Tanzania is a land of wide-open plains, famed as the place where safaris were born and thousands of wildebeest live their lives to the never-ending rhythm of the Great Migration. The snows of Kilimanjaro tower over the endless plains of the Serengeti, and a necklace of lakes and volcanic craters - including the renowned Ngorongoro Crater - traces the line of the Great Rift Valley as it carves through the continent. Humanity's past and present co-exist as Maasai warriors stand with spear tips piercing the forever skies not far from where humanity's ancient ancestors made their home.
On Safari in Tanzania
'Safari' is the Swahili word for journey, and it was on the plains of the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara that safaris were born. But Tanzania is a large country, and its safari options extend far beyond the Serengeti, to lush rainforests where chimpanzees wander and forested grasslands sheltering the long-necked gerenuk antelope.
Tanzania has three main safari regions:
Cultural Exploration in Tanzania
- The wilderness areas of Northern Tanzania - the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire - are amongst Africa's most renowned. Rivalling them in fame is the towering snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro.
- In Southern Tanzania, Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park are home to Tanzania's best walking safaris as well as one of the world's largest populations of the highly endangered African wild dog.
- Mahale and Katavi, the remote parks of Western Tanzania, are amongst the least visited in Africa. Track chimpanzees through virgin rainforest on the shores of Lake Tanganyika at Mahale, or explore the wilds of Katavi in near-solitude.
Tanzania is home to over 120 different ethnic groups, from the Chagga of Kilimanjaro to the Makonde, famous for their mpingo woodcarvings, but it is the Maasai who are most closely associated with the country. One does not have to look long or hard in Tanzania to catch sight of colourfully dressed Maasai morans (warriors) with their intricate beaded necklaces and red shuka blankets flapping about their chests, or tall elegant Maasai women. The blend of ancient and modern embodied by a moran with a mobile phone tucked into his shuka is the vibrant face of today's Africa.
There are many opportunities for visitors to Tanzania to meet the Maasai and other indigenous people, both at their safari camps (where many guides and staff are of Maasai origin) and at villages and marketplaces on the roads between the parks.
Tanzania is a country with much to offer its visitors, and there is much more still to be written - please visit again for additional information on Tanzania and its safari options, or contact us for further information.