Most people often find it difficult in choosing the perfect destination when it comes to planning for an African safari holiday. Different countries in the continent have different amazing experiences to offer. Tanzania ranks at the top of most preferred destinations in Africa. The country offers experiences that suit every kind of a holidaymaker.
Besides boasting of three of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, the country also has the highest mountain and some of the largest and deepest lakes in Africa. Tanzania is an embodiment of the natural beauty of Africa. Lying in the east of the continent, the country offers a rich wealth of culture and natural experiences that you will treasure forever. Famed for its exciting safaris, landscape, and majestic wildlife, here are the reasons why Shrike Safaris recommends that you spend your next African safari in Tanzania.
Located in North Eastern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is one of the most jaw-dropping sights in the world. The roof of Africa dominates the skyline of Tanzania, reaching a maximum height of 19,341 ft above sea level. Although it ranks a little bit lower when compared to the highest mountains in the world, it still offers one of the most impressive and grueling peaks on the planet.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is a major climbing destination. In case you are planning to conquer the mountain, you will need months of intensive training to prepare for the challenge. This is one of the experiences that will make you African Safari unique.
Among the many amazing wildlife experiences available in Africa, none beats the Great Migration. This annual event is one of the Seven Wonders of Africa. More than one million herbivores cross the plains of Serengeti in search of greener pastures while they brave predators and dangerous river crossings.
Take a moment relaxing in your safari vehicle and listen to the pounding of the wildebeests. Their sheer number, combined with the never-ending mooing and intrinsic rhythm and coordination will leave you in awe.
Tanzania offers a wide range of accommodations ranging from budget public campsites to luxurious high-end lodges. There is something for everyone. If you are looking for the ultimate luxury safari experience, there is a host of high-end restaurants you can choose from. You can also experience the sprawling beauty of the Serengeti by opting for an authentic tented safari. Camping out in the elements among the stunning creatures of the wild gives you a thrilling experience. Besides, you can enjoy an up-close personal camping experience in one of the most enchanting regions. Sharing a tented camp with other guests and guides helps to enhance safety in the camps.
The reason why Tanzania is a famous tourist destination is due to the thrill it provides from seeing animals up-close in their natural habitat. The country has rich biodiversity which makes it unique, creating one the best wildlife ecosystem. The flora and fauna that you get to experience in Tanzania are second to none. Besides, the national parks and forest reserves are well kept, and as such, they act as nourishing habitats for the wildlife in Tanzania. In addition to the large concentration of wildlife, there are over 1000 species of birds you can spot in Tanzania.
Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in Tanzania. The game reserve is home to more than 120,000 elephants, 160,000 buffaloes, and 2,000 rhinos. Besides, it has the highest concentration of crocodiles, hippos and wild dogs in Africa.
The Mahale national park is another place where you get to experience wildlife uniquely. The small and remote park lies on the western side of Tanzania and the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika. This park offers an opportunity to view chimpanzees in their natural habitats. Here, you get to observe the human-like behaviors of the apes as the younger ones pay in the trees while the adults watch and argue amongst themselves.
The Ngorongoro crater is the jewel in Tanzanian’s crown. The crater has been named a UNESCO Heritage Site because it is the largest intact crater. The crater is a haven for a host of wild animals. This is one of the reasons why you have to visit the crater when you are on your African safari. The backdrop of the crater walls is a stunning photographic site where you can see the animals wander through the grassland on the floor of the crater as they move towards the lake.
When you visit a new country, you should be sure to have a taste of their culture. Tanzania offers a perfect opportunity to experience the rich Maasai culture. The Maasai are an ancient nomadic community who are largely the custodians of the Rif Valley Region. The Maasai are closely related to local tourism since they reside in traditional Maasai villages near the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. They have distinctive customs and dress, beaded jewelry, beautiful bright robes and remarkable height which always have stunned visitors.
Shrike safaris offer an opportunity to meet and interact with this authentic community and experience their culture. As a result, you enhance your African safari experience.
The best way to round off your African safari is to spend some time relaxing in one of the white sand beaches in Zanzibar. Known as the ‘Spice Island,’ Zanzibar has been one of the most famous tourist attractions in Tanzania. While at it, be sure to visit Stone town to explore its elegant Arabic architecture and spice markets. For divers, you get the opportunity to dive at some of the dive centers in the local resorts.
You also get to try various traditional African cuisines which have strong Arabic influence. Zanzibar is also famous for its seafood. You can get to try out some the different seafood menus offered in most hotels on the island.
There is a wide range of amazing things you can experience in Tanzania. The country is teeming with magic, wonder, and possibilities. As you plan to go for an African safari, choose Tanzania as your preferred safari destination and you will enjoy every minute of your holiday.