Tanzania is a vast and varied land of superlatives! Confined within its borders can be found Africa’s highest peak (Mt Kilimanjaro), Africa’s largest lake (Victoria), the world’s largest intact caldera (Ngorongoro), Africa’s most famous game reserve (Serengeti) and at 45,000 square kilometers, Africa’s largest game reserve (Selous). In total, Tanzania has a staggering 38% of its landmass set aside as protected areas and offers the best opportunity to experience arguably the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle, the great migration.
Tanzania’s safari experience can be roughly divided into 4 broad categories: the most popular “northern circuit”, the very wild “southern circuit”, the remote and isolated “western circuit” and the spectacular Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.
The Northern Circuit: Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara, Tarangire
Due to these parks popularity, ease of access and the famous wildebeest migration, the northern circuit parks tends to experience the highest tourist volumes, apart from Tarangire which is a little less traveled.
The Southern Circuit: Selous, Ruaha
These southern reserves are simply massive and largely under-utilized, offering absolutely fantastic wildlife viewing against a backdrop of true wilderness.
The Western circuit: Katavi, Mahale
Truly remote and wild, these parks are definitely off the beaten path but offer exceptional game viewing opportunities away from the madding crowds. Mahale in the far west is a haven for chimpanzee viewing and an experience not to be missed!
Both the southern and western reserves are characterized by smaller more intimate camps, uncrowded spaces and exceptional game viewing, making them a gem waiting to be discovered by wildlife aficionados.
Mount Kilimanjaro offers possibly the most accessible climb in the world for the amateur climber. However at 5,895 meters (19,341 ft.) above sea level, don’t be fooled into thinking this is a walk in the park! With so many climbing packages available, please feel free to contact us for recommendations of the operators we feel have an excellent safety record and reputation.
Beaches & Islands: Saadini, Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia, Mnemba, Fanjove, Lazy Lagoon
Added to this great abundance are sun drenched beaches, with Zanzibar and a host of other tropical islands strung along Tanzania’s east coast bursting with culture and beauty simply waiting to be explored.
The great migration is arguably the greatest wildlife spectacle on the planet. Over a million wildebeest migrate endlessly in search of food and water in a great clockwise circle through the Serengeti ecosystem, accompanied by great herds of zebra. Of almost equal fame is the incredible and unique Ngorongoro Crater. Hemmed in by the great rising walls of the crater, its 260 square kilometers provide possibly the most concentrated array of African wildlife on the continent. Huge flocks of flamingoes and great concentrations of elephants mark Lake Manyara and Tarangire respectively. Incredible and diverse wildlife viewing in remote and raw wilderness is the preserve of the southern and western parks of Selous, Ruaha and Katavi and is an Eden for those wanting to experience a taste of Africa as it was in days gone by. For primate lovers, the chimpanzees of Mahale more than make up for the remoteness and great distances to be covered in order to share their company.
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A total of 128 languages are spoken in Tanzania reflecting many diverse tribal groups. The cultural group most often associated with the great safari areas of the Serengeti are the Masai, whose distinctive dress and customs are readily recognized and add much to the typical safari experience. A colony of Germany until the end of the First World War, the country still reflects some of this European influence particularly in places like the capitol, Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania experiences two rainy seasons – the short rains of November / December and then the heavy rains of March-May. Typically speaking, the best game viewing months are during the dry season from late June to October. January and February offer a second “dry season” with productive game viewing.
The northern parks can be visited all year round, although Tarangire is the only exception with game viewing being considerably better in the dry season, June to October.
The southern parks are definitely best visited during the dry season months of June to October with some areas closing camps outside of these dry season months.