Tanzania Tops for African Safaris

African safariTanzania is tops when it comes to African safaris, says a new study.

SafariBookings.com, an online  marketplace for African safari tours, conducted an extensive study of 3,061  safari reviews from more than 1,000 safari travelers and experts and concluded  that Tanzania is chosen as the best safari destination in Africa. With an  average overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, Tanzania beat Botswana by  approximately one tenth of a point. Rounding up the top five were Kenya, Zambia  and South Africa.

In total, 2,305 reviews came from safari travelers and 756 were contributed  by acclaimed industry experts. Most of the experts are guidebook authors who  wrote several guides to Africa for reputable publishers such as Lonely Planet,  Rough Guides, Frommer’s, Bradt and Footprint.

The study also provides insights into why Tanzania is considered such an  outstanding safari destination. Among the top reasons are the excellent wildlife  viewing, authentic African wilderness and excellent options to extend a safari  holiday, such as beach time on gorgeous Zanzibar Island or climbing Africa’s  highest mountain; MT Kilimanjaro. Tanzania is home to Serengeti National Park,  which is considered the best safari park of Africa by many. The Serengeti is  featured in many wildlife documentaries and home to the annual ‘Great Migration’  where over 2.5 million wildebeest and zebra migrate between Tanzania and  Kenya.

The five top-rated parks of Tanzania are Serengeti, Selous, Ruaha, Ngorongoro  and Mahala Mountains. The last offers some of the best chimpanzee tracking in  Africa. The study also breaks down the best time to visit Tanzania by user  rating. It was surprising to see all months scored consistently high, since the  general consensus is that wildlife viewing in the southern and western parks is  more rewarding during the dry  season, from June to October.

In total the reviewers represent 53 nationalities, 42% were ‘first-time  safari-goers’, 21% has been on 2-5 safaris and 37% more than 5. The fact over  half of the reviewers had undertaken multiple safaris cements the conclusion  that Tanzania was rightfully chosen as best safari destination in Africa.

For the full analysis, including the ratings of the other safari countries  and Tanzania’s major parks, visit http://www.safaribookings.com/blog/2/.


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