What could be more perfect, than the holiday of a lifetime on Safari in Tanzania? As one of the most naturally diverse countries on earth, Tanzania is home to places synonymous with African ‘Big Five’ safaris – the magnificent snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the second largest freshwater lake in the world in Lake Victoria, the sweeping planes of the Serengeti and the largest unbroken caldera in the world in Ngorongoro Crater all teaming with wildlife. Tanzania also boasts the Selous – the largest game reserve in Africa.
This stunning East African country is of course famous for the Great Wildebeest migration, the journey of around 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra across the Serengeti ecosystem, covering a staggering 800km every year.
Tanzania is also known as the country of colours. No other country in Africa provides such immense natural beauty and colour: the red soil, the fresh green foliage of banana leaves and the blue flowers of the jacaranda tree. Most colourful though are the people of Tanzania. Friendly, welcoming, unassumingly proud – you’ll be treated with warmth and courtesy wherever you go.
With Tanzania’s many safari parks, we have chosen the best and developed itineraries to suit a variety of needs. Whether you want to experience the Great Migration, visit the Rift Valley the most important prehistoric site in the world, bush walk with a Masai warrior or a balloon safari over the Serengeti, we can organise this for you. And what better way to complement the Tanzania Safari than a stay on a beautiful white Zanzibar beach.
Tanzanian safari parks are divided into the northern and southern safari circuits.
The northern safari circuit: The Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire
The Serengeti National Park is probably the most famous park in Tanzania, home to the annual migration which is an amazing sight at any time of the year, particularly through the dry months of June to October. The twice a year migration follows the seasonal rains and lush grass lands, covering a staggering 800km. Depending on the time of year you wish to travel, we can ensure that you will visit the area offering you the best views of this natural phenomenon. As well as the wildebeest, gazelle and zebra, Serengeti is also famous for its lions, cheetah, giraffe, gazelle, eland, impala, dik dik, hippo and warthog.
The Ngorongoro Crater was formed by the collapse of a massive volcano creating the largest intact caldera in the world. Incredibly within this space you will find a permanent population of more than 30 000 animals, including the Big Five which you may even see during the course of one game drive! It is an ideal place to take children on safari as the intervals between animals are usually short and the game can be so close you don’t need binoculars.
Lake Manyara National Park is set under the wall of the rift valley escarpment. Although a smaller game reserve, it offers a large wide variety of game and bird. Famous for the legendary tree climbing lion, Lake Manyara also offers the visitor thousands of flamingos inhabiting its namesake lake, elephants, large herds of buffalo, cheetah, Masai, giraffe, hippo and impala. Ideal as a combined visit with your stay at Ngorongoro, it is also a perfect park for families with children.
Tarangire has to be looked at as part of a bigger ecosystem, which means that much of the game leave the park between November and May during the great migration. Unlike Lake Manyara’s green forests, Tarangire has areas of dense bush, high grass and baobab trees. When the game returns around June time, it is to quench their thirst from the Tarangire swamps and its river system. At its best, visitors to Tarangire can view herds of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, impala, giraffe and buffalo. Lion and leopard are common too as well as the spotted hyena. There are over 500 types of bird, including the beautiful yellow collared love birds.
Southern safari circuit: Selous and Ruaha
If you are looking for a more intimate safari experience, then Selous and Ruaha are right for you. They are also ideal for a combined visit to Zanzibar.
Selous, is Africa’s largest game reserve, twice the size of Kruger National Park. With a vast and thriving wildlife, its ecosystem comprises forests and woodlands surrounding the lagoons and sandbanks of the Rufiji River. Unlike the other National Parks, Selous offers the option of both walking and boating safaris and most camps will arrange fly-camping nights out in the bush. Wildlife attracted to the banks of the river includes elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, crocodile and wild dog.
Like Tarangire, Ruaha is at its best during the dry season (June-October) due to the attraction of water from The Great Ruaha River, the Mwagusi, Mdonya and Jongomero Sand Rivers. This makes the area a focal point for large numbers of animals during the heat of the day. Ruaha also holds Africa’s greatest population of elephant and is the only East African park with both Greater and Lesser Kudu, and sable and roan antelopes. The game viewing is superb including regular interaction between the buffalo and lion on the banks of the Mwagusi Sand and the Great Ruaha River. Due to its size, Ruaha is recommended for a minimum 3 day visit.
And what better way to end your adventure holiday by unwinding on some of Tanzania’s best beaches on the island of Zanzibar. The northern and eastern beaches with powder white sand and crystal clear shallow waters are great for kids. So whether you choose to simply unwind, or take in a little bit of Zanzibar’s historic Swahili culture in the ancient capital of the sultans, the choice is yours.
Tanzanian weather is tropical where the coastal areas and the islands off the coast have warm and humid weather. On your safari you will experience between 3000 and 8000 feet of elevation which means warmer days and cooler nights. April is the wettest month, with most of the lodges closed during this period. The hottest months are December-March with temperatures reaching low 30’s during the day and drop to 15-20 at night. From June-August it can drop as low as 4 degrees on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater so make sure you pack warm clothing.
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