As part of the Great African Rift Valley and sharing similar terrain with higher profile neighbor Kenya, Tanzania has rich landscapes. It is best known for Serengeti National Park, where thousands of wildebeest migrate every year, and for the mammoth Mount Kilimanjaro, the world highest solitary peak. Exotic beaches, Maasai warriors and Arab-centric cities add further spice. Tanzania is a friendly country with well over 100 ethnic groups, including the much ballyhooed red-robed Maasai tribe. Its multicultural heritage is always apparent, especially in Zanzibar and the Spice Islands, which are Arabic through and through.
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The culturally-rich Swahili coast around the Zanzibar archipelago is a major draw for those looking for a beach getaway. There are tropical escapes galore with many islands accessible from Dar es Salaam. Backpackers will enjoy full moon parties in north Tanzania, while fishing and diving expeditions are coast-wide, as well as to nearby Pemba and Mafia islands.
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