 million years old. Tanzanian music and dance dominates much of East Africa.
Strong in rhythm and renowned for hard-hitting lyrics, the country’s Swahili-based sounds are kept very much alive by a thriving dance-band scene. Nyama choma (barbecued meat) has taken over in a big way, especially in restaurants with attached bars. But on the coast, on Zanzibar and Pemba islands, there’s a decent range of traditional Swahili dishes based on seafood.
Recorded history begins around 1800, when the Masai warrior tribes were migrating from Kenya to Tanzania. It wasn’t until the middle of the 18th century that Arab traders and slaves dared venture into Masai territory in the country’s wild interior. European explorers began arriving in earnest in the mid-19th century, the most famous being Stanley and Livingstone. The famous phrase ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’, stems from the duo’s meeting at Ujiji on Lake Tanganyika.
Tanganyika won independence in 1961 with Julius Nyerere as the country’s first president. Nyerere, whose secret ingredient was radical socialism, gained widespread respect and is seen as one of the most influential leaders Africa has ever had. Zanzibar was stuck for another two years, after which the mainland forged a union comprising Zanzibar and the nearby island of Pemba. Thus Tanzania was born.
There is a wide range of optional activities to make your experience in Tanzania absolutely unforgettable. Some great views can be experienced while floating in a hot-air balloon over the Serengeti. While swimming with dolphins is all the rage on the island of Zanzibar. Snorkelling and scuba diving is equally popular due to the world-class coral reefs off nearby Pemba and Mafia islands.
Lying in a shallow depression at the base of the western wall of the eastern arm of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara typically shimmers in a lilac and gold heat haze, sometimes streaked pink with thousands of flamingos. Backed by a narrow band of forest, it rises to the dramatically sheer red and brown cliffs of the Mto wa Mbu Escarpment. The Park includes not only a substantial portion of the lake and its shores but also large areas of ground-water forest with giant fig and mahogany trees alternating with acacia woodland and open. The name is derived from the Maasai word for the Euphorbia tirucalli bush, which the tribesmen plant as a living stockade to keep their cattle from straying.
Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world' the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination.
A pristine and largely undiscovered wilderness, the 12,950 square-kilometre Ruaha National Park is Tanzania's second-largest park. An unforgettable landscape, one of the last remaining tracts of the original Africa as it existed millions of years ago, the park is dominated by the Great Ruaha River, from which it takes its name (Ruaha means ‘great'). Wildlife highlights: lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, greater and lesser kudu and Grant’s gazelle. Birds: more than 400 species of birds have been recorded.
The spectacular Selous Reserve is the largest expanse of game reserve in Africa. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is four times the size of the Serengeti, home to one third of Tanzania's wildlife and provides sanctuary for the largest concentration of elephants in the world. And yet, despite its unique collection of hippo, buffalo, crocodile and lion, this magnificent ecosystem remains virtually untouched by man. Largely undiscovered, utterly pristine and virtually unvisited, it remains the last wilderness frontier.
The Serengeti, whose Maasai name ‘Siringet' translates as ‘the endless plains', offers unparalleled ornithological opportunities and an unrivalled natural arena wherein the glory and harmony of nature can be appreciated as nowhere else on earth. The vast and sensational Serengeti, covering 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park wherein tens of thousands of hoofed animals roam in a constant and unremitting search for the fresh grasslands upon which their survival depends.
Tarangire, named after the Tarangire River which runs through it, is an arid haven, peppered with ancient baobab trees, towering termite mounts, and home to huge herds of elephant. Only 30km from the Rift Valley escarpment, Tarangire falls outside the nutrient-rich volcanic belt and therefore its annual rainfall is very low (550mm). As a result, much of the park is semi-arid, dominated by baobabs, acacias and Doum Palms, often festooned with the nests of African palm swifts. 120 km south-west of Arusha, the greatest concentrations of animals are seen between June and November.
For centuries past, cardamom, clove and cinnamon culled from the fabled spice gardens of the enchanted island of Zanzibar have been prized by sultans and princes alike. Now you can pick them for yourself on a spice tour that takes you from the winding alleys, carved doors and cool courtyards of Stone Town, through the slave caches of the coral bays, past the blue-domed bath-houses of long dead sultans and out onto the silver and blue ribbons of Zanzibar's perfect beaches.
Chimpanzee Trekking - Rubondo Island, Asilia Africa
Home to a very special group of chimpanzees whose ancestors were brought to Rubondo Island in the 1960s as part of an ambitious conservation project, today you can be part of the habituation process. Available for a limited time, this is a unique opportunity to join the habituation team as they accustom the chimps to the presence of humans and witness them up close in the wild.
The Highlights - Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Rubondo Island Camp is the only lodge on Rubondo Island, the largest island national park in Africa. Tropical forests provide a protected habitat for wildlife that includes sitatunga, elephant, giraffe, 200 species of birds and wild chimpanzees. The deep waters of Lake Victoria also offer spectacular fishing for record-breaking Nile perch.
Island Activities - Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Activities from Rubondo Island Camp are focused around discovering and enjoying the remarkable ecosystem of the island. An astonishing array of birds and wildlife waits to be discovered and highly trained guides lead game excursions deep into the forest. Activities aren’t restricted to dry land either: boat trips and fishing excursions making for a memorable way to experience the island.
Experience Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Rubondo Island – in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria – is for those seeking the thrill of adventure in a truly wild area, all but untouched by man. The camp – the only lodgings on this verdant island – immerses you in this lush and unspoilt ecosystem.
The Fly Camping Experience - Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Experience the magic of Rubondo Island in one of the most unique ways possible - Fly Camping. Heading out into the wilderness of Rubondo to spend the night out of camp and take in all the island has to offer.
Boating Excursions - Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Discover the hidden corners of the island and soak up the tranquillity of your surroundings, or spot the varied aquatic life from the boat and try to catch a glimpse of the hippos, otters and monitor lizards in the water.
Our People - Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Our biggest joy is that the work we do brings opportunity, success, and stability to the local East African people who are a part of our Asilia Family.
Josias' Vegetable Farm - Rubondo Island Camp, Asilia Africa
Josias' Vegetable Farm near Rubondo Island is truly a special place - All of Rubondo Island Camp's fresh produce is made with love by Josias and his family, which comes through in the delicious meals we prepare in camp every day. - Rubondo Island – in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria – is for those seeking the thrill of adventure in a truly wild area, all but untouched by man. The camp – the only lodgings on this verdant island – immerses you in this lush and unspoilt ecosystem. - https://www.asiliaafrica.com/east-afr...
Walking Safaris in Ruaha | 360° Virtual Tour
Take a 360° virtual tour of what a walking safari at Jabali Ridge entails! Move your mouse around the screen to look in the direction you choose.
Elephants Drinking in Ruaha | 360° Virtual Tour
Spend time with the Elephant of Ruaha - be sure to keep an eye out for the big bull to your right! Move your mouse around the screen to look in the direction you choose.
Pride of Lion Feasting in Ruaha | 360° Virtual Tour
Get closer than ever before to a pride of lion feasting in Ruaha - be sure to stick around for the young male who curiously investigates. Move your mouse around the screen to look in the direction you choose.
Elephants Eating Baobab Tree in Ruaha | 360° Virtual Tour
Spend time with the Elephant of Ruaha while they take on a fallen boabab tree and find a tasty snack. Move your mouse around the screen to look in the direction you choose.
Twende Porini - Tanzania
Twende Porini is our flagship environmental programme. Every year children are hosted for five days in our camps where they learn about wildlife and the environment. Lessons are interspersed with games and fun activities. The children also improve their leadership skills and self-esteem, while interacting with other cultures boosts their confidence.
Essque Zalu Zanzibar - Life Is Perfect Sometimes
We have a vision and have made it a reality; to create inspirational places for you to stay, eat, play and do business... Your way... Welcome to Essque Zalu Zanzibar.
Serengeti Acacia Camps
Welcome to our luxury camp in the heart of Serengeti, Tanzania!
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Welcome to Dunia Camp
Dunia is a small, intimate camp that evokes a sense of being immersed in nature - as close as you will ever get - while still being able to enjoy the warm hospitality and luxury that the camp offers. Attention to detail is balanced with an essence of graceful simplicity that is in harmony with its tranquil and exclusive location. Dunia Camp offers superb game viewing all year round from its secluded location in the south west corner of the Central Seronera Valley - the heart of the Serengeti. This area is renowned for its abundance of game, especially big cats and is right in the path of the extraordinary annual Great Migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra
Dunia Camp - Guest Tent Interior
Situated in the heart of the popular central Serengeti, the serene Dunia Camp is the perfect foil for an exhilarating Serengeti safari: eight tranquil tented suites boast gracious décor and perfect privacy, with airy en-suite bathrooms to wash away the dust from a day adventuring in Africa.
Z Hotel Zanzibar
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