Standing vigil over Tanzania's untamed landscapes, the world's tallest free-standing mountain hails mountaineers and nature enthusiasts from all over the world. Kilimanjaro ascends above the clouds, standing at an impressive 5895 meters(19 349 feet) offering an array of diverse habitats such as lush montane forests an alpine desert , which concede to sparkling vistas of ice and snow. Despite its awesome height , Kilimanjaro is a relatively gentle hike ; however , guides recommend basic fitness ,as the main challenge is posed by the altitude. Those wanting to explore the mountain need not climb to the very top as special excursions cater for short hikes and picnic lunches on its slopes.
SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Secluded and off-the-beaten-track , the Selous Game Reserve offers visitors a slice of undisturbed wilderness, teeming with a spectacular array of fauna and flora. It was declared a World Heritage Site due to its dramatic landscapes on foot. Covering an area the size of Switzerland, it is amongst the largest protected areas in Africa and is relatively undisturbed by human impact.
The Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania , once a gigantic volcano , is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today ,long since having collapsed and eroded, It is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 metre deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Endangered black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forest, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands , and flamingos crowd the soda lakes.
One of the lesser-known game reserves in Tanzania, Tarangire rivals the Serengeti in the great number and diversity of its wildlife. It is a good choice for travellers who wish to encounter more animals (particularly elephants as it's renowned for frequent sightings) and less tourists while on safari. The Tarangire National Park is also known as a wonderful birding destination. During the dry season, the Tarangire River is the only source of water in the area, which offers excellent sightings as it attracts the reserve's abundant wildlife. The landscape is a photographer's dream too, due to the high number of scenic baobab trees and its extensive marshlands that turn swathes of the reserve a brilliant green.