Reasons to Visit Tanzania
1. Climbing Kilimanjaro
The Roof of Africa stands at the very gateway to Tanzania's famed Northern Circuit. Africa's highest mountain dominates the landscape on a clear day.
Whether you desire to climb the mountain
and shout your triumph from its peak or simply to see the great mountain from its base, there are numerous ways to take in the majesty of the mountain affectionately known as 'Kilimanjaro'.
2. The Great Serengeti Migration
The great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of huge numbers of the Serengeti's wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant's gazelle, Thomson's gazelle, eland and impala. These move annually and are predictable. They migrating throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing and better quality of water. The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.
3. Experience the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The towering walls of this massive volcanic caldera conceal a primal lost world in which many of Africa's most recognisable animals can be seen in their natural habitat. The best place in Tanzania to see the endangered black rhinoceros, Ngorongoro's crater floor
is alive with animal life including lions, hyenas, flamingos, elephants, buffalo, warthogs, and hippos. For the more energetic, the opportunity to hike nearby Empaakai Crater gives a more intimate view of the region.
4 . Stone Town - Zanzibar
capital is a city steeped in history. A true melting pot of Arabic, European, Asian, and African cultures whose every brick has a story to tell.
Often seen as just a layover on your way from a safari to Zanzibar's famous beaches, there is more to Stone Town than meets the eye.
Located on the shores of the azure ocean, Stone Town's labyrinthine alleys, towering spires, and historic sites make it a living museum.
Why not include a Stone Town walking tour or a romantic Stone Town dinner in your itinerary?
For those with a bit more time, there are a number of Zanzibar day trips that can be arranged from Stone Town.
5. Maasai Culture
The iconic colourful attire and jumping dance of the Maasai have become synonymous with Africa, and it is in Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya that this semi-nomadic people can be interacted with. Whether you simply snap a photo of a wandering herdsman out on the savannah or spend a night at the Maasai operated Africa Amini Maasai Lodge, the chance to interact with these fascinating people is one not to be missed. For those wanting true cultural immersion, our six day Adventure Safari blends traditional game drives with two unique cultural experiences with the Maasai and the Hadzabe.
6. Climbing Mount Meru
While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
is the ultimate goal for many aspiring hikers, there are some less challenging hikes you can use to get in shape for the big event. Climbing Mount Meru
is a shorter, less daunting hike that many use to acclimatize for Kilimanjaro. Achievable in just three or four days, a Mount Meru summit can be added on at the start or finish of your safari adventure.
7. Empaakai Crater
For those who don't necessarily want to scale a mountain, a day trip to Empaakai in the Ngorongoro Highlands
can be a great way to trade the safari vehicle for some fresh air. Guided by a local Maasai, you'll venture down to the crater floor, wander the shores of Lake Empaakai, and then return to the crater rim for a stunning view of the surrounding landscapes. While you're not likely to encounter rhinos and lions during your hike, you can expect to see buffalo, bushbucks, monkeys, and a variety of bird life.
An active volcano with amazing views of Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo is a popular but challenging hike.
8. Arusha National Park Walking Safaris
You don't need to be a hardened adventurer to hike in Tanzania, and Arusha National Park's lack of dangerous wildlife makes it a great place for young and old alike to get out and go hiking. You can even combine your hike with either a game drive or a canoe safari!
9. The Ngorongoro Highlands Trek
For the truly ambitious, our seven day Ngorongoro Highlands Trek combines both Empaakai and Ol Doinyo Lengai with five days of hiking through the unspoiled wilderness and isolated villages of the Ngorongoro Highlands.
10. A Southern Circuit Safari
With Tanzania boasting both the sprawling plains of the Serengeti and the lost world of Ngorongoro, it's easy to forget that the entire country is alive with national parks just begging to be explored. Tanzania's southern circuit includes wild and wonderful parks such as Selous, Ruaha, and many more.
For those who have already tackled Tanzania's Northern Circuit or who love to get away from the tourist crowds, the Southern Circuit is every bit as wild and rugged as you imagine Africa to be. With driving distances greater and roads in poorer condition, safaris tend to be a bit longer. What you pay in inconvenience, however, you are returned with unspoiled wilderness and fewer tourists. A southern circuit safari takes you off the beaten path and into deepest, darkest Africa. Check out our offerings below!
11. Camping on the Serengeti
While there are plenty of brick and mortar lodges to be found across Tanzania, the tented camp experience is something that every traveler should have.
Sleeping in tented luxury
out amidst the elephants, hyenas, and lions is something that you'll remember for the rest of your days.
What is a tented camp? We're glad you asked! The perfect fusion of luxury accommodations and being close to nature, tented camps are the most common kind of accommodation in large parks such as the Serengeti.
12. Camping Safaris
For the truly adventurous, traditional camping with sleeping bags and fireside stories are also an option.
Read more about camping in Tanzania
. All of our camping safaris include all camping equipment and the services of a private chef, so you're not going to need to worry about lighting your own campfire or foraging for your dinner!