An overview of where to go and what's on offer...
As one of the most bio diverse countries in Africa, taking in the palm fringed shores of the Indian Ocean to the east, the mountainous forests of Mahale to the west, the volcanic plains of the Serengeti to the north and the riverine Miombo woodlands of the Selous to the south, there is a lot to choose from! Usually, for many of our clients, the question is more “where to go on safari?” as this element is usually the most expensive part and, therefore, can dictate plans.
Where to go on safari in Tanzania?
As a very brief starting point, please read through the overviews of the various areas below which should set you off in the right direction. In a nutshell, however, what it usually comes down to is how keen you are to see the Great Migration of the Serengeti. For roughly 4 months of the year, from July to October, the wildebeest herds sit on the Tanzanian/Kenyan border and, while it is a superb time to go and see them, the itineraries are a little more expensive than at other times of the year.
If you are not set on seeing the herds but would still like a very high standard of safari then the southern parks of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park could not really be bettered. These parks are far less visited than those of the north and, as such, the overall costs and general time spent getting to and from are much less. For this reason, this area of Tanzania is somewhere that we recommend frequently to clients.
The final area to consider for the safari section is the western parks of the Mahale National Park and Katavi National Park. Located right over on the western edge of Tanzania, they are very infrequently visited and, as such, provide some of the most untouched safari and chimpanzee experiences possible on the continent…definitely something worth a think about.
Where to go for the beach in Tanzania?
Again, a question that is asked frequently by clients. Most of those that set their sights on Tanzania are also, more often than not, thinking of a quick stay on the island of Zanzibar…home to spices and warm Indian Ocean breezes. Less well known, however, are the islands of Pemba and Mafia, to the north and south of Zanzibar and, for those that dive, these are certainly destinations that are well worth considering…although, for the beach lovers, there may be a little disappointment as these are also mangrove islands and, as such, the beaches can be a little less than expected.