Tanzania on the east African coast is a country of many wonders. Africa’s highest mountain Mount Kilimanjaro, game reserves Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are world renowned and with the paradise islands of Zanzibar, Mafia and Pemba offer a perfect combination of safari and swimming.
A safari in Tanzania is legendary as no other country can offer the amount of animals in their game reserves as in Tanzania. Especially the predators are more the rule than the exception. On a Safari in Tanzania you can expect:
- Loads of big predator cats
- Spectacular game viewing
- Hordes of elephants
- Knowledgeable guides
- Interacting with African tribes such as the Masai, Meru and Chagga
Most popular safaris in Tanzania
7 Day Safari, Accommodated
from 2,470 USD
On this lodge safari you will discover the highlights of Northern Tanzania and you will get to see a lot of wildlife and are able to learn more about the Masai and their culture.
10 Day Safari, Accommodated
from 4,620 USD
This Tanzania and Kenya tour perfectly combines fascinating wildlife, spectacular landscapes and the interesting lifestyle and culture of the locals in Eastern Africa.
7 Day Safari, Camping
from 1,990 USD
Explore Tanzania´s wildlife as well as the Masai culture on this unforgettable safari through the north of Tanzania.
Things to see in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park
The Masai tribe called it the “endless plains” and it is indeed true. From anywhere in the Serengeti can you see no end to the vast treeless plains of this nature reserve. It is famed for its wealth of animals and on a safari in the Serengeti you will be amazed at the abundance of creatures. The yearly migration through the Serengeti plains and Masai Mara of millions of wildebeest and zebras to find fresh food and water is world-famous. These hordes are being closely followed by predators in anticipation of their next meal. No other national park will guarantee a better chance to see the Big Five than the Serengeti National Park.
A sky island, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Its highest point is Uhuru peak (5895 m) on the Kibo crater’s rim. No special mountaineering equipment except fitness is needed to ascend the mountain. Five to six-day trekking trips up the mountain enables thousands of tourists to stand on the summit of Africa. The Kilimanjaro National Park is a forest reserve and World Heritage site.
The Ngorongoro Crater is unique and nowhere on earth will you find anything comparable. Due to its protected location, the 600 m deep crater is home to a consistent food supply for buffalo, gazelles, wildebeest and zebras. These 15 000 and 25 000 grass-eaters offer predators a selection of menu options. Apart from lion, you should also be fortunate enough to spot rhino here.
Tarangire National Park
The Tarangire National Park is often overlooked due to competition by other parks. This is very unfortunate as it has the largest elephant population in Tanzania, sometimes groups of up to 300 animals. Apart from the grey giants you will also see giraffe, lion, kudu and many more. During the dry months animals flock to the banks of the Tarangire River where bird lovers will love the clouds of shrieking love birds.
Lake Manyara National Park
This park in northern Tanzania is especially famous for its tree-climbing lions. Apart from the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, Lake Manyara National Park is the only place where this uncommon behaviour can be seen. The scenic lake makes up three quarters of the park and in the rainy season masses of flamingos form a pink border on the shoreline.
Ruaha National Park
The Ruaha National Park lies in the less-visited and tranquil southern Tanzania. Here, with much less tourists, nature is unspoilt and safaris are peaceful. More than 1500 plant species occur in this beautiful park that is home to antelopes not found in northern Tanzania such as the majestic kudu, sable antelope and Roan antelope. The biggest attraction of the park is the much endangered African wild dog.
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve is another park in the “southern circuit” and is easily accessible from Dar es Salaam. At 52 000 km² it is the largest nature reserve in Africa and is in season home to almost one million animals. Due to the thick vegetation, spotting animals is not as easy as on the Serengeti’s plains. With a bit of patience and luck one should be able to spot the African wild dog and many other creatures.
Best time to visit
East Africa’s rainy season is from the end of March to the beginning of June. Rain can be very heavy and as with the Flood, you might need an ark to get around as roads can become impassable. This is also the low season and budget travellers and groups make use of the competitive prices. In November there could be some rain, but in some years it can be dry. The migration of herds from Tanzania to Kenya can also determine your time of visit. From January to March the herds are based in the south of the Serengeti where the wildebeest and zebra give birth. Between April and July they move westwards, crossing the Grumeti River in the Masai Mara to Kenya. Varying yearly, the return journey starts at the end of September, sometimes even the end of October. In November and December the masses travel back from the northern Serengeti, over the central area to the south. The main transfers are during July and August and again in January and February.
A trip to Tanzania can easily be combined with a safari in Kenya. Many travellers end their holidays with a beach break on the coast or on the island of Zanzibar.