Day excursions, walking safaris, game drives, mountaineering, cultural experiences, beach holidays, and hiking are just some of the things you’ll experience regardless of whether it is a planned trip or a spontaneous last-minute getaway. From Arusha National Park to Mount Kilimanjaro, from Materuni Waterfalls to the Olduvai Gorge – “the Cradle of Mankind” (sometimes spelt Oldupai), and from Kikuletwa Hot Springs to the spice island of Zanzibar, the tours and safaris to Tanzania’s top attractions are sure to wow! We live up to our tagline by bringing you “one step closer to adventure” throughout all of Tanzania’s breathtaking landscapes. For decades, it’s been a way of life in East Africa’s second-largest country and Africa‘s seventh-most peaceful country. Tanzania has a wide range of wildlife and landscapes, from traditional savannahs to beaches and coral reefs. There aren’t many places in Africa that can compare. Here are four of the must-see wilderness safari destinations in Tanzania that Laitolya will take you on:
1. Awe-inspiring in every sense, Serengeti National Park, named the best safari park in the world for four consecutive years, is a protected habitat and home to rare creatures who move in their own slow-moving “carpet of life.” Beginning in Kenya’s Maasai Mara game reserve, the Serengeti Plains are 30,000 sq. km. This African wilderness is set apart from the rest of Africa by its unique flora and wildlife, as well as the vast differences in topography. The tree-filled savannah’s water holes and papyrus swamp pools allow animals to drink and bathe. Termite mounds dot the grasslands, while elephants and giraffes dine on fresh carcasses beneath starry skies. A hot air balloon safari over the Serengeti is an experience you’ll never forget, and it’s also where two million animals make the yearly journey known as “The Great Migration.”
2. Tarangire National Park is well known for elephants, lions and pythons. Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do lions and leopards. The Park is the sixth-largest safari park in Tanzania and covers an area of 2,600 square kilometers. It is most well-known for its massive elephant herds and the mini-wildlife migration that takes place during the dry season, when around 250,000 animals visit the park. The Tarangire River is the main feature of the park and is recognized as the park’s lifeline, especially during the dry season when much of the area is completely dry. The River eventually exits the park towards the northwest and pours into Lake Burungi. The terrain is peppered with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of baobab trees and in the south, you’ll find a lot of expansive marshes that, during the dry season, transform into verdant grasslands.
3. The Ngorongoro Crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination. This 12 to 20-kilometer-diameter caldera is the largest in the world. It was formed when an earlier volcano erupted and collapsed. Due to its seclusion, the crater is home to the “Big Five” animals (namely, lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino) as well as zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, antelopes, and various bird species. The 6,050 km2 Conservation Area includes grasslands, montane forests, and lowland forests. It’s home to the Maasai and serves as the location for the wildebeest calving season, which takes place annually, between January and February.
4. The lush tropical canopies of towering fig and mahogany trees that flourish in Lake Manyara National Park make it a must-see safari destination. This safari park is home to one of the most picture-perfect lakes in all of Africa. It is also home to a wide variety of birds and animals, including but not limited to giraffes, buffalo, zebras, flamingos, and many species of monkeys. You will be in for a real treat if you are fortunate enough to see a tree-climbing Manyara Lion in its natural environment.
These are just some of the magnificent wilderness safari experiences that await you in Tanzania. Whether you’re looking for a safari to see the iconic “Big Five” animals or simply want to take in the magnificent scenery, experience a cultural tour, or go on a hike, Tanzania has something for everyone. With its expansive wildlife, vibrant cultures, and stunning beaches, Tanzania is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the world!
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and come join us for an adventure of a lifetime!