January 2018

January 31, 2018

Tanzania Horseback Safaris

World-renowned for its wildlife and natural beauty, and boasting highlights such as the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and the tropical spice islands of Zanzibar; a Tanzania makes for an unforgettable horseback safari destination.

Tanzania Horseback Safari

Benefits of a Horseback Safari:
• They are more eco-friendly than safari vehicles
• You can explore areas that are inaccessible by vehicle
• Horse riding allows you to get closer to wildlife without disturbing it
• You will naturally notice more of your surroundings than you would in a vehicle, as you are moving at a slower pace and are more immersed in the environment
• Most places that offer horseback riding safaris cater to all ages and riding abilities
• It’s a completely different way to experience the wilderness

Here are a few unforgettable horseback safari experiences in Tanzania:

Serengeti:
What better way to experience the Great Wildebeest Migration than from horseback? Horse riding over the vast plains of the Serengeti, next to massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and other wildlife, is a truly exhilarating experience.

Serengeti Horseback Safari

Photo © Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Zanzibar:
If galloping along a pristine white sand beach, next to the gentle and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, sounds like your kind of safari experience, then a horseback ride in Zanzibar is a must do! From full moon beach rides to swimming with the horses, horse riding in Zanzibar is a magical experience.

Horse Riding in Zanzibar

Photo © Seacliff Resort

Kilimanjaro:
Mount Kilimanjaro is surrounded by stunning savannahs and wilderness areas, and horse riding in the shadow of this famous mountain is a quintessential safari experience. With no fences, buildings or roads in sight, the opportunities for spotting wildlife are endless. In addition to the brilliant game viewing, the area has some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa. As you ride, there are also numerous opportunities for interactions with the local people and herdsmen, ensuring a wonderfully enchanting cultural experience.

Horse riding near Mount Kilimanjaro

Photo © Kaskazi Horse Safaris

Are you chomping at the bit to go on a horseback safari in Tanzania? Get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan your perfect trip.

December 22, 2017

4 Reasons to Travel to Tanzania in 2018

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As we say goodbye to 2017, it’s time to start saying hello to new adventures and start planning those travels for 2018!

Home to sixteen national parks, and seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the highest mountain in Africa, and the largest and deepest lakes on the continent too, there’s not much that we can say that the country doesn’t already boast itself. It’s one of the most beloved and enchanting safari destinations in the world.

Here are four reasons to add Tanzania to your 2018 Travel Bucket List:

Accessibility

Tanzania is one of the most accessible countries in Africa. It’s infrastructure and transportation systems have been designed so that the international airports, ferries, and highways are all perfectly positioned to transport you to where you need to be. Another drawcard is that most of Tanzania’s biggest attractions are within a day or two’s drive away, or a quick transfer flight.

Endless Choices

Whether you’re a budget traveler or a luxury traveler, Tanzania has just the thing for you. Since safari tourism is such a driving economic force in the country, there are countless tour operators, accommodation options, and experiences to choose from.

Variety of Activities

From world-class hiking experiences such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to unbelievable snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities to witnessing wildlife migrations in the Serengeti, Tanzania offers a vast variety of activities and experiences for travelers to enjoy.

Political Stability

Africa might have a bad rep when it comes to political stability, but this is not the case when it comes to Tanzania, which is a leader in regional stability. A recent Pew Research poll stated that nearly 80% of the Tanzanian population is satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country. And the people in the country are some of the friendliest in the world – you’ll instantly feel at home in this beautiful country.

For help planning your perfect safari to Tanzania in 2018, get in touch with us! We know this country like the back of our hands.

October 25, 2017

Tanzania’s Best Kept Secret – Ruaha National Park

With its seemingly endless list of places to explore and experiences to be had, it’s no secret that Tanzania is a top-notch country for travellers to visit.

From the Serengeti plains to Zanzibar’s beaches, to Mount Kilimanjaro, to the Ngorongoro Crater and beyond, Tanzania is home to many bucket list destinations. However, it’s the lesser known, uncrowded attractions that really make Tanzania such a safari gem. Ruaha National Park is just one example of such an attraction.

Situated right in the heart of Tanzania, covering a unique transition area where the Eastern and Southern species of fauna and flora meet against a dramatic topographical background, Ruaha National Park is one of Tanzania’s best-kept secrets. Covering more than 20,000km², Ruaha is the largest park in the country, however, despite this, it remains largely off the radar for tourists and therefore provides a truly unhurried and uncrowded game viewing experience.

Highlights of Ruaha National Park:
• Diverse range of habitats and landscapes
• Huge variety of wildlife and birds, including large prides of lions, an elephant population numbering over 10 000, and approximately 500 bird species
• There are only a handful of camps within the vast area of the park, ensuring a uncrowded safari experience.
• The park is has been described as a ‘predator’s paradise’ as it is home to a healthy population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, African wild dogs and other smaller predators.
• It is also one of the only national parks in Tanzania where both the greater and lesser kudu co-exist.

What to do in Ruaha National Park:
• Go and a game drive and spot the diverse game within the park, including the Big Five.
• Enjoy excellent birdwatching opportunities, especially during the European winter season when the migratory birds are around.
• Sip on a ‘sundowner’ drink while watching the sunset over the horizon.
• Go on a guided walking safari and experience the park up-close and personal. Some camps even offer fly camping for an authentic and wild bush camping experience.

Where to stay in Ruaha National Park:
There are only a few places to stay within the Ruaha National Park. Here are two of our top choices:

Ikuka: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/ikuka
Set atop the Mwagusi Escarpment, Ikuka Safari Camp is an intimate, secluded camp with expansive, uninterrupted views across the savannah and sprawling Ruaha valley. With just six thatched, open-sided suites, Ikuka is an intimate and luxurious base for travellers looking to explore Tanzania’s remote and wild Ruaha National Park.

Jongomero: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/jongomero
Situated along the flourishing banks of the seasonal Jongomero Sand River, Jongomero Camp is the only camp that is set right at the bottom of the park. With the nearest camp located 70kms away, Jongomero boasts a truly remote setting. Consisting of eight large and well-appointed tented luxury tents on raised wooden decks, Jongomero is one of our firm favourites.

Find more accommodation options here: https://www.tanzaniaodyssey.com/tanzania/ruaha

When to visit Ruaha National Park:
The best game viewing in Ruaha is during the dry season (May to November) when the waterholes and rivers begin to dry up and the wildlife concentrates around remaining water sources. The bush is greener and prettier from January to June, and visiting Ruaha out of season virtually guarantees that you see no other travellers whilst on safari. Birding is best during the December to March (the European winter months).

For more information on Ruaha National Park, or to start planning your safari, get in touch with us!

September 1, 2017

Tanzania Tops the Travel Charts

Although it comes as no surprise to us, Tanzania has once again been voted as the top destination by travellers.

In an in-depth analysis conducted over the past two years, SafariBookings searched for safari tourists and acclaimed experts who have been on African safaris, and invited them to write reviews about their experiences. Over 1000 safari tourists of 53 nationalities, along with 756 experts, including guidebook authors from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint, participated in the poll. Together, more than 2300 user reviews were compiled and compared.

The result? With an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, ranking above other popular destinations such as Botswana, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa – Tanzania is the best country for a safari in Africa.

Home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s has a wealth of wonderful attractions on offer. Tim Bewer, a Lonely Planet guide author and one of the experts polled, wrote: “Tanzania is home to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This alone makes a solid case for declaring it Africa’s best safari country.

Here are 9 factors that make Tanzania such a great destination according to SafariBookings:

1. Superb wildlife viewing in top-class parks. Two are Unesco World Heritage Sites.
2. The annual great migration where over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra migrate from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
3. Authentic African wilderness with unfenced parks, dirt roads and endless plains.
4. A wide range of budget, mid-range and luxury safari options.
5. Beach holiday extensions on Zanzibar Island, including kite-surfing.
6. Best chimp tracking of Africa in Gombe- and Mahale Mountains National Park.
7. Extend your safari holiday by climbing Africa’s highest mountain; Mount Kilimanjaro.
8. Direct flights from abroad make the northern and southern safari circuits easily accessible.
9. Politically stable and generally safe country.

If Tanzania sounds like your kind of safari destination (after all, why wouldn’t it?), get in touch with us and we’ll help you plan your perfect trip, tailored to your needs, budget and dates of travel.

January 13, 2017

5 Reasons to Travel to Tanzania in 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect excuse to start planning new adventures.

2017 is set to be a great year for tourism in Tanzania. Its vast wilderness areas give a sense of the unexplored, and its wildlife offering is world-class; making it one of the most beloved and captivating safari destinations in the world.

Here are 5 reasons why you should spend your holiday in Tanzania in 2017:

1. Experience the Great Migration

The Wildebeest Migration is something that every traveler should experience at least once. A movement of more than one million wildebeest, plus hundreds of thousands of other animals, this annual procession is often the singular reason many travelers go on safari to Africa and Tanzania offers the absolute best opportunity to see this massive movement of animals.

2. Epic Hiking Opportunities

Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. However, despite being 5895m tall, you don’t necessarily need to be a mountaineer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. In fact, all of the trails are walking trails and most people with a reasonable level of fitness are able to make the summit within 8 days. Alternatively, the volcanic slopes to Ol Doinyo Lengai and Empakai Crater in the Ngorongoro also offer excellent hiking opportunities.

3. Ngoronogoro Crater

Periods of ancient volcanic activity are responsible for the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact caldera, and a wildlife sanctuary with some of the highest predator densities in Africa. The Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see ‘The Big Five’.

4. Explore Stone Town in Zanzibar

Situated in the cultural heart of Zanzibar, Stone Town is a fascinating living monument to the history of East Africa. The ancient maze of narrow streets that make up Zanzibar’s ‘Old Town’ are now a web of markets, shops and craft centres, and an extraordinary place to explore.

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5. Soak up the sun in Zanzibar

Fringed by the brilliant blue and beautifully warm Indian Ocean; Zanzibar has some of the most achingly gorgeous white sand beaches in the world. The water is teaming with life making it a brilliant destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. Whether opting for beach-shack-chic accommodation or a deluxe resort, the island has something for everyone and is the perfect end to a dusty safari.

Contact us to start planning your perfect tailor-made Tanzania safari.

July 1, 2015

Tanzania voted best safari country in Africa

Tanzania voted best safari country in Africa
A new poll crowns the East African country the king of safaris

Tanzania is the best place for a safari, according to a new poll.
First problem when considering a safari — where to go.

Zimbabwe has the majestic Victoria Falls, South Africa great boutique reserves.

Kenya offers chances to see big cats and Botswana is a leader in eco-friendly tours.

But you’d be best off selecting Tanzania, according to a recent poll on safaribookings.com.

The Netherlands-based website polled 1,000 safari tourists and 756 experts, including guidebook authors from Lonely Planet, Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint, over two years.

The result: Tanzania is a clear favorite for novice and veteran safari-goers alike.

“Tanzania is home to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater,” wrote Tim Bewer, a Lonely Planet guides author and one of the experts polled. “This alone makes a solid case for declaring it Africa’s best safari country.”

Adventure calls

Tanzania has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including safari favorites the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park, home to millions of wildebeest that form one of the world’s most spectacular sights as they migrate the area year-round.

The country is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

Tanzania’s only drawback, according to Safari Bookings, is that there are “too many highlights to fit in one safari.”

The news comes as welcome affirmation of the country as a tourist destination, after a recent bombing at a rally that killed two in Arusha. That event sparked anxiety among visitors.

Ratings out of 5 of Africa’s top safari countries

As voted by tourists and safari experts

Tanzania – 4.84
Botswana – 4.75
Kenya – 4.66
Zambia – 4.58
South Africa – 4.55
Namibia – 4.54
Uganda – 4.16
Zimbabwe – 4.14

Clearly, we love Tanzania! We also love nothing more than sharing our passion with budding Tanzania travellers, so if you are considering visiting the best safari country in Africa then contact us or give us a call on +44 (0) 20 8704 1216 in the UK, or via our toll free US number +1 866 356 4691. We can give you the low down on where to stay, general prices and what kind of experiences are possible around the country and which ones you will love.

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