Reasons to Visit
It is extremely easy to add some beach relaxation in Zanzibar after a tiring safari on the mainland; the beaches are stunning and diving is excellent. You don't have to travel far either as the island is only a 30 minute flight from Dar Es Salaam. Tanzania is therefore the ideal location to combine a safari and beach break.
Tanzania has some of Africa's most famous and best national parks and reserves where you are guaranteed fantastic big cat sightings. The Serengeti, Selous and the Crater are just some of the best game viewing areas to visit.
Tanzania has more than 1,000 species of birds and some spectacular places to view them. Lake Natron is also the only known breeding ground for East Africa's millions of lesser flamingos which cover the lake between August and October.
The Mahale Mountains - towering almost 2km above the shore of Lake Tanganyika are home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees. There are currently around 900 which are habituated to humans, and tracking them is a magical experience.
One of the highlights of the Serengeti National park is the great annual migration which passes through this amazing wilderness. Up to 1.8 million wildebeest and zebra have been counted doing their annual trip in search of the sweet grasses and the rains.
Tanzania has an evocative mix of people and cultures with 120 ethnic groups making up the diverse population. The largest group are the Sukuma but perhaps the most memorable are the Maasai who you will often see in Northern Tanzania herding their cattle, goats and sheep.
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Mbalageti has a superb position in the Serengeti. There are fabulous views form the camp over the surrounding plains and the Mbalageti river. The rooms are very comfortable, the food is excellent and the staff are very attentive to your needs.
Mbalageti Lodge is situated in the Serengeti's Western Corridor. The lodge is built around Wmanyemi Hill and there are spectacular views of the plains below and the Mbalageti River.
The lodge has 24 luxury en-suite chalets made from canvas, wood and rock. Each is situated on a raised deck that is shaded by thatch and ideal for escaping the heat of the day. There are two presidential suites with their own private dining rooms and private outdoor baths. There are also 14 smaller but still comfortable standard rooms with great views over the Dutwa Plains.
There is a cosy living room with books, games and puzzles, a small curio shop and dining room with fabulous views. A pool is built into the rocks and surrounded by a spacious sundeck.
Activities from Mbalageti include game drives in open 4WD's and there's a tranquility garden nearby where you can unwind with a massage treatment.
Subject of countless documentaries, the Serengeti is perhaps most famous for the Great Migration, which each year sees up to two million wildebeest cross the plains in search of good grazing.
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