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View wildlife in their natural habitat

Kenya, known to anthropologists as the `cradle of humanity', is also the heart of African safari country. It boasts the most diverse collection of wild animals in Africa, but perhaps the most amazing experience you can have there is to view the annual mass migration of wildebeests. In July and August, literally millions of these animals travel from the Serengeti in a continuous stream, in search of lush grass. In October, the whole spectacle is repeated in reverse. The best place to view the migration is at the Masai Mara National Reserve, which is also home to large numbers of elephants, buffalos, zebras and hippos, as well as a colorful Maasai village whose friendly tribesmen graciously welcome you into their world. And for the ultimate view of the vast Serengetti, try hot-air ballooning from Masai Mara. the spectacular panorama is one that you'll remember forever.

Amboseli is a much smaller park than Masai Mara, but it is the best place to go for a view of the endangered black rhino. It's huge herds of elephants also make a striking picture meandering across the grassy plains, with Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro as a backdrop.

Tanzania is also home to one of the largest and most diverse animal populations in the world, including wildebeest, monkey, antelope, lion, cheetah, crocodile, elephant, buffalo, hippo, zebra and more. One of the best places to see them is the wonderful Ngorongoro Crater. Also not to be missed is world-famous Mt Kilimanjaro, beautiful to behold as a backdrop to the herds of wildlife, but also the elusive prize for many an avid mountain-climber.

For a taste of the exotic, consider a stop in Zanzibar, one of several islands off Tanzania's coast. Known mainly for it's role as onetime center for the world's spice trade, it conjures up images straight out of Arabian Nights.

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