Insiders view Tanzania

The Wanderers in conversation with Niall Anderson

Everything the guide books or tourism websites won’t tell you about the place

One little known fact/trivia that everyone should know about when travelling to Tanzania

There are more than 120 different tribes in Tanzania!

What is a must buy when in Tanzania?

Tanzanite – this gem is rarer than Diamonds and is only found in Tanzania.

One take-away after a visit to Tanzania

You will leave wanting to return…

What is your advice to first time travellers?

Patience is a fantastic trait to bring with you to Tanzania. It will assist you in your travels and surprise you on safari.

One thing to definitely pack when travelling to Tanzania.

A good sense of humour, this will stand you in good stead with the Local Tanzanian people and will ensure you have a lot of fun.

One activity anyone travelling to Tanzania should not miss.

Hot air ballooning over the Serengeti!

Where should anyone, travelling to Tanzania, definitely get their picture taken?

The Clock Tower in Arusha – It is said to be equidistant between London and Cape Town and a famous stopping place for early adventurers.  Apart from the tower, you can get your picture taken on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, in the vast plains of the Serengeti and at the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Which is the best place to get a panoramic photo?

From a hot air balloon while floating over the Serengeti

On the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater

Half way up Kilimanjaro

Mto Wa Mbu – looking back at the great rift valley

Best place to enjoy sunset/sunrise?

The &Beyond Serengeti Under Canvas, in close proximity to the Great Wildebeest Migration

Most romantic place to take a special someone to..

The &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, overlooking the world famous Ngorongoro Crater

Which is the best place to have local food?

Nicks Pub, Chicken on a bonnet or the Lively Lady in Arusha.

Your favourite local dish and drink that you would recommend..

Nyam Chom and Ugali with a Serengeti Beer!

One place only the locals would know..

A (very) special visit to the Hadza Tribe, one of the smallest tribes in Tanzania

A local festival you feel more travellers should come and see..

A Maasai Graduation ceremony!

Is there any particular month you would not recommend travel to Tanzania and what would that reason be?

Tanzania is a year round destination – June and July are the busiest months of the year on the tourist calendar as they are fantastic months to visit Tanzania. However, the rest of the year is incredibly special too.

In one sentence, Tanzania is.. Is the best African country to visit for a Safari…

Niall Anderson is the Regional Director for Tanzania with &Beyond, which it joined six years ago. Settled in Arusha, Niall takes on exciting challenges in leading teams in Tanzania

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A Kenyan adventure

In July 2013, the Satyens took a trip to Kenya with The Wanderers and came back with a bag full of memories. Arshea Bimal sums up the amazing experience in a blog post for us..

                           Mount Kilimanjaro

Excitement was in the air as the plane to Nairobi took off. This was our first family trip abroad and we were all thrilled. Having never seen a place outside my own country, I had spent the previous few days researching every place we went to. Google provided me with information on everything, starting from the Maasai people to the black rhinoceros. Little did I know that nothing could ever prepare me for the gorgeous country of Kenya.

                                          Hyenas

We arrived at Amboselli and stayed at the tented facilities of Amboselli Sentrim Camp. Our two days there were spent exploring the vast open grasslands of Amboselli National Park. The National Park is famous for its vast numbers of free range African elephants and is crowned by the Great Mount Kilimanjaro. The highlight was our sighting of a lion taking care of his sick wife and a pack of hyenas.

               Elephants outside The Ark

Then we were off to Aberdare National Park, which is a wooded region situated 7500 feet above sea level. The first word that came to mind was ‘green’.  We stayed at The Ark Lodge (which is straight out of a fairytale) and its viewing galleries enabled us to see elephants at arm’s length. The highlight of our stay was a sighting of our first and only leopard. However it was so quick that the only proof we have of seeing it is a picture of its backside.

                                 Equator

An eight hour drive from Aberdare led us to Kigio conservancy. On the way we stopped at the Equator. The Equator isn’t how one imagines it to be. I for one always imagined it to be a red glowing line on the earth, despite what I was taught in my school geography classes. It was marked by a board and a curio shop.

      Rothschild Giraffe

Here, we experienced something rather different from the rest of our trip, as Kigio is unfenced. To prove that we were indeed standing on the imaginary line, a man demonstrated an experiment. Entertainment isn’t a pasta chef, but a giraffe. Your dinner companions aren’t other hotel guests, but warthogs munching on grass.  We were lucky enough to see at least 20 of the conservancy’s 45 endangered Rothschild Giraffes.

Masai Mara is famous for The Great Wildebeest Migration, so we went with a lot of expectations. Masai Mara should definitely top everybody’s bucket list. Its immensity is something that can be captured by no camera. The number of animals greatly exceeds the populations of some small countries. Here your stop sign is several herds of wildebeest, and a zebra crossing is quite literally, zebras crossing. Want some entertainment? Well the theatre comprises of a pride of lions, not to mention baby Simba and his little brother protected by their ferocious mother, a honeymooning couple (I’m still talking about lions), and cheetahs chomping down on their latest kill.

                                                         Cheetah eating a gazelle

If you want the perfect getaway, Kenya is the place to go. Its serenity and proximity to wildlife and the absence of any passing traffic make it brilliant for relaxation. For the adventurer, there’s more than enough to see and do, including hot air ballooning. In addition the people are genuine, kind and cheerful and win you over instantly. It’s the experience of a lifetime, and you don’t want to miss it.

 And finally, it’s the best place to spot the Super Seven, just like we did!

 

The views and opinions expressed in the article are of the author, who travelled to Kenya with The Wanderers. The views or any errors should not be attributed to The Wanderers.

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