Can I go now – Tanzania
Tanzania has been welcoming visitors since mid-July. We’ve opted for a northern Tanzania suggestion here but there’s plenty else to choose from with Zanzibar and the south providing glorious beaches and epic wildlife encounters too.
Northern Tanzania has more than its fair share of safari wonders with the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, the wildlife haven of the Serengeti National Park, and lesser known gems like Tarangire National Park. It’s full of contrasting landscapes, an enormous variety of wildlife, and some of the loveliest accommodation the continent has to offer. A safari here works anytime other than the rainy season of April and May. In June, and from November to March, the skies are crisp and clear, the birdlife is at its impressive best, many species are calving and predator action is high. July to October sees the wildebeest migration when great herds cross back from the Masai Mara in search of fresh grazing.
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the richest wildlife habitats on earth, with more than 20,000 large mammals living in a bowl just 12 miles across. The Serengeti must be one of the planet’s best known wildlife reserves, starring in countless documentaries over the years. It’s enormous, more than 130 miles north to south, and parts of it are so remote that the best way to access them is on foot. Tarangire is compact and beautiful and its year round water puts it firmly on the wildlife’s social calendar.
A safari combining these three areas will certainly give a pretty good over view of Tanzania’s highlights and it’s to our friends at Nomad Safaris we’d point you for some lovely accommodation choices.
Kuro Tarangire is tucked away into a grove of secluded riverside bush, so beautifully in keeping with its surroundings that the animals barely cast a second glance as they wander past. The spacious and airy rooms let the outside in so you are very much at one with your surroundings. Wildlife drives will show off the best of the park, with the nearby Silale swamp – a haven for elephant and buffalo along with plentiful plains game and their ever present list of predators – one of the very best spots. Night drives and walking safaris add to the options here.
Next stop Entamanu Ngorongoro, which is very much the Ngorongoro Crater off the beaten track. Away from all the other lodges, it’s high on the crater rim with panoramic views over both the crater itself and the Serengeti plains. An early start, coupled with the camp’s location close to the park gate means will get you ahead of other visitors and thus able enjoy this extraordinary paradise in relative peace. To reveal a whole new side to this wilderness we’d highly recommend an afternoon walking with a local Masai. Stroll along the crater rim with one of these charismatic guides and you’ll get a glimpse of a fascinating ancient culture.
One highpoint to another sees you arrive at Serengeti Safari Camp which is semi-mobile and moves throughout the park tracking the wildebeest migration. The guides here are really exceptional (they’ve 200 years of experience between them) and take great pride in getting you into the thick of the action – whether the drama of a river crossing or a pride of lion snoozing in a shady glade. With only six tents you can be sure that you won’t be sharing this exquisite wilderness with the crowds.
Update 15 September
The UK Foreign Office’s current advice for Tanzania is similar to much of the globe and ‘against all but essential travel’. The US State department’s advice isn’t quite as forthright, but at Level 3 where they suggest travellers ‘reconsider travel’. We have arranged for clients to travel in such circumstances, but understanding the situation and having the right travel insurance in place is key. Please do talk to us if you’d like to:
- Know more about travelling now
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