The greatest concentration of wildlife on earth, the largest animal migration, magnificent scenery, fascinating cultures and a natural ‘safari circuit’, make Tanzania probably our favourite safari destination, particularly for first time safari-goers.
Tanzania really does have it all and for the sheer size and range of wildlife seen year-round, and varied and stunningly beautiful scenery, Tanzania never fails to impress its visitors. The country is politically very stable, its people friendly and welcoming, and with a safari through northern Tanzania taking you through the land of many different tribes, including the Masai, a safari in Tanzania gives you a true insight into Africa, including both its wildlife and people.
Tanzania is also home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro at over 19,000 feet high. Treks up the mountain, from six to eight days, can be organised, often in conjunction with a safari. Similarly many visitors choose to spend some time relaxing after the excitement of a safari on the beautiful tropical Tanzanian beaches. The ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar is a fascinating mix of African and Arab cultures, with the old Stone Town, a World Heritage site, and some lovely, small and intimate beach lodges located on gorgeous beaches, being a favourite choice for many.
More remote, southern Tanzania has the largest game reserve in Africa, the Selous, and even more remote Ruaha and Katavi National Parks. These can easily be reached by scheduled flights from Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar.
Tanzania’s major northern wildlife areas include: The Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti, Tarangire, Manyara, Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks.
See three sample Tanzanian safari itineraries and one Kilimanjaro climb below:
1. The Serengeti Safari – Wildlife, Wilderness and Scenery. 14 days $7,995 per person.
2. Family Safari – safari and beach, 14 days $3,775 per person.
3. Mt Kilimanjaro Climb via the Shira Route, 10 days $2,785
4. The Serengeti Walking Safari, 13 days from $6,475 per person.