Perhaps people visit Tanzania to climb the majestic Kilimanjaro; perhaps it’s to visit the spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean; or perhaps it’s to witness the world’s greatest migration in Tanzania’s vast Serengeti. Whatever it is that brings tourism to the country, one thing is for certain: Tanzania is the perfect place for an adventure of a lifetime.
Tanzania is also home to Africa’s largest reserve, the Selous game reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, occupying approximately 31 square miles and covering more than 5% of Tanzania’s total land area, and three times larger than the Serengeti. This reserve is slightly off the radar for most visitors, making it an ideal spot for safari with its almost 200,000 buffalo, 30,000 elephant, 80,000 wildebeest and one of the healthiest populations of the elusive African wild dogs. The topography of the reserve varies from grassy plains and woodland forests to the Rufiji River, one of the largest water systems in East Africa. There are remote safari camps here so the likelihood of bumping into another human is remote, but the possibility of bumping into a pack of wild dogs, is not so remote. When it comes to accommodations in the Selous Game Reserve, the Azura Selous (www.azura-retreats.com), recently opened in June 2014, offers one of the most luxurious tented safari lodges in the heart of the reserve and perfect for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path
adventure without giving up the comforts and service of a high-end camp. Azura offers twelve very spacious air-conditioned tented suites (1,400 square feet) along the Great Ruaha River. There are personal plunge
pools and a common infinity pool at the edge of the river’s rapids. Beyond the game drives, the camp offers walking safaris, fishing and spa treatments.
Mahale National Park is another one of those hidden gems Tanzania has to offer. The park is famous for housing some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees in Africa and is the most popular attraction in the park, although there are plenty of other activities including hiking, snorkeling and mountain climbing. For one your best chances to track a chimp, settle into the Greystoke Mahale (www.rhinoafrica.com), ideally located on a private beach between Lake Tanganyika and the green forested Mahale Mountains. There are 6 secluded, thatched-roof bandas at Greystoke, all facing the expanse of the great lake. Activities here are primarily based around chimpanzee trekking but water-based activities such as snorkel and fishing are available.
For more information on Tanzania, visit www.tanzaniatourismonline.net