Tanzania is a land of
mysticism and beauty with a diverse landscape ranging from the snow capped peaks of
Kilimanjaro to the vast wilderness of the Serengeti plains. Situated between the
crystalline Indian Ocean and the Great Rift Valley, her bounty is endless, offering an
unparalleled insight into the rich natural heritage that is Africa.
With a climate
as varied as the landscape, visitors to Tanzania can enjoy a balmy tropical holiday at the
coast or, hike through rain forests and glaciers. This multi- faceted country has a
universal appeal that never fails to work its magic.
The local people and culture are a cosmopolitan blend owing to her colorful history as
a major trading station. Out of the 120 tribes that populate Tanzania the most famous are
the Maasai who still live traditional tribal lives. These herdsmen are deeply connected to
nature and their dignified figures can often be seen striding across the plains tending
their herds. Unaffected by western norms they have retained the culture of the Warrior and
still practice initiation rituals, contributing to the feeling that Tanzania is,
indeed, a land that time forgot.
With a history dating back to the dawn of time, it was here, in Olduvai Gorge,
that the anthropologists Drs. Lois and Mary Leakey discovered the skulls of 'Nutcracker'
Man and 'Handy' Man both very significant links in the chain of human evolution.
Later on, Tanzania and more specifically Zanzibar, became a hub for the spice and
slave trades, and many famous explorers such as Livingston and Stanley used her as the
gate way for their expeditions into darkest Africa.
The natural heritage is fiercely protected as Tanzania boasts a number of national parks which cover an incredible 25% of her land area.
These parks are world famous for their beauty and profusion of wild life as they are home
to 20% of Africa's' large mammal population, serving as safe- havens for rare and
threatened species like the Black Rhino and the Black maned lion. Visitors can
rest assured that they will see the Big Five, colorful birds and trees, many of
which are endemic.