Mount Kilimanjaro is the is the highest mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level (Uhuru Peak).
It is one of the most sought-after destinations for climbers and hiking lovers, due to its unique scenario and the variety of ecosystems crossed while climbing.
At its feet lies a bunch of important Tanzanian towns, which are the gateways to this natural wonder and all nearby national parks of the so-called northern circuit.Moshi is a small town nestled on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and the starting station for the climb to the highest peak in Africa, whether you are there for the climb or simply to admire its snowy top from the plains this is the one destination that offers both.
Lake Manyara is a shallow lake in the the East Aftican Rift said by Ernest Hemingway to be the "loveliest [lake] ... in Africa,". It is also the home of a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife.
While most known for baboons, the lake and its environs is also home to herbivores such as hippos, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffes.
Lake Manyara provides opportunities for ornithologists keen on viewing and observing over 300 migratory birds, including flamingo, Long-crested Eagle and Grey-headed Kingfisher.
Bagamoyo became the seventh wonder of Tanzania when Unesco named it as Tanzania's seventh world heritage site. The accolade recognises the town's part in the historically important East African slave route, a terrible period in world history which has nevertheless undeniably shaped the culture and appearance of the Swahili coast.As laden with history and as evocatively tumbledown as Zanzibar, Bagamoyo similarly owes its fame to the routes traced by traders, explorers, colonisers and missionaries between Zanzibar, mainland Tanzania and the African interior. The town's convenient location, in a calm bay just 42km from Zanzibar, once made it one of East Africa's most impressive cities. Nowadays, the town looks like the wreckage of a glorious era, which is exactly what it is. Vines and wildflowers are in the process of reclaiming once-imposing buildings. Through one window of the former German headquarters, you can see a chunk of rubble fallen from the roof. Brightly coloured laundry, hung out to dry, flutters beneath elegant Islamic arches that once sheltered sultans and rich merchants.
Pemba Island, known as "The Green Island", is the second biggest island of the Zanzibar Archipelago.Most of the island, which is hillier and more fertile than Unguja, is dominated by small scale farming. There is also large scale farming of cash crops such as cloves.Pemba is also famous for its rich fishing grounds and it is becoming well known for its dive sites, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral, unspoiled reefs and very abundant marine life.With the booming tourism industry in neighboring Unguja (usually referred only as Zanzibar), more adventurous travellers are seeking out the less-crowded Pemba for peace, tradition and pristine uncontaminated nature.
Mafia Island is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and atolls and is truly a paradise in the Indian Ocean. It is the southern most of three islands (Pemba & Zanzibar) located off the coast of Tanzania.
The resident population are mainly fishermen or smallholder farmers that grow coconut, paw-paw, rice and cassava. The islanders are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere relaxed and laid-back.
Mafia is famous for deep sea fishing and scuba diving. Aquatic life is abundant and the coral gardens are pristine due to the protection of the Mafia Island Marine Park. The park is located between the Rufiji River delta to the west and the open Indian Ocean to the east. The dual influences of the river and the sea have combined to create a rich and exceptional biodiversity with unique landscapes under the sea and on dry land. It is a unique and perfect destination as part of a safari package or simply a place to unwind and get away from the daily, modern and busy world.
Ngorongoro Crater is indisputably one of the natural wonders of the world. Two million years ago, a volcano collapsed on this site and formed a perfect caldera, an unbroken natural bowl with a diameter of 12 kilometres. The crater is like a giant natural zoo, with a dense concentration of wildlife including lions, leopards, elephants, baboons and rhinos.Ngorongoro is also home to members of the Maasai tribe who continue to pursue a traditional way of life in and around the Crater, which has symbolic and historical significance in Maasai culture.
The largest national park in Tanzania is a yet undiscovered gem. This conservation sanctuary offers to guests the sensation of being completely alone, with forest and wildlife all around."The Link" between Ruaha and Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Selous Game Reserve in the South, as well as Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Manyara in the North, has always been one of Coastal Aviation trademarks and we have decided to reinstate it as it was up to a few months ago.The Northbound flight leaves Dar es Salaam daily at 8:30, waiting for the connection coming from Zanzibar.
This is now a direct flight to Ruaha, without stops in Selous, and is now operated with the fast and comfortable pressurized Pilatus PC12, while a Cessna 208 Caravan operates the connection between Selous and Ruaha as usual.
The Selous game reserve is the largest game reserve in Africa (50,000 sq.km) and one of the largest in the world.
This was Coastal's first destination and remains one of the most popular for flying safaris. This is rough territory, long distances and frequently flooded roads. The Rufiji River and its tributaries form a large network of lakes and rivers, making it ideal for boat safaris and for observing wildlife from a different perspective.
A million wildebees... each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 mile) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 mile) pilgrimage begins again.
Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest's trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle.