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Renowned for its geographical might rather than its cuisine, Tanzania is often overlooked as a destination for foodies. And whilst the country is perhaps not well known for its culinary offering, tasty, hearty food sits top of the menu from north to south. Here, we shortlist five delicious dishes you should try for a true taste of Tanzania.
Often described as “The Greatest Show on Earth”, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and around 300,000 zebra is a natural phenomenon like no other. Following the rains, the wildebeest and zebra travel in search of lush grass and grazing lands whilst moving in a clockwise rotation up through the Serengeti. They will spend a couple of months in the Masai Mara before heading back to Tanzania in time for calving season – all whilst trying to evade the many predators en route.
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During a recent stay at Selous Impala Camp in the Selous Game Reserve, Matt was lucky enough to spend some time with one of the region’s finest guides – Gerard Mwakila. They took some time to discuss the area’s uniqueness and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Gerard had to say…
Whilst Tanzania's blockbuster sights attract the lion's share of its safari visitors, it is still possible to find your very own corner of this incredibly vast and varied country. Venture away from snow capped summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the palm fringed coastline of Zanzibar, and you will discover a Tanzania much less travelled. We've handpicked our favourite spots which take you unequivocally off the beaten track in 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.
For families with older children and a serious sense of adventure, Tanzania is a destination with very many draws. With school summer holidays being one of the best times to spot the Big Five and the wildebeest migration, you will not have to look far when it comes to seeking out the wildlife encounter of a lifetime. The cluster of Tanzania's main attractions in the north means shorter travel times whilst the south is home to an array of family friendly camps.
Taking to the skies above the Serengeti in a hot air balloon is a totally unique experience that allows you to enjoy Tanzania's savannah from a completely different perspective.
Imagine Africa specialist Pierre tells us why tracking chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains is, for him, one of Tanzania’s true highlights.
During a recent stay at Mdonya Old River Camp in Ruaha National Park, Matt got speaking to his guide Kahimba Zacharia about the uniqueness of Ruaha and the importance that tourism plays in protecting the wildlife. Here’s what Kahimba had to say…
Conquering Africa's highest free standing mountain sits top of the bucket list for many a trekker and mountaineer. And whilst the snow crested summit of Kilimanjaro has become a holy grail for hikers around the globe, reaching Uhuru Point takes preparation and determination in equal measure. There are a number of different routes which lead to the summit, varying in terms of difficulty and length, and it is vital that you pick the right one for you. Here, we guide you through how best to reach the top, one step at a time.
With more wildlife than almost any other corner of Africa, Tanzania is an unrivalled destination for safari. This patchwork of vast and varied terrain is home to stampeding wildebeest, wallowing hippos and swinging chimpanzees alongside majestic elephants and the rare black rhino, confirming it as the perfect destination for first time safari goers and Africa aficionados alike. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to spotting wildlife in Tanzania.
Tanzania and Zanzibar are fantastic for birders. There are over 1,000 bird species on record, of which over 20 are endemic. We asked our Tanzania specialist and birding enthusiast Anton to whittle down his top five spots for going in search of these nimble creatures of the air…
Also known as the Hadzabe, the Hadza are a traditional hunter-gatherer tribe native to northern Tanzania.
Nothing lets you experience the true wilderness of the bush quite like spending a night fly camping in the Selous. Perfect for those with an adventurous spirit and a love of the wild, you’ll sleep in a temporary camp set up deep within the reserve, with nothing but a mosquito net between you and the star-strewn African sky.
Kichaka Mobile Bush Camp
Best for: Safari, Specialist, Walking Trekking
One of Tanzania's remotest camps, Kichaka is a simple but outstanding mobile operation in the Ruaha. Kichaka overcomes the restriction of a permanent camp by moving freely a couple of times a year to give you the best experience all year around.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Operating in some of Tanzania’s remotest areas in the magnificent Ruaha National Park, Kichaka offers a thrillingly authentic mobile bush experience designed so that you can follow the game as it moves according to the seasonal availability of food and water. Whilst the primary focus of Kichaka's expeditions is the bush itself, the experience is well backed up by a mobile and highly functional camp, allowing you to enjoy a more varied, productive and interactive safari experience. Kichaka itself can only be booked on an exclusive basis for a minimum of two people and a maximum of six, guaranteeing that you won’t be sharing with other guests, and is a great option for couples, families and small group of friends, as you have the whole place to yourself.
Accommodation is simple and without frills, but still comfortable, with tents always positioned in a shady grove of trees. The tents themselves are supported by metal frames and are large with comfortable beds, plenty of standing space and a spacious covered veranda ideal for relaxing with a pair of binoculars and quietly watching the animals and birds that venture into camp. Each tent has its own outdoor ablution structure nearby with a wash basin, hot bucket shower and a toilet. The mess area, scattered with chairs, sofas and beanbags offers a pleasant environment in which to relax and chat the evening away with a roaring campfire nearby. Delicious meals are conjured up from the really rather basic bush kitchen, often served under the African night sky. On clear nights you can gaze at the heavens through a computerised telescope.
The real reason to come to Kichaka, though, is to experience the wonderful walking safaris led by owner and head-guide Andrew Molinaro (Moli), as he shares his extraordinary knowledge of the Ruaha’s flora and fauna, receiving lessons on bushcraft skills and tracking as you go. Other activities at Kichaka include game drives, particularly in the rainy season, when the game is more spread out. Kichaka also has three smaller tents for ad-hoc fly-camping so that guests can stay close to the game and explore the wildest and most untouched areas of the Ruaha.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high. June to October is the long dry season, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Walking safaris in Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is an exceptional destination for a walking safari. This is an unforgettable experience where you'll encounter a different perspective of the African bush, getting much closer to the nature and wildlife.
Flycamping in Ruaha National Park
An exciting alternative to staying in a permanent camp, fly camping will see you immerse yourself in the bush at night, surrounded by the sounds of wildlife moving around you and the best view of the night sky you could hope for.
Game drives in Ruaha National Park
Game drives in Ruaha National Park show off this area's remote, wild, and diverse nature. Head out early in the morning and in the late afternoon when wildlife is most active, or you can even choose to take a full day's drive.
Night drives in Ruaha National Park
Night drives are a great way of seeing nocturnal wildlife and predators when they're more active. You'll head out with your guide and a spotlight either at the end of your afternoon game drive, or after an early dinner.