Endless savannas and an abundance of wildlife
Tanzania is a country with enormous national parks in which a vast wildlife population houses. At the Serengeti millions of wildebeest and zebras annually migrate in their search for food and water. For every safari lover this is a fantastic experience. Tanzania is the nation where cheetahs hunt to feed their cubs, where lions can be seen climbing trees, where black rhinos live, and where great numbers of flamingos seem to colour the lakes. It is the country of mountain slopes and dense rainforests where many chimpanzees live. Climb the Kilimanjaro, visit the Maasai and the Hadza, search and find the tranquillity of the southern parks, or simply enjoy the sand and the sea on Zanzibar. The possibilities for a tailor made safari to Tanzania are almost endless.
Savannas, endless grass plains, dotted with a few acacia trees, and wooded river banks. Hunting cheetahs, extensive lion populations, and a seemingly endless number of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras populate the savannas for the greatest part of the year. Together with your private guide you discover the most beautiful spots of this safari region. There are various types of accommodation on offer, from stone lodges to small scale, but qualitatively high, mobile tent camps. A visit to Serengeti is almost a must in your tailor made safari trip to Tanzania.
Forests of Acacias, grassland, swamps and baobabs are at the root of this unspoiled safari area. Look out over the river and see how every day, enormous herds of elephants quench their thirst. In and around Tarangire a kind of mini-migration takes place. During the dry season the Tarangire River is the main source of water in the area. Those days elephants, zebras, and gnus never stray far from the river.
To visit the crater you go down more than 600 meters by car from the crater’s edge to the flat ground at its bottom end. A spectacular drive with a fantastic view over the crater. At the bottom of the more than ten mile wide crater there is a large variety of wildlife. Permanent water, forests, swamps, a salt water lake, and savannas always assure an abundance of food and water. Together with your guide you can hunt for the elusive black rhino and experience the breathtaking beauty of this unique safari area. Besides game drives, one of the other safari possibilities is to walk from the crater’s edge for a visit to the Maasai.
The southern parks are less visited by tourists than the busier north. In this unspoiled wilderness you can still get the feeling of being alone on this world. Take a trip across the Rufiji River and visit the bird colonies. Go searching for wild dogs with an experienced guide, photograph elephants that gather at the riverbanks in the late afternoon, and experience first hand one of Tanzania’s most pristine safari areas.
Chimpanzee trekking in the west of Tanzania is a breathtaking experience. Walking alongside a specialized guide you go searching for chimpanzees in the rainforests of Mahale and Gombe Stream. It has been since the nineteen sixties that the apes here are being studied. You can choose for the idyllic Mahale or maybe go to the Gombe and follow the footsteps of Jane Goodall. Both trekkings offer you a unique safari experience.
Travel with your private guide/driver through the most beautiful safari areas of Tanzania.
The north of Tanzania lends itself exceptionally well to be “discovered” by you and your private guide and driver. Here distances between the national parks are not too great and your guide knows these parks like the back of his hand. In a 4 x 4 safari vehicle you can take daily trips to search for wildlife. Van Bommel Safaris only works with the best licensed and qualified guides so you can enjoy your tailor made safari to Tanzania at its fullest.
Combine your tailor made safari with the beach or the tourist-free parks in the south.
Zanzibar gives you the opportunity to relax at the beach after an exciting safari day. Snorkelling, a boat trip on a Dhow, or a visit to Stone Town, there are many activities possible. Are you looking for a more adventurous activity? Take a boat safari on the Rufiji River in Selous, where you can see crocodiles, hippos, and countless colourful birds.
A fly-in safari is not only comfortable but essential for the southern parks.
The aerial services in Tanzania work fantastically well. They are an integrated part of public transport. When during your tailor made safari you want to visit the southern parks or the west of Tanzania, than that will always be by aeroplane. Your accommodation will then provide you with a qualified local guide for the duration of your stay.
The best time for your tailor made safari to Kenya
From June until October is the time of the great migration. The dry seasons are from June until October and from December until March. In November there are often short showers in the afternoon. During the green season from March until May there is an abundance of young wildlife. Prices of lodges are also very favourable at that time of year.
Travel safety in Kenya
In the last few years, tourism in Kenya has suffered from political unrest and even terrorist attacks. Masai Mara luckily has never had any of these problems. Van Bommel Safari’s will always put the safety of its clients above everything else and is therefore reluctant in advising various other areas in Kenya.
This was far more than just a vacation; this was ‘experiencing’ a unique country with its distinct culture and nature. We stayed in lodges and in tented-camps. We were extremely happy to be continuously accompanied by our own private guide. All in all, we can look back on a fantastic, once in a lifetime experience that will stay with us forever.
We found that the ‘translation’ of our wishes into the reality that Jos could offer us, was an essential part of the success of our fantastic journey.