TOP TANZANIA SAFARI DESTINATIONS
Tanzania caters for every traveller’s whims and fancies.
When you close your eyes and imagine the quintessential romantic image of Africa, what you’ll most likely imagine is Tanzania. Whether you’re looking for romance and relaxation, or adventure and activity, you can find it in Tanzania. Being twice the size of California it’s not only the largest country in East Africa but with more than 4 million wild animals in its periphery, Tanzania also has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometre. In the world! And talking about wild, 30% of the country’s area is occupied with National Parks; 12 parks, 13 nature reserves and 38 protected areas.
Going on safari may not seem like a luxury option for travellers who prefer to explore in comfort. However, believe it or not, in Tanzania there are many ways to incorporate a little bit (or a lot) of luxury. Go sailing above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon or come to one level with the animals on a walking safari. Spoil yourself in a charming and rustic beach chalet on one of the luxurious private islands or the most wanted Zanzibar. Rethink the fact that you are one of the lucky people who has experienced the wildebeest migration, a movement of more than one million wildebeest plus hundreds of thousands of other animals, over a glass of wine. Tanzania may not have much of an international reputation when it comes to wine, but it is actually the second largest producer of wine in Sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa.
Tanzania is also one of the highly chosen volunteering destinations by gap year travellers and backpackers. The country has a fascinating number of wildlife convergence and still lots of thrilling activities to do when you have a slightly smaller budget. Hike the Kilimanjaro or the volcanic slopes Ol Doinyo Lengai and Empakai Crater, eat some Chapatti or visit a local market where the cheerful energy is for free.
With a population of 55 million, it is the home to 120 tribes, more than 80 percent of people still live in rural areas and over 120 languages are spoken. Having the largest port of sub-Saharan Africa, bordering 8 countries and possessing a number of natural minerals, the country has a large export economy. Their 6% GDP growth rate mostly comes from the export of gold, metal ore, tobacco and coconuts. And remember Freddy Mercury? Well, who doesn’t? The lead vocalist of the English band ‘Queen’ is a Tanzanian by birth and was born in the archipelago of Zanzibar, in Stone Town. And, by the way, his real name is Farrokh Bulsara!
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Serengeti National Park
The name “Serengeti” is an approximation of the word used by the Masai people to describe the area, siringet, which means “the place where the land moves on forever”. And it does! It is well known that Tanzania has beautiful nature reserves rich in wildlife. With the famous annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebras, the Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas.
Tree lingering lions, an erratic number of flamingo’s and over 300 migratory birds makes Lake Manyara a pictorial gem. Driving into the National Park you will cross ways with baboons, impalas, elephants, wildebeests, buffalo, warthogs and giraffe between the ancient mahogany trees. With over 231 square kilometres of water, the dense forest is contrasting to the immense lake with the pink sling of flamingo’s. It’s not without reason these tall and elegant birds are literally being turned into calvified statues. The assemblage brings a perfect scenery for some great photographs. Are you ready for your next wildlife safari? Click here!
Selous Game Reserve
Selous Game Reserve became a hunting reserve in 1905. The wildlife arena of 50,000 km2 has now been divided in 47 zones of which 4 of them are opened up for tourism. Yet, the wealth of its wildlife is enormous. Pass the night at one of the safari camps, which are all perfectly located on the banks of the river. Just before night falls and the orange glow covers the landscape, the animals will find their way to the river for a refreshment. Selous rarely fail to impress.
Top customer safari destinations
Please take enough time when you travel through the country. Driving around can be a new experience, traffic jams are common and can easily add extra hours to your transport time.
There are two major airports; one in Dar es Salaam, Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA: DAR), and one in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro International Airport (IATA: JRO), which is halfway between Arusha and Moshi. In Tanzania there are also many national airports from where you can fly easily to the different national parks.
VISA & PASSPORT
If you arrive from outside Tanzania, please make sure you hold a valid visa. You can buy this at Kilimanjaro International airport or Dar Es Salaam International Airport for $50,- per person. Make sure your passport is valid for another 6 months from the moment you leave the country
We advise you to check with your own medical doctor for medical advice and any precautions that are required. Always protect yourself against from the sun and dehydration.
Tanzania Tourism Board