Tanzania is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It’s bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Dr. Congo to the west.
Tanzania is a beautiful and peaceful country thus referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa,” because of its reputation for calm and stability.
Tanzania safaris are both intriguing and exciting, created by a fascinating balance between the wildlife, the stunning landscapes and the friendly Tanzanian people. Tanzania’s northern safari circuit, is renowned for offering some of the finest wildlife viewing holidays and tours in Africa. It’s natural abundance of wildlife, along with the annual migration of millions of animals across its northern plains, make up a flourishing eco-system. The amazing views of the Ngorongoro Crater, an undocumented “Eight Wonder of the World” cannot be missed at the comforts of your lodge balcony.
It’s the world’s largest intact caldera, measuring about ten miles across with sheer walls two thousand feet high surrounding a crater floor of about one hundred square miles. Ngorongoro is a wildlife biosphere that coexists with the local Masai, who still graze their cattle within the conservation area. The “big five” which can be seen on a game viewing drive along the crater floor accessed from one of the safari lodges on the crater rim or surrounding area.
The world famous wildlife sanctuary which together with the Masai Mara to the north, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is home to the largest population of wildlife in East Africa. The endless plains are dotted with wildebeest and zebra on their almost continuous movement between the Serengeti and Masai Mara while other species all exist in large numbers and remember about one third of the wildebeest & zebra don’t migrate so there is plenty of wildlife throughout the year.
A shallow, alkaline Great Rift Valley Lake, with excellent wildlife population. The area is most famous for the tree-climbing lions, which are occasionally seen along branches of acacia trees. Lake Manyara is popularly referred to as an ornithologist’s paradise. It contains many bird species found in most savanna and river habitats of East Africa.
Its’ the sixth largest park in Tanzania. The best time to visit the sanctuary is during the dry season. . Water is well supplied by the permanent Tarangire River and the sanctuary is a bird watcher’s paradise with the swamps supporting the largest number of breeding bird species. Tarangire has the second highest concentration of wildlife (after Serengeti) and reportedly the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Dominating the park, are the huge baobabs as well as the sun-blistered termite mounds in abundance, the grassy savannah plains and vast swamps.
Africa’s highest mountain attracts thousands of adventurous travelers every year with the aim of reaching its summit, Uhuru Peak at 5,895 metres, having trekked through varying terrains via several different routes. The “Marangu” route is the most popular and with an extra day to acclimatize to the altitude and enjoy a side trek to “The Saddle” takes a total of six days from the base hotel in Moshi.
PS: While there are many guide & porter teams that are available for hire, it’s vital to have a licensed and experienced mountain guide with a porter for every climber, as well as a cook to prepare meals at designated mountain huts.
The exotic spice island of the Indian Ocean, historic and beautiful. There is probably no better spot to spend a few days at the end of your safari than on the island of Zanzibar. The island has been the trading hub of the western Indian Ocean for a millennium, as sailors have used the seasonal monsoons to trade goods between Arabia, Africa and beyond. Zanzibar and neighboring Pemba were ruled by the Omani sultans for centuries before a bloody revolution joined it to Tanzania. The island still retains its historical charm within the narrow streets and buildings of “Stonetown” while the east coast of the island boasts some of the whitest beaches in Africa.
A sanctuary located in Southern Tanzania that is wild and unexplored. It’s Africa’s largest game reserve and holds Tanzania’s largest river, the Rufiji River. Selous harbours one of the most significant concentrations of elephant, black rhinoceros, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus and crocodile, amongst many other species. The reserve also has an exceptionally high variety of habitats including Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps, making it a valuable laboratory for on-going ecological and biological processes.