One of the great things about Tanzania is that there is so much to see and do. Many of the activities on offer tend to suit those with a particular passion; if you love walking, the treks here are truly spectacular. A birdwatcher may feel overwhelmed by the extraordinary range and diversity of birdlife, and any artists or photographers seeking landscapes to inspire will be thoroughly spoilt for choice.
There are numerous options for specialist safaris and activities, whether you wish to dive, ride, drive, fish, take hot-air balloon safaris or go trekking after chimpanzees... call us to discuss!
For all of these, and any other particular interests that you wish to follow up, whether special interest fauna, cultural interests or interests in historical sites, please do discuss with us at the time of booking and we can advise on each of these accordingly.
If you don’t
have any special interests in particular at the time of booking, beware - you may come back with more than you can manage!
Tanzania: Walking Safaris
Walking safaris are an excellent way to experience the bush, with all the sights and smells and intrigue that comes with picking your way through the landscape on foot. But these must be undertaken with an excellent guide and armed ranger.
All of the best lodges in the south and west will take you on superb guided walks, as will some beyond the National Park boundaries and in concession areas in the North. You will be advised by your guide how to enjoy a safe walking safari. All walking safaris will require suitable footwear, and generally you are advised to wear subtle colours of the bush and long trousers.
In 2014, Tanzania welcomed its first walking-centred camp, Kichaka. Run by Andrew ‘Moli’ Molinaro, undoubtedly one of Tanzania’s finest guides, this is a fantastic operation – ideal for adventure seekers and veteran safari goers.
In Tanzania, a driving safari has always meant being seated in a vehicle driven by a driver/guide, enjoying your surroundings while they do the hard work. That said, some of our clients have asked for a more hands-on role. It’s many people’s idea of a dream to be able to drive through the African bush in a 4x4 and it is now possible, albeit as part of a group, in a Land Rover Defender 4 SE. Led by a chief guide in the front vehicle, you will drive yourself through the highlights of Northern Tanzania. The 7 night/8 day set-departure trips begin on alternate Sundays throughout most of the year and take in Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. It’s a great trip, the only one of its kind in Tanzania, and the set accommodation is amongst the best we sell. Prices start at approx USD $8,500 per person in high season. Please give us a call if it sounds like your thing!
The very select habitats for chimpanzees in Tanzania mean that these are a specialized interest, but certainly worth the price and the distance if you are keen to experience these wonderful animals in the wild.
The best option is at Mahale Mountains National Park, on Lake Tanganyika. This is a stunning, wooded, mountainous region, and all safaris are on foot. Guests stay at Greystoke, which is a seriously superb camp in its own right, nestled in the foothills on a beach of the lake. Guests return from safari walks to snorkel the clear, freshwaters and catch fish for their supper! Seriously inspired tents and décor make this a very special and memorable experience.
Hot air balloon safaris
Hot air balloon trips run out of the Serengeti, only. These leave at dawn from the Ndutu, Seronera and Grumeti regions, and after a couple of hours of floating above the plains, you land to find a sumptuous bush breakfast laid on with aplomb. A must-do on any Tanzania Honeymoon.
Riding is only possible from two locations within Tanzania. Those seeking serious horse-based safaris should look at an Okavango Horse Safari in Botswana. The best place to ride a horse in Tanzania is, typically, the best place to stay in Tanzania: the Singita private reserve. They have beautiful horses and amazing stables but the horses must return to the stables every night.
The only other lodge offering horse riding is Manyara Ranch, a good lodge in a mixed-use area to the east of Lake Manyara.
The diving centres around Zanzibar are nearly all PADI accredited, and the waters here are varied enough to suit all skills and abilities. You are able to take a full PADI course while on your holiday here, or to experience night and drift dives, wall dives and wreck dives.
For hardcore divers, Mafia provides incredible diving as does Pemba.
There are a number of places offering kite surfing in Zanzibar and it has grown to become a world capital of the sport. We can point you in the right direction.