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
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.
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