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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.
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Kwihala is a safari camp that a superb wilderness location in southern Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park. Combining chic refuge with authentic bush experience, Kwihala is quite superb, and the guiding and game viewing are simply phenomenal.
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Offering a quintessentially African bush experience, Kwihala is very stylish, offering high comfort levels without you losing any sense that you are completely in the wild. Located on the Mwagusi Sand River, animals regularly wander through the camp, and the sounds of the bush are all around as you sleep. Kwihala itself consists of just six well-spaced tents giving guests a very private opportunity to enjoy this magnificent park well off the beaten track of the main big game circuits of East Africa. Each tent is spacious, and is fully furnished with comfortable king size beds, integral bathrooms with bucket showers and flushing toilets, each has a covered verandah mosquito proofed and protected from the elements by a heavy duty fly-sheet.
The main tent has comfortable sofas inviting you to relax by the bar and browse through the selection of coffee-table books, and there are unusual artefacts gleaned from the surrounding area. Just outside the main tent, under a shaded roof, a number of director’s chairs with small tables in front of a campfire look out over the bush and make for a very sociable area to enjoy a sundowner and chat over the day’s sightings. The food and service at Kwihala are excellent and the camp is run very smoothly.
The camp is only 45 minutes’ drive from the airstrip at Msembe and also close to the river and the best game driving circuits in Ruaha. Safaris in the Ruaha National Park are included and consist of game drives in specially adapted open 4WD vehicles, providing raised seating for better game viewing and shade from the equatorial sun. The guiding is quite superb, and some of Africa’s top freelance guides are employed on a rotational basis, and will communicate their passion and knowledge to you to provide a very enriching safari experience. Given Kwihala’s intimate size and limited capacity, you’ll have plenty of time to explore what interests you most, be it big cats, birds or sable antelope. Guests can also take part in walking safaris, night drives and visit local conservation projects.
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.
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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.