Tanzania is hands down one of the world’s best safari destinations! For starters, it’s home to the Big Five, which are lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos. It also boasts all the other African favourites, like hippos, giraffes, hyenas, zebras and cheetahs. Not only is there a great diversity of wildlife, but the game parks have some of the world’s greatest concentrations of large game, making wildlife spotting truly exciting.
Not only does Tanzania have a super abundance of wildlife, it’s also a safe country. Further, it has many beautiful natural landmarks like Mt Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar. These are some of the reasons why we think Tanzania offers a better safari than Kenya.
Our favourite places to take visitors are in northern Tanzania. Each park offers something different, special and complementary:
We get very excited talking about our Tanzania safari. This isn’t only because we know how wonderful the wildlife is, but also because Tanzania is the perfect adventure destination. A safari trip can include walking, boating and canoeing safaris, as well as nighttime game drives. One can go hiking, mountain biking and abseiling. There’s also a canopy walk at Lake Manyara National Park, and picnic sites at various hippo pools in the region. And one can visit traditional villages to learn about the local Maasai culture.
A Tanzania safari should definitely be near the top of your bucket list!
One of our favourite places in Tanzania – indeed, the world! – is Ngorongoro Crater. Formed by a collapsed volcano, the steep walls of this massive caldera have made the spot a true wildlife sanctuary. In fact, Ngorongoro Crater has the highest concentration of lions anywhere on the planet. From the rim of the crater you look down on a vast plain interspersed with bush, woodlands and wetlands, and it seems empty. But drive down and soon you realise it’s absolutely teeming with wildlife. Lions, wild dogs, hyenas, hippos, buffaloes, leopards, zebras, flamingoes – Ngorongoro is a feast for the eyes!
Serengeti National Park is an immense park in northern Tanzania that’s famous the world over for its annual wildebeest, gazelle and zebra migrations. In fact, its Great Wildebeest Migration is the second largest mammal migration in the world! Every year during the dry season, half a million wildebeest as well as over half a million gazelles and 200,000 zebras migrate north across the Serengeti in search of water and greener pastures. The river crossings are mayhem. And lions and other predators move with the herds, only adding to the spectacle. Not only does Serengeti National Park have its epic migration, it’s also home to the Big Five and has over 500 bird species to show off to bird lovers.
Lake Manyara National Park is famous, among other things, for its many elephant herds and massive pelican and flamingo populations that blanket the lake in pink and white. The park also has tree-climbing lions, which can only be found in a handful of parks in Tanzania and Uganda. Visitors also come to the see the drama of the the 600 m-high Rift Valley escarpment plunging down to meet the lake shore. An incredibly lush park offering many exciting adventure activities including canoeing on the lake, Lake Manyara National Park is a must-see in our opinion!
Another fantastic park that’s part of the Northern Circuit in Tanzania is Tarangire National Park. At the heart of this park is Tarangire River, which is a magnet for wildlife from all around in the dry season. So much so, that at this time of year you can see four of the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo and hippo) in one fell swoop, as they all come for the water and green vegetation on offer at the riverside! Other great aspects of the park are its beautiful baobab trees, its red-earth termite mounds, and its incredibly large elephants herds, which can reach 300! It’s also the only park in the region that allows walking safaris, which are a truly special experience.