Feeling sad that the winter has set in? That the days are short and filled with work or school? No need! Because it is a perfect excuse to start thinking about your next holiday destination! In this article we will give you 10 reasons why Tanzania is one of the Top Safari Destinations in Africa. And why it should be on your bucket list for 2020!
1. Mount Kilimanjaro
Let’s start with the Roof of Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro is Tanzania’s icon and for many climbers the “Everest of Africa”. If you arrive by plane during the day, you may witness the snow-capped peak emerging from the clouds. It is the highest free standing mountain the world at 5,895 meters and one of world’s most accessible high summits. You do not have to be super fit or experienced to plan an expedition to the top.
And if you can’t climb it, then drink it. 😉
2. Garden of Eden
Tanzania boasts some of the largest national parks and game reserves in Africa. With Selous the size of the country Denmark and the endless plains of Serengeti National Park, you are guaranteed of the most authentic safari experience. And not to forget the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, often referred to as the “Garden of Eden” and one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Moreover, all of the parks are very different from each other so you will continuously be mesmerized.
3. By foot, by land, by air
Tanzania can be discovered by four wheels, but that is not the only option. Get up close to the pristine wilderness and enjoy a safari walk guided by a Maasai escort or fully-trained park ranger. Or take it to a higher level and get a bird’s eye view from a hot air balloon or a small airplane. Also safaris per canoe or on the back of a horse can be part of your safari itinerary.
4. The Great Migration
The annual Great Migration is arguably world’s most spectacular and breathtaking event. More than 1 million wildebeests, 200,000 zebras and massive herds of gazelles gather on a never ending journey through the Serengeti. At the same time, predators are waiting for the perfect moment to strike.
Being in the middle of all this, you will feel as if you have arrived in a National Geographic documentary. And there is more good news. It is a year round spectacle, so let our safari experts advise you on the right location at the right time for your private safari.
5. Tropical paradise
Can’t choose between safari or beach? In Tanzania you will have both! There is no better way to end your safari adventure at the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar or the Swahili Coast. Discover the rich marine world and swim among turtles and colorful fish. Learn about its fascinating culture and history, or just relax and soak up the sun under the swaying palm trees.
6. Greatest population of animals
If you are not yet fully convinced why Tanzania is the best safari country in Africa, let the numbers blow you away! With over 4 million wild animals, Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometer in the world. It covers about 20% of Africa’s large mammal population and 430 species and subspecies of animals. It has one of the largest elephant populations and hosts 16,000 lions, making it the country with the largest lion population in the world. There are also almost 1100 species of birds, 60,000 inspect species and 1000 species of snakes.
7. The people
Whilst we understand that your safari is much about wildlife, it would be a missed opportunity if you do not take some time off to meet the people of Tanzania. Spend a day with the Hadza, who are hunter-gatherers that have preserved their ancient way of life and still go out to hunt for food every day. Or step into the world of the Maasai, one of the most colorful and impressive tribes of Africa. Thanks to our close relationship with the Yamath family you are ensured of an authentic experience and memories that will last a lifetime.
8. Safety first
Another reason not to be overlooked: Tanzania is safe. It has been one of the most stable countries on the African continent for years. With Arusha being the safari capital of Africa, the safety of foreign tourists is a high priority to the government.
Wildlife viewing, going on a safari walk and camping in the wilderness may sound as dangerous activities. But as long as you treat the animals with respect and use common sense, there are hardly any risks. Play it by the rules and listen carefully to the instructions of your guide. Moreover, Tanzania is an ideal family destination and a fantastic adventure for your children. Get in touch with us to find out which route and safari lodges are best suited for families!
9. Incredible diversity
Economically Tanzania may not be a wealthy country. But it is one of world’s richest destinations when it comes to biodiversity. Being almost four times the size of the UK, it features an incredible diversity of landscapes, including forested mountains, lakes and rivers, open savanna lands and a sparkling, golden coastline.
In the east Tanzania is bordered by the Indian Ocean, containing a wealth of corals, fish and sea turtles. Going to the west, you will find Lake Tanganyika, the deepest lake in Africa. Lush mountains covered by rain forest rise up from the shores and are home to chimpanzees and other primates. The central area of the country is a highland plateau, ranging from 900 to 1800 meters in altitude. And Tanzania’s coastal forests contain hundreds of endemic plants, where up till today new animal species are still being discovered.
10. Camping in the bush
And finally our number 10! Can you think of anything more exciting than spending the night in the middle of the wilderness? A spacious and comfortable room with canvas walls, king-size bed, private bathroom and veranda to take in the views of the breathtaking landscape.
You will wake up with a fresh cup of coffee and a beautiful sunrise. Listen to the peaceful sounds of nature around as you walk to the mess tent for a tasty breakfast. After an exciting morning and afternoon full of wildlife viewing, end your day with glass of wine at the camp fire, also known as the “bush tv”. And to fall asleep as you hear the roar of a lion or a hyena laughing in the night.
Have we been able to convince you? Plan now your safari to Tanzania and we will help you step by step to make your dream trip come true!