Tanzania has been voted the best African safari destination, in a recent poll conducted on travel website safaribookings.com. The east African nation beat off fierce competition from classic destinations such as South Africa, Kenya and Botswana to take the crown, due to its embarrassment of safari riches and the jewel in its crown, the Serengeti National Park.
The poll, which questioned 1,000 safari tourists and more than 750 industry experts over the course of two years saw Tanzania safaris emerge as the clear winner, with an average rating of 4.84 out of 5 amongst voters.
Of its many virtues, Tanzania’s trump card proved to be the Serengeti National Park, its vast plains making for an ideal safari landscape. Tim Bewer, author for travel guide specialists Lonely Planet, and one of the experts quizzed on the poll, said that the Serengeti alone “makes a solid case for declaring it Africa’s best safari country.”
Alongside the majestic spectacle of the Serengeti, Tanzania boasts seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is also the location of Mount Kilimanjaro, the iconic peak that is not only the highest mountain in Africa, but also the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Indeed, the only criticism safaribookings.com has of Tanzania is that it is almost impossible to take in all that it has to offer in one safari, such are the riches that it boasts. So it seems that if you want the perfect safari, head to Tanzania. There’s so much to see, you’ll want to go again and again.