Planning Your Safari:

Safari. The word simply means "travel" in Swahili, but for many, it alludes to wonders first envisioned in childhood: sweeping savannas, big snarling cats, thundering herds of elephant and wildebeest. Like its meaning, the word roams the imagination, becoming other words and places, like serengeti, sahara, or Kilimanjaro. Safari crosses the landscape of the mind, until it finally merges with the name of the great continent itself, Africa.

Geographia invites our readers to explore all the traditional African safari destinations, but the game parks and wildlife reserves are only the beginning of the adventure. The second largest continent on Earth, Africa contains more countries than any other. With a history of human habitation that begins with the oldest known ancestors of man, the continent's cultural wealth easily matches its natural attractions. Empires rose and fell in Africa thousands of years before the European powers began their protracted exploitation of the continent, and much pre-colonial culture remains intact.

National Parks and Game Reserves

National Parks, as the name suggests, are conservation areas designed to protect both the wildlife and ecosystem, and to give limited accessibility to tourist development. They are managed by Tanzania National Parks’ Authority. Entrance fees are payable at the park entrance with usually the choice of hiring a guide. In some parks, hiring a guide is mandatory anyway.

If you’re in your own vehicle, you should stick to the tracks and the campsites (plenty of advice is available at the sites).

There are generally two types of campsites – standard sites with some basic facilities and special sites which are usually remote and as indiscernible from the surrounding nature as possible. Special sites should be booked in advance, but they’re well worth it – often you’ll find the site has been reserved exclusively for you and your party.

With the range of destinations on offer, each with its own character, here is a quick overview that should help you decide.

In general, the Northern Circuit and the coastline including the Zanzibar archipelago are more developed than the south or the west, so travel connections, local infrastructure and tourist-oriented services are more adapted to a regular tourist activity. Places such as the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro (Crater) Conservation Area. Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks are all easily reachable and well-equipped with facilities. They also have high animal and nature concentrations.

In the south, the Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve, as well as Mikumi and the Udzungwa National Parks have all seen a recent increase in tourist activity, mainly due to a developing infrastructure in these areas.

There are fewer visitors however than in the north, so there is still an agreeable wilderness feeling about these Parks and Reserves. In planning an itinerary, leave as much time as you can, because setting a relaxed pace is the best way to get the most out of the superb wildlife and impressive vistas offered by this region.

Over in the west, two words spring to mind when describing attractions such as Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale Mountains, or the Gombe Stream National Park – chimpanzees and remoteness. No doubt about it, this is the place to be if you want to see chimpanzees, untouched nature of the west as soon as you leave the main trading routes.

This remoteness is particularly enchanting in the mountainous areas, with their lack of accessibility and their almost complete absence of modern human infrastructure.

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The success of your vacation depends on the symphony of the booking agents, the sales team and the driver guides with you in the field. Coordination and teamwork is therefore very essential for the success of your safari vacation in Tanzanian. Untamed personnel are continuously trained in team building and outdoor schools.

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