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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.
Roho ya Selous
Best for: Wildlife, Safari, Walking safari
Set in the heart of the photographic area of the Selous Game Reserve is Roho ya Selous, a stylish tented camp perfectly placed on the top of a hill offering guests excellent views looking over the water, giving the camp a complete sense of isolation.
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The Selous Game Reserve offers complete beauty and wilderness, offering the perfect setting for a safari, whether you're on the prowl for wild dog - said to be the largest population in Africa, or are wanting to tick off the 'Big Five' one by one. Unlike many of the other parks with the vast savannahs, the Selous is lush and green with swamps, palm trees, and waterways supplying life to the area.
Roho ya Selous meaning 'the heart of the Selous' offers an excellent location for game viewing, and being close to the waterways that connect Lake Manze to Lake Nzerakera guests could find themselves spotting pods of hippos and bird life endemic to the area. Made up of eight canvas tents all with en-suites, hot running water, flushing toilets, an attached veranda and a cooling system, guests can experience complete comfort in the heart of the bush. The main area of camp offers plenty of shade for guests with a refreshing breeze on a hot day. Dinners are typically taken al fresco with the sounds of the bush all around.
The Selous is perfect for those seeking something a bit different in their safari experience, with a range of activities on offer guests can view game in a variety of ways. Activities are included and guests can enjoy a typical game drive, covering vast areas of land whilst tracking various animals. Walking safaris are also another way to experience the bush up close and personal, an experienced guide will show you some of the smaller animals and insects while teaching you more about the Selous. With the myriad of waterways, boat safaris are also possible, where guests can watch as animals approach the water to drink. The Selous is a place with endless beauty, offering up a truly unique experience.
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.
Azura 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
Guided Walks in the Selous
Guided walks offer a unique way to explore the Selous Game Reserve. On these guided walks you will be accompanied by a guide and armed ranger who will show you some of the smaller species and ecosystems that you often miss from a vehicle.
Sunsets over the Rufiji
Glide down the Rufiji on a little boat pointing out hippos, crocodiles and watch the elephants coming down to drink. Then, on the river bank sip a cold beer whilst watching the magical sunset casting its plethora of colours over the river.
Game Drives in the Selous
Game drives in the Selous offer a fantastic opportunity away from the crowds of northern Tanzania where you can enjoy undisturbed game viewing in the largest game reserve in Africa. You will be able to see elephant, buffalo and hippo and many more.
Boat Trips in the Selous Game Reserve
Boat trips in the Selous Game Reserve allow you to see the wildlife with a completely different perspective. Take a relaxing boat trip along the Rufiji River or on the lakes and enjoy regular sightings of hippos, crocodiles and plenty of bird life.