Tanzania

 

“One of the gladdest moments of human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy”
Sir Richard Francis Burton 

Tanzania

 

Tanzania is a vast country with huge untamed wilderness areas from the Serengeti in the north to the Selous in the south, and contains Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.

This is a wonderful country for an adventurous and exciting safari and boasts a beautiful coastline that includes the spice islands of Zanzibar and Pemba.

 

Safari

The Northern Parks include Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park and are renowned for their huge open spaces, teeming with wildlife.

The great Wildebeest Migration  can be experienced in different parts of the Serengeti ecosystem throughout the year (the north in July and August, the south in December and January), or you can enjoy the spectacle of great herds of elephant in Tarangire or the famous tree-climbing lions of Manyara.

Because there is only limited walking permitted in the National Parks, most of the game viewing here is by vehicle, so increasingly we are using camps on adjoining Community lands which can offer guided game walks and cultural interaction with the indigenous tribes.

Fly-in safaris feature first class lodges in the best locations to make the very most of this game viewing, from the ‘Masai Versailles’ that is Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to Oliver’s Camp in Tarangire.

More than any other country, Northern Tanzania lends itself to mobile tented camps, evoking the true spirit of ‘safari’.

To travel with a private guide enhances your safari. Nomad Safari guides are excellent company and highly imformed. With a private guide and vehicle you can explore these boundless wilderness areas either staying in permanent lodges and camps, or in comfortable mobile walk-in tents with hot bucket showers and delicious food miraculously produced from the most basic of bush kitchens.The mobile tents will be struck by the dedicated camp staff every few days and moved to a new location as you track lion or cheetah with your guide. If you wish you can punctuate your safari with a few nights of luxury in one or more lodges.

Southern Tanzania includes the great wilderness area of the Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Katavi Plains National Park and Mahale Mountains National Park.

Less frequented than the Northern Parks, they are remote and relatively untouched, but the game viewing is superb from the vast herd of buffalo on the Katavi Plains to the chimpanzees deep in the forests of Mahale.

Camps are stylish and as comfortable as any in Africa, with access usually by light aircraft into private landing strips.

Safari in Southern Tanzania tends to be for the more adventurous traveller, as distances between safari destinations are greater and travelling times are longer. The parks are relatively free of other tourists and the wildlife, although plentiful, is often shy of humans. 

Beach retreats

Tanzania’s coastline is almost impossibly exotic with its heady mix of different cultures and peoples and nowhere more so than on Zanzibar.

You can explore the winding alleys and crumbling grandeur of Stone Town or relax on some idyllic beach.

From the barefoot luxury of a tiny coral atoll like the exclusive Mnemba Island to the charm of an Omani palace in Stone Town, or a small and stylish resort hotel like Baraza, Zanzibar has something for everyone.

On the mainland and islands dotted along this Indian Ocean coast we can find you small and comfortable lodges with outstanding diving and snorkelling on virginal coral reefs, deep sea fishing and water sports and miles of soft white sand.

 

Images courtesy:Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Chem Chem, Baraza