Tanzania has long been known as one of the continent’s most exciting destinations. Famous for its wildlife and for the availability of luxury and frontier safaris, its appeal also lies in its rich cultural history, one that encompasses centuries of European and Arab trade and Africa’s first large-scale experiment with socialism.
There are so many areas worth visiting in Tanzania: Mount Kilamanjaro, historic and cosmopolitan Dar-es-Salaam and Ruahu National Park. Loliondo Serengeti, a remote region of volcanoes and arid plains, offers a glimpse of a world unchanged for millennia. Home to Ruppells Griffon Vultures as well as a huge range of wildlife and the Masaai, a walking or driving safari here is truly special. Mahale Mountains National Park, which must be accessed by boat or plane, showcases the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika and mountains that host the world’s largest known population of chimpanzees. Mkomazi National Park, for its part, offers a really distinctly ‘different’ experience including the possibility of seeing the elusive black rhino. This is to name but a handful.
Meanwhile, Tanzania has no shortage of accommodation, from the luxury to the more basic. There are some remarkable lodges, either of the specifically safari lodge variety or more unique examples such as Chumbe Island Lodge, set on a privately-owned island and known for its involvement in marine conservation. There is also an embarrassment of camps, tented and otherwise, and a number of very good hotels, as well as resorts such as The Residence, a true luxury destination situated in 32 hectares of gardens and boasting a mile of private beach.
With such a varied landscape, Tanzania offers numerous activities. As well as the off-the-beaten-track safari experience offered by Loliondo Serengeti or Mkomazi, there are also more relaxed and less challenging possibilities. Travelling the shores of Lake Malawi, for instance, offers the opportunity to stay in comfort while experiencing local life and travel. Fly-camping on the Rufiji River in the Selous gives a glimpse of true wilderness without venturing too far into it. And there are to be found some of the most beautiful beaches one could ask for.
If you would like to find out more about any of our luxury and frontier Tanzania destinations, then please do give one of our destination specialists a call.