Zanzibar and The Coast
Tanzania has a beautiful coastline and is in many areas its exactly as you imagine a tropical coastline to be, with palm fringed white sand beaches and nearby reefs, so an excellent place to either start or end a safari experience in Africa. Zanzibar is the most popular of these Island destinations along this coast and it is an interesting place to visit. The Island is the largest of the East African coastal Islands and has a long historical past that goes back many centuries as a center of trade between Africa and the East. So in Zanzibar town you can visit the old palaces and see where the trade in slaves happened along with the fascinating twisty narrow streets of the old Stone Town. Move away from here and you the coast line which has a continuous ring of villages and beach resorts of varying standards and a big range of activities on offer as well – snorkelling, diving, visit a spice farm, look for red colobus in the small forest area in the South, and diving with whale sharks or just feet up and relax.
Katavi National Park
A remote National Park that has a big reputation for quality game viewing. There are two large open marsh like grasslands that when they start to dry out attract large herds of buffalo, elephants, and a range of antelope species and of course all the big predators looking for a meal. These two areas are linked by a narrow river which is absolutely jam packed with hippos which is amazing to see them all piled in on top of each other in the muddy pools. There are few lodges and camps here so you can have an excellent remote safari experience with quality game viewing.
Mahale and Gombe Steam
These are two areas that sit on the edge of Rift Valley and overlook the beautiful Lake Tanganyika. These are essentially forested National Parks, with the main focus of searching for the habituated families of Chimpanzees and is very famous for the research done in these areas by Jane Goodall on Chimpanzees which mostly happened inside Gombe Stream. Instead of going to the sea coast you can enjoy the beautiful lake side beaches, snorkelling to look at the colourful array of cichlid fish and trekking into the hills to see the Chimpanzees in the morning.