Posted: 10 October 2017
A well-kept secret in the wildlife world, this nation of vast plains and dense wildlife is an East African treasure and definitely worth discovering. Whether you venture there to climb the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, wish to see the incredible annual spectacle of the Great Migration, or wish to observe the stunning wildlife surrounding Ngorongoro Crater, or beautiful Lake Tanganyika, there is plenty to find in this bountiful land. Synonymous with open plains strewn with ‘Big Five’ game, Tanzania boasts Africa’s largest game reserve — Selous in the South — and with such extensive national parks, combined with such a low density of visitors, plus a high proportion of wild game, it is particularly attractive for luxury high-end tourism and experienced safari enthusiasts.
Providing an authentic ‘Out of Africa’ experience for your safari to Tanzania, Singita Sabora Tented Camp comprises a vintage-inspired lodge, harking back to the 1920s, plus nine tents, furnished with traditional leather, silk curtains, antique wooden four-poster beds and crystal-glass — a classic and romantic interior style paying homage to a bygone era. Time spent in such nostalgic surroundings is interspersed with enjoying gourmet cuisine, wine-tasting, daily game-drives and simply absorbing the incredible savannah views. Evenings can be devoted to star-gazing, listening to captivating stories beside the campfire and savouring sundowners whilst enjoying the ambience of vintage Africa.
For extended families, or groups of friends, wishing to share the pleasures of the Serengeti and traverse the vast plains together, a stay in Singita’s Serengeti House is a must-do experience. Located just over one hour from Arusha Airport, this exclusive retreat, located in Grumeti Reserve, overlooks a waterhole and provides a modern, yet quintessentially African feel. With a main house accommodating eight guests within spacious suites and boasting a large living area and decked areas, families can relax, play tennis, swim in the private swimming pool or explore the 350,000 acres of private land at their leisure. When not embarking on a game-drive, or game-walk, there is a spa, gallery, boutique, archery, children’s activities and wine-tasting to enjoy. Plus, with the private house having its own staff, including a private guide and chef, there is more time to spend time together.
For those a little less adventurous and seeking a more luxurious hotel experience, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is situated in the heart of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and provides all the modern facilities you would expect from a city property. Despite its remote setting, guests can enjoy air-conditioning, high-speed internet, open-air terraces and free-standing villas — plus views over a watering hole, meaning the wildlife comes to you! Ideal for the less energetic guest, there are sixty rooms, twelve suites and five villas to choose from, plus a spa, fitness centre. yoga and an educationally based discovery centre to enjoy. This is a property of scale and its style is remarkable for its location. Whilst it contrasts markedly with anything else in the national parks, it is ideal for families wishing to take their first venture into East Africa.
In contrast to the large Four Seasons property, and providing a unique and boutique experience within the Tanzanian wilderness, Azura Selous is a small southern gem. Comprising a camp of just twelve tented suites, with their own private decks overlooking the Great Ruaha River and resident hippo, couples can enjoy fishing, river excursions, walking safaris and daily game-drives. This authentic camp prides itself on service, with private butlers, traditional spa treatments and private dining in discreet locations all part of the experience. An ideal Tanzania safari location to twin with a beach stay in Zanzibar, this offers the perfect start to an adventurous honeymoon.
For those keen to witness the spectacular sight of millions of wildebeest and thousands of zebra during the 'Great Migration' season, a mobile safari camp provides a thrilling opportunity to track the path of the animal migration. Keeping pace with the mass movement, seeing and hearing the thud of thousands of animals and capturing it all on camera is a wildlife dream for many. Not for the faint-hearted, the hungry crocodiles and big cats are waiting to prey, but chasing the frenetic action is all part of the wild attraction for many guests and a mobile safari ensures that you can concentrate on the action without any distractions. Your camp is moved daily and you are flown to the heart of the spectacle — typically beside a river crossing fraught with danger for the grazing animals.
Far from the inland dust and animal frenzy of mainland Tanzania, the spice island of Zanzibar is a heavenly outpost. An ideal twin to follow a safari, Zanzibar is easily accessible via a short flight and provides a sublime tropical complement. With an abundance of secluded beaches, pristine coral reefs and vibrant marine life proving an attraction to scuba-divers and snorkellers, it is one of the best-kept secrets in the Indian Ocean. Embark on a traditional dhow cruise at sunset, laze beside the pool and breathe in the refreshing sea breeze from one of the beautiful villas at The Residence Zanzibar. Fringed by a pristine mile-long beach and set within 32 hectares of tropical gardens, this is a secluded hideaway designed to showcase the island’s African, Omani and European heritage.
Whether it is the spectacle of the 'Great Migration', the lure of traversing the vast plains, or simply absorbing the incredible scenery, Tanzania offers something for everyone. From climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in the north, to visiting the majestic lakes or staying in the extensive Selous Game Reserve in the south, Tanzania is a well-kept secret just waiting for you to find it.
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