The Great Rift Valley


Africa’s distinctive physical feature, the Great Rift Valley, formed about 30 million years ago. It formed when the tectonic plates of Africa and Arabia separated cutting a 30-40 mile wide and up to a mile deep gaping geological depression cutting up to a mile deep ridge through western and southern Tanzania. It run goes north south from the Jordan Valley southward 4,000 miles to Mozambique. Tanzania is transected by the Great Rift Valley which is responsible for creating some of the oldest and deepest lakes in the world, including Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika that border western Tanzania.

Along the rift valley, clients can participate in hiking, biking, canoeing and visiting rural African markets.

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