When planning an African safari you have a wealth of options as far as where to go–South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Namibia–to name a few. How does one decide where to go? What are the differences between each locale?
Now, of course we at Pamoja Safaris are a bit biased–we are based in Tanzania after all. But, there is a reason why we set up our operations here: we truly believe that Tanzania is the most spectacular place to do a wildlife safari in the world.
Why? Here are a few reasons:
Tanzania Is Safe
Compared to some of the “competition”, Tanzania is a very safe country to visit.
The Tanzanian government procured freedom from British rule in the early 1960’s, and ever since has been quite stable.
The most prolific crime is petty theft (mostly in the capital of Dar Es Salam). Murders, rapes, and car jackings are quite infrequent, especially in Arusha (the hub of Tanzanian safaris).
There are no terrorist attacks or bombings, as have happened with alarming frequency as of late in our neighbor to the north, Kenya. Tanzania’s population is split nearly equally between Christians, Muslims, and Animists, yet there is little tension between the groups.
Animals Are Everywhere
Want to see The Big Five (Rhinos, Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Lions, and Leopards)? Well, there is no better place than Tanzania’s national parks and conservation areas in which to do so.
The natural rhino population has been hit pretty hard by poaching, but the government is doing its best to protect the remaining animals (mostly located in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater).
There are four major parks within a few hours drive of Arusha, which is where you will be flying in and out of. If you go on safari for a week you will have a chance to visit all of them. If you go for a shorter period of time then we will suggest the big two–the Serengeti and Ngorongoro–or just the closer ones, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater (depending on how many days you have).
Work In Progress
Tanzania is nowhere near perfect, and there are still many issues the country is dealing with. AIDS education and prevention needs to improve, the literacy rate is still low at around 70%, poaching is still a major concern, and just like anywhere, sometimes politicians are focused more about money than the good of their own country.
Your tourism money contributes directly towards the growth of the local economy and assists families improve their situations through access to a steady diet, safer living, and better schooling.