Tanzania is, without a doubt, a fabulous introduction to Africa and all things safari. It’s the largest country in East Africa, and almost a third of the vast lands are protected for game viewing, so safari opportunities are endless and always exciting. It’s got game drives galore, but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s all you can do on a Tanzania safari: what about trekking for chimpanzee in Mahale, walking and fly camping in Tarangire, boating in Selous or relaxing on the magical Indian Ocean coastline? And no description of a Tanzania safari would be complete without a mention of the Great Migration in the Serengeti, one of the natural world’s most spectacular wildlife shows.
There’s little to beat watching the thundering wildebeest herds of the Great Migration as they traverse the Serengeti – a truly mind-boggling phenomenon and definitely one for the travel bucket list.Tanzania’s “Deep South” is relatively unknown and utterly magical. Visit Ruaha and Selous National Parks for jaw-dropping scenery and major game viewing without the tourist hordes.As the ultimate safari star of the continent, Tanzania’s northern parks attract hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, so you many find yourself sharing your safari with a few other tourist-carrying 4x4s.
All Tanzania wildlife safaris and tours 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. Its natural abundance of wildlife, along with the annual migration of millions of animals across its northern plains, make up a flourishing eco-system, which is now benefiting from the country’s historical strict conservation measures.
The Serengeti tops most Tanzania safari itineraries. A Masai word meaning “endless plains,” this protected ecosystem sprawls across 10,000 square miles. With a network of rivers ensuring year-round water, the region is incredibly rich in wildlife, though specific experiences, such as the Great Migration, vary with the seasons. Exceptional safari opportunities exist in the private reserves adjacent to Serengeti National Park, many of which are the exclusive domain of the camps we use. In addition to classic destinations like Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire, famed for its elephants and baobabs, Tanzania offers vast, little-visited reserves such as Ruaha and Selous, true wilderness with striking scenery where you’ll encounter droves of animals but few other visitors. Mahale Mountains National Park on Lake Tanganyika is home to some of Africa’s last wild chimpanzees. For the perfect finale to your safari adventure, add a few days to relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.