Why you should go on safari in Tanzania

Wildlife and safari mecca

Discover authentic Tanzania, a vast wild country that boasts the largest concentration of wildlife per square kilometre in the world, numbering more than 4 million and representing an incredible 430 species and subspecies. Discover Tanzania, place of unspoiled landscapes and huge skies, a destination calling your name as you plan your once in a lifetime safari holiday in Africa.

Choose to drift over the Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks in a hot air balloon to appreciate their herds of gazelles, impalas, buffalos, wildebeests and zebras in a peaceful way. Seeing the largest reserve in Africa, Selous Game Reserve is a bucket list tick – lookout for its fantastic lions, African wild dogs and herds of dangerous buffalos roaming the wilderness.

Ngorongoro Crater

When you visit the incredible Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Tanzania, you stare in awe at the stunning Ngorongoro Crater. It is hard to believe that the actual rim of the crater is an astounding 2286m above sea level – a veritable mountain.

The most intensive wildlife viewing experience on earth – view about 30 000 different wild animals living on the crater floor around a small soda lake. Once part of the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater conservation area now encompasses a huge expanse of grassy plains on the southern side of the Serengeti Plain. Witness this magnificent landmark covering an astounding 265 square kilometres and look out for giant-tusked elephants, black-manned lions and about 6 000 resident wildebeest roaming the plains.

Beach and ocean safaris

For a country so renowned for its wildlife and conservation areas, Tanzania surprises holiday adventurers with her choice of divine beaches, ocean accommodation and deepsea diving. For a bit of both game viewing and beach relaxing, head out to Saadani National Park, an island haven of tranquillity for wild animals, ocean animals – and you. Walking safaris are hot here which is an introduction to big game viewing which you will do in greater Tanzania anyway.

Here you can walk to see the smaller game and to enjoy the feeling of being out in the wilds. Choose one of the quality lodges for your accommodation and base and set off daily to see Tanzania’s beautiful creatures and scenery. Saadani has recovered from a spate of terrible poaching during the 1990s and today nearby communities are involved in the protection of all wildlife.

Serengeti and the annual Migration

Every year, well over a million wildebeest streak across the Serengeti in an organic mass of bodies, each one willing itself on, survival its only goal. There are old and young wildebeest, newly born calves and even those females who calve en route, surrounded by predators including lions, cheetahs, leopards, crocodiles and hyenas, followed by jackals and vultures to pick the bones clean if the baby animal is unlucky.

The animals move in search of food and water and face all kinds of environmental hazards on the way, the least dangerous being natural predators. There could be fires, huge storms and even drought as they risk starvation and exhaustion, doing what their ancestors did before them and what their offspring will also do. You can witness this mind-boggling spectacle if you book early enough and find the safari lodge that suits your needs in the spectacular Serengeti. Appreciate Africa’s wildness which we call home.

Selous Game Reserve

If you are an avid photographer and wildlife enthusiast, pack your best lenses and head to this enormous game reserve in central Tanzania where high concentrations of game, more than 2,100 plant species plus prolific birds turn this into a genuine nature lover’s playground. For extreme elephant viewing, head to Selous from June to November when these regal beasts come out of the bush to drink.

Go and see the ancient migration of elephants as they trek between the Selous and Mozambique’s Niassa Game Reserves. This is one of the largest natural trans-boundary ecosystems in Africa. It is estimated that 64 400 elephants roam the two parks, 84% coming from the Tanzanian side. This is also the best place to see African Wild Dog, home to about one-third of all African Wild Dogs globally. Safe from farmers who shoot them for stealing livestock they have infinite space to hunt.

Travel the Rufiji River, the lifeblood of Selous, supporting hundreds of animals along its banks especially in the dry season. Discover herds of antelope grazing, crocs basking, hippos wallowing. Explore the rolling grassy woodlands and plains of the Selous, the rocky outcrops cut by the Rufiji River and the more than 2,100 plant species recorded.

Tarangire National Park

Ever heard of tree climbing lions? Visit Tarangire and observe these big cats as they hunt prey or simply lounge on trees! All the Big 5 and other rare species including gerenuk and fringe-eared oryx occur here. One of the smaller game reserves in Tanzania, Tarangire is still a wildlife haven that supports prolific birdlife in pristine habitats.

Come and see large herds of elephants, wildebeest and zebra congregating in the plains. Seek the few Black rhino still thought to be enjoying the solitude here, as well as the rare Gerenuk and fringe-eared Oryx. Wonderful wetlands provide crucial habitat to rich fauna and flora in the south.
The list goes on and on – Tanzania is one of Africa’s wildlife bastions, one of the best safari destinations in the world. Contact Voyage2Africa for your special safari package to paradise and we will set you up with luxury accommodation, flights and transfers in the blink of an eye.

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