Home to world - renowned locations such as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Tanzania has a huge amount to offer. The sheer size of the country allows for an enormous breadth of landscape and diversity of flora and fauna. The seasons - wet and dry - also completely alter the surroundings so that, should one travel in different seasons, it is as though you were travelling to a new destination.
During the greener months - from December to May - the great wildebeest migration takes place in the southern Serengeti and on the short grass plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where the animals in their tens of thousands come to calve. This incredible spectacle is played out on the vast horizonless plains and makes for an unparalleled safari experience. Combined with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world, and Olduvai Gorge where the Leakeys discovered early hominids, your safari will yield an unforgettable encounter with Africa.
In the dry season - from late July to mid–October - in the Serengeti, the vast herds of wildebeest make their journey north, across the Mara River and into Kenya. This is where the crowds of humans gather too - to witness the river crossings where the vast crocodiles sate their appetites. If you prefer to be away from the madding crowds, southern and central Tanzania come into their own. Our favourite dry season areas in Tanzania include Ruaha, Tarangire, Katavi and the Selous. As the surrounding areas become parched huge numbers of animals move in towards the last remaining water, resulting in concentrated numbers of game. There are some excellent opportunities to walk in true wilderness.
Western Tanzania yields a totally different and unique landscape, where the Mahale Mountains National Park rise up from the crystal clear waters of Lake Tanganyika. This area is home to chimpanzees and though the distances to travel are great to get there, it is well worth the effort to see these amazing creatures so close to our own genetic make -up. The surroundings are like nothing else in Africa and dhow trips up the lake, fishing, or watching the fish - and the occasional hippo - swim through the impossibly clear water is pure magic.
Zanzibar, with its long history of trade, is a fascinating destination to end a safari and provides an incredible insight into the Swahili culture. You can head into the forests and learn more about the spices grown there, or kick back on the beach and watch the world slowly pass you by.