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North or South Tanzania?
Deciding whether to go on safari in the north or south of Tanzania very much depends on what you’re looking to get out of your trip – the two areas offer vastly different experiences but both have so much to offer. We've broken down what to expect where on a safari holiday in Tanzania.
The north of Tanzania is simply teeming with wildlife and offers some of the most iconic safari experiences in all of Africa. Vast herds of elephants roam the land in Tarangire, flamingos and pelicans flock around Lake Manyara, the unique crater at Ngorongoro is a haven for game, and then there are the vast plains of the Serengeti – host to the annual wildebeest migration and some of the best game viewing on the continent. It’s the perfect destination for those determined to tick off all the big game, but such an abundance of wildlife does come at a cost, and the slight drawback of northern Tanzania is that you’ll be sharing your experience with a horde of other vehicles.
The south of Tanzania is a much more off-the-beaten-track destination, with far fewer people around. There is a vast amount of open space, and only a handful of safari camps compared with the numbers you’ll find in the north, so what you get is a much more exclusive experience. However, while there is plenty of wildlife to be seen in the south, it is not as abundant (nor as accustomed to human presence) as it is in the north. You do need to search for the animals a bit more actively, but many find this makes for an even more rewarding game viewing experience. Another real bonus of the south is the huge range of activities available – with bush walks, boat trips and fishing all on offer.
All of our Tanzanian safaris are completely tailor-made.
Call one of our Tanzanian specialists now on 020 3141 2810 to get started. For some inspiration, take a look at our Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar itinerary to combine safari and beach in eastern Africa.