African Safari – A Spectacular Journey

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Safari Circuits

Tanzania’s tourists circuits were established largely due to the size of the country, the distance and the travel costs and times. To cover two or three circuits in one safari is not only possible but also frequently done.

The Northern Circuit

The Northern Circuit is the most visited by tourists for two reasons – most of the destinations are fairly close to each other and many of Tanzania’s most famous sights, such as Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro are all part of this circuit. Due to the fact that all the parks towns and attractions are within easy reach of one another, one can tour this entire circuit by vehicle with only a couple of hours in-between destinations.

Safari Rates

The prices for safari are generally tailored to each person or group, since preferences for the trip may vary. But generally for the Northern circuit, which includes Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Tarangire, trips are around $600. The price will include all camping equipment, food and transportation.

The Southern Circuit

The national parks and game reserves of the Southern Circuit are arguably the hidden treasures of Tanzania’s authentic Africa. These parks are enormous, with some of the highest concentration of animals anywhere in Africa. They offer spectacular diversity of wildlife including roan antelope, sable antelope, cape hunting dogs and a multitude of colorful birdlife. The lodges and camps of the south are small and intimate, with no more than 30 rooms and tents at the very most. This means there are fewer tourists in the south compared to the north, and allowed the area to hold true to the tenets of eco-tourism. The travel times between parks in the south are long as the parks are far apart. The parks in the south can be visited independently or as a circuit combining various parks into one package. Package can be arranged using scheduled air services or as road using 4x4 vehicles.

The Western Circuit

Lying in the Great Rift Valley are the inland lakes, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika. All three national parks in this area offer the same safe opportunities to see chimpanzees in the wild today. The habitats of these areas are a merger between Western Africa and East Africa therefore the cultures, rainfall and flora are unique to this small area. The Western Circuit is seldom experienced on its own but it is more often an addition to either the southern or northern circuits, or both. The Western Circuit is more remote that travel by both aircraft and boat is necessary in order to experience this lovely side of Tanzania.

The Coastal Circuit

One of the great attractions of Tanzania is fantastic 800km coastal line with palm fringed beaches of white sand and the historic towns of Dar-es-Salaam, Bagamoyo, Kilwa, Lindi, Mikindani and Mtwara, along with the exotic islands of Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia.