Why we love safaris to Tanzania
Discover Tanzania, a land of legends
Where big skies meet wide horizons and iconic wildlife
From endless plains and vast lakes to the roof of Africa, Tanzania is an absolute safari superstar. Here’s why…
It would be easy to think of Tanzania as Kenya’s slightly less outgoing sister, living a little in the shadow of its somewhat more famous and prominent East African sibling, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Tanzania is a fully fledged safari sensation in its own right, bursting at the seams with incredible destinations, superlative wildlife and jaw-dropping landscapes that have become the stuff of legend, as well as more off-the-beaten-track national parks that offer a rich diversity of authentic, immersive safari experiences.
Add to the mix some postcard-perfect tropical beaches of Zanzibar and idyllic islands like Pemba off its coast and you begin to understand what it is that makes Tanzania so special and why we think it’s an absolute must for any self-respecting safari enthusiast.
Where to go and what to see..
Tanzania is blessed with diverse landscapes and a wide variety of safari choices.
The Serengeti – a name that’s become synonymous with safari – headlines the country’s popular northern safari circuit that includes the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks and Mount Kilimanjaro.
Away from these “usual suspects” lay more off-the beaten track destinations like Nyerere National Park (formerly known as The Selous game reserve) and Ruaha National Park as well as hidden gems like Katavi and Mahale Mountains National Parks.
Away from the bush, the soft white sands and turquoise seas of Tanzania’s beautiful Indian Ocean coastline and its beguiling islands are the perfect complement to a more traditional safari. This is where marine life takes over from terrestrial existence and the endless plains are replaced with untouched coral reefs.
Each of Tanzanian’s destinations offers something special and unique and the chance to spend time in pristine African wildernesses and fascinating eco-systems packed with some of the highest concentrations of wild fauna and flora on the continent.
More than anything, Tanzania captures the spirit of African adventure, awakening the explorer within, leaving you marveling at the intricate, interwoven network of life and incomparable beauty nature has created and wanting to discover its secrets.
Small and special – lodges and camps beyond compare
At Stanley Safaris our raison d’etre is to encourage your passion for Africa, informing it and reinforcing it with outstanding safari experiences that underpin the importance of conserving and protecting its last wilderness areas.
So when it comes to finding you the perfect accommodation in Tanzania, we take our job very seriously, opting for intimate, authentic camps and lodges in all of the top destinations that offer superlative, immersive safari experiences without compromising on levels of service and comfort.
There’s an old saying that great things come in little packages, and where Tanzania’s safari camps and lodges are concerned, we wholeheartedly agree. The smaller the better, in fact! Creating a bespoke and very personal experience is something that comes naturally in the small camps we prefer, where the atmosphere is one of complete relaxation and the focus firmly on authenticity.
There’s also an advantage in the flexibility that fewer visitors affords, enabling the camp staff to focus on delivering first-class guest experiences that are often tailored to meet specific needs.
Also, at a time when the travelling world is dealing with the global COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions this imposes on how and where we travel, small camps are ideal for reducing the need to be close to and interact with lots of people. If you’re travelling through Tanzania with friends or family, it’s often possible that you will be the only guests in camp or can book out the entire camp, taking the concept of exclusivity to a whole new level.
Sensational safari experiences with talented guides
Tanzania is packed with incredible safari experiences, including chimp tracking in Mahale Mountains National Park and on Rubondo Island in Lake Victoria, thrilling helicopter safaris at Mila Tented Camp and Mwiba Lodge in the southern Serengeti, walking safaris both as an activity from your lodge or as a multi-day expedition and hot-air balloon safaris.
Add to these cultural visits to traditional communities, boat-based excursions, fly-camping and morning, afternoon and night game drives and you have the recipe for the perfect safari, whether you’re on honeymoon, a romantic escape or travelling with your friends and family.
Interpreting the sights and sounds of Tanzania’s sublime wildernesses and helping you to understand everything you are seeing, touching, tasting and feeling is the job of your safari guide.
Passionate, knowledgeable, experienced and professional, a guide’s role is that of destination ambassador, educator, mentor and protector, ensuring you feel safe in any given situation and are completely relaxed and engaged with your surroundings.
Whether you are walking in the Nyerere National Park, ballooning over the Serengeti, trekking in search of chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park, watching elephants in Tarangire, birding along the shores of Lake Manyara or diving off Pemba Island, your guide will be on hand to explain animal behavior, identify plants and animals and walk you through the role each species plays in its eco-system.
The majority of Tanzania’s safari guides have grown up in communities around the national parks and game reserves and have incredible generational knowledge and understanding of how the African wilderness “works” and how people have co-existed with the wildlife that make it their home.
They are able to share cultural stories and traditions with you and are always keen to impart their deep-seated love of their country and the pride they have in its natural heritage. This helps to make your Tanzanian safari experiences truly enriching and will leave you more than a little in love with this amazing East African nation and determined to return!
Talk to us today about arranging a safari to Tanzania for you.