1) Summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa with its year-round snow cap. Technical mountain-climbing skills are not required, but mountaineers must possess good stamina and engage a qualified guide. The summit (5,895 meters) is Uhuru Peak.
2) Explore Serengeti National Park, made world-famous by numerous televised wildlife documentaries. A special event is the annual migration of wildebeests. The park also is home to other herding mammals, predators such as lions and leopards, crocodiles, elephants, zebras and many other animals, including hundreds of bird species.
3) Safari through the plains to discover Tanzania's amazing variety of wildlife. Popular safari destinations include Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which encompasses a volcanic crater, and Ruaha National Park, noted for its giraffes. Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in the world.
4) Hit the beach(es). Tanzania's comparatively unspoiled Indian Ocean coastline presents gleaming sands and swaying palms. The clear water is fine for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
5) Visit the National Museum and House of Culture in Dar es Salaam. Tanzania's largest museum, it displays exhibitions in history, archaeology, biology, ethnography and art. Recent expansion has added theatrical productions, an art gallery and a restaurant that features traditional cuisine.
6) Study the Kolo rock paintings, some of the oldest known art examples in the world, made by the ancient Barabaig tribe.
7) Tour the island of Zanzibar. It is known especially for its rich greenery (particularly in the Jozani Forest), 19th-Century sultans' palaces, spice tours and the Arabic Stone Town section of Zanzibar City.
8) Explore the country's western lakes. Lake Victoria in the northwest, source of the Nile, is Africa's largest lake and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. Long, narrow Lake Malawi in the south is an important fishing source. Lake Tanganyika in the west is the second-deepest freshwater lake in the world.
9) Spend a night or three in Tanzania's oldest town, Bagamoyo. In centuries past, it was a major post on a caravan route into the interior of the continent. Bagamoyo has been designated a World Heritage Site.
10) Meet wild chimpanzees at Gombe Stream National Park. Located in western Tanzania, it was the scene of Dr. Jane Goodall's renowned research studies. The park also is noted for its other primate populations, including red-tailed monkeys and olive baboons.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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