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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This is a luxurious camp with beautifully decorated tents and a lot of attention to detail. It's very small and the emphasis is on your personal safari experience. The staff are very friendly and the guides are extremely knowledgeable.
Kwihala Camp has six individual and privately located tents. The tents are both spacious (40 square metres) and beautiful. They are fully furnished with comfortable beds, integral bathrooms (bucket showers) and flushing toilets
There are lots of small touches placed around the tents from the hand printed baobab bedspreads to tiny beads on the door handles. Each tent has a covered verandah area, is mosquito proofed and protected from the elements by a heavy duty 'fly' sheet. Designed by well-known contemporary African designer - Jacquie Resley, the 150 square metre spacious mess tent is the main social centre of the camp.
The separate dining and relaxing areas create a homely feel, although canvas walls and open sides leave you with no illusions that you're camping in the bush.
Ruaha National Park has a hot, dry climate and dramatic scenery. Game is prolific with large prides of lion, often twenty or more strong.
Our rating: First Class
Ruaha National Park
Our rating: Medium
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