Flight by balloon takes off as dawn breaks over the Serengeti, the perfect silence of the early morning plains broken only by the soft roar of the balloon. Far below, wildebeest scatter, looking everywhere but up at the silent visitors that float over their world. Giraffe stand next to the acacia trees, untroubled by airborne visitors. After the thrilling of landing, a champagne breakfast awaits, the air becoming warmer as the sun climbs in the sky and curious zebra look up from their grazing at the thick of cutlery in the still, warm bush.
Of course balloon can be done in Tarangire and Manyara, as they are all spectacular.
Scuba diving the coral reefs off Tanzania’s coast at Zanzibar and Mafia Island offer some of the world’s finest scuba diving. Diving is possible all year round, although the Kusi Monsoon (strongest June-Sept) is accompanied but choppy seas and strong currents that make the more exposed reefs inaccessible. There can also be strong winds in December and January. Visibility is best from November to March, before the rains set in.
DEEP SEA FISHING
The water around Zanzibar and Pemba Island is considered by experts to offer some of the best fishing in the world, especially the Pemba channels, between Zanzibar and Pemba islands, or around Mafia Island, south of Zanzibar. Big game fishing includes barracuda, kingfish, sailfish, wahoo, Daroda and Blue marlin.
Rivers are stocked with trout route around Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru. Larger rivers such as the Kilombero and Great Ruaha offer fabulous sports fishing for Tiger fish. On the great lakes, especially Lake Victoria, one can fish for large Nile Perch.
PARAGLIDING AND MICROLIGHT FLIGHT
There are some fabulous areas to paraglide. Very few people paraglide in Tanzania, therefore it is novelty. Always seek permission from the local villages, explain what you are doing and where you think you will land (it is illegal to fly over national parks). Some areas to fly are the Usambara, the Rift Valley and numerous hills around Mt. Meru. Microlight flights are now available over lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley.
Although not a golfing destination there are a numerous golf courses throughout the country, including Dar es Salaam and Arusha. The local clubs are always very welcoming to any visitors who wish swing the odd club. Please enquire about the nearest golf course to where you will be staying.
The soft chug of the outboard engine, or the whispering flap of canvas sail; bat safaris in Tanzania are a tranquil and relaxing way to watch wildlife. It’s one of the best ways to see the Selous Game Reserve, up the huge muddy brown sweep of Rufiji River, as leopard’s whisks away from the rocks at the boats approach. Sail into Chimpanzee territory on a dhow, skimming over the Wami River in Saadani, surrounded by amazing birdlife, hippos and alligators.
HORSE & CAMEL RIDES
Day rides are available from few camps in Tanzania, for all standards of rider, and game animals are not afraid of horses in the same way that they are of cars or pedestrians, allowing visitors to approach the wildlife much more closely than usual. Accepted in some parks, please enquire if interested.
For the fit and adventurous, mountain biking through the African landscape is truly exciting experience. Avoid roads and traffic and ride through deserts and forests, up mountains and down valleys, through ting villages and bustling market towns, then into the true wilderness past heard of antelope, giraffe and Zebra.
Canoeing trips are available in Arusha National Park and are wonderful experience, drifting past herds of elephants, giraffe, hippo, and buffalo as you cruise along the shores of the Lake surrounded countless flocks of birds.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING & HIKING
For most climbers who visit Tanzania the 5,869m Kilimanjaro is the top prize. Mt Meru, another of Tanzania’s another volcanic peaks, is also popular, with the varied animal and plant life to be found on its slopes a major draw. Meru is Africa’s fifth highest peak, with fabulous views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Momela Lakes from the summit. The challenging ascent to the crater of OI Donyo Lengai passes through some fantastic scenery, with panoramic views of the Rift Valley. The track to the top of Lengai is very steep, and a true challenge attempt only by hikers with a good level of fitness.
TANZANIA ON FOOT
A walk through the African bush is a wonderful way to experience Africa intimately. Smells and sounds become distinct and varied, and smaller creatures gain significance. They are no longer simply rushed past in the race for the bigger game. When large animals do appear, they are met at eye level; the land is truly shared between humans and animals. Safety is not an issue all walks are accompanied by armed, experienced guides and game rangers. Walks can be from a few hours to a full day with picnic lunch. Many hotels and camps will offer guided walks in the national parks or community areas.
CYCLING IN THE WILD
Tanzania is a great place to explore by bike, the ancient landscape, the culture and the people makes this tour even more outstanding. Why not take a mountain bike tour in the wild or around its great lakes or the little town of Arusha. Just ask for a sample program or have a tailor made tour to suite your interests best.
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6 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
This package takes you through some of the most a mazing sceneries and wildlife viewing experienced in the northern. The six days, seven nights are spent hiking begging from Ngorongoro cater, through Olmoti crater and Empakia.
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This package gives you an incredible once in a lifetime experience, as you silently float over the savannah in a hot air balloon. The bird’s eye views over the plains of Serengeti are breathtaking, especially as the hot African sun is rising and the wilderness is just awaking for the first drink or graze of the day.