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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.
Mbali Mbali Katavi
Best for: Wildlife
Mbali Mbali Katavi is a comfortable and stylish tented safari camp in Tanzania’s remote and wild Katavi National Park. Mbali Mbali Katavi is Katavi's only lodge with a swimming pool, ideal in the dry season, and also offers a Night Game Drive option.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Located in the centre of Katavi National Park, on an elevated point over looking the vast Katisunga Plains, Mbali Mbali Katavi (formerly Katuma Bush lodge) is a mid-range lodge that affords safari connoisseurs a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago. Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness with prolific wildlife and some of the largest herds of plains game in Africa. The lodge has been designed to blend in with its surroundings and consists of spacious and comfortably furnished tents, each with writing desks, lamps, fine linen and en-suite facilities offering hot and cold water.
Game viewing is exceptionally rewarding at Mbali Mbali Katavi due to the sheer abundance of wildlife, and game viewing tends to begin early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Game drives in 4 X 4 vehicles centre around the woodland areas along the seasonal lakes, where most of the game can be found including the big cats. Short guided walking safaris leave in the late afternoon when the light is at its best, while for those who want to get even closer to nature, night game drives are also offered.
Meals are a sumptuous affair and a variety of dishes are accompanied with tropical fruits and juices. On the last evening of your stay, a barbecue will be served under the shade of tamarind trees, so you can reflect on the unforgettable experiences you’ve had at Katavi while watching the sun setting over the plains.
In addition the main rooms, there is also an exclusive private Suite boasting a Lounge/Sitting area, indoor dining area, main en-suite bedroom with private lounge and dressing room plus a 2nd en-suite bedroom. Remarkable views of the Katisunga floodplains are provided from a vast deck, which also comprises an outdoor Spa Tub, Day Bed and Sun Loungers. A separate dining area on the deck facilitates private meals under the stars.
No effort has been spared in creating the perfect setting for your relaxation and enjoyment. The Suite décor has accents of authentic furniture from Zanzibar, and every comfort has been anticipated, including a fully stocked refrigerator, air-conditioning, mosquito screens on all windows and doors, satellite TV and a private butler service.
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.
Amara Selous is closed for the months of April and May.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Game drives in Katavi
Isolated, untrammelled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago. The perfect location for a truly exclusive safari experience.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Arusha, Katavi, Mahale Mountains
Western Tanzania is one of Africa’s last great frontiers, vast, isolated national parks, huge tracts of unexplored forest; it’s perfect for a second or third safari, real wilderness enthusiasts or just for someone who wants something completely different.