A Safari Experience Dominated By Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro dominates Tanzanian tourism as much as it does the skyline. Africa’s largest mountain is a majestic sight, a demanding climb and (for those with the agility and energy to tackle it) a deserving feat. Look beyond its shadow though and you will be rewarded with a UNESCO World Heritage site, plains dense with predators and ancient human history.
Rewards don’t come bigger than the Serengeti. The boundless grassland of Tanzania’s oldest National Park is home to lions, cheetahs and leopards, and it’s so expansive that to witness a predator in action is often the preserve of your jeep alone.
Among their prey are the gazelles, zebras and some 1.5 million wildebeest, which rove the desert for grass to graze. Following the calving season, this mass of hooves ascends north into Kenya. This spectacle is known as the Great Migration and is considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Predators are not in short supply either, and the UNESCO honoured Ngorongoro Crater boasts the densest population of lions on the planet. The Conservation Park is also home to the ‘Big Five’.
Today the park may be the preserve of wildlife, but there is evidence that humans once stalked the savannah. Fossils uncovered at the Olduvai Gorge include a giant horned sheep and enormous ostriches, but it’s the Homo Habilis (the world’s first humans) which are the area’s most important discovery – though up against two million years of human history, even Mount Kilimanjaro can seem insignificant.
Check the exciting regions and itineraries we offer you below.
Arusha is the capital of the Arusha Region, located in the north of Tanzania. This city is located on a plateau in the Great Rift Valley amidst the Serengeti Plains, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Oludvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. It’s a breathtaking city with beautiful natural surroundings and very friendly local people.
The former capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, is not generally thought of as a must see destination. However, a walk around the city centre will reveal its charm and culture. It can also be a good base for visiting some of the nearby sites such as Bagamoyo, Bongoyo and Mbudja Islands. Situated close to the equator and right next to the Indian Ocean, this city has a very tropical climate that makes it ideal for activities like swimming and diving.
Katavi National Park, one of Tanzania’s most westerly parks is remote in the extreme, and with relatively few visitors a year, it is the ultimate in off the beaten track safari destinations – a perfect place for an authentic safari experience. Two enormous plains dominate the park, surrounded by varied woodlands. Katavi is at its best in the dry season (April to December), when the plains fill with thousands of zebra, topi and impala. Hartebeest, giraffe, and Defassa waterbuck are also very common. There is a large population of resident elephants, and some impressive herds of buffalo.
Located in the centre of the historic triangle of Bagamoyo, Pangani and Zanzibar, Saadani National Park covers 1100 km². It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Tanzania bordering the sea. It offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna in a culturally fascinating setting. About 30 species of larger mammals are present as well as numerous reptiles and birds. Besides many species of fish; green turtles, humpback whales and dolphins may also be present in the ocean nearby.
World Heritage Site Ngorongoro And It’s Spectacular Volcanic Crater Offers The Chance To View Some Of The Most Amazing Wildlife In Tanzania
The Ngorongoro, one of Africa’s World Heritage site, is a natural wonder and a world-class attraction for visitors to Tanzania. The collapsed volcano has created a crater, known as a caldera and is the main reason for visiting the area. Join our Ngorongoro crater safari tours for the ultimate safari adventure, as the crater floor offers superb game viewing with wildebeest, zebras, buffaloes, gazelles, elephants, rhinos and Africa’s big cats all present. Accommodation can be found on the ridge of the crater and further afield. A top choice is Ngorongoro Serena safari lodge. Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, this lodge offers world-class hospitality and timeless luxury.
Mahale is one of the best locations in the world for viewing chimpanzees in the wild. One of the most remote and beautiful national parks in Africa, located about half way down the eastern shore of the enormous Lake Tanganyika. The only access is by boat along the lake. All safaris inside the park are on foot through the forests.
Mahale is also a beautiful lakeside location with golden sandy beaches, ideal for swimming, boating, snorkelling and fishing.
Chimpanzee tracking: A reasonable level of fitness is required to track chimpanzees. Tracking usually begins early in the morning, with the guides starting at the area where the chimpanzees nested the previous night and tracking from there.
The tracking can take between 2 – 4 hours, or maybe more if the chimpanzees have moved far away or high up. Approximately 1 hour is spent observing the chimpanzees. One tracking a day per group, with a maximum of 8 people per group. The instructions of the guide must be followed at all times.
Important note – the National Parks authorities are considering introducing ‘Chimp Permits’ at a likely fee of $150 or more per person per day and the possible limitation of one permit per stay. Current prices do not include the cost of these permits – this will either be added to your holiday cost or collected locally if required.
Mikumi is conveniently located west of Dar es Salaam. The main feature here is the open grasslands of the flood plain, which is bordered on two sides by mountain ranges. A typical game drive may reveal elephants, giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, wildebeest and impalas all in impressive numbers. Other wildlife includes lions, hyenas, jackals and eland. The birdlife at Mikumi is exceptional.
Relatively untouched, Selous is said to be the largest game reserve in Africa and to contain the world’s largest concentration of elephants. There are huge numbers of buffaloes, crocodiles and hippos as well as relatively high numbers of lions and rhinos. The best time to travel to Selous is considered to be July to March. Generally reached by air.
Zanzibar boasts amongst the best beaches in the world, with coconut palms and powder soft coral sands washed by shimmering clear seas. The beaches in Zanzibar are paradise, scattered with picturesque fishing villages, where people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches, and some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is the ocean.
The Zanzibar archipelago is reputed to have some of the best diving in the world. The waters around the island are awash with colourful marine life. Good visibility (20-60 metres) and a year-round average water temperature of 27°c ensure that you enjoy your Zanzibar diving experience.
Diving in Zanzibar isn’t restricted to beginners. Experienced scuba divers can enjoy exciting wall dives, night dives and drift dives. In deeper waters, lush coral gardens often stretch as far as the eye can see, and large game fish such as barracuda, kingfish, tuna and wahoo hunt together with large Napoleon wrasse, graceful manta rays and sharks.
Shallower waters are the playground of tropical fish, including a huge variety of Indo-Pacific marine fauna.
The beaches on the east coast include Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa, Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani. The sea is generally fairly shallow here – at high tide it can cover the beach and at low tide it almost seems to disappear.
Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses, whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors. Many hours can be spent just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.
Immense baobabs, acacias and mixed woodland punctuate the plains, whilst the Tarangire River and shrinking lagoons attract a variety of wildlife including wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and oryx. The park also boasts a rich birdlife, including a variety of raptors.
A Wildlife Spectacle, A Tanzania Serengeti Safari Holiday Is A Once In A Lifetime Experience
The word ‘Serengeti’ is derived from a Masai word meaning ‘endless plains’, a fitting title for Tanzania’s most famous national park. During the annual migration over a million animals undertake the treacherous journey to the western Serengeti and the Masai Mara. The large populations of lions, cheetahs and leopards are permanent residents.
The Great Wildebeest Migration – A natural phenomenon occurs annually across the vast plains of the Serengeti and into the Masai Mara in Kenya. Each year thousands and thousands of wildebeest and zebras make an epic journey in search of lush, grassy plains. Although the exact timings and route can change each year, the migration follows a similar path, mainly determined by the rainfall.
Between the months of December and mid-March the animals are found grazing on the Serengeti Plains.
The calving season occurs for a few weeks in February, when around 500,000 calves are born.
In March and April, as the plains become depleted, the wildebeest and zebras start their migratory journey west.
June and July normally sees the transition period between the rains and the dry season and the herds move north towards the Masai Mara.
Throughout the migration the wildebeest and zebras are at risk from predators.
During July and August they face a dangerous crossing of the Mara River. Many animals will die from drowning or crocodile attacks as they attempt the crossing.
Those who survive the crossing will reside in the Masai Mara between July and October.
Once the short rains start to fall in the South and East Serengeti, normally between October and November, the herds start to leave the Masai Mara.
Zanzibar is a group of islands, one of the largest being Pemba Island. The smaller satellite islands include Chapwani Island, Mafia Island, Mnemba Island, Chumbe Island and Bawe Island. These secluded islands are easily accessible by small aircraft or by boat and boast some of the most breathtaking properties, offering a perfect haven for honeymooners.
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