While many African safari destinations can claim to offer it all, few can rival the expansive nature of Tanzania’s wildlife scene. The country itself is 945,203 km2, offering vast open spaces and a host of interesting natural phenomena. This country boasts of exotic coastal life, prime mountain flora and fauna, expansive savannas, as well as intriguing volcanic features that make the safaris here very flavourful.
Most safari goers in Tanzania take one of the four circuits available: the more popular “northern circuit”, the wild south, the undervalued central parks, or the vibrant colors of the coast and island areas. Each of these areas offers a unique experience, bringing with them their own excitement and allure.
The northern circuit is popular with good reason. Home to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, this area has attractions that pull large crowds every year. The annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is a natural phenomenon that is as primal as it is spectacular. A hot air balloon ride over the watering holes of the Serengeti is an experience that is hard to beat. The Lake Manyara National Park is also attractive; seated at the floor of the Great Rift Valley, this shallow alkaline lake breeds its own unique flora and fauna, worth checking out. For an intimate experience with the lake, discover its hidden gems by bicycle. You can also try out the Tarangire National Park, with its vast open spaces and varied bird life.
Sadly, the northern circuit is particularly crowded at times, not so much intrigue for the safari connoisseur. To go for off-the beaten track parks, head to the central and western parks of Tanzania’s exciting safari circuit. The central parks, however, offer exclusive game viewing opportunities in large, open spaces. The variety of animals here is extravagant, ranging from chimpanzees, bush babies, baboons, vervet monkeys, red monkey, and other primates. They also offer superb areas for easy sightings of the Big Five.
For the ultimate remote viewing experience, Katavi National Park is unrivalled in Africa. Access roads are virtually non-existent, visitors are very few per year, and there is only one camp on site: this means private tours on some of Africa’s most prime safari trail. Here, you can expect to see more big cats than you will meet humans. Other parks include the 50,000 km2 Selous Game Reserve and the elephant paradise of Ruaha National Park.
The beauty of safaris in Tanzania is the wide variety of options available for you. Whether you are interested in more popular tourist experiences, or intrepid enough to venture into the rarer unknown, it all exists within one border. The excitement of the wild and the luxury of the sophisticated bush lodges make it a perfect romantic getaway destination.
To crown your safari holiday, head to the delightful coast for an experience of sun, sand, and culture. Visit the legendary Zanzibar islands, perfect for a fun family holiday. The intoxicating spice island will blow you away with its sandy beaches, historical towns and museums, as well as spicy markets.