I spent 5 days on a Tanzanian safari and saw wild lions, elephants, and rhinos — but it made me realize there are 2 factors that can make or break your trip

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  • Located in East Africa, Tanzania is home to some of the
    greatest conservation areas and parks in the world, including the
    Serengeti, an area spanning 12,000 miles of grasslands,
    forests, swamps, and woodlands teeming with wildlife.
  • On a recent five-day safari in Tanzania, I visited the
    Serengeti, Ngorongoro, a 3,202-square mile volcanic crater filled
    with wildlife, and Tarangire, a national park typically filled with
    thousands of migrating elephants.
  • In five days, I witnessed the Great Migration — 1.5
    million wildebeest traveling across Tanzania’s grasslands to give
    birth — as well as countless lions, elephants, and
    giraffes.
  • What the trip drove home for me was how important doing
    your research on the guide and the company is: A safari is only as
    good as its guides.

“Safaris are different in every country. But there is no
safari like a safari in Tanzania.”

That’s what my guide, Charles Nnko, told me, after I touched
down in Arusha, Tanzania last month. We were in a Franken-Land
Rover, rumbling down a highway that inadvertently turns into a
windy dirt road every few miles.

Nnko is a guide for Tanzania
Experience
, a company that organizes safaris, camping trips,
mountaineering expeditions and beach holidays throughout Tanzania.
Located in East Africa, Tanzania is home to one of the greatest
conservation efforts on Earth. A full 28% of the country lies in sixteen
protected national parks
, as well as game and forest reserves,
and other protected areas. Not even that is enough land to fully
protect or accommodate the migration patterns of its unique mass of
wildlife, from lions and leopards to cheetahs, zebra, wildebeest,
and everything in between.

Those parks include Ngorongoro, a 3,202-square mile volcanic
crater filled with wildlife; Tarangire, a national park typically
filled with thousands of migrating elephants; and the Serengeti,
where 1.5
million wildebeest migrate annually along a nearly 2,000-mile
cycle
in search of new grass, fresh water, and a place to birth
their calves.

Nnko and Tanzania Experience had arranged for me to see a
greatest-hits collection of a Tanzanian safari, including all three
of the aforementioned parks. By the end of it, I was convinced it
was the greatest experience I had had in a year of travel.

Here’s what it was like.

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Tanzania is roughly divided into a northern and a southern circuit.

The Northern Circuit, the more popular of the two, includes the
Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park, all the
places I was hitting on my 5-day safari. We started at Tarangire,
roughly a three-hour ride from Arusha, home to the closest
airport.

My guide for the trip was Charles Nnko, a Tanzanian who has spent
the last decade leading safari tours through just about every route
the country has to offer.

Most safari companies use Land Rovers or similar trucks.

Like many companies, Tanzania Experience’s vehicles have been
modified by elongating the cabin for more seats, making the windows
larger, and installing a roof that can be raised so passengers can
stand and watch game.


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I spent 5 days on a Tanzanian safari and saw wild lions, elephants, and rhinos — but it made me realize there are 2 factors that can make or break your trip