, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's largest city and one of the biggest cities of East Africa. A commercial hub and major port on the eastern seaboard, it is a gateway city, serviced by an international airport and from where several tours depart. It is also the connection for trips to Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of 50 islands, the two largest being Zanzibar (or Unguja, as it is locally known) with its historic centre, Stone Town; and Pemba Island (to the north-east). Referred to as the ‘Spice Islands’, the history here harks back to ancient trade routes. Indo-Arabic influences intertwine with the Swahili origins of this, the ‘Spice Island’, and the sights, sounds and aromas give an air of romance and headiness. Whether you’re looking for the noise and busyness of the historic cobbled streets of Stone Town, or the peaceful beaches and warm Indian Ocean offering dhow trips, excellent diving and more – Zanzibar is idyllic.
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Tanzania in East Africa is one of the top safari destinations in Africa. Tanzania's vast Serengeti National Park is the scene of the annual Great Migration, a breathtaking wildlife spectacle which every serious safari enthusiast should observe at least once in a lifetime. Equally unique is the famous Ngorongoro crater, home to unparalleled numbers of wild animals. It is easy to combine a safari in northern Tanzania with a tropical beach holiday on Zanzibar island, just off the coast of Tanzania. And for the serious traveller, the wild and remote southern region offers beautiful national parks which are relatively untouched by development and human settlement, with huge game reserves such as Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park.
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Related LocationsSelous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania covers over 45 000 km² and is one of the country’s three World Heritage Sites. The reserve is world-renowned for its unspoilt bush and vast numbers of game, including elephant, lion, hippo and over 440 species of bird. Incredible scenery and the option to enjoy the African bush not only on game drives, but game walks and boating safaris too, make Selous an incredible safari destination.
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