Special interest Holidays

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  • While the sun, safari and adventure options are more likely to appeal to the majority of tourists, Tanzania also offers something extra for the special interest enthusiast.

    ARCHAEOLOGY Archaelogists will be in their element when visiting the world-famous Olduvai gorge, the Isimila stone age site, the Kondoa Irangi rock paintings, the site of Tendunguru dinosaur excavation and numerous historical sites at Kaole, Kilwa, and on the islands of Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba.


    For Birdwatchers the country ia a Paradise, with over 1,000 species to be seen in their varying habitats.Flamingos, pelicans and storks flock in abundance to the lakes as do various goose and duck types.

    Wheeling high in the clear blue skies are the birds of prey including eagles,amongst them the Tawny and the African fish Eagle,as well as kites, falcons, hawks, buzzards and Vultures including African white backed vulture,Lappet faced vulture and Ruppell vulture.Kori bustards, the heaviest flying bird, giant ostrich, secretary bird,ibis sacred,love birds,lilac breasted roller,hoope,kingfisher, barbet and weaver birds are other fascinating species so typical of Africa continent.


    Africa is home to over 3,500 spcies of butterfly and a far greater variety of moth.Many of these can be found in Tanzania and some are, in fact, endemic to Tanzania such as the extremely rare Urania ripheus or Sunset Moth.

    Lepidopterists will find Kitulo, Mahale, Mkomazi, Udzungwa National Parks, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Usambara Mountains,particularly rewarding.

    DOLPHIN TRACKING Watching and swimming with wild dolphins, in the water around Zanzibar and Pemba, can be an exciting and educational experience.However care must be taken to avoid disturbing the animals.


    For flora enthusiasts the country is a veritable wonderland, its ever-changing topography reflected in a plethora of different shrubs, flowers, succulents and trees. Indeed the variety of eco - system in Tanzania is considered to be wider than in any other African country.

    TRAIN ENTHUSIASTS Rail buffs will want to travel on the Great Uhuru Railway, which goes through some of the most stunning scenery in East Africa.

    It runs from Dar es Salaam, through Mikumi National Park and the Selous Game Reserve, to Mbeya and then to Zambia. Herds of animals can be seen from the carriages.

    TURTLES Protected in Tanzania, the five species of turtles found along the coastline-green, hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead and olive ridley are increasing in numbers.

    WHALE WATCHING Whale sharks, the largest shark and the largest fish in the world, which can reach lengths of up to 14m and sperm whales may also be seen off Mafia and in the Zanzibar channel.