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Central and Southern Tanzania

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Encompassing Tanzania’s official capital, Dodoma, plus the two massive unspoiled game reserves of Selous and Ruaha, and the Southern Highland provinces of Iringa, Mbeya, Rukwa, and Ruvuma, this region is a botanist's delight, an archaeologist's dream, and a feast for the eyes. The great Tazara Railway slices through the center, chugging its weathered, colonial-era carriages through the remote wilderness.
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Makete, Tanzania
Referred to by locals as Bustani ya Mungu—literally, "the Garden of God"—this national park is a botanist’s delight, bursting with the colorful orchids, lobelias, and lilies that thrive in the fertile volcanic soil. This...
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Morogoro, Tanzania
The Selous Game Reserve is an unspoiled wilderness, the second largest game reserve in Africa, and home to the crocodile-infested Rufiji River whose tributaries and lagoons ensure excellent game viewing even during the dry season. Named after the...
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A7, Tanzania
We drove to Mikumi National Park, in central Tanzania, with one goal: to see lions at last. On our last trip to the park, the animals had stayed hidden; but this time, we set off on safari at the crack of dawn to enhance our chances. After three...
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Lake Ngozi, Tanzania
Lake Ngozi is the second largest crater lake in Africa, located approximately 38 kilometers south of Mbeya in the Mporoto Ridge Forest Reserve. It is home to many species of chattering monkeys, birds, and chameleons, some of which are endemic to...
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Kolo, Tanzania
On the Maasai Steppe of the Great Rift Valley in central Tanzania, twenty kilometres north of Kondoa, there exists a series of natural rocky shelters protecting ancient paintings, some believed to be up to 4000 years old. Created by the...
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Morogoro, Tanzania
“Birdwatching” and “extreme” are not usually two words you’ll find together. But when you're birdwatching in the severely threatened rainforests of Tanzania's Uluguru Mountains, the pastime trades its dull reputation for something more befitting a...
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Kilawani, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
A great feat of engineering from the colonial era, the Tazara Railway leaves Dar Es Salaam and rattles its once-grand carriages through the vast uninhabited Selous Game Reserve, treating its passengers to spotting giraffe, antelope, elephants, and...
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Iringa, Tanzania
The largest of Tanzania’s state-administrated national parks, Ruaha is home to the Great Ruaha River, imposing baobab trees, and one of the greatest populations of elephants in any African park. It has few lodges and therefore few...