Tanzania in East African overlooks the Indian Ocean and lies just south of the Equator. Tanganyika, the African Great Lakes nation, was a former colony, and part of, German East Africa until 1919 when, under the League of Nations, it became a British mandate - independence, from British administration, was gained in 1961.
Dodoma, since 1974 was designated the official capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, however, remains the seat of most government administration, as well as being the largest city and port in the country.
Much of the country is covered by a plateau, where a large number of world-famous ecosystems are found, in particular, the savannah environment with its characteristic flora and fauna, preserved in some of the most beautiful parks and nature reserves, together with amazing landscapes, unrivalled variety of game species and some of the continent’s best safari lodges,
Tanzania’s unique character lends itself to the traditional East African safari experience.
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Tanzania has over 200,000 square kilometres committed to wildlife protection covering National Parks, Game Reserves, Game Controlled Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and Open Areas on village lands. Within this Tanzania offers the highest quality plains game and buffalo hunts, as well as the legendary traditional East African safari experience.
Sybarite Sporting has access to three other exclusive hunting concessions in Tanzania where there are large harvestable plains game populations, often with location specific species.
The Tanzanian hunting season opens on the 1st July and closes on the 31st December, the driest months are from July through to October, when the hunting is excellent.
• Masailand, northern Tanzania
The hunting concession of Burko is in the heart of Masailand, northern-central Tanzania. This is historical a classic game hunting area, taking in the mountain of Burko and adjoining the Lossimingor hunting concession, famed for its aggressive, mist forest buffalo.
The fauna rich Masailand savannah, rain forest and semi-desert habitats make this perfect country for an incredible variety of wildlife, including; Greater & Lesser Kudu, Eland, Oryx and Gerenuk, as well as Grants and Thomson’s Gazelle, Masai Bushbuck, East African Impala, Harvey’s Red Duiker and Suni.
Two important points with hunting the Masailand area, are that there are no Tsetse flies and, because the area is so close to Arusha, there is no need for expensive air charters to get in and out of camp.
• Rungwa, southern central Tanzania
The Rungwa South concession in southern Tanzania borders the Ruaha National Park and Rungwa Game Reserve. It covers over a million acres of stunning pristine hunting wilderness.
The area is breathtakingly beautiful, with Miombo Woodland interspersed with riverine valleys, open savannah plains and some spectacular kopjes. The views from camp equal those out from anywhere in the concession.
This is exceptional hunting country for Buffalo, Greater Kudu, Eland, Cape Bushbuck, Sharpe Grysbok, Coke and Lichtenstein Hartebeest, Impala, Klipspringer, Oribi, Southern Reedbuck, Roan and Sable Antelope, Duiker, Dik Dik, Bushpig, Warthog and Waterbuck.
• Luganzo, western Tanzania
Between the Ugalla River Game Reserve and the Moyowosi and Malagarasi Swamps, Luganzo is a unique combination of two primary ecosystems: extensive Miombo woodland and huge open savannah flood plains.
Not only is this excellent Cape Buffalo country, but the area lends itself to hunting Sitatunga Antelope, which are hunted by canoe or from machans, a platform erected in a tree. There are good populations of Sable and Roan antelope, and other riverine species such as Waterbuck and Cape Bushbuck.
Tanzania’s climate is complex due to the varied altitudes, environments and ecosystems, and weather patterns in general, across Africa, are becoming increasingly unpredictable.
The main high ground plateaus of Tanzania have a subtropical or tropical climate, not too hot because of altitude, 10°C to 28°C, in contrast, the coast is hot and humid throughout the year, especially from November to April, 22°C to 32°C. The period from June to August, known as ‘kipupwe’, is the coolest of the year, and is dry almost everywhere, with temperatures from 20°C to 30°C.
There are two rainy seasons: one less intense, known as short rains season, ‘vuli’, between October and December, and the other more intense, known as long rains season, ‘masika’, from March to May, with a peak in April.
In January and February, in the period between the two rainy seasons, known as ‘kiangazi’, the weather is hot and sultry, 22°C to 32°C, at least below a thousand metres (3300 feet).
In the centre of the country and the south, there's only one rainy season, from December to April in the south and south-east, and from November to April in the west.
Sybarite Safaris is a sister company to Sybarite Sporting, which organises and hosts authentic, traditional luxury safaris with an emphasis on sustainable integrated conservation and minimum footprint impact.