Planning your elective - Tanzania
Mark Wilson gives you some tips on arranging an elective in Tanzania
On the coast of east Africa, Tanzania comprises the mainland and a number of small islands such as Zanzibar and Tanganyika. The scenery varies greatly from the coastal lowlands to the volcanic highlands and the Great Rift Valley. The highlands are home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.
Tanzania is famous for its wildlife. Wildebeest herds, zebras, lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are in abundance. The beaches are beautiful and the cities are friendly. If you want an exotic island break then visit Pemba or Mafia, which aren't yet overrun by tourists.
Tanzania has a long history. One of the oldest human remains at 1.75 million years old was recently found here. The various African tribes (mainly Masai from Kenya) intermarried with trading Arabs 2000 years ago forming a new people with their own language, Swahili.
There's plenty to do; climb Mount Kilimanjaro, see the Ngorongoro Crater (the largest unbroken caldera