Tanzania not only has the highest mountain in Africa, (Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet) but the longest and deepest lake, Tanganyika, which is over 4,000 feet deep and harbors many exotic looking species that exist only here. Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake covering over 362,000 square miles, also borders this country. Remote beaches far north and south of Dar are beautiful. What is being developed are the Indian Ocean islands. Zanzibar has undergone a total facelift within the past decade, with many new hotels, renovated historical structures, and much improved infrastructure. Mafia and Pemba island have nice resort lodges and facilities for scuba divers. While it can be warm and humid on these islands, as well as the coast, interior Tanzania is crisp and ideal between May and September. (April-May are heavy rains.) For many years most tourists were confined to a Northern Circuit, but now there are new lodges in the south, especially in the Selous, the largest game reserve this side of Lake Chad. The best buys include ebony and soapstone carvings, gemstones, colorful fabrics, pipes, and sisal baskets. Tanzania has colorful cotton sarongs (khangas and kikois.).
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