One of the best African safari destinations, 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. It’s the perfect stage for both natural events on an epic scale, like the fabled Great Wildebeest Migration, and for intimate shared moments too…
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 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.
The climactic third 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 contrast between the country’s wild landscapes and the opulence of its camps and lodges is what makes a Tanzania safari unique.