Tanzania has become synonymous with safari tales of the yawning Ngorongoro Crater, the open plains of the Serengeti and the wilds of the Selous, while the annual wildebeest migration and the lofty summit of Kilimanjaro are top of travellers’ lists of places to visit.
Tanzania was quick to capitalise on its natural treasures as a popular safari destination. High value tourism, confined to the coast and national parks, allows much of the country to maintain its traditions. The wildness of the land and the warm welcome visitors receive from Tanzanians, manifests the ‘real Africa’ that visitors want to experience.
Tanzanians share a proud sense of nationalism, forged through unique combinations of historical and cultural cohesion. The country played a leading role in the story of humankind with the Leakey finds at Oldupai. Meanwhile contemporary Tanzania celebrates the diversity of modern humans with 120 ethnic groups, speaking languages representing all of the African language groups.
Tourism in Tanzania
While 80% of the working population is employed in agriculture, Tanzania’s safari and beach tourism best represents the country to travellers. National parks such as the Serengeti, Selous and Ruaha are amongst the largest in Africa. However, to foreign visitors, Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Great Migration and the tropical coastline top the bucket list.
Tanzania’s people take pride in their disciplined upbringing and adherence to traditional customs. We encourage our guests to take a deep dive into the culture and traditions of the people they meet. To facilitate this, our programs all provide those opportunities, at a level of comfort that suits each guest. Tanzanians are warm, friendly people who enjoy sharing their country with new friends. If this is your first visit to Africa, we’ll wager it won’t be a last.
Active Africa enjoys a long relationship with Kilimanjaro, leading many successful expeditions to its icy summit. Our journeys to Tanzania take you from treks in the Ngorongoro Highlands with the Maasai as our companions to walking safaris on the shores of Lake Manyara. We bike through villages below the crater and we hunt with Hadzabe in dry, barren lands. Significantly, we encourage guests to walk in the Serengeti, both during and outside of Migration months.