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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.
Best for: Safari, Wildlife
Kigelia Ruaha is an intimate well-run tented safari camp on the banks of the Ifuguru River in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Kigelia Ruaha can be booked on an exclusive basis so is great for families or groups, with elephants often visiting the camp.
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Located on the Ifuguru Sand River, close to the confluence of the Mwagusi River and the Greater Ruaha River, Kigelia Camp is the creation and reflection of three individuals - Rob, Philip and Pippa - who share a passion for Africa, a love of the wilderness and a commitment to sharing their unique world with discerning clientele. Offering a truly authentic wilderness feel, Kigelia is a very intimate and tasteful camp with just six large double tents that can be booked individually or exclusively by parties of eight people or more. Each tent has comfortable, locally crafted beds and its own en-suite bathroom with flushing toilet and open air bucket shower for a true bush-camping experience.
Kigelia’s main mess tent comprises a homely and relaxing lounge area at one end, fitted out in a natural, rustic style with a sofa, a couple of chairs, patterned African throws and a small wooden table topped with coffee table books, and gauze walls which keep the area cool and breezy. At the other end excellent breakfasts, lunches and occasionally dinners (including good vegetarian options) are served, although evening meals are whenever possible served al fresco in the bush beneath the stars. Outside a number of director’s chairs have been set up to enjoy a sundowner while you survey the sand river, and there’s also a small campfire. The service is very friendly and efficient.
Ruaha National Park boasts a spectacular array of animals and birds, so your activities during the day are varied to include game viewing not only by vehicle in fully adapted 4x4 safari vehicles but also on foot. Guests are accompanied by expert guides who have many years of experience and a deep knowledge and understanding of the Ruaha and its game, flora and bird life. Although full-day game drives can be a good way to explore the park, the game is good very near Kigelia itself, so half-day drives are more normal, returning for lunch and a siesta in the heat of the day before setting out again in the late afternoon.
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.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Ruaha, Selous & Zanzibar
This trip away is perfect for those who are seeking something wild and slightly different to the well-trodden path of the Serengeti and allows you to see a different side to Tanzania. From game rich waterways, to scattered baobab landscapes to white sandy beaches, expect some of the most spectacular landscapes that Tanzania has on offer.