They call Tanzania the giraffe of Africa and this is no surprise, it does indeed look down on it’s neighbours as they experience political unrest, terrorism and crime – Tanzania itself experiences none of these things. This peaceful and safe country not only offers a haven for the more nervous travelers, but also offers so much to the intrepid explorer. Tanzania is the home of many of Africa’s most luxurious safari properties, and luxury Tanzania safaris certainly don’t disappoint.
Here are our top five reasons to visit Tanzania this year:
1. Off the Beaten Track Safaris
Tanzania is one of the only places in Africa which still manages to offer vast open spaces, without another soul in sight, but with abundant wildlife. It feels like the Africa of old times, before some areas became over populated with tourists. Some of the best areas are hidden amongst tourist heavy locations – for instance Manyara Ranch and Chem Chem both sit in between Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire, but when you stay there you won’t see another soul. Of course Western and Southern Tanzania offer safaris which are so wild you will feel as if you are at the end of the earth, and can encounter everything from chimpanzees to a thousand strong herds of buffalo.
2. The People
The Tanzanians are heaven – they are some of the most friendly, intelligent and charismatic people in Africa and it is they who will make your stay unforgettable. If you travel up to Northern Tanzania you will also encounter the Tanzanian Masai, predominantly around the Ngorongoro Crater – their colourful shukas and beaded offerings are wonderful. For the top Masai cultural experience in Tanzania stay at Nduara Loliondo in the Eastern Serengeti.