As­tound­ing beauty – and the beasts

Go­ing on sa­fari can help you get more out of Africa. Jane Walsh an­swers the call of the wild in Tan­za­nia

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TAN­ZA­NIA is an amazingly beau­ti­ful coun­try that is both vast and vi­brant. There are dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Tan­za­nia that should be in­cluded on your itin­er­ary, but since you can­not see them all at once, it’s im­por­tant to plan ahead.

The game view­ing ex­pe­ri­ences here are widely re­garded as some of the best in Africa. The north Ngoron­goro Crater is some 20km across and 600 me­ters deep, and has the great­est con­cen­tra­tion of wildlife in Africa.

Close by is the Serengeti, one of the most likely places to see the an­nual migration of hun­dreds of thou­sands of an­i­mals. For an even bet­ter view­ing plat­form you can take a hot air bal­loon across the plains for a once in a life­time view. The Great Migration has a con­tin­u­ous year on year cy­cle, so if you wish to see the wilde­beest you will need to know where and when the herds flow.

South­ern Tan­za­nia, although re­mote, is beau­ti­ful. The game parks are very rarely vis­ited, pro­vid­ing an amaz­ing wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence in this dra­matic wilder­ness. The huge parks of­fer game drives in re­mote ar­eas, where lo­cal ex­pert guides ex­plore the bush in open-sided ve­hi­cles, fol­low­ing an­i­mal trails by foot, or float­ing qui­etly on the wa­ter­ways of the Selous. Most likely you will see many hip­pos, wa­ter birds and croc­o­diles.

Selous Game re­serve has Africa’s largest buf­falo and lion pop­u­la­tions, plus wild dogs, gi­raffes, ele­phants and rhi­nos. There is a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion on of­fer from sim­ple sa­fari-style tented camps to lux­u­ri­ous, all in­clu­sive lodges and tented camps.

You can en­joy a cool swim at the end of the day gaz­ing across the African plains be­fore head­ing out for your fi­nal game drive of the day at dusk.

Af­ter

all the ex­cite­ment of the game re­serves, en­joy some beach time just a short flight from Dar es Salaam. Cer­tain des­ti­na­tions will al­ways evoke the ro­mance of travel – and Zanz­ibar, with its sun-soaked coral, white In­dian Ocean beaches and his­tory of sul­tans, spices and ex­plo­ration is def­i­nitely one for that.

Beaches fringed with coral reefs are wait­ing to be ex­plored by ei­ther scuba div­ing or snorkelling. choice of bud­get to high-end luxury ho­tels sit

Aon the pris­tine white sands, pro­vid­ing a per­fect place to re-en­er­gise and think back on your sa­fari ad­ven­tures.

Trav­ellers should also spend time in the his­toric Stone Town, with its crum­bling colo­nial build­ings and dis­tinc­tive dec­o­rated doors.

To get the best views of the for­mer palaces and grand mer­chant houses lining the wa­ter­front, you can take a sun­set boat trip – Imag­ine Africa of­fer a fan­tas­tic fam­ily itin­er­ary.

Per­fect sands and turquoise seas at Zanz­ibar Beach and inset, a chee­tah and her cub re­lax in the sun

Tran­quil­ity at the Azura Selous Sa­fari Camp and the ze­bra run­ning near the slopes of Kil­i­man­jaro, Tan­za­nia

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