Top Experiences – Tanzania

February 20th 2019  |  Tanzania, Travel  |  by  Roxy Cox
Top Experiences Tanzania - lady watching zebra from safari tent porch

Roughly four times the size of the UK, Tanzania is a big place – it’s also one of the most complete safari destinations on the African continent, with phenomenal wildlife populations, some of Africa’s best known landmarks and gorgeous beaches.  The feedback from our safaris in Tanzania is always excellent and here’s what those of us lucky enough to visit have to say on our personal highlights:

Francis – Reaching the summit of Kili – twice

The first time was fine, a rather dull uphill walk via the Marangu route, and I got to Uhuru Peak with 15 others from the 23 who started. The sense of achievement was sensational though. Plenty of people wondered at my sanity when I did it again, but the second time was spectacular, one of the best things I have done in Africa. Climbing from the western side of the mountain, the scenery is magnificent from the moment you get out of your vehicle. The route is wonderful, has superb places to camp, and varied walking across strikingly different parts of this colossal mountain. Best of all is the attention to detail, and the quality of the people who look after climbers on the climb. Nothing was ever any trouble. Being met half a mile or so from each night’s camp by singing, smiling staff  – hands reaching out to take bags – was incredible.  Walking in to camp, accompanied by this impromptu choir was incredible, emotional in fact.

Francis on top of Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time

Francis on top of Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time with Summits Africa

Lucinda – Walking / viewing the Crater Rim at the Ngorongoro Crater

So much has been written about the Ngorongoro Crater I thought I knew what to expect.  But arriving on the Crater rim and seeing this magnificent landscape in all its glory is something that cannot be put into words (by me at least).

Exploring the Crater from Entamanu Ngorongoro

Exploring the Crater from Entamanu Ngorongoro

Alice – Fly camping in Katavi

One of the best sleepless nights I have ever had, hearing lion close by and watching buffalo and elephant passing just metres away from my bed roll and mosquito net.

Fly camping on the plains at Chada Katavi

Fly camping on the plains at Chada Katavi

Jess – Sundowners at Beho Beho treehouse

Heribert had guided us on an amazing afternoon’s safari and we finished at this wonderful spot. A bit like a luxurious version of the dens we built in the woods as kids, the treehouse really makes you feel like you are Tarzan in the jungle. Sundowners with views were enhanced by great conversation.  For a couple on safari, a night here would be a dreamy way to end the day.

The treehouse at Beho Beho

The treehouse at Beho Beho

Rich – Jogging with a Masai guide at Chem Chem

I felt overdressed in elasticated laced running shoes, technical wicking t-shirt, shorts and underwear. My Masai running companion, and guardian since there was potentially wildlife around, had just his red robe held in place by a belt and a pair of sandals made from old truck tyres. Lack of equipment didn’t seem to hold him back and I was the one who panted with exhaustion after half an hour, while my companion appeared not to have even broken sweat.

Jogging companions at Chem Chem

Jogging companions at Chem Chem

Francis – Fly camping in Selous

See the stars, feel Africa beneath your feet, touch the wilderness with every sense; fly camping brings you completely alive to all that’s going on around you. I loved fly camping in Selous; it’s so incredibly peaceful, and you know for sure that there is no one else within miles. Walk out from a camp such as Sand Rivers or Siwandu, and spend a night in your own private wilderness, with a very simple camp, a fire for dinner and warmth, and a mattress under a mosquito net to sleep on – in my view it’s the perfect way to experience the thrill of the wild in Africa.

Fly camping at Sand River Selous

Fly camping at Sand River Selous

Roxy – Seeing the southern Serengeti plains smothered with wildebeest

I love wildebeest, they make me smile with their daft ways. There’s little better than waking in the Serengeti and finding a carpet of them across the plains.  Sitting on the verandah with a coffee, just watching them is a great way to start the day.

Wildebeest in the southern Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini Camp

Wildebeest in the southern Serengeti, Sanctuary Kusini Camp

Lucinda – Taking a boat trip at Sand Rivers

After days in a vehicle looking at wildlife it was a lovely change to get into a boat and see the world from a different perspective.  Hippos and crocs abounded, along with incredible birds including colourful kingfishers.  The engine was cut on our return trip and with a fishing rod in one hand and a gin and tonic in the other we drifted back to camp, all the while watching the sun set on another beautiful day.

An alternative view, boating from Sand River Selous

An alternative view, boating from Sand River Selous

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What next?

We would be delighted to help you plan a holiday, or answer any questions if you’re at an earlier stage. Our team of experts have travelled widely throughout Africa. They can offer expert advice on every type of safari from family and beach holidays to riding and primate safaris.  If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and done it, please just send us an email or give us a call.

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