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4 Off the Beaten Path National Parks in Tanzania

When planning a trip to Tanzania, there are certain places which are high on everyone’s list to visit. Serengeti National park is by far the most famous, followed by the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Tarangire National Park, but where should you go if you want to get away from the hoards of tourists on safari and experience the untouched natural beauty of Africa? Here’s a list of 4 off the beaten path National Parks in Tanzania which offer pure unspoiled nature, and a one-of-a-kind adventure for those drawn to the wild unknown.

Mahale Mountain National Park

Mahale Mountain National Park is home to a unique spectacle, Africa’s most studied populations of wild chimpanzees. But that doesn’t mean that Mahale Mountain is easy to get to. During the peak tourist season here (June to October) you can reach the park by road from Arusha which usually takes 2 – 3 days depending on the conditions of the road which vary from 4-wheel accessible to impassable during the rainy season. Alternatively, you can take the train which departs 2 – 3 times a week from Dar es Salaam and takes 2 or 3 days. You can also hire a private aircraft to take you from Arusha and arrive in a brisk 3 hours. Anyway you come though, the experience of being amongst the wild chimpanzees with views over the jungle to the Congo are worth it.

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Top 5 Tented Camps in the Masai Mara

Top 5 Tented Camps in the Masai Mara

The Masai Mara is one of Africa’s most spectacular places to visit, and a can’t miss location on any trip to East Africa. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your Masai Mara tented camp is not only top-notch, but fits your own personal travel style. Here are the top 5 tented camps in the Masai Mara, each with its own unique charm that will make you want to come back to visit year after year to try them all.

Kicheche Bush Camp

The Kicheche Bush Camp is a tented camp which will make you think you’ve stepped back into the era of exploration, when the vast plains of Africa were as mysterious and unknown as the depths of the ocean. Of course, you won’t be sacrificing any of the modern amenities either. You’ll be sleeping on a luxury tented bed, surrounded by the fresh African air, and wake up to a cup of dark roasted local coffee as you sit watching the sunrise over the savannah horizon. It doesn’t get much better than this.

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Kenya in a Nutshell

To say Kenya appeals to the adventure traveler would be a huge understatement. Kenya tours offer tons of wild activities and experiences, and exceed expectations at every turn.
Set along the beautiful Indian ocean and boasting a stunning variation of inland scenery, Kenya packs a punch for all visitors. Whether you are traveling alone, with friends or fancy the perfect family safari, Kenya tours cater for all visitors.

Things to do in Kenya

Main Attractions and Tourist Regions in Kenya
Reach new peaks and challenge yourself with an unforgettable climb of Mt. Kenya and observe the Unesco World Heritage site (and Unesco Biosphere reserve) from the soaring height of 4985m. The peak is higher but only attainable by mountaineer experts.

Elegant Giraffe in the Masai Mara, Kenya. Photo by Dylan Walters.
African safaris often entice tourists to Kenya due the renowned Masai Mara game reserve for a view of some of the most attractive wild animals in the world. The ‘Great Migration’ of wildebeests from the nearby Serengeti reserve of Tanzania is also a magnificent spectacle.
Apart from the abundance of game in the reserve, the Masai Mara is also one of the top bird-watching destinations on the planet. You can either observe those birds from the ground or gain an authentic African experience by searching the plains from the vantage point of your hot air balloon.
Learn about the Masai tribe’s culture at the Masai museum in Hell’s Gate National Park, before setting off on the unique cycling or walking safari where any one of the big five may be lurking around the corner. Along with the large amount of African wildlife, Hell’s Gate tours are equally as prestigious for the scintillating scenery on offer, with breath-taking gorges and basalt columns.
In addition to these Kenyan safaris, the Tsavo East National Park and Longonot National Park also provide great opportunities to experience the ultimate African experience and a great chance to see the great animals in Kenya.
Kenya tours are not complete without a trip to the mesmerizing beauty of the Indian ocean. Find rare underwater life as you snorkel the mind-blowing corals of the Kenyan coast.

Tribal attire in Kenya sports beautiful colors. Photo by Christopher Michel

So What’s Kenya all about?

Food and Culture of Kenya
Culture in Kenya is really determined by the community/tribe that you come across, many offering different ritual ceremonies and traditional dishes.
The staple Kenyan meals often consist of Ugali (cornmeal), Sukuma Wiki (greens) and many different rice  and bean dishes.
The traditional Kenyan attire is often brightly colored and will differentiate the community that you are in.

When to go to Kenya

What time of the year is it best to visit Kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya is during the dry seasons – January-March and July-October.
For wildlife in particular, the greatest time to go is anywhere between July and October.
The worst months to visit Kenya are generally considered to be around April-May.
Have you experience an exhilarating Kenyan safari? What are your favorite memories from your Kenya tours?…
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Mahale National Park

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In Mahale National Park, you can trace the Tongwe people’s ancient pilgrimage to the mountain spirits, hiking through the montane rainforest belt – home to an endemic race of Angola colobus monkey – to high grassy ridges chequered with alpine bamboo.

Size : 3,230 sq km (1,250 sq miles).  Location: South-West Tanzania, bordering Lake Tanganyika.

Then bathe in the impossibly clear waters of the world’s longest, second-deepest and least-polluted freshwater lake – harbouring an estimated 1,000 fish species – before returning as you came, by boat.

The highest peak in the Mahale range is at 2462m, and the only way to explore this park is on foot, there are no roads. There are between 1 500 and 2 000 chimpanzees in the park, making this one of the best places in Africa to get close to pan troglodytes. This is where successive teams of Japanese researchers, unheralded and quietly, have done some of the most important scientific work on primates and the links between chimpanzees and humans.

Besides the chimps, leopard, lion, kudu, eland, buffalo, roan and sable antelope, olive baboons, red colobus and white spot nose mangabeys and a host of other game wander through this reserve. Dominated by the brooding presence of Nkungwe Mountain with vegetation ranging through almost the entire gamut of African botany (from lowland forest to brachystegia woodland) this is one of Africa’s most intriguing parks. Accommodation (aside from the luxury tented camp) is in a elementary camp site with bungalows and camp site.

All journeys have a beginning and an end

All journeys have a beginning and an end, but what happens in between is really up to you.  You may prefer to lie in the same hammock watching hippos at the same waterhole for ten days in a row, or you may have identified a dozen safari camps and four beach resorts that you want to visit before you return home.  It’s simply a process of selection, and here we can be really helpful.  We’ll give you our best advice about the most exciting sequence in which to experience your choices, and we’ll iron out any kinks involved in getting you from here to there—and back again, of course.
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