The Great Rift Valley – and Tanzania in specific – still captures what in my mind rates as the imagery portraying Africa at its most iconic. Geography, visual drama and wildlife combine in wilderness areas such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro, and it is easy to see why these regions will always feature on the bucket list for any tourist planning an African safari.
Lake Olduvai is a renowned hominid site, with many of the oldest fossils left behind by our homo erectus forebears found here. Most contemporary tourists, however, will visit this East African country for the spectacular wildlife sightings; it is said that Tanzania has the highest animal density in the world.
Proud Maasai pastoralists hold sway on the semi-arid inland plains, and they can often be seen tending their herds of big-horned ankole cattle and feral goats. Serengeti and Ngorongoro weave their own special magic: the former boasts endless plains dotted with classic umbrella acacia trees, while the crater brims with lush rainforests pockets and vast herds of big game.