You are making plans to travel to East Africa, but you can’t quite decide whether to go on safari in Tanzania or in Kenya? Well, that’s a difficult one indeed! Both countries are known for their large herds of animals, spectacular landscapes, unique locations and stunning accommodations. Safari equals Tanzania, safari equals Kenya. The best thing though: you don’t have to decide between the two. Visit both!
Situated between Tarangire National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, followed by the world-renowned Serengeti, Lake Manyara is often overlooked as a safari destination. At 330 square-kilometres of which more than half are often submerged in water, it certainly is one of the smaller national parks – in African terms.
You’ve travelled the world far and wide, took the train from one European capital to the next, steered your scooter along the palm-fringed roads on Bali, road-tripped the USA from the East to the West – all of it organised and run by yourself. Next destination: Tanzania! And you find out you need to book a guided safari and won’t be doing any of the driving or guiding yourself.
A safari in the Ngorongoro Crater: 14 photos that will make you want to pack your bags and fly to Tanzania today
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of a kind. And while this phrase is often used in travel speak, it most certainly applies to the Ngorongoro Crater: it is the largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera on earth and while the whole area, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, the crater itself is also among the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa.
To go on safari you have to go as a couple and you have to be head over heels in love. Plus you have to wear matching khaki-beige safari hats and multi-purpose trousers with at least ten pockets. If you don’t tick the above, sorry, but you can’t come. – Of course, we’re kidding.
For many the name Serengeti is synonymous with safari and when deciding where to go on your African safari, it often ranks amongst the top destinations. Visiting Tanzania for the first time and skipping the Serengeti? Unthinkable.
You have heard of the Serengeti, everyone has, and chances are you have come across mentioning of the famous Ngorongoro Crater as well – but Tarangire National Park? Tarangire may well be the most underrated national park in Tanzania. The park close to Arusha is the first stop for many safari goers in the northern circuit as it’s “on the way” to the Serengeti and Crater.
Machame Route is one of the most scenic routes to the Roof of Africa. We’ll take you from the gate to the top and back on our photographic journey along the Machame Route.
Travelling to East Africa and going on a safari is certainly a special and memorable experience for the whole family. Few places will get you this close to nature and show your children a world incomparable to what they know from home. That being said, I know from my own experience, that there are a few things, you should consider before going on a family safari in Tanzania.
On your way to the Roof of Africa you don’t want to carry unnecessary ballast. While porters carry your food, your tent and other equipment, you will have to carry your own day pack. Admittedly, compared to what the porters heft up the mountain, your day pack is rather negligible. But schlepping up what you don’t need is still out of the question.