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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.
Rubondo Island Camp
Lake Victoria, Tanzania
Best for: Off the beaten track, Specialist, Wildlife
Located on Lake Victoria is Rubondo Island National Park. Home to just one camp, Rubondo Island Camp, this unique island offers breathtaking natural beauty, beautiful birdlife and a pioneering chimpanzee habituation experience.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Situated off the southern shores of Lake Victoria, Rubondo Island National Park is a wildlife paradise. Covered by lush, green sub-tropical forest and fringed by sandy lake shore beaches, this island is the perfect location to relax and unwind after a Serengeti safari. An ornithologist’s paradise, Rubondo Island is home to many endemic bird species and around 300 species of resident and migratory birds, including the African Grey parrot, pied kingfisher and the beautiful fish eagle. Aside from some stunning birdlife, the island is most famous for its chimpanzee population. Rehabilitated and reintroduced to the island, these beautiful creatures now live in a protected conservation area with guests having the opportunity to take a morning trek to find these animals in their natural habitat.
Aside from chimpanzee trekking guests staying on the island can be spent exploring the lakes pristine beaches, head out on a traditional sailing dhow to explore the waters of the lake at sunset, try your hand at some fishing or even take some time to canoe around the lodge. Aside from chimpanzees, Rubondo Island is home to a surprising amount of wildlife such as elephant, giraffe, hippo, crocodiles, and smaller species such as butterflies and beautiful orchids.
The camp itself comprises eight rooms, including one family room all nestled within the surrounding forest to offer privacy and a feeling of seclusion. Hand-built, these cottages use local materials and traditional skills to create accommodation that blends into the surrounding landscape. Each room comes with en-suite bathroom facilities with a flushing toilet and hot running water. The main area of camp offers panoramic views across the lake providing stunning views during breakfast and dinner, as well as the perfect spot for a refreshing sundowner. Peaceful and relaxing, Rubondo Island Camp is a one-of-a-kind experience which you’ll find hard to compare to anywhere else.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870