Article by Jack Jones
Tanzania in 1961 was once home to just a single national park, fast forward to 2012 and Tanzania now boasts over fifteen national parks and game reserves rich in wildlife. According to a recent article in the New York Times, Tanzania has emerged number seven out of forty five selected places to visit in 2012. The only other African countries in this list were Morocco and Uganda (ranked 26 and 33).
Part of Tanzania’s rise to being one of the most popular safari destinations in Africa is because of its exclusive safari reserves and upscale safari camps, making Tanzania a more sophisticated African safari destination, giving Kenya and South Africa some serious competition as Africa’s number one safari destination.
The rise of Tanzania as a safari power house also co-insides with recent troubles in Somalia, which neighbours Kenya, the plight of Somalia has led to many people choosing to avoid Kenya by choosing Tanzania or South Africa for their safari holiday. Although Tanzania is renowned for Mount Kilimanjaro, its other tourist sites such as the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Parks took time to establish themselves with the safari public and to be a household name and identified as truly Tanzanian.
Tanzania’s coastline which is situated along the Indian Ocean provides some idyllic white sandy beaches. A popular holiday package is a combined safari beach holiday, with the addition of a beach holiday to Zanzibar. This form of twin centre holidays is incredibly popular for honeymooners.
For those who are seeking a true adventure, they tend to head to Tanzania to climb the largest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. The mountain offers incredible climbing routes for both novice and experienced climbers. It’s no surprise why Tanzania is such a popular destination in Africa, offering so many adventures and unique experiences exclusive to Tanzania.
Another string to Tanzania’s bow is the fact that there is never a bad time to travel to Tanzania as each season provides its own highlights and attractions, dependent upon your interests. In the wet season, Serengeti is an incredible place to visit, not only for its incredible birdlife and luscious green scenery, but mainly because the wildebeest are calving in Southern plains during the wet season.
The busiest time and most popular time to go to Tanzania is during the dry season between June to October. It is during this season that the grasses are lower, which means animal sightings are much easier and because of the draught many water supplies are severely reduced which means that many animals tend to congregate around rivers and lakes during the day time to stay cool and to hydrate.
No matter why you choose to go to Tanzania, whether it’s for a family holiday, a romantic honeymoon or for an adventure holiday, a Tanzania safari will be a holiday that you will never forget and one you will savour for the rest of your life.
About the Author
Jack Jones recommends Mahlatini; please visit http://www.mahlatini.com for the best selection of Tanzania safari holidays, family holidays and luxury honeymoons.