15 Best things to do in Tanzania

From witnessing wildebeests and zebras gallop across Serengeti National Park as part of the Great Migration to trekking volcanoes or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the best attractions in Tanzania are big, bold and beautiful.

It doesn’t matter if you’re camping and bird-watching or spotting the Big Five on safari, the best places to visit in Tanzania are extraordinary. While visitors are sure to encounter the famous Big Five on any safari, they should also keep their eyes peeled for rare or endangered species like the African wild dog, green sea turtle, Egyptian vulture and various antelope.

Outside of its extraordinary (OK, compulsory) natural attractions, Tanzania boasts cities and towns filled with history, architecture and superb cuisine. Populating every corner of the country are Tanzanian citizens, too including some 120 ethnic groups like the Hadza in the north, the Iraqw of the Great Rift Valley, the Pimbwe of western Tanzania, and the Maasai in the Serengeti. While they all have their own tongues, the Kiswahili language unifies these groups as Tanzanians.

With all that in mind, these are the best places to visit in Tanzania.

Wildlife, beaches, friendly people, fascinating cultures, Serengeti, Mt Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar Archipelago – Tanzania has all these and more wrapped up in one adventurous, welcoming package.

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1. Serengeti National Park

The Maasai people who have lived here for thousands of years call this park Siringet, which means “endless plains” in the Maa language. And indeed, anyone who visits Serengeti will see flat, verdant land studded with acacia trees extending dozens of miles into the distance. These plains host an intricate ecosystem offering some of the best variety of fauna and flora in Africa, including 450 species of bird and 35 types of mammal.

Each year between May to September, over two million wildebeest, antelope and zebra make their way from the Ndutu region in south of the park to the Maasai Mara in Kenya. This thrilling spectacle is the largest terrestrial migration on the planet.

 

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

2. Zanzibar

The numerous beaches in the Zanzibar Archipelago are simply some of the most gorgeous in the world. Most travelers choose to lie out at Nungwi Beach in the north of Unguja (also known as Zanzibar Island). If crowds are not your thing, try Muyuni for dolphin spotting, Jambiani for kite surfing and parasailing, Paje for swimming, and Matemwe for diving or snorkeling.

North of Unguja, Pemba Island is a land of thick forests and crystal-clear waters. While the weather can be iffy, Misali and Vumawimbi Beaches offer unique diving and snorkeling opportunities.

 

Zanzibar
Zanzibar

3. Mt Kilimanjaro National Park

Since its official opening in 1977, Mt Kilimanjaro National Park has become one of Tanzania’s most visited parks. Unlike the other northern parks, this isn’t a place to come for the wildlife, although it’s there. Rather, you come here to gaze in awe at a snowcapped mountain on the equator, and to climb to the top of Africa. At the heart of the park is the 5896m Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and one of the continent’s most magnificent sights.

Kilimanjaro is also one of the world’s highest volcanoes, and it’s the highest free-standing mountain on earth, rising from cultivated farmland on the lower levels, through lush rainforest to alpine meadows, and finally across a lunar landscape to the twin summits of Kibo and Mawenzi. Kilimanjaro’s third volcanic cone, Shira, is on the mountain’s western side. The lower rainforest is home to many animals, including buffaloes, elephants, leopards and monkeys, and elands are occasionally seen in the saddle area between Kibo and Mawenzi.

A hike up Kili lures around 25,000 trekkers each year, in part because it’s possible to walk to the summit without ropes or technical climbing experience. Non-technical, however, does not mean easy. The climb is a serious (and expensive) undertaking, and only worth doing with the right preparation. There are also many opportunities to explore the mountain’s lower slopes and to learn about the Maasai and the Chagga, two of the main tribes in the area.

There are entry gates at Machame, Marangu (which is also the site of the park headquarters), Londorosi and several other points. Trekkers using the Rongai route should pay their fees at Marangu gate.

 

Kilimanjaro National Park
Kilimanjaro

4. Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Next door to the Serengeti National Park is the UNESCO-designated Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a true natural treasure thanks to its natural importance and beauty. Millions of years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions created a mammoth crater that is now home to the highest concentration of mammals in the world. (The ensuing ash created the Serengeti plains.) In a single Land Rover ride across the crater, it’s not uncommon to witness up to 30,000 animals of multiple species. Lions, hyenas, cape buffalo and big tuskers thrive in the swampy areas.

 

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

5. Tarangire National Park

Two hours drive from Arusha town is Tarangire National Park. The south of the conservation area is home to a large population of elephants who make their way inland to Lake Manyara and Tarangire, both of which are in Ngorongoro’s rain shadow. This pattern illustrates an interesting element of Tanzania’s natural profile: the land has natural corridors that allow elephants and other animals to move undisturbed from park to park.

Another notable attraction in the park are its massive baobab trees, which could be hundreds if not thousands of years old. Leopards, baboons and other mammals make great use of the branches of these iconic, majestic trees.

 

Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park

6. Lake Manyara National Park

Only 650 sq km (251 sq miles)Lake Manyara National Park nonetheless makes a mark. It is in this park that among the buffalo, hippo, cheetah and giraffe you’ll come across an odd sight: tree-climbing lions. Avid bird-watchers can spot some 400 species, including the forest hornbill and pelican. On the highly alkaline Lake Natron, thousands of lesser flamingos sift through the pink waters for food.

 

Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park

7. Arusha National Park

The transition between unappealing urban chaos and pristine mountain hiking trails is rarely so abrupt as it is in Arusha National Park. One of Tanzania’s most beautiful and topographically varied protected areas, the park is dominated by Mt Meru, an almost perfect volcanic cone with a spectacular crater. It also shelters Ngurdoto Crater (often dubbed Little Ngorongoro) with its swamp-filled floor and lost-world feel.

At 552 sq km, it’s a small park, and while there is wildlife here, it’s nothing compared to that of other northern-circuit parks. But these minor details can be quickly forgotten when you’re walking amid the soul-stirring scenery and exploring the meaningful trekking possibilities.

 

Arusha National Park gie
Arusha National Park gie

Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village is a good stop for anyone wanting to spend a night in an authentically constructed Maasai boma (a fortified living compound) or learn about Maasai traditions. There’s a small, informative museum, medicinal walks, lessons in spear-throwing techniques, and more. It’s an excellent destination for families with children. There’s a booking office in Moshi.

Pick-ups can be arranged from Moshi and elsewhere. If you’re driving, turn off the Arusha–Moshi highway at Boma Ng’ombe (23km west of Moshi) and continue 27km along a mostly sealed road to Sanya Juu, from where a poorly signposted track continues 25km further to Olpopongi.

 

Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village
Olpopongi Maasai Cultural Village

9. Nyerere National Park (previously Selous National Park)

Set out from Dar-es-Salaam for the 5-hour drive to Nyerere National Park, Africa’s largest reserve. (The road is smooth until the last bumpy stretch; a 4WD vehicle is a must.) Within its almost 31,000 sq km (11,970 sq miles) roam huge herds of animals: the Big Five, but also certain antelope you rarely find in other parks on the continent. Look out for roan antelope, brindled gnu, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest and sable.

Nyerere also has the world’s biggest concentration of the endangered African wild dogs, whose frenetic pace while hunting make for a thrilling game drive. Avid twitchers can also spend hours spotting birds among the trees and wilderness.  With its lush landscapes and the picturesque Rufiji River coursing into oxbow lakes, the park is a photographer’s dream. Note that most visitors choose to take a one-hour charter flight to the various airstrips in the park – another opportunity for standout photographs.

 

 Selous National Park
Selous National Park

10. Saadani National Park

Tanzania has 16 national parks each packed with wildlife. Every park is unique and each one attracts different wildlife so if you specifically want to see elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo or leopard (the big five) or other creatures it’s worth asking a safari guide like Great Image Expedition Ltd who really knows Tanzania for the best place to fulfill that dream.

Saadani National Park for it’s off the beaten track, wilder and less touristy and it’s unique in that Saadani is where the bush meets the beach so you can actually see wildlife on the beach.

I’d be hoping to see waterbuck, giraffe, warthog, yellow baboon, hartebeest, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and lion as well as abundant bird life and maybe turtles.

 

Saadani National Park
Saadani National Park

11. Gombe Stream National Park

Just shy of the shores of Lake Tanganyika is Gombe Stream National Park, made famous by Jane Goodall’s behavioral research of the resident chimpanzees. Conducted over four decades, her studies are thought to be the longest ever done on any one wild-animal population. Within the small (22 sq km/13.5 sq mile) confines of Gombe’s grasslands, woodlands and thick rainforest, you can spot red colobus, blue monkey, olive baboon and red-tailed monkeys in addition to chimps.

Like most of us I’d love to see chimpanzees in the wild and there’s a chimpanzee habitat in Tanzania at Gombe Stream National Park where you can go trekking to see chimpanzees. It’s a remote area accessible only by boat on the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

The accommodation would be basic and I’m sure the trekking would be hard work but all of that would be well worth it for the chance to see chimpanzees.

Nearby Mahale Mountain National Park, also on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, has chimpanzees too so I’d like to spend a week or more in the area as it would be a true privilege to see chimpanzees in the wild.

 

Gombe Stream National Park
Gombe Stream National Park

12. Stone Town

For over a thousand years, Stone Town (or Zanzibar Town) was a thriving entrepôt, drawing merchants from as far as Persia, China and Europe who traded guns, textiles, minerals and spices. Today, this history can be felt in atmospherically narrow cobbled streets filled with Arab-style buildings, while numerous mosques and the Islamic dress of locals testify to the influence of Islam on the island.

Zanzibar was also once a major slave trading center, with a large and infamously brutal market in Stone Town. It closed in 1873, but before that, the trade of enslaved men and women here was perhaps one of the most robust in the world.

The intricate cuisine fuses African, Indian, Arabic and French elements. One of the top things to do in Tanzania, the nightly market at Forodhani Gardens is one of the best places to try local foods. Each dish is enhanced with spices that are grown in the area to this day – and which once made Stone Town the world’s largest spice market. To get the best of your visit to Stone Town, hire a guide to walk you through the history, layer by layer.

 

Stone Town
Stone Town

13. MAFIA ISLAND

Divers and snorkelers travel from all over the world to Mafia Island to explore the underwater environment that the Mafia Island Marine Park protects.

While Mafia Island experiences its greatest weather from May to October, the best diving conditions are from October to March.

Mafia Island Marine Park is home to a wide diversity of species, incredible coral gardens, and a calm diving environment.

The area is home to around 400 different types of fish and numerous bird species. Additionally, the green turtle, which is sadly on the verge of extinction, has its historical breeding grounds on Mafia Island.

Mafia is a popular spot for deep-sea fishing, particularly for big-game fish like tuna, marlin, sailfish, and others.

 

MAFIA ISLAND
MAFIA ISLAND

14. RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Tanzania’s largest parkRuaha National Park, was established in 2008. It contains one of Tanzania’s highest densities of elephants and vast herds of buffalo and gazelle.

Ruaha National Park’s primary feature is the Great Ruaha River, which offers breathtaking wildlife viewing along its banks.

Through a hydroelectric plant at Kidatu, the river also contributes significantly to Tanzania’s electrical needs.

Because Ruaha National Park is the least visited park in Tanzania, the environment there is still largely unspoiled.

Over 400 species of birds that are not present in northern Tanzania can be enjoyed by birdwatchers, while photographers are drawn in particular by the river, breathtaking gorges, and towering trees.

 

RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

15. LAKE VICTORIA

Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda surround Lake Victoria, the biggest freshwater lake in Africa. Millions of people live near this lake, which feeds the White Nile and generates revenue for them.

One of the least frequented areas of the nation is the Tanzanian portion of Lake Victoria, yet the cities of Bukoba, Musoma, and Mwanza contain a variety of attractions.

A few of the islands that are close to Mwanza and Musoma have turned into wildlife sanctuaries.

Boat tours or treks can be planned around Lake Victoria, and bird-watching and fishing trips are popular adventures.

On the southwest coast of Lake Victoria, there is a park called Rubondo Island National Park that contains a number of additional smaller islands.

 

LAKE VICTORIA
LAKE VICTORIA

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When Is The Best Time To Go On A Safari In Tanzania?

  • The long dry season, which lasts from July through October, is the ideal time to visit Tanzania.
  • The Great Migration, treks, safaris, and Zanzibar beach vacations are all at their best during these months.
  • The busiest time of year to visit Tanzania is around July. Elephants are congregating at Tarangire National Park as the migration approaches Kenya.
  • The Big Five are more likely to be seen in August because animals begin looking for water sources, making their movements predictable for guides.
  • Flamingos also flock in large numbers to Lake Natron because they may find food and refuge there.
  • The migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra are dispersed across the Serengeti in September, the last month of the peak season.
  • The Mara River, which flows from Kenya’s Northern Serengeti, is their main barrier. It can be thrilling to see herds of wildebeest desperately swim through crocodile-infested waters.
  • For those fascinated by the wildebeest population, visiting near the end of January is a great time to see the calving season on the Ndutu Plains.

Is Tanzania Worth Visiting? 

  • Tanzania genuinely has something to offer every kind of traveler.
  • Incredible game reserves filled with wildlife, beautiful beaches, opulent lodging, and amazing culture and cuisine are just a few of the attractions.

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Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp the perfect setting in nature:

Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp is the flagship Serengeti camp.  Positioned centrally, it allows guests to witness both the northward and southward wildebeest migration, and boasts excellent wildlife viewing of predators and prey throughout the year.  Comprising 17 luxury safari tents – including a honeymoon suite and family accommodation – guests can visit the spa or commission original artworks.  Sweeping views of the landscape are pure Africa.

Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp
Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp

Karibu, Welcome

The Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp is the ideal base from which to explore the central Serengeti.  Built with your comfort and sense of immersion into the surrounding landscape in mind, the luxurious accommodation and facilities invite you to relax and savor the best of the African safari experience.  Our friendly staff are dedicated to ensuring that your stay is hassle-free and rich in memories.

The 17 spacious safari tents offer privacy and appreciation of the surrounding savanna landscape, decorated with warm, African style.  With a wraparound deck, comfortable indoor seating, veiled four-poster bed, and an en-suite bathroom, you are assured of a most rejuvenating experience.

Experience Luxury Standards In Nature

Witnessing the spectacle of the Great Migration, as this unique mega herd of wildebeest, zebra and other antelope move in search of grazing, is a rare privilege.  Acacia Seronera’s position optimizes viewing opportunities throughout the migration, including seeing predators in action.

Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp

Romantic, Luxurious Privacy

For those wishing to add an element of romance, the Honeymoon Room is just the place.  With its large luxurious bed, en-suite bathroom with bathtub and being positioned for added privacy, you’ll have all you need to create a memorable experience.

Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp
Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp

A Tub with a View

What better way to soak away the stresses of modern life than to relax in a bathtub savoring the view of the African savanna With the exception of the Family Tents, all the Safari Tents at Acacia Seronera offer this.

Acacia Seronera Luxury Camp
Seronera Luxury Camp

Pamper Body and Soul

A pampering session in the care of the resident wellness therapist.  Especially popular after a day out on safari, this service will add to your sense of absolute relaxation in a tranquil setting.

Other Amenities

17 ROOMS

WIFI

RESTAURANT

EN-SUITE BATHROOMS

FLUSHING TOILETS

BONFIRE

BABY COT

BARBEQUE

 

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Tanzania Religions, a country nestled in the heart of East Africa, is a vibrant tapestry of cultures and traditions. Central to this mosaic is its diverse religious landscape, encompassing Christianity, Islam, and indigenous belief systems. This article delves into the rich tapestry of Tanzania’s religious diversity, exploring the coexistence, challenges, and opportunities that shape this unique social fabric.

I. Introduction

A. Brief Overview of Tanzania

Tanzania, known for its stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife, is equally celebrated for its cultural richness. At the intersection of this cultural tapestry lies the coexistence of various religious beliefs, each contributing to the nation’s identity.

B. Importance of Understanding Religious Diversity

Understanding the religious dynamics of Tanzania is crucial for fostering harmony, tolerance, and unity. This article aims to unravel the threads of religious diversity, examining how different faiths interweave to create a resilient social fabric.

II. Major Religions in Tanzania

A. Christianity Tanzania Religions

1. Denominations and Their Prevalence

Tanzania hosts a spectrum of Christian denominations, including Catholicism, Protestantism, and various independent churches. Understanding their prevalence provides insight into the religious makeup of the population.

Tanzania Religions

2. Historical Roots

Exploring the historical roots of Christianity in Tanzania unveils the intricate journey of missionaries and the subsequent impact on local customs and traditions.

B. Islam Tanzania Religions

1. Sunni and Shia Branches

Islam, another influential religion in Tanzania, is practiced by both Sunni and Shia Muslims. Examining the nuances of these branches sheds light on the diversity within the Islamic community.

2. Influence on Tanzanian Culture

The Islamic faith has significantly influenced Tanzanian culture, from art and architecture to daily rituals. Understanding this influence is key to appreciating the multifaceted identity of the nation.

C. Indigenous Religions

1. Traditional Beliefs and Practices

Indigenous religions in Tanzania are deeply rooted in the land and its people. Exploring the traditional beliefs and practices provides a glimpse into the spiritual connection between Tanzanians and their environment.

2. Role in Daily Life

Despite the prevalence of Christianity and Islam, indigenous beliefs continue to play a significant role in the daily lives of many Tanzanians. Examining this intersection provides a holistic understanding of religious practices.

III. Interfaith Relations

A. Harmony Among Religious Communities

Tanzania stands out for the harmonious coexistence of different religious communities. Examining examples of mutual respect and collaboration fosters a sense of unity.

B. Shared Cultural Festivals

Exploring shared cultural festivals highlights the interwoven nature of religious and cultural celebrations, showcasing the rich tapestry of Tanzanian society.

C. Interactions Between Followers

Understanding the day-to-day interactions between followers of different faiths provides insights into the lived experiences of Tanzanians, emphasizing shared values and common ground.

IV. Challenges and Opportunities

A. Religious Tensions

While harmony prevails, Tanzania also faces religious tensions. Examining these tensions helps identify areas for improvement and dialogue.

B. Government Initiatives for Religious Harmony

The Tanzanian government has taken initiatives to promote religious harmony. Exploring these efforts sheds light on the role of governance in fostering unity.

C. Opportunities for Interfaith Collaboration

Identifying opportunities for interfaith collaboration unveils the potential for religious communities to work together for common goals, transcending religious boundaries.

V. Impact on Tanzanian Society

A. Educational Institutions

Tanzania Religions diversity influences educational institutions, shaping curricula and fostering an inclusive learning environment.

B. Political Landscape

The religious landscape significantly impacts the political sphere, with faith playing a role in shaping policies and governance.

C. Social Cohesion

Examining the broader impact on social cohesion provides a comprehensive view of how religious diversity contributes to the strength of Tanzanian society.

VI. Case Studies

A. Examples of Successful Interfaith Initiatives

Highlighting specific instances of successful interfaith initiatives showcases the positive impact of collaboration on local communities.

B. Instances of Religious Diversity Positively Impacting Communities

Exploring cases where religious diversity has positively impacted communities reinforces the idea that unity in diversity is a strength.

VII. Conclusion

A. Recap of the Significance of Religious Diversity in Tanzania

In conclusion, the religious diversity of Tanzania is a testament to the nation’s resilience and inclusivity. Recognizing and celebrating this diversity is crucial for fostering a united and harmonious society.

B. Encouragement for Continued Understanding and Collaboration

Encouraging ongoing efforts to understand and collaborate across religious lines promotes a future where diversity is embraced and celebrated.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does religious diversity contribute to the cultural identity of Tanzania? Embracing various faiths enriches Tanzania’s cultural identity, creating a unique blend of traditions, customs, and celebrations.
  2. Are there specific government policies addressing religious harmony in Tanzania? Yes, the Tanzanian government has implemented policies and initiatives to promote religious harmony and peaceful coexistence.
  3. What role do educational institutions play in promoting religious tolerance? Educational institutions in Tanzania play a vital role in shaping attitudes and fostering tolerance by incorporating diverse perspectives into their curricula.
  4. Can you provide examples of interfaith initiatives that have made a significant impact? Instances of successful interfaith initiatives include collaborative community projects, cultural festivals, and joint efforts in addressing societal challenges.
  5. How do religious beliefs influence the political landscape in Tanzania? Religious beliefs can influence political decisions and policies, with leaders often considering the values and perspectives of their respective faiths.

Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanian Cuisine A Journey Through Local Flavors is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, cultures, and traditions. This East African country boasts a diverse culinary heritage that reflects the influences of various ethnic groups, including the Bantu, Arabs, and Indians. In this article, we will take a delicious journey through Tanzanian cuisine, exploring its unique dishes, staple foods, and regional variations.

Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania
Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanian Cuisine: A Journey Through Local Flavors

Tanzanian cuisine is a reflection of the country’s rich cultural history and geographical diversity. It brings together a fascinating array of flavors, textures, and cooking techniques, making it a unique and delightful culinary experience.

 

Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania
Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

The Influence of Tanzanian Culture

Tanzanian cuisine has been shaped by centuries of history, including the spice trade, Arab influences, and the Bantu migration. The blend of these influences has resulted in a cuisine that is both familiar and exotic, creating a culinary adventure for anyone who explores it.

Staple Foods in Tanzanian Cuisine | Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanian cuisine relies heavily on staple foods such as maize, rice, cassava, and plantains. These ingredients form the foundation of many traditional dishes and are used to create hearty and satisfying meals.

Regional Variations

One of the most intriguing aspects of Tanzanian cuisine is the regional variations. From the coastal areas to the highlands, each region offers its own distinct dishes and flavors, showcasing the diversity of the country.

Popular Tanzanian Dishes Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Some of the must-try Tanzanian dishes include:

  • Pilau: A fragrant rice dish with spices, meat, and vegetables.
  • Nyama Choma: Grilled meat, a Tanzanian barbecue specialty.
  • Mishkaki: Skewered and marinated meat, a popular street food.
  • Kisamvu: A spinach dish often served with coconut milk.
  • Mandazi: Sweet, deep-fried doughnut-like pastries.

Spices and Flavors | Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanian cuisine is known for its bold use of spices and flavors. Commonly used spices include cardamom, cumin, and cinnamon, which add depth and complexity to dishes. The use of coconut, tamarind, and hot peppers gives Tanzanian food its unique taste.

Dining Etiquette in Tanzania

In Tanzanian culture, meals are a time for gathering and socializing. Traditional dining often involves sitting on the floor and eating with your hands. Sharing a meal is a sign of hospitality and connection.

Street Food in Tanzania

Tanzania’s bustling cities offer a wide array of street food. From samosas to roasted maize, the streets are filled with the tantalizing aroma of local delicacies.

Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania
Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

The Role of Ugali

Ugali, a starchy porridge made from maize or cassava, is a Tanzanian staple and a dietary cornerstone. It is often served as an accompaniment to various dishes and is a source of comfort and sustenance for many Tanzanians.

Seafood Delights

The coastal regions of Tanzania offer a bounty of seafood, from fresh fish to prawns and lobster. These delicacies are often prepared with aromatic spices and coconut milk.

 

Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania
Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Tanzanian cuisine offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, making it accessible to those with dietary preferences. Dishes like coconut bean soup and plantain stew are a delight for plant-based eaters.

Beverages and Drinks

Tanzania is known for its high-quality tea and coffee. You can savor a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea while enjoying the scenic views of the country.

Food Festivals in Tanzania

Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania
Tanzania Food: 15 Dishes to Try in Tanzania

Tanzanians celebrate their culinary heritage through various food festivals. These events offer a glimpse into the diverse food culture of the nation.Tanzanian Desserts

End your Tanzanian culinary journey with delectable desserts like kashata (coconut candy) and kaimati (sweet, fried dough balls).

Conclusion

Tanzanian cuisine is a treasure trove of flavors and traditions. Its rich history and cultural influences make it a unique and delightful culinary experience for food enthusiasts. Whether you are savoring the street food of Dar es Salaam or enjoying a traditional meal in a local home, Tanzanian cuisine offers a diverse and satisfying journey for your taste buds.

FAQs

  1. What is the signature dish of Tanzanian cuisine? Tanzanian cuisine is renowned for its Pilau, a fragrant rice dish with a medley of spices, meat, and vegetables.
  2. Is Tanzanian cuisine spicy? Yes, Tanzanian cuisine often incorporates spices like cardamom, cumin, and hot peppers, giving it a spicy kick.
  3. Can vegetarians and vegans find suitable options in Tanzanian cuisine? Absolutely, there are various vegetarian and vegan dishes in Tanzanian cuisine, making it inclusive for all dietary preferences.
  4. What is the traditional way of dining in Tanzania? Traditional Tanzanian dining often involves sitting on the floor and eating with your hands, emphasizing communal sharing.
  5. What are some famous Tanzanian beverages? Tanzania is known for its high-quality tea and coffee, which are a must-try for beverage enthusiasts.

 

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Lake Victoria History and Facts

Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake in Africa, holds a unique and prominent place in the heart of East Africa. Nestled in the Great Rift Valley, this natural wonder boasts an array of fascinating features, history, and ecological significance. In this article, we will embark on a journey to explore the secrets of Victoria, revealing its natural beauty, cultural importance, and the environmental challenges it faces.

The Magnificent Lake Victoria

A Glimpse of Size and Depth

Lake Victoria, often referred to as ‘Victoria Nyanza’ by the locals, spans across an impressive 68,800 square kilometers, making it one of the largest freshwater bodies on the African continent. With a maximum depth of about 84 meters, this vast expanse of water supports a diverse ecosystem.

 

Lake Victory: Africa's Largest Tropical Lake

A Biodiversity Hotspot

Diverse Flora and Fauna

Lake Victoria’s waters teem with life. It is home to numerous species of fish, with the Nile perch and tilapia being the most renowned. The lake’s shores are adorned with lush vegetation, showcasing a rich diversity of plants and trees that contribute to the region’s ecological equilibrium.

Cultural Significance

The Lifeblood of Communities

Lake Victoria is not only a natural wonder but also holds profound cultural significance for the communities that surround it. Local tribes, such as the Luo and Baganda, have deep-rooted connections with the lake, which plays a pivotal role in their traditions, livelihoods, and social ceremonies.

Environmental Challenges

A Delicate Ecosystem Under Threat

While Lake Victoria’s majesty is undeniable, it faces a set of severe environmental challenges. Pollution, overfishing, and invasive species pose a significant threat to the lake’s delicate ecosystem, causing imbalances that reverberate through the food chain.

The Plight of Pollution

A Growing Concern

Pollution from urban areas, agricultural runoff, and industrial activities has led to water quality issues in the lake. These challenges endanger the health of both the ecosystem and the millions of people who rely on the lake for drinking water and fisheries.

Overfishing: A Balance Tipped

Unsustainable Practices

Overfishing, driven by a burgeoning population and commercial interests, has placed immense pressure on Lake Victoria’s fish stocks. The unregulated catch and increased demand for fish jeopardize the survival of several native species.

Invasive Species: A Silent Invader

The Nile Perch Conundrum

The introduction of the Nile perch to Lake Victoria in the 1950s, while economically beneficial, disrupted the native fish populations. This invasive species caused the extinction of some indigenous species, impacting the lake’s ecological balance.

Conclusion

Victoria, Africa’s largest tropical lake, is a natural marvel that captures the essence of East Africa’s beauty and culture. However, it is also a fragile ecosystem facing numerous challenges. Preserving this magnificent waterbody requires collective efforts to combat pollution, regulate fishing practices, and restore the balance of its native species.

FAQs

  1. What is the significance of Lake Victoria for local communities?
    • Lake Victoria holds cultural importance, shaping traditions and livelihoods for nearby tribes.
  2. What is the maximum depth of Lake Victoria?
    • Lake Victoria reaches a maximum depth of approximately 84 meters.
  3. How does pollution impact the lake’s ecosystem?
    • Pollution from various sources has led to water quality issues, endangering the lake’s flora and fauna.
  4. Why is overfishing a concern in Lake Victoria?
    • Overfishing, driven by population growth and commercial interests, threatens the survival of native fish species.
  5. How has the introduction of the Nile perch affected Lake Victoria?
    • While economically beneficial, the Nile perch disrupted the native fish populations, leading to the extinction of some indigenous species.

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Top Best Things to do in Serengeti

Embarking on a safari adventure offers incredible opportunities to immerse yourself in nature and witness remarkable wildlife encounters. Here are 10 exclusive travel experiences that you’ll only find on a safari:

 

Serengeti

The Serengeti National Park is a natural wonder that draws adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Spanning over 14,750 square kilometers, this Tanzania gem offers an unspoiled wilderness teeming with mesmerizing landscapes and a spectacular array of wildlife. In this article, we’ll explore the many incredible activities and experiences that await you in the Serengeti.

The Magnificent Serengeti

Serengeti, often called the “Endless Plain,” is renowned for its sprawling grasslands, rocky outcrops, and picturesque savannah. The park is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife and boasts some of the most breathtaking natural vistas on Earth Best Time to Visit Serengeti.

Best Time to Visit Serengeti

Choosing the right time to visit is crucial for an unforgettable experience. The  Park offers year-round attractions, but the Best Time to Visit Serengeti to witness the Great Migration is from June to September when millions of wildebeests and zebras traverse the Serengeti plains in search of greener pastures.

Wildlife Safari Adventures

The Park offers incredible wildlife experiences, and abundant opportunities to spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhinoceros) along with cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, and countless other species.

Serengeti’s Big Five

These iconic animals are the crown jewels of the park. Each one has its unique charm and appeal, making every sighting a memorable experience.

Top Best Things to do in Serengeti
Serengeti’s Big Five
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. Top 10 Activities to do in Serengeti national park
    1. Game Drives
    2. A Hot Air Balloon Safari Over the Serengeti
    3. Be A Part Of The Great Migration
    4. Walking safaris in Serengeti.
    5. Get A History Lesson At Olduvai Gorge
    6. Experience The wildlife At Night in A Tent/Lodge
    7. Visit The Bologonja Springs
    8. The Grumeti River
    9. View Wildlife At Seronera River Valley
    10. Explore the Retina Hippo Pool
    11. Enjoy The Serengeti!

Game Drives

Lion King is a classic that is loved by all. Serengeti gives you the atmosphere to live the Lion King experience in real life. You can spot Zazu(s) flying around or sounders of Pumbaa galloping. Yes, I am talking about the African red-billed hornbill and Warthogs. Whether you are a fan of birds or an animal lover, Serengeti has got it all! The best way to see them close enough is through a game drive. As much as one would like to cover the park in its entirety, it is not possible due to its massive size. You will have to choose an area to visit or make multiple visits to see a different scene each time.

Be sure to book the tour which fits your preferences. It is necessary to choose the correct guide and company. This is because some are better at spotting animals than others. Your tour guide can make or break your Serengeti experience.

 

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park

Start the day on a high note by soaring above the plains in a hot-air balloon. As the sun rises, watch the herds of elephants from above and admire the unspoiled landscape. Hot-air balloon rides are at an additional cost and are weather-dependent. The flight length varies between 50 to 90 minutes, depending on the weather conditions. Bush breakfast after landing.

Exploring the Serengeti’s wilderness through game drives or taking to the skies in a hot air balloon is a thrilling way to get up close and personal with the park’s diverse fauna and flora.

 

What to do in Serengeti
Serengeti Hot Air Balloon

 We have a strong bond with the local communities. And we are happy to share our ties with your guests should they be interested.

In Tanzania, there is a great diversity of tribes and ethnic groups of great interest. Tribes such as Hadzabe, Datoga, Masai, Wairak, and other tribes can be visited from Serengeti Park. The activity consists of visiting the local ethnic group to learn about their traditions and way of living.

 

Cultural visit
Cultural visit

Be A Part Of The Serengeti Great Migration

The great migration is considered one of nature’s wondrous spectacles. It is a time when hooved animals such as Wildebeest, Zebras, and Gazelles cross over the Mara River in search of food and greener pastures. Many people flock to the Serengeti to witness this breathtaking scene.

You should know that the Migration is not a one-day event and takes place over a while. Always inform your Safari operator so that they can thoughtfully plan to optimize your chances of seeing the migration. The best feel and viewing of this epic movie is through Aerial view. Hop on to one of the Balloons and watch the migration happen right below you.

 

Serengeti Wildebeest Migrations
Serengeti Wildebeest Migrations

Walking safaris in Serengeti.

On a walking safari, you have the chance to see nature in a completely different way than from a vehicle. It is a step-by-step discovery of the Serengeti.

Now that we have established two great ways to explore Serengeti, this one is for the brave and adventurous. Only 25% of Serengeti is open to tourism by going around in cars, which leaves 75% of the unseen territory. The way to explore these areas is on foot.

If you love camping and backpacking, read along! You can either have a base camp and explore the surroundings around this, have a moving base with a crew to help move and set up, or go on a full-out adventure and carry on with the minimum to survive. It is one of the best ways to feel one with nature!

 

Top Best Things to do in Serengeti
Walking safaris in Serengeti.

Experience The wildlife At Night in A Tent/Lodge

Ever thought about what is like sleeping around so many wild animals? Enjoy the thrill from the safety of tented lodges in Serengeti. If you are lucky enough, you may awake to the sight of an animal right at your doorstep. It is the perfect way to experience life in an African bush. Do not forget to gaze at the sky and amp up your constellation skills. The pitch-blackness and serenity of the surroundings allow you to let yourself become one with nature and soak in all its marvels.

 

Sayari Camp
Sayari Camp

The Serengeti Grumeti River

The Grumeti River offers one of the nail-biting moments of the Serengeti migration. Located at the border of Serengeti and Mara, it is a natural corridor to aid the migration between the two parks. It is not a place to miss for Avid nature lovers. This river is home to crocodiles, and the migration journey comes down to survival of the fittest. Due to its remote location, only a few lodges are available with a capacity of 60 guests at a time. It is the best way to enjoy the serenity of an exclusive location and service.

In other words, Grumeti is your private Serengeti! It is probably one of the best locations in the territory to view lions.

 

Serengeti Mara River
Serengeti River

Birdwatching Paradise

For bird enthusiasts, the Serengeti is a birdwatcher’s paradise. With over 500 species, it’s a haven for ornithologists and nature lovers.

Serengeti’s Unique Flora

While it’s primarily known for its wildlife, the Serengeti’s flora is equally captivating. The acacia trees, baobabs, and various grasses create a stunning backdrop for your safari.

Accommodation Options

From luxury lodges to cozy tented camps, the Serengeti offers a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences.

Luxury Tented Camps:

Stay in exclusive luxury tented camps that combine comfort and elegance with an authentic safari experience. Luxurious camps offer roomy tents, en-suite baths, private decks, gourmet food, and personalized service for an unforgettable stay

These exclusive travel experiences add a touch of adventure, luxury, and uniqueness to your safari, creating lifelong memories and providing a deeper connection with the natural wonders of Africa.

 

Tanzania Luxury Safari Tours

 

Tips

  • Learn about the conservation initiatives aimed at preserving the Serengeti’s unique ecosystems and wildlife.
  • Safety is paramount in the wilderness. Familiarize yourself with safety guidelines to ensure a secure and enjoyable visit.
  • A well-prepared traveler is a happy traveler. Make sure you pack appropriately for your Serengeti adventure.

Conclusion

The Serengeti National Park is a testament to nature’s grandeur, offering a breathtaking blend of landscapes and wildlife. Whether you’re an avid wildlife enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone seeking a profound connection with the earth, the Serengeti will captivate your heart and soul.

Unique FAQs

  1. Q: What is the significance of the Serengeti’s name? A: The name “Serengeti” is derived from the Maasai word “Siringet,” which means “endless plains,” accurately describing its vast grasslands.
  2. Q: Are there any dangerous animals in the Serengeti? A: Yes, the Serengeti is home to many wild animals, some of which can be dangerous. It’s important to follow safety guidelines during your visit.
  3. Q: What is the best time to see the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti? A: The best time to witness the Great Migration is from June to September.
  4. Q: How do I book a hot air balloon safari in the Serengeti? A: Great Image Expedition Ltd offers hot air balloon safaris in the Serengeti. You can book one in advance.
  5. Q: Are there medical facilities in the Serengeti? A: While there are some medical facilities in the Serengeti, it’s essential to carry a basic first aid kit and any necessary medications with you during your visit.

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Olakira Migration Camp

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The mobile Olakira Migration Camp follows the wildebeest migration around the Serengeti, from the epic river crossings in the north to the southern plains where they give birth to thousands of calves each year. Stay with us to witness the greatest animal migration in the world.

 

Olakira Migration Camp

ABOUT OLAKIRA MIGRATION CAMP

Between June and October, Olakira is in the north to witness the crossing of the Mara River. Here, watch thousands of wildebeest take a leap of faith into the water, facing hungry Nile crocodiles and cantankerous hippos. When the herds are on the move, the air is full of grunting, thudding hooves, and billowing dust. From December until March, we move camp to the southern plains of the Serengeti, where the wildebeest go to give birth and graze on lush grass, and predators such as lions and cheetahs gather to prey on the young.

Even at night, the Olakira Migration Camp experience is special. Our mesh-covered stargazing tents allow guests to sleep under a sky of glittering stars.

  • Calendar

    Open: June to October, December to March
    Closed: April, May, November

  • Airplane

    Closest airstrip: Kogatende (in the north – June to November): 45-minute drive from camp. Ndutu (in the south – December to April): 20-minute drive from camp

  • 1 Families

    Families: children aged five and older

  • 43 Migration Season

    Year-round

     

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Accommodation & Amenities

Olakira Migration Camp follows the migration throughout the year, offering the closest possible view of the action. The canvas tents are designed to blend into the bush without leaving a trace,  though that doesn’t mean we scrimp on comforts. Admire the sprawling plains of the Serengeti or Ndutu region from the dining tent, or spend a leisurely afternoon in an armchair, watching zebras or Thomson’s gazelles pass by. After dark, dinner is served under the stars.

  • Tents

    9 tents (including 1 family tent)

  • Stargazing Tent

    Stargazing tent design

  • 3 En Suite Bathrooms

    En-suite bathrooms

  • 13 Shower 2

    Hot-water showers and bath

  • 24 Flushing Toilets

    Flushing toilets

  • Complimentary Laundry Service

    Complimentary laundry service

  • 26 Solar&Generatorpower 2

    Solar and generator power

  • Battery Charging Facilities

    Battery-charging facilities

     

    Rooms

There are nine tents at Olakira Migration Camp, including one with two bedrooms ideally suited to families. The tents have king-sized beds (twins are also available) and en suite bathrooms with flushing toilets and solar-heated hot water showers. Our tents have been perfectly designed for stargazing; a portion of the tent boasts a 270°-view from beneath a net, offering you the best of the outdoors while remaining indoors. At night, roll your bed into the meshed area to spend the night with the stars glittering above while dreaming about the day’s adventures. It truly is an experience you don’t want to miss.

 

OLAKIRA MIGRATION CAMP

Location of Olakira Migration Camp

As a mobile camp, our location changes with the seasons. We pack up camp and move twice per year. Note that the camp does not operate in April and May.

Olakira Migration Camp North: June to October

Between June and October, we are in the Bolongoja region in the northern Serengeti, watching the wildebeest herds crossing the Mara River. Watch hundreds of thousands of wildebeest plunge into the water and hurry across in a bid to avoid the crocodiles that lie in wait.

Olakira Migration Camp South: December to March

In December, we move to our southern base in Ndutu, in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here, the camp is conveniently close to an airstrip, besides being well positioned for excellent wildlife viewing. From here, we look across grassy plains, on which the wildebeest gather to give birth around February each year. Watch thousands of wobbly-legged young finding their feet, something they have to do quickly to avoid the watchful big cats that stalk these plains.

 

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EXPERIENCES

The ultimate Migration camp

Olakira Migration Camp follows the migration throughout the year, offering the closest possible view of the action. The canvas tents are designed to blend into the bush without leaving a trace,  though that doesn’t mean we scrimp on comforts. Admire the sprawling plains of the Serengeti or Ndutu region from the dining tent, or spend a leisurely afternoon in an armchair, watching zebras or Thomson’s gazelles pass by. After dark, dinner is served under the stars.

A typical day on safari at Olakira Migration Camp

The best time to see wildlife is at dusk and dawn when the temperatures are cooler and nocturnal animals are either beginning their night’s activities or winding down. We head out on our first game drive just as it begins to get light, so the time differs slightly depending on the season.

Start the day bright and early with a wake-up call and tea or coffee. Enjoy breakfast before you depart for a morning game drive (or have it packed as a picnic to take with you). You’ll arrive back at camp mid-morning, with a chance to freshen up before lunch.

After a leisurely lunch, enjoy some downtime. Read a book or just relax and soak up the atmosphere. Refuel with afternoon tea before we depart for an afternoon/evening game drive with sundowners. Return in time for a relaxing evening of drinks around the campfire and dinner

Game drives

Game drives are led by expert local guides. We depart early in the morning and again late in the afternoon when it’s coolest and we’re most likely to see predators on the move.

 

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Hot-air balloon rides

Don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to soar above the Serengeti in a hot-air balloon, appreciating the full scope of the wildebeest migration and watching the colors change as the sun rises. This experience is at an additional cost and is weather-dependent.

 

Serengeti National Park

Family safaris

We welcome families with children over 5 years old and have a large family tent with two separate bedrooms. Depending on camp occupancy, we may be able to accommodate younger children. Please enquire and we can advise further. Note that, although our guides and camp team happily cater to younger guests, Olakira has no specific program for children. Please ask your agent for information regarding private vehicles for your family’s safari.

Meals and refreshments

We source our organic produce from local farmers for a menu of wholesome, delicious meals. Start the day with a continental buffet or a full English breakfast. At lunch, the light buffet includes fresh salads and homemade bread. Dinner is a three-course affair served in the dining tent or under the stars.

 

OLAKIRA MIGRATION CAMP

 

What to expect during the year

Olakira Camp follows the wildebeest herds through the Serengeti, which ensures you’ll see the Great Migration at any time of year (except April, May, and November, when the camp is closed). July and August are the busiest months in the Serengeti, when there will be many other visitors in the area.

Great Image Expedition Ltd offers a safari experience like no other. From witnessing the incredible Great Migration to enjoying luxury glamping, this camp has it all. Immerse yourself in the beauty and drama of the Serengeti while creating memories that will last a lifetime.

FAQs

1. What is the accommodation like at Olakira Migration Camp?

  • The camp offers luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms and stunning Serengeti views.

2. How can I book a safari at Olakira Migration Camp?

  • You can book directly through our website / trusted safari operator.

3. Is Wi-Fi available at the camp?

  • While the camp prioritizes a natural experience, limited Wi-Fi is available in the main common areas for guest convenience.

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10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

The Serengeti is a renowned destination for wildlife enthusiasts, offering breathtaking landscapes and incredible opportunities to witness the animal kingdom in its natural habitat. To truly immerse yourself in this awe-inspiring experience, it’s essential to find the perfect luxury safari camp or lodge. In this article, we’ll explore the top ten luxury safari camps and lodges in Serengeti, providing you with valuable insights to help you plan your unforgettable safari adventure.

The Serengeti National Park, located in Tanzania, is a world-famous conservation area known for its vast savannahs, abundant wildlife, and the annual Great Migration. Spanning over 14,750 square kilometers, it is home to a diverse range of animal species, including lions, elephants, giraffes, and zebras. The Serengeti’s natural beauty and rich biodiversity make it an unparalleled destination for safari enthusiasts.

With a wide array of luxury lodges and camps spread throughout the region, there’s no need to compromise on comfort while discovering the African wilderness. We’ve rounded up 10 of the top luxury accommodations in the Serengeti:

 

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Safari Lodge

1. Singita Sasakwa Lodge

The award-winning Singita Sasakwa Lodge epitomizes old-world luxury and grace, resembling a manor straight out of the Edwardian era. Regal indulgence is evident in every corner of the lodge, from the vintage collectibles dotted around the rooms to the Persian carpets laid out on polished parquet floors. The atmosphere might be that of a bygone era, but Sasakwa ensures not one creature comfort of the modern age is missing, whether that’s something as simple as a hairdryer in each room or the large infinity pool overlooking the sprawling Serengeti plains.

Highlights:

  • Set in Singita’s private Grumeti Reserve
  • Panoramic views of the Serengeti from camp
  • Tennis court
  • Amazing stargazing opportunities
  • Visit one of Singita’s anti-poaching observation posts
  • Award-winning luxury lodge

Best for…Family getaways and safari lovers.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti
10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

2. Mwiba Lodge

A secluded haven set atop massive stone boulders, Mwiba Lodge is surrounded by ancient coral trees and acacias, overlooking a rocky gorge on the Arugusinyai River. Vast vistas stretch out before you: untamed landscapes vibrantly lush with plant life, freshwater springs, and a diverse array of wildlife. Limited to just 10 suites, each with a private deck, spectacular views, a large soaking tub, outdoor rain shower, personal minibar, and grand bed made for dreaming. The main lodge offers airy living spaces, a rejuvenating spa and gym, and a curated wine cellar. An expansive pool is set on a rocky outcrop overlooking natural springs below where resident wildlife frequently comes to slake their thirst.

Highlights:

  • Excellent views of the Serengeti
  • Privacy and exclusivity
  • Private safari vehicle and guide per booking
  • Authentic cultural experiences with the local tribes

Best for…

A romantic getaway or family vacation.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti
10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

 

3. Namiri Plains

Before Namiri Plains was built, these grasslands were closed for 20 years to allow the cheetah population to be restored. The nearest other camps are over an hour’s drive away so you can experience the vast plains all to yourself. When not out in the bush spotting lions and other big cats or watching huge wildebeest herds, while away an afternoon around the pool or schedule a massage in our spa. Feed your mind in the library and information center, or simply chill out and soak up the views from your private deck.

Constructed on wooden decks and set under canvas in the Eastern Serengeti wilderness, this luxury tented camp offers top-tier modern comforts and designs. Couple this with impeccable personalized service and you’ll forget that you’re in the middle of the Tanzanian bushland, not a five-star hotel.

Highlights:

  • Guaranteed big cat sightings, particularly cheetah
  • Optional hot-air balloon safaris
  • Award-winning private camp
  • The authentic African safari experience
  • Set on the Great Migration route (November to June)

Best for…

Honeymooners.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti
10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

4. Nimali Central Serengeti

Being a part of Nimali — with all the necessary luxuries of a wild yet classic safari located in central Serengeti — means staying in remarkable luxury tents that can be packed up and moved along in a style evocative of the pioneering explorers of the 19th century, yet with all the modern comforts. Handcrafted luggage, easy chairs with an air of mid-century modern, and characterful cabinets and desks, have all been designed to be perfectly portable. This considered modern collection of first-class furniture brings the charm of centuries-ago safari living bang up to date.

Highlights:

  • Prime location for viewing the annual Great Migration
  • Under-canvas provides an authentic safari feel

Best for…

The safari-lover.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

5. Serengeti Bushtops Luxury Tented Camp

Under Serengeti Bushtops canvas lies the finest in seductive luxury and fifteen of the largest, most impressive tented ensuites imaginable. None of the tents are overlooked, but all look over the Serengeti. Each faces the sunset and is open on two sides, giving you an extraordinary panoramic view of nature’s living masterpiece. After a thrilling day of viewing, selecting from the menu and being escorted to your table is the perfect ending. In the Bush, a glowing campfire sets the stage for a sophisticated and harmonious life, where you can watch the sunset over Serengeti.

Highlights:

  • Private jacuzzi in each tent
  • Private butler on hand 24/7
  • Well known for its wine selection

Best for…Honeymooners.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti
10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

6. Lamai Camp

Standing proud above the plains, around a tumble of giant boulders.

You can see from this outcrop, the Kogakuria Kopje, for miles and miles. Over a million wildebeest cross these plains on their way to dodge the jaws of death in the Mara River, just down the track. On the Lamai Wedge, bristling with mammals all year round, there’s never a dull moment. Above it all, our beautiful kopje is a sacred wildlife haven – and our mission is to act as its faithful guardians.

The living quarters make the most of the beautiful location, with glassless floor-to-ceiling windows opening up the space to nature. Here, African design and décor take center stage, with all furnishings designed and handmade by local artisans.

Highlights:

  • Prime position to witness the Wildebeest Migration (July to October)
  • Year-round Big 5 viewing
  • The secluded location guarantees privacy

Best for…Family holidays and romantic getaways.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti
10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

7. Singita Faru Faru Camp

Singita Faru Faru Lodge, located by a bustling waterhole on the Grumeti River in the Serengeti, offers stunning surroundings and connections.

A relaxed approach to luxury forms a golden thread throughout this contemporary African lodge and allows guests to experience the deeply restorative power of nature. Décor & Design include airy bedroom suites, where every creature’s comfort is catered for with intuitive ease and oversized windows welcome the wilderness inside.

Highlights:

  • Located in the private Grumeti Game Reserve
  • Hot-air balloon safaris
  • Overlooks the wildlife-frequented Grumeti River
  • Visit one of Singita’s anti-poaching observation posts

Best for…Family holidays.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti
10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

8. Lemala Nanyukie

Opened in Oct 2018, Lemala Nanyukie in Eastern Serengeti equals the high comfort and service of Lemala’s luxury collection.

Constructed on raised wooden decks and set under canvas rooftops, Nanyukie offers raw and untouched wilderness alongside contemporary comforts. ‘Roughing it’ takes on a new meaning at Nanyukie. While you might be in a remote location surrounded by undomesticated wildlife and untamed bushland, you still have a comfy king-sized bed and private plunge pool nearby – the best way to enjoy an African safari!

Highlights:

  • Year-round game viewing
  • Candlelit dinners in multiple locations
  • Hot-air balloon rides
  • On the seasonal Wildebeest Migration route (April to June, and November to January)

Best for…Families with older children or romantic getaways

Lemala Nanyukie Lodge
Lemala Nanyukie Lodge

 

9. One Nature Nyaruswiga

One Nature Nyaruswiga in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania is an ultra-luxury African safari lodge, perfectly situated at the heart of Central Serengeti, surrounded by breath-taking views of endless plains and embraced by the majestic Nyaruswiga Hills.

The Seronera area boasts the world’s oldest ecosystem, abundant in diverse flora and fauna, making this property ideal. It’s the African Big Cat Capital, where lions, cheetahs, and leopards are frequently spotted during safaris. Home to over 3,000 lions, this area has one of the largest lion populations in the entire continent.

Highlights:

  • Near the wildlife-frequented Seronera River
  • Incredible views of the Nyaruswiga hills
  • Visits to the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Private photographic safari

Best for…The safari-lover.

 

10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti
10 Best Luxury Safari Camps & Lodges in the Serengeti

 

10. Sayari Camp

An award-winning luxury under-canvas camp that seamlessly blends African elements with modern-day comforts, Sayari Tented Camp guarantees a stay that would rival any five-star hotel. Why should you vacation here instead of staying at The Ritz? You won’t get to see a group of baby elephants frolicking in the water as their mother stops for a drink from a hotel window. Set within a remote part of the Northern Serengeti, you’ll have a private and exclusive safari experience that you won’t soon forget.

Highlights:

  • Private and exclusive
  • Award-winning luxury camp
  • Walking safaris with expert guides
  • Prime location for watching the Wildebeest Migration

Best for…A family getaway

 

Sayari Camp
Sayari Camp

 

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