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Tanzania Safari Blog

April 14, 2018

Welcome to the Tanzania Odyssey Blog

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Our blog is a collection of posts and articles written by ourselves as well as some which are sourced externally, but all of which are relevant to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Similarly, our website is a vast resource of knowledge compiled over 20 years of experience, written by ourselves; the Tanzania Experts. We really know our stuff and offer unbiased opinions on the regions of Tanzania as well as the lodges & hotels (all of which we visit on a regular basis!)

We specialise in everything from beach honeymoons to family safaris and even climbing Kilimanjaro, so you can rest assured our website is extremely well equipped to answer everyone’s queries and concerns. Please have a scan of the above button options to find your relevant page! We tailor-make all our trips but our itineraries page is also particularly useful when in the initial planning stages. The best way to get to grips with Tanzania and Zanzibar though is to give us a call so we can give you the low-down in our famous no-flowers Odyssey way…

In the meantime though we hope you find our blog interesting… Happy reading!

August 15, 2018

The Ngorongoro Crater

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Any safari to the North of Tanzania should include a visit to Ngorongoro Crater. Voted in 2013 as one of the Seven Natural Wonders in Africa, Ngorongoro Crater is situated within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which is itself a protected area and a world heritage site. It is in fact, one of Africa’s most famous sites.

 

Lush Grasslands and Plentiful Water

Only 180km from Arusha, the Ngorongoro Crater is one of the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. The crater ranges between 16 to 19 km in diameter, with the walls of the crater varying in height between 400 meters and 600 meters high. The floor of the Crater is 260 square kilometres and comprises a number of different habitats. These include lush grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat (Maasai for ‘salt’) – a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. The Lerai Stream drains the forests to the south of the Crater, feeding the Fever trees(Acacia xanthophloea) in the Lerai Forest on the crater floor.

The other major water source in the crater is the Ngoitokitok Spring that is situated near the eastern crater wall. In this area there is a picnic site open to tourists, adjacent to the huge Gorigor Swamp that is fed by the spring. Here visitors can enjoy lunch in the company of large numbers of hippos that call this swamp home. The walls of the crater are comprised of montane forest on the steep, eastern walls and Euphorbia trees on the western boundaries. Only once you visit the Ngorongoro Crater, will you understand why it is such a strong candidate for any list of the world’s greatest natural wonders.

 

Geological Splendour

The Crater is renowned for its geological splendour, but it is primarily famous as a natural reserve. The Ngorongoro is home to some of the densest, large mammal populations found anywhere in Africa. Boasting numbers of up to 25,000 large mammals, a trip to Ngorongoro Crater is guaranteed to offer spectacular sightings.

Because of the enclosed nature of the crater, it gives the impression of being a natural enclosure for most of the game that reside in that area and has almost formed its own ecosystem. However this is not the case, as almost 20% of the Wildebeest population and 50% of the Zebra population vacate the crater during the rainy season. During this time the reverse happens, with Eland and Buffalo and herd numbers increase with the rainy season.

The spectacular mineral-rich bowl that forms the floor of the crater, produces lush and nutritious grasses. These attract ungulates such as Buffalo, Thompson and Grants Gazelles, Zebra, Wildebeest, Waterbuck and Eland. But it is not only grazers and the crater is also home to East Africa’s best population of Black Rhino. Breeding herds of Elephants are occasionally seen passing through the crater, but it is the large Elephant bulls residing within the area that attract attention. These bulls are considered to be some of the biggest tuskers left in the Africa today. Unfortunately Giraffe and Impala are not present in the Crater and this is possibly due to a lack of open woodland favoured by these species.

 

Habituated Lions

As one would imagine, such a large population of herbivores will attract large populations of predators. The Ngorongoro Crater has one of the densest known population of Maasai lions. But numbers have varied over the years, due to the effects of the Natural Enclosure. This can reduce the amount of traversing between areas available to the male lions and makes them more susceptible to diseases. Due to the large number of ever-present vehicles, the lions have become habituated to the presence of game drive vehicles. As a result, they will hunt in close proximity to vehicles or even take advantage of the shade provided by the vehicles!

Spotted Hyaenas are very common here and they are often seen competing with Lions for their hard-earned kills. The numbers of Cheetah in the Crater are growing and Leopards are seen occasionally too, while the elusive Serval is a common sight in the crater. Jackals are spotted following the Lion prides for whatever scraps they can scavenge and Bat-eared Foxes are a rare treat!

The only down side is the numbers of other vehicles and tourists that you will encounter. Every visitor to Tanzania wants a glimpse of this amazing natural wonder and the diversity of game within its confines.

 

Tanzania Honeymoon Ideas: Safari and Beach Romantic Getaway

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You’ve said your vows, made an evening full of special memories with friends and family, and partied together until dawn. Now that the wedding is over, it’s time for just the two of you to spend quality time together. This might mean relaxing on a white sandy beach or tracking wildlife whilst on a bush safari.

honeymoon destinations; honeymoon ideas; romantic getaways

Sunset over the Katavi National Park © Nomad Tanzania

If you want to do both the beach and safari whilst on honeymoon, then Tanzania – which includes Zanzibar – is one of the best romantic getaways to choose as it offers the best of both. Here are just some of the honeymoon ideas to include when you’re planning a couple’s retreat to Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Witness a wildlife spectacle

Tanzania honeymoon ideas that centre around wildlife safaris afford you the opportunity to witness some of the very best fauna and flora that Africa has to show. Watch the herds of wildebeest, zebras and antelope as they journey over the vast plains of the Serengeti during The Great Migration, whilst staying at Singita’s Faru Faru Lodge in the private Grumeti Game Reserve or Nomad’s Lamai Serengeti Lodge on the Kogakuria Kopje.

honeymoon destinations; honeymoon ideas; romantic getaways

Greystoke Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika © Nomad Tanzania

If you’ve always dreamed of looking into the eyes of a chimpanzee, then do include Lake Tanganyika and the Mahale Mountains in your honeymoon destination itinerary. At Nomad’s Greystoke Mahale, you’ll bed down at the foothills of the mountains in a thatched banda and enjoy sundowners on the lake’s sandy shore. Located in western Tanzania, the Mahale National Park partners well with a stay at neighbouring Katavi National Park.

A trip to Ruaha National Park will put you in the heart of Tanzania’s concentrated wildlife action, where predator-prey sightings are an almost guaranteed part of every safari in this southern park. Here you can stay at the exclusive Selous Safari’s Jongomero Camp, which oozes intimate luxury and gives you some of the very best in excellent views, game drives and bush walks.

honeymoon destinations; honeymoon ideas; romantic getaways

Romantic dinner in the Ruaha National Park © Selous Safari Company

Dive into the Indian Ocean

With palm trees lining the powdery soft sand and sparkling azure water, Zanzibar’s beaches are some of the most idyllic in East Africa and make for a stunning setting for a romantic honeymoon. Whether you’re needing to relax on the beach after a busy time of wedding planning or are keen to check out some of the cultural sights, Zanzibar really does have it all. And since it’s just a quick 15-minute flight from mainland Tanzania, it’s easy to incorporate Zanzibar into your honeymoon escape.

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Rest and relax at Pongwe Beach @ Pongwe Beach Hotel

Pongwe Beach is found on the island’s north-east and gives honeymooners a chance to experience a pristine beach that is far from the maddening crowds of tourists. Pongwe Beach Hotel is excellent value for money if you’re travelling on a smaller budget.

If you’re wanting to take long, romantic sunset walks together, then choose to stay at Nungwi and Kendwa as these are the only beaches on the island that are not tidal. You can also enjoy some partying at night before returning to ultimate luxury at the glamourous Zuri Zanzibar or Essque Zalu Hotel.

honeymoon destinations; honeymoon ideas; romantic getaways

A colourful rooftop tea-time setting © Emerson on Hurumzi

Stone Town is Zanzibar’s main town and is full of rich culture, history and long-standing traditional markets. From tropical fruits to handmade jewellery that are sold by friendly locals, Stone Town is full of East African character and charm. Choose to stay at one of the many boutique lodges and hotels in Stone Town, such as Emerson on Hurumzi or Park Hyatt.

Are you planning a romantic honeymoon? Contact us to discuss how we can tailor a getaway for you that combines both the beach and safari.

August 14, 2018

A perfect Zanzibar Honeymoon

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Honeymoons are notoriously daunting to organise. A lot of pressure on one holiday which really, has to be a holiday of a lifetime and kick start married life in the most romantic way possible. Essentially, you don’t want your ‘honeymoon period’ to be destroyed by shoddy accommodation, mediocre food and a trip which would have been better spent at a nice Airbnb in Cornwall. This is where we come in, and where Zanzibar does too. A combination of one of the most idyllic Indian Ocean spots, and the knowledge of a team with over 20 years experience on Zanzibar means you will never be let down by overcooked chicken and greasy sinks (I know).

Although internet research is a hugely helpful resource for honeymooners seeking their perfect getaway, the atmosphere of a place can never be appropriately represented by a few photos and some reviews saying ‘great spot!’ or ‘delicious food’ or ‘my light broke!!’. On our visits we know what we are looking for, going in with an eye for romance and with 20 years experience & knowledge of what makes honeymooner’s tick.

So from a recent visit, one of our team has made a run down of our absolute favourite spots, so here goes… The best of lower, middle, high and even higher budgets…! Also, some tips to get you out and about in the best ways possible on your Zanzibar honeymoon.

The best rustic & quirky budget honeymoon hotel on Zanzibar

Pongwe Beach Hotel. With it’s classically Zanzibar style, comfortable and colourful rooms, excellent pool and with one of the best beaches on the island, Pongwe is a marvellous option for those who want a funky yet affordable option. For an added luxury (for around $40 extra per person per night) treat yourself to a sea view suite upgrade which includes your  own private pool – an added luxury fit for a honeymoon. There is a reason Pongwe is difficult to get space at!

The best bigger yet luxurious budget honeymoon hotel on Zanzibar

Zuri Zanzibar is the new exciting addition to the Zanzibar hotel scene. With 54 rooms, it is a bigger hotel which may put some intimacy seeker honeymooner’s off. However, there is a reason we love Zuri so much. There is nowhere else on the island which offers such luxury for such an affortable price. The room types are all pretty similar, apart from the Ocean View Room with a jacuzzi… For obvious reasons, alike with Pongwe, it could be a good idea to upgrade to this option for a honeymoon. Aside from the value for money, Zuri actually is on the most beautiful beach on the whole island. It is set in a true Indian Ocean paradise, so if an unbelievable beach is at the top of your priorities, Zuri is your place.

 

The best mid-range honeymoon hotel on Zanzibar

Zawadi is one of the more glossy mid-range options on Zanzibar. The rooms are pristine & the glass doors romantically frame some unbelievable views. Each room is fitted with it’s own little plunge pool – a nice added luxury. The menu is delicious, and Zawadi really does go the extra mile to ensure your honeymoon is extra special with spontaneous sundowner cocktails & it’s 7 nights for 5 offer making it great value for money. The evening dinner is also an experience with Zanzibari dancers, making each meal unique. Tip: the massages here are unbelievable.

The best high-end honeymoon hotel on Zanzibar

Xanadu Villas are all absolutely exceptional. The chef is ex-michelin star so you know every meal will be a culinary experience. There are 6 villas of varying luxury, but all with your own private pool and ample room to move around. It is quirky, very tastefully designed & acts as the ultimate unique & romantic Zanzibar getaway.That is if it is available – the Umande Villa is the most affordable by far and as such is always booked out. However, Mbingu is the presidential villa, and with a price tag to match, it is often free up… If you are after a Zanzibar hotel experience of a lifetime, then Xanadu is your one.

The best (higher) high-end honeymoon hotel on Zanzibar

Mnemba Island. Wow. What can we say – it is pure barefoot, Indian Ocean luxury. Mnemba Lodge sits on it’s own private island, so a stay here really does offer an unparalleled beach experience. At 1,700 per person per night, so it should be though! If you have deep pockets and really want to go all out on your special holiday, then we would send you nowhere else.

And the best of, well, something completely different…

Fundu Lagoon. Set on Pemba Island, Fundu Lagoon is for those who enjoy underwater adventures, being off the beaten track, and generally a rustic luxury which many return to year after year. Fundu is a really quirky honeymoon option for the diving-mad who also want their little slice of secluded luxury. The only downside here is that Pemba does not boast the same idyllic white beaches as Zanzibar at all… For some though, this is not so much on the agenda, so if you are one of these couples them Fundu is an exceptional option which we absolutely love. For the real beach enthusiasts, some time on Zanzibar and Pemba could provide a really very special honeymoon.

Fanjove Private Island. If you are looking for the romance of a private island without breaking the bank, then Fanjove offers just this. A really special place, with immaculate beaches & excellent service, Fanjove epitomises beach-shack-chic. For the adventitious,the lovers of nature and the romantic wilderness seekers who don’t like air-conned luxury, Fanjove is the ideal honeymoon retreat.

The best hints and tips to make your Zanzibar honeymoon special

Aside from the well known Zanzibar excursions like diving, snorkelling, sunset cruises (the list goes on), we know you want to make your honeymoon as special as possible – here are a few hidden experiences which not many people know about…

The Island at Pongwe. Not somewhere conventional to stay at all… As the island literally sits on a tiny rock formation set slightly off the coast and as such could be lacking the privacy (ironically) that a honeymoon deserves if you were to stay here. However, The Island at Pongwe offers delicious food at their restaurant – perfect for a lunch time excursion with a twist. Book in advance though!

Emersons on Hurumzi rooftop restaurant. If you are staying in Stone Town then head over to the rustic & charmingly Zanzibari Emersons on Hurumzi rooftop restaurant for some delicious food & a truly authentic, romantic atmosphere. You have to book for dinner… Beware this is a Zanzibar experience not for the precious, as you sit around tiny tables on floor cushions in true Stone Town fashion, which really is all part of the experience.

Well, we hope this helps whittle down some options for your Zanzibar honeymoon. Of course, there are other fantastic options, but here at Tanzania Odyssey we know there are a lot of bad hotels on Zanzibar too… The ones we recommend we wholly trust, rate & have personally visited to ensure your experience there will be as exceptional as it deserves to be.

July 23, 2018

Why ecotourism is important for nature conservation

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As the world celebrates Nature Conservation Day on Saturday 28 July, we consider the role ecotourism can play in supporting conservation efforts in Tanzania.

A significant emphasis is placed on ecotourism in Tanzania, which has led to local communities becoming increasingly involved in the country’s booming tourism and travel industry. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the industry contributed to 3.8% of the country’s total GDP in 2017 and is forecasted to rise by an estimated 9.8% this year.

© Kevin Rush

A major attraction that brings tourism to the country is, of course, its wildlife. Tanzania’s environmental management scheme reflects it commitment to conserving its natural resources. As a low-impact form of tourism, ecotourism has been noted to encourage nature conservation as well as the socio-economic development of people at village-level.

One particular wildlife attraction in Tanzania, the Serengeti National Park and its surrounds is one of the most complex and least disturbed ecosystems in the world. This makes it a spectacular wilderness sanctuary to visit when planning a safari in Tanzania.

As wildlife enthusiasts, we understand the importance of conserving Africa’s biodiversity and we actively assist national park efforts that promote the protection of Tanzania’s fauna and flora. The fight against poaching is an ongoing focus of Tanzanian authorities and the country’s hunting permit regulations are strict, allowing only two animals to be killed per hunter each year.

© Kevin Schafer / Corbis

When booking a safari in Tanzania, you can choose to stay at an eco-friendly lodge, such as Singita Explore, Katavai Wildlife Camp or Mdonya Old River Camp. Some of these lodges establish funds that are founded on collaborative partnerships with local communities who are responsible for the management and monitoring of nature conservation programmes.

Whether visiting Tanzania’s inland wildlife spots or holidaying on its sun-drenched beaches, travellers can minimise their impact on the environment by properly disposing of litter and being mindful of water usage. To contribute to the local economy and community development, tourists are urged to buy from entrepreneurs at small markets instead of major chain stores.

It is clear that successful ecotourism can play a key part in fostering nature conservation along with community development.

July 18, 2018

Tanzania Revealed As Newlyweds Favourite Honeymoon Destination

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Home to the Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and of course the magnificent Serengeti National Park, Tanzania has been attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year since it gained independence in the 60’s; each one of them drawn to its breath-taking natural beauty and unique culture.

A Maasai man in the wilderness

 

According to a new study, it turns out that Tanzania is the nation of romance and excitement too after topping our poll and being crowned the world’s leading honeymoon destination.

 

As travel trends shift, and more and more newlyweds look for an action-packed trip of a lifetime, we decided to survey 100 couples to uncover the honeymoon destination of their choice.

 

Tanzania finished top of the pile, with the likes of the Selous Game reserve and Lake Manyara National Park inspiring 17% of couples to honeymoon in the country.

 

Interestingly, Madagascar also finished among the top five favourites for honeymooners, with one in 10 wooed by the spectacular sights of Ile Sainte Marie and Isalo National Park.

 

The Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations

Now, we all expect to see the same destinations when it comes to honeymoon favourites. The likes of the Caribbean and Italian Riviera have been common choices for generations.

 

However, there seems to have been a slight shift in tastes with Tanzania offering much more than pristine white beaches and a place to relax.

 

Getting married is a once in a lifetime opportunity (for some!), so naturally, more and more couples are seeking out a once in lifetime honeymoon. Up steps the Tanzania safari, with its iconic wildlife and enchanting landscape offering a truly unique and unrivalled experience.

The Great Wildebeest Migration, Serengeti National Park

 

Of course, relaxation is also key, so it’s perhaps no surprise to see the likes of Hawaii and the Maldives feature in the list of favourite honeymoon spots.

 

From our study, the top five honeymoon destinations were:

 

Tanzania – 17%

Hawaii – 13%

Maldives – 11%

Mauritius – 10%

Madagascar -9%

 

Behind The Bookings

Not only did we uncover Africa to be a huge draw for honeymooners, we also found out the reasons why.

 

According to the honeymooners we surveyed, a staggering 40% of couples revealed they would now prefer a getaway full of an adventure activities over the traditional relaxation post-wedding.

 

So it’s no wonder two of the most popular African destinations sit in the top 5. As well as unforgettable safaris in some of the world’s most famous and spectacular nature reserves, there is also the opportunity for adrenaline junkies to satisfy their needs.

From bungee jumping to cage diving with Great White Sharks, the thrills are endless and the excitement is open to everyone.

Fly Camping in the Southern Tanzania

 

Our research also found that couples will book honeymoon trips around four months before a wedding, spending around $6,000 (£4,500) on the getaway. That’s nearly three times the cost of the average wedding dress and a clear sign of what brides and grooms now value.

 

Generally, that fee will be paid by the newlyweds, with two thirds of couples picking up their own bill for the honeymoon, with the remainder often accepting it as a wedding gift.

Why Tanzania Is The Perfect Honeymoon Destination

Here at Tanzania Odyssey, we’ve always believed that the East African nation offers a memorable and picture-perfect experience for newlyweds.

Honeymooners on Mnemba Island

 

More and more couples are agreeing with us and we’ve sent hundreds of them away for a perfect post-wedding vacation. The good news is you can join them too!

 

Visit our Tanzania honeymoon page and uncover the fabulous packages we have to offer, whether you’re looking for safaris, adrenaline pumping adventure, or simply a luxury setting where you can retreat and unwind on some amazing beaches.

July 5, 2018

What to do in Tanzania

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We may be biased, but we believe that Tanzania is the best safari destination in Africa.

Ho me to world-renowned scenic savannah destinations such as the Serengeti, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater; a Tanzania safari provides brilliant wildlife viewing opportunities that are bound to enthrall both first-time safari-goers, and seasoned enthusiasts alike. In addition to the wondrous wildlife experiences, Tanzania also provides a wide variety of other attractions and activities.

Here are some ideas of things to do while on a Tanzania safari holiday:

Visit the world’s largest tropical lake:

lake victoria, tanzania

Photo by Jonathan Stonehouse

Covering 68,800 sq. km between Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya, Lake Victoria is regarded as the world’s largest tropical lake and is one of the key water sources of the Nile River. Despite this, Tanzania’s half of Lake Victoria receives very few visitors. This is a shame as the region holds many attractions for travelers who enjoy getting off the beaten track and immersing themselves in local life.

Relax in a tropical beach paradise:

zanzibar beach and dhow

Tanzania’s coastline is lapped by the brilliantly blue and gloriously warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The beaches boast soft, white powdery sand, and the azure ocean teems with colourful marine life. Our favourite beach hideaway is Zanzibar, just off the mainland of Tanzania, as it provides an excellent combination of relaxation and adventure. Other islands to consider are Pemba Island and Mafia Island.

Explore vibrant markets and restaurants:

A holiday is never complete without enjoying some local cuisine, and of course, going shopping! Dar es Salaam is the coastal capital of Tanzania and offers bustling Swahili markets and a variety of wonderful restaurants with food ranging from local delicacies to international cuisine. Another fascinating town to explore is Stone Town, the island capital of Zanzibar, and a historic hub of commerce and culture.

At the end of the day, no matter what you chose to do while on safari in Tanzania, you’re bound to have an incredibly memorable experience. For help planning your perfect safari to Tanzania, get in touch with.

May 16, 2018

Tanzania Holiday: The Ultimate Safari

From diving for marine treasures off Tanzania’s remote coastlines and tropical islands, to climbing Africa’s highest mountain, to witnessing scores of iconic African wildlife; a Tanzania holiday has the potential to fulfill the whims and fancies of every traveler.Tanzania Holiday. Photographer: Mark Williams.

Tanzania Safari Holidays

Tanzania is an inherently wild and adventurous area that has only been partly tamed by man. A large portion of the country is dedicated to preserving the wilderness and wildlife, and it is home to three of Africa’s top five destinations – the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. There are also numerous lesser visited parks in the south and west of Tanzania that are equally as exciting but offer a more private experience.

Safari and Beach

The-Highlands-guests-view-picnic
In addition to its spectacular wilderness areas, Tanzania also offers some breathtaking beaches, making it a brilliant bush and beach safari destination. The Tanzanian coast north of Dar es Salaam is an idyllic stretch of wide sandy beaches and turquoise waters, and the south coast boasts endless stretches of sparsely populated coastline. Just off the coastline, numerous islands, including the renowned Zanzibar archipelago, are dotted within the warm aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.
Zanzibar Tanzania Holiday

Tanzania Holiday activites

With so many natural attractions on offer, it makes sense that Tanzania also provides plenty of activities that allow you to explore these scenic wonders. Ranging from walking safaris to hot air ballooning over the Serengeti, snorkeling, scuba diving, horse riding, fly camping under the stars, chimpanzee trekking at Mahale, and more, there are endless possibilities for the adventurous spirit.
Walking safari in Tanzania
Combining these numerous locations and various activities is made easy by the reasonably-priced and efficient internal network of light aircraft. There is also a myriad of choices when it comes to accommodation options that suit the taste and budget of every traveler. Our personal favourites are the smaller, more intimate and luxurious lodges and camps that offer excellent personal service, such as Namiri Plains Camp and Singita Mara Tented Camp.
tents at Siwandu
For all these reasons and more, Tanzania is a brilliant holiday destination for any traveller. Whatever your preferred combination of safari/adventure/beach/relaxation may be, or perhaps even a Tanzania honeymoon, there is an ideal holiday itinerary that will suit you perfectly. For help planning your bespoke Tanzania holiday experience, or for more information on Tanzania, get in touch with us.

April 30, 2018

Why do a Serengeti Safari?

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Serengeti, derived from the Masai word ‘Seregenget’ or ‘Siringitu’, means ‘the place where the land moves on forever’ – a fitting description for the area’s rolling grassy plains that are the epitome of most people’s vision of wildest Africa…

Wild, open, and inviting, the Serengeti’s landscape never fails to entice travellers to explore its endless wonders. While some might overlook this classics safari destination as being too mainstream, we urge you not to make this mistake. After all, the Serengeti became Africa’s most renowned national park for good reason.

4 Reasons to do a Serengeti Safari:

1. Key-Destination in the Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration Serengeti

The Serengeti is a key-destination is the wildebeest migration and perhaps the most popular reason that people travel there. A 1,800-mile odyssey, the wildebeest migration sees 1,5 million wildebeest and 200,00 zebras chasing the rains in a race for life. The herds are constantly moving so their location depends entirely on the time of year that you visit.

2. Seronera, Big Cat Capital of Africa

Lioness at Seronera, Serengeti

Situated in the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley has been dubbed ‘The Big Cat Capital of Africa’ due to its extremely high concentration of predators. The area is a network of several perennial rivers that enable resident animals to thrive all year round, making it a fantastic destination for wildlife viewing.

3. Walking Safaris, Game Drives, and Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot air balloon safari Serengeti

Whether you prefer to explore on foot, in a vehicle, or from the sky, the Serengeti offers it all. While not all, some camps offer walking safaris which are an excellent way to immerse yourself in the environment. Game drives, on the other hand, are a great way of covering larger distances in search of wildlife. And for totally different and whimsical activity, a hot air balloon safari is a spectacular way to get a bird’s-eye view of the Serengeti, allowing you to truly appreciate the immensity of the Serengeti.

4. Variety of Accommodation Options

Lamai Serengeti Bedroom

From rustic and remote, to fancy and luxurious, the accommodation options in the Serengeti are about as vast as its grassy plains. There are even mobile camps that follow the wildebeest migration, such as Olakira Camp. Essentially, there is something to meet the needs and budgets of every traveler. Some of our favourite permanent tented camps include Sasakwa Lodge, Sayari Camp, and Dunia Camp, to name just a few.

To start planning your safari to the Serengeti, get in touch with us!

April 18, 2018

Don’t miss the Great Migration because you forgot your binoculars!

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Binoculars are so so important to any safari. In Tanzania and when watching the Great Migration, you may think you don’t need them to get an idea of the huge, vast sprawling mass of brown specks that is the Serengeti’s Wildebeest Migration, but you would be wrong…

Yes, when your eyes gaze around the vast plains at the huge concentration of wildebeest, it can be a completely overwhelming sight in itself. However, by using binoculars, you may just be able to appreciate the little intricate details of the wildebeests’ harrowing journey that bit more. From spotting a calving wildebeest in the distance, seeing the first steps of a new born 3 minutes after its birth, to capturing the stress in the eyes of a wildebeest crossing the Mara river – you really do need binoculars to appreciate the life of the magnificent African wildlife on any safari, but especially a Serengeti one!

Oh, and another tip… Spend a few pennies to get a good quality pair, or find your wildlife viewing highly irritating with constant blurry vision through those £5 pair you thought was a bargain… Please see this article  which is an extremely useful source when choosing the best binos for the job… Happy zooming!

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