"There were great phalanxes and endless files of migrating wildebeest, whose numbers could no more easily be counted than grains of sand on the shore."
Robert Vavra - Tent with a View.
Tanzania has had - from its days as the main aperture through which Arab traders shipped their goods, to its relatively brief time under the yoke of colonial rule – a great deal to do with the outside world, and this contact is most evident in its largest city, Dar-es-Salaam, and in Zanzibar, its stunning offshore archipelago. However, it has also been the setting for first president Julius Nyerere’s remarkable - and doomed - experiment in a very African version of socialist living, the results of which can still be seen in the fascinating structures of its rural communities.
In 1986 Tanzania set out to reverse Nyerere's policies, and a process of privatisation and institutional liberalisation was set in motion. The result was a 60% odd rise GDP per capita. However, with a population that is three times what it was in 1961, and a financial structure heavily indebted to foreign lenders, Tanzania continues to rely on external help, and the living standards of the average Tanzanian have not risen in real terms. All of which makes tourism an essential component in any programme that hopes to whittle away the country's debts.
The propensity of its wildlife has always made Tanzania one of Africa's most exciting destinations and now Tanzania luxury safaris are becoming ever popular as choices for luxury tours grow. It is a vast, diverse safari land that raises the pulse of even the most discerning of traveller. Game, beach or bush, Tanzania has it all. The quality of its parks, and of its coastline, is comparable to anywhere in Africa, and so is the extraordinary range of Tanzania's lodges and camps.
The Northern Territories
Great swathes of open grassy plain, the northern territories are justifiably famous for their abundant game, and especially for spectacles such as the annual wildebeest migration. First class lodges in first class protected areas - such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park - make journeys in the north some of the finest available.
The Southern and Western Territories
The southern parks of Selous, Ruaha and Mahale are relatively untouched, and the distances between them are larger, making the travel wilder, the experience that bit more authentic. While these parks tend to suit the more adventurous traveller, the level of accommodation is just as high as it is in the north, and itineraries are usually linked by scheduled or private charter flights.
Tanzania would not be what it is without its shimmering, palm-lined beaches, and the old town of Zanzibar. The gorgeous stretches of sand, combined with the history and spice of the old trading routes, make Tanzania an irresistible destination. A perfect complement to the hot interiors of Tanzanian wildlife safaris.
Fly-in Camp Safaris
Tanzania's portfolio of fly-in camps is large, varied and beautiful. It stretches from the Serengeti National Park to Selous Game Reserve, giving the traveller access to some of the country’s wildest lands. And, while each camp is unique, and possesses the charm and vision of its owner(s), all of them are designed to merge seamlessly with the local habitat – in a way, then, that is almost traceless in terms of how they mark the land. Environmentally conscious, utterly luxurious, they are a wonderful way to travel the African bush.
Mobile Tented Safaris
Possibly the most authentic of ways to see the wild, these well run and extremely professional tented expeditions are able to offer the traveller access to areas not covered by the lodges and camps, to parts, for example, of Tarangire National Park that are known only to guides and to their local communities. Set and struck every few days, the level of accommodation is breathtakingly good, as is the quality of guiding, and within a few days travellers willingly forget what it was like to live in homes. Please be advised that guides may be pre-booked, and retained for the duration of the trip.
The long rains start end of March and run through to the end of May. Northern Tanzania sees most of its heavy in rain during the short rains in November, which are normally dry by the start of December. Best time to visit is either June through to early November, or early December through to end March. The wildebeest migration is most active throughout the year. The coastal areas are best visited between August and end March. Southern Tanzania is best visited between June and October. December through to May remain wet and logistics complicated.
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