AFRICA'S NATURAL WONDER

Tanzania 2014 | TOURISM | FOCUS: TANZANIA

Home to both natural and man-made wonders and legends, Tanzania boasts diversity in its people, wildlife, landscapes, and colorful history.

Home to both natural and man-made wonders and legends, Tanzania boasts diversity in its people, wildlife, landscapes, and colorful history.

Zanzibar

As the stepping-stone from where Dr. Livingstone made his final journey, the legendary appeal of Zanzibar knows no bounds. The semi-autonomous archipelago has for centuries been a meeting place of African, Arabian, and Indian cultures, and still brings in visitors from around the world. Stone Town is by far the most popular destination on the island, and a microcosm for the diversity of the archipelago.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro has laid dormant for between 150,000 and 200,000 years, and today only one of its volcanic cones, Kibo, could one day erupt again. Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak rises 5,895 meters above sea level, making it the highest point in Africa. Hans Meyer was the first European to ascend Kibo, conquering the peak in 1889.

Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti lies in the north of Tanzania and is the flagship of the country's tourism industry. It is home to the largest population of lions in Africa and some of the most diverse wildlife on the continent. It gets its name from an approximation of the name used by the region's Maasai people to describe the area: siringet, or “the place where the land runs on forever."

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies to the southeast of the Serengeti and is home to the Ngorongoro Crater, formed by a collapsed volcano and covering 260 square kilometers. The area is known for the presence of many globally threatened species and its expansive plains, savanna, and woodlands. It has also played a significant role in human evolution, with early hominid footprints found there dating back 3.6 million years.