ecoTravel Africa 2011
Tanzania is a fantastic eco friendly safari destination, containing many large and ecologically significant wildlife parks and reserves as well as a number of archeological and historical sites. One of the largest countries in East Africa, Tanzania offers the visitor a wealth of different opportunities.
Many travellers to Tanzania tend to stick to the ‘northern’ safari circuit in a bid to see the ‘big 5’, followed by time relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar or Pemba, however, there are many more treasures to be uncovered by exploring some of the less popular areas, where western development is far less apparent.
For those seeking a real adventure it’s possible to scale Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, which lies in the north east of Tanzania. For the less athletic opportunities abound such as a visit to the great lakes of Lake Victoria, a trip to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (a truly magnificent volcanic crater in which it’s possible to see a stunning array of wildlife), a chance to see the great migration through the Serengeti National Park and a visit to Gombe National Park, home to the world renowned scientist Dr. Jane Goodalls chimpanzee study groups. Tanzania really does have something to appeal to all.
One of Tanzanias best assets is it's people - they are so friendly and welcoming, it's likely you will return home having made a number of new friends.
Tanzania has a large number of cultural tourism programmes which run across the country, particularly in Northern Tanzania. These have been established in a bid to give visitors the opportunity to mix with local people and to develop an understanding of their culture, history and environment. The villagers themselves get benefits through the services that they provide, including local guides, accommodation and entrance fees as well as through development fees which go directly into community funds for local projects.
In line with the ethos of ecoTravel Africa all accommodation options have been selected based on their environmental and conservation management practices and it’s often possible for you to see the conservation and/or development projects on the sites themselves. A variety of accommodation options exist from which ecoTravel Africa will select the most appropriate mix to suit your personal needs – from a tree top tent in Tarangire National Park to a coffee plantation lodge on the edge of the Ngorongoro crater to a luxury chalet on the sandy beaches of Zanzibar – nothing is impossible!
Visiting National Parks and Game Reserves means that you are contributing to the conservation of wildlife in Tanzania. More information about all the projects that you will be contributing towards throughout the course of your holiday will be explained in further detail once your itinerary has been finalised. ecoTravel Africa believes that environmental education is important for all travellers, it is essential that you are aware of the issues facing the country which you are visiting and that you appreciate how you can help, both whilst you are away and upon your return home.
Whatever you are looking for from your Tanzanian safari holiday ecoTravel Africa can ensure that you have a tailormade itinerary that caters to your every need and desire. You can opt for either a self drive option, an escorted tour or small group travel.
Click on the links to find out more about some of the areas you can visit in Tanzania.