Tanzania Safari

Tanzania – From the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in the north, Tanzania still retains its combined charm of the wilderness and idyllic coastal beaches.  Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain that needs no introduction, and looms proudly with brightly snow-capped peaks. The alluring spice island of Zanzibar tantalizes with turquoise warm waters, while sun and sand kiss its long stretching beaches. Tanzania also has a dozen UNESCO heritage sites, enhancing the kaleidoscopic diversity of Tanzania, making it an all-year-round holiday choice for new or even seasoned travelers.  For whatever thoughts about Tanzania, we can assure you that the land of Mount Kilimanjaro is indeed a destination like no other in Africa.

Apart from pristine beaches and quaint islands Tanzania is renowned for its access to unlimited wildlife experiences all year-round, this isn’t actually the only reason for you to consider visiting Tanzania.

  • Chimpanzees: Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to track chimpanzees; Mahale offers the chance to track them from your beautiful beach accommodation.
  • Wildlife and beach: Tanzania is perfect for combining the best of African wildlife with the stunning beaches off the coast, or even the beaches of Spice Island, Zanzibar.
  • Great migrations & incredible wildlife: From the world-famous great migration to the big cats, big five and the beautiful birds. In history, Tanzania remains one of the best wildlife destinations on earth.

Home to some of the world’s most diverse wildlife, Tanzania is certainly an iconic safari destination. Arguably best known for the incredible landscapes of Serengeti National Park especially during the endless wildebeest migration. To be honest, there’s so much more to see in this fascinating country.

Discovering Ngorongoro Crater certainly took our breath away. Created by a large volcano which exploded and collapsed up to three million years ago, this jaw-dropping site has its own ecosystem, and needs to be seen to be believed – it’s awesomely mind-blowing. We know just how incredible spotting your first wild animal is, so our experts truly recommend exploring the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks for first timers in Tanzania. Both parks are teeming with majestic wildlife, and even elegant bright pink flamingo in the latter. Oluokos Signature will endeavor to keep you away from the masses, steering you towards the best times of year and selecting secluded conservancies to ensure you get an authentic, natural safari experience, yet still exploring the best this country has to offer.

Oluokos Signature bespoke safaris are made for you.

This means that as much as the traditiaonal tourist routes could be difficult to get away from we sometimes mean well by taking you off the beaten track too, heading to the little-visited Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park and Katavi National Park, where the vast landscapes are far less crowded, and the safaris are much more bespoke. Oluokos Signature have had enough fair share of these types of adventure; and those where you feel like you’re the only person for miles are by far the best. Our experts, partners and suppliers have a myriad of luxurious lodges, fascinating experiences, and wonderful natural attractions under their belt, and they’d love to share their passion and knowledge with you.

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Of course we’re safari enthusiasts here at Oluokos Signature, but we know your holiday needs a bit of a twist here and there. Beach relaxation – which is why Tanzania is one of our top hand-picked destinations. Not only can you embark on wildlife spotting journeys, but you can visit Mount Kilimanjaro or relax on the beautiful stretches of coastline here, too. With the tranquil, sugary sand islands of Zanzibar, Mafia Island and Pemba Island only a short flight away, this African country offers the ultimate bush to beach holiday.

Why visit Tanzania

  1. The Endless Migration Trails – Tanzania’s great migration is one of the world’s best known wildlife spectacles. Millions of animals move across the endless Serengeti Plains following the rains, seeking lush green pastures on which to feed. The Serengeti’s resident wildlife never fails to impress, but when the migrationpasses through, the magic is intensified! Travelers come from around the world to see this incredible phenomenon, as do photographers. We are excited to offer a special Great Migration Photographic Safari, designed to position you for the best chance to capture exciting wildlife images, including the potential for river crossings.
  2. The land of Mount Kilimanjaro – At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, but the climb to the top is surprisingly accessible and can take anything between 4-5 days on the so-called “fast route. The amazing journey to the top from the steppes below takes in all manner of ecosystems, stretching from agrarian landscapes to rainforest, heath to alpine desert before arctic conditions at the summit.
  3. Encounters With the Masai – Tanzania’s famous Masai warriors patrolled the savannahs plains of the Great Rift Valley for ages. Traditionally, they are herders, where livestock are a vital resource. Their diet consists largely of cow’s meat, milk and blood, tapped from the jugular vein with no lasting damage to the animal. On certain occasions the two are combined in something akin to a blood milkshake.
  4. A Journey in the Garden of Eden – Sometimes referred as “Africa’s Garden of Eden,” the Ngorongoro Crater is a 12-mile-wide ecosystem within an ecosystem that was created by a massive collapse of land following a volcanic eruption. Dubbed as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa, the crater sits at 5,900 feet above sea level and evidence suggests hominids have lived in the wider conservation area for over 3 million years.
  5. The Melting Cultural Pot – With over 120 tribes, Tanzania in the post-colonial era the country’s first president Julius Nyerere made it his mission to unite the newly independent nation whilst maintaining its rich heterogeneity. The Sukuma is the largest tribe and accounts for approximately 16% of the population. Other large tribes include the Nyamwezi, Makonde, Haya and Chagga.
  6. The Alkaline Waters of Lake Natron – A visit to Lake Natron in Tanzania will allow you discover 75% of the world’s 3.2 million Lesser Flamingos. The lake’s hypersaline water can strip away human skin, and breeds algae toxic to many forms of animal life, but the bird flourishes in these conditions thanks to its incredibly adapted body and feeding ecology.
  7. Explore the Spice Heaven – Zanzibar is known as “spice island.” Indulge into the tastes, aroma and textures of the island’s markets that draw in flavors from African, Arab, Indian and European cuisine. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper are the lifeblood of Zanzibar’s spice trade, an industry dating back to the 16th century and to which the island is indebted for its cosmopolitan charm and feel.
  8. The Religious Marvels of Zanzibar – Over 99% of Zanzibar’s citizens are Muslim and the island has a collection of stunning places of worship. In Stone Town is the Malindi Mosque, dating from the 15th century and notable for its unusual conical minaret and square platform. The Hujjatul Islam mosque known for having the most ornate exterior, the Laghbari mosque the finest interior, whilst the Bagh Muharmi mosque is the proud owner of the island’s highest minaret.
  9. The Underwater Kingdom – Known “as the green island” in Arabic, Pemba lies 50 kilometers east of mainland Tanzania. More fertile than other islands in the Zanzibar archipelago, its main cash crop is cloves. Apart from its spices, the main reason to visit is to explore the natural wonders that surround Pemba. The azure waters are an ideal spot for diving, with steep drop-offs, untouched coral and abundant marine life.
  10. Explore Africa’s Largest Reserve – Selous at a staggering 48,000 square kilometer is Africa’s largest wildlife reserve and is home to the finest presentation of Tanzania’s wildlife. Visit the country’s largest protected area to see lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, and black rhinos among other wild and wonderful creatures.
  11. The Cosmopolitan Zanzibar – The rustic labyrinthine alleys of Zanzibar’s Stone Town hold within them centuries of this multicultural island’s history. Walk the streets to find Persian bathhouses, coffee shops and frenetic bazaars
  12. Walk with Elephants – In the Serengeti, a conservation area in which elephants roam freely. Catch a glimpse of these majestic beasts on one the country’s eco-safaris, a popular option for luxury holidaymakers. The Serengeti National Park is bucking a negative trend in Tanzania: strong anti-poaching measures have seen an increase in elephant numbers steadily.

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Naturally, East Africa’s iconic landscapes are all part of your safari in Tanzania. A dazzling millions of wildebeest stream across and beyond the Serengeti plains in search of pasture and water in the neighboring wildlife conservancies, the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro stands as the roof of Africa and the perfect volcanic caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater where, in the surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area, huge concentrations of game co-exist in harmony with nomadic Masai herdsmen.

Other highlights on a Tanzania wildlife safari include the smaller national parks such as Tarangire and Manyara in the north, which have an addictive, charm all of their own, and Mahale where populations of chimps swing from one bust to another and shriek in the forest cover on the shores of the world’s deepest water body, Lake Tanganyika. If you would choose to safari in Tanzania away from the masses, we will help you venture further south to the remote Selous Game Reserve, flanking the little charted waters of the mighty Rufiji River, or the national parks of Katavi or Ruaha, where you will rarely see another vehicle and big game outnumbers visitors many times for the best part of the year.

Away from the wilderness, just before the end of your Tanzania safari you can fly to the idyllic offshore tropical islands of Zanzibar, Mnemba or Mafia, where unbeatable white sandy beaches and tropical coral reefs take centre stage in the Indian Ocean offer incredible beach destinations from where you can relax after your safari.

Big Cats and wildlife: Believe us, it’s only a few places in Africa that can offer the density of big cats alongside other wildlife in the great Serengeti National Park.

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