Five Experiences Beyond The Serengeti National Park

A bucket list of favourite destinations for travelling in Tanzania will no doubt include a trip to the Serengeti National Park – the magnificent Great Wildebeest Migration and the legendary savannah cats that make it, the ultimate untamed wilderness flora and fauna expanses of the rolling savannah grasslands amidst patches of shrubs and kopje rock outcrops that provide for special homely space for the lion prides that in each of their territory expanses. And if Serengeti is a major safari destination, then safari-goers would be remiss not to include a few other experiences in the area in their travel agenda. Serengeti’s mix of scenic water streams, and the Mbalageti and Grumeti rivers that converge into Masai Mara’s Talek and Mara Rivers amidst the rolling savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife and birdlife. It is a great place to explore, and very enlivening with primal senses in nature. There is something for everyone and this makes for great family and small group safari destination.

Ngorongoro half day tour to the Crater floor is a wildlife haven with a large population of hyena, and lion prides and the large black-manned male lions stalk the grasslands. Cheetahs move in and out of the crater but sightings are very common on crater tours. Leopards are most frequently sighted in the spectacular Lerai area mostly on tree branches and sometimes on the surrounding environs. The smaller carnivores that are commonly spotted include: both golden and black-backed jackal, whereas the normally shy and nocturnal serval cats are often seen during daylight hours.

Karatu Open-Air Market and the Mto Wa Mbu offer a good local experience on everyday life in Tanzania. In addition Mto Wa Mbu is a unique cultural point based on the fact that four distinct ethno-linguistic groups (Nilotes, Cushites, Bantus and Hamates) are present and coexist in harmony here. The area is an interesting point to visit since it’s an area where anthropology is most diverse in Tanzania. A half-day visit includes strolling in the local market, schools and community with a local guide who shares the knowledge during an authentic experience of the most complex cultural living within an area, with the diverse tribal people living with mutual respect and trading their farm produce and cattle. The cultural experience can conveniently be incorporated within a private wildlife safari through the northern destinations of Tanzania.
Maasai Cultural Visits in Northern Tanzania… Simply said, no visit to Tanzania and Kenya is complete without exploring the diverse cultures and traditions of the people of this region.

Tanzania has an extensive fossil record of human evolution, and today’s East Africa is a rich tapestry of the constantly changing and mingling culture that have lived here through the ages. Maasai villagers are able to welcome visitors to some of their communities for cultural heritage experiences. Discovering their interesting culture helps give visitors a true understanding of these precious places and the lifestyles they have maintained for centuries. At the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, there are about 42,000 Maasai pastoralists living with their cattle. Their traditional way of life allows them to live in harmony with the wildlife and the environment.

Nature Walking amidst the photogenic Baobab trees that provide for scenic sightings in Tarangire National Park. At Tarangire, nature guided walks are rather an extraordinary way to explore this national park that features the highest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania that remain in the park throughout the year. Tarangire is best known for its large baobab trees and the large herds of elephants that flock near the Tarangire river. The southern part is rather more remote, and not very accessible by vehicles and most travellers don’t have the chance to discover it. The southern part of the park is the best spot for a private nature guided walking safari in an area so wild yet picturesque.

Relax and Rejuvenate on the offshore Island of Zanzibar also known as “Unguja” has gained a lot of popularity as a beach holiday destination, and yet still retains its authentic island style and laid back Zanzibari charm. The island has a rich history and an extraordinary blend of African, Arabic and European cultures, best seen in Stone Town, where the colourful tapestry is most evident in the architecture and marketplaces. In addition to the remarkable history and culture, Zanzibar offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are home to varied marine life and exceptional coral reefs, making a look beneath the turquoise waters spectacular. Zanzibar Island is a destination, however, combining a Tanzania safari adventure with a relaxed beach holiday makes for a truly memorable and well-rounded holiday in Africa.