Land of the Serengeti
Everyone who comes to this expansive east African nation has heard about the wild treasures of the Serengeti and the imposing twin peaks of Kilimanjaro. But those who look closer will find that Tanzania offers more than just scenic beauty. If you come without booking your game drives in advance, you’ll probably head to Arusha, the “Safari Capital of East Africa,” where Range Rovers, tourists, and traditionally dressed Maasai warriors mingle freely among the souvenir stalls and government buildings. After getting their fill of wildlife, most travelers’ first thought is to head for Dar es Salaam and immediately book passage to Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. However, despite its crowded, bustling streets and frenzied pace of life, “Dar,” as it is known, is no mere transport junction. Once a former center of Islamic learning and trade, it is now one of Africa’s most diverse cities, with a breathtaking array of ethnicities, cuisines, and architecture.