One of the reasons that travellers like to use the services of a good tailor made travel company is that the good ones have excellent comparative knowledge of different destinations, experiences, accommodation and so on. We really know the difference between the kind of safari holiday you’ll get, for example in Botswana, to that which you’ll find in Tanzania.
Since Tanzania is one of my personal favourites for a good safari holiday, I thought you might like to know my reasons for this.
- A Tanzania safari can include two of the best known places in Africa: the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. They are both very different of course – one is a contained area with excellent varied wildlife, the other is a massive area with huge herds and somewhere that gives you that feeling of wild Africa in all its enormity and magnificence.
- I once sat by a fire at the Olduvai Gorge by the Serengeti, and watched the moon rise. I was in one of the most ancient places, a place where tracks and remnants of our ancestors were found, and the feeling of history and the continuation of life was palpable and unforgettable.
- The Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park in the south offer a very varied and excellent safari experience, including boat safaris and walking safaris. They are quieter than the north and very beautiful parks.
- There are some really remote and rarely visited parks very worthy of a mention for anyone who fancies something really different. Katavi National Park has only about 300 visitors a year and offers a stunning wildlife experience at the right time about (June to October).
- I like the fact that at least on the so-called ‘Northern Circuit’ you can choose to drive from one place to the next as opposed to fly. This gives that feeling of a journey which I love, and you get to see the landscape much more closely.
- A Tanzania safari is almost always inextricably linked with gaining an insight into the people of the country. Most often (though not exclusively) it is the Maasai tribe that you will come across. Africa is not just about the wildlife and landscape, the people (especially the indigenous tribes) are of course fundamental to what the countries are all about. And anyway, I love Maasai bead jewellery!
- There is such a choice of places and ways to see the wildlife – for example, in about July to October, Tarangire National Park is the best place to be in the north. Few people have heard of it, yet this is where wildlife of the area flocks to (for the permanent river) in the dry season.
- You can even see primates in Tanzania, which not everyone is aware of. Visiting the chimpanzees at either Gombe or Mahale is an incredible experience.
- Tanzania has one of the most iconic sights of Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro. Whether you climb it or just enjoy it as a backdrop (cloud cover permitting!), Kili is great to see and another plus point for Tanzania in my books.
- It is so easy to combine a Tanzania safari with time on the beach afterwards. Head for the mainland coast, or fly over to one of the Indian Ocean islands such as Zanzibar, Pemba, Mafia or Chole.
Watch out for future blogs about why to go on safari to other destinations!