When the topic is safari, other locations in East Africa, specifically Kenya, come to mind, but Tanzania is one place where the safari and wildlife experience can rival anywhere in the world. From the roar of lions at night to the rhythmic thump of zebra and wildebeest hooves, you are almost guaranteed to enjoy an unforgettable experience. We spoke with Pamoja Wildlife Experience who are a Safari in Tanzania specialist about some reasons why Tanzania should be at the top of your list when thinking of a safari escape.
Chance to see endangered species
Tanzania is one of the places you can go to if you are interested in seeing species that may no longer be with us two decades from now. Some of these are the black rhinos of the Ngorongoro crater, the olive ridely, the leatherback turtles and the hawksbill. Others are the Uluguru bush shrikes of the Ulguru mountains, the wild dogs of the Selous Game Reserve, the Pemba flying foxes of the Ngezi Forest and the red colobus monkeys of the of the Jozani forest.
Huge fauna variety and numbers
Tanzania has 4 million wild animals spanning over 430 species and subspecies. This means the chance to see kudus, elands, gazelles, dik-diks, antelopes, giraffes, hippos, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and elephants, up close. The country is also a predator haven so wild dogs, hyenas, cheetahs, lions and leopards are commonly in view. Add this to over 60,000 species of insects, 100 species of snakes and uncountable species of fish and you have a complete animal paradise.
Birds are not left out of as there are over 1000 species of birds there. Some of the most popular birds include the fish eagles, bee-eaters, hornbills, flamingos and kingfishers. Some of the birds like the Usambara eagle owl, the Usambara weaver and the Udzungwa forest partridge can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Beautiful range of plants
Moving away from the mountain range, you will find a country covered in moist woodland where the main vegetation is different kinds of Brachystegia tree. Majority of the dry central plateau is filled with Savanna, thickets and bushland, while grasslands cover the Serengeti Plain.
Botanical enthusiasts will enjoy time spent in the Amani Nature reserve and the Kitulo national parks too. The latter is among the few parks in the African continent that has wildflowers as its focal point.
Tanzania has small patches of tropical rainforest in its Eastern Arc and they are home to a wide range of plants that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Some of these plants are sold as exotic house plants in the West. These include the African violet and impatiens. Baobab is a permanent fixture in the landscape of the south and west of the Eastern Arc Range but the landscape of the Tarnagire National Park is the place to be for striking baobab patterns.
These are some of the reasons why Tanzania should be top on your list when considering a Safari. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible things to see and places to go, your best bet is seeking professional help with organising your Safari.