Tanzania Safaris is Unquestionably the Best Vacation in the World
Tanzania safari is without a doubt, one of Africa’s true gems for any style of safari.
Many people compare expeditions in Tanzania to that of its competitors (kenya and South Africa) in the business. Those countries tourism seem to burst at the seams with tourist attractions like the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. This is inaccurate, and even in these more well-known sections of the country, the safari and wildlife approach has been to attempt to conserve the animals and habitats for the long term rather than to cram as many camps as possible in there and enjoy the short-term benefits.
Please see our list of the most critical questions to ask yourself first, along with links to extra information to answer them in terms of a Tanzania safari.
How Long Do You Wish to Spend on Your Tanzania Safari?
A variety of things usually determines the answer to this question. The northern Tanzania safari in Serengeti parks, the Crater of Ngorongoro, the National Park at Lake Manyara, and Tarangire, for example, is usually not practicable in fewer than five nights due to driving durations and distances. As a result, northern safari itineraries tend to start at a greater expense than southern safari itineraries. Budget has an impact on the quantity of time you want to spend. Safari is unquestionably one of the most expensive vacations available these days, and the longer you stay, the more expensive the total program becomes. We generally recommend going on a safari to Tanzania for up to a week, which will allow you to visit all of the northern parks, or, if you prefer something a little simpler and with less driving, the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park will provide you with a few truly memorable nights in the bush without breaking the bank. If you just have a few days to spend on your Tanzania safari, the best alternative is to fly straight to the Selous for a few nights and then to the beach in Zanzibar within an hour.
What Time Should You Head to Your Tanzania Safari?
Another crucial aspect to consider is when you should go for your Tanzania safari.
We covered the main periods of the year and where to go for a Tanzania safari in another section of this article, but because most game movements are determined by access to water, there are undoubtedly some times of the year that are fantastic and others that may not be as well-known but include hidden gems. We can assist you in selecting the appropriate sites and campers because we have stayed in all of them at various times of the year!!
Do You Have a Particular Animal in Mind That You’d Want to See?
While the majority of Tanzania safari parks offer a diverse range of animals such as wildebeest, zebra, Cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, and other species, others do not. And others where particular species are plentiful. Please take a look at the following overview:
Serengeti National Park
Here’s is a Sneak Peek of Safaris in the Serengeti
Without a doubt, this Tanzania safari is one of nature’s most amazing sights. The huge, open grasslands, arguably Africa’s most famous safari destination, epitomize, for many, this is Africa’s strong suit. Gazillions of wildebeest, zebra and other animals traverse the Serengeti National Park’s grasslands. Which are stalked by some of Africa’s most formidable predators, including the magnificent lion, leopard, and cheetah, to mention a few. Witnessing the daily struggle for survival on a Serengeti safari is unlike anything else in the world, where life appears both precious and cheap.
Greetings from the Serengeti!
This stunning eco-system, which is part of the Mara/Serengeti grassland plains, has long been regarded as a must-see Tanzania safari destination, in part because of the diversity and number of animals, but also because of the uniqueness of the environment, which, while common in Africa, is actually quite rare.
Safaris in the Serengeti – a Map of the Area
The wildebeest herds alternate between the southern plains of the Serengeti, around the Ndutu Plains, and the northern plains of the Lamai Wedge, into the Maasai Mara, Kenya, on an annual basis. A succession of tiny ravines, rivers, and bush/scrubland lie between these two broad plains. This section of the Serengeti is a predator’s dream, with plenty of spots to wait for unwary calves as they begin their own north-south migration.
When Should You Go on a Serengeti Safari?
The regular rains that arrive in Tanzania in November and April and May each year stimulate the movements of the Serengeti’s wildebeest herds. This mobility is crucial to their survival and is an essential feature of any Serengeti safari itinerary. The general periods of year to consider are depicted here.
Lodging on a Serengeti Safari
Expedition in the Serengeti is often mistakenly used in contrast to Maasai Mara discussions, just a short drive. Still, it is about eight times larger and hence can provide a less crowded and more personal Tanzania safari experience.
With this in mind, we’ve chosen a few of the top lodges to consider in various Serengeti locations as the Wildebeest Migration herds pass through.
To get a thorough rundown, explore each of the areas below.
When and Where Should You Go to Watch?
Wildebeest Migration in the Serengeti
January to March.
The calving season brings the migration herds to the southern plains.
The Migration herds form huge lines that reach as far as the eye can see as they go back down through the Serengeti from the Maasai Mara!
The Ndutu Plains, also known as the Southern Plains, spring to life when the “brief rains” in November cause the herds to migrate south from the plains of the Maasai Mara. This fertile Serengeti region supplies much-needed nutrition to the wildebeest, and it is during this time that the herd can be seen calving. On a Serengeti Safari, there are a lot of lovely baby wildebeest and predator action.
The Maswa Reserve – South West of the Park – Located over to the west of the Serengeti itself, this location receives significant numbers of the herds at this time of year, and is therefore well worth considering for a Serengeti safari. The advantage of living here (and in Ndutu Lodge) is that you are officially outside of the park, giving you far more freedom to explore.
The Central Serengeti — in all honesty, there is no poor time to visit this part of the Serengeti; but, if you want to view the front end of the Migration herds, go as late as possible during this period.
Notable camps worth noting are the Olakira Tented, and Nomads Serengeti. The Ndutu Lodge and lodges at Alex Walker’s Serian are all recommended for this particular Tanzania safari.
April Through the Middle of June
The big rains provide much-needed relaxation for the animals that congregate in the park’s centre.
This is traditionally the most moistened period of the year to go on a Tanzania safari in the Serengeti, and many people opt not to visit during this time. However, this is still an excellent time to visit. There are no crowds, and the rain falls in huge, raging storms that blow out. And the game is as joyful as it possibly can be!
The Central Serengeti – in the central-western section, known as the Grumeti region, and across the central band, known as the Seronera, the majority of the herds and predators will congregate.
These two Serengeti sections have a lot of game, and while we don’t advocate staying here during the dry months because of the concentration of larger lodges, it works well at this time of year. If you have the funds, choose Sasakwa, which is a true Tanzania safari in style!
Dunia Camp, Pioneer Camp, Nomads Serengeti Camp, Grumeti River Lodge, Sasakwa Lodge are all recommended lodges.
From Mid-June to Mid-July
The Migration herds run the gauntlet north to the border when the lengthy rains finish.
As the rains begin to wane, the Serengeti herds begin to migrate northwards once more, this time to the permanent Mara and Grumeti Rivers in the north, to escape the scorching Tanzanian summer. Because this is likely the busiest time of year for a Serengeti safari in the park’s center zone, we prefer to recommend lodges that are a little further afield.
Centre Serengeti — As previously said, these are the busiest months for seeing the central Serengeti. However, part of the reason is because there is good gaming. As the herds pass through the Seronera River Valley, they are pursued by predators such as lions, leopards, and crocodiles, a fantastic safari!
Northern Corridor – While this area has no name and it’s a bit of a gamble if you’ll see the herds through the thicket scrub, the area that connects the Seronera and the Lamai wedge contains a few really outstanding properties. It’d be a mistake to go on this Tanzania safari and overlook it.
Lodges to consider: Migration Camp, Olakira Tented Camp
The Months of August to October
The Serengeti’s herds are located directly north of the Serengeti during the dry season in East Africa.
Around the end of July, the herds normally make their way up to the Serengeti’s northernmost reaches, when they tentatively begin to bridge the Mara River and travel up into the Maasai Mara’s plains.
The Lamai Wedge and the region around the Wogakuria Kopjes, in the Serengeti’s far north, come into their own for safari around this time of year, and can lay claim to some of the best and least disturbed safari viewing in Africa, just like the Ndutu Plains in the far south! For the next three months, the herds prefer to mill around on the northern bank of the Mara river, until the short rains prompt them to go south again.
Center Serengeti — For those on a more limited Serengeti Safari budget and unable to visit the Lamai Wedge, the central Serengeti boasts good populations of plains game and predators all year, making it a delight for most. However, if at all possible, we always advise safari clients to travel further north.
Alex Walker’s Serian, Sayari Mara and Olakira Tented Camp, Nomad’s Lemai Serengeti, and Lemala Kuria Hills are all recommended lodges.
The Months of November and December
As the short rains arrive, the migrating herds are now southern bound.
In the Serengeti, this is traditionally the prime of short showers.
They are so named because, while they are not quite as heavy as in April raining days to May, they cause the herds to return to the southern plains of Ndutu. As the herds disperse again, it’s hit or miss whether you’ll see them in their millions. However, it’s still a terrific time to go on a Tanzania safari in Serengeti.
Loliondo Concession: Located to the east of the northern Serengeti, the Loliondo concession was previously a popular stopping point for the herds on their way south. However, satellite tracking indicates that the herds have modified their trend to head more centrally in recent days. When making a reservation here, be cautious!
Northern Corridor: Because the herds migrate to the north of the Serengeti in the months of June and July, it can be difficult to predict when this area will be fully populated, but it is well worth considering staying here because, with good vegetation and plenty of dry riverbeds, predator action and safari can be spectacular.
Lodges to consider: Olakira Tented Camp, Migration Camp, Nomads Serengeti Camp
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An Overview of the Serengeti National Park
There are a variety of safari activities to choose from, including walking, driving, and ballooning, as well as a variety of landscapes, including grassland and acacia scrubland.
A total area of 5,700 square miles
Ideally, you should spend three to six nights in Arusha, Tanzania’s northernmost city.
The best time to visit Tanzania‘s popular Serengeti park is any time of year, although we recommend staying for at least three nights and up to six nights.
Tanzania Safari in Tarangire
This beautiful park, known for its elephants, is evocative of the southern parks.
In Tanzania’s northern safari circuit, Tarangire National Park is sometimes overlooked. This is possibly one of East Africa’s last uncovered jewels, and is well worth including in a visit up here. It’s only an hour or so drive west of the city of Arusha. The massive elephant herds that move in and out of the park throughout the year are often regarded as the major reason to visit. They must be seen to be believed. This isn’t the only reason to visit. There are both lesser and greater koodoo to see, as well as lion, leopard, and cheetah in abundance, as well as a range of intriguing habitats and accommodations.
Although several elephants have been tracked from Amboseli National Park in Kenya, some 300 kilometers away, nothing is known about their migratory patterns during the dry season. Because they all arrive during the dry season, it’s likely that they’re looking for the sustenance and water that the park’s many baobab trees, as well as the marshlands around the eastern side, supply.
With only a few of lodges inside the park, one of the best advantages for people who opt for this Tanzania safari is that it is still relatively uncrowded (which can be an issue in other parks in the north, such as the Ngorongoro Crater). This creates a sense of space as well as the ability to spend quality time with the animals without feeling pressured.
The park has become more well-known in recent years, and as a result, a handful of camps have established themselves on the park’s northern boundary, along the migratory corridor that connects Tarangire and Manyara National Parks. It is possible to enjoy a private experience as well as access the parks for a more intense game experience from these bases.
One of the best aspects of staying in Tarangire is that a couple of the campers have access to the park. This gives for a far more intimate view and experience of safari, and we strongly advise all of our clients to do so.
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Just a Quick Peek of Arusha.
Arusha, Tanzania’s capital, is 60 miles west of Tarangire National Park, which covers an area of 1,770 square kilometres.
July through November are the best months to visit. Recommended stay is 2 to 3 nights.
Adventures in the Wild
Elephant (up to 500 in a herd during season), leopard, lion, gerenuk, and kudu are among the many animals that may be seen in the area, and the area also has an abundance of birdlife.
Tanzania Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
One of the world’s natural wonders, offering some of the best game viewing opportunities.
The Ngorongoro Crater, located east of the Serengeti plains, is perhaps one of Africa’s must-see destinations, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see world-class wildlife viewing in a stunning setting. The crater itself is the world’s largest intact caldera, measuring 19 kilometers in circumference and 600 meters in depth. It also includes a year-round resident game and the most giant elephants still in Africa.
Most visitors to Tanzania’s northern parks will spend at least a few nights on or near the Ngorongoro Crater, and with good reason.
The volcano is thought to have blown its top some 2 million years ago, with much of the debris landing on the Ndutu Plains in the Serengeti’s south. It was initially estimated to be at the same height as nearby Kilimanjaro (around 5,800m). Wildebeest favour this area of the Serengeti for calving due to the rich mineral content of the grasses here.
The volcano plain is now a pilgrimage for those seeking to see a wide variety of animals as well as take in “that spectacular view”. A year-round habitat for many of Africa’s biggest species, such as the black rhino, the black-maned lion, and the continent’s densest population of spotted hyena, may be found on the crater floor thanks to its flat expanse and plentiful soil.
In any season, the area is a wonderful place to visit, but the most crucial option is whether to stay in a huge hotel or a smaller, more intimate one on the volcano’s slope. Choosing the right lodging is essential.
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A Quick Glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater
Near the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, is a 3,200-square-mile, northwest Tanzanian crater.
Staying two nights is highly recommended.
- Taking a walk while driving (within the crater)
Open grassland dominates the landscape, with a few trees and lakes to break up the monotony.
- Main species are Hyena, wildebeest, gazelle, zebra, big 5, and wildebeest.
Tanzania Safari in the Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve (previously Nyerere National Park) is undoubtedly one of Africa’s best and most diverse parks.
This is one of Africa’s largest designated animal reserves, occupying an area nearly two and a half times larger than Wales. Nyerere National Park (formerly the Selous Game Reserve), Safaris in this area provide a rare opportunity to see Africa’s last remaining wild animals in their natural habitats. It is the Rufiji River, which flows from west to east through the park’s northern part, that is the primary focus of the activities in this Tanzania safari. This eventually becomes a pilgrimage for all species of the game, attempting to replenish their water supplies during the dry season.
Nyerere National Park is a great park and a Tanzania safari destination that is appropriate for safari veterans as well as first-timers and the young. It is often the first stop on a circuit to the south. What it offers, which is truly unique in Africa, is the complete package: excellent game viewing (particularly elephants, wild dogs, leopards, hippos, and crocodiles), a variety of accommodations ranging from tented to luxury lodges, and a full range of safari activities including boating, walking, and driving.
It is feasible to arrive from an overnight journey and be in the wilderness within an hour or so, as it is only a 30-minute flight from Dar es Salaam. Another feather in its cap is that the park offers a good but not overwhelming range of lodging options. While lodges in the northern parks start at around U$D700 per person per night, lodges in the Nyerere National Park start at around U$D500 or less for a comparable experience and level of service.
Most people are big admirers of the southern parks. Especially Nyerere National Park, which has so much variety and range that you could stay here for weeks and not get bored. While July to October is usually thought to be the greatest time to visit, the park is a birders’ paradise all year. For those who have already seen the “big 5”, it is the ideal place to come and learn more about the African bush at any time.
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In a Nutshell, It’s All There is to It.
Safari Activities: Walking, kayaking, driving, and fly camping
- Best time to visit: June to November/January to March
- Safari Activities: Walking, kayaking, driving, and fly camping
- Gaming parties: Elephants, wild dogs, rhinos, lions, zebras, giraffes, leopards, crocodiles, hippopotamuses, and buffaloes are some of the more prominent species.
Landscape: Miombo forest; river valleys; wide expanses of open grassland; mountain ranges
Tanzania Safari in the National Park of Ruaha
Only a few people come here every year, which is ridiculous considering the level of the game.
Ruaha National Park, located about an hour and a half west of the Selous, is frequently paired with its neighbour and serves as the perfect counterbalance. Ruaha is bleak and sparse, in contrast to the Selous, which is lush and riverine. Ruaha has lions, buffalo, and leopards, whereas the Selous features elephants, hippos, and crocodiles. Stepping into Ruaha is, in every sense, stepping into how Africa has always existed.
Ruaha is a considerably smaller park than the Selous, and it is almost in the middle of the country, surrounded by burned red earth and little else. The park is named after the Great Ruaha River, which runs through the park’s northern half (and continues east to meet the Rufiji River), and it is still relatively undisturbed by tourists and modernity.
Apart from the bleeding land, the park’s first striking feature is the baobab trees that line the horizon in every direction. These sedentary and ancient trees can be found in giant forests and provide some spectacular panoramas on a game drive. Another notable characteristic of the park is the enormous number of lions that live there. The lions of Ruaha are frequently observed in pride of up to 25 and even thirty, battling the enormous cape buffalo that roam the plains. It is one of the few places in Africa where this phenomenon can be viewed on a regular basis. While the Okavango Delta is an excellent place for a safari, if lion feelings of pride are your thing, the Duba Plains east of the Okavango Delta are a must-see in this Tanzania safari!
There are few hotel choices in the area because of the distance and money required to get here, hence safari-goers aren’t making the excursion. Trust us; this is a positive development! There is a wide range of lodging options, from simple tents to lavish resorts, suit everyone’s needs. As far as we can tell, the best game is concentrated around Msembe and the Mdonya River in the park’s central areas.
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A Quick Glimpse of the Ruaha National Park
Around 8,050 square miles, Ruaha National Park is located approximately 1.5 hours west of the Selous Game Reserve. The park’s best months to visit are June to November and January to March when the best safari activities are available. The recommended stay is 3 to 6 nights.
Tanzania Safari in the National Park of the Mahale Mountains
A Tanzania safari that features a place where forested hills drop into crystal-clear water in an astonishing scene! This is breathtakingly beautiful, with pristine rivers tumbling down from the peaks of the forest.
The Mahale Mountains, which run along with a view from the Lake Tanganyika shore, include verdant trees and jagged slopes that drop abruptly to sandy beaches and pure crystal seas. The hotels nestled on the banks of Lake Tanganyika with this breathtaking backdrop are reason enough to visit this magical place. Still, when you add in some of the best chimp viewings on the planet, it becomes a once in a lifetime Tanzania safari experience!
As you can see, we think the Mahale Mountains National Park and Lake Tanganyika are fantastic. In the most refined sense, everything about coming here is extraordinary and memorable. Mahale defies the trend in a world where people and places are so easily accessible. Once you’ve visited both, they stay with you forever, allowing you to brag about being one of only a few who have stepped foot. High praise, to be sure, but we believe it is deserved.
You can see Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second-largest and second deepest lake, as you fly in through the mist-covered slopes of the Mahale Mountains, looking down on the lush forest that dominates the area. When you land on a bit of runway in the middle of a small community, you’ll be greeted with song and laughter since each arrival is a special occasion.
The seashore has only two prominent camps, both of which share access to a group of habituated chimpanzees who live just a short distance away inland.” According to how fast and agile the chimpanzees are and how many trees are in bloom, chimpanzee trekking might be easy or challenging. Trekking with habituated chimpanzees is only possible in two or three sites in the globe, therefore spending three or four nights in this particular Tanzania safari ensures at least one viewing.
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A Quick Glimpse of the Mahale National Park
More than 1,000 square miles, Mahale National Park is Tanzania’s largest park and sits on Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania. There are two best times of year to visit: June through November and January through February. All-Inclusive Safari Packages are walking with chimpanzees in a forest with a freshwater lake in the background.
What Kind of Safari Activities Are You Looking For?
A Tanzania safari can provide a wide selection of activities due to its diverse biodiversity:
Tanzania Safaris on Foot
A walking Tanzania safari is one of the best ways to experience the bush since it allows you to “feel” the environment with all of your senses.
While it may not provide the same level of the big game, seeing as vehicle safaris, this is a must-do activity. Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, and Serengeti National Park are all excellent parks.
Tanzania Safaris on the Water
Many game animals (especially elephants) are less nervous when approached by boat for some reason, and as a result, this may be a really tranquil and interesting way to enjoy a Tanzania safari. Selous Game Reserve is a fantastic park.
Tanzania Safaris in Vehicles
The vehicles that we propose are either closed sided 4×4 vehicles or open-sided 4×4 vehicles, and they are by far the most popular form of travelling on a Tanzania safari. These are a great way to cover a lot of lands quickly, and because animals are becoming more accustomed to seeing vehicles, you can often get very close! The northern and southern parks are both excellent for these.
What Kind of Lodging Are You Looking For?
Again, there is a budget dilemma because many of the more expensive houses are the more permanent ones, which a lesser budget may already eliminate. Having said that, even for those on a tighter budget, we recommend staying at one of the finest tented sites to truly immerse yourself in nature throughout any of the Tanzania safari you pick.
When considering where to stay in Tanzania while on your Tanzania safari, you can never go wrong with these popular camps; Sayari Mara Camp, Singita Sasakwa, Tarangire Treetops, Oliver’s Tented Camp, Lake Manze Tented Camp, Beho Beho, Greystoke’s Mahale, Sayari Mara Camp, Singita Sasakwa, Tarangire Treetops, Oliver’s Tented Camp, Lake Manze Tented Camp, Beho Beho, Greystoke’s Mahale, Greystoke.
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