Tanzania Safari Holiday
A safari holiday to Tanzania is one of the most exciting, privileging and humbling experiences a person can undertake and yet for many this is a land that so little is known about.
It is hard to believe that one place can enjoy such incredible diversity but then most things about Tanzania seem to defy logic.
Many thanks to Craig for this article. Craig is a professional travel writer and associate of tour operator Mahlatini, the experts in luxury safari holidays and Indian Ocean Island getaways.
Great Wildebeest Migration
Take for example, the Great Wildebeest Migration; one of nature’s most grand phenomena. This annual exodus is catalysed by a hard wired, genetically imprinted compulsion to move, to feed and to mate; one that drives literally millions of trampling hooves across the Serengeti to the greener pastures of Kenya’s Maasai Mara. A round trip of approximately 1,800 miles through beautiful and at times treacherous landscape that many will not survive but all will endeavour to complete.
Often the best time to observe the migration in Tanzania is around June-August when large herds congregate to cross the famous Grumeti River; lions and hyenas all the while tracking their progress and crocodiles ready to snap at their heels in the waters below. Truth be told though, Tanzania is a perennial tourist destination, a place that offers something at any time of year. The peak seasons arrive around Christmas and New Year as well as the drier months of July and August yet even the wetter autumn from March to May promises a grand show of vibrant new growth as the rains unveil a carpet of green and verdant plant life. Off shore the Zanzibar archipelago is best visited by sun worshippers any time from June through to October with long, warm and cloudless days a predictable fixture.
Safari tours of Tanzania are usually separated into two distinct regions; the northern and southern circuits. By far the most popular the northern circuit encompasses many of the country’s more familiar sites including Mt Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. The Southern route does however offer a more intimate and less crowded encounter and of course boasts a fair share of its own attractions. Dar Es Salaam will be the port of call for most and as one of the most important trade links in Eastern Africa enjoys a fascinating amalgam of cultural influences which are expressed in the language, people, architecture and food. The southern circuit also includes Tanzania’s largest and second largest conservation areas, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha Game Reserve respectively. Promising unspoiled and uninterrupted game viewing a visit to Tanzania’s beautiful southern territories is just as rewarding as its northern counterpart.