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MOUNT KILIMANJARO / Tanzania

Kilimanjaro (familiarly Kili) is the highest (5895m) mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Among the high mountains in the world it is relatively easy to climb and you don't have to be a mountaineer to reach to the top. But if you think its a walk in a park, that would be a gross mistake. The most common thing to prevent you making it, is the altitude sickness which can affect even the most fit person. There are 6 routes to pick from and they vary by scenery and strenuousness. Average days needed to reach to the peak is 6-8.

Best time to climb: Jan-mid March, Jun-Oct.

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LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK / Tanzania

The loveliest I have seen in Africa" said the novelist Ernest Hemingway about Lake Manyara. It's a small park with stunning and versatile scenery. The most famous habitants are the tree-climbing lions. It is also a park with very high density of elephants and it is infact a place where you are most likely to have a close encounter with them. It is also the home to some of the largest troops of baboons anywhere in the world. Lake Manyara with its over 400 bird species and especially huge flocks of flamingos is a great park for bird-watching.

Best time to visit: Jun-Oct for mammals, Nov-May for bird-watching.

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ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK / Tanzania

The closest park to Arusha, only about an hour drive from the city. This small park does not have wide variety of animals but it still has a lot to offer. Arusha NP is one of the most scenic parks, with mt. Meru as its main landmark. Here you can do a walking tour, a bicycle tour or horseback riding safari and go canoeing at Momela Lakes. Animals to be seen are e.g. buffalo, giraffe, several antelope species and black-and-white colobus monkeys. Its about 400 bird species makes this park a great destination for bird-watchers. Large flocks of flamingos at Momela Lakes are a sight to be seen. A great park for a day trip.

Best time to visit: Jan-Feb and Jun-Oct.

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MOUNT MERU / Tanzania

Meru is the "little sister" of Kili. It's the second highest (4562m) mountain in Tanzania. It's a good rehearsal for climbing Kilimanjaro but it is a nice trek even by itself. Located in Arusha National Park, its slopes are home to many animals (giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, but no big cats), and the trek is accompanied by an armed ranger. The nights are spent in shelters and the trek takes place over four days. From the top, one has a magnificent view of a small ash crater, with backdrop of the majestic Kilimanjaro.

Best time to climb: Jun-Oct and Dec-Feb.

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NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA / Tanzania

The main attraction is the Ngorongoro Crater. It is an actual Noah's ark and often referred as the eighth wonder of the world. It has the highest density of animals in Africa. This is the park to see the Big5 animals of Africa in one day. The resident population of black rhino is a real treat, as rhinos are very difficult to spot elsewhere in Tanzania. It is also home to some very impressive elephant bulls with huge tusks. When you go on a safari Ngorongoro Crater is not to be missed.

Best time to visit: year round.

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TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK / Tanzania

Tarangire is often referred as the home of elephants as the numbers of elephants in this parkare spectacular. Large herds of elephants can be seen roaming among the huge baobab trees. Tarangire River is an important source of drinking water during the dry season and that makes it the perfect place to spot wildlife. Migratory animals come to put out their thirst and following them are the lions looking for a feast.

Best time to visit: Jun-Oct

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ZANZIBAR / Tanzania

Zanzibar's coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world. The coral reefs that surround the East Coast are rich in marine diversity, and make Zanzibar an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Zanzibar's capital, Stone Town, is what makes the island so different from a thousand other tropical isles. Behind its elegant waterfront, it is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners fought with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings.
Zanzibar is known as the "spice island" and it gives you a chance to get acquainted with the world of spices.
Best time to visit: year round, except mid March-May and November.

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