Where Do I Start? The Beginner's Travel Guide To Exploring Tanzania - Odyssey Safaris - Where the Journey beings...

Known for its beautiful scenery, unique culture, and incredible wildlife, there are so many reasons a visit to Tanzania should be on your radar for your next adventure. Not only is it home to seven official World Heritage Sites, but it also has the highest mountain in Africa, and the largest and deepest lakes in the country too.

With so many things to do and see on an African safari, it is hard to narrow down all the reasons why travelers should have Tanzania on their radar. The following guide explains just some of the many reasons why this iconic safari destination shouldn’t be missed.

Travel Through Iconic Landscapes

Kilimanjaro Mountain Visa

Tanzania has it all! Beaches, mountains, plains, and craters are all abundant in Tanzania.

The Ngorongoro Crater was once a volcano, so the land is fertile and green. Here, water is abundant and food is readily available, so there is always plenty of wildlife roaming about. And let’s not forget about Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world, and is available for tourists to climb!

One of the most prevalent reasons to visit Tanzania along with it being one of the most visited destinations for safari-goers is the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. It’s no surprise why; the Serengeti is home to the Big Five, around 500 bird varieties and Africa’s most well-known great migration.

Translating into “endless plains”, the extensive savannah in the Serengeti extends well beyond what travelers can perceive. If you are looking for a safari experience straight out of Lion King, this relatively never-ending park unfolds across almost 400,000 acres will give you space to breathe and the opportunity to travel back to the early days of mankind.

If beaches are your thing, you are in luck! The coast of Tanzania accommodates to any wish a traveler could have. Whether you are looking to relax in the sun, explore historic towns, or dive deep to discover its underwater inhabitants – any adventure can be found staying in this part of paradise within Tanzania. The general atmosphere is easy-going and laid-back, all while taking in the superb natural environment.

Witness The Great Migration

A herd of wildebeest blocks the road in the Mara triangle, Kenya.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park, The Serengeti, has been recently been proclaimed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. The “Great Migration” is an annual event when safari enthusiasts can observe to over six million wildebeest racing across the wide-open plains, along with more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the trek for new grazing.

A great deal of the annual migration takes place in picturesque locations that photographers fall in love with. This comprises of the electrifying crossing at the Mara River in the north of the Serengeti in August and September, to a two-month state of birthing in February and March on the Ndutu Plains. Still, even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers some of the most rewarding game viewing in all of Africa.

Experience Local Maasai Tribes

When it comes to a once in a lifetime experience in Tanzania, nothing can match interaction with the ancient nomadic stewards of the Rift Valley region, the iconic Maasai. The Maasai of East Africa reside in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley in small villages. Rich in culture and history, they are distinguished among other tribes by their unique traditions and Shuka; an important red cloth they wear.

Their beaded jewelry and impressive height have captivated guests for generations. They openly welcome visitors to their villages for a first-hand experience of their way of living and customs. A journey to Tanzania would not be complete without experiencing a jumping ceremony, where the men congregate in song and take turns witnessing who can jump the highest.

Many are surprised to learn that the Maasai continue to function as they have for hundreds of years, in interconnected communities without any electricity, cell phones, internet or running water. The traditional way of life is focused around their cattle, which is their principal provider of food. How “rich” someone is can be determined by how many cattle and children they have.

Accommodations For Every Budget

Being one of Africa’s classic safari destinations, the accommodation options are truly endless: luxury safari lodges, remote tented camps, and popular safari camps are all found here. Mwagusi, in Ruaha National Park, is a great option for those seeking “basic” lodging. Not only is it owned by a local guide, but it is also positioned far off the beaten path, offering the real energy of an Africa long-forgotten. Founded in 1987, this gem in Tanzania is an expression of the unwavering love and passion for the Tanzanian bush, its wildlife and its people.

If money is no object, then The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is quite simply one of the top places to stay while on safari in Tanzania. The lodge boasts incredible views over the crater and is an exemplary location for game viewing. It even has a butler service fashioned to accommodate any desire you might have.

Lake Manyara Tree Lodge in Lake Manyara National Park is a great alternative if you are looking for a combination of the above suggestions. With ten tree houses made from local timber and palm fronds, your evenings under the African stars will be spent tucked away in an ancient mahogany forest.


Words are not enough to capture the heart and soul of Tanzania. The experience lies within the hammering of the hooves during the great migration and in the never-ending plains of the Serengeti. The incredible scenery, wildlife, and safari experiences are just pieces of unrivaled safari experience. Once you’ve traveled here, Tanzania will always be forever engraved in your heart.