The Ultimate Wildlife Safari Destination
Why travel to Tanzania? Certainly one of the most intriguing safari destinations on earth.
Tanzania a land home to mankind, with an evolution that reaches into our existence and touches your soul.
An Africa Safari immersed in nature the land comes alive with the sounds of wildlife, vibrant culture and charming characteristics.
Endangered species in Tanzania include Cheetah, Black rhino and the Painted wild dog, with the lion population equally under threat. Kiswahili and English are the two official languages spoken. However there are over a 100 different languages making for a very linguistically country. Nomadic Masai, the tribespeople are distinctive in their dress and to this day continue old age traditions.
While a staple diet of Ugali and Nyama, chips Mayai, chai and Chapatis are on the menu. Definitely a local must for the adventurous.
Tanzania | When to Travel
Savannah and rugged bush make up half of Tanzania. While semi-arid desert, rugged mountains and remote coastlines account for the remaining parts of this incredible country. The climate is tropical, hot and humid in coastal areas, with a refreshing coolness in the north west highlands
While the central plateau of the country is mainly arid and dry throughout most of the year. Tanzania is a popular destination to visit year round. Although the best times are outside of the rainy seasons when wildlife is abundant. As conditions vary across the country it is never easy to define weather ideals for each person.
Particularly in coastal areas the Kaskazi northerly winds come in from the north – east during November to March. The Kuzi southerly winds move along the coast from April to September. The Kaskazi relieves the somewhat humid heat of summer and the Kuzi brings the long rains that generally last from April to early June. Scuba diving and snorkelling is at its best in the months November to March.
Predators follow the herds and lay quietly in anticipation.
The plains of the Serengeti are now dotted with large numbers of wildebeest and zebra. Wildebeest calves are now growing stronger daily. As April – May nears the long rains fall over the southern Serengeti, and as they ease the herd starts its migration north through Moru Kopjes. Heading towards the western side of Seronera to the Grumeti Game Reserve. June, Seronera in central Serengeti is now abundant with wildebeest and zebra as they head in a north west direction.
The herd specifically congregate around the Grumeti River in preparation for the first river crossings. In July – August the migration herd tends to break away and are spread out over a vast area. Part of the herd will make its way north through Grumeti Game Reserve, whilst the others head further north-east through the central area of the park. The migration herd starts criss crossing their way over the Mara River. Thundering back and forwards in large numbers as they search for the most nutrient food.
September a majority of the herd has now moved into the northern area of Masai Mara in Kenya. Where they will spend time grazing on the Mara’s nutrient grass. Towards the end of September their return journey south east heads back towards the Serengeti. October the rains are starting to build again in the southern parts of the Serengeti, the herd makes its way back across the Mara river into northern Serengeti. Spectacular river crossings and game viewing is phenomenal. November following the intermittent rain the herd makes it way back down into northern-eastern side of the Serengeti national park and along the Loliondo Concession area and the cycle starts again.
Tranquil, unspoilt and untamed wilderness, Tanzania is very diverse with something new and different, day to night, month to month. Many awe inspiring highlights of Tanzania are best described, as Masai warriors who light up the night sky with a ceremonial hum of traditional singing and dancing. The migration herds of wildebeest thunder their way through the Serengeti, chasing the rains in search of greener grass.
Lake Tanganyika one of Africa’s great lakes on the western side of Tanzania.
Especially to point out the remote Mahale Mountains and Katavi National Parks. First explorers to discover this large rift valley lake were Richard Burton and John Speke in 1858, whilst searching for the source of the Nile. The spice island of Zanzibar locally known as Ungjuja, infamous for its Persian, Arab and Omani ancestry. Stone Town as we know it today is renown for its fascinating range of spices, historic culture and narrow street’s, that have an intriguing resemblance to the century old cities of Oman.
Wonders of the North.
Wildlife, evolution and fascination, are only but a few words that describe the northern parts of Tanzania. Together with the migratory wildebeest moving throughout the Serengeti plains to the snow capped peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro. Wildlife parks such as Tarangire National Park, Lake Natron, Lake Eyasi, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park all have distinct features in the way of indigenous local culture and wildlife ecosystems.
Untouched beauty of the South.
Subsequently one of the last frontiers in Africa, southern Tanzania is full of unspoilt landscapes, exceptional wildlife viewing with a variety of diﬀerent experiences. The red soil of Ruaha with its magnificent standing baobab trees, make for a striking contrast on the distant horizon. Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park are some of the largest wildlife areas in Tanzania.
Highlights of the highlands near Lake Tanganyika in the West.
Dense, remote forests, home to the elusive chimpanzee and the thousands of hippo pods that fill Katavi National Park. Steep forests that meet the waters of Lake Tanganyika, and a Robinson Crusoe enclave that Greystoke Mahale calls home. Overall this area of Tanzania is simply magical.
Katavi NP is far cry from the main tourism circuits of the north and still feels like a forging frontier into the unknown. The 4500km square area has everything big, large rivers, large lakes, large trees and big mammals.
On the whole this beautiful and historic region is rich in history, natural beauty, art and culture of the Islands.
The exotic spice islands off the coast of Tanzania are full of mystique.
Markedly influenced by Omani history, the tiny alleyways and paved streets of Stone Town are a fascinating way to lose yourself in local culture. A marine park flanks the island off Mafia, a colourful site for diving enthusiasts.
Spice islands Zanzibar and Pemba, their colourful history and culture dates back as early to the 1st century AD. The arrival of Islam, Arabian and Persian traders, have helped shape the evolution of Swahili culture. Mafia Archipelago. A marine haven, opposite the mouth of the nutrient filled Rufiji river delta. The islands of Mafia and Chole are known for their remoteness and less travelled routes. Taken over by the Germans in the 1890”s, the island’s reputation was a safe port for all ships. Ancient ruins dating back to the eleventh century stand next to the tree lodge of Chole Mjini.
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