Safari trips are becoming increasingly accessible these days thanks to more affordable prices and a multitude of professional tour companies operating around the world. Not only that, but there are a surprising number of safari destinations to choose from. This is fantastic, because it opens up the possibility of you finding the ideal location to meet your needs and preferences. At the same time, having so many options can make it a bit trickier to decide exactly where you want to go! Every destination has unique wonders on offer, but one place that is definitely worth considering for your safari trip is Tanzania. Here’s why.
The main reason people go on safari is of course the animals, and Tanzania truly delivers on this point. The country is home to the Serengeti National Park, and it’s no exaggeration to say that this location is one of the best in the world for wildlife viewing. On Tanzania safaris you can spot all of the ‘Big 5’ – lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and buffalo – as well as many other iconic animals such as zebras, giraffes and hyenas. The country also has an astonishing number of colorful bird species.
One of the most breathtaking sights you can witness on a safari in Tanzania is the annual migration of wildebeest. This is the largest migration of animals on the planet and sees around two million wildebeest and zebra travel some 1,200 miles to follow the rains in search of food and water. Naturally, having this many animals in one place also attracts lots of predators, meaning it’s also a fantastic opportunity to spot big cats and wild dogs. Not only is a safari in Tanzania a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot these gorgeous animals, but it is also a wonderful chance to learn more about them from knowledgeable guides. Plus take some amazing photos, of course!
Animals are what draw people to safaris, but the landscapes that those animals live in are just as beautiful and diverse. Tanzania boasts the classic African savannah stretching off into the distance and dotted with iconic acacia trees but is also home to lush forests and roaring rivers. Each environment has different types of wildlife to spot and terrain to explore, so as cliche as it sounds, there truly is something for everyone.
For those who wish to mix up their holiday activities, Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coastline has a wealth of picturesque beaches to discover. You’ll find vast stretches of powdery white sand lined with palm trees on one side and crystal-clear sea on the other, where you can relax in tranquility and listen to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. Alternatively, if it’s something more active you’re looking for, why not consider tackling the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro? At 5896 meters, it is the highest peak in all of Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Even if you don’t want to actually climb Kilimanjaro, the sight of its snow-capped summit towering far above the surrounding landscape is one you will never forget.