(Image to the left taken from the Nomad Tanzania website)
This past weekend, part of the Hills of Africa Travel team and I exhibited at the New York Times Travel Tradeshow where we met hundreds of individuals from the New York area of beyond (click here to see pictures from the event on our Facebook page).
The show lasted three days and we had an absolute blast, chatting about dream trips to Africa!
One of the most common things we heard from our booth visitors was: “I’m thinking about going to Tanzania. I have a friend who just got back from there and said it was the best trip they’ve ever taken!” Last year, we heard more people interested in travel to South Africa, but this year, more and more travelers are becoming aware of Tanzania’s spectacular beauty, diverse wildlife, and remote atmosphere.
So, if you’re interested in a Tanzania Safari Vacation, but aren’t sure what to see or do, or where to stay, see below for our list on the best ways to experience this spectacular country:
What to see & do in Tanzania
Witness the remarkable Great Migration: For those of you unfamiliar with the Great Migration, it is one of the most mesmerizing natural spectacles on planet earth. The migration moves in a circle through Tanzania and parts of Kenya, and is comprised of millions of wildebeest, zebra, and predators, including lion and crocodile. Visitors to Tanzania during the Great Migration can view this natural phenomenon unfold before their eyes on a game drive, walking safari, or horseback riding safari.
Scuba dive through exotic underwater gardens: Just off the coast of Tanzania lies one of the continent’s most charming islands, Zanzibar. Known as one of the Spice Islands, Zanzibar provides a delightful getaway for honeymooners, culture-seekers, and beach-lovers, alike. With miles of unspoiled beaches, breathtaking aquatic wildlife, and legendary history and architecture, Zanzibar is the perfect island to escape from the mundane.
Find romance on Mnemba Island: A tiny island, off the coast of Zanzibar, Mnemba Island is a romance-seeker’s paradise. If you’re looking for a remote destination where pristine, white beaches, and radiant blue waters are the only things in sight, then a trip to Mnemba is an absolute must.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro: Ascend more than 19,000 feet on Africa’s tallest mountain and witness 360-degree views of the world’s most enchanting landscapes and wildlife. On Mount Kilimanjaro, your strength, endurance, and willpower are all tested, and in the end, you’ll find yourself a stronger person, both mentally and physically.
Stand at the lip of the Ngorongoro Crater: As one of Africa’s leading wildlife areas, Ngorongoro Crater was created two million years ago when the cone of a volcano collapsed. Today, the Ngorongoro Crater is a 100-square-mile cavity that is blessed with all the necessary ingredients to create a wildlife paradise.
The crater is famous for its big herds of animals, including black rhino, elephant, hyena, and black-manned lions.
Go chimpanzee trekking the Mahale Mountains: Home to an astonishing 1,000 chimps, the Mahale Mountains provide an enchanting setting for chimpanzee trekking safaris. During these tours, visitors will witness large groups of chimps as they play, forage, and socialize.
Where to stay in Tanzania
Serengeti Safari Camp: One of our favorite properties in the Serengeti, the Serengeti Safari Camp is semi-mobile camp that moves with the Great Migration.
Nomad Lamai Lodge: Another fantastic property in the Serengeti is Nomad Lamai Lodge, which is a permanent lodge with just 12 rooms in total.
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge: Overlooking the crater, andBeyond’s Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is a wildlife-lover’s paradise.
Some of our other favorite properties in Tanzania include Nduara Loliondo (situated in Northern Tanzania), Greystoke Mahale (in the Greystoke Mountains), and Mnemba Island Lodge (located on the remote Mnemba Island off the coast of Zanzibar).