Tanzania is a land of contrasts, a world where the wilderness of the Serengeti and its bustling plains bow before the mighty Kilimanjaro’s snow-laden crown. Further south, the verdant basin of the Ngorongoro Crater cradles a vibrant ecosystem, while beyond its parameters, endless coffee plantations churn out infinite quantities of the berry-like brew. To the east, teal-hued waters gently lap the Tanzanian shoreline and lazy ocean currents beckon visitors toward the Afro-Arab islands of Zanzibar, Pemba, and Mafia.
Home of the Big 5, Tanzania is also the stage for The Great Wildebeest Migration, which plays out partly on the vast plains of the Serengeti. Each year, over 1.5 million wildebeest, a fair number of gazelles, and small following of zebra seek better grazing areas. To the south of the Serengeti lies a wildlife trove, hidden in the volcanically-rich and fertile soil of the Ngorongoro Crater and the pink-tinged, flamingo-infested waters of Lake Natron.