10 Reasons to Visit Tanzania in 2017
by Chris Walker Bush
November 2, 2016
2016 is coming to a close and a new year for adventures fast approaches.
Tanzania remains one of the most beloved and enchanting safari destinations in the world, and we've compiled the ten reasons why you should spend your holiday in Tanzania in 2017.
Far more than just a place to see the Big Five and the Wildebeest Migration, Tanzania offers a wealth of natural and cultural experiences to be treasured for a lifetime.
#10 - World Class Hiking Experiences
While the national parks of Tanzania do not lend themselves to walking safaris, there are plenty of breath-taking hikes that can be taken by the adventurous.
From the towering heights of Mount Kilimanjaro to the volcanic slopes to Ol Doinyo Lengai to the verdant jungle of Empakai Crater, Tanzania is a hiker's paradise.
An active volcano with amazing views of Lake Natron, Ol Doinyo is a popular but challenging hike.
#9 - A Southern Circuit Safari
With Tanzania boasting both the sprawling plains of the Serengeti and the lost world of Ngorongoro, it's easy to forget that the entire country is alive with national parks just begging to be explored.
Tanzania's southern circuit includes wild and wonderful parks such as Selous, Ruaha, and many more.
A southern circuit safari takes you off the beaten path and into deepest, darkest Africa.
#8 - Camping on the Serengeti
While there are plenty of brick and mortar lodges to be found across Tanzania, the tented camp experience is something that every traveller should have.
Sleeping in tented luxury out amidst the elephants, hyenas, and lions is something that you'll remember for the rest of your days.
For the truly adventurous, traditional camping with sleeping bags and fireside stories are also an option.
Tented camps blend the luxury of a lodge with the natural charm of camping.
#7 - Stone Town
The Zanzibar capital is a city steeped in history. A true melting pot of Arabic, European, Asian, and African cultures whose every brick has a story to tell.
Located on the shores of the azure ocean, Stone Town's labyrinthine alleys, towering spires, and historic sites make it a living museum.
A visit to Stone Town is akin to time-travel, so steeped in history are the city's streets and alleys.
#6 - Maasai Culture
The iconic colourful attire and jumping dance of the Maasai have become synonymous with Africa, and it is in Tanzania and neighbouring Kenya that this semi-nomadic people can be interacted with.
Whether you simply snap a photo of a wandering herdsman out on the savannah or spend a night at the Maasai run Africa Amini Maasai Lodge, the chance to interact with these fascinating people is one not to be missed.
The opportunity to interact with the Masai is an attraction all of its own.
#5 - Experience Ngorongoro
The towering walls of this massive volcanic caldera conceal a primal lost world in which many of Africa's most recognisable animals can be seen in their natural habitat.
The best place in Tanzania to see the endangered black rhinoceros, Ngorongoro's crater floor is alive with animal life including lions, hyenas, flamingos, elephants, buffalo, warthogs, and hippos.
For the more energetic, the opportunity to hike nearby Empakai Crater gives a more intimate view of the region.
Ngorongoro's landscape is every bit as breathtaking as the animals that call the crater floor home.
#4 - Mt. Kilimanjaro
The Roof of Africa stands at the very gateway to Tanzania's famed Northern Circuit. Africa's highest mountain dominates the landscape on a clear day.
Whether you desire to climb the mountain and shout your triumph from its peak or simply to see the great mountain from its base, there are numerous ways to take in the majesty of the mountain affectionately known as 'Kili'.
Making it to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is definitely a bucket-list worthy aspiration.
#3 - The Big Five
The lion, leopard, elephant, cape buffalo, and rhinoceros might have been dubbed the 'Big Five' for being hard to hunt, but these days the iconic quintet are more popular with photographers than big game hunters.
Tanzania is one of the best countries on earth to see the Big Five in its entirety, and a visit to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro all but guarantees you the chance to see these instantly recognisable animals.
The elusive leopard is the hardest to spot, but possibly the most beautiful of the Big Five.
#2 - The Beaches of Zanzibar
Few names are as synonymous with idyllic beaches than Zanzibar. Its very name conjures up images of white sand, crystal clear waters, and a fascinating blend of cultures that can be found in few places on earth.
Zanzibar is just a short flight from Arusha, the nation's safari hot spot. With resorts ranging from laid back backpacker haunts to world-class luxury escapes, Zanzibar is one of the world's most accessible slices of paradise.
Zanzibar can claim to be a contender for Africa's most beautiful beaches
#1 - The Wildebeest Migration
The Wildebeest Migration is something that needs to be seen to be believed. A movement of more than one million animals, this annual procession of wildebeest and zebras from the southern Serengeti into Kenya's Masai Mara draws visitors from all over the world.
Whether you're in Tanzania to see the calving season, the high drama of a river crossing, or the sheer size of the herd as it moves across the plains - Tanzania offers the absolute best opportunity to see this massive movement of animals.
The Wildebeest Migration is often called 'The Greatest Show on Earth' with good reason.
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