November 23, 2015
Choosing your safari... 101!
Today we want to dedicate this post to people that would like to leave to a safari for the first time… why not to choose Tanzania?!
Tanzania is one of the African countries which are mostly famous for safari. The high concentration of parks and natural reserves makes this territory perfect to organize excursions and game drives.
Safari paths are usually categorized in different “circuits”, where days required for visits, costs, and the chance of seeing games are different as well. We’ll now help you to understand which one can be more interesting and suitable to you and to your expectations.
The most famous and required by tourists. It includes popular destinations such as Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. In a few hours driving it is possible to move around the various locations and it’s easy to find animal species, such as lions, elephants, zebras, antelopes, giraffes, wildebeests and many more. This is the area where you can see the Great Migration.
This is the route of hidden treasures. In the Southern Circuit you can find endless parks and reserves (Mikumi, Ruaha, Selous) and the highest concentration of animals – Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, African Wild Dogs, and a rich and colorful birdlife. You’ll find fewer tourists, smaller and more quiet accommodations. It will take longer to move from a park to another, but the adventure is worthing. If you like trekking, you can stop and climb at Udzungwa Mountains National Park.
Great Lakes Circuit
The track passing by the Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and, further south, Lake Malawi and Lake Nyasa. The national parks in this circuit are actually the only safe opportunity to see chimpanzees in the wild (Gombe Stream) and unique flora (Kitulo). The habitat, in this area, is different and unique. It’s a good idea to visit it after the Northern or the Southern Circuit.
Over 800 km coastline, palm fringed beaches of white sand and the historic towns of Dar es Salaam, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, Lindi, Mikindani and Mtwara. But also the islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia. Not just a naturalistic route, but also a great chance to meet the traditional Swahili culture, history, art, music and architecture… the perfect end - and great relax - for your holidays!
Freelance web designer and travel blogger, has been living in Tanzania for over 5 years - traveled around Africa, Europe and Asia, she has a long wishlist of new destinations. At present, she borrows her creativity to her good friends of Paka Adventures, to write about safari and lodges in Tanzania.