Tanzania Safari tours take you to a land that has more designated wildlife areas than any other country on earth, with one-third of its surface area given over to national parks, game and forest reserves and other valuable protected spaces. Central to the country’s wildlife crown are its sixteen national parks: unfenced wildlife sanctuaries with no settlements other than facilities for Tanzania safari tour-goers and researchers.

The classic parks such as Serengeti mostly occupy plains and are where you’ll get to see the animals on your Tanzania safari tour, albeit from inside a vehicle – although some parks now allow limited hiking in designated areas, usually arranged as part of an organized Tanzania safari tour. Getting around the more forested parks of Udzungwa Mountains, Mahale Mountains, Gombe Stream and Kitulo is done on foot, usually in the company of an official guide or ranger.

Tanzania Safari Reserves cover over 100,000-square-miles (259,000-km2); only a few countries on earth can boast of having a greater amount of land devoted to parks and reserves. The 15 national parks, 17 game reserves, and 1 conservation area open to Tanzania Safari tour-goers comprise over 15% of the country’s land area. In total, over 25% of the country has been set aside for wildlife conservation. Tanzania’s great variety of wildlife can be at least partially attributed to its great diversity of landscapes, with altitudes ranging from sea level to 19,340 feet (5,895 m).

Tanzania safari tours take you to one of the best wildlife countries in Africa for mobile and seasonal tented camp safaris. Vehicles with roof hatches or pop-tops are used on Tanzania safari tours game drives. Safari camps and lodges that have guides and vehicles based at them may in many cases use open-sided vehicles — similar to those used in many reserves in Southern Africa. If accompanied by a national park guide, Tanzania walking safaris are allowed in Arusha, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Gombe Stream, Mahale Mountains, Katavi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Rubondo Island National Park, Selous Game Reserve and Loliondo Game Reserve (bordering the eastern side of the Serengeti National Park).

Areas for Tanzania safari tours involving walking have recently been designated in Tarangire National Park and in the northern part of Serengeti National Park. Walking Safaris are also allowed in the Ngorongoro Conservation area (but within the Ngorongoro Crater itself) if accompanied by a conservation ranger. Tanzania safari tours are considered by many experts as one of the two top wildlife trips to an African safari across the continent.

Tanzania Safari Highlights

  • Have front row seats on your Tanzania safari tour to the spectacle known as the Great Migration of the Wildebeest across the majestic Serengeti plains.
  • Experience a world-class luxury Tanzania mobile camping safari tour in Tarangire the Grumeti Reserves and the Serengeti.
  • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest caldera in the world, on your Tanzania safari tour for a day of game viewing and the opportunity to see the “Big Five”
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa.
  • Spend time with the Hadzabe Bushmen, the Datoga and the Maasai.
  • Fly to the Selous for you Tanzania safari tour to the south and experience guided walking safaris and game viewing by boat.
  • Trek chimpanzees at Mahale or Gombe, and visit remote Katavi to see big game with very few tourists.
  • Finish your Tanzania safari adventure with a stay on Zanzibar or one of the charming outer islands offering barefoot luxury.

The Nothern Circuit

Tanzania Safari tours to the Northern circuit take you to wildlife-rich area from Mt. Kilimanjaro in the east to Serengeti National Park in the west; this is also the area most visited by Tanzania safari tours goers and boast many of the country’s most famous parks. Some visitors reach Arusha, the gateway to the area, by flying directly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can also fly into Nairobi (Kenya) and then take a 1-hour flight to Kilimanjaro or a 5-hour drive via Namanga to Arusha, or they fly into Dar es Salaam and then take an hour’s flight to Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports. Kilimanjaro International Airport is located 34 miles (54 km) east of Arusha and 22 miles (35 km) west of Moshi and has a bank, bar, shops, and a restaurant.

The traditional Tanzania Safari to “Northern Circuit” includes Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Oldupai Gorge and the Serengeti National Park. Other areas of interest in the north that you could couple up to your Tanzania safari tour include; Ndarakwai Ranch, Sinya, and Lake Eyasi (opportunities for great cultural experiences), Manyara Ranch Conservancy, Grumeti Reserves, Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

From Arusha, the Northern Circuit runs 45 miles (73 km) west on a good tarmac road, across the gently rolling Maasai plains with scattered acacia trees, to Makuyuni. You can then either continue on the main road toward Dodoma for another 20 miles (32 km) to Tarangire National Park or turn right (northwest) to Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek) on a paved road.

The Southern Circuit 

Tanzania safari tours to the “Southern Circuit” take you to the wildlife reserves of; Ruaha National Park, Mikumi National Park, and the Selous Game Reserve. The Selous and Ruaha are less visited by Tanzania safari tour-goers than the northern Tanzania parks and offer a great opportunity to explore the wild and unspoiled bush. Mikumi is seldomly visited by international travelers. Daily scheduled charter flights link the Selous and Ruaha with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Planning and Booking Tanzania Safari

The easiest and often the cheapest way to arrange and book your Tanzania safari tour is through a safari company in Tanzania, or via an overseas Tanzania tour operator. For mid-range and luxury Tanzania trips, booking ahead by months rather than weeks is essential to be sure of getting the dates and accommodation you want, but at the budget Tanzania safari tours, where quality is a mercurial beast, it’s fine to arrange things once you arrive, which gives you the chance to check out the company in person. Tanzania Safari vehicles tend to be Land Rovers or Land Cruisers, sometimes with roof hatches (handy for taking pictures). On a normal driving Tanzania safari tour, you can keep costs down by sharing with other travelers; in a group of four or five, you might pay half what you would have paid in a couple.

When on your  Tanzania safari tour, don’t take too passive an attitude. Although some of the itineraries may be fixed, some aspects may be flexible, and daily routines can be altered to suit you and your fellow travelers – if you want to go on an early game drive, for example, don’t be afraid to suggest you skip breakfast, or take sandwiches.

Types of Tanzania Safari Tours

The type of  Tanzania safari tour you take is largely determined by your budget, with the accommodation being the main factor, but it’s never cheap. And be aware that in safari-speak, a “three-day safari” actually means two nights, and that most of the first and last days will likely be spent getting to and from the wildlife areas if you’re not flying. For this reason, we’d recommend at least three nights for a good Tanzania Safari tour unless you’re starting close by. Prices should include everything except alcoholic drinks and tips.

Budget Tanzania Safari Tours (camping and tented camps)

At the lower end are so-called “budget” or “adventure” Tanzania safaris. These are touted for a little as $150 per person per day, but a trip with a reliable Tanzania tour operator costs $200–300 per person per day, depending on the group size, the duration of the safari, exactly where you’ll be going, and whether you’re sharing the trip with other travelers. Nights are usually spent in small tents, either in public campsites inside the parks or in cheaper ones outside. For camping, expect to muck in with the crew for some of the work, like pitching tents and washing up, and be prepared for a degree of discomfort: thin mattresses and sleeping bags, not having a shower every night, and basic food. More expensive tented camp Tanzania trips ($275–350) get you better tents, camp-beds with linen, portable (chemical) toilets, and tend to use wilder “special” campsites as opposed to the public ones.

Mid-range safaris (lodges and tented camps)

For $350–500 per person per day, you get to stay in wildlife lodges or at the more basic tented camps, which have proper rooms (or walk-in tents that are much the same), restaurants, bars, and often also swimming pools. Some can be wonderfully intimate, but most are large (eighty rooms or so), overrun by package tours, and lack much of the wilderness feeling. Before booking your Tanzania safari tour, find out what kind of vehicle will be used, if you’re on a shared safari, and establish the maximum group size. Be aware that group sizes may become irrelevant if you end up being ferried around in convoys, as frequently happens with the larger operators dealing with (mostly US) Tanzania safari package tours.

Luxury Tanzania safaris (Lodges and tented camps)

Spending $500–900 per person a day gets you a private “tailor-made” Tanzania safari tour that could include flights – dispensing with the dusty discomfort and time wasted getting to places by road. On such jaunts, the guiding and service should be top-notch, as should the tented camps you’ll be staying in, some of them amazingly luxurious affairs straight out of the pages of Condé Nast.

Pulling out all the stops, for a blistering $1500 a day and up or thereabouts you can treat yourself to a Hemingwayesque “mobile camping safari”, with fly-camps set up in the bush before your arrival each evening, champagne breakfasts (actually sparkling wine), and a rifle-toting expat as your wildlife guide. The main disadvantage to these super-luxury Tanzania safaris is the almost total exclusion of Tanzanians from the safari and its profits – most of these outfits are owned by Europeans or South Africans.

Tanzania  Safari Tour Operator

Given the considerable cost of Tanzania safaris, and the hefty deposit required when booking ahead (anything from thirty percent to the full amount upfront), the importance of taking your time in choosing a reliable and trustworthy Tanzania safari company cannot be stressed highly enough. Ensure your selection is responsible, ethical, and – within reason – best priced. Most of the Tanzania Safari Operators are based in Arusha or Dar es Salaam, but there are also some in Mwanza, Iringa, and – specializing in Kilimanjaro climbs – in and around Moshi. The overseas Tanzania tour operators have their own Tanzanian operations, too. Standards can and do change, however, so always check up on companies you’re interested in beforehand online.

Tanzania – Geography 

Volcanic highlands dominate the north, giving way southward to a plateau, then semi-desert in the center of the country and highlands in the south. The coastal lowlands are hot and humid with lush vegetation. One branch of the Great Rift Valley passes through Lake Natron and Lake Manyara in northern Tanzania to Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa), while the other branch passes through Lakes Rukwa and Tanganyika in the west. The “long rains” usually occur in April and May, however, this does not mean it rains all the time, as the thundershowers will come and go. Lighter rains often occur in late October and November. Altitude has a great effect on temperature. At Arusha (4,600 ft./1,390 m), the Southern Highlands (6,700 ft./2,030 m) and the top of Ngorongoro Crater (7,500 ft./2,285 m), nights and early mornings are especially cool. Tanzania’s highest temperatures occur from December to March and are lowest in July. Some scientists debate that East Africa was the cradle of mankind. Some of the earliest known humanoid footprints, estimated to be 3.5 million years old, were discovered at Laetoli by Dr. Mary Leakey in 1979. Dr. Leakey also found the estimated 1.7-million-year-old skull Zinjanthropus boisei at Oldupai. (formerly Olduvai) Gorge in 1957.

History 

From as far back as the tenth century, Arabs, Persians, Egyptians, Indians, and Chinese were involved in heavy trading on the coast. The slave trade began in the mid-1600s and was abolished in 1873. British explorers Richard Burton and John Speke crossed Tanzania in 1857 to Lake Tanganyika. The German East Africa Company gained control of the mainland (then called German East Africa) in 1885, and the German government held it from 1891 until World War I, when it was mandated to Britain by the League of Nations. Tanganyika gained its independence from Britain in 1961, and Zanzibar gained its independence in December 1963. Zanzibar, once the center of the East African slave trade, was ruled by sultans until they were overthrown in January 1964. Three months later, Zanzibar formed a union with Tanganyika — the United Republic of Tanzania.

 The People

There are 120 tribes in Tanzania. Bantu languages and dialects are spoken by 95% of the population, with KiSwahili the official and national language. Over 75% of the people are peasant farmers. Export of coffee, cotton, sisal, tea, cloves and cashews bring 70% of the country’s foreign exchange. Tourism is now one of the country’s top foreign exchange earner

3 Day Serengeti Safari

4 Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari

5 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route

6 Day Tanzania Northern Circuit Safari

5 Day Serengeti Ndutu (Dec-Apr) Great Migration Safari

8 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari

  • Amani The ancient rainforests of the East Usambara Mountains, nicknamed “Galapagos of Africa” on account of their immense biodiversity, are a delight for hikers, with many unique plant and animal species, including bright orange land crabs.
  • Arusha This encloses most of Mount Meru, a dormant 4566m volcano looming over Arusha city. Hike to the top in three days, or drive or walk around the mountain’s base in search of plains game. Canoeing is also possible. Wildlife includes buffaloes, elephants, monkeys and plains game.
  • Gombe Stream A forested hillside rising from Lake Tanganyika’s northern shore, made famous by Jane Goodall’s long-term study of its chimpanzees.
  • Katavi A remote floodplain in western Tanzania filled with hippos, buffaloes and crocodiles, among which you’re welcome to walk – safe in the company of an armed ranger.
  • Kilimanjaro Africa’s tallest mountain, and the world’s highest free-standing massif, present sturdy legs with a 5892m ice-capped challenge, best tackled over six or seven days.
  • Kitulo Best visited during the rains, this highland plateau, locally dubbed “God’s Garden”, is a wonderland of wildflowers, especially orchids, and is also home to the extremely rare Kipunji monkey, only discovered in 2004. Driving is allowed, but hiking is far better.
  • Lake Manyara At the base of a Rift Valley escarpment, Manyara’s tangled shoreline is home to many species, including tree-climbing lions. The lake itself has hippos and vast flocks of pink flamingoes, drawn by algae that thrive off alkaline springs.
  • Mahale Mountains Halfway down Lake Tanganyika, this contains even more chimpanzees than Gombe – and they’re the reason to come.
  • Mikumi Within easy reach of Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, this has heaps of classic plains game, including sometimes sizeable packs of endangered African hunting dogs.
  • Mkomazi A picturesque savanna park between the Pare Mountains and Kenya’s border Tsavo West National Park, with a range of predators, and few, if any, tourists.
  • Ngorongoro The world’s densest population of predators is to be found in the volcanic caldera at the heart of this conservation area, which is also the only place in Tanzania to virtually guarantee sightings of black rhino. Most visitors come on game drives, but an exciting alternative is to explore the Ngorongoro’s northern highlands on foot, in the company of an armed ranger.
  • Ruaha The southernmost of the Rift Valley parks, watered on and off by the Great Ruaha River. All the plains game of northern Tanzania plus elephants, the usual predators and rich birdlife, but with far fewer crowds.
  • Rubondo Island An isolated bird-rich haven in Lake Victoria’s southwest corner, but awkward (or expensive) access means it’s one for dedicated twitchers only.
  • Saadani Bush, beach, mangroves, forest and river: Saadani’s variety of habitats draws a rich selection of animals, though a recent history of poaching means that many are skittish. Activities are game drives, boat trips, snorkelling and bush walks.
  • Selous Africa’s second-largest animal sanctuary. Plenty of birds but mammals can be elusive. Activities include game drives, boat safaris, and bush walks.
  • Serengeti The famous “endless plains” are centre-stage for the world’s biggest mammalian migration, with millions of animals including wildebeest, zebra, and ever-attentive lions. Game drives are the usual way around, though lodges can arrange short hikes, and you float over the lot in a hot-air balloon.
  • Tarangire Like the Serengeti, Tarangire bushland is the turntable for a wildlife migration. A perennial river ensures good animal spotting year-round, especially for elephants. The park’s other giants are baobab trees. Birding is big, too, and you can go hiking in the adjacent conservation area.
  • Udzungwa Mountains Several types of pristine rainforest cover a wide range of elevations here, all of them rich in often unique species, including primates and birds. There are plenty of waterfalls, too, making it ideal hiking territory.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Tanzania safari in Ngorongoro takes you to the Conservation Area is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara National Park about 160 kilometers from Arusha. A Conservation Area basically means that humans and animals can live in the area, this is a bit different from a National Park since National Parks are conserved for wildlife only. Tanzania Safari Ngorongoro includes a couple of things among these are; 80,000 Maasai people who live here but the most significant part of Ngorongoro is the crater.

It’s the world’s largest unbroken caldera. It’s basically a huge open amphitheater with walls about 600 meters high. Inside of the Caldera is 260 kilometers square and basically a big flat area. It has open grasslands, swamps, lakes (both fresh and saltwater lakes) but the amazing bit about Ngorongoro is that it was created from a volcano.

Tanzania Safari tours to Ngorongoro take you to one of Tanzania’s most popular wildlife viewing areas. This huge volcanic crater has a permanent supply of water which draws thousands of animals. Many visitors come here primarily for viewing large animals and bird watching, thousands of animals can be seen on the crater floor including lions, elephants, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles, and buffaloes but wild beasts and zebras account for over half of the animals that call Ngorongoro crater home. Birdwatching is superb especially around Lake Magadi which attracts flocks of flamingos to the shallows, hippos are content to submerge themselves during the day and then grace in the nearby grass in the evening. Ngorongoro is known as the largest intact ancient caldera in the world, nearly 3 million years old. A Tanzania safari tour to Ngorongoro volcano explains the existence of the world’s tallest mountain before it exploded and collapsed.

Lake Manyara National Park

Tanzania safari tours to Lake Manyara take you to a birdlime haven with elusive tree-climbing lions. The Park’s abundance of hippos and its setting beneath the dramatic western escarpment of the Rift Valley make it one of the unique destinations to visit for your Tanzania safari tour.

Mount Kilimanjaro 

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 meters; Tanzania’s most iconic image Mount Kilimanjaro National Park unlike other parks in northern Tanzania is not visited for the wildlife. This mountain can be climbed at any time of the year although the best period is from late June to October during the dry season. Kilimanjaro, a World Heritage Site was formed over 1 million years ago by volcanic movement along the Rift Valley.

Three volcanic cones Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi came to be about 750 thousand years ago, the highest point is the Uhuru peak on the cable which is one of the seven summits of the world. Tanzania Safari Kilimanjaro takes you to altitudes rising from farmlands on the lower level to rainforests an alpine meadow

And then barren lunar landscapes are the peaks the slopes of rainforests are home to buffaloes, Leopards, monkeys, elephants and the Alpine zone is where bird watchers will find an abundance of birds of prey. The trek up Kilimanjaro lures hundreds of Trekkers on Tanzania safari each year, and is even attractive because with the right preparation you can trek all the way to the summit without ropes. At Masai Mara holidays, we offer Tanzania Safari packages to your trek to Kilimanjaro, feel free to check out Our packages to Kilimanjaro.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is about 120 kilometers from Arusha and 160 kilometers from the Kilimanjaro Airport, this makes it very convenient if you’re flying in from either of the two airports for your Tanzania tour. Tarangire is the sixth largest park within Tanzania and was the fifth to the opened after Tanzania’s independence from Britain. Tarangire National Park was established in 1971. In terms of big attractions: there are lots of baobab trees everywhere and also what’s very important about this particular park is the Tarangire River which attracts lots of wildlife and bird species during the dry season. The months; July to September are very dry which makes it difficult for animals to find water, but the river keeps flowing and so many wildlife species are attracted here, So it’s particularly the best time to visit Tanzania safari in Tarangire National Park.

Selous Game Reserve

Tanzania safari tours to Selous take you the Huge licensed game reserve in Africa established in 1922 and covers 5% of Tanzania’s total area. The southern area is a Forbidden Zone, undeveloped, heavily forested and contains a series of steep cliffs.

Tanzania safaris are limited to the area north of the Rufigi  River, this area of Selous game reserve has a large open grassland , woodland, rivers, hills and plains. The best time to visit Tanzania safari Selous is July through October. The Rufigi river bisects The Selous Game Reserve and has the largest catchment area of any river in East Africa,

the river is an important feature of the reserve providing the opportunity to watch the diverse water-based wildlife; a broad range of wildlife can be found including elephants, hippos and rhinos as well as buffalos, antelopes, giraffes, warthog, wildebeests, lions monkeys and cheetahs.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is home to large herds of buffaloes and gazelles and has one of the largest concentrations of elephants in Tanzania.The Great Ruaha River is the main feature of Ruaha National Park providing magnificent wildlife viewing on the banks. The river also provides most of the electricity to Tanzania through a hydroelectric dam at kita

Ruaha national park is the least accessible for Tanzania safari and as a result, the landscape remains relatively untouched, bird watchers can enjoy over 400 species of birds that are not found in northern Tanzania under spectacular gorges and majestic trees especially appealing to photographers

Masai Cultural Visit

Maasai are people you’ll see as you travel around Tanzania, and are very distinctive as they’re wearing cloth robes often in red or blues. They are the indigenous people and a very important tribe within Tanzania, and across the country, you can go to different villages which help explain some of their heritage, history and the way the people live. As part of your Tanzania safari tour,  a visit to one of the communities In Ngorongoro you’ll see some traditional dancing and singing on top of which you can acquire new skills; They’ll show you how they make fire without using any sort of combustibles, They will also show you practically how their houses are made

This is also a perfect time to check out some of their beautiful craftwork which is also available for purchase. The great thing about going to the village is you get a real sense and understanding of the Maasai people of Tanzania and also give you a chance to give back to the community. To get yourself a good deal to most of our listed Tanzania safari attractions, simply check out our tailor-made Safari packages to Tanzania then contact our experienced tour experts at Masai Mara Holidays to get yourself a Tanzania Safari at the best price.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an exotic island kingdom of former slave traders and fishermen which has reinvented itself as a tourism hotspot, it was the culture and history in stone town which is seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white sand beaches and coconuts palm. While Zanzibar gets most of the attention, the archipelago is also made up of Pemba to north, plus numerous smaller islands and inlets. Zanzibar’s main attraction is stone town, with its whitewashed, coral rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares.

Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach are very common as the experience take you for spectacular game viewing on a Tanzania safari which is concluded with a visit to the spectacular sea edged by fine, white sand beaches. Above and below the water is a dream designation for simply relaxing and recharging. For those with deep pockets on a healthy budget nothing beats the exclusive satellites islands on the northeastern tip of Zanzibar

There is a dizzying array of around 800 hotels beach resorts guest houses and other accommodation options to choose between on the main island it almost goes without saying this is not a place we should come if you don’t want to see other tourists at this destination because this destination always has a full house.

Stone Town

Stone town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and later has changed in the last 200 years, the grand old Arabian homes lining the narrow streets and winding alleys give the city its own unique charm the majority of homes in stone town were built in the 19th century when Zanzibar was one of the most important slightly trading towns in the Indian ocean business.

You will notice the intricately carved wooden doors on many of the houses as the world’s oldest functioning swahili city.  Many of the landmarks in stone town have been restored to their original glory as some of the historic buildings, museums and tourist attractions.  The town also has a couple of interesting churches of historical significance,a walk along creek road takes visitors to the original stone town area and the location of the Dharasana market, bite al Imani City Hall and the Anglican Cathedral.

Some of the other key highlights include the photo Danni Gardens the oldest pantry with it’s carved wooden balconies, the former home of the Sultan’s known as Beit el Sahel or the People’s Palace, the Harmony Persian baths built in 1888 and the olders structure in stone town the old fort.

Mafia Island

Further south lays the beautiful Island of Mafia, a touch more sophisticated and exclusive than Zanzibar but without the member price tag. This is an exciting coconut-covered island to visit.

The beaches are superb and it’s mangroves and marine park ensure that the marine life is a beautiful and underwater super experience far superior to Zanzibar or  Pemba more out-of-the-way and a little harder to reach. Mafia Island is a place for adventurous travelers and diving connoisseurs, the star on the water attraction is the dosa and completely harmless whale sharks that frequent the islands waters between October and March each year.

Unguja

looking for a picture-perfect place to visit in Tanzania then Unguja should be on top of your pocket list,  Unguja has aquamarine waters made up of soft sands and an immersive Swahili market once stood in by Sultan’s and British imperialists.

The capital of stone sound here burst with coral stone fort Persian palaces and European front spaces and then there are the beaches from seaweed spattered kendwa to whiter than white new way and in salted washed bungalows on the shore. This little item in the Indian Ocean really did earn its place as a byword for tropical perfection.

The Best Time to Visit Tanzania Safari

The best time go on a Tanzania safari tour to the Northern Circuit is June through March. Late December to February and July and August are the busiest periods. April and May is traditionally the rainy season and travel in 4wd vehicles is highly recommended, however, as the seasons are not as pronounced as they were a few decades ago, travelers during that period may in fact encounter little rain. Advantages of going on your Tanzania safari tour in April and May include lower rates, fewer tourists, and great game viewing in some parks, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. This is a great time to go on your Tanzania safari tour through the Great Serengeti Migration, with possibly no other vehicles in sight! Light rains usually fall late October to early December, but little negative effect on game viewing in some reserves. November is in fact one of my favorite times for northern Tanzania safari tours; a little rain is nice because it helps drop the dust out of the air, and the bush turns from brown to green.

In the case of Tanzania safari tours to southern Tanzania, the best months for game viewing are June to November due to the longer 6-month dry season compared to the north. The country contains 35 species of antelope and over 1.5 million wildebeest — over 80% of the population of this species in Africa. The calving season for wildebeest in Serengeti National Park is from mid-January to mid-March.

Tanzania Safari

Tanzania Safari tours take you to a land that has more designated wildlife areas than any other country on earth, with one-third of its surface area given over to national parks, game and forest reserves and other valuable protected spaces. Central to the country’s wildlife crown are its sixteen national parks: unfenced wildlife sanctuaries with no settlements other than facilities for Tanzania safari tour-goers and researchers.

The classic parks such as Serengeti mostly occupy plains and are where you’ll get to see the animals on your Tanzania safari tour, albeit from inside a vehicle – although some parks now allow limited hiking in designated areas, usually arranged as part of an organized Tanzania safari tour. Getting around the more forested parks of Udzungwa Mountains, Mahale Mountains, Gombe Stream and Kitulo is done on foot, usually in the company of an official guide or ranger.

Tanzania Safari Reserves cover over 100,000-square-miles (259,000-km2); only a few countries on earth can boast of having a greater amount of land devoted to parks and reserves. The 15 national parks, 17 game reserves, and 1 conservation area open to Tanzania Safari tour-goers comprise over 15% of the country’s land area. In total, over 25% of the country has been set aside for wildlife conservation. Tanzania’s great variety of wildlife can be at least partially attributed to its great diversity of landscapes, with altitudes ranging from sea level to 19,340 feet (5,895 m).

Tanzania safari tours take you to one of the best wildlife countries in Africa for mobile and seasonal tented camp safaris. Vehicles with roof hatches or pop-tops are used on Tanzania safari tours game drives. Safari camps and lodges that have guides and vehicles based at them may in many cases use open-sided vehicles — similar to those used in many reserves in Southern Africa. If accompanied by a national park guide, Tanzania walking safaris are allowed in Arusha, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Gombe Stream, Mahale Mountains, Katavi National Park, Ruaha National Park, Rubondo Island National Park, Selous Game Reserve and Loliondo Game Reserve (bordering the eastern side of the Serengeti National Park).

Areas for Tanzania safari tours involving walking have recently been designated in Tarangire National Park and in the northern part of Serengeti National Park. Walking Safaris are also allowed in the Ngorongoro Conservation area (but within the Ngorongoro Crater itself) if accompanied by a conservation ranger. Tanzania safari tours are considered by many experts as one of the two top wildlife trips to an African safari across the continent.

Tanzania Safari Highlights

  • Have front row seats on your Tanzania safari tour to the spectacle known as the Great Migration of the Wildebeest across the majestic Serengeti plains.
  • Experience a world-class luxury Tanzania mobile camping safari tour in Tarangire the Grumeti Reserves and the Serengeti.
  • Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest caldera in the world, on your Tanzania safari tour for a day of game viewing and the opportunity to see the “Big Five”
  • Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa.
  • Spend time with the Hadzabe Bushmen, the Datoga and the Maasai.
  • Fly to the Selous for you Tanzania safari tour to the south and experience guided walking safaris and game viewing by boat.
  • Trek chimpanzees at Mahale or Gombe, and visit remote Katavi to see big game with very few tourists.
  • Finish your Tanzania safari adventure with a stay on Zanzibar or one of the charming outer islands offering barefoot luxury.

The Nothern Circuit

Tanzania Safari tours to the Northern circuit take you to wildlife-rich area from Mt. Kilimanjaro in the east to Serengeti National Park in the west; this is also the area most visited by Tanzania safari tours goers and boast many of the country’s most famous parks. Some visitors reach Arusha, the gateway to the area, by flying directly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You can also fly into Nairobi (Kenya) and then take a 1-hour flight to Kilimanjaro or a 5-hour drive via Namanga to Arusha, or they fly into Dar es Salaam and then take an hour’s flight to Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports. Kilimanjaro International Airport is located 34 miles (54 km) east of Arusha and 22 miles (35 km) west of Moshi and has a bank, bar, shops, and a restaurant.

The traditional Tanzania Safari to “Northern Circuit” includes Arusha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Oldupai Gorge and the Serengeti National Park. Other areas of interest in the north that you could couple up to your Tanzania safari tour include; Ndarakwai Ranch, Sinya, and Lake Eyasi (opportunities for great cultural experiences), Manyara Ranch Conservancy, Grumeti Reserves, Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

From Arusha, the Northern Circuit runs 45 miles (73 km) west on a good tarmac road, across the gently rolling Maasai plains with scattered acacia trees, to Makuyuni. You can then either continue on the main road toward Dodoma for another 20 miles (32 km) to Tarangire National Park or turn right (northwest) to Mto wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek) on a paved road.

The Southern Circuit 

Tanzania safari tours to the “Southern Circuit” take you to the wildlife reserves of; Ruaha National Park, Mikumi National Park, and the Selous Game Reserve. The Selous and Ruaha are less visited by Tanzania safari tour-goers than the northern Tanzania parks and offer a great opportunity to explore the wild and unspoiled bush. Mikumi is seldomly visited by international travelers. Daily scheduled charter flights link the Selous and Ruaha with Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.

Planning and Booking Tanzania Safari

The easiest and often the cheapest way to arrange and book your Tanzania safari tour is through a safari company in Tanzania, or via an overseas Tanzania tour operator. For mid-range and luxury Tanzania trips, booking ahead by months rather than weeks is essential to be sure of getting the dates and accommodation you want, but at the budget Tanzania safari tours, where quality is a mercurial beast, it’s fine to arrange things once you arrive, which gives you the chance to check out the company in person. Tanzania Safari vehicles tend to be Land Rovers or Land Cruisers, sometimes with roof hatches (handy for taking pictures). On a normal driving Tanzania safari tour, you can keep costs down by sharing with other travelers; in a group of four or five, you might pay half what you would have paid in a couple.

When on your  Tanzania safari tour, don’t take too passive an attitude. Although some of the itineraries may be fixed, some aspects may be flexible, and daily routines can be altered to suit you and your fellow travelers – if you want to go on an early game drive, for example, don’t be afraid to suggest you skip breakfast, or take sandwiches.

Types of Tanzania Safari Tours

The type of  Tanzania safari tour you take is largely determined by your budget, with the accommodation being the main factor, but it’s never cheap. And be aware that in safari-speak, a “three-day safari” actually means two nights, and that most of the first and last days will likely be spent getting to and from the wildlife areas if you’re not flying. For this reason, we’d recommend at least three nights for a good Tanzania Safari tour unless you’re starting close by. Prices should include everything except alcoholic drinks and tips.

Budget Tanzania Safari Tours (camping and tented camps)

At the lower end are so-called “budget” or “adventure” Tanzania safaris. These are touted for a little as $150 per person per day, but a trip with a reliable Tanzania tour operator costs $200–300 per person per day, depending on the group size, the duration of the safari, exactly where you’ll be going, and whether you’re sharing the trip with other travelers. Nights are usually spent in small tents, either in public campsites inside the parks or in cheaper ones outside. For camping, expect to muck in with the crew for some of the work, like pitching tents and washing up, and be prepared for a degree of discomfort: thin mattresses and sleeping bags, not having a shower every night, and basic food. More expensive tented camp Tanzania trips ($275–350) get you better tents, camp-beds with linen, portable (chemical) toilets, and tend to use wilder “special” campsites as opposed to the public ones.

Mid-range safaris (lodges and tented camps)

For $350–500 per person per day, you get to stay in wildlife lodges or at the more basic tented camps, which have proper rooms (or walk-in tents that are much the same), restaurants, bars, and often also swimming pools. Some can be wonderfully intimate, but most are large (eighty rooms or so), overrun by package tours, and lack much of the wilderness feeling. Before booking your Tanzania safari tour, find out what kind of vehicle will be used, if you’re on a shared safari, and establish the maximum group size. Be aware that group sizes may become irrelevant if you end up being ferried around in convoys, as frequently happens with the larger operators dealing with (mostly US) Tanzania safari package tours.

Luxury Tanzania safaris (Lodges and tented camps)

Spending $500–900 per person a day gets you a private “tailor-made” Tanzania safari tour that could include flights – dispensing with the dusty discomfort and time wasted getting to places by road. On such jaunts, the guiding and service should be top-notch, as should the tented camps you’ll be staying in, some of them amazingly luxurious affairs straight out of the pages of Condé Nast.

Pulling out all the stops, for a blistering $1500 a day and up or thereabouts you can treat yourself to a Hemingwayesque “mobile camping safari”, with fly-camps set up in the bush before your arrival each evening, champagne breakfasts (actually sparkling wine), and a rifle-toting expat as your wildlife guide. The main disadvantage to these super-luxury Tanzania safaris is the almost total exclusion of Tanzanians from the safari and its profits – most of these outfits are owned by Europeans or South Africans.

Tanzania  Safari Tour Operator

Given the considerable cost of Tanzania safaris, and the hefty deposit required when booking ahead (anything from thirty percent to the full amount upfront), the importance of taking your time in choosing a reliable and trustworthy Tanzania safari company cannot be stressed highly enough. Ensure your selection is responsible, ethical, and – within reason – best priced. Most of the Tanzania Safari Operators are based in Arusha or Dar es Salaam, but there are also some in Mwanza, Iringa, and – specializing in Kilimanjaro climbs – in and around Moshi. The overseas Tanzania tour operators have their own Tanzanian operations, too. Standards can and do change, however, so always check up on companies you’re interested in beforehand online.

Tanzania – Geography 

Volcanic highlands dominate the north, giving way southward to a plateau, then semi-desert in the center of the country and highlands in the south. The coastal lowlands are hot and humid with lush vegetation. One branch of the Great Rift Valley passes through Lake Natron and Lake Manyara in northern Tanzania to Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa), while the other branch passes through Lakes Rukwa and Tanganyika in the west. The “long rains” usually occur in April and May, however, this does not mean it rains all the time, as the thundershowers will come and go. Lighter rains often occur in late October and November. Altitude has a great effect on temperature. At Arusha (4,600 ft./1,390 m), the Southern Highlands (6,700 ft./2,030 m) and the top of Ngorongoro Crater (7,500 ft./2,285 m), nights and early mornings are especially cool. Tanzania’s highest temperatures occur from December to March and are lowest in July. Some scientists debate that East Africa was the cradle of mankind. Some of the earliest known humanoid footprints, estimated to be 3.5 million years old, were discovered at Laetoli by Dr. Mary Leakey in 1979. Dr. Leakey also found the estimated 1.7-million-year-old skull Zinjanthropus boisei at Oldupai. (formerly Olduvai) Gorge in 1957.

History 

From as far back as the tenth century, Arabs, Persians, Egyptians, Indians, and Chinese were involved in heavy trading on the coast. The slave trade began in the mid-1600s and was abolished in 1873. British explorers Richard Burton and John Speke crossed Tanzania in 1857 to Lake Tanganyika. The German East Africa Company gained control of the mainland (then called German East Africa) in 1885, and the German government held it from 1891 until World War I, when it was mandated to Britain by the League of Nations. Tanganyika gained its independence from Britain in 1961, and Zanzibar gained its independence in December 1963. Zanzibar, once the center of the East African slave trade, was ruled by sultans until they were overthrown in January 1964. Three months later, Zanzibar formed a union with Tanganyika — the United Republic of Tanzania.

 The People

There are 120 tribes in Tanzania. Bantu languages and dialects are spoken by 95% of the population, with KiSwahili the official and national language. Over 75% of the people are peasant farmers. Export of coffee, cotton, sisal, tea, cloves and cashews bring 70% of the country’s foreign exchange. Tourism is now one of the country’s top foreign exchange earner

Tanzania Safari Tours

3 Day Serengeti Safari

4 Day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari

5 Day Kilimanjaro Climbing Marangu Route

6 Day Tanzania Northern Circuit Safari

5 Day Serengeti Ndutu (Dec-Apr) Great Migration Safari

8 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari

Tanzania Safari Attractions
  • Amani The ancient rainforests of the East Usambara Mountains, nicknamed “Galapagos of Africa” on account of their immense biodiversity, are a delight for hikers, with many unique plant and animal species, including bright orange land crabs.
  • Arusha This encloses most of Mount Meru, a dormant 4566m volcano looming over Arusha city. Hike to the top in three days, or drive or walk around the mountain’s base in search of plains game. Canoeing is also possible. Wildlife includes buffaloes, elephants, monkeys and plains game.
  • Gombe Stream A forested hillside rising from Lake Tanganyika’s northern shore, made famous by Jane Goodall’s long-term study of its chimpanzees.
  • Katavi A remote floodplain in western Tanzania filled with hippos, buffaloes and crocodiles, among which you’re welcome to walk – safe in the company of an armed ranger.
  • Kilimanjaro Africa’s tallest mountain, and the world’s highest free-standing massif, present sturdy legs with a 5892m ice-capped challenge, best tackled over six or seven days.
  • Kitulo Best visited during the rains, this highland plateau, locally dubbed “God’s Garden”, is a wonderland of wildflowers, especially orchids, and is also home to the extremely rare Kipunji monkey, only discovered in 2004. Driving is allowed, but hiking is far better.
  • Lake Manyara At the base of a Rift Valley escarpment, Manyara’s tangled shoreline is home to many species, including tree-climbing lions. The lake itself has hippos and vast flocks of pink flamingoes, drawn by algae that thrive off alkaline springs.
  • Mahale Mountains Halfway down Lake Tanganyika, this contains even more chimpanzees than Gombe – and they’re the reason to come.
  • Mikumi Within easy reach of Dar es Salaam and Morogoro, this has heaps of classic plains game, including sometimes sizeable packs of endangered African hunting dogs.
  • Mkomazi A picturesque savanna park between the Pare Mountains and Kenya’s border Tsavo West National Park, with a range of predators, and few, if any, tourists.
  • Ngorongoro The world’s densest population of predators is to be found in the volcanic caldera at the heart of this conservation area, which is also the only place in Tanzania to virtually guarantee sightings of black rhino. Most visitors come on game drives, but an exciting alternative is to explore the Ngorongoro’s northern highlands on foot, in the company of an armed ranger.
  • Ruaha The southernmost of the Rift Valley parks, watered on and off by the Great Ruaha River. All the plains game of northern Tanzania plus elephants, the usual predators and rich birdlife, but with far fewer crowds.
  • Rubondo Island An isolated bird-rich haven in Lake Victoria’s southwest corner, but awkward (or expensive) access means it’s one for dedicated twitchers only.
  • Saadani Bush, beach, mangroves, forest and river: Saadani’s variety of habitats draws a rich selection of animals, though a recent history of poaching means that many are skittish. Activities are game drives, boat trips, snorkelling and bush walks.
  • Selous Africa’s second-largest animal sanctuary. Plenty of birds but mammals can be elusive. Activities include game drives, boat safaris, and bush walks.
  • Serengeti The famous “endless plains” are centre-stage for the world’s biggest mammalian migration, with millions of animals including wildebeest, zebra, and ever-attentive lions. Game drives are the usual way around, though lodges can arrange short hikes, and you float over the lot in a hot-air balloon.
  • Tarangire Like the Serengeti, Tarangire bushland is the turntable for a wildlife migration. A perennial river ensures good animal spotting year-round, especially for elephants. The park’s other giants are baobab trees. Birding is big, too, and you can go hiking in the adjacent conservation area.
  • Udzungwa Mountains Several types of pristine rainforest cover a wide range of elevations here, all of them rich in often unique species, including primates and birds. There are plenty of waterfalls, too, making it ideal hiking territory.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Tanzania safari in Ngorongoro takes you to the Conservation Area is located between the Serengeti and Lake Manyara National Park about 160 kilometers from Arusha. A Conservation Area basically means that humans and animals can live in the area, this is a bit different from a National Park since National Parks are conserved for wildlife only. Tanzania Safari Ngorongoro includes a couple of things among these are; 80,000 Maasai people who live here but the most significant part of Ngorongoro is the crater.

It’s the world’s largest unbroken caldera. It’s basically a huge open amphitheater with walls about 600 meters high. Inside of the Caldera is 260 kilometers square and basically a big flat area. It has open grasslands, swamps, lakes (both fresh and saltwater lakes) but the amazing bit about Ngorongoro is that it was created from a volcano.

Tanzania Safari tours to Ngorongoro take you to one of Tanzania’s most popular wildlife viewing areas. This huge volcanic crater has a permanent supply of water which draws thousands of animals. Many visitors come here primarily for viewing large animals and bird watching, thousands of animals can be seen on the crater floor including lions, elephants, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles, and buffaloes but wild beasts and zebras account for over half of the animals that call Ngorongoro crater home. Birdwatching is superb especially around Lake Magadi which attracts flocks of flamingos to the shallows, hippos are content to submerge themselves during the day and then grace in the nearby grass in the evening. Ngorongoro is known as the largest intact ancient caldera in the world, nearly 3 million years old. A Tanzania safari tour to Ngorongoro volcano explains the existence of the world’s tallest mountain before it exploded and collapsed.

Lake Manyara National Park

Tanzania safari tours to Lake Manyara take you to a birdlime haven with elusive tree-climbing lions. The Park’s abundance of hippos and its setting beneath the dramatic western escarpment of the Rift Valley make it one of the unique destinations to visit for your Tanzania safari tour.

Mount Kilimanjaro 

Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak at 5,895 meters; Tanzania’s most iconic image Mount Kilimanjaro National Park unlike other parks in northern Tanzania is not visited for the wildlife. This mountain can be climbed at any time of the year although the best period is from late June to October during the dry season. Kilimanjaro, a World Heritage Site was formed over 1 million years ago by volcanic movement along the Rift Valley.

Three volcanic cones Shira, Kibo, and Mawenzi came to be about 750 thousand years ago, the highest point is the Uhuru peak on the cable which is one of the seven summits of the world. Tanzania Safari Kilimanjaro takes you to altitudes rising from farmlands on the lower level to rainforests an alpine meadow

And then barren lunar landscapes are the peaks the slopes of rainforests are home to buffaloes, Leopards, monkeys, elephants and the Alpine zone is where bird watchers will find an abundance of birds of prey. The trek up Kilimanjaro lures hundreds of Trekkers on Tanzania safari each year, and is even attractive because with the right preparation you can trek all the way to the summit without ropes. At Masai Mara holidays, we offer Tanzania Safari packages to your trek to Kilimanjaro, feel free to check out Our packages to Kilimanjaro.

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is about 120 kilometers from Arusha and 160 kilometers from the Kilimanjaro Airport, this makes it very convenient if you’re flying in from either of the two airports for your Tanzania tour. Tarangire is the sixth largest park within Tanzania and was the fifth to the opened after Tanzania’s independence from Britain. Tarangire National Park was established in 1971. In terms of big attractions: there are lots of baobab trees everywhere and also what’s very important about this particular park is the Tarangire River which attracts lots of wildlife and bird species during the dry season. The months; July to September are very dry which makes it difficult for animals to find water, but the river keeps flowing and so many wildlife species are attracted here, So it’s particularly the best time to visit Tanzania safari in Tarangire National Park.

Selous Game Reserve

Tanzania safari tours to Selous take you the Huge licensed game reserve in Africa established in 1922 and covers 5% of Tanzania’s total area. The southern area is a Forbidden Zone, undeveloped, heavily forested and contains a series of steep cliffs.

Tanzania safaris are limited to the area north of the Rufigi  River, this area of Selous game reserve has a large open grassland , woodland, rivers, hills and plains. The best time to visit Tanzania safari Selous is July through October. The Rufigi river bisects The Selous Game Reserve and has the largest catchment area of any river in East Africa,

the river is an important feature of the reserve providing the opportunity to watch the diverse water-based wildlife; a broad range of wildlife can be found including elephants, hippos and rhinos as well as buffalos, antelopes, giraffes, warthog, wildebeests, lions monkeys and cheetahs.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is home to large herds of buffaloes and gazelles and has one of the largest concentrations of elephants in Tanzania.The Great Ruaha River is the main feature of Ruaha National Park providing magnificent wildlife viewing on the banks. The river also provides most of the electricity to Tanzania through a hydroelectric dam at kita

Ruaha national park is the least accessible for Tanzania safari and as a result, the landscape remains relatively untouched, bird watchers can enjoy over 400 species of birds that are not found in northern Tanzania under spectacular gorges and majestic trees especially appealing to photographers

Masai Cultural Visit

Maasai are people you’ll see as you travel around Tanzania, and are very distinctive as they’re wearing cloth robes often in red or blues. They are the indigenous people and a very important tribe within Tanzania, and across the country, you can go to different villages which help explain some of their heritage, history and the way the people live. As part of your Tanzania safari tour,  a visit to one of the communities In Ngorongoro you’ll see some traditional dancing and singing on top of which you can acquire new skills; They’ll show you how they make fire without using any sort of combustibles, They will also show you practically how their houses are made

This is also a perfect time to check out some of their beautiful craftwork which is also available for purchase. The great thing about going to the village is you get a real sense and understanding of the Maasai people of Tanzania and also give you a chance to give back to the community. To get yourself a good deal to most of our listed Tanzania safari attractions, simply check out our tailor-made Safari packages to Tanzania then contact our experienced tour experts at Masai Mara Holidays to get yourself a Tanzania Safari at the best price.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is an exotic island kingdom of former slave traders and fishermen which has reinvented itself as a tourism hotspot, it was the culture and history in stone town which is seemingly at odds with its idyllic geography of white sand beaches and coconuts palm. While Zanzibar gets most of the attention, the archipelago is also made up of Pemba to north, plus numerous smaller islands and inlets. Zanzibar’s main attraction is stone town, with its whitewashed, coral rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares.

Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach are very common as the experience take you for spectacular game viewing on a Tanzania safari which is concluded with a visit to the spectacular sea edged by fine, white sand beaches. Above and below the water is a dream designation for simply relaxing and recharging. For those with deep pockets on a healthy budget nothing beats the exclusive satellites islands on the northeastern tip of Zanzibar

There is a dizzying array of around 800 hotels beach resorts guest houses and other accommodation options to choose between on the main island it almost goes without saying this is not a place we should come if you don’t want to see other tourists at this destination because this destination always has a full house.

Stone Town

Stone town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar and later has changed in the last 200 years, the grand old Arabian homes lining the narrow streets and winding alleys give the city its own unique charm the majority of homes in stone town were built in the 19th century when Zanzibar was one of the most important slightly trading towns in the Indian ocean business.

You will notice the intricately carved wooden doors on many of the houses as the world’s oldest functioning swahili city.  Many of the landmarks in stone town have been restored to their original glory as some of the historic buildings, museums and tourist attractions.  The town also has a couple of interesting churches of historical significance,a walk along creek road takes visitors to the original stone town area and the location of the Dharasana market, bite al Imani City Hall and the Anglican Cathedral.

Some of the other key highlights include the photo Danni Gardens the oldest pantry with it’s carved wooden balconies, the former home of the Sultan’s known as Beit el Sahel or the People’s Palace, the Harmony Persian baths built in 1888 and the olders structure in stone town the old fort.

Mafia Island

Further south lays the beautiful Island of Mafia, a touch more sophisticated and exclusive than Zanzibar but without the member price tag. This is an exciting coconut-covered island to visit.

The beaches are superb and it’s mangroves and marine park ensure that the marine life is a beautiful and underwater super experience far superior to Zanzibar or  Pemba more out-of-the-way and a little harder to reach. Mafia Island is a place for adventurous travelers and diving connoisseurs, the star on the water attraction is the dosa and completely harmless whale sharks that frequent the islands waters between October and March each year.

Unguja

looking for a picture-perfect place to visit in Tanzania then Unguja should be on top of your pocket list,  Unguja has aquamarine waters made up of soft sands and an immersive Swahili market once stood in by Sultan’s and British imperialists.

The capital of stone sound here burst with coral stone fort Persian palaces and European front spaces and then there are the beaches from seaweed spattered kendwa to whiter than white new way and in salted washed bungalows on the shore. This little item in the Indian Ocean really did earn its place as a byword for tropical perfection.

When to Go

The Best Time to Visit Tanzania Safari

The best time go on a Tanzania safari tour to the Northern Circuit is June through March. Late December to February and July and August are the busiest periods. April and May is traditionally the rainy season and travel in 4wd vehicles is highly recommended, however, as the seasons are not as pronounced as they were a few decades ago, travelers during that period may in fact encounter little rain. Advantages of going on your Tanzania safari tour in April and May include lower rates, fewer tourists, and great game viewing in some parks, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. This is a great time to go on your Tanzania safari tour through the Great Serengeti Migration, with possibly no other vehicles in sight! Light rains usually fall late October to early December, but little negative effect on game viewing in some reserves. November is in fact one of my favorite times for northern Tanzania safari tours; a little rain is nice because it helps drop the dust out of the air, and the bush turns from brown to green.

In the case of Tanzania safari tours to southern Tanzania, the best months for game viewing are June to November due to the longer 6-month dry season compared to the north. The country contains 35 species of antelope and over 1.5 million wildebeest — over 80% of the population of this species in Africa. The calving season for wildebeest in Serengeti National Park is from mid-January to mid-March.