Illona used to be a safari guide when she lived in Tanzania in the 90s and has some firm favourites amongst the camp and areas of the Northern circuit. Ben has travelled to some of the more offbeat areas of the country and delights in delivering a Tanzania safari that is beyond the ordinary.
Why we like Tanzania
Tanzania is a huge land of rolling plains, Rift Valley lakes, volcanoes, and some of the most iconic wildlife locations in the world including Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Selous, Lake Tanganyika and Ngorongoro. Long overshadowed by its northern neighbour, Tanzania contains so much diversity of environments, wildlife and people that one visit will never be enough. Endless.
What to expect on your Tanzania safari
The lodges and camps of Tanzania are of a very high standard and each is unique, ranging from simple Hemingway tented camps to elaborately constructed lodges each with their own idiosyncrasies and particular flair. You can expect long but exciting days on your Tanzania safari, driving, walking and interacting with welcoming Tanzanians and overlooking endless vistas of wilderness. Although much fuss is made of the wildebeest Migration in Kenya, the truth is that the Migration stays in Tanzania for most of the year. That being said there is much more to a Tanzania safari holiday than just the migration.
Some ideas for Tanzania safari
- Spend a night on the ridge of the Ngorongoro crater, the largest intact caldera in the world.
- Watch the migration give birth to their young on the plains of the Serengeti and spectacular river crossings where the Mara River bisects the north.
- If inspired and challenged, embark on a 6 day, non-technical, climb of Kilimanjaro which, at 5,895m is the highest mountain in Africa.
- Spend time with a habituated chimpanzee group in the Mahale Mountains. Thought by some to be even more exciting than seeing gorillas.
- Explore the old Arab trading port of Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar before spending a few days at a beach resort on one of the adjacent islands.
- Snorkel the beautiful azure seas of Pemba Island
- Sleep under the stars in the world’s largest Game reserve, the Selous.
Beyond the ordinary
Beyond the Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites, lies the shifting sands, a dark crescent shaped dune, the remnants of Ol Doinyo Lengai – an active volcano, where Masai women come to pray to nature for fertility.