Safari Destinations

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration. Some six million hooves pound the open plains, each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life, and more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language, Maa; specifically, “Serengit” meaning “Endless Plains”.

The Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, and one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.

Activities

Serengeti Balloon Safaris – Central Serengeti/ Western Corridor
A popular addition to your stay in the Serengeti National Park is a balloon safari, a lifetime experience not to be missed.

Adventures aloft – Balloon Safari in Serengeti
For the ultimate safari experience with two superb locations in the Serengeti – Adventure Aloft floats you above to enjoy the magic of the Serengeti, the predators capital of the world and home of the famous migration.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area, is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. Land in the conservation area is multi-use and unique because it is the only conservation area in Tanzania that protects wildlife while allowing human habitation. Land use is controlled to prevent negative effects on the wildlife population.

The main feature of the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority is the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact, and unfilled volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a large volcano exploded and collapsed on itself two to three million years ago, is 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometres (100 square miles). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from 4,500 to 5,800 metres (14,800 to 19,000 feet) high. The elevation of the crater floor is 1,800 metres (5,900 feet) above sea level.

Activities

  • Ngorongoro Nature Walk Empakai Crater Trek –
  • Ngorongoro Nature Walk Olmoti Crater Trek –
  • Ngorongoro Nature Walk
  • Visit to Maasai Village on the way to/from Serengeti to Ngorongoro

Known as the Spice Island, the beautiful island of Zanzibar on Africa’s east coast is bursting with culture and history, seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white-sand beaches with palms swaying lazily in the sea breeze. Together this makes Zanzibar a fabulous place to explore as well as a dream to relax and unwind.

Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. On the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sandbars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun.

  • Stone Town
  • Kizimkazi
  • Mafia Island

Is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi and Mkomazi. The national park is located in Manyara Region. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire river that crosses through the park, being the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. During the dry season thousands of animals migrate to the Tarangire National Park from Manyara National Park. It lies a little distance to the south east of Lake Manyara and covers an area of approximately 2,850 square kilometers(1,100 square miles.)

The landscape and vegetation is incredibly diverse with a mix that is not found anywhere else in the northern safari circuit. The hilly landscape is dotted with vast numbers of Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.

Home to more than 550 species, the park is a haven for bird enthusiasts who can expect so see dozens of species even in the dry season. The swamps are the focus of the largest selection of breeding birds anywhere in the world. Yellow-collared Lovebirds are a common bird sighting in the trees along the Tarangire River.

Activities

Adventures Aloft – Balloon Safari in Tarangire
Balloon flights typically take off at 06h30 by sunrise, but passengers start early from their respective lodges arriving in time to watch the balloon inflation. The flight is for one hour. The balloon takes its path following the prevailing winds, floating over the spectacular Tarangire National Park and offering passengers a bird’s eye view of the wildlife in the game park. On landing, the balloon crew set up a champagne breakfast just
before the Tarangire river or past the Tarangire river, followed by a game drive en route to the lodge or to the drop off point as agreed by the tour guide.

The name Manyara comes from the Maasai word emanyara, which is a euphorbia species of plant that is grown into a hedge around a family homestead (Euphorbia tirucalli). The name “is a Masai description not for the lake, but in general for a lake shore region.”

The park consists of 330 km2 (130 sq mi) of arid land, forest, and a soda-lake which covers as much as 200 km2 (77 sq mi) of land during the wet season but is nearly nonexistent during the dry season.

Activities

  • Village Walk
  • Forest Hike
  • Nature Walk
  • ‘Bean-to-Cup’ Coffee Tour
  • Mountain Biking
  • Lake Manyara Game Drive
  • Night Game-drives

Kilimanjaro is a Tanzanian national park, located 300 kilometres (190 mi) south of the equator and in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. The park is located near the city of Moshi. The park includes the whole of Mount Kilimanjaro above the tree line and the surrounding montane forest belt above 1,820 metres (5,970 ft). It covers an area of 1,688 square kilometres (652 sq mi), 2°50’–3°10’S latitude, 37°10’–37°40’E longitude. The park is administered by the Tanzania National Parks Authority.

Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo (5,895 m (19,341 ft)), Mawenzi (5,149 m (16,893 ft)), and Shira (3,962 m (13,000 ft)), is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet) (the Uhuru Peak/Kibo Peak).

Climbing the Mountain

Kilimanjaro has multiple routes to the peak offering a diversity of difficulty levels, scenery and climate to suit the recreational as well as expert enthusiast.

Tanzania has a wealth of tourist destinations on offer that beckon tourists with different tastes. To view a copy of the full hot spots guide, please click here.