Tanzania Safaris and Tours
Known as one of the top safari destinations in Africa, Tanzania has no shortage of iconic game reserves including the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater where all members of the the Big Five can be encountered. Probably the most well-known association is with the Great Migration, an annual event where millions of wildebeest and zebra travel between Tanzania and Kenya in search of fresh grazing.
While all the Big Five might not be present here, there are a number of other animals that travelers on Tanzania safaris and tours are lucky to encounter. Black rhinos and cheetahs are among the top of the list, while both sable and roan antelopes are wonderful to watch in their natural habitat. But the real hidden gem is the most concentrated population of the last remaining African wild dogs.
It’s no surprise that with three different circuits, a Tanzania tour safari offers an exciting array of activities. Adventures here can take you into the heart of the African bush to places like the Serengeti or the Selous, while heading off the coast allows you to embrace Zanzibar’s colorful heritage and exotic spices. Here are some Tanzania safaris and tours to help spark inspiration as you begin planning your dream trip to Tanzania.
Sample Tanzania Safaris
These sample Tanzania Safaris were created by our team and are meant to inspire your next trip. They are ready to be customized to suit your interests, tastes and budget. As we provide our trips on a private basis, this allows you to experience authentic travel on your own terms and depart whenever you choose.
Best Time To Visit Tanzania
While Tanzania can be enjoyed year-round the best time to visit Tanzania for wildlife viewing is during the Dry Season (June to October) where the famous wildebeest migration in the Serengeti takes place around June and July. For those that are interested in experiencing the calving season on a Tanzania Safari, it is best to visit between late January to February. While the parks located in the northern circuit can be visited year-round, the southern and western circuits are best done in the Dry Season.
Dry Season (June to October)
Your best opportunity to witness the wildebeest migration is between June and July along with August to September, when they make their famous river crossings in the northern Serengeti. A big advantage of traveling during this season is that wildlife becomes easier to spot as the bush thins out and most congregate around several water holes and rivers.
Wet Season (November to May)
Although dry season might be easier for wildlife spotting, there’s plenty of opportunities in Tanzania’s northern circuit parks. Between January and February is when calving begins in the southern Serengeti, which is provides plenty of predator action. You can expect lush green landscapes and because it’s the low season, better rates and less crowded parks.
Where To Go In Tanzania
Tanzania calls home to a number of astounding National Parks & Game Reserves including: Ngorongoro Crater, Ruaha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Gombe National Park, Katavi National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, and Tarangire National Park. Tanzania Safaris offers travelers two main safari circuits, northern and southern, which each offering their own unique experience. The northern circuit, includes some Tanzania’s most well known parks and reserves including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park.
The northern safari circuit is probably the most frequented by travelers and welcomes more guests than any other circuit in Tanzania. The southern circuit is well suited for travelers looking to stray from the large crowds and enjoy a more remote experience while on safari. The national parks in this area are not only large in size but also remain mostly untouched. This includes the Selous Game Reserve, Mikumi National Park, Udzungwa Mountains National Park, and Ruaha National Park.
Animals In Tanzania
With three different safari circuits, Tanzania safaris and tours are full of vibrant and diverse wildlife. Popular safari animals along with the “Big Five’ are present while black rhino can be only seen during a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater. Africa’s greatest wildlife spectacle can also be experienced here as you witness around two million wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle traversing the plains in search of fresh grazing. Moving into the Serengeti offers the chance to encounter big cats along and the endangered African wild dog can be seen in Selous and Ruaha. Africa’s best chimpanzee reserves can also be experienced here in both Gombe Stream and Mahale. Overall, a Tanzania Safari offers plenty of exciting wildlife encounters that will keep you yearning to come back for more and should be at the top of any adventure travel bucket list.
Weather In Tanzania
Tanzania is comprised of a tropical climate that while pleasant, can fluctuate due to several factors including altitude. Temperatures are hottest along the coast and most humid while the southern and western parks are similar but have less humidity. During the Dry Season (June to October) there is very little rain and most days welcome clear skies and sunny weather. Depending on your location temperatures can reach between 68°F and 86°F in the afternoon but cooling off at night. Make sure to pack warm clothing as morning game drives will be cold, especially in the northern parks. Moving into the Wet Season (November to May) temperatures can be above 86°F but the mornings still remain cool. Further into the season, short rains will start to appear and can be unpredictable but will have little impact on your safari experience.
Dry Season (June to October)
Afternoon temperatures are usually between 68°F and 86°F and vary greatly according to altitude and location. Most days exploring the plains a met with clear skies and sunny weather. There is also little rainfall during this period which makes humidity very low. During the evening it begins to cool off and when morning comes, temperatures will drop so be sure to pack warm clothing.
Wet Season (November to May)
During the wet season, afternoon temperatures are consistently hot (over or a bit below 86°F) but cools off if you are exploring higher altitudes. November and December welcome the “short rains” but this will rarely interfere with your safari. The wettest months are March, April and May when the “long rains” make their first appearance but will rarely last most of the day.