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If you’ve watched classic films like "Out of Africa" and felt strangely nostalgic for the untamed wilderness that was East Africa a hundred years ago, you’ll be thrilled to hear that such places still exist. One of them is Katavi National Park. Set in an extension of the Rift Valley between Lake Rukwa and Lake Tanganyika in southwest Tanzania , this magnificent safari destination is both wildly remote and either difficult or expensive to get to. As a result, far fewer tourists venture here than to the region's more popular national parks , giving intrepid explorers the chance to step back in time and experience the magic of Africa at its most unspoiled. 

Visitors to Katavi National Park come for one reason: to enjoy world-class wildlife-viewing in a setting so remote that the likelihood of seeing other tourists from one day to the next is slim. When you book your stay at one of the lodges in the park, virtually all of them include safari packages with the accommodations. Game drives in an open-sided safari vehicle are the most popular method of looking for animals, including night drives when the animals are most active.

If you want to forgo the vehicle, many of the lodges offer a walking safari as well. Exploring the African bush on foot is the ultimate adventure, giving you the chance for closer and more intimate encounters with the local wildlife (always accompanied by an armed guard, of course). The longer Chorangwa Trail is over 6 miles long and takes at least five hours to complete, while the Sitalike Trail is broken up into shorter distances so you can choose something more manageable.

For true hiking enthusiasts, there's a 10-mile trail through the park's forests that leads to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the Rukwa Valley and passes by no less than three waterfalls. The best time to hike is in May at the beginning of the dry season when the waterfalls are still roaring but you don't have to deal with storms affecting your trek.

If you have an interest in local culture, be sure to visit the sacred tamarind tree near Lake Katavi. It is said to be inhabited by the spirit of a legendary hunter, Katabi, after whom the park is named. 

Katavi is famous amongst those in the know for its vast herds of plains animals, including some of the biggest concentrations of elephants and Cape buffalo in Tanzania. In the drier months, more than 4,000 elephants have been known to converge on the banks of the Katuma River in search of life-giving water. Other herbivores include zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, and many different kinds of antelope. Keep a particular eye out for the elusive roan and sable antelopes, and the rare Defassa waterbuck. Carnivores are attracted by the park’s abundance of prey and include lions, leopards, cheetah, and spotted hyenas. Wild dogs live in the park but mainly stay on the escarpment and are therefore rarely seen. 

The Katuma River is home to the country’s densest concentration of crocodiles and hippos. During the dry season, hundreds of hippos are confined to shallow mud pools and impressive yet deadly confrontations often break out between males seeking to establish their territory. The park’s wetland areas also stand out for their astonishing birdlife, with aquatic species ranging from open-billed and saddle-billed storks to African spoonbills and pink-backed pelicans. Forest specials like the African paradise fly-catcher and the African golden oriole can also be spotted in the woodland areas, while raptors including fish eagles and bateleur eagles are common. In total, more than 400 avian species have been recorded at Katavi. 

There are a couple of campgrounds operated by the national park that include campsites for tent camping or banda accommodations, which are small huts with very basic amenities. To make a reservation at one of these campsites, you have to contact the Tanzania National Parks association (TANAPA) directly.

Due to the logistics of setting up camp in such a remote location, there are only a handful of permanent and seasonal lodges to choose from in Katavi. Even though you may be sleeping in a tent structure outdoors, these "camps" are luxury accommodations and, in general, the rates also include transportation, all of your meals, and daily safari drives.

  • Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge is located in the center of the park, with 10 luxury safari tents overlooking Katisunga plain. All-inclusive rates include two game drives per day with the option of an additional night drive. This is a great family option since kids of all ages are welcome. 
  • Katavi Wildlife Camp by Foxes sits on the edge of Katisunga plain and comprises six Meru-style tents, each with an en-suite bathroom and a private veranda with a hammock and chairs. Guests can take part in twice-daily game drives and swap tales over dinner at the restaurant. 
  • Chada Katavi by Nomad Tanzania enjoys the shade of a grove of tamarind trees on the edge of Chada plain. The camp, open during the dry season only, includes six canvas tents and an officer’s mess for dining and socializing. Activities include game drives, bush walks, and fly camping (the magical experience of sleeping out under the African stars). 

Due to the difficulty of getting to Katavi by road, most visitors choose to fly in to one of the airstrips in the park. Domestic flights will usually be arranged by your lodge and several of them include the price in their rates. If you're looking for your own transportation, one option is Safari Air Link , which connects to Katavi from Dar es Salaam or Arusha. The journey from either city takes approximately three hours. Alternatively, those headed for Mbali Mbali Katavi Lodge can take advantage of a shared charter flight operated by Zantas Air Services. None of these flights are a cheap option, but the expense is what makes Katavi such an exclusive destination. 

  • The park’s headquarters are located at Sitalike, some 25 miles south of Mpanda town. 
  • The climate in Katavi National Park is hot throughout the year, with daytime temperatures typically sitting at around 90 degrees F (32 degrees C).
  • Katavi has one continuous wet season from November to April and one dry season from May to October. During the dry season, days are typically clear and sunny, with lower humidity and almost no rain. During the wet season, it will rain almost every day although usually only for a brief period in the late afternoon. Thunderstorms are common and the humidity is high. 
  • Katavi can be visited all year round. Traditionally, the best time to travel is during the dry season when large numbers of game congregate around the river. At this time the park’s roads are easier to navigate, conditions are better for photography, and there are fewer insects.
  • During the wet season, some of the park’s lodges close and getting around is more difficult. However, there are reasons to visit at this time, including the spectacular green scenery and the abundant birdlife. Migrant species are in residence from November to April. 
  • Malaria-carrying mosquitos are prevalent throughout the park, so be prepared and take the proper precautions to minimize your risk, including taking anti-malia pills, using bug spray, and wearing long sleeves.

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Within the Safari Tiered ranking system, there is great flexibility as each camp and lodge in Katavi offers a specific ambience in a very individual manner, from e.g. Mbali Mbali Katavi to Chada Camp.



Katavi delivers an authentic safari experience whether it be photo stalking for a chestnut coated sable in the thickets, on the lookout for rare birds or hoping to see a cheetah bring down a duiker.



During Katavi's drier months of June to October, the animals are visible against short, dry grass while crowding into dwindling water sources in herds of thousands amidst stalking predators.


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When visiting Katavi National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire , Lake Manyara , Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti ( wildebeest migration ). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar . You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Nyerere (Selous) or Ruaha ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika .

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A remote park some 1,420 km west of Dar es Salaam. Fly from Dar es Salaam or Arusha.

Combine with Serengeti, Mahale Mountains or Ruaha.


Katavi is Tanzania’s third largest National Park, yet so few visit it given its location in the far west of Tanzania close to Lake Tanganyika. The tens of thousands of large mammals present in the Katavi ecosystem really make this the last wilderness of Tanzania. Access can be difficult given the remote location, so we recommend flying there to make best use of your safari holiday time.

Game drives, fly camping safaris, lodge safaris, bird watching.

Ideal game viewing: JULY – FEBRUARY. Can be inaccessible between March and May.

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The best place to see roan antelope, and mighty herds of buffalo with up to 5,000 animals. A single herd can form a column of more than 3 km in length. Lions are present in high numbers, and rivers and lakes are full of hippo and giant crocodiles. Visit in the drier months (August – October) for the most dramatic wildlife concentrations.

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The big-ticket park is the 12,000-square-mile Serengeti, home to the famed wildebeest migration and a healthy population of big cats: lions, leopards and cheetahs. During peak season— July and August—when the famous wildebeest river crossings coincide with northern hemisphere summer holidays, the park can be very busy.

There are four main regions in the Serengeti; the Western Corridor, the Seronera Valley, Lobo/Kogatende in the north, and the Southern Plains.

There are several private reserves and conservancies around the Serengeti that offer the same wildlife experience but without the crowds—such as the Grumeti Reserve—but you’ll have to pay top dollar to stay there.

At the heart of the Serengeti lies the Seronera River and surrounding valley. This is a good area for year-round big cats and grazing herbivores.

The northern regions of Kogatende and Lamai, on the banks of the Mara River, are further off the beaten path and are good for catching the famed river crossings during summer months with far fewer tourists than across the border in Kenya's Masai Mara .

Elephants and baobabs in Tarangire

Tarangire National Park

Elephants and baobabs in tarangire.

Tarangire, just south of the bird haven Lake Manyara, is the antidote to the crowds of the Serengeti. There are large herds of elephants, huge baobab trees, lions and even wild dogs. In the dry season, the park has a particularly high concentration of mammals. July to October are the best months for big game viewing, outside these months the park is pleasantly quiet.

As with the Serengeti, there are some private reserves around the national park, offering more exclusivity, generally at a higher cost.

Incredible views at Ngorongoro

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Incredible views at ngorongoro.

The other major tourist attraction in the Northern Circuit is the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thought to be the world’s largest inactive, intact volcanic caldera that isn’t filled with water. The crater is home to an estimated 25,000 large animals, including elephants, giraffes, lions and black rhinos.

It's a year-round location for wildlife, although the crater gets crowded during peak months. Aside from its wildlife, the wider conservation area is also a great place for hiking and trekking .

There are no camps inside the crater, but some perch up on the rim, with incredible views. It’s also possible to stay further out in the wider Ngorongoro Conservation Area and do a day-trip into the crater. Look for accommodation close to the access road to maximise your time.

Tree-climbing lions at Lake Manyara

Lake Manyara National Park

Tree-climbing lions at lake manyara.

Just to the north of Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park is a narrow, deeply forested strip of land that sits in the shadow of a dramatic wall in the Great Rift escarpment.

The lake is a haven for some 350 species of waterbirds and the park is famous for its population of tree-climbing lions, as well as one of Tanzania’s most-studied elephant populations. In addition to wildlife drives, walking safaris are possible, and there’s a treetop walkway that takes you up into the forest canopy.

Off the beaten track in Nyerere

Nyerere National Park

Off the beaten track in nyerere.

Nyerere National Park (formerly Selous Game Reserve) is one of the largest protected areas in Africa at 19,000 square miles – bigger than Switzerland. With only a few camps, it feels far more remote than the northern parks.

As well as lions, leopards, elephants, black rhinos, hippos and buffalos, Nyerere is a key area for endangered wild dogs. Poaching has led to a massive decline in species such as elephants – so although there are many animals to see, they’re not as densely populated as in the Serengeti, for example.

What really sets Nyerere apart is the sheer range of activities you can do here: walking, boating and photo safaris, fly-camping, the list goes on. It costs a pretty penny, especially compared to the more touristy northern circuit, but if you're looking for something truly different, this may be for you.

Walking safaris in Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park

Walking safaris in ruaha national park.

Wild and remote Ruaha, Tanzania's largest national park, is home to scattered baobabs, grasslands and rolling hills. Along with Nyerere it's the main stop on Tanzania's 'southern circuit' although it draws a fraction of the visitors as the country's northern hotspots.

Arguably better for wildlife spotting than Nyerere (and more affordable too), Ruaha has a whopping 11 per cent of the world's wild lion population, along with massive herds of elephants and grazers.

There are cheetah, leopards and wild dogs here too, all along with relatively few tourists. You’ll find a mixture of luxury lodges and basic fly-camping operations for walking safaris – the park's speciality.

Katavi – Tanzania's hidden gem

Katavi National Park

Katavi – tanzania's hidden gem.

The third largest national park in Tanzania, but with a fraction of the visitors, Katavi feels very distant from the likes of the Serengeti. Indeed, it is estimated that Katavi gets as many visitors in an entire year as the Serengeti draws per day .

In the dry season, there are great wildlife spotting opportunities, with big herds of buffalos, lions, elephants and lots of plains game (topis, zebras and impalas).

With just a handful of small camps in the park and in the adjoining game reserves of Rukwa, Luafi and Lukwati, there will be few other vehicles with which to contend.

See chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains

Mahale Mountains National Park

See chimpanzees at mahale mountains.

On the sandy banks of Lake Tanganyika, Mahale is a mountainous park known for its habituated chimpanzees you can visit in the forest. There are other primates – from vervets to the red colobus monkey – and the driest months (August to October) are the best time to trek through the forest.

There is a scattering of camps and lodges from where you can organise chimp trekking , including one ‘barefoot luxury’ option, Greystoke Mahale, and a government-run backpackers at the park HQ.

Bush Rover Migration Camp

Bush Rover Migration Camp

The quirkiest mobile camp, and absolutely one of my favourites places to stay anywhere in Tanzania, is Bush Rover Migration Camp. This consists of six double-story standing tents built around the converted Land Rovers used to transport them between different locales. The ground-floor toilet and shower for each unit is actually built into the Land Rover, while the upper floor comprises a canvas bedroom with a balcony from which you can safely watch passing wildlife or stargaze after dark. The camp sets up in the southern Serengeti over December to March for the calving season, before relocating the Western Corridor to catch the northward migration over June to mid-July, then heading further north, along with the wildebeest, to the Mara River area over August to October.

Serengeti Safari Camp

Serengeti Safari Camp

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Among the absolute top of my recommendations for mobile camps is Nomad Tanzania's Serengeti Safari Camp. This top-end camp moves around five times per season to keep up with the constantly changing wildebeest migration . Accommodation is in classic safari-style canvas tents, and the guides are second to none. You'll want to stay around three of four nights here, and the camp is usually within close reach of an airstrip for easy access.

Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge

Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge

Musaddiq Gulamhussein

Musaddiq Gulamhussein

One of my all time favourites, Mbali Mbali Mahale Lodge sits on a stunning beach on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, on the edge of Mahale Mountains National Park. This place is a real hidden gem, far from the crowds and bustle of northern Tanzania’s honeypots.

The lodge comprises just ten thatched beach tents set on wooden platforms for incredible views over the lake. There's a real sense of wilderness here, but with all the comforts you need, including ensuite showers, and even Wi-Fi! The real highlight, though, is the wildlife. Mahale Mountains National Park is famous for its chimpanzees, but it's not just chimps! Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys, butterflies, and all sorts of birds as you hike through the forest. In the evenings, I like to unwind by the campfire with my fellow guests, listening to the sounds of the wilderness and gazing at the star-studded sky.

Manyara Best View Lodge

Manyara Best View Lodge

Robbin Meulemans

Robbin Meulemans

One of my favourite places to stay in all of Tanzania, Best View Lodge is situated at the top of the Rift Valley Escarpment with incredible views in all directions. I’ve sat on the veranda here, gin and tonic in hand, gazing at some life changing sunsets: the vast escarpment wall in one direction, farms below, and Lake Manyara ahead glistening in the evening light.

The lodge is perfectly situated for exploring Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Ngorongoro Crater all from the same base, which is one of the reasons I recommend it to almost all our guests. And when you’re back from a day of walking safaris and game drives, the staff are wonderfully warm and helpful, the rooms are comfortable and the food is delicious. You can’t really go wrong here, it’s one of the best.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

If there's one obvious drawback to Tanzania's most exclusive lodges, it’s that they tend to be priced out of the range of all but the deepest of pockets. So here’s a shout out to Serena, a long-serving East African hotel chain that runs a number of larger lodges which hit a popular sweet spot between comfort and affordability. Ngorongoro Serena ranks among the very best of these, with its centrally heated rooms and scenic location on the western crater rim. I often recommend this lodge to serious wildlife enthusiasts, because it is the closest option to the main descent road into the crater, making it particularly well suited to early morning game drives.

Ngorongoro Crater Camp

Ngorongoro Crater Camp

The relatively chilly highland climate that characterises Ngorongoro Crater’s scenic rim means that most lodges there have a very indoorsy feel. An exception is Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, which comprises 10 stilted standing tents set in an atmospheric forest of lichen-draped flat-top acacias. To be honest, I was a bit worried about the cold when I arrived here, but I needn’t have been: the tents are all equipped with gas heaters and electric blankets, and very snug at night. The camp’s location is perfect for game drives in the early morning, which is the best time to explore the crater

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

The most sumptuous and exclusive lodge overlooking Ngorongoro Crater is also the oldest, having started life in the 1930s as a humble hunting lodge. Today the playful Maasai-meets-Versailles architecture and décor – a knowingly kitsch blend of classical, baroque, African and colonial influences – makes &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge stand out as one of the most original and popular safari lodges anywhere in East Africa. What the lodge’s earliest gun-toting colonial patrons would make of all this tomfoolery is anybody’s guess. But – highland mist permitting – they would doubtless approve of the view over the world’s largest volcanic caldera, which remains every bit as spectacular as it was 100 years ago.

Tarangire Safari Lodge

Tarangire Safari Lodge

This is my favourite place to stay in Tarangire National Park. Yes, there are smarter and more exclusive alternatives, but none that comes close to Tarangire Safari Lodge when it comes to location. This clifftop lodge offers a mesmerising view over long stretch of river where elephants maintain a near-permanent presence. And as if that were not enough, it also has an unbeatable location for early morning game drives on the park’s most rewarding wildlife viewing circuits. The first lodge to open in Tarangire, way back in 1985, it has been owned and managed by the hands-on Simonson family ever since, and it remains exceptional value by comparison to almost any other lodge in Tanzania.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge

I love the upmarket Tarzan experience offered by the 10 luxury treehouse suites that comprise &Beyond's Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Set in a luxuriant mahogany forest, this exclusive lodge is also arguably the best base for Lake Manyara safaris, not least because it lies so deep in the park you can explore roads seldom visited by people staying elsewhere. The lodge’s guides know the park backwards, which greatly increases the odds of locating Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions.

Hatari Lodge

Arusha National Park

Hatari lodge.

The only lodge set within Arusha National Park, Hatari is the ideal place to spend a couple of relaxed nights at the start or end of a northern Tanzania safari. It stands in a picturesque forest, frequented by giraffe, waterbuck and monkeys, at the base of Mount Meru (Africa's fifth highest massif). The German owner-managers Jörg and Marlies Gabriel have invested considerable thought and passion in the characterful décor. They also actively promote a slow food policy based on using organic ingredients sourced from local home gardens. If you have the energy, I’d recommend organising a guided day walk into Mount Meru’s spectacular semi-collapsed caldera. More sedately, sundowner drinks at Hatari are often capped by views of snow-capped Kilimanjaro.

Namiri Plains

Namiri Plains

Over the course of numerous safaris to the Serengeti over the past 30-odd years, few lodges have blown me away quite as much as Namiri Plains did on my most recent visit. This ultra-exclusive new lodge forms part of the highly-regarded Asilia chain and offers accommodation in ten spacious stone-and-canvas cottages decorated with local basketwork. For me, what really makes Namiri Plains special is that it reliably offers high quality cheetah and lion sightings in an corner of the Serengeti that's pleasingly remote from other lodges.

Greystoke Mahale

Greystoke Mahale

Arriving at Greystoke, you could be forgiven for thinking you've washed up on a jungle-swathed Indian Ocean island. This idyllic beach camp stands on Lake Tanganyika, a beautiful inland sea that ranks as the world's longest freshwater body, and reportedly the least polluted. Greystoke is the perfect base for tracking chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains – on two previous visits, these hirsute apes have actually walked through camp – and it also offers dhow trips out onto the lake. In common with Chada and Sand River, Greystoke is owned by Nomad Tanzania, a locally-based company that operates several of the country’s most alluring and exclusive bush camps

Chada Katavi

Chada Katavi

When it comes to that classic bush feel, few safari camps can match Chada. Set in remote and little visited Katavi National Park, this low-footprint camp comprises just six standing tents scattered in a tall acacia glade overlooking a vast floodplain alive with buffalo, hippo and other wildlife. The tents are very spacious, but simply decorated, with old-school bucket showers and eco-toilets. Chada really comes alive at night: I’ve had elephants nibbling on fallen acacia pods all around my tent here, and almost invariably heard hyenas whooping and lions grunt-roaring across the floodplain.

Sand Rivers

Sand Rivers

Probably my favourite lodge in Nyerere National Park, Sand Rivers overlooks a wide, sandy bend in the Rufiji, Tanzania's largest river. The open-fronted stone-and-thatch suites here are simply stunning, and there's also a tempting freeform swimming pool set under a massive baobab tree. Whether you explore by boat, in a 4x4, or on foot, there's plenty of wildlife to be seen in the area, and the guides are exceptional. Aside from the exceptional river view, an appealing aspect of Sand River is that it stands some distance from any other camp and too deep into the park to be reached on day safaris from outside.

Roho ya Selous

Roho ya Selous

Nyerere is Tanzania's largest national park, extending across 30,000-plus square kilometres, and it offers a more exclusive safari experience than the better-known Serengeti. A great base for exploring it is Roho ya Selous, which means ‘Heart of Selous’ in reference the park’s former name Selous Game Reserve. Set on the shore of Lake Nzerakera, Roho ya Selous consists of eight luxury standing tents spaced along a tract of evergreen waterside forest. The lodge stands in the heart of a rewarding wildlife-viewing circuit where you are sure to see plenty of elephant, buffalo and giraffe, and might well get lucky with lion and African wild dog. A highlight is boat trips on the lake, which is home to large numbers of hippo and plentiful waterbirds.

Jabali Ridge

Jabali Ridge

The view from Jabali Ridge is unforgettable. Set on a rocky hill, this stylish boutique lodge offers sweeping vistas across the vast baobab-studded plains of Ruaha National Park and wide sandy arc of the seasonal Mwagusi River. The accommodation is every bit as memorable, comprising as it does eight luxurious cottages built into and around the large rounded granite boulders at the hill’s summit. Jabali Ridge is a superb base for game drives in Ruaha, a relatively off-the-beaten-track safari destination that ranks as Tanzania’s second-largest national park and one of the best for carnivores such as lion, leopard, cheetah and African wild dog. Night drives are often very rewarding and the cuisine is truly outstanding.

Lake Natron Camp

Lake Natron

Lake natron camp.

This extraordinary wilderness camp stands on the edge of the blinding white salt flats that enclose caustic Lake Natron. This starkly beautiful Rift Valley setting is dominated by the brooding presence of Ol Doinyo Lengai, one of the world's most active volcanoes. Tanzanian owner-managers Åke and Nangini Lindstrom have designed the camp to be low impact, and the spacious standing tents are shaded by camouflaged netting that helps keep the interior cool whilst reducing the visual impact. Lake Natron Camp stands on a Maasai concession, it only employs local Maasai people and it funds several community projects. Within the concession, you’ll find 120,000-year-old fossil human footprints and a spring-fed stream where you can swim while white-lipped tilapias nibble at your dead skin (a sensation I found oddly addictive once I got used to it).

Ndutu Safari Lodge

Ndutu Safari Lodge

Wildlife photographers, filmmakers and big cat enthusiasts talk in hushed tones about Ndutu Safari Lodge. Founded in 1968 close to the seasonal lake for which it is named, this down-to-earth lodge offers access to a part of the Serengeti-Ngorongoro ecosystem famed for its high densities of carnivores. Ndutu is an excellent base for catching the wildebeest calving season in February, but large herds of grazers are usually present from December through to April, and there's good cat viewing all year round. It also remains one of the best value lodges in this part of the world, offering accommodation in 34 simple stone-and-thatch cottages with private verandas, and meals in a convivial thatched restaurant where I’ve often seen genets creep around the rafters at night.

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Tanzania has three main safari regions: the North, Southern Tanzania, and Western Tanzania.

By far the most popular safari region is the north of Tanzania, easily accessible from Kilimanjaro International Airport or the domestic Arusha Airport. This region is home to the famed Serengeti, along with Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, which together constitute the popular "Northern Circuit," Tanzania's safari best-seller.

Far less visited than the north, the parks of southern Tanzania suit those who’ve already been to the Serengeti, or popular Big Five destinations elsewhere, and are seeking a wilder experience. There are two major destinations here: the Selous and Ruaha.

Western Tanzania is the least visited of the three main safari regions. Because it’s not easily accessible, it’s costly to travel here. It’s roughly a four-hour light aircraft flight from the main hubs of Arusha or Dar es Salaam. There are two scheduled flights a week, but these are also quite expensive; driving will take a couple of days. But if money isn’t an issue, you’ll be rewarded with a remote safari experience largely to yourself. Many travellers will come out west to track the chimps of Mahale.

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Your questions, our expert answers, we can't travel during the migration river crossings, are there other impressive spectacles at other times of year.

Yes! I think calving season during the wildebeest migration is just as spectacular as the more famous river crossing period.

This period runs from December to March around the Ndutu Plains to the south of Serengeti. During this time the wildebeest and zebra stampede over the plains preparing to give birth to thousands of calves. At the same time the big cats are on the lookout for an easy snack. With vast numbers of animals, their sounds and smells, all of the little calves, and the big cats on the lookout... it's theatre on an epic scale and you cannot be disappointed. And the extra benefit is that it's a much shorter drive here than to see the river crossings.

What are your recommended alternatives to safari in the Serengeti?

In my opinion there's not much that tops Serengeti National Park. As far as the wildlife and scenery goes there's nowhere better for a safari in Tanzania.

The only downsides I can think of are that visiting the Serengeti can involve lots of driving (to see the migration river crossings takes two or three days driving), also it can be expensive and, at peak times, busy (although far quieter than neighbouring Masai Mara in Kenya !)

For those who prefer less driving, I'd recommend Ngorongoro Crater as a good runner up to the Serengeti. Ngorongoro's compact size (the crater is only 20 kilometres across) means you can see more with much less driving. All the big five can be seen here and as a bonus you have have a better chance of seeing rhinos here than in Serengeti.

If you want to escape all crowds and get off the beaten track, I highly recommend Ruaha National Park. Located in the midwest of the country, it surprises with outstretched savannahs and plenty of animals, together with some amazing lodges. The downside (or upside, depending on what you're looking for) is the distance – it’s pretty far from everywhere.

And finally if you're looking for a lower cost safari in Tanzania you could book flights to Dar Es Salaam, and from there do a safari in Mikumi National Park. Relatively small, it still offers open savannah with all your usual safari suspects except for rhinos, along with the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

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Tanzania Safaris

Tanzania safari guide – where & when to go, and what to see.

Going on  safari in Tanzania  is relatively straightforward. The country has a well-developed tourist offering with easy and frequent access by plane, good internal flight options, a large variety of accommodation and English spoken as a second language by almost everyone. Bear in mind that if you’re planning to visit parks in the west of the country most roads are not tarmacked, making your safari weather dependent.

Tanzania’s geography is one of the most varied in Africa, and ranges from the Indian Ocean in the east to Africa’s highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro in the north, huge central plains and the great lakes to the east. All of this makes for multiple unique habitats, many of which are protected wildlife areas in the form of national parks and game reserves.

Tanzania is home to an estimated 4 million animals of over 430 species of classic African wildlife and over 1,000 species of birds.  Wildlife of note in Tanzania includes large elephant and lion populations, as well as huge herds of grazers in the northern plains.

The two most popular routes for overland safaris in Tanzania are the  “northern circuit” and the “southern circuit”, and both take in a selection of Tanzanian national parks. The northern circuit is the more popular of the two – with dense, accessible wildlife and more crowds and higher prices – and takes in Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Arusha and Kilimanjaro National Parks, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The southern circuit covers Ruaha, Mikumi,  Udzungwa Mountains National Parks and the Selous Game Reserve, with the same breadth of wildlife but spread over a larger, more wild landscape, and sees a smaller number of tourists.

Whilst self-drive safaris are an option in many national parks in Tanzania, this can be complicated by the need for an official guide. Given this fact, you’ll no doubt need to do a little research into the most suitable safari tour companies in Tanzania before arrival in the country.


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Balloon safari over the Serengeti

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The Serengeti is one of the best balloon safari destinations in the world. As with any safari, game viewing can’t be guaranteed, but with an experienced captain and guide on hand to spot the game below, you’ll have a very good chance of seeing a variety of wildlife from a whole new perspective.

Big five spotting

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Along with Kenya , Tanzania is home ot the classic African safari, with big five spotting near the top of every visitor’s wishlist. There are a number of world-class national parks in Tanzania to do just that, with both Lake Manyara and now the Serengeti hosting unique tree-climbing lions, for some extra wildlife wow-factor.

Dual-destination safari + beach

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One of the beauties of taking a safari in Tanzania is easy access to the picture-postcard white sand beaches of Zanzibar. Many Tanzanian tour operators will help arrange your trip to work on your tan with a pre- or post-safari break on perfect Indian Ocean beach.

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Tanzania has a year-round tropical climate, though there are some large regional variations. The coast is generally warmer and more humid than the interior, with the monsoon rains bringing two rain periods – the long rains from March to May and the short rains from November and December.

The best time to take a safari in Tanzania is from June to October when the rains have finished and the temperature is at its coolest. However, this is peak safari season with busy national parks and safari lodges in high demand. If you can put up with muddy – and occasionally impassable – roads, then the short rain season means decent discounts on safaris across Tanzania and usually decent wildlife viewing.

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National parks in Tanzania

Tanzania is about as good as it gets when it comes to national parks for safaris. From desert-island national parks in Lake Victoria in the north, to mountainous chimp-filled forests around Lake Tanganika in the west, to the world-reknown Serengeti and Ngorogoro parks, are plenty of places to get your safari fix And if it’s the big 5 you’re after, they’re on offer in most national parks in Tanzania.

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The serengeti.

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The great migration – one of natures greatest shows – takes place each year in northern Tanzania with 1.5 million wildebeest and 1 million other grazers and predators travelling the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.

Mahale National Park

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Get way out west at the Mahale National Park, a little visited park on the banks of Lake Tanganyika and home to several families of habituated chimpanzees.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Descending from the rim of the Ngorongoro crater to the wildlife packed crater floor below is a feeling like no other. Views stretch across the 8,290 km sq conservation area , created 3 million years ago, and home to a broad and dense selection of African species, most of which are unable to leave the crater. It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa for a reason!

Selous National Park

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At 50,000 km sq Selous is the second largest conservation area in Africa , yet also one of the more remote safari options. The density and diversity of the wildlife here earned the park UNESCO world heritage status, and it’s famed for its huge concentration of elephants, estimated at up to 40,000. The best time to visit Selous is June to October, which is the high season, but still far less crowded that most other East African national parks.

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Arusha National Park Containing the often overlooked Mount Meru, with lakes and a large wildlife filled crater.

Gombe Stream National Park 52 km sq. of pristine forests creeping down to a huge lake.

Katavi National Park Woodland area with a lake and floodplains.

Lake Manyara National Park Forest surrounding the eponymous lake.

Mahala Mountains National Park Lushly forested mountains descending to the shores of Lake Tanganika.

Mikumi Nationanal Park Mkata floodplains.

Ngorogoro Crater National Park 8,300 km sq. of highlands and plains surrounding a giant extinct volcano crater.

Ruaha National Park 40,000 km sq. of national park with Ruaha river along with several sandy rivers.

Rubondo National Park Covering 450 km sq. in total area, much of Rubondo is the waters of Lake Victoria with one dense forest-covered island and a number of small islets.

Saadani National Park 1,000 km sq. Costal wilderness with deserted beaches.

Selous National Park 45,000 km sq. Rufiji river and lakes surrounding woodland.

Serengeti National Park 14,763 km sq. Hilly scrub lands with endless plains.

Tarangire National Park Boabab studded woodland aorund the Tarangire river.

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There’s no shortage of companies offering safari tours in Tanzania, and whilst self-drive safaris are an option you will need a local guide with you, so you’ll probably need to work with a tour company in some capacity. Budgets of all sizes are catered for – from entry-level guide-only day trips to itineraries taking in some of Africa’s finest national parks staying in luxury camps. Check out our reviews of safari tour companies in Tanzania .

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Tanzania has a wide choice of safari accommodation – from budget camping opportunities to luxury tented accommodation. As rule prices at safari lodges in Tanzania tend to be on a full board basis, and also include game drives and park fees. Be sure to check with the accommodation before booking exactly what’s included. Beach accommodation in Tanzania is generally bed and breakfast. Search and book accommodation in Tanzania , or use the map below.

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Tanzania is located in East Africa and is home to some of Africa’s most pristine wildlife sanctuaries, the second highest mountain in the world - Kilimanjaro, a massive volcanic crater, and gorgeous white sand beaches with warm turquoise waters. The plains of the Serengeti National Park offer an exhilarating safari experience with phenomenal game viewing opportunities which includes the “Great Mammal Migration” and the famous “Big Five” (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), whilst the tropical island of Zanzibar is a marine wonderland with its untouched coral reefs and gorgeous climate. Tanzania has a strong cultural heritage and offers visitors the rare opportunity in northern Tanzania of meeting with the fascinating Maasai people who have a great understanding of how to live in semi-arid and arid lands.

The question of when is the best time to visit Tanzania is best determined by what you wish to experience.  

Tanzania has a temperate climate with relatively comfortable temperatures all year round. The main variation to the impact of the temperature is the humidity and annual rains.

Traditionally, the annual rainfall arrives around the beginning of April and continues until the end of June. The second, slightly less strong, rainy period, is from the beginning of November (around 2 weeks later on Zanzibar) to the middle of December, roughly speaking.

Although the Serengeti offers fantastic game viewing all year round, there are particular months that are deemed as the best time to visit the park. The dry season months of June through October are the most popular time of the year for a safari in Tanzania, with animals congregating near water sources and the vegetation thining; improving the visibility of animals. If you aspire to see the annual Mammal Migration , then it is best to travel during the months of June and July . In the months of December to March , the migration herds are located down in the very southern region of the park. April and May is a good time to book a safari in the northern parks of Tanzania, as the game is still good, crowds are minimal, and the prices are at the lowest of the year.

The best time to visit Zanzibar is from June to October during the cool, dry months of spring. Another popular time to visit this tropical island is from December to February when it’s hot and dry. The ocean temperatures are perfect for swimming, diving or snorkeling expeditions.

Mount Kilimanjaro is best climbed either between July and October or January to March .

Tanzania is a country located in East Africa and is renowned for its vast wilderness areas.

The plains of the Serengeti National Park offer an exhilarating safari experience with phenomenal game viewing opportunities which includes the “Great Mammal Migration” and the notorious “Big Five” (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), whilst Kilimanjaro National Park is home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar, with Arabic influences, and a marine park which is home to whale sharks and beautiful coral reefs.

Also on the coast is the bustling city of Dar es Salaam, where Swahili culture meets a modern tropical metropolis. In the north, Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world; an asset in understanding early human evolution. Olduvai is next to Ngorongoro Crater, a massive volcanic valley that’s a major wildlife conservation and safari area, inhabited by the indigenous Maasai, who still pursue traditional tribal practices. Lake Tanganyika is the location of Jane Goodall’s primate research center, where visitors can track chimpanzees along the shoreline.

Serengeti National Park

Located in northern Tanzania, this World Heritage Site and most celebrated wilderness area known as the Serengeti is a photographer and filmmakers dream, especially during the massive annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. The crocodile infested Grumeti River is a top attraction during this remarkable event; with hungry Nile crocodiles awaiting their opportunity to strike as the herds frantically cross the river. The reserve has an abundance of wildlife with the numbers estimated to be well over 3 million. There is even an active volcano within the Serengeti National Park;  the only volcano to eject carbonatite lavas that turn white when exposed to air.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a protected area and a World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 miles) west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. The area is named after Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area. The crater is 610 meters (2,000 feet) deep and its floor covers 260 square kilometers (100 square miles). Approximately 25,000 large animals, including the Big 5, live in the crater. The crater also has one of the densest known population of East African lions which are particularly strong in the Ndutu Lake area. It is important to note however that the Ngorongoro Crater does get very busy so we do recommend a two-night stay here.

Tarangire National Park

Often regarded as Tanzania’s most underrated national park, Tarangire is a must on a northern circuit itinerary. It is Africa’s best-kept secret, boasting a variety of wildlife and diverse landscapes. The name originates from the Tarangire River that crosses the park. The river is the primary source of freshwater for wild animals in the Tarangire ecosystem during the annual dry season (July to October). Visitors to the park in the dry season can expect to see large herds of thousands of zebra, wildebeest and cape buffalo. Tarangire is notorious for its large elephant population - the largest in Tanzania. During the dry season, herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen digging in the dry riverbed of the Tarangire River looking for underground streams.

Boasting some of the finest tropical beaches in Africa, as well as world-class scuba-diving sites, we rate Zanzibar as an ideal destination for travelers seeking a blissful, barefoot-luxury holiday. Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on a tropical beach, exploring the cultural attractions of Stone Town, or enjoying the many water sports on offer, this island has something for every traveler.

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is a smaller park located both in Arusha Region and Manyara Region of Tanzania. The park is strikingly diverse with barren lands, forest, and a salt lake. Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for the flamingos that inhabit the lake. During the wet season, they can be found at the edges of the lake in flocks of thousands but they are not so present during the dry season. More than 400 species of birds inhabit the park making this the ideal location for bird watching. Leopards, East African lions, cheetahs, elephants, hippopotami, several antelope and many more wild animals inhabit this park and many can be seen throughout the year.

Located below Mount Meru in northern Tanzania, the charming city of Arusha is a gateway to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. As it rests at the base of the twin peaks, Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, the city serves as an ideal base for hikers eager to conquer Africa’s highest mountain. Arusha is known for its vibrant nightlife, Masai Market, National Natural History Museum, and traditional Tanzanian cuisine.

Mount Meru is the fifth highest mountain in Africa and second highest in Tanzania, standing at 4 566 meters. The dormant stratovolcano is located 70 kilometers west of Mount Kilimanjaro and is often considered by hikers as a warm-up trek for Kilimanjaro. The fertile slopes rise above the surrounding savanna and support a forest that hosts diverse wildlife, including nearly 400 species of birds, as well as monkeys, giraffe, bushbuck and leopards.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of 186 749 acres, protecting the largest free-standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, with its peak at 5 895 meters. The mountain is encircled by mountain forest. Numerous mammals, many of them endangered species, live in the park. Climbing Kilimanjaro is a lifelong dream for many, with an estimated 25 000 people attempting the climb each year. In the lower-lying areas such as the forest zone there are a multitude of birds, blue monkeys, colobus monkeys and olive baboons. Civets, leopards, mongooses, elephants and Abbott’s duikers also live in the mountain’s forest, but sightings are extremely rare. The alpine and arctic zones are too harsh for any animals to survive comfortably.

Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam, meaning “haven of peace” is Tanzania’s largest and busiest port city.

Loved amongst travelers for its seaside setting and eclectic vibe, Dar es Salaam bustles with fish markets, dhow boats, museums and striking architecture. Dar es Salaam is a diverse city with a mix of African, Arabic, and Indian cultures. Popular day trips include the beautiful Mbudya Island where you can bask on the island's white-sand beaches, snorkel, and swim in the turquoise waters. Bongoyo Island is a much-loved island getaway, lying off the Msasani Peninsula, about four miles north of the city. Located about six kilometers north of the city on the Msasani Peninsula, is the popular Coco Beach, where you can savor street food and listen to live music. The Oyster Bay Shopping Center here is a popular attraction, with farmers markets, art galleries, and boutique shops.

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake and the second oldest freshwater lake in the world. Lake Tanganyika is home to Nile crocodiles, various turtle species, the Storms water cobra, and more than 80 species of non-cichlid fish of which about 60% of these are endemic. Most visitors choose to base themselves in the lovely lakeside town of Kigoma which serves as a gateway to the two rainforest reserves bordering the lake: Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe Stream National Park, both of which offer unforgettable up-close chimpanzee encounters and an astonishing variety of birdlife.

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Quick Tip; You can do a safari as a one day tour, but our recommendation for a safari in Tanzania is at least 5 days for an experience of a lifetime. Be prepared to budget between $350-$1,200 per day per person, depending on the type of accommodation you prefer. Jun-Oct, late Dec-Mar are the best times for safari in Tanzania.

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Este circuito puedes disfrutarlo también con extensiones a Zanzibar .


Salida en vuelo con destino Kilimanjaro, por la ruta elegida. Noche a bordo.


Llegada. Salida desde Arusha con destino al Parque Nacional del Lago Manyara, donde realizaremos un safari. Entre sus diferentes hábitats hay que destacar el bosque tropical de gigantescos ficus y tamarindos, por donde buscaremos elefantes, búfalos, jirafas, ñus, cebras, así como diversas especies de primates. Almuerzo picnic. Continuación hacia Karatu en medio de plantaciones de café. Cena en el lodge.


Pensión completa. Temprano por la mañana salida en dirección al Cráter de Ngorongoro. Descenso a la caldera de más de 20 km de diámetro y safari por el interior de este volcán extinto. Almuerzo picnic. Continuación de safari y a la hora indicada regreso al lodge. Cena en el lodge.


Pensión completa. Después del desayuno salida por carretera al Parque Nacional de Serengeti. Almuerzo. Por la tarde aprovecharemos para salir en nuestro primer safari en este parque, conocido por sus inmersas llanuras y por albergar, entre otras muchas especias, el famoso grupo conocido con el nombre de "los 5 grandes". Cena en el camp.


Pensión completa. Safari día completo. Serengeti es el santuario de vida salvaje más impresionante del mundo. Estas llanuras aparentemente sin fin son escenario anual de uno de los espectáculos del mundo: la gran migración. Cerca de un millón de ñus y cebras se mueven alrededor de Serengeti y Masai Mara, seguidos de cerca por los grandes depredadores. Un día completo de safari para no olvidar. Almuerzo y cena en el camp.


Pensión completa. Salida en dirección Tarangire. Almuerzo picnic. Safari por el parque cuyo río, Tarangire, atrae a muchos animales migratorios durante la estación seca, especialmente, entre julio y septiembre. La fauna, muy abundante en el período de sequía, se compone de los grandes rumiantes de la sabana y una buena representación de depredadores. Elefantes, búfalos, jirafas, antílopes desde los grandes elands hasta los diminutos dik dik pueden llegar a ser muy numerosos. Cebras, ñus, babuinos y facóqueros son los animales más fáciles de observar. Cena en el camp.


Media pensión. Salida por carretera hacia Arusha. Llegada y almuerzo. Traslado al aeropuerto de Kilimanjaro. Salida en vuelo de regreso a España. Noche a bordo.


Qué incluye

Vuelo de línea regular, clase turista (reservas en clase especiales).

Alojamiento y desayuno.

6 almuerzos y 5 cenas (bebidas no incluidas).

Transporte en vehículos 4x4 durante el safari con ventana garantizada (ocupación máxima 7 personas por vehículo).

Safari privado.

Chófer / guía en castellano durante todo el safari.

Todas las entradas a los parques especificados en el itinerario.

Agua mineral en el vehículo durante el safari.

Seguro de viaje.

Opción Zanzíbar. Alojamiento en régimen según hotel seleccionado.

Traslados regulares en inglés con asistencia telefónica en castellano.

Notas importantes

Precio desde basado en Qatar Airways, clase O (tarifa dinámica), para viajar del 1 de abril al 21 de mayo.

Tasas aéreas incluidas. QR: 500 €.

Tasas aéreas incluidas opción Zanzíbar. QR: 545 €.

Este safari es un circuito privado, por lo tanto, el vehículo será de uso exclusivo para los ocupantes que lo contraten.

Por motivos operativos, el orden de las visitas de los parques puede cambiar, sin afectar al contenido del itinerario.

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Prefijo telefónico.

Tanzania es uno de los paraísos naturales mejor conservados del mundo. Naturaleza virgen poblada de una flora exuberante y exótica, que sirve de escenario de las migraciones de miles de animales que intentan sobrevivir bajo la atenta mirada del Kilimanjaro. La mágica montaña se eleva a 5.895 metros sobre el nivel del mar y ha sido escenario de innumerables leyendas africanas, poemas, cuentos, libros y míticas películas. Su cumbre nevada es la más elevada de África y una de las estampas más típicas de este continente. Desde esta helada cima se puede contemplar el espectacular panorama de la sabana, donde todavía los Masai pastorean sus rebaños. El mayor ecosistema de sabanas de Tanzania es el Parque Nacional del Serengeti, que posee la concentración más alta de animales del mundo. Durante el período de las migraciones el Parque es un hervidero de vida. Los rebaños de ñus, cebras, antílopes y gacelas son perseguidos a corta distancia por los insaciables carnívoros (leones, leopardos, hienas, guepardos, licaones).

La moneda de Tanzania es el shilling o chelín tanzano. Para cambiar moneda se puede acudir a los bancos, las oficinas de cambio y a muchos hoteles.

El clima es húmedo tropical, con una estación de lluvias entre abril y junio y otra entre octubre y diciembre. Las temperaturas abarcan desde los 12ºC grados de mínima hasta los 30ºC de máxima. En algunas zonas del noroeste se pueden alcanzar los 40 grados centígrados.  

Se recomienda llevar crema de protección solar.

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Diferencia horaria

La zona de Tanzania tiene una diferencia GMT +3 horas.  


La corriente eléctrica es de 220-240 voltios. En general, los enchufes son de tres clavijas.

Las propinas son parte de la cultura africana. Si apreciamos el servicio del personal, es normal expresar nuestro agradecimiento a través de una propina. Es una muestra de gratitud por el buen trabajo realizado y la calidad del servicio prestado, pero siempre totalmente voluntaria.

La población se divide entre seguidores del Islam (35%), de cultos tradicionales (35%) y del cristianismo. En las pequeñas aldeas se suele practicar el animismo y existen minorías de hindúes y sikhs.

Los idiomas son el kiswahili (oficial), el inglés y las lenguas locales.

Compras y artesanía

Los objetos preferidos por los visitantes de Tanzania suelen ser las tallas de madera. Resultan fascinantes las reproducciones de animales salvajes, las máscaras tribales, los bustos de distintos tamaños de las diferentes etnias y las que representan escenas de la vida cotidiana. También son muy apreciados los tejidos teñidos conocidos como batiks. Le recomendamos que tenga especial cuidado con los objetos de marfil y coral, ya que están prohibidos y si los adquiere puede tener serios problemas en la aduana. También debe tener cuidado con las especies animales y vegetales ya que están muy protegidas por la ley. No se puede tampoco adquirir conchas de tortuga ni alfombras de animales salvajes como leones, cebras, antílopes, etc. a menos que cuenten con un certificado CITES que garantice que el animal ha sido cazado legalmente.


Ropa cómoda, fresca y ligera, aunque no hay que olvidar un par de jerséis ligeros para las noches. Le recomendamos también que no olvide un sombrero, gafas de sol y un chubasquero si viaja en época de lluvia. El calzado debe ser fuerte y cómodo.

Requisitos sanitarios

Se necesita Vacuna: Sí es obligatoria.

En el caso de viaje a Tanzania (incluida Zanzíbar) es obligatoria la presentación del certificado de Vacunación contra la fiebre amarilla, siempre que se provenga de cualquier otro país africano u otros países endémicos.

Para viajes combinados de Kenia y Tanzania, realizando en primer lugar la parte de Kenia y luego Tanzania (también Zanzíbar), en estos casos será obligatorio presentar a la entrada al país (Tanzania) la cartilla de vacunación de la fiebre amarilla.

También será obligatoria la vacuna de la fiebre amarilla para todos aquellos viajeros que viajen solo a Tanzania pero hayan tenido una escala superior a 9 horas en cualquier otro país africano.

En caso de visitar varios países dentro del mismo viaje, rogamos consulten si es obligatoria alguna vacuna. Para las vacunas de cada destino y para tener una información más actualizada se recomienda a los clientes consultar con los Centros de Vacunación Internacional.

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Visados y Requisitos de Entrada

Es necesario pasaporte en vigor con una validez mínima de 6 meses y visado. Este último lo obtiene a la llegada al país previo pago de 50$ o en www.visados.org. Los visados tienen que ser utilizados durante los seis meses siguientes a su concesión y tienen una validez de un mes a menos que se haya solicitado por más tiempo con un fin concreto. A la salida del país le pedirán los certificados del cambio de divisa con el pasaporte por lo que es conveniente guardarlos. Está absolutamente prohibido sacar del país especies vegetales y animales en peligro de extinción o artículos fabricados con estas especies, los objetos de marfil y las conchas de tortuga. Si compra alfombras de león, cebra o antílope reclame el certificado CITES que garantiza que el animal ha sido cazado legalmente.


La base de la alimentación es el ugali, una especie de pasta de maíz duro o de gachas de mandioca.

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Tanzania a Vista de Pájaro

Tanzania es un auténtico paraíso natural que atesora parques nacionales, reservas naturales y una extraordinaria fauna salvaje. Se trata de un destino ideal para los más aventureros. Ahora, tienes la excelente oportunidad de viajar a Tanzania e ir de safaris. Además, en este circuito organizado también te esperan vuelos en avionetas por encima del parque nacional Serengeti y el parque nacional de Tarangire. Asimismo, también te fascinarán lugares tan especiales como el lago Manyara o el cráter del Ngorongoro. ¿Te apuntas a explorar Tanzania? ¡No lo pienses más y prepara tu maleta para conocer este sensacional destino africano!

Tierra de Migraciones

¿Listo para ir de safaris por Kenia y Tanzania? Te presentamos un maravilloso viaje de 9 días, recorriendo lugares emblemáticos como Arusha, Nairobi, el Lago Eyasi, Ngorongoro y el Parque Nacional de Serengeti y tendremos la oportunidad de buscar los 5 grandes (elefantes, rinocerontes, leones, leopardos y búfalos) en la reserva de Mara. Así que, ya sabes, si eres aventurero o un amante de la naturaleza, no tengas dudas, éste es tu viaje.

Kenia, Safari y Playa en Hoteles Neptune

Disfruta de un increíble circuito por Kenia, que te permitirá disfrutar de la maravillosa Reserva Masai Mara con su increíble fauna de lo más variada, que combina la belleza del país con la comodidad de los Hoteles Neptune en Mombasa. Descubre la cultura única de las tribus locales y relájate en las maravillosas playas de Mombasa. Una experiencia inolvidable que combina aventura y lujo en un solo viaje que convertirán tus próximas vacaciones en un viaje de ensueño.

Descubriendo Kenia

El lado más puro y salvaje de la naturaleza se encuentra en Kenia, un país de la costa oriental africana que atesora increíbles paisajes, animales salvajes, llanuras, montañas, lagos. Visitarás rincones tan asombrosos como la reserva nacional de Shaba, la reserva nacional de Samburu, el lago Nakuru y la reserva Masai mara.

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Thursday, 30 November 2023

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Tanzania is an extraordinary country, replete with an abundance of mesmerising natural marvels and magnificent cultural nuances. It is an essential bucket-list destination for safari enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Of course, in an ideal world, these visitors would have boundless time and money to explore the country at leisure, but this is not a realistic option for most. For many, a trip across the world to visit Tanzania’s majesty may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Tanzania is traditionally divided into “safari circuits” to ensure that travellers make the most of their special journey.

These circuits divide Tanzania into the four corners of the compass and consist of an itinerary of destinations designed to minimise travelling time and maximise the experience. Tanzania is a diverse country, so each circuit offers its own unique magic, divergent scenery, and appealing wildlife encounters. The northern, southern, western, and eastern circuits encompass a selection of national parks, reserves, conservation areas and even, in the case of the eastern circuit, islands and beaches, that visitors can choose based on their interests.

Tanzania’s northern circuit

The northern circuit is unequivocally the most popular circuit on this list and includes destinations that are the stuff of safari, travel and film-making legend. For first-time visitors who only plan to visit Tanzania, this is almost unfailingly the place to start. It involves some of the best roads in Tanzania, so every destination is easily and (relatively) quickly accessible, and there are countless accommodation options available for every budget, from basic campsites to some of the most luxurious lodges in Africa.

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The northern circuit stretches from Lake Victoria in the west to Mount Kilimanjaro in the east, and it is bounded by the Kenyan border to the north and Tarangire National Park to the south. It includes such iconic names as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro, and, naturally, more time should be devoted to exploring these areas than others.

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Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is a land synonymous with the very essence of an African safari, where the majesty of the scenery and expansive atmosphere is matched by extraordinary wildlife viewing. Here, sweeping grass plains, rocky outcrops and woodlands support myriad animal species, all engaged in a primordial battle for survival.

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Naturally, the Serengeti ecosystem is most famous for its role in the Great Migration – the largest overland migration on earth. In fact, most of the year, the wildebeest herds move through the Serengeti before passing the international boundary into the Maasai Mara. No words can fully capture the dazzling feeling of sitting in amongst hundreds of thousands of animals that stretch as far as the eye can see or throw themselves helter-skelter at the mercy of the river crossings. However spectacular though it may be, the Serengeti is about more than the migration. The Big 5 are all present, and encounters with big cats and hyenas are all but guaranteed, viewed against the backdrop of breathtaking scenery.

The Serengeti ecosystem also incorporates several surrounding reserves and game control areas, all contiguous with the national park. These include Grumeti Controlled Area, Ikorongo Controlled Area, Loliondo Game Controlled Area and Maswa Game Reserve. The national park is also open to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area described below.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Conservation Area is often described as Africa’s Eden, with its most prominent feature being the Ngorongoro Crater. This ancient volcanic caldera encircles one of the most biodiverse and precious wild spaces in Africa, giving the impression that time stood still at the centre of the massive geological cradle. Here, many of Africa’s most iconic animals (including the Big 5) thrive, and every year, Lake Magadi flushes pink as hundreds of flamingos arrive during the breeding season.

Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit

Outside the crater, the Ndutu region of Ngorongoro serves as a critical resting point in the Great Migration, as over a million wildebeest arrive on the short grass plains to calve. At the height of the chaos, over 8,000 calves are born each day, forced to find their feet quickly or be lost to the predators that throw themselves into the wildebeest melee with joyous abandon.

The steep-sided ravine of Olduvai (or, more correctly, Oldupai) Gorge is another of Ngorongoro’s significant attractions, having yielded a timeline of our evolution as a species. The scattered fossils, tools and bone fragments reveal the gradual development of societies and social complexities that today define Homo sapiens .

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is named for the eponymous lake along its eastern edge, with the remainder of the park sandwiched between the lake and the dramatic hills of the Great Rift escarpment to the west. Known for its spectacular displays of flamingos and other water birds, Manyara is lowkey and less frenetic than the extravaganza of Serengeti or Ngorongoro. This makes it ideal as a perfect launchpad for exploring the northern circuit of Tanzania.

Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit

Tarangire National Park

Not far from Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park is the southernmost park in the northern circuit. It is a land of giant baobabs, fever tree forests, shimmering swamps and sweeping vistas –  unequivocally one of Africa’s most underrated African safari destinations, bursting with abundant wildlife. It is also an essential landscape for one of the lesser-known migrations in Tanzania because, during the dry season, the Tarangire River becomes one of the only available water sources. Tens of thousands of animals are drawn to its banks and floodplains from miles in every direction.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

As Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro needs little by way of introduction, as every year, thousands of amateur and expert hikers set out to summit its peak. Its snow-capped summit stands out incongruously against the flat Rift Valley scenery below, and even those reluctant to don hiking boots should be content to gaze upon this African legend from its base.

Tanzania Northern Safari Circuit

Arusha National Park and Mount Meru

The city of Arusha acts as the gateway to the northern circuit, meaning that Arusha National Park is usually the first or the last stop for travellers navigating the route. Within the park, the dormant volcano of Mount Meru is occasionally referred to as the “little brother” of Mount Kilimanjaro. It offers a much quieter and more intimate experience, along with spectacular wildlife encounters en route to the summit.

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Tanzania’s s outhern circuit

In contrast to the bustling northern circuit, Tanzania’s southern safari circuit is remote and wild, characterised by a feeling of absolute immersion without ever skimping on East Africa’s famous hospitality standards. This region is famed for its back-to-basics and authentic approach, where exploring on foot is an essential part of the experience and you can go for days without encountering another tourist. Much of this region is relatively arid compared to the luscious plains of the north but still incorporates areas with thriving swamps, verdant forests and spectacular waterfalls.

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Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park is a gem of the southern circuit, an enormous and untamed semi-arid wilderness, divided by live-giving river systems and dotted with the pyknic forms of ancient baobabs. The rugged park supports high densities of herbivores (including sizeable herds of elephants) and one of the largest lion populations on the continent. Leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and African wild dog (painted wolf) sightings are frequent, and some lucky visitors have even managed to spot one of the park’s elusive striped hyenas.

Tanzania Southern Safari Circuit

The protection of the greater Ruaha ecosystem is extended by the contiguous Rungwa, Kizigo, Usangu and Muhezi game reserves, all offering their own African safari experiences.

Nyerere National Park/Selous Game Reserve

The newly declared Nyerere National Park now extends over three sides of the Rufiji River valley, carved from the former Selous Game Reserve. The Rufiji River dominates the landscape, fanning into an intricate network of channels, oxbow lakes, and swamps, supplying a never-ending parade of thirsty animals drawn to the water’s edge. Though the declaration of the national park is intended to boost Nyerere’s tourism potential, there is no question that this remains something of a forgotten corner of Africa, where wildlife connoisseurs can lose themselves in the vast wilderness.

Tanzania Southern Safari Circuit

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park lies adjacent to the northern border of Nyerere National Park and is easily accessible from Dar Es Salaam, making it a popular choice for local tourists. However, few international guests have yet to discover the splendour of Mikume’s expansive floodplains and prolific animal sightings.

Tanzania Southern Safari Circuit

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

Despite its proximity to the western edge of Nyerere National Park, the misty forests and picturesque, tumbling waterfalls of Udzungwa Mountains National Park make it seem worlds apart. These mountains are a biodiversity hotspot characterised by mind-boggling levels of endemism, with species including the Iringa red colobus, the Sanje crested mangabey, the Udzungwa partridge and the rufous-winged sunbird.

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Tanzania’s w estern circuit

Unlike the northern and southern safari circuits, Tanzania’s western circuit breaks away somewhat from the more traditional safari fare. This is a shorter and more specialised circuit and should be combined with aspects from the northern or southern circuit if time and resources allow.

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Gombe Stream National Park

Situated on the northeastern shores of Lake Tanganyika, the tiny Gombe Stream National Park is one of only a few places in Tanzania where chimpanzees can be encountered in the wild. This intimate park sports exceptional biodiversity and is celebrated as the park where Jane Goodall first set up her now-famous research centre. Here, visitors can follow expert guides into the heart of the forest in search of our chimpanzee kin, admiring the many other primate species along the way.

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Mahale National Park

Also situated on the banks of Lake Tanganyika, Mahale National Park is substantially larger than Gombe, extending over the craggy Mahale Mountains and across rolling hills to the east. The forested western slopes are home to a substantial population of chimpanzees, with many families being the subjects of scientific study for over 50 years. And how better to celebrate a successful (and exhausting) day spent trekking for chimps than diving into the cool embrace of Lake Tanganyika’s crystal waters or lounging on its beaches, cocktail in hand?

Tanzania Western Safari Circuit

Katavi National Park

Katavi National Park is one of Tanzania’s most electrifying African safari destinations, ruled by the cadence of the rainy season. During the late dry season, the park swelters beneath a merciless sun and its residents are forced to compete for access to the remaining water in a dramatic battle for survival. Visitors who venture here off the beaten safari track are rewarded with a natural African nirvana that they can enjoy all to themselves.

Tanzania Western Safari Circuit

Tanzania’s e astern/coastal circuit

With all the excitement of an African safari, complete with early mornings, dusty roads and adrenaline-inducing sightings, it is well worth taking a few days to collect one’s emotions before returning home from Tanzania. And where better to do that than on one of the country’s paradise tropical beaches? Though the mainland offers some beautiful spots to soak in the sun, the islands off-shore provide the best seaside escapes.

Tanzania Coastal Safari Circuit

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar is the largest and most popular of Tanzania’s islands, renowned as a honeymoon destination and beach paradise. From dazzling beaches to the vibrant cultural hub of Stone Town, Zanzibar is an accessible and relatively affordable island Utopia.

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Mafia Island

Less crowded and more exclusive than Zanzibar, Mafia Island offers the perfect place to soak up the resplendent marine scenery, including snorkelling, diving with whale sharks, and even watching hundreds of turtle hatchlings make their perilous first journey to the sea.

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Pemba Island

Like Mafia Island, Pemba Island is quieter than Zanzibar, removed from the trappings of mass tourism. Its fertile soils support rolling hills covered with fruit-laden coconut, banana and cassava trees. The warm waters surrounding it are famous for their exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities.

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Final thoughts

No matter the safari circuit, Tanzania is a country that consistently delivers excitement and copious natural wonders to its fortunate visitors.

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The Ultimate Guide to a Safari Adventure in Tanzania

Discover the secrets of one of africa’s safari superstars.

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most iconic safari destinations. Home to UNESCO world heritage sites, a variety of pristine landscapes and the world-famous Great Migration, there is SO much to do and see in this spectacular country.

But with so much to do and see, it can be overwhelming to plan a safari to Tanzania. But we’re here to help. In this blog, we’ll share the secrets of the best safari destinations in Tanzania, our favourite safari camps, a guide to choosing the best safari activities and more.

Why choose Tanzania for a safari?

Tanzania is a land of unparalleled natural beauty and diversity, making it the perfect destination for a safari adventure. With its vast landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and abundant wildlife, Tanzania offers a truly immersive and authentic safari experience. Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking an adventure, Tanzania is the place for you.

Tanzania boasts some of the most renowned national parks in Africa, including the famous Serengeti National Park , the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Tarangire National Park, among others. These parks are home to a remarkable variety of wildlife, including the iconic Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo. The sheer number and diversity of animal species in Tanzania are unparalleled, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike.

But Tanzania is not just about its wildlife. The country’s rich cultural heritage, warm hospitality, and stunning landscapes add an extra layer of charm to your safari adventure. Immerse yourself in the local culture, interact with the Maasai people, and witness their traditional way of life. From the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro to the turquoise waters of Zanzibar’s pristine beaches , Tanzania offers a diverse range of experiences that will leave you spellbound.

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Best Safari Destinations in Tanzania

When considering where to go on your safari to Tanzania, generally the best areas to visit are divided into the northern circuit , the southern circuit and the western circuit . There are regular flights within Tanzania, so it is easy to combine the different areas within the same safari, but flight times can be long if you decide to do this. 

Lake Manyara National Park   – Northern Circuit

Lake Manyara is a small park located in the Great Rift Valley, which spans from Ethiopia all the way to Malawi. Lake Manyara National Park has beautiful landscapes dominated by a large lake and forested escarpment. The wildlife in Lake Manyara is phenomenal, and includes elephants, buffalo, leopards and the famous tree climbing lions. It is also home to huge flocks of flamingos who congregate on the shores of the lake.

Tarangire National Park – Northern Circuit

Tarangire National Park is just two hours away from the city of Arusha (where many international flights into Tanzania land). Although it is often overlooked in Tanzania’s northern safari circuit, Tarangire is offers something completely different to its other northern circuit siblings, and because of this is well worth a visit. It is a large park more similar to Ruaha and Nyerere in the south than any of its surrounding parks, which means it offers a completely different experience without having to travel too far.

Tarangire is known for the enormous herds of elephants that frequent the only water source in the area – the Tarangire River during the dry season. It is also home to a good predator population, including lions, cheetahs and leopards.

The Ngorongoro Crater – Northern Circuit

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is the largest unbroken caldera in the world, left behind after a volcano erupted almost two million years ago.

Affectionately known as “Africa’s Garden of Eden”, wildlife viewing on the crater floor is phenomenal. Here you can see Africa’s Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as other animals like hyenas, zebra, cheetahs and more. One of the things that makes the Ngorongoro Crater so special is that it is home to the rare black rhino. All this wildlife fits into the crater floor of approximately 20km (12 miles) in diameter, making this unique ecosystem constantly buzzing with action.

The Serengeti National Park – Northern Circuit  

Known around the world has home to Africa’s iconic Great Migration, Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park does not disappoint. No safari to Tanzania would be complete without a visit to the Serengeti.

Made up of vast grasslands dotted with rocky outcrops, riverine woodlands and mighty rivers, the Serengeti offers diversity in landscape. The giant wildebeest and zebra herds move north throughout the year, following the rains that bring fresh grazing. Enjoying the perfect Migration Safari is all about timing your travels correctly, but aside from the millions of wildebeest and zebra that frequent the park, there are usually excellent predator sightings too, especially lions and cheetah.

We always recommend staying in at least two regions of the Serengeti National Park on your Serengeti Safari so that you can not only see the migration, but also get to experience the other wildlife of the park. Generally, when the migration is in an area, the other animals are pushed out due to the sheer numbers of wildebeest and zebra. By visiting different regions of the park, you have the opportunity to experience these other animals which include the Big 5.

Accommodation in the Serengeti comes in all shapes and sizes, and there is something for every budget. There are a selection of mobile camps to choose from that follow the migration through the park, setting up in different areas at different times of the year. If that’s not your thing, choose from some of the permanent luxury lodges within the Serengeti. There is plenty to choose from, and we’ll advise you on the options based on your budget and travel preferences.

Nyerere National Park – Southern Circuit  

The Nyerere National Park is one of Africa’s largest wildlife reserves. It is not nearly as well-known as some of its northern cousins, meaning that Nyerere is a lot quieter. What it lacks in crowds, it most certainly makes up for in wildlife!

The Rufiji River attracts many animals as it is one of the only sources of water in the park. Keep an eye out especially for wild dogs in Nyerere – it is one of the best places to see them in Africa!

We especially love this park because of the adventurous nature of safaris here. Look forward to boating on the Rufiji River, morning and afternoon game drives, walking safaris and even some fly-camping.

Ruaha National Park – Southern Circuit

The Ruaha National Park is the second biggest national park in Tanzania. It is almost 50% bigger than the Serengeti yet only receives a 10th of the visitors the Serengeti does. So if you’re looking for an adventurous safari away from the crowds, Ruaha is the place to be!

The Ruaha National Park is a much drier that Nyerere National Park, making it the perfect combination for a Southern Tanzania Safari. Ruaha is renowned for its large herds of buffalo which are often followed by impressive prides of lions. It’s an ideal park for a walking safari, with wide open plains, dotted with massive baobab trees.

Katavi National Park – Western Circuit

Located far off the beaten track in western Tanzania, Katavi National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets. This largely undiscovered gem is home to the largest herds of buffalo on earth, enormous pods of hippos and large numbers of predators. For a unique and exclusive Tanzanian safari experience, Katavi is the place to be.

The park is made up of seasonal floodplains, waterways, woodlands and forest. As the wetlands start to dry up, super pods of hippos – sometimes numbering into the thousands – cram together in diminishing pools.

Mahale Mountains National Park – Western Circuit

Made up of the mountains framing the shores of Lake Tanganyika in western Tanzania, Mahale Mountains National Park is home to some of the best chimpanzee tracking in Africa. Although Lake Tanganyika’s crystal clear waters and sandy beaches remind you of a tropical beach destination, the real star of this national park are the habituated chimpanzees.

Between January and July, the chimpanzees can be found foraging high in the mountains, which makes tracking them difficult, but from August, they begin to move down the slopes. They can be found in fruit trees around the lake until December when they begin travelling higher into the mountains again.

Zanzibar and the Tanzania Coast

World renowned for its turquoise water, coral reefs and white sandy beaches, Zanzibar and the other islands off Tanzania’s coast are the perfect beach destination where you can relax after the adventure of your safari to Tanzania.

On Zanzibar , the beaches on the eastern side of the island are generally regarded as the best, and this is where majority of the lodges and resorts can be found. Because of a large barrier reef, low tide is so low that there is nowhere to swim unless you walk beyond the coral. This makes little difference to all the activities on offer on Zanzibar though, with scuba diving, snorkelling, dolphin tours, dhow trips and cultural excursions to the spice gardens and iconic capital of Stone Town all available.

Our personal favourite island on the Tanzanian coast lies north of Zanzibar. Pemba Island is a bit tricker to get to, but well worth the effort! Pemba is much less developed that Zanzibar, making it more exclusive. It is also home to some of the best diving in the world!

Another pristine island is Mafia , which can be found south of Zanzibar. It is surrounded by an expansive marine park – the perfect place to snorkel and scuba dive. Between November and March, Mafia Island is also one of the best places on earth to snorkel with whale sharks!

Even further south, you’ll find Fanjove – a private island offering guests a Robinson Crusoe private beach experience.

Our Top 5 Safari Camps in Tanzania

1. Nyasi Migrational Camp | Serengeti National Park

Nyasi Migration Camp, found in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, is a remarkable safari destination that embodies the essence of African wildlife and adventure. Situated strategically to witness the awe-inspiring Great Migration, it offers a front-row seat to one of nature’s most spectacular events as millions of wildebeest and other animals traverse the Serengeti ecosystem.

The camp provides luxurious tented accommodation, blending the comforts of modern living with the authentic safari experience. Guests can enjoy game drives, guided walks, and hot air balloon safaris to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and diversity of the region.

The camp’s expert guides and staff ensure a memorable and educational safari, providing insights into the wildlife, landscape, and rich culture of Tanzania. Nyasi Migration Camp is an ideal choice for those seeking an unforgettable safari adventure in the heart of the African wilderness.

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2. Chem Chem Lodge | Chem Chem Concession, Tarangire & Lake Manyara

Chem Chem Lodge , nestled between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks, is an exceptional safari lodge that epitomizes luxury and immersion in nature. The lodge’s elegance and attention to detail in design and hospitality make it stand out. Guests can indulge in luxurious tented accommodations, blending traditional safari charm with modern amenities.

Guests can look forward to thrilling game drives, guided walks, and cultural interactions with the local Maasai community, allowing guests to explore and appreciate the region’s abundant wildlife and rich heritage. With its tranquil atmosphere, breathtaking landscapes, and top-notch services, Chem Chem Lodge is an exquisite choice for a refined and adventurous safari getaway.

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3. Gibb’s Farm | Ngorongoro Crater Region

Gibb’s Farm , situated in the picturesque Ngorongoro Highlands of Tanzania, is a truly enchanting retreat that embodies a perfect blend of luxury, sustainability, and African hospitality. The historic farm-turned-lodge offers visitors a serene and authentic experience on a working coffee plantation. The charm lies in its rustic yet elegant cottages and stunning gardens, providing a peaceful sanctuary to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Guests can partake in activities like guided walks, birdwatching, mountain biking, and coffee tours to delve into the surrounding lush landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the coffee-making process. The farm’s emphasis on sustainable practices, locally sourced cuisine, and community engagement adds to its allure. Gibb’s Farm is a haven for those seeking a tranquil escape in the heart of Tanzania’s natural beauty.

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4. Jongomero Camp | Ruaha National Park

You’ll discover Jongomero in the remote and untouched wilderness of Tanzania’s Ruaha National Park. This secluded luxury camp is the epitome of raw African experiences and boasts spacious tented accommodations with breathtaking views of the surrounding bush and the Jongomero River. What sets Jongomero apart is its exclusivity, ensuring a private and immersive safari adventure.

Guests can look forward to game drives, walking safaris, and more, led by experienced guides who unravel the mysteries of the diverse flora and fauna in the region. The camp’s location, far from the crowds, offers a genuine sense of wilderness and the opportunity to witness rare wildlife species.

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5. Siwandu | Nyerere National Park

Last, but certainly not least on our list, Siwandu can be found in Nyerere National Park. Nestled along the banks of Lake Nzerakera, Siwandu offers stunning views and a tranquil setting amidst pristine wilderness.

The lodge features luxurious tented accommodation that harmonizes beautifully with the natural environment while providing modern comforts. What sets Siwandu apart is its blend of both water and land activities. Guests can embark on guided game drives to witness the diverse wildlife of Nyerere, including elephants, lions, and hippos, or enjoy leisurely boat safaris and fishing expeditions on the lakes and rivers. Walking safaris and cultural visits to nearby local communities add a deeper understanding of the region’s rich history and culture.

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Tanzania’s Great Migration

The Serengeti’s Great Migration is what makes this iconic Tanzanian national park so famous. Every year, up to three million wildebeest and zebra embark on a journey, travelling north towards Kenya’s Maasai Mara. In the process they give birth, cross crocodile infested rivers and fend off some of Africa’s most deadly predators. Seeing the Great Migration in person is a bucket list experience, and one that will permanently alter your view of Africa and the world.

The key to experiencing the best migration safari possible is knowing where to be and what to expect at different times of the year. We have created a complete guide to a migration safari to give you all the information you need. Read it here .

Wildlife in Tanzania

Along with it’s incredible national parks, what makes Tanzania a safari superstar is the sheer numbers of wildlife visitors can look forward to seeing. Tanzania is home to the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), which can be seen in a number of parks.

The most elusive member of the Big 5 in Tanzania is the rhino , as their numbers have sadly declined due to poaching. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the only places where travelers can see black rhino in Tanzania, making these sightings rare and precious.

Elephants can be seen across Tanzania, but some of the best places to see large elephant herds are Tarangire National Park in the north and Ruaha in the south. Both of these parks are dry and have limited water sources, meaning the herds tend to congregate here in the dry season.

Tanzania’s national parks offer excellent opportunities to witness lions in their natural habitat too. The plentiful prey in the grasslands of the Serengeti make for excellent hunting for lions, but Ruaha National Park in the southern circuit is generally considered one of the best places to see lions in the whole world. This is because of the huge prides that follow their favourite prey – buffalo. Lake Manyara also can’t be missed if you’re in search of lions. It’s here that you’ll find a curious phenomenon – tree climbing lions !

Tanzania is also home to populations of chimpanzees , which make some of the most incredible primate sightings possible. Our favourite place to see these incredible animals is in the Mahale Mountains National Park on Lake Tanganyika, but they can also be seen in Gombe National Park north of Mahale.

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Choosing the Best Safari Activities

When most people think of safaris, they picture sitting in a safari vehicle tracking game on wheels. While we enjoy a good game drive as much as the next person, there is so much more to the safari experience, and Tanzania especially offers a wide variety of unforgettable experiences.

One of our favorite activities that is unique to Tanzania is a hot air balloon safari . Floating silently above the African plains gives travelers the opportunity to witness the wilderness from a totally different angle, all the while watching the animals in their natural habitat without disturbing them at all. This unique experience is one that will leave a lasting impression!

Another great safari activity is a walking safari . Here at Stanley Safaris, we are BIG fans of this exhilarating experience. A walking safari allows you to slow down and pick up on some of the small details In the bush that you’d usually miss in a vehicle. There’s also something to be said for being out in the wild walking the same ground as the animals. You senses are heightened realizing there is nothing between you and the wilderness!

Helicopter safaris are also now available in Tanzania, especially in the northern circuit. This unique activity offers a completely different vantage point and allows visitors to explore vast areas relatively quickly. Look forward to pristine views over volcanoes, crater lakes and even sights of huge pink flamingo populations. A helicopter safari also offers the opportunity to spend time with some of Tanzania’s most remote tribes and peoples.

Finally, wherever possible, we highly recommend making time for a cultural experience during your time in Tanzania. Getting to spend time with the local people who have lived here for centuries is an eye opening and memorable experience. In Northern Tanzania, visitors can spend time with the Maasai people – known for being courageous warriors and having a rich and vibrant culture. The Hadzabe people are native to the area around Arusha and live a hunter-gatherer way of life, while visitors will be able to spend time with the Datooga and Barabaig people in and around the Lake Manyara region.

Best time to visit Tanzania

The best time to travel to Tanzania on safari is during the dry season which runs from June to October . During this time, animals congregate around water sources and are easier to spot. Additionally, the vegetation is less dense, making it easier to spot animals in the distance. The dry season also offers clear skies and cooler temperatures, making it pleasant to be outdoors. The great migration is usually seen crossing rivers on their journey north at this time of year, which is an incredible scene to witness!

Like the rest of East Africa, Tanzania has a second ‘dry season’ between December and March , and this is also a good time to visit.

Generally, the best time to visit Tanzania’s beaches is during the long rainy season from March to May when the coastal areas are at their most lush, but it is pleasant here all year around, and can be added to your Tanzania safari at any time of the year.

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  • Mant Resort, Pemba Island
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  • Elewana The Manor, Ngorongoro Region
  • Mila Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park
  • Zuri Zanzibar, Zanzibar Island
  • Our Tanzania Family Safari
  • Manta Resort, Pemba Island

With its huge variety of national parks and the incredible wildlife who call it home, Tanzania is considered a safari superstar for good reason! It’s a bucket list destination you’ll never get tired of, no matter how many times you visit. Tanzania is waiting for you, with its spectacular landscapes, wondrous wildlife and enigmatic people. Talk to us about planning the perfect Tanzania safari for you and your family.

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Best Time For Safari in Tanzania: The Ultimate Guide

What is the best time for safari in tanzania.

The best time for a safari in Tanzania depends on what you want to see and experience, as well as the specific parks you plan to visit. Tanzania is a great destination for a safari throughout the year, but Tanzania safari best time to visit depends on the wildlife activity, climate, and your personal preferences.

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Tanzania, home to iconic national parks like the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, offers a safari experience like no other. Choosing the right time to visit is crucial for encountering diverse wildlife and enjoying favorable weather conditions. Let's delve into the Tanzania safari best time to go.

Understand Climate in Tanzania

The climate in Tanzania plays a big role in shaping the safari experience. Understanding the seasons and their impact on the environment is key to planning a successful trip in Tanzania.

The dry seasons in Tanzania bring clear skies, minimal rainfall, and lush vegetation that transforms the landscape into a vibrant tapestry. As the bush thins, wildlife becomes more visible, offering exceptional opportunities to observe their natural behaviors. The dry season considered as the best time to go to Tanzania for safari.

June to October

This period, coinciding with the  Great Migration , is a prime time to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of millions of wildebeest and zebras traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti. The migration reaches its peak in July and August, when the thundering herds cross the Mara River, creating a dramatic spectacle of life and death.

January to March

This dry season, known as the  short dry , offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout Tanzania. The lush vegetation and abundant water sources attract a diverse range of animals, making this an ideal time to spot predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs.

While the dry seasons are generally considered the best time for safari in Tanzania, the wet seasons, April to May and November to December , offer a unique and less crowded experience.

April to May

The long rains transform the Tanzanian landscape, bringing a burst of greenery and revitalizing the savannah. While rainfall can limit game drives, it also creates a serene atmosphere and attracts a variety of birdlife.

November to December

The short rains bring sporadic showers and cooler temperatures, making this a pleasant time to explore Tanzania's national parks. The vegetation is still lush, and wildlife viewing remains good, particularly in areas with permanent water sources.

Factors To Consider When Planning Your Safari

Beyond the dry and wet seasons, several other factors can influence your decision on the best time for safari in Tanzania

Wildlife Preferences

If you're keen on witnessing the Great Migration, the dry season from June to October is the best time to visit Tanzania safari. However, if you're more interested in seeing a wider range of wildlife without the crowds, the short dry season from January to March or the short rains from November to December offer excellent alternatives.

Budget Considerations

Safari prices tend to be higher during the peak season, from June to October and during the short dry season from January to March. If you're looking for more affordable rates, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons, such as May or November.

Personal Preferences

Ultimately, the best time to safari in Tanzania depends on your individual preferences. If you prefer warm, sunny weather, the dry seasons are ideal. However, if you're willing to brave some rain for a more tranquil experience, the wet seasons can be equally rewarding.

What are The Best Months for Safari in Tanzania?

The best season to visit Tanzania is during the long dry season, which falls from  June to October . These are considered the best months for safari in Tanzania, the Great Migration, Kilimanjaro trekking, and beach holidays in Zanzibar. Of course, these months are the peak tourist season.

Best Time For Tanzania Safari and Kilimanjaro Trekking

If you're looking for the perfect time to embark on a Tanzania safari and Kilimanjaro trekking adventure. The dry season, which typically runs from June to October, is often regarded as the best time to visit. During this period, the weather is generally pleasant, with clear skies and minimal rainfall. This makes it easier to spot wildlife in the national parks and ensures a more comfortable trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. However, it's worth noting that the dry season is also the peak tourist season, so popular destinations may be more crowded.

Final Thoughts on Best Time For Safari in Tanzania

Tanzania promises a safari adventure of a lifetime, the best time for a safari in Tanzania depends on your individual preferences and interests. Whether you opt for the dry season's wildlife concentration or the wet season's unique experiences.

For the best chance of seeing the Great Wildebeest Migration, visit from July to October. For bird watching, visit from November to April, and for a quieter experience, visit during the rainy season.

So pack your binoculars, dust off your walking boots, and prepare to be swept away by the rhythm of Tanzania's wild symphony. Your safari adventure awaits!

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Embark on an unforgettable safari adventure with Tanzania Safari Deluxe, the premier choice for discerning travelers seeking the best safari experience in Tanzania. Our expertly curated safari itineraries offer unparalleled opportunities to explore the breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife of Tanzania’s most iconic national parks and reserves.


At Tanzania Safari Deluxe, we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service and ensuring every aspect of your safari exceeds expectations. As a leading safari operator, we combine luxury accommodations, expert guides, and exclusive experiences to create tailor-made safari packages that cater to your every need and desire.

Whether you dream of witnessing the Great Migration in the Serengeti, encountering the Big Five in the Ngorongoro Crater, or embarking on a cultural safari to learn about the rich traditions of Tanzania’s indigenous tribes, Tanzania Safari Deluxe promises a safari experience like no other.

With a commitment to sustainability and conservation, we strive to minimize our environmental impact and support local communities. By choosing Tanzania Safari Deluxe, you not only experience the wonders of Tanzania’s wilderness but also contribute to the preservation of its natural heritage for future generations to enjoy.

Contact us today to start planning your dream safari adventure with Tanzania Safari Deluxe. Let us create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Every traveler is unique, and so is their ideal safari. We specialize in creating personalized itineraries tailored to your preferences, ensuring that your journey through Tanzania is as unique as you are.

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Our team of knowledgeable and experienced guides is dedicated to making your safari not just a journey but an educational and immersive experience. They'll lead you to the best wildlife viewing spots and share insights into Tanzania's rich biodiversity.

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‍ Embarking on a thrilling safari adventure in Tanzania is a dream for many nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Picture yourself surrounded by vast plains, witnessing breathtaking sunsets, and encountering majestic creatures up to close. But before you jet off on this unforgettable journey, ensuring you have the right gear is essential. That’s where our ultimate safari packing list for Tanzania safari comes in. We’ve curated a comprehensive guide, combining practicality, comfort, and style, to help you make the most of your Tanzanian safari experience. From clothing and footwear to essential equipment and accessories, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re planning a luxury safari or a budget-friendly backpacking trip, our expert tips and recommendations will help you pack smartly and enjoy every moment of your adventure. So, get ready to roam the vast plains, capture stunning wildlife moments, and create memories that will last a lifetime with our ultimate packing list for safari in Tanzania .

Essential Clothing for a Safari

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When it comes to what to pack for a safari in Tanzania , comfort and functionality should be your top priorities. The key is to dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions and be prepared for both hot days and chilly nights. Here are some essential clothing items to consider:

  • Lightweight, breathable shirts : Opt for loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts made of lightweight and breathable fabric to protect yourself from the sun and pesky insect bites. Neutral colors like khaki, beige, or olive green are ideal for blending in with the natural surroundings.
  • Long pants and shorts : Pack a mix of long, lightweight pants and shorts for maximum versatility. Long pants will protect your legs from the sun, while shorts are perfect for hot afternoons. Consider convertible pants that can be zipped off to convert into shorts for added convenience.
  • Sweater or light jacket : Evenings and early mornings on safari can get chilly, so it’s essential to pack a lightweight sweater or jacket. Opt for something that can be easily layered over your shirts or worn alone when the temperature drops.
  • Sun hat and sunglasses : Protecting yourself from the strong African sun is crucial. Pack a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and neck, and don’t forget a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Swimwear : If your safari includes a visit to Zanzibar or any other coastal areas, packing swimwear is a must. Tanzania boasts beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters, so taking a dip in the ocean is a fantastic way to cool off after a day of wildlife spotting.
  • Undergarments and socks : Ensure you have enough underwear and socks for the duration of your safari. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you comfortable and minimize odor.

Remember, when packing for Tanzania safari , pack light and prioritize functionality over fashion. Stick to neutral colors that won’t attract unwanted attention from wildlife and avoid bright colors that may disturb the animals. Layering is key to adapt to changing temperatures throughout the day.

Footwear for a Safari

Choosing the right footwear for your safari adventure is crucial as you’ll be spending plenty of time on your feet, exploring the African wilderness. Here are some footwear options to consider:

  • Comfortable walking shoes : Invest in a sturdy pair of comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots. Look for shoes with good ankle support, grip, and cushioning to ensure your feet stay comfortable during long walks and game drives.
  • Sandals or flip-flops : In addition to your walking shoes, pack a pair of sandals or flip-flops for relaxing at your accommodation or for use at the beach. They’re also handy for quick trips to the restroom during game drives.
  • Sock liners and hiking socks : To prevent blisters and keep your feet dry, pack a few pairs of sock liners to wear under your hiking socks. Opt for moisture-wicking, breathable socks that provide cushioning and support.
  • Gaiters : If you’re planning to venture off the beaten path or explore areas with dense vegetation , consider packing gaiters. Gaiters will protect your legs from thorns, insects, and other potential hazards.
  • Waterproof shoes : Depending on the season and the specific safari activities you have planned, it may be worth investing in a pair of waterproof shoes. This will ensure your feet stay dry during rainy days or when crossing water bodies .

Remember to break in your new shoes before your safari to avoid discomfort or blisters. It’s also a good idea to add moleskin or blister plasters to your Tanzania safari packing list in case of any foot issues during your trip.

Protective Gear and Accessories

When it comes to protective gear and accessories, there are a few essential items that will enhance your safari experience and keep you safe. Here’s what you should consider packing:

  • Binoculars : Spotting wildlife from a distance is a thrilling part of any safari. Packing a good pair of binoculars will allow you to observe animals in their natural habitat without disturbing them.
  • Camera and lenses : Documenting your safari adventure through photography is a must. Invest in a good DSLR or mirrorless camera with a versatile zoom lens to capture stunning wildlife moments up close.
  • Lens cleaning kit : Safaris can be dusty, and your camera lens may require frequent cleaning. Pack a lens cleaning kit to ensure your photographs remain clear and free from smudges.
  • Portable charger and extra batteries : Keeping your electronics charged while on safari can be a challenge. Pack a portable charger to ensure your camera, phone, and other devices stay powered throughout the trip. Additionally, bring extra batteries for your camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments.
  • Headlamp or flashlight : A headlamp or flashlight is essential for navigating your way around your accommodation at night or during early morning game drives. It’s also handy for reading maps or books in low-light conditions.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent: Protecting your skin from the harsh African sun and pesky insect bites is vital. Pack a high SPF sunscreen and a reliable insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and other bugs.
  • travel adapter : Tanzania uses Type D and Type G power outlets, so make sure to pack a travel adapter to charge your devices. It’s also advisable to pack a surge protector to safeguard your electronics from power surges.

Remember to pack these items in a sturdy and waterproof bag to protect them from dust, moisture, and potential damage during your safari.

Packing for Different Weather Conditions

Tanzania’s weather can vary depending on the region and the time of year you visit. It’s important when selecting what to pack for african safari Tanzania to pack accordingly in order to ensure you’re prepared for different weather conditions. Here’s what you should consider:

  • Rain jacket or poncho : If you’re visiting during the rainy season (March to May and November to December), packing a lightweight rain jacket or poncho is essential. This will keep you dry during sudden downpours and allow you to continue your safari activities without interruption.
  • Lightweight sweater or fleece : Evenings and early mornings can get chilly, especially during the dry season (June to October). Packing a lightweight sweater or fleece will provide an extra layer of warmth when needed.
  • Hat and scarf : Besides protecting yourself from the sun, a wide-brimmed hat and a lightweight scarf can provide some relief from the dust during game drives.
  • Sweat-wicking clothing : If you’re visiting during the hot and dry season, sweat-wicking clothing made of breathable fabrics like nylon or polyester will help keep you cool and comfortable.
  • Packable rain cover for your bag : To protect your belongings from rain or dust, consider investing in a packable rain cover for your backpack or duffel bag.
  • Waterproof dry bag : If you plan on participating in water-based activities or visiting coastal areas, a waterproof dry bag will keep your valuables and electronics safe and dry.

Research the weather patterns of the specific regions you’re planning to visit in Tanzania and use this in curating what you intend on packing for safari in Tanzania . Layering is once again crucial to adapt to changing temperatures throughout the day.

Important Documents and Paperwork

Before embarking on your Tanzanian safari , make sure to gather and organize all the necessary documents and paperwork. Here’s a checklist of what to pack for Tanzania safari particularly regarding paperwork and important documents:

  • Passport : Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended departure date from Tanzania. Check the expiration date and make a copy of the main page to keep in a separate location.
  • Visa : Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa to enter Tanzania. Check the visa requirements well in advance and apply for your visa if necessary.
  • Yellow fever certificate : Tanzania requires a yellow fever vaccination certificate for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Make sure to carry your certificate with you.
  • Travel insurance : It’s highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellation or interruption, and lost or stolen belongings. Keep a copy of your insurance policy and emergency contact numbers with you.
  • Flight tickets and itinerary : Print out your flight tickets and have a copy of your complete itinerary, including accommodation details and contact information.
  • Driver’s license and international driving permit : If you plan on driving in Tanzania, make sure to have a valid driver’s license from your home country and an international driving permit.
  • Emergency contact numbers : Keep a list of emergency contact numbers, including your country’s embassy or consulate in Tanzania, your tour operator, and your accommodation.

Store all these documents and paperwork in a secure folder or wallet and keep them with you at all times. It’s also a good idea to have digital copies stored on your phone or in cloud storage as a backup.

Medications and First Aid Kit

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Having a well-equipped first aid kit and essential medications is crucial for any travel adventure, including safaris. Here’s a list of items to include in your safari first aid kit:

  • Prescription medications : If you take any prescription medications, ensure you have an ample supply to last throughout your trip. It’s essential to carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of the prescription.
  • Over-the-counter medications : Pack a variety of over-the-counter medications to address common travel ailments such as headaches, upset stomachs, allergies, and motion sickness. Include pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, antihistamines, and any other medications you may typically use.
  • Insect repellent and after-bite cream : Mosquitoes and other bugs can be prevalent in safari areas. Pack insect repellent containing DEET or another effective ingredient, as well as after-bite cream or soothing lotion to relieve itching and irritation.
  • Bandages and wound dressings : Include a variety of bandages, adhesive tape, and sterile wound dressings to treat any minor cuts, scrapes, or blisters that may occur during your safari.
  • Antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizer : To maintain good hygiene while on safari, pack antiseptic wipes and hand sanitizer to clean your hands and surfaces when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Tweezers and small scissors : These tools are handy for removing splinters, thorns, or ticks and for cutting bandages or clothing if needed.
  • Sunburn relief and lip balm : If you spend a lot of time outdoors, sunburns can happen. Pack aloe vera gel or another sunburn relief product to soothe any sunburns, as well as lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from the sun.

Remember to consult with your healthcare provider or a travel clinic before your trip to discuss any specific health concerns or necessary vaccinations for travel to Tanzania.

Electronics and Photography Equipment

Capturing the mesmerizing landscapes and incredible wildlife encounters during your Tanzanian safari is a must. Here’s a list of electronics and photography equipment to consider packing:

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera : Invest in a good-quality DSLR or mirrorless camera to capture high-resolution photos of wildlife and landscapes. When deciding what to pack for safari in Tanzania , make sure to also include a versatile zoom lens for different shooting scenarios.
  • Extra camera batteries and memory cards : Safaris can be long and demanding on your camera’s battery life . Pack at least one extra battery and several high-capacity memory cards to ensure you never miss a shot.
  • Camera cleaning kit : Dust and dirt can easily accumulate on your camera gear during a safari. Pack a camera cleaning kit containing a blower brush, microfiber cloth, and lens cleaning solution to keep your equipment in top condition.
  • Tripod or monopod : For steady shots and long-exposure photography, pack a lightweight tripod or monopod. This will help you stabilize your camera and prevent blurry images.
  • GoPro or action camera : If you want to capture unique perspectives or record your safari adventures, consider packing a GoPro or action camera. These compact devices are perfect for mounting on a vehicle or wearing on your body.
  • Portable hard drive or laptop : With the high-resolution images and videos you’ll be capturing, it’s essential to have a reliable backup solution therefore, your list of what to pack on safari Tanzania should include a portable hard drive or laptop to transfer and store your files safely.
  • Smartphone and binocular adapter : If you don’t have a dedicated camera, a smartphone with a high-quality camera can still capture impressive shots. Consider purchasing a binocular adapter to attach your smartphone to your binoculars for long-distance photography.

Remember to pack these electronics and photography equipment in protective cases or bags to keep them safe from dust, moisture, and potential damage during your safari.

Tips for Packing Efficiently for a Safari in Tanzania

Packing efficiently for a safari can make a significant difference in your overall experience. Here are some tips to help you maximize your space and make the most of your packing.

1. Check luggage restrictions

Different airlines and safari operators may have specific luggage restrictions, particularly for small aircraft transfers to remote safari destinations. Make sure to check the weight and size limitations for both checked and carry-on luggage to avoid any last-minute surprises or extra fees.

2. Pack lightweight and multipurpose items

Opt for lightweight, multipurpose items that can serve multiple functions. For example, a sarong can be used as a towel, a scarf, or even a makeshift picnic blanket. Choose clothing items that can be easily mixed and matched to create different outfits without taking up too much space in your luggage.

3. Roll your clothes

Rolling your clothes instead of folding them can save a significant amount of space in your suitcase or backpack. It also helps prevent wrinkles and makes it easier to find specific items without unpacking your entire bag.

4. Use packing cubes or compression bags

Invest in packing cubes or compression bags to further maximize your packing space. These handy organizers allow you to separate different types of clothing and compress them to create more room in your luggage. They also help keep your belongings organized throughout the trip.

5. Don’t overpack

Remember, you don’t need to bring your entire wardrobe on a safari. Stick to the essentials and pack only what you know you’ll wear. Most lodges and camps offer laundry services, so you can easily refresh your clothing during your stay. Focus on comfort, practicality, and versatility when selecting your outfits.

Conclusion: Enjoy Your Unforgettable Safari Experience in Tanzania

As you prepare for your safari adventure in Tanzania, remember to pack smartly and efficiently. Follow our ultimate safari packing list Tanzania guide, which includes essential clothing, snacks and drinks , and additional items to consider. Don’t forget to prioritize comfort, practicality, and style when selecting your safari gear. With the right equipment and accessories, you’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the Tanzanian wilderness and create memories that will last a lifetime. So, get ready to witness incredible wildlife, embrace the enchanting landscapes, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Africa. Happy safari packing!

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Podemos realizar muchos y variados tipos de Safari en Tanzania , pero son el ecosistema del Serengeti y el C ráter de Ngorongoro , las verdaderas joyas de los Safaris en África , y ambos se encuentran en Tanzania.

El circuito del norte es la joya de los viajes a Tanzania . Serengeti es seguramente el mejor ecosistema del planeta para un encuentro con la fauna salvaje, no ya sólo por la cantidad y variedad de la misma, leones, leopardos, guepardos, hienas, elefantes, jirafas, búfalos, hipopótamos, rinocerontes, ñus, cebras y un impresionante etcétera, y el incomparable fenómeno de La Gran Migración, sino también por sus impresionantes paisajes de sabana abierta que nos facilitan una perfecta visión de los animales. Y qué decir del cráter de Ngorongoro , ubicado en el borde oriental del Serengeti es considerada como la “Octava Maravilla Natural del Mundo” o incluso “El jardín del Edén”, y esta caldera de impresionantes dimensiones es sin duda alguna una maravilla tanto desde el punto de vista paisajístico, como por su fauna salvaje, y es que hacer un safari en el interior de las paredes de un volcán y poder encontrarse rodeado de tanta vida es una experiencia inolvidable. Y aunque parezca increíble el circuito del norte nos ofrece mucho más, el Parque Nacional de Tarangire , con sus inmensas manadas de elefantes y sus llanuras repletas de baobabs milenarios y el Parque Nacional de Lago Manyara , con su fantástica diversidad de hábitats, paisajes y fauna, son dos imprescindibles dentro de cualquier viaje a Tanzania . Y fuera del circuito más habitual de safaris podemos visitar el Parque Nacional de Arusha , un pequeño parque con llamativos paisajes donde se encuentra el Monte Meru , los lagos de Momella y el cráter de Ngurdoto, y una no muy numerosa pero atractiva fauna.O tener un encuentro diferente con la fauna y los masais en la zona de Sinya Elerai, donde aún los animales son algo esquivos con la presencia de los vehículos, pero que seguir la huellas de un grupo de elefantes por campo abierto hasta encontrarlos nos transporta inmediatamente a los safaris de las películas de Hollywood , que para mucho han sido nuestro primer acercamiento al mundo de los safaris, o a los documentales de la televisión, para los más jóvenes.

Pero un viaje a Tanzania no es sólo disfrutar de safaris y paisajes, y el circuito del norte nos ofrece la posibilidad de encontrarnos con tribus míticas como los masai , un pueblo orgulloso y sorprendente que el viajero nunca olvidará, los Hadazabe , los últimos bosquimanos de la zona, actualmente asentados en la zona del Lago Eyasi , con su forma de vida tan primitiva que harán que nos replanteemos muchas cosas sobre nosotros mismos, los datoga , un pueblo nómada asombroso con una merecida fama en el trabajo del metal y completamente diferentes a los Hadazabe, o visitar los vestigios del pueblo iraqw y su extraordinario pasado. Y aún no hemos hablado de la Garganta de Oldupai , la denominada cuna de la humanidad, o el Cráter del Empakai , un mini Ngorongoro de una enorme belleza y una extraña y deliciosa soledad, pues carece prácticamente de turismo y nos ofrece un maravilloso trekking y una jornada diferente en nuestro viaje, ambos situados en el Área de Conservación de Ngorongoro . Y tampoco hemos hablado de la zona del Lago Natrón y sus fantásticos paisajes que parecen salidos de otro planeta, de su particular fauna y poblados masais auténticos, o del Ol Doinyo Lengai , la montaña Dios para los masai, y un cono volcánico de una belleza sorprendente. Y como no, el Kilimanjaro , la montaña más alta de África, y cuya ascensión es la escusa de muchos para un viaje a Tanzania.

Fuera del circuito del norte, el Coto de Selous es una de las zonas más vírgenes del planeta y en sus 54.600 km² de superficie, el 11% de la superficie de España, cuenta con una variada y numerosísima fauna. En la denominada zona sur también podemos disfrutar del Parque Nacional de Ruaha , con su gran población de grandes mamíferos, depredadores y aves, y el Parque Nacional de Mukimu , con una gran variedad de flora y fauna. Un safari por el sur de Tanzania es siempre una aventura maravillosa, diferente y complementaria al más habitual circuito del norte.

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Zanzíbar  es la playa elegida en la mayoría de las ocasiones para descansar después de unos días de  safari en Tanzania . Sus  espectaculares playas de arena blanquísima y aguas cristalinas , unido a una variada y atractiva oferta hotelera y una buena combinación aérea, la convierten en un destino ideal en todos los sentidos. Y para aquellos que deseen algo distinto y no les incomode hacer escalas aéreas, no se preocupen, les podemos acercar a otras playas, ya sea en Tanzania, Pemba, Mafia, Saadani, o fuera de ella, Mauricio, Seychelles, Maldivas …

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Tanzania stands as the pinnacle of safari destinations in Africa, consistently acclaimed for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife.  We specialise in curating bespoke Tanzania safaris and Zanzibar Beach adventures, whether it’s your first venture into the wild or a return for more extraordinary encounters. Our dedicated team is committed to turning your aspirations into reality, crafting personalized itineraries that leave indelible imprints on your memory.

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A-List travel advisor Samantha Gordon recommends where to stay and what to expect.

For many first-timers to Tanzania, the game-filled plains of the Serengeti ecosystem and the sheer wonder of the Ngorongoro Crater are undoubtedly must-see destinations. But while these northern parks attract the most attention, travelers in the know are heading off the beaten track — to the remote corners of southern and western Tanzania. This is where you’ll find the country's two largest parks (Nyerere National Park and Ruaha National Park), as well as the rarely visited Katavi National Park and the stunning Mahale Mountains National Park, which is home to an extraordinary troop of chimpanzees and only accessible by boat.

As a safari expert, I'm sharing my recommendations for each of these secluded, wild places. Here's an overview of Tanzania's best under-the-radar national parks.

Nyerere National Park

Nyerere National Park is a 11,583-square-mile landmass in the larger Selous Game Reserve, affording a high degree of protection for its prodigious wildlife population. Only a handful of lodges exist here (for the time being), so game drives are blissfully peaceful. For those keen to get out of a 4WD vehicle, afternoons can be spent boating and fishing on the Rufiji River, observing birds and hippos, or taking a nature walk with a qualified safari guide. My favorite place to stay is  Sand Rivers camp, with its private rooms perched on the high banks overlooking the Rufiji. For a proper safari adventure , you can also spend the night in Sand Rivers' gorgeous fly camp and eat dinner next to a campfire before retiring to your simple tent under a blanket of stars.

Ruaha National Park

Ruaha is possibly Tanzania’s best kept secret. Covering an area larger than Maryland, it's home to just 10 lodges — and a tenth of the world’s lion population, plus a whopping 450 different bird species. The best way to experience its sheer beauty, size, and emptiness is via a hot-air balloon ride. You have to wake up at dawn, yes, but then you're rewarded with a stunning sunrise followed by a calm flight over the pristine landscape, without a vehicle in sight. I recommend returning to the luxurious surroundings of  Jabali Ridge  camp to relax by the pool before your afternoon game drive. 

Katavi National Park

Due to rains and flooding, this remote park is accessible only five months of the year — and that means everything feels just a little bit wilder. Located in Tanzania's far west, Katavi National Park is much less visited than other national parks in the country. The local wildlife includes large herds of buffalos, zebras, giraffes, and elephants, and there are plenty of hippos and crocodiles. Predators such as cheetahs, leopards, lions, and hyenas can be found here, too, but don’t expect lots of cat sightings. The real draw of Katavi is its remoteness — there are so few other visitors that you'll feel like you have the park to yourself.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale, the most beautiful of Tanzania’s national parks, lies on the eastern shore of Lake Tanganyika (the second-largest lake in the world by depth and volume, after Lake Baikal in Russia). The lush rain forest that rises steeply from the water’s edge is one of only two protected areas for chimpanzees in the country (the other is the nearby Gombe Stream National Park, made famous by Jane Goodall ), plus it's home to the largest known population of eastern chimpanzees in the world. There are no roads or infrastructure within the park boundary, so the only access is by boat. The trekking can be tough (straight up and hot!), but is incredibly rewarding. I never thought I would match the experience of tracking gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda, but spending time in Mahale with chimpanzees came extremely close. I experienced the best guiding I have had in more than 20 years of African explorations. The head guide, Butati (pronounced to rhyme with Bugatti), was born in this park. He knows not only the names of all the 70-something chimps, but also their relationships, families, and characters quirks.

What's a day like at Mahale? Guests have an early breakfast and then get ready to trek, awaiting the radio call of rangers who alert the camp of the day’s first sighting. Then, they head straight out on foot in search of chimps. After the morning’s exertions (and, ideally, incredible wildlife sightings), there's nothing more inviting than a boat trip out onto Lake Tanganyika — I recommend diving into the crystal-clear waters as the best way to cool off.

Samantha Gordon is a member of Travel + Leisure's A-List and specializes in custom east and southern Africa trips. The experiences mentioned above can be arranged as part of a tailor-made itinerary by contacting her at sgordon@red​savannah.com . 

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