Sandy shores and wild safaris
Tanzania is an unforgettable memory waiting to be realised. Perhaps it’s hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, a “Big Five” safari in Serengeti National Park, or a trip to the world’s largest caldera you’ll cherish. Then again, it could be the sight of Zanzibar sands by the Indian Ocean that forms a cherished memory you take home. In a country with 130 spoken languages, ancient fossilized bones, and 30 per cent of land now national parks—you’ll be blown away by the cultural history and roaming wildlife on offer.
Cruise by 4x4 through Serengeti National Park and over rolling land occupied by lazing lions, African elephants, and rhinos who kick up dust as they move between acacia trees. A hike in Tanzania deserves some solid boots, particularly when trekking to Mount Kilimanjaro’s 6,000-metre peak as your feet meet a volcanic land. Head to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into a caldera, known as “The Garden of Eden” for its stunning wildlife and nature that includes a fever-tree forest.
Mount Kilimanjaro is immortalized in travel literature and revered by all who have scaled its peak—and for solid reason. Three volcanic cones accommodate climbers of all levels. To quote Ernest Hemingway, the mountain made him, “hungry for more.” As you hike upwards to enjoy the lively vistas below, you may well see a heard of wildebeest or a cete of honey badgers on the hunt beneath you. Happy hiking.
Serengeti National Park is a wildlife nature sanctuary whose name translates to mean “endless plains” in Swahili. Take a game drive through the park, keeping an eye out for the “Big Five” as you move across short grass. Get here in July through August and see the Great Migration of wildebeest, a standout attraction of immense proportions. But so are the cheetahs, crocodiles, and buffalo who call the park home.
Over 25,000 wild animals live within the caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater. Meet lions, elands, gazelles, and much more of what makes Tanzania a safari capital as you cruise in a 4x4 truck. The largest unbroken caldera on earth is 900 metres deep and has the densest population of lions in Africa. But maybe it’s the rare black rhino, seen it all its dominance as it grazes the land, that’ll be your lasting memory.
The park is 125 square miles of safari adventure encased by natural beauty, and any direction you choose is a good choice. In the months of November, December, March and May, Lake Manyara hosts thousands of pink flamingo who flock for a feed, a delightful sight. In the sky, 400 species of birds swoop over plains where troops of baboons make playful gestures. Look to the branches of trees and see a lion sleeping.
The rolling hills of Tarangire National Park, with its chunky baobab trees and acacia woodlands, is perfect for lovers of safaris. Lose yourself in 1,100 square miles of nature led activities that include trekking a Tarangire River, you can even see elephants splashing in the slow waters. At sunset, after a day of wildlife happenings, relax by a campfire among the plains; look up at a skyline that blisters red and orange rays as night arrives.
Enjoy a boat ride with camera in hand and snap away as dolphins hop over waves and freshly caught mantis shrimp are served up by the platter in the restaurants of Zanzibar. An island of pearly beaches and multicultural influences is one of luxury. Kayak, scuba dive, or snorkel in the warm waters of Menai Bay. Explore Stone Town and learn of a trade history that gave birth to the nickname “Spice Island.”
In Tanzania, when you wish to travel can be dependant upon season. The dry season arrives in June and lasts through October, and is the best time to safari due to shorter grass plains. If a birder, then at Lake Manyara you can see flocks of flamingos in the wet seasons of November and December, as well as April through May. On the coast, humidity and heat is more common. The northwestern highlands are consistently cooler than other regions of Tanzania with the central plateau arid year-round. Mount Kilimanjaro has zero off seasons and welcomes you year-round.
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