Tanzania

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Deep knowledge and experience of the African landscape.
Tourism through conservation supporting local wildlife and communities.
Conserving Africa’s wildlife and a green safari are the way of the future.
Explore on safari some of Africa’s most remote wildlife destinations.
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Why visit Tanzania? Renown as one of the most intriguing destinations on earth, home to mankind, with an evolution that reaches into our existence and touches your soul. An African Safari immersed in nature the land comes alive with the sounds of wildlife, vibrant culture and charming characteristics.

Tanzania hosts the most amazing natural wonders of the world, a few of these include Mt Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area, Serengeti National Park, the annual Wildebeest - Zebra migration and Zanzibar.
Wildlife reserves working alongside the national parks help to assist in preserving the country's endemic species. Conservation is forefront in protecting our wildlife and balancing human conflict.

Endangered species in Tanzania include Cheetah, Black rhino and the Painted wild dog, with the lion population now under threat.

Kiswahili and English are the two official languages spoken, however there are over a 100 different languages making for a very diverse country linguistically. Nomadic Masai, the tribespeople are distinctive in their dress and to this day continue old age traditions. A staple diet of Ugali and Nyama, chips Mayai, chai and Chapatis are definitely a local must for the adventurous.

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

The central plateau 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. In coastal areas the Kaskazi northerly winds come in from the north – east during November to March, and 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.

Migratory months for the annual migration as December comes around is the start of the humid afternoon thunderstorms of the short rains. The wildebeest migration is down on the eastern side of the Serengeti, moving through the Loliondo concession area, arriving on the short grass plains south east of Seronera. January - March see’s the short dry season start and the wildebeest herds have moved down further into the southern Serengeti plains. The short grass is full of nutrients as they wait in preparation for their young. The wildebeest herds are now spread over the southern serengeti plains and Ndutu with calving season well on its way.

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 congregate’s 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 spend time grazing on the Mara’s nutrient grass. Towards the end of September start their return journey south east 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.

Region Focus

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, here you will find 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 a few words that describe the northern parts of Tanzania. From 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.

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.

Katavi is far cry from the main tourism circuits of the north and feels like a forging frontier into the unknown. The 4500km square area has everything big, large rivers, large lakes, large trees and big mammals.

Beautiful and historic region rich in history, natural beauty, art and culture of the Islands.

The exotic spice islands off the coast of Tanzania are full of mystique. 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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