Tanzania is not only home to the ‘cradle of mankind’ it is also here that the word ‘safari’ originated, coming from the Swahili word for journey. Game viewing experiences are widely regarded as among the best in Africa.
Our glorious safari visits world-renowned national parks and reserves beginning in Kenya at Amboseli with Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. From here we cross the border into Tanzania to explore Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara, the Serengeti plains, along with one of the great wonders of the world ‘Africa’s Garden of Eden’ the Ngorongoro Crater, where the largest concentration of predatory mammals exists.
The Serengeti is the place to see seemingly endless herds of migrating wildebeest, zebra and gazelles trekking across the plains – followed by the predatory lions, leopards, cheetah and hyena. This is also elephant country, boasting some of the world’s largest populations. Giraffes may peer into our open roofed vehicles while Buffalos are quite content to stare us down. Rhinoceros round out the Big 5 and “the crater” is one of its last strongholds. Comical Warthogs always seem to be on the move with their tails raised and troops of baboons with newborn babies hitching a ride on their mothers backs forage through the savanna. A night game drive should produce porcupine, civet, genet and galagos. An extraordinary number of mammals will be experienced, some very close!
We’ll encounter myriads of birds, including colorful bee-eaters, kingfishers, sunbirds and rollers, noisy hornbills, Secretary Birds, Grey-crowned Cranes, ostriches, a wide assortment of bustards, raptors and vultures as well as Tanzanian endemics such as Yellow-collared Lovebird, Ashy Starling, Rufous-tailed Weaver and Beesley’s Lark. A visit to Olduvai Gorge the site of our earliest known ancestors and a Maasai Village will round out our wonderful experience.
As with all safaris, the itinerary can be altered and customized to suit your needs and goals, whether it would be more birding or mammals or length of trip.
This trip can be combined with an extension to the Kenyan Coast, or, to see the Gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda.
Focus: Birds, Mammals, Photography, Reptiles, Butterflies, Culture, Landscapes
“What can I say? It was a trip of a lifetime. Even now, three weeks later, I have scenes of Africa in my night dreams and day dreams.”
– Edie P., Tanzania, March 2009