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Tanzania Safaris

Undoubtedly one of Africa's real jewels for any type of safari

© Namiri Plains
Itinerary photo - Safari
© Sanctuary Swala Camp

Many would consider that a Tanzania safari is similar to that of either Kenya or South Africa, in that the country caters to the mass tourism market and, with such huge draws as the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, it is bursting at the seems. This is, however, completely untrue and, even in these more famous areas of the country, the safari and wildlife approach has been one of trying to conserve the animals and areas for the long term rather than trying to get as many camps as possible in there and to reap the rewards for the short term.

Please take a look at our run through of the most important questions to ask yourself initially and links through to more information to cover each.

How much time do you want on your Tanzanian safari?

More often than not, this question is usually dictated to you by a number of factors. For example, a Tanzania safari to the Northern parks of the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park is, due to the driving times and distances, usually not possible in less than 5 nights. For this reason, the northern safari itineraries tend to start at a higher price than those to the southern parks. Another affect on your desired amount of time is budget. Safari is, undoubtedly, one of the most expensive holidays these days and, as such, the longer you spend the more expensive the overall itinerary. We generally recommend that you look to go on a safari to Tanzania for anything up to a week which will merrily allow you to visit all of the northern parks or, if you prefer something a little simpler and with less driving, then the Southern parks of the Selous Game Reserve and Ruaha National Park will give you a few really quality nights in the bush without breaking the bank. For those looking to have only a few days of safari then the perfect option is to head straight to the Selous for a few nights and then, within an hour, on to the beach in Zanzibar.

When should you go?

Another really important question to ask yourself is when to travel out to Tanzania. In our When to go we have covered the main period of the year and where is best to travel to but, with most game movements dictated by the access to water, there are definitely certain times of the year that are superb and certain that might not be rated as highly but that can have their hidden gems. As destination experts we can help you to pick the right spots and camps as we have stayed in all of them in all times of the year!!

Are you keen to see any species of animal in particular?

Where most of the safari parks in Tanzania have a good range of species such as wildebeest, zebra, Cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard etc. there are certain of them that have some species and not others…and others that have certain species in abundance…please see the below overview:

Serengeti National Park

Of course, this park is famous for the vast numbers of wildebeest that annually migrate around the park and, as times for a super-herd of up to 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles. Read more…

Tarangire National Park

In the months of June to October Tarangire National park is the meeting place for thousands of elephant that all come here from such far flung locations as Amboseli in Kenya. It is almost as impressive a site as the migration herds in the Serengeti! Read more…

The Ngorongoro Crater

This stunning volcanic crater is home to some of the best viewing of black rhino anywhere in Africa and, for those that really want to see them, it is a must-visit destination. Read more…

The Selous Game Reserve

This beautiful safari park, in the south of Tanzania, is one of the last true strongholds of “African Hunting Dog”, aka wild-dog. The park also features plenty of water-based animals such as hippos and crocodiles and is also very good for leopard and elephant. Read more…

Ruaha National Park

Arguably the best park in Tanzania to head to if you are keen on seeing large prides of lion roaming around. It is also very good for cheetah and the occasional wild dog sighting. As it also shares a border with Zambia it also gets plenty of southern African wildlife. Read more…

Mahale National Park

The home of chimpanzees and, as such, a destination in itself for them. Read more…

What safari activities do you want?

With a whole range of biodiverisities, Tanzania can offer a spread of different safari activities.

Walking safaris

One of the ultimate ways to experience the bush, a walking safari allows you to “feel” the environment with all your senses. While it may not provide the big game experience of vehicle safaris, this is definitely a must try experience. Good parks: Selous Game Reserve, Ruaha National Park, Serengeti National Park.

Boating safaris

For some reason, many game species are less skittish if you approach them by boat (elephant in particular) and, as such, this can be a very peaceful and interesting way to experience safari. Good park: Selous Game Reserve

Vehicle safaris

Far and away the most employed manner of going on a safari in Tanzania, the vehicles that we recommend are either closed sided 4x4 vehicles or open sided 4x4. These are a very good way of being able to cover plenty of ground and, with animals becoming more and more used to seeing vehicles, you can often get very close indeed! Good parks: The northern parks, the southern parks

What type of accommodation are you after?

Again, this question often comes down to budget as many of the more expensive properties are the more permanent ones and, as such, the lower budget may exclude these anyway. This being said though, even for those on the more expensive budget, we still tend to recommend some of the luxury tented camps to real feel a part of the wilderness around you.

Our favourite camps in Tanzania

Sayari Mara Camp, Singita Sasakwa, Tarangire Treetops, Oliver’s Tented Camp, Lake Manze Tented Camp, Beho Beho, Greystoke’s Mahale

Don't really know what you are after?

Have a look at our useful safari itinerary section which gives you a few price brackets and options or, alternatively, send us a quick email with your rough dates and any ideas and we will be happy to give you a call to discuss or send through an email with some tailor made options for you to have a look at. CONTACT US>>

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    Our Top Five Safari Lodges in Tanzania:

    1. Beho Beho - Lounge

      Beho Beho

      Well, what can we say? Beho Beho is certainly a camp that is in the top three in East Africa if not Africa at the moment...they have been leading the way for the last few years in the Selous. Great location, up in the Beho Beho hills, away from the relative "traffic" in the park's centre. Great... More...

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    2. Nomad Lamai - Bedroom

      Nomad Lamai Serengeti

      Finished in June 2012, Nomad's Lamai had been a pretty long time coming but the wait has definitely been worthwhile. Located on the very scenic Wogakuria Kopjes, around 30 minutes from the Mara River crossings, the camp could not have better views and location in our opinion. Featuring an infinity... More...

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    3. Lake Manze Camp - elephant in camp

      Lake Manze Camp

      Lake Manze Camp is set right in the heart of the best game area in the Selous, and is, arguably, one of the best value options in Africa! Set up around 4 years ago on an elephant run it has simply gone from strength to strength and, based on our ratings system, where the most expensive is not... More...

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    4. Olivers Camp - Sunset

      Oliver's Tented Camp

      Named after the infamous guide and naturalist, Paul Oliver, Olivers Camp really is a camp to savour. Originally located a little further north, the camp is, today, located well away from the madding crowd and really is a top choice. What this luxury tented camp offers is the chance to really... More...

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    5. Sanctuary Kichakani Camp - Main area

      Sanctuary Kichakani Camp

      Sanctuary Kichakani Camp is a luxury mobile tented camp that moves with the wildebeest migration herds throughout the year. Positioned in the Western, Northern and Southern areas of the Serengeti, this camp offers a fantastic quality of guiding and game viewing experiences, along with comfortable... More...

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