Tanzania

If you’re looking for a truly African destination, with magnificent wildlife, lakes, mountains and scenery, then Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, is your perfect choice. Almost a quarter of the country is made up of protected national parks and reserves - and then there’s Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.

With internationally famous game parks like Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Manyara, where wildlife roam in teeming numbers, a safari here is an unforgettable experience.

The amazing tree-climbing lions are perhaps the most celebrated spectacle of Lake Manyara Park, along with the pink flamingos which decorate the shallow soda lake, one of more than 400 species of bird found here.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO protected World Heritage Site, is a huge sunken crater, with 2 000 foot sheer walls, creating a spectacular natural amphitheatre. It houses a diverse range of eco-systems and visitors have a very good chance of spotting all of the ‘Big Five’ on any given day. Situated between Lake Manyara and the Serengeti National Park, the area comprises the Ngorongoro Crater itself and Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind.

The famous Serengeti National Park is known to the Masai as the ‘endless plains’ for good reason. The park is the wildebeest’s chosen location for their epic annual migration, hailed as the world’s most incredible natural spectacle.

How To Get There

The best way to access Tanzania is to fly into Kilimanjaro Airport.

Climate

There are two wet seasons, known as the long rains (heavy downpours with storms, from late March until June), and the short rains (less severe, from November to January).

‘Spice Up’ Your Tanzanian Experience

Zanzibar, the ‘Spice Island’ is the largest coral island off the east coast of Africa. It’s a fantastic add-on to your safari circuit and we recommend a minimum 3 night stay to soak up all that this area has to offer, from the finest wide, white sandy beaches to unrivalled diving and deep sea fishing. Contact a friendly Thompsons Africa consultant or view our African Shores brochure for more about this intruiging destination.

The Migration

At the heart of the Serengeti eco-system is an ancient natural phenomenon, the largest movement of wildlife on earth. In pursuit of food and water, over three million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate north from the Serengeti to the adjoining Masai Mara reserve every year.

Around June, when the grasses are exhausted, the wildebeest head off in search of permanent water, forming columns which stretch for miles. They are joined by zebra and other animals. Predators follow and crocodiles wait hungrily in the rivers. In November, when the grazing is finished in the north and the rains resume in the southern Serengeti, the millions of animals surge back to the renewed pastures to mate and calve.

Remember: The migration is controlled by nature and weather patterns, so timings can vary month by month and year by year.