Why Tanzania - What to expect
Serengeti National Park
Between Lake Victoria and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area lies one of Africa’s most famous National Park, the Serengeti. It is particularly well-known for the annual migration of over 3 million wildebeest and zebras. This ‘great migration’ moves through the plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara, where the animals are constantly searching for water and green grass – an impressive spectacle!
The Mahale Mountains National Park is home to the world’s largest chimpanzee population. Because of the non-existing infrastructure, the National Park is reached by small plane which touches down directly at Lake Tanganyika. The Mahale Mountains with its huge rainforest rises more than 2.500 meter above the eastern side of the lake. Whilst sitting in a dhow in this magical spot, you certainly realize how fortunate you are, to be one of the few travellers to witness the uniqueness of this area with your own eyes. Apart from the chimpanzees, Mahale is also home to different species of monkeys and several rare birds.
Selous Game Reserve
The enormous Selous Game Reserve in the southern part of the country covers about 5% of Tanzania with an area of over 50.000 km². As part of the UNESCO world heritage sites it is Africa’s biggest controlled wildlife preservation area. Here you have the opportunity to experience safaris off the beaten track. Perhaps you are lucky enough to spot one of the rare and endangered African wild dogs, which can be found around Lake Tagalala.
The Zanzibar Archipelago comprises several small islands off the coast of Tanzania, not far from the city of Dar es Salaam. Discover this beautiful island paradise with white beaches and palm trees as far as the eye can see. You could gain a lot of new impressions during a tour to the spice plantations or through a visit of the historic harbour city Stonetown.
At Chem Chem, you have the opportunity of participating in a great ‘slow safari’ concept. The aim is to experience the original meaning of safari instead of trying to see as many animals as possible in the shortest period of time. Instead, you go on walking safaris with professional guides and learn to read wildlife tracks. Perhaps you have the chance of observing giraffes up close or you could see the flamingos in unique scenery.
Near the border to Kenya rises the highest mountain of Africa, the Kilimanjaro. At 5.895 m above sea level, Kilimanjaro is also called the ‘Roof of Africa’ and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987. Climbing the mountain requires approximately 1 week and a basic fitness level is required.
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Lake Tanganyika in Mahale Mountains National Park is the sixth largest and second deepest lake of the world? With about 18.880 km³ of water, it has the highest fresh water volume in Africa. Worldwide, only Lake Baikal in Russia is bigger. After the hike to the chimpanzees, take delight in a romantic boat trip with a refreshing glass of wine on a historic dhow.
I would highly recommend the Selous Private Game Reserve, which is really impressing. It offers a unique river and lake landscape as well as wonderful and pristine wilderness filled with acacia trees and palm groves. I still have a vivid memory of a boat trip on the Rufiji River with its nearby lakes during sunset, as well as my first sighting of wild dogs in the Selous Reserve.
Would you like to add a beach stay to your journey after an exciting safari? Then we recommend Zanzibar or one of the smaller islands for relaxation. Or on the other hand, would you rather prefer to play golf instead? In that case, it should be interesting for you to know that a wonderful 18-hole golf course opened up at the foot of Kilimanjaro. You could also stay right there in a luxurious villa which is spacious enough for a private group or large family.
Be inspired for your journey by our Best Moments Tour and also by our Deluxe Tour. We would gladly contact you to discuss your individual expectations and are looking forward to being your professional partner for the organisation of your travel arrangement to Africa.
|Official Name:||Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania (Swahili); Republic of Tanzania|
|Currency:||1 Shilling (TZS) = 100 Cents|
|Total land surface:||883.749 km2 (Worls rank 32), thereof 35% forest, 5% farmland, 38% pasture land|
|Expansion:||West-East: 1.100 km, North-South.: 1.200 km|
|Official Language:||Swahili; English|
|Largest Cities:||Dar es Salaam (1.360.850), Mwanza (223.013), Dodoma (203.833), Tanga (187.155), Zanzibar (157.634)|
|Climate:||Generally you can travel to Tanzania the whole year round. However, you need to take the long rainy season into account, which usually takes place in April and May as well as the shorter rainy season in November. The dry months June to October are the best months to travel, but between January and March it is also a very good time to travel to Tanzania. During the rainy season the vegetation is very green and lush. The animals can usually not be spotted as easily since there are enough water resources. Driving on un-surfaced roads after the rain can be very adventurous. The average temperature between June and October is 22°C and between January and March it reaches 26°C. In the remaining months the average lies at about 23°C. The country has a tropical climate in the coastal areas. During the local winter months the temperatures can drop quite significantly at night, especially in the highlands.
Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Mwiba Lodge is set amongst beautiful landscape in Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, which is about 20.600 ha in size and borders south of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park. The wildlife reserve is lush with color-infused botanicals, offers different species of wildlife and features quite a few freshwater springs. Since this area is not touristic at all, the experience of staying in Mwiba is exclusive, authentic and very special.
Surrounded by massive stone boulders, the lodge is set amidst ancient coral trees and acacias with views over a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River. 8 suites offer a warm and cozy atmosphere and are designed to perfectly blend in with its natural surroundings. Each spacious suite has a wrap around deck with sun loungers and dining table with chairs. The bathroom has traditional canvas walls accented with copper fixtures, double vanities, indoor and outside shower as well as a spacious soaking tub. Views extend over the river bed, springs and waterholes surrounding the property. Two of these suites can be used as family units, each with two identical en-suite suites.
The lodge features an upper deck with a dining area, a bar and two lounge areas, whereby one of the lounges is positioned at a fireplace. The lower deck offers a swimming pool, which is set on a rocky outcrop, where guests can enjoy the resident wildlife that frequent the natural springs below. A gym, spa as well as a library compliment the facilities of the lodge. Massages can optionally be enjoyed in the privacy of the suites.
Day and night game drives on open safari vehicles are on offer as well as exploring the nature by foot. All activities are accompanied by a professional guide. At Mwiba Lodge the guided game viewing activities are always ‘automatically’ on an exclusive basis, meaning, you have the best flexibility on when you like to go on a game drive with your dedicated guide. Guests can experience African adventures on guided walking safaris or during bush meals and sundowners. Also cultural activities, such as the visit of a local tribe like the Hadzabe hunting people could be undertaken, even with a sleep-out. Interest should however be advised in advance. There are different East African tribes living around the area and a visit to an authentic Datoga Manyatta for example would also be possible. For those interested, there are also some rock paintings in the area.
Chem Chem Wildlife Reserve, Tanzania
Chem Chem Safari Lodge lies between the immense savannas of Tarangire National Park and the bird-rich waters of Lake Manyara in its own approx. 16.000 ha private land concession. This area is also located within the ‘migration corridor’ between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park. The lodge is nestled amongst an oasis of palms with stunning panoramic views of the Rift Valley’s western escarpment. This fantastic setting is perfect for unforgettable walking safaris and bird watching excursions.
The lodge has 8 luxurious tents carefully designed to complement the lush surroundings. Each suite-style tented villa offers an elegant bedroom, reading lounge, full bathroom, outdoor shower and wooden deck area. One of these tents is a family unit with two separate tents, which are connected by an approx. 1,5 m long wooden pathway. The second tent could accommodate a maximum of four children or two adults. Furnished in a contemporary vintage style, the interiors are classically chic, featuring dark woods, earthy colours and natural fibres. The discreet service is personalised and geared to guest’s requirements, whether it be a romantic dinner for two in the bush or a relaxing massage under the shade of a baobab tree. Other facilities within the camp include a dining room serving gourmet fusion cuisine, lounge, library, sundeck, swimming pool and a spa.
Your dedicated hosts at Chem Chem Safari Lodge offer an unforgettable experience, exploring the private concession on foot accompanied by a qualified guide. Beautiful private picnics or sundowners can be arranged on the dried lake shores of Manyara, offering true emotional moments. For those who are interested, authentic visits to a traditional Maasai Homestead can be organised. Whilst staying at Chem Chem, you could also visit the nearby Tarangire and Manyara National Park during a half or full day experience in a 4x4 safari jeep. Special attention has been paid by building the Chem Chem Amani Spa, where guests can be spoiled by optional revitalising and relaxing treatments using the all-holistic products of ILA.
Mahale Mountains, Tanzania
Greystoke Camp is lying on a small bay at Lake Tanganyika. Each of the 6 tents offers great privacy. The double tents have little, but the best with linen sheets, down pillows, hand-made wooden beds and all facing the lake and its beach. All tents have a thatched roof and a bathroom with running hot and cold water for both, basins and showers as well as a flush toilet. It’s the ultimate retreat, sculptured from canvas, wood and thatch. No concrete, no plastic, no shops, no signposts. Service is attentive, but not over-bearing and the living is very easy. Dinners are laid on the beach under the stars, on the mahogany dhow by flaming torch or in the Mess - a timbered Tongwe chiefs hut. You can simply look forward to be part of a truly unique nature experience, whereby all is done in style.
Mornings are devoted to chimpanzee tracking. To catch up with the chimpanzees can take anything from half an hour to the whole morning. Once amongst them, you have an hour to watch as they groom, wrestle on the forest floor or forage fruit in the trees around you, mere feet away. Afternoons and time away from the chimpanzees can be enjoyed by further exploring the forest. Nine types of primate alone live in Mahale. Or, you may feel like enjoying boating expeditions, birding, snorkelling or relaxing on the soft sand beach and taking the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika as the sun goes down.
Katavi National Park, Tanzania
Chada Camp is a traditional tented camp situated in the core of Katavi National Park, which spans over a million acres on the floor of the Rukwa Valley in South West Tanzania. The camp is reputed to be one of the wildest places on earth. From its elevated vantage point on a peninsula that rises out of woodland, the camp is perfectly positioned for panoramic views over the Chada plain. The canopy of acacias, kigelias and tamarinds are a popular source of shade and food for the abundant bird and animal species that inhabit the region, creating world-class game viewing opportunities, almost without you having to leave the camp.
There are 6 traditional safari tents each on a wooden platform and with complete privacy, unrivalled views and large comfortable beds. Private bathrooms are set at the rear of each tent and can easily be connected by a screen when required. Traditional safari 'bucket showers' with hot water on request at any time of the day and washstands with pitchers of hot and cold water give this camp a genuine à la Hemingway’s safari feel. Toilets are however flush toilets and all the bathroom amenities are carried out in style to really provide a true bush feel. Exciting safari adventures include 4x4 game drives, bush walks with armed guides, camping under the stars, world-class game viewing or simply enjoying soaking it all up from your tent veranda.
Singita Grumeti Reserve (Serengeti Western Corridor), Tanzania
Singita Grumeti Reserve is located in the north western part of Tanzania and forms part of the ‘Serengeti Mara Eco System’, bordering onto the Serengeti National Park. The Singita Grumeti Reserves concession spans a vast 140.000 ha of relatively untouched wilderness. Grumeti Reserves is located adjacent to the Western Corridor of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. The absence of fencing allows the migration of game between the Park and the concession. The reserve is home to varying habitats including open plains, rugged rocky outcrops, woodlands and riverine forests.
Faru Faru is situated alongside the Grumeti River and features 9 luxurious, air-conditioned suites, out of which one is a family suite and one is a villa suite, each with two bedrooms. The family suite is suitable for a family of four with one big bedroom and one smaller bedroom, both with en-suite bathroom. The Two Bedroom Villa Suite is ideal for couples travelling together as it can accommodate four adults. It is made up of two identical double bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom each and a large shared open space lounge and dining area as well as a private infinity swimming pool. All suites have bath and shower, reading area, huge picture window and a deck with Swarovski spotting scope and personal bar and fridge.
Viewing decks, overlooking the waterhole are positioned alongside the heated swimming pool. Professionally guided activities include game drives in open vehicles during day and night time. Between July and November guided walks are usually also carried out. As a professional rider you also have access to the Equestrian centre at Sasakwa Lodge, which is home to about 16 horses, a combination of polo ponies, part thoroughbreds and warm blood sport horses. Optional game viewing from a hot air balloon is available. The Spa features two therapy rooms for treatments. Many treatments can also be conducted in the privacy of your guest suite.
Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate, Tanzania
Siringit is set on the Kilimanjaro Golf and Wildlife Estate, where Mount Kilimanjaro overlooks the African Bush. It is located south east of Arusha about 50 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International. ‘Siringit’ translated from Maasai language means ‚endless plains‘. This perfectly goes with its surroundings, vast grassland plains, savannas, wooden hills and mountains.
This luxurious 6 bedroom villa is purely rented out on exclusive use and offers a great experience for friends or families, who like to enjoy a home away from home. Each bedroom comes with an en-suite bathroom. And on each level, there are two bedrooms that can be connected with another through a connecting door. The villa also features a superbly designed living room, a dining area and kitchen as well as terraces and a swimming pool. The villa is set in lush gardens overlooking the green surroundings and with a bit of luck, you could also view the summit of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro.
The chefs serve a variety of dishes, which put emphasis on seasonality and fresh, local produce.
Optional activities offered by Siringit are guided walks, as well as biking and horse riding excursions. Siringit is set on a golf estate with an 18-hole championship golf course, surrounded by spectacular views. It is also a perfect place to relax for a couple of days before or after a safari.