One of the few tourist destinations in Africa that continues to resist mass urbanization, Tanzania is an ideal place to spend summer holidays lounging around silky sands, exploring underwater wonders, or hunting for first-hand safari encounters with some of the world’s rarest creatures. A place where amazing landscapes marry crystal clear ocean waves, and long days end in scenic sunsets and star-speckled night skies, this hidden gem of East Africa is highly likely to top off the list of world’s most popular exotic destinations in the next few years.

Tanzania - Africa, natural paradise
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A holiday spot for all the seasons

Situated in the topical belt, Tanzania takes pride in pleasant climate and warm temperatures during much of the year. The monsoon season lasts from March to May, and it is characterized by long rains and less heat. During the rest of the year, however, Tanzania normally records lower rainfall (short rains here are common in November and December). This amazing region boasts some of Africa’s loveliest beaches such as Fanjove, Ras Kutani, and Vamizi. If you plan to stay in Tanzania for more than a few days, consider buying your own vehicle to minimize transport hassle. First-rate commodities here are far more affordable than in the rest of the world, and cars provide more flexibility and comfort than local public transport.

Tanzania - Africa, natural paradise
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Witness the Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth

Tanzania is the home to Serengeti National Park, one of the biggest wildlife reserves on the continent. The annual wildebeest migration to Maasai Mara usually begins in May and lasts for the remainder of the year, until December, when herds return to Serengeti. Along with the herbivorous park inhabitants, big predators move towards the border with Kenya during the migration. If you intend to follow the wild trail during the peak months, pack your binoculars and long-range camera lens.

Tanzania - Africa, natural paradise
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The trail of civilization traces back to Ngorongoro Crater

Perched at approximately 1,800 meters above sea level, Ngorongoro Crater nowadays hosts the last members of the Maasai tribe who still pursue a life of unity with Nature and its laws. Home to Africa’s Big Five, Ngorongoro stretches for miles across highland plains, woodlands, forests, and savannas, spanning the world’s largest caldera and Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological dig sites in the world. The crater was transformed into a multiple use area in 1959, and it has also been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Tanzania - Africa, natural paradise
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The lap of Mother Nature is in Ruaha

The biggest protected nature reserve in Tanzania, Ruaha hosts the largest elephant population in Eastern Africa. Other endangered species you can see during the tour include giraffes, lions, leopards, impalas, zebras, and cheetahs. Ruaha National Park is also one of Africa’s best spots to go bird-watching: with over 570 species of exotic feathery dwellers, the park and the neighboring Usangu basin have been recognized by Birdlife International as an important bird habitat.

Tanzania - Africa, natural paradise
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A quest to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro

Rising 5,895 meters above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and only brave hikers and mountain climbers can beat its steep slopes. The dormant volcano has three peaks, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, and the challenging climb to the snow-capped summit is rewarded by an amazing view of the surrounding plains. The 75,575-hectare park at the foot of Kilimanjaro is another UNESCO World Heritage Site: with incredible waterfalls and unblemished biodiversity, this is one of the most picturesque wildlife reserves in East Africa where elephants, duikers, moneys, and elephants are still unfazed by the sight of man.

Tanzania - Africa, natural paradise
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Paradise on Earth does exist: it is right here, in the midst of the Tanzanian wilderness. From pristine beaches to snow-covered summits, Tanzania is one of the few places on Earth where magic and reality collide, and humans still live side by side with lions. For more details on Tanzania’s wild beauty, check out the video below!