Traveling naturalists the world over subscribe to one simple truth: if you could only visit one place on the African continent, it should be Tanzania.
Seemingly around every bend, in every tree and behind every bush is something new to discover. The wildlife still owns this part of the world, making their homes within its spectacular scenery, and the always-abundant birdlife provides a stunning soundtrack to accompany the feast that your eyes are reveling in. This is quintessential Africa.
Within all the grandeur of Tanzania lies one area that still seems too good to be true, even by Tanzanian standards: the Ngorongoro Crater. 600 m high crater walls encapsulate this deluxe big game territory, providing the backdrop to each wildlife sighting, and boy will there be plenty of wildlife sightings…
This ecological microcosm of sub-Saharan Africa, host to montane forest, savanna, woodland, vast lakes, grassland, swamps and rivers supports an astonishing 30,000 large animals. Lions saunter and laze away the day in the grasslands, Leopards hang suspended in the forks of trees, while Rhinoceros and Buffalo break up the lighter scenery with their large, dark figures – all unperturbed by the presence of jaw-dropped humans. However, there is perhaps one animal that stands above the rest here (quite literally), the African Elephant, specifically the large ‘tuskers’.
Here, thanks to good conservation and a lack of poaching, old bulls roam freely, enjoying their ‘retirement’. Having grown for more than 50 years, their tusks are nothing short of massive, some practically digging ruts into the ground as the old boys wander alone from one food source to the next. When first seen, their nickname becomes clear, these beasts seem almost unreal, a sentiment only further cemented when their curiosity brings them in a little closer.
Our Northern Tanzania tour sets out to enjoy everything this fantastic part of the country has to offer. From the fabulous Great Rift Valley, to the unique Ngorongoro Crater and world-famous Serengeti, this 9-day tour is packed to the brim with experiences you won’t soon forget.