Experience in Tanzania with Tamara Withers
Having visited most of Southern and East Africa extensively (Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda), I can truly say Tanzania has warmed my heart the most.
From the moment you get off the plane, until you return for your flight home you are welcomed with the warmth of true African hospitality. Having visited what they call “the northern circuit” on two occasions - I can confidently say it feels as if you are traveling through one phenomenal safari region.
With several regions to choose from (Lake Manyara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater Taringirie) - each offering something unique and truly special. The high abundance and concentration of wildlife, adds to this. The diversity in vegetation, wildlife and landscape from one national park and game reserve to the next, ensures the excitement is kept alive throughout the trip.
East Africa brings a feeling of humbleness one can only understand, once visited. I always find the rich culture much to be admired. This is also one of the few destinations I have visited in Africa, where tradition is still prevalent in society. Of course this is a subject always up for debate, as tradition and modern day life is one that seldom goes hand in hand. You do however find that in most cases, the Masai villages and communities are uplifted and remain in harmony alongside the surrounding lodges. This is done by the lodge owners, in fact renting the land from the locals after years of negotiation the old fashioned Masai ways. The staff are then employed from the communities, and trained to fulfill their roles successfully. For this reason, you find the staff know the areas like the back of their hand, and are extremely passionate about their jobs.
I have never yet met an unfriendly Masai or local guide, whom always seems to go the extra mile for you!! With a smile from ear to ear, and a “Hakuna Matata” moto you know your trip will be one filled with memories to last a lifetime and stories to share with your grandchildren.