Treasures of Tanzania – Best Safaris To Take In 2015
Published: 23 March 2015
When you think about safari holidays, there’s no other place that leaps to mind as much Africa – from the Big Five to be spotted on a South African safari to the wonderful wildlife sightings in Kenya, Uganda, Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. But the best safari destination, voted upon by more than 1,000 travellers from 53 nationalities and expert guides in a recent survey was found to be...Tanzania!
Tanzania safari holidays are considered the best in the continent because the country is home to a vast variety of species, landscapes and well-preserved national parks.
The Flexicover Team have picked some of the best spots to experience the ultimate Tanzania safari tours.
Northern Circuit - Serengeti National Park & the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
No Tanzania holiday is truly complete without a visit to the Serengeti National Park, which hosts one of the greatest wildlife migrations on the planet; approximately 1.5 million wildebeest. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its vast plains and grasslands look just like all the pictures you’ve seen of the African savannah in the National Geographic. The Ngorongoro Crater in the Conservation Area is teeming with so much wildlife; it is often compared to the Garden of Eden. Here, you can see mighty elephants, hyenas and all the big cats. One of the star attractions in the crater is the black rhino which can be spotted quite easily here, but is a rare sight in the rest of the country!
Southern Tanzania - Selous Game Reserve & Ruaha National Park
The Selous Game Reserve is believed to be the largest in Africa and is famed for its excellent game viewing experience. The best time to visit Tanzania is between June and October, which is also the perfect period to visit the Selous Game Reserve to spot giraffe, buffalo, impala and zebra. Wild dogs and rare species of antelope like the sable and puku are also found here. Ruaha National Park is home to the largest population of Greater Kudu, a type of antelope, in East Africa. The national park also boasts a high diversity of other antelopes as well including the lesser kudu, roan and sable.
Western Tanzania - Katavi National Park & Mahale Mountains National Park
Fewer tourists tend to flock to Western Tanzania, but that’s not due to any lack of wildlife here. The Katavi National Park is the perfect place to spot the majestic African lion and you can even spot hippos and crocodiles along the Katuma River. Lake Chada and Lake Katavi offer wonderful sightings of elephants, waterbuck, zebra, impala and buffalos. Mahale Mountains National Park is home to about 800 chimps, 60 of which are habituated to humans, making this national park a true treat for animal lovers and the chimps is its main attraction. A number of primates such as the yellow baboon, red colobus, blue monkey, red-tailed monkey and vervet monkey are also frequently sighted. Less common and occasionally sighted animals include elephants, lions, wild dogs, roan antelope, buffalo and giraffe. A great place for nature lovers!
To experience one of the most stellar African safari holidays, pick any one of the zones or explore them all on your Tanzania holidays in 2015. And remember to take your Flexicover Travel Insurance with you!