Tanzania Holidays

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. She 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 Highlands. 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.

Can I use my mobile phone in Tanzania?
Roaming agreements exist with a few international mobile phone companies. Coverage is average. Please consider other guests when using your mobile phone at your lodge or camp.Phones are available at most hotels, lodges and restaurants. Public phones either operate with coins or cards. 
When is the best time to see the wildebeest Migration?
Linked to the rainfall, this stunning migration of thousands of wildebeest – accompanied by zebra, gazelle, eland and impala – takes place  throughout the year, and follows a fairly predictable pattern, as the wildebeest are constantly seeking fresh grazing and water. Having said that, the wildebeest migration happens all year – the migration can be found during any given month; you just need to know where to look! The question should really be about the 'best places' to see them during a given time of the year – and when visiting them is most enjoyable.
What should I take on safari?  
Cotton layers such as t-shirts, a light fleece, shorts and a pair of long trousers are the key items. The temperature can vary quite a bit from the early morning game drive to the heat of the day. Sun screen, a hat and a swimming costume are the other necessities. It is best to avoid bright colours for a safari. Footwear should include a pair of sandals or flip flops and some walking shoes (trainers would be fine).  
Do I need any immunisations or malaria tablets?  
The best person to speak to is your Doctor or Nurse Practitioner as the advice can change. Some parts of Tanzania are affected by malaria and you will need a course of tablets.
Can I charge my camera/phone on safari?  
Almost all safari lodges in Tanzania have either a generator or solar power. This will provide electricity to the camp, but you may not have plug points in your room. There will be somewhere that you can charge your camera or phone but this maybe in the main area or the managers office.
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