There’s no doubt about it; Tanzania is one of the most exciting and adventure-laden destinations in the world. It’s certain a place that’s ideal for thrill-seekers, with its combination of stunning landscapes and breath-taking wildlife encounter truly something to behold.
This makes Tanzania a popular tourist destination, particularly among outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers. In total, tourism accounted for 14% of the country’s GDP in 2014, with a contribution of $6.7 billion largely reliant on travellers wishing to head out on safari.
In this instance, you’ll be spoiled for choice in terms of the safari packages on offer when visiting Tanzania. Here are three of your best options in the current market:
- Southern Tanzania (Ruaha and Selous)
We start with a relatively quiet and relaxed safari, and one that is located away from the heavily populated tourist locations. This makes it appealing or novice or nervous travellers, who may benefit from a less hectic safari experience that helps them to acclimate to their new surroundings.
A trip to Southern Tanzania has other benefits too; with a variety of activities available to visitors including hikes and boating excursions. This location also provides access to intimate safari lodges and camps, making it the ideal trip for a young couple looking to enjoy new experiences.
You’ll also be able to access Zanzibar and the Tanzanian Coast from the south, so those with a passion for sight-seeing may well want to book this trip.
Just beware that while there’s still some fascinating species of wildlife in the south, this regions is not as specific as others in Tanzania.
- Northern Tanzania (The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
Next up is one of the most popular destinations in Tanzania, with the north home to iconic locations including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
These iconic parks are home to a large number of predators and examples of wildlife, while the so-called ‘Great Wildebeest Migration’ is another exceptional attraction.
This trip also has a unique cultural element, as it’s possible to interact with the local Masai people who reside in the Ngorongoro Highlands. So while this particular location is relatively busy and extremely popular with tourists, it does offer a unique experience that sets it apart.
This is definitely a safari for more experienced travellers, particularly those that have a passion for wildlife and culture.
- West Tanzania (Mahale and Katavi)
Next on our list of amazing Tanzania safari holidays and tours is the west of the region, which is home to popular locations such as Mahale and Katavi.
This offers a mid-range option for travellers, as it’s not as widely visited at the north but it offers access to a more diverse array of wildlife than the south.
There’s far more than meets the eye with this location, however, thanks largely to the presence of the iconic Mahale Mountaions and the Katavi National Park. While the additional cost of flying here may deter some travellers from booking this trip, it does offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be discarded.
The Chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains are particularly beguiling, and make a genuinely compelling argument for booking the trip west.