A safari guide’s top 5 experiences in Tanzania
Going on a safari in Tanzania is not all about game drives. There are a few things that can make your visit to Africa an even more unique experience.
Sitting in the bush may it be in the Serengeti or Tarangire National Park. Nothing beats sitting by a campfire (on our ‘Mobile Explorer’ camping safari) with a cold drink in your hands whilst you watch the sun go down in dazzling mix of orange, red and yellows. This is the time to converse with your fellow travellers about your day, listen to the guide telling stories of old legends or just absorb the sounds of nature.
2. Walking Safari
Ever wished you could get up close to animals to observe them from an eye to eye perspective? Then a walking safari is the best way to do that. Walk with the guide as he teaches you about different animal tracks as well the local trees and plants. Whilst on foot you really get a good idea of how big or small some animals are. It is a truly unique thing to do and is a must for anyone who wants a taste of adventure, a new perspective in terms of photography as well as to get close to Tanzania’s wildlife.
3. Boat Safari
This is more common in the southern Tanzania parks such as Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve. Here the large Rufiji and Ruaha rivers are perfect for a boat safari. You will get close to hippo pods and basking crocs as well as local wildlife coming down to drink. For bird watchers there really is no better way to observe water birds in their natural habitats.
4. The Big Migration
The Serengeti is home to one of the largest annual wildlife migrations in the world. Herds of up to 2 million white bearded wildebeests, 500 000 zebras and thousands of gazelles cover a distance of almost 1000km in search for greener pastures. Seeing the great migration in all its glory is an experience that cannot be compared with any other animal sighting.
5. The Black Rhinos of the Ngorongoro Crater
Deep down many guests on safari have one common goal: seeing the ‘Big Five’ – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Most of them can be easily spotted but the most difficult is the black rhino. There are a few in the Serengeti but in an area of almost 15 000 km² it’s like searching for a needle in a hay stack. The best chance to see one is in the Ngorongoro Crater – an area of 260 km². No one really knows how many black rhinos still exist in the crater today or for how long they will be there, so best come soon…