Tanzania, the largest of the East African countries, is rich with history; the discovery of human bones older than 1.75 million year in the Olduvai Gorge earned it the name, "The Cradle of Mankind." Rich in culture, Tanzanians are comprised of about 120 tribal groups and are a polite and gentle people; and rich in landscape beauty, thanks to the preservation of wildlife and over 23% of its land protected by National Parks and Game Reserves.

Northern Tanzania (moving east to west) boasts Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks. The highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area lie contiguous to the Serengeti National Park. Although these parks represent a combined area of about nine thousand square miles, each is easily within reach of the other by car.

Using charter aircraft, or going by car, you can access the Selous Game Reserve (8800 sq. miles) and Ruaha National Park (5000 sq. miles), both in the center of the country.

The shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Western Tanzania, are rimmed with small villages that are reached only by plane or boat. Gombe Stream and Mahale Mountains National Parks were specifically gazetted to preserve chimpanzee populations and their habitat. In the former Park you can meet and interact with the chimps that Jane Goodall studied.