Lake Eyasi where the Hadzabe people have lived for 10 000 years. Their lifestyle is still centred around hunting and gathering traditions. Engaruka which is a village close to the ruins of a complex irrigation system with terraced stone housing sites estimated to be at least 500 years old. Oldoinyo Lengai which has one of Tanzania's most rugged and unusual scenery and trekking. It is 2878m. Embakai Crater. Small and beautiful with a lake in the bottom. You can walk down with a ranger and come very close to the flamingos. Olduvai George where they have found documentation of ancient life.
If you travel in the period January-March, you can experience these massive animal herds in the southern Serengeti. More than a million wildbeast,zebra and large herds of gazelles. With predators lurking.
The animals move through the year in search of green grass, as there are local differences. After the short rainy season in November / December, the plains of the southern Serengeti are green, and then the animals come here and give birth to their young.
They remain in the area until late March, for the young to grow strong enough to continue the trek. When they draw on to fresh grass, and this is first a little further north, where the long rainy season starts in April / May. In June / July they come to Masai Mara, those who have managed to cross the Mara River without becoming crocodile food.
Serengeti can be visited all year rround and the landscape itself is an experience in itself. But in the period from July to October, you should go all the way to the most northern regions to experience the great concentrations of animals. This means you should fly back.
There are flights three times a week from Dar via Selous Game Reserve. Ruaha and Selous are a good combination.Selous Game ReserveAlthough several are in the process of discovering this unique park, there are still not many visitors. . In this park you can combine game drives with walking safaris and boat safari. Selous is a 6-7 hours drive from Dar es Salaam, otherwise daily flights from Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
The Udzungwa Mountains offer visitors the opportunity to view several species of primates and endangered birds in a beautiful African rain forest. Five distinct trails cover the forests and mountain peaks within the park, and offer varying levels of difficulty for everyone from novices to experienced trekkers. Better yet, there are no roads through the Undzungwa Mountains National Park, so hikers have the area all to themselves
Best time to visit: Round the year
How to get there: From Dar es Salaam, by road
Imagine the silence and a powerful untamed nature- On the river,a small canoe sails through the king palm trees. Nature awakes. In the first light of dawn, the golden elephants pproach the river to drink. A group of still impalas watching us move between the hippopotamuses and crocodiles are disturbed by our passage.
The largest African reserve is crossed by the Rufiji River and its tributaries which forms a network of lakes ideal for boat safaris.
Wildlife observation and and bird watching(350 catalogued species) take place in a superb natural setting. Respecting natures rhythm, you can be assured of close contact with the wild life.
Few other safaris in Tanzania evoke the romance, mystique and spiritual delight of the African bush as one in the Selous Game Reserve. Embracing 54,000 square kilometers of south-western Tanzania, it is the largest protected wilderness reserve on the continent, three times larger than the Serengeti and twice the size of Belgium.
The Ruaha river runs trough a forest of baobabs. Antilopes and gazelles graze lazily along the banks of the river distracted by the arrival of a group of playful Zebras. Toward the end of the day two buffaloes appear under the acacia trees. A pink hippopotamus comes up from the bed of the river. We are absorbed by the landscape. As night falls the distances seem shorter and we are surrounded by shadows. In the night, lionesses being to hunt.
Situated in central of the country, the second largest National Park is bordered by the Ruaha River and offers spectacular view points. From July to December the wildlife is concentrated on the banks of the river and around the watering-holes. You will see herds of elephants, giraffes, prides of lions and Great Kudus without moving from the banks. The setting is exceptionally well preserved.
mercury zanzibar safari is a well established tourism company situated in the heart of Stone Town, the capital of the beautiful island Zanzibar.