My main reason for going on my first luxury Tanzanian safari was to witness the Great Wildebeest Migration, which more than lived up to the hype. What’s kept me coming back to northern Tanzania has been the myriad other activities, landscapes and wildlife moments that can be enjoyed there.
The Serengeti National Park is of course the jewel in the crown, and the spectacle of tens of thousands of wildebeest advancing inexorably towards the Grumeti River, seemingly unfazed by the danger of lion or crocodile attack, makes for compelling viewing. For a different perspective, I’d recommend a hot-air balloon ride over the herds, which has the added attraction of a full-on champagne breakfast in the bush when you land.
While the migration is all about the triumph of will and life, a visit to Olduvai Gorge will cause you to reflect on our own journey as a species. This is where some of the oldest hominin fossils have been found, along with evidence of early tool making.
The ‘prehistoric’ theme continues at Ngorongoro Crater, where an extinct volcano serves as a natural sanctuary for endangered species. Driving down into the crater feels like going back in time, and it’s one of the best places I know to spot black rhino.
I also always enjoy the chance for a change of pace, and northern Tanzania is the birthplace of the ‘slow safari’ concept. Take a deep breath, and relax with a walking safari, or an excursion to Lake Manyara to see its clouds of gorgeous pink flamingo.