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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.
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge is a large game lodge perched above Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley. Lake Manyara Serena’s highlights are the stunning views, a spectacular infinity pool, and the chance to see tree-climbing lions and huge elephant herds.
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Sitting directly on the lip of the Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge has one of the most spectacular swimming pools in Africa. Sipping a cocktail from the poolside bar and watching the sun go down on the valley floor hundreds of metres below is a sensational way to finish a busy day on safari. In the evenings paraffin lamps light the concrete pathways between the 50 guest rooms. These are housed in circular thatched bungalows on either side of the central lodge area each with an en-suite bathroom and shower, and a private verandah.
The communal areas of the lodge have a pleasant atmosphere with lots of plants and open-sided walls that make the most of the awe-inspiring scenery. There is also a shop with curios and books which may be useful for any last-minute guide book or camera battery purchases before you head off on safari. The food is of a good standard and the breakfasts are particularly impressive. Enormous spreads of fresh fruit, cereals, breads, porridge and traditional cooked food ensure that you never start the day on an empty stomach.
Lake Manyara Serena is also the regional base for the Serena Active programme which offers an exciting range of safari holiday activities including: guided canoeing safaris on Lake Manyara, camping safaris with over-night stays in exclusive bush fly camps, guided mountain biking along the Rift Valley escarpment and around Lake Manyara National Park, and wildlife walks with a Serena Active naturalist, concentrating specifically on birds and smaller flora and fauna.
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
Hike with views of Lake Manyara
Hike along the edge of the Great Rift Valley to experience truly beautiful views of Lake Manyara and the National Park below, or enjoy a forest walk or floodplain walk outside of the National Park to learn about the local plants and wildlife.
Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the untouched nature and wildlife of the beautiful forest of Lake Manyara high up in the forest canopy. A boardwalk slowly rises from ground level to take you over bridges suspended amongst the tree trunks.
Game drive in Tarangire
Game drives in the Tarangire National Park offer a great introduction to East Africa. The diverse range of wildlife and habitats make for fascinating game viewing. A huge elephant population and tree climbing lions make this region famous.
Game Drive to Lake Manyara
Visit the beautiful Lake Manyara by vehicle with the Rift Valley providing a spectacular backdrop. The lake is host to number of different mammal species but is best known for its incredible bird life, in particular for its huge numbers of flamingo.