Safari—a word that summons images of big animals in exotic locales, dusty roads, and blood-red sunsets in an unparalleled adventure. The word safari actually comes from the Arabic safara, which means “a journey,” and the Swahili verb kusafiri, “to travel.”
Safari is definitely a journey worth traveling, an experience you might only have once in a lifetime. The decision of where to go for your safari holiday is a big one.
It’s not a simple decision either – what country to choose, which tour operator, which packages? There are certainly a massive variety of options, but we are convinced there is only one real option when designing the best safari of your life—that place is Tanzania.
Here are three facts to explain why Tanzania is the best place on earth for your safari holiday:
Fact #1: Tanzania has the highest concentration animals per square kilometer, in the world
Better sit down for this one…! 2 million wildebeests. 900,000 gazelles. 300,000 zebras. 70,000 buffalos. 15,000 warthogs. 4,000 lions. 2,700 elephants. 1,000 leopards. 500 hippopotami. 225 cheetahs. This list describes just some of the wildlife found in the Serengeti National Park. In Tanzania, there are roughly 4 million wild animals, accounting for 20% of Africa’s large mammal population. It’s also home to the largest lion population on the planet; some numbers quote over 16,000 lions! Did I mention over 1,000 bird species, too?
It may be obvious by now, but between the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater (which is the largest intact caldera in the world and one of the 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites), Tarangire National Park and the 14 other National Parks in Tanzania, the country swarms with wildlife. There’s simply no better place for safari.
Fact #2: Access and variety are unparalleled
Most Tanzanian safaris start and end with a flight into Kilimanjaro International Airport, which means that you are dropping into the middle of the action. In just a few hours after stepping off the plane, you can be looking through binoculars at leopards preying on gazelles or elephants sifting across the savannah.
Also, the Tanzanian landscape is closely tied to the people who have lived there for thousands of years—over 120 different tribes—so you’ll learn all about the country’s human-nature relationship. Finally, after a week or two of chasing wildlife, there are opportunities to rest your weary bones on an idyllic beachside resort under the swaying palms of Zanzibar. Or, for the adventurous types, you can hike to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Tanzania really offers an incredible variety for every kind of traveler.
Fact #3: Your holiday, your budget
One benefit to the robust safari economy in Tanzania is that you can find a trip to meet almost any budget. Want luxury? You’ll find exclusive resorts, private tours, and hot air balloon rides. Want budget? Join a small group tour, opt for camping, and journey overland. The reality is that wildlife doesn’t know the difference; your Tanzania safari will be priceless.
And here at Easy Travel, we have designed our accommodation options in ways that we make sure our travelers have different options depending on whether they’re traveling on budget, looking for a balance or wanting the best accommodation available. We have three levels which are;
- Basic – Travelers will be sleeping on public campsite; bathroom facilities are shared with fellow travelers at the camp.
- Comfort – Travelers will be staying in small lodges and tented camps, bathroom facilities are ensuite, this option is perfect balance of quality and price.
- Comfort Plus – To some travelers’ luxury is more important, by choosing comfort plus you will be able to stay in lodges or tented camps where the quality of services and facilities will be as of that of big hotel organization.