Tanzania is a magnificent safari destination that never ceases to amaze with an incredible abundance and range of wildlife and wonderfully vibrant and varied landscapes. From the Great Wildebeest Migration throughout the vast plains of the Serengeti; chimpanzee inhabited Mahale Mountains, tremendously remote southern parks and reserves; to the idyllic islands along the coast, Tanzania has a multitude of wonders to offer that create an unforgettable holiday for all possible tastes. The vastness of the country means that safari routes are generally divided into three distinct categories; the Northern Circuit, the Southern Circuit and the Western Circuit, all of which can be combined with a relaxing break on the magnificent Indian Ocean. Every region offers a host of lodges and hotels to choose from, but worry not, having traveled extensively in the country we can help you create your perfect Tanzanian adventure!
The Northern Circuit
The North of Tanzania is famous internationally, particularly due to two attractions; the natural phenomenon the ‘great wildebeest migration’ in the Serengeti, and the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, home to a magnificent range and number of species with views from the rim unlike anywhere else. Both are incredibly popular, particularly in the dry season, but for good reason! Tarangire National Park, a fantastic park, scattered with stunning baobab trees, vibrant swamps, and home to an enormous elephant population, is a worthy addition to any northern circuit safari. Lake Manyara, while generally only travelled through on route, offers a unique experience to visitors, with its varied landscapes and incredible water birds!
The Southern Circuit
Unlike the North, the southern regions of Tanzania receive very few visitors, but certainly not due to their lack of game and available activities! With astounding landscapes and an abundance of wildlife the south ensures visitors the chance to view unspoiled remote Africa. Selous, the largest and oldest Game Reserve in Africa, with a total size of around 50,000 square kilometers, is certainly one of our favourite safari destinations! A boat safari on Rufiji river or on one of the numerous lakes, rivers and tributaries offer wonderful viewing of game and the overall diversity of the landscapes and vegetation here is breathtaking. Ruaha National Park is one of the more remote regions in Tanzania offering an authentic isolated safari in complete wilderness. Known for its’ excellent walking safari routes and unusual blend of southern and east African species, this park offers something completely unique for those who travel the distance to explore it.
The Western Circuit
The west of Tanzania is certainly the least visited region of the country. Logistically it is difficult to access and therefore the costs to travel to this remote region can be high; however, those who decide to make the journey, will most likely be in awe of its’ unspoiled beauty! Generally, guests combine Katavi National Park with the Mahale Mountains. The Mahale Mountains are home to numerous troops of Chimpanzees and is renowned for being the location where Jane Goodall conducted her groundbreaking research of these magnificent creatures. Guests can stay on the shoreline of the crystal clear Lake Tanganika, and journey into the dense Mahale Mountains forests for Chimp trekking. Katavi National Park is a remarkably untouched park, ideal for those searching for an adventurous bush experience. Home to the world’s largest herds of buffalo and a myriad of other species, Katavi's remote location enables guests to absorb the wonder of true African wilderness in complete isolation.
Islands and Coast
Starting or ending your trip on one of the stunning islands off the Tanzanian coast or at one of the few beach properties is a must for those who have the time. From stunning white beaches, mangroves and forests, the spice markets of Zanzibar, to the private uninhabited islands strewn up the coast, Tanzania offers a spectacular beach destination for all. Visit mainland Zanzibar, an exotic island, rich with culture and history; once a significant trading port connecting the East and West. Experience the incredible fusion of Arabic and African cultural influences apparent in unique traditional clothes to the wonderfully spiced food. Alternatively visit one of the less developed islands of the Zanzibar Archipelago; such as Pemba or Mafia Island. Each destination offers the opportunity for a trip of a lifetime and a chance for guests to experience the untouched beauty of the landscapes and a different pace of life than that of the busy mainland Zanzibar. For those longing for a completely remote island experience, there are a limited selection of magnificent private island lodges in which the natural beauty in conjunction with the high levels of service and amenities create a truly idyllic and isolated paradise.