Tanzania is equivalent to safaris on a one-on-one with nature unfiltered, adventure, and a bag full of surprises that takes quite a few days to unpack. Here’s bringing to you the ultimateTanzanian itinerary so that no matter how brief or long your stay is, you can be sure that you haven’t missed out on these gems. However, if there’s one thing that you shouldn’t forget while in Tanzania is respect for nature and keeping a conscious distance from the wild animals. It is unbelievably beautiful, but nature as we know it can also be unbelievably forbidding. By Shubhanjana Das

1. Mt. Kilimanjaro

Isn’t it obvious that the very first thing that you should be thinking of from the very moment of your arrival in Tanzania is to plan your trip to the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro? January to March and June to October is the perfect time to make an attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to Kibo at the very top, a snow-capped crater from where, the views are unparalleled, as it goes without saying, and it’s worth the medium-level difficulty trek up to the top.

2. Katavi National Park

The third-largest national park of Tanzania is a treasure trove of everything that this East African country boasts of — the 425-sq-km Katisunga Plain, more than 400 bird species, elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, elands, topis and many more.

3. Zanzibar

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The Swahili coast of Zanzibar, the blue heaven, as we like to call it, is every diver’s dream come true. With waters as clean and deliciously azure, a city full of quaint Arabic buildings, and a calm that is bound to grow on you, Zanzibar may even be perfect as a getaway destination in itself.

4. Safari in Serengeti National Park

Going back from Tanzania without experiencing a wildlife safari? Is that even a thing? Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Serengeti National Park, one of the most popular ones in Tanzania, for a one-on-one with the ungulates, to witness the epic migration and predators that you have only seen on National Geographic.

5. Ngorongoro Crater

A volcanic caldera that has now been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site (how many does Tanzania even have!), the sweeping views of the green below and the blue above are enough to lure you into making a trip to Ngorongoro. The African rhino, impala, and giraffes (now endangered) frequent Ngorongoro Crater.

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