Tanzania is Africa writ large – the sheer scale of the country gives you an incredible feeling of space and freedom, and especially in the more remote areas, evokes a sense of exploration and discovery. Tanzania is the perfect stage for both natural events on an epic scale, like the fabled Great Wildebeest Migration, and also for intimate shared moments. I’ve always enjoyed the contrast between the rugged landscapes and the opulence of the camps and lodges on a luxury Tanzania safari.
To tell you all about Tanzania is to tell a tale in three parts – or an opera in three acts. The opening scenes take place in northern Tanzania on the sea of land that is the Serengeti, a boundless swathe of savannah that links with Kenya’s Masai Mara and trembles beneath the hooves of the herds. Also factor in the ‘lost world’ of the Ngorongoro Crater (for unforgettable sightings of black rhino with volcanic cliff walls as a backdrop) and the bulbous baobabs and plodding pachyderms of Tarangire.
The second act is a sensuous interlude on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean islands. Exploring Zanzibar, you’ll be seduced by the scents of spices as you are drawn into the maze of Stone Town, and captivated by the undersea beauty of the Mnemba Atoll. Here, swimming with wild dolphins will set your soul soaring, as will watching the sunset from a dhow.
The climactic third act is set in the remote game reserves of southern Tanzania: untrammeled wilderness areas that will delight your inner adventurer. The best of the activities here carry an authentic echo of Victorian exploration, whether fly camping, exploring the glittering Rufiji Delta by boat or sleeping in a treehouse.