Tanzania – A Destination that Has It All
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa, Tanzania is well-established as one of the best wildlife-viewing destinations in the world. Safaris follow the trail of giant herds of antelope or wildebeest across the Serengeti, while lions lounge in the shade waiting for their next meal to trot by. On the horizon looms the conical silhouette of Kilimanjaro, beckoning the strong of lung and leg, and just off the coast the beaches and Arabian-infused culture of Zanzibar offer travelers a very different Africa.
For the Wildlife Safari in East Africa, we currently operate for Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar, Uganda and Rwanda.
Safari lodges are the equivalents of the western deluxe hotels. Lodge chains such as the Serena and Sopa and a few other privately owned safari lodges and camps keep a very high standard of service. Moderate lodges that we use, such as the chain of, Hotel and Lodge Hotels and Sopa Lodges , for The Camps Tanganyika wilderness Camps, Anjari Camps, Moivaro Camps and Lemala Tented Camps are of a good standard too.
Most people on African safari is a significant investment in the “Trip of a Lifetime” and for a large portion it becomes a wonderful obsession to return again and again. Planning the ultimate safari can be a daunting task with infinite choices to make and amazing brochures and promises that make every choice sound perfect. Our planning philosophy is to have an open dialogue to determine what a client is hoping to see and experience on safari. Based on factors such as budget, time of travel, and certain desired style choices we can recommend the best options to create the ultimate custom safari experience.
Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania (Swahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa in the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south.
List of national parks of Tanzania
- Arusha National Park
- Gombe Stream National Park
- Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park
- Katavi National Park
- Kilimanjaro National Park
- Kitulo National Park
- Lake Manyara National Park
- Mafia Island Marine Park
- Mahale Mountains National Park
- Maziwi Island Marine Reserve
- Mikumi National Park
- Mnazi Bay-Ruvumba Estuary Marine Park
- Ruaha National Park
- Rubondo Island National Park
- Saadani National Park
- Serengeti National Park
- Tarangire National Park
- Udzungwa Mountains National Park
Tanzania Safari Circuits
The county’s so called tourist circuits were established largely due to the size of Tanzania, which encompasses a variety of distances, travel costs and times. To cover two or three circuits on one safari is not only possible but also frequently done. Flying is the easiest way to move from one circuit to another. There are many air operators who offer a network of scheduled flights between the circuits. These same operators also offer charter flights.
The northern circuit
The northern circuit is the most frequented by tourists for two reasons: most of the destinations are fairly close to each other and many of Tanzania’s most famous sights, such as Ngorongoro crater, the Serengeti and Mt Kilimanjaro are all part of this circuit. Due to the fact that all the parks, towns and attractions are with in easy reach of one another, one can tour this entire circuit by vehicle with only a couple of hours in-between destinations.
The southern circuit
The national parks and game reserves of the southern circuit are, arguably, the hidden treasures of Tanzania’s authentic Africa. These parks are enormous, with some of the highest concentration of animals any where in Africa and a spectacular diversity of wild life including roan antelope, sable antelope, cape hunting dogs and multitude of colorful birdlife. The lodges and camps of the south are small and intimate, with no more than 30 rooms or tents at the very most. This means that there is a far fewer tourists in the compared to the north, and allows the area to hold true to the tenets of eco- tourism. The travel times between parks in the south are long as the parks are far apart. The parks of the south can be visited independently or as a circuit combining various parks into one package. Packages can be arranged using scheduled air services or as road safaris using 4×4 vehicles.
The western circuit lying in the great riftvalley is the inland lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika. All the three national parks in this circuit offer the only safe opportunities to see chimpanzees in the wild today. The habitants of these areas are a merger between western Africa and east Africa therefore the cultures, rainfall and flora are unique to this small area. The western circuit is seldom experienced on its own but is more often an addition to either the southern or northern circuits, or both. The western circuit is so remote that travel by both aircraft and boat is necessary in order to experience this lovely side of Tanzania.
The coastal circuit
One of the great attractions of Tanzania is its fantastic 800km coastline with palm fringed beaches of white sand and historic towns of Dar Es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, Lindi, Mikindani and Mtwara, along with the exotic islands of Zanzibar, pemba and Mafia.
Swahili language and culture trace their roots to the Indian Ocean coastline. Many explores and slave traders encountered Africa for the first time along this history steeped coastline and contributed to the events that were to define modern Tanzania. The islands of Zanzibar Archipelago became principle stepping stones for the culture that was to mould Tanzania’s people and their language.