Top five natural attractions in Tanzania

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Tanzania is a country of many wonders: actually, it’s hard to imagine a place in the world where such dramatic natural phenomena are so easy to observed by ordinary tourists. I’m speaking, of course, about the Great Wildebeest Migration and the safari trips that can get you so close to some of the world’s most untamed animals. Apart from being a premiere safari destination, Tanzania is also home to Africa’s highest peak, as well as some amazing cities along the Indian Ocean coast. Today’s post, however, will only cover those Tanzanian attractions that are exclusively the work of nature. So here come the top five natural attractions in Tanzania:

Serengeti and Ngorongoro

Serengeti National Park and the adjacent Ngorongoro reserve never seem to get enough praises and attention (probably because it’s hard to imagine more spectacular safari destinations). So far we have mentioned them in several occasions on AfricaWanderer, but here I would just like to add the June and July represent the peak season for watching the wildebeest migration in Serengeti. As for Ngorongoro, it’s just too close and too good to miss!

Katavi

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Some might call it Africa’s most famous unknown safari destination: Katavi National Park, located in South Tanzania, is too far from the usual tourist routes. This doesn’t stop it from being a fabulous place to spot Africa’s Big Five and many other wild animals. Despite it being so remote, Katavi has a great advantage, as the geographical conditions determine a very high density of animal populations – practically, this translates into more chances to see the animals.

Lake Tanganyka

Smaller than Lake Victoria but just as picturesque, Lake Tanganyka is situated in the Western part of Tanzania. Squeezed between the mountain ranges in this region, the lake is relatively remote and thus home to some really unique fish species. Actually, a significant part of the lake’s flora and fauna are endemic – meaning that they can only be found around Tanganyka.

Mahale

Mahale Mountains are contain some of the highest peaks that neighbour Lake Tanganyka. But don’t expect the eternal snows and the pointed peaks of the Rockies.  These mountains are covered by dense woods, which make them a perfect habitat for chimpanzees. Actually, chimpanzee tracking is the main touristic attraction in Mahale, which does not mean that chimps are to be found here by the thousands – unfortunately they are a highly endangered species.

Kilimanjaro

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Kilimanjaro is the top of the world for Africans – the highest peak on the continent. Its snow-capped cone raises at 5895 meters above the sea level. Kilimanjaro is one of the most spectacular and accessible climbs to make, however you must be aware that you’ll need at least one week for the ascension.

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