Tanzania the Ultimate Safari Holiday Destination
Africa is the stuff of dreams and Tanzania the ultimate safari destination.
The endless plains of the Serengeti with its annual wildebeest and zebra migration and huge predator population, the Ngorongoro Crater with its game rich heart and the magnificent snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro are the Africa of picture books. Northern Tanzania also features the pretty Tarangire and Lake Manyara home to countless flamingos.
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The South of Tanzania has the enormous Ruaha National Park and the largest park in Africa the Selous Game Reserve, places where the old Africa of pristine wilderness and plentiful big game with little human activity lives on.
In the west lie the even more remote Katavi National Park and the sparkling Lake Tanganyika with Mahale Mountain National Park and its Chimpanzees.
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Tanzania also boasts superb, palm fringed white beaches with magnificent coral reefs. The Indian Ocean Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia are part of Tanzania and complement perfectly your safari in Tanzania.
When you add in the fascinating Swahili Culture of coastal Tanzania and the exotic Maasai and other tribal cultures of mainland Tanzania you have perhaps the perfect mix for that holiday of a lifetime or honeymoon.
FEATURED SAFARI CAMPS
We've taken a selection of 3 camps from the 11 Parks and many camps they hold:
Klein's Camp features just 10 cottages of local rock and thatch with rich wooden floors and classic interiors. Each cottage has an en suite bathroom and private veranda with breathtaking views. The Camp is situated deep in the heart of the game-rich northern Serengeti in Tanzania - right off the beaten tourist track but on the migration route.
Location: Selous Game Reserve
Few other safaris in Tanzania evoke the romance, mystique and spiritual delight of the African bush as one in the Selous Game Reserve. Embracing 54,000 square kilometres of south-western Tanzania, it is the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent, three times larger than the Serengeti and twice the size of Belgium.
Location: Mahale Mountains National Park
Located on a far-flung beach along the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, below a huge story-book tropical forest, is the tiny sanctuary of Greystoke Mahale. The water is as clear as gin, the air scented, and the living very easy indeed.
FEATURED PARK: Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is Tanzania's second largest protected wildlife area, huge tract of unspoilt Africa comprising mainly bone dry miombo woodland and dotted with ancient Baobab trees. The Ruaha valley is hidden away in the central highlands of Tanzania, a remote and rugged landscape, whose river draws in heavy game densities especially during the dry season from June to December.
The Ruaha National Park is bisected by the Great Ruaha River along which most of the camps and lodges are located and where much of the game is concentrated.
Ruaha has the largest Elephant population in East Africa and also has plentiful lions and other big cats. As Ruaha lies in the transition zone between East and Southern Africa there is tremendous species diversity including many species not found in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and other Northern Parks. Ruaha National Park along with Selous Game reserve are also a strongholds of the highly endangered wild dog whose hunting takes place in daylight and is usually successful, making for exciting game viewing.
Most of Africa's big game with the notable exception of rhino are present in Ruaha and a safari here should provide an excellent variety of game sightings.
Ruaha National Park is located in South Central Tanzania and has good access by air making it an integral part of a Southern Tanzania Safari Circuit with Selous Game Reserve or Mikumi National Park and for those clients who like a few days on the beach at the end of their safari the tropical island paradises of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba. Ruaha National Park is also an excellent transit stop on route to Katavi National Park in Western Tanzania or to visit the Chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Compared to the better known Northern Parks, Ruaha receives very few visitors, less in a year than some see in a day. This park is for those clients who want an authentic and traditional African Safari experience where you can drive all day and not see another vehicle and where Africa is still as it was when Europeans arrived on the continent.
There are four camps in Ruaha National Park which we use for Safari Club clients. The two mid range options are the excellent value Ruaha River Lodge the oldest and largest camp in the park with about twenty guest rooms and the smaller Mdonya Old River Camp, a sister camp to Selous Impala Camp, in the Selous Game Reserve.
At the top end are the owner managed Mwagusi Safari Camp where the guiding is of a superb standard and top end Jongomero Camp a sister camp to Selous Safari Camp in the Selous.
Here is some handy advice for when you plan your safari in Tanzania
Good advice is essential when planning a trip to Tanzania as game concentrations are often seasonal and choosing the right itinerary and safari camps or lodges will ensure you maximise your experience. Safari Club consultants are widely travelled in Tanzania and an informal chat before planning your trip will hugely beneficial to both parties.
All Safari Club holidays in Tanzania use 4X4 specially adapted game viewing vehicles for game drives. Each tailor made luxury safari is carefully planned to provide the widest possible range of activities including, night drives and guided game walks where permitted and boat safaris where possible. We also try to cater for any special interests our clients may have and to provide a few surprises for clients who are enjoying a special anniversary whilst on our safaris.
Many of our Northern Tanzania safaris are conducted as a private safari by road using a mixture of seasonal safaris camps located to take best advantage of game movements or small intimate lodges selected for their location.
In the more remote Southern and Western Tanzania parks our transfers to the safari camps are by light aircraft.