An African Adventure: Safari In Tanzania
Imagine the exhilarating feeling of seeing some of the world’s most exciting animals; watching them roam freely in their natural habitat as dusk falls over the horizon. A safari in Tanzania allows you to have a front row seat into the fascinating private lives of a variety of big game including, of course, the big five: lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinos and leopards. From the Serengeti desert to the Ngorongoro Crater, we visit the most spectacular places in Tanzania with our safari holidays.
As you approach Tanzania, one of the country’s (and indeed the continent’s) greatest landmarks will dominate the skyline. Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s largest free-standing volcano, rules the northern Tanzanian skyline. Standing at over 19,000ft, this glacier-capped giant is Africa’s tallest mountain, dominating the otherwise flat savannah that surround it; providing some of the most fertile grounds in the region, producing mouth-watering coffee and a whole host of fruit and vegetables.
Kilimanjaro may be the most famous landmark in the region, but Tanzania is also home to two of the best known places in Africa - the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is the world’s largest, intact volcanic caldera (the crater is still fully walled in) and is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is protected by UNESCO as a heritage site. Six hundred metre high walls surround this volcanic floor which is one of the most popular spots for safari game viewing, offering unparalleled opportunity to see the big five, as well as zebra, wildebeest, giraffe and troops of baboons.
The Serengeti is located in North Tanzania (spilling over into Kenya) and is recognised as the largest and most famous national park in Africa. It is home to the annual wildebeest migration, which is considered the biggest wildlife spectacle on earth with approximately 1.5 million animals converging on this space - this event has secured the Serengeti as one of the seven natural wonders in Africa. Along with the big five you can also witness cheetahs, zebras and giraffes in an open park environment.
A lesser known - but equally spectacular - spot, visited on our tours, is Lake Manyara. Out on the Massi Steppe and with incredible views across this section of the Great Rift Valley, a safari lodge here is a delightful luxury for a night. In the morning, the views across the lake and the crowds of flamingos standing in the shallows make it well worth an early start to see the sunrise.
A Tanzanian safari enters you into an experience that nowhere else in Africa, or the world, can indulge you in; a wildlife adventure that you will never forget.
Article published on: 16th December, 2014