Half the size of Western Europe, Tanzania is East Africa’s largest nation. It is a massive country with a kaleidoscope of landscapes, wildlife and people.

Over a quarter of Tanzania is made up of National Parks, Game Reserves and controlled areas. For the most part nature still reigns supreme and man comes second for a change.

Whilst the late dry season can bring huge herds of elephants to Tarangire, the spectacular migration of wildebeest into the vast Serengeti is a sight to behold.
Further East is the Ngorongoro Crater, an unequalled caldera which reveals on its floor a magical world teeming with animals and spectacular views from its crater rim.

The Southern parks, Selous and Ruaha, remain off the beaten track and are immersed in vast wilderness for those who want to avoid fellow humans.

Lake Tanganyika which runs along the western border, is Africa’s deepest and longest fresh water lake, On its Eastern shore one can find the spectacular Mahale Mountains with their chimpanzee forest galleries and primate sanctuaries.

There’s always the option of ending a safari on Tanzania’s coast or on historical Zanzibar where Bantu and Arab cultures merge with a backdrop of some of the best beaches in the world.

Of course there is Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (5,895m/19,340ft) rising majestically out of the dusty Northern Masai bush land. Its densely forested sides give way to blue glaciers and an unbelievable peak of white snow at the summit.

As you approach Lake Manyara National Park your first view is spectacular, regardless of direction. When you approach it from the east, the Rift Valley Escarpment looms on the horizon forming an impressive backdrop to the lake. Approaching from the west and viewing from the top of the escarpment, the park lies in a green strip below, the shallow alkaline lake reflecting the sunlight. Thousands of flamingoes and pelicans use this lake as one of the stopping off points on the Rift Valley’s aerial highway. The large variety of mammals, reptiles and birds in the park, all within a small area, make Lake Manyara a diverse and particularly memorable place to visit en route to Ngorongoro and Serengeti.