If you can only do one exciting trek, it should be Tanzania Safari, home of the Serengeti which hosts the astounding wildebeest migration; Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak that features year-round glaciers on top; and the ever-so-gorgeous island of Zanzibar. When it comes to a classic backdrop of an African scenery in a vast golden savannah, an incredibly diverse and dense wildlife population and not to mention the wonder of the Great Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania is THE paradise. Hands down. In fact, it has again been rated as the best safari country in 2017 based on 3,061 expert and tourist reviews.
A Must on Your Bucket List, the exciting Tanzania Safari.
Our analysis also determined that Tanzania was the best country in Africa for spotting wildlife. Given the exceptional wildlife-viewing opportunities in parks such as the superlative Serengeti and the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Conservation area, this was unsurprising. (SafariBookings)
Not yet convinced? These are 8 reasons why Tanzania Safari should be a must have on your exciting bucket list.
#1 Home of the best parks and the best spectacles on Earth
Tanzania boasts of some of the world’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that host an overwhelming density of wildlife — the Big Five and some of the rarest animals in the world among others.
It hosts the renowned annual event, the Great Migration, which is very sought-after by many tourists and wildlife enthusiasts in all corners of the world. From the millions of wildebeests, zebras and gazelles to the highly aggressive predator activities in many corners, the Serengeti promises each spectator something to look forward to each day. If you’re lucky to catch the river crossing event around July to October, you’ll be able to witness what they call “the World Cup of Wildlife”.
Aside from the popular northern circuit parks, Tanzania Safari also has less popular parks in the south. Less popular but definitely nothing short of spectacular. For one, Selous Game Reserve as well as Ruaha National Park guarantees an unspoiled landscape and so much game, with very high chances of seeing a pride of lion sauntering around. In the off-the-beaten-path westwards, you can also find parks that provide habitat to a wealth of chimpanzees and other primates.
#2 A paradise for photographers and photographer-wannabes
Anyone who’s looking for a picturesque vista could never go wrong in Tanzania. The country is blessed with a stunning natural scenery that varies from high plains and valleys to rocky outcrops that litter around vast savannas to impressive tracts of wildlife and birdlife and even exquisite seascapes and historical towns. Indeed, every angle of the country is picture-perfect and anyone with a camera could easily feel like a pro.
Tanzania is also where you can find the snow-capped “Roof of Africa” and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, which stands mighty high at 5895 meters.
Whether you are visiting to discover the beauty of the country and experience one of the most gorgeous sunsets in the world or you’re visiting to capture sensational photos (for professional use, personal keepsakes or Instagram) of wildlife, of landscapes, of birdlife, Tanzania will surely not disappoint.
#3 Excellent Tanzania safari all year-round
Tanzania’s weather is divided into two: dry and wet. Sure, wet season particularly in April and May affects wildlife viewing and to some extent, even the availability of wildlife in certain areas. But this alone doesn’t hinder safari drives. While most lodges and parks in the south closes, northern safari parks continue to operate. Of course, for a significantly lesser price.
On other time, especially during the driest months (late June to October), wildlife viewing is absolutely spectacular. Rates may be higher but the game viewing experience that comes along with it makes every penny worth it.
#4 A myriad of activities that suits all budgets
You may think going to Tanzania only means going on game drives. No. While that is a major activity and definitely a must-try, there are other things you can do in Tanzania as well. The best thing is, there are all kinds of things for any budget range!
If you are into birds, you can birdwatch anytime anywhere. During your game drives, you can go on a picnic in the wild. You can even ride a hot air balloon and watch the sun slowly touch the grassy plains of the Serengeti! If you want to explore the coastal circuit, you are free to walk the streets of Stone Town. You can also end (or start) your trip with a visit to the beach! From there you can go diving, snorkeling or kite surfing among other things.
Tanzania has several airports and airstrips in the country, with two major international hubs that cater to tourists and locals alike and receives numerous flights from cities around the world. Visitors who are planning to start their safari in the south, west or the coastal region can fly into Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) in Dar es Salaam. Those who are eyeing to visit the northern region can fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha.
#6 Ultimate luxury camping
Yes, camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it out. Sometimes, you could add a touch of glitz and glamour to this experience as well. Luckily, Tanzania offers a lot of opportunity for this. Sure, you can easily find 5-star hotels in the city. But how about 5-star glamping in the wild?
What is glamping, you ask? The term is an amalgam of the words glamorous and camping. Think canvas tents. Then, add a luxurious bed fitted with high-quality sheets, an en-suite toilet and bath, electricity and even a veranda where you can relax and watch wildlife that’s just almost an arms’ reach away! Then also add a glorious spread of stars that twinkle at night right above your tent…. An experience that’s truly phenomenal.
#7 See the real Africa
Albeit a marvelous destination, Tanzania is still not as visited as South Africa and still a bit below Kenya in terms of infrastructure improvements. This makes it an even more exotic destination to experience the “real Africa”. Plus, it has many unspoiled landscapes and cultural tribes that are still very traditional and old-fashioned. Tanzania Safari is the perfect place to see and experience the real culture of the awesome continent of Africa.
You can also rough it out with authentic camping in the wilderness through budget campings. This is one way to really experience the wild and get ultimately a feel of “Africa”.
#8 Trek the world’s tallest free-standing mountain
It is no secret. Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most stunning mountains in the world – no wonder why it’s always featured in several tourism postcards. But do you know that it is also the Roof of Africa (highest peak) and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain? Aside from its glorious height and striking snow-capped feature all year-round, it also allows visitors to enjoy its splendor.
If you are looking into taking your adventure to greater heights, trekking this mighty peak is just perfect for you. With several routes ranging from fairly easy to expert-level trails, there is surely something that works best for anyone! The exciting thing is, aside from the satisfaction of reaching the summit and the magnificent view it promises, trekkers get to camp on the mountain and experience different climate zones in just a few days!
Check out: 7-Day Lemosho Route – Kilimanjaro Tour
From a scenery beyond compare to an immensely rich wildlife and birdlife that will absolutely amaze any visitor, it is only fitting to say that Tanzania is not just the best safari country in the world but is ultimately the go-to place for an adventure of a lifetime. If you want to experience a journey of a lifetime, make sure to include Tanzania Safari on your amazing bucket list.