Tanzania safari: Interested in wildlife safari to Tanzania? The Tanzania safari hub is noted to have amazing wildlife in Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Arusha and Lake Manyara wildlife safari parks. Tanzania safaris take you is the largest country in East African community, 13th and 31st on the African continent and global scale respectively covering 947,303km2 featuring a coastline of 800km2. The geography of Tanzania is indeed amazing. The country features two extreme points on the African Continent including Africa’s highest point / altitude on Kilimanjaro Mountain 5,895m and the Africa’s lowest point in Lake Tanganyika 352m below sea level.
The flourishing of the safaris in Tanzania does not come out of the blue. About 38% of the country’s landscape has been gazetted as protected areas featuring Sixteen (16) National Parks, Twenty Nine (29) game reserves, forty (40) controlled conservation areas and marine parks.
Tanzania Wildlife Safari tours to these protected areas is never disappointing as there a myriad of wild game to explore among which include; the Big five namely Lions including tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara, African elephants, Rhinos, leopards and African Buffaloes; millions of wildebeest, Tanzanian Cheetah, hundreds of thousands of Zebras and Thompson Gazelle, Giraffes, a range of antelopes and Hippopotamus.
The extensive Tanzania Serengeti Safari National Park features one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Africa with one of the world’s natural wonders – the Great Migration of Wildebeest in Tanzania every year between Serengeti and Kenya’s Maasai Mara Reserve.
Tanznia`s safari Ngorongoro Crater is another natural wonder of Africa standing as the largest intact unfilled and inactive volcanic caldera offers a one stop shop for amazing wild game including the endangered black Rhinos.
The Gombe National Park is a home of Chimpanzee projects commenced by Jane Goodall in 1960.
Besides wildlife, Tanzania is noted to be the cradle land of mankind because the skull of early man (Homo habilis) and the Parathropus boisei (early hominidae) was discovered at Olduvai Gorge in 1960s by Dr. Leakey.
Initially known as Tanganyika, the country amalgamated with Zanzibar to form Tanzania. Zanzibar Island is one of the best recreational destinations in the world featuring endless white sand beaches fronted by the vast Indian Ocean. The Island features a rich heritage that range back to the Arab times especially the Stone town where the Sultan of Zanzibar was based.
Therefore, whether interested in extensive wild game viewing experience, honey moon and beach experience, adventure Mountain climbing safaris or culture and heritage, Tanzania stands as an ideal destination capable of generating ultimate Africa Safari memories.
A Cultural Walk is a short tour undertaken on foot to different cultural sites within the local community where guests have an opportunity to meet local people and enjoy a cross-cultural interaction.
A game drive is an adventure that entails viewing wildlife in the comfort of a 4×4 open Land Rovers which accommodate 4 to 10 people, a sure way to give you that classical safari feeling. Safari game drives are one of the most popular ways to see wildlife in Africa.
At Safari Hunters ,game drives usually conducted in the early mornings, late afternoon or at night, since these are the coolest times of the day when most animals are more active. During the game drive, our knowledgeable Maasai guides will introduce you to the life in the savanna and share their infinite knowledge about the African wildlife.
A safari game drive can vary in length and distance, depending on individual preferences. As you drive into the wilderness, you will be captivated by the vast beauty of the savanna, with its rolling hills and infinite horizon.
The African Bush Ecosystem is renowned for its abundance of wildlife! During your game drive safari you most certainly will encounter the big five lion, cheetah, rhino, leopard and elephant as well as numerous other wildlife animals and birds.
Ever dream of seeing an elephant trumpeting its trunk, a lion licking its lips, or a cheetah sprinting through the grasslands? An African safari is a thrilling chance to see wild animals going about their daily lives in their natural habitat. East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) has a huge variety of national parks that offer adventurous opportunities to see wildlife up close.
The history of the African safari
The word safari derives from the swahili word for ‘journey’, and in colonial times, the implication was that big game would be hunted, shot, and then arduously lugged overland by a small army of local tribespeople. US president Teddy Roosevelt popularised the concept in the United States, when he embarked on a safari of enormous proportions, ostensibly with the aim of filling the Smithsonian Institute with African specimens. 11,400 Animals fell to the party’s rifles, of which 512 were ‘big game’ – elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, hippos and rhino, including six white rhino – rare even at the time.
The Modern Safari – Proudly Responsible
A safari still involves wildlife, but other than that the term has been re-purposed to mean something entirely new. Safaris are now for admiring wildlife and birds in the wild, along with a host of other adventures.
Safaris have largely developed into holiday trips that actually benefit the wildlife of Africa, by supporting local conservation efforts and wildlife sanctuaries. As opposed to hunting the animals, visitors get to encounter them and help make a difference in protecting the species. Safari companies either actively contribute towards conservation projects or help generate tourism revenue which is used to manage wildlife projects and game reserves.
Origins of the Word – Etymology of Safari
The English word ‘safari’ originates from the late 19th century according to the Online Etymology Dictionary.
First Arabic: The term originally comes from the Arabic word safara, meaning ‘a journey’ which was first used as a foreign word in the English langiage in 1858.
Then Swahili: The Arabic word found its way to East Africa where it was adapted to the Swahili verb kusafiri which means ‘to travel’ and the noun safari.
And then English: The Swahili word was first used in the English language in 1860 as a foreign word and then attested in dictionaries in 1890 as an English word. The legendary British explorer, Sir Richard Francis Burton is credited for introducing the word safari to the English language.
Forget the old concept of a safari as a hunting trip – that outdated usage is history! In the modern sense of a safari:
The great wildebeest migration is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world.
WHAT IS WILDEBEEST MIGRATION?
Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the 7 wonders of the world which happens right at the heart of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Its astonishingly large numbers of wildlife species ensure guests have great game viewing opportunities. A Masai Mara safari promises incredible wildlife sightings all year round. The area is adjoined by private conservancies providing guests with intimate safari experiences.
The great wildebeest migration is one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. It is an annual movement by millions of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, Grant’s gazelle, Thompson’s gazelle, elands and impalas across the greater Masai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.
From July to Septemeber the Mara welcomes the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya. During the wildebeest migration, you will witness how the constant battle for survival makes the Migration Season a particularly exhilarating time to visit Kenya.
The Mara River crossing activity is considered the climax of the migration period. Mara River crossing is an event that will take you through a range of emotions, anticipation, heartache, inspiration, excitement and so much more. The sheer sight of the first herds of animals rushing into the crocodile infested river will make you long for this wildebeest migration every year.
Best time to see the Migration?
The best time to witness the migration from the Serengeti to Masai Mara is between July and September. During this period, the greatest spectacle on earth unfolds right before your eyes. Over a million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles make their way to Masai Mara by crossing the crocodile infested Mara River in search of greener pastures.
The exact timing may change from year to year as it is a spontaneous event influenced by rainfall patterns and the subsequent grazing opportunities. The animals are constantly on the move all year-round. They stay in the Masai Mara from July to October before gradually migrating back to the Serengeti from November.
Because of our longstanding commitment to the Maasai community we are able to provide authentic safari experiences to our guests with the guidance of our Masai friends. No one knows the Mara like the Maasai and as true nature specialists, guests are guaranteed a unique experience during this period.