6 reasons to visit Tanzania in 2018

Tanzania remains one of the most beloved and enchanting safari destinations in the world, and we’ve compiled the ten reasons to visit Tanzania in 2018.

Far more than just a place to see the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania offers a wealth of natural and cultural experiences to be treasured for a lifetime.A place where in one day you could awaken to

1 – The Wildebeest Migration

The Wildebeest Migration is something that needs to be seen to be believed. A movement of more than one million animals, this annual procession of wildebeest and zebras from the southern Serengeti into Kenya’s Masai Mara draws visitors from all over the world.

Whether you’re in Tanzania to see the calving season, the high drama of a river crossing, or the sheer size of the herd as it moves across the plains – Tanzania offers the absolute best opportunity to see this massive movement of animals.

We’re experts on planning Wildebeest Migration safaris in Tanzania, and we’ve made it easier for you to plan your own dream trip with our Wildebeest Migration guide.

2 – World Class Hiking Experiences

While the national parks of Tanzania do not lend themselves to walking safaris, there are plenty of breath-taking hikes that can be taken by the adventurous.

From the towering heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to the volcanic slopes to Ol Doinyo Lengai to the verdant jungle of Empakai Crater, Tanzania is a hiker’s paradise.

Climbing Mount Meru

While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is the ultimate goal for many aspiring hikers, there are some less challenging hikes you can use to get in shape for the big event.

Climbing Mount Meru is a shorter, less daunting hike that many use to acclimatize for Kili.

Achievable in just three or four days, a Mount Meru summit can be added on at the start or finish of your safari adventure.

Empaakai Crater

For those who don’t necessarily want to scale a mountain, a day trip to Empaakai in the Ngorongoro Highlands can be a great way to trade the safari vehicle for some fresh air.

Guided by a local Maasai, you’ll venture down to the crater floor, wander the shores of Lake Empaakai, and then return to the crater rim for a stunning view of the surrounding landscapes.

While you’re not likely to encounter rhinos and lions during your hike, you can expect to see buffalo, bushbucks, monkeys, and a variety of bird life.

 

An active volcano with amazing views of Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo is a popular but challenging hike.

Ol Doinyo Lengai – Climbing a Volcano

Few people can say they have climbed an active volcano, but that’s entirely possible while paying a visit to Tanzania.

Looming ominously over Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo Lengai is a challenging hike that must be completed at night to combat the fierce heat that rises from the volcano.

Arusha National Park Walking Safaris

You don’t need to be a hardened adventurer to hike in Tanzania, and Arusha National Park’s lack of dangerous wildlife makes it a great place for young and old alike to get out and go hiking.

You can even combine your hike with either a game drive or a canoe safari!

The Ngorongoro Highlands Trek

For the truly ambitious, our seven day Ngorongoro Highlands Trek combines both Empaakai and Ol Doinyo Lengai with five days of hiking through the unspoiled wilderness and isolated villages of the Ngorongoro Highlands.


A Hiker’s Itinerary

If all of the above sound like your dream safari itinerary, browse our hiking page for more offers and routes

3 – Camping on the Serengeti

While there are plenty of brick and mortar lodges to be found across Tanzania, the tented camp experience is something that every traveler should have.

Sleeping in tented luxury out amidst the elephants, hyenas, and lions is something that you’ll remember for the rest of your days.

What is a tented camp? We’re glad you asked! The perfect fusion of luxury accommodations and being close to nature, tented camps are the most common kind of accommodation in large parks such as the Serengeti.

Camping Safaris

For the truly adventurous, traditional camping with sleeping bags and fireside stories are also an option.

Read more about camping in Tanzania.

All of our camping safaris include all camping equipment and the services of a private chef, so you’re not going to need to worry about lighting your own campfire or foraging for your dinner!

A visit to Stone Town is akin to time-travel, so steeped in history are the city’s streets and alleys.

4- Stone Town

The Zanzibar capital is a city steeped in history. A true melting pot of Arabic, European, Asian, and African cultures whose every brick has a story to tell.

Often seen as just a layover on your way from a safari to Zanzibar’s famous beaches, there is more to Stone Townthan meets the eye.

Located on the shores of the azure ocean, Stone Town’s labyrinthine alleys, towering spires, and historic sites make it a living museum.

Why not include a Stone Town walking tour or a romantic Stone Town dinner in your itinerary?

For those with a bit more time, there are a number of Zanzibar day trips that can be arranged from Stone Town.

 

The opportunity to interact with the Masai is an attraction all of its own.

 

5- Experience the Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The towering walls of this massive volcanic caldera conceal a primal lost world in which many of Africa’s most recognisable animals can be seen in their natural habitat.

The best place in Tanzania to see the endangered black rhinoceros, Ngorongoro’s crater floor is alive with animal life including lions, hyenas, flamingos, elephants, buffalo, warthogs, and hippos.

For the more energetic, the opportunity to hike nearby Empaakai Crater gives a more intimate view of the region.

 

Making it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is definitely a bucket-list worthy aspiration.

6.The Big Five

The lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros might have been dubbed the ‘Big Five’ for being hard to hunt, but these days the iconic quintet are more popular with photographers than big game hunters.

Tanzania is one of the best countries on earth to see the Big Five in its entirety, and a visit to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro all but guarantees you the chance to see these instantly recognisable animals.

 

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