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Ten years of Tanzania-Experience: from bumpy beginnings to one of the most successful tour operators in the country

For more than ten years, our team has welcomed travellers from around the world to Tanzania, taking them on unforgettable safaris, climbing with them the highest mountain in Africa and showing them the nicest spots under the sun at the Indian Ocean. Cofounder and Managing Director Henning Schmidt looks back and ahead.

A day on a quad bike – dusty, bumpy, but what an adventure

I am always keen to try out different ways of exploring Tanzania, especially when you can experience it in a totally new perspective. Recently, I went on a day-trip to Lake Eyasi driving quad bikes!

Mwanza – the City of Rocks at the shores of Lake Victoria

The city of Mwanza is located on the southern shores of the second largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Victoria. With a population of more than 700,000, Mwanza is also considered the second largest city in Tanzania and thanks to its location it is a major port city.

Kopjes – islands amongst the grass plains

If you have watched the “Lion King”, you have seen Pride Rock. A huge kopje that sticks out majestically from the surrounding flat grassland. If you want to see these spectacular kopjes not only on TV, then the Serengeti National Park is your best bet.

Ruaha National Park – a well-kept secret

Most visitors travelling to Tanzania to experience a safari head to the Northern Circuit, where highlights like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater await them. I agree, these parks have an unmatched reputation, but there even more amazing places you can visit. The south of Tanzania is home to the Ruaha National Park one of Tanzania’s best-kept secrets.

The dry season in the bush

The bush can be an unforgiving place and for the creatures that call it home no other time is harder than the dry season. “Survival of the fittest” is the motto of the bush and a number of animals perish during these harsh conditions. Recently, I was out on safari and all parks we visited were very different to each other except for one thing: they were all extremely dry.

The Tanzanian Cheetah – an endemic cat

There is a total of five subspecies of cheetahs around the globe. One of those is known as the East African cheetah or Tanzanian cheetah and it can be found in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Somalia. However, the best places to see them are the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara, where the majority of the population lives.

The African Puff Adder

The African puff adder (Bitis arietans) is a snake that belongs to the family of vipers. It is a venomous snake and is found all over Africa from the north to the south. Their preferred habitats are savannahs and grasslands. They are not found in rainforests, deserts, tropical and alpine habitats. Puff adders are probably the most widespread and common snakes found in Africa.

The Silale Swamps in Tarangire – a hidden oasis

Tarangire National Park is one of my favourite parks in the Northern Circuit. It is ideally located some 118 km from Arusha and it is a haven for countless numbers of animals. The park itself is massive, at 2,850 square kilometers it is the sixth largest park in the country.

The African Buffalo – not to be messed with

The African buffalo also known as the Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large mammal of the African bovine family. They can be easily seen in protected areas and national parks such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.