#69 best destination in the world

 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

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  • Named after the large volcanic caldera within the region
  • One of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Ngorongoro Crater

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  • World’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera
  • Crater was formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself 2-3 million years ago
  • The original volcano was 14,800-19,000 ft high
  • Voted one of the Seven Natural Wonders

 

Seronera

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  • Small settlement in Serengenti National Park

 

Tarangire National Park

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  • The Tarangire River is the primary source of fresh water for wild animals in the Tarangire Ecosystem during the annual dry season
  • The Tarangire Ecosystem is defined by the long-distance migration of wildebeest and zebras
  • During the dry season thousands of animals concentrate in Tarangire National Park from the surrounding wet-season dispersal and calving areas
  • Landscape is composed of granitic ridges, river valley, and swamps
  • Vegetation is a mix of Acacia woodland, Combretum woodland, seasonally flooded grassland, and baobab trees
  • Established in 1970

 

Mara River

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  • River that is 65% in Kenya and 35% in Tanzania
  • Altitute 9,619 ft at its height
  • Although during the dry season it may often appear shallow, it may swell to up to twice its normal size after heavy rainfall
  • The river is a vital source to grazing animals within the reserve
  • This can create rapids in the river, which may lead to shortage of food for predators that cannot cross the river to hunt
  • Between the 1950s and 2006, the seasonal water quantities in the Mara have changed significantly in the sense that there are now higher peaks and lows in the river flow

 

Mount Kilimanjaro

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  • With three volcanic cones, it is a dormant volcano in Tanzania
  • It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world, with its summit of 19,341 ft above sea level
  • Kilimanjaro is also the fourth most topographically prominent peak on Earth
  • The first people known to have reached the summit of the mountain was in 1889
  • Because of its shrinking glaciers and disappearing ice fields, the mountain has been the subject of many scientific studies

 

Lake Natron

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  • Salt or soda lake within the Lake Natron Basin, a wetland of international significance
  • Numerous near-white salt-crust “rafts” pepper the shallowest parts of the lake
  • The lake is fed by mineral-rich hot springs
  • It is quite shallow, less than 9.8 ft deep
  • The lake is 35 miles long
  • Temperatures at the lake are frequently above 104 °F
  • High levels of evaporation have left behind natron and trona
  • Formed during the Ice Age

 

Kilwa Kisiwani

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  • Community on an Indian Ocean island off the southern coast of present-day Tanzania
  • Historically, it was the center of the Kilwa Sultanate, a medieval sultanate whose authority at its height in the 13th-15th centuries AD stretched the entire length of the Swahili Coast
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

The Manta Resort (Pemba Island)

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  • Anchored to the ocean floor, the floating underwater room is encapsulated within a turquoise blue bubble, watching shoals of reef fish swim by
  • The floating structure, Swedish engineered, provides three levels
  • 3 days minimum stay when booking the underwater room

 

Ol Doinyo Lengai

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  • Active volcano and it uniquely produces natrocarbonatite lava
  • The 1960 eruption of Ol Doinyo Lengai led to geological investigations that finally confirmed the view that carbonatite rock is derived from magma
  • Its last eruption was in 2019

 

Zanzibar Night Market

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  • After sunset, the heart of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town neighborhood transforms into culinary heaven
  • Dishes vary widely, from Zanzibari pizza, to falafel, sugar cane juice, samosas, coconut bread, seafood skewers (although debate persists pertaining to the actual freshness of the market’s pescetarian offerings), and crepes dripping with chocolate syrup

 

Selous Game Reserve

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  • Some of the typical wildlife of the miombo inhabits the reserve, such as African bush elephant, black rhino, hippopotamus, lion, East African wild dog, Cape buffaloes, Masai giraffe, Plains zebra, and Nile crocodile
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 


 

Costs

all flights $1,934

food $9/day x 10 days = $90

hotel $19/day x 8 days = $152

tickets (all attractions) $110

TOTAL for whole itinerary $2,286