What to expect on a Tanzanian safari
Almost every adventure lover dreams of going to a safari in Tanzania, which is arguably the finest safari destination in the world. A Tanzanian safari is, indeed, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for wildlife lovers. A Tanzanian safari promises to paint a mesmerizing picture for you. Lush green grasslands that merge into the horizon with exquisite wildlife wandering about, but you might be in for a surprise or two if you’re unaware of what to expect while on your game drive.
Tanzania is one of the most blessed parts of the world when it comes to natural wonders, and this is evident in the diverse landscapes you will see when you go to a Tanzanian safari. The country is blessed with a diverse ecosystem that ranges from golden savannas and plains to mountains and forests. In a typical Tanzanian safari, you will be able to experience the glorious display of these landscapes. As you drive through rough roads, some impassable at certain times, you will be able to appreciate a fascinating natural scenery throughout. Another famous landscape is the Ngorongoro Crater, which is often regarded as Africa’s Garden of Eden. This is a massive volcano caldera that provides a haven for an astonishing 25,000 large animals which includes 62 strong lions, 26 black rhinos. Another remarkable landscape is Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. It is a majestic landscape that boasts of iconic attractions.
If there is one thing Tanzania is renowned for, it’s got to be its amazing concentration of wildlife and birdlife. When you go to a Tanzanian safari, expect to see a herd of zebras along with wildebeest in one corner and then the pride of lions or hyenas on another. In fact, many tourists attested that the number of wildlife and birdlife they saw on other safari destinations like Botswana in, say 14 days is the same number of wildlife they saw on a Tanzanian safari in just five days! However, you will still need the support of an excellent guide, rangers, and drivers to spot these animals, because you will only find them where the real action happens. A great time to enjoy the sight of these animals is during the great wildebeest migration, where millions of zebras, wildebeests, kudus, and gazelles move in clockwise fashions around the East African Plains, in search of better grazing and rains. The wildebeest migration happens all year-round so provided you have the right guide to navigate your tour you will definitely be able to experience this event.
Tanzania is a country located very close to the equator, and as such it has just two weather seasons: the wet and dry season. However, the weather can be so unpredictable. So, if you want to go on a Tanzanian safari, expect to be treated to some unforeseen weather conditions. It’s mostly sunny, but sometimes it’s rainy. Sometimes, rain may fall for a short while of about 5 minutes to a few hours, while at other times, it could rain all day. In fact, there are days when the weather could get so cold, and on other days it could be so hot and humid, while on other days it could be a blend of both temperatures. Always go along with your comfy clothes and gear.
Minimal Internet connection
You shouldn’t expect to find fabulous phone coverage on a safari. Most areas, especially the very remote ones, offer little to zero mobile phone coverage, which makes your phone quite useless on a safari – well, you can always use it for other things though. On the bright side though, most lodges and camps offer WiFi so you can still go online to check your emails, post on social media, and reach out to your loved ones. That is not to say that you will have access to the best of connections, and one shouldn’t expect to stream online videos, play online games, or do other things that require loads of internet bandwidth.
Food in safari is glorious, and you have a wide variety of dishes to choose from. You can choose to eat and dine in your camp or dine among the animals on a picnic mat. Either way, it’s always an enjoyable experience.