There are few countries in the world where you can start the day on a world-class safari and end the day snorkelling above coral reefs in a crystal blue ocean.
We believe Tanzania’s highlights are an excellent addition to any itinerary covering northern Malawi and southern Zambia.
Ruaha National Park
The largest in Tanzania and one of the largest in East Africa, Ruaha is a wild and remote park. While less easily reached and receiving fewer visitors that other parks in the region, the park delivers great densities of game and solitude for the more intrepid traveller. With striking scenery around the Great Ruaha River, Ruaha’s undulating landscape contains rocky escarpments and baobab-covered hills. The relatively untouched nature of the park supports great numbers of elephants, over 500 species of birds and a unique combination of animals and birds from both east and Southern Africa. Here, zebra, giraffe and waterbuck common to east Africa can be found alongside the south’s Grant’s gazelle and greater and lesser kudu. Predators such as lion, wild dog, cheetah and leopard are all found in equally good numbers.
Selous Game Reserve
With the Rufiji River cutting a path through palms, grasslands and woodlands, Selous provides spectacular riverine scenery and a unique offering of both water-based and walking safaris. Many of Tanzania’s last black rhinoceros live in the reserve’s great variety of habitats which include Miombo woodlands, open grasslands, riverine forests and swamps. With more than 2,100 plants recorded in it, the reserve’s Miombo woodland area has the greatest density and diversity of species found in any such ecosystem. This spectacular diversity and density of life has earned Ruaha UNESCO World Heritage Site status. With hiking permitted, visitors have the rare opportunity to enjoy these wonders while walking.
Swahili and Islamic influences bring life and texture to this archipelago in the Indian Ocean off East Africa’s coast. On the archipelago’s main island of Zanzibar, a tour of historic Stone Town’s narrow alleys reveals elegant and ancient buildings from the time of the Sultans. Known as the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar is one of the few places in the world where saffron is produced, and many other Middle Eastern/Asian spices such as cardamom, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg are also grown here on plantations open to visitors. Off Zanzibar, islands such as Pemba, Mnemba and Chumbe each provide their own unique beach experience. Boasting interesting cultures, idyllic beaches and beautiful coral reefs, Zanzibar is a charming destination providing a mix of relaxation, culture and ocean exploration.