Are you planning to go to Tanzania? Then you must be thinking about its best Tanzania safaris, the wildlife, and the majestic, beautiful Game Reserves. The wonderful Lake Manyara, the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the remarkable Serengeti Park, and other African safari destinations all awaiting in the land of Tanzania.
There are so many things you need to know before you go for a Tanzania safari. Here we provide you with an overview of everything you need to know to have a successful trip. Such as a when to go, what to pack, where to stay, and how to get around. This is very necessary whether you are a first timer traveler or an experienced traveler.
Tanzania is the home to a massive number of Game Reserves and National Parks. Tanzania’s National Parks are all open, with no borders nor walls keeping the animals inside. This gives no limitations for game drives. Explore its parks such as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara National Park, Ruaha National Park, Tarangire National Park, Arusha National Park and Nyerere National Park.
There is a great number of remarkable safari options and each of these safaris offer an unforgettable as well as a unique experience as listed in this guide.
Go for a classic game drive
Tanzania offers the most beautiful African landscape. The abundance of wildlife is something incredible until you see it for yourself. Indulge in a million wildebeest and thousands of elephants. It’s hard to imagine such a mighty number of animals roaming free around the land, so that’s why we recommend going on a game drive while on safari in Tanzania.
You will be accompanied by a professional driver with an adventurous spirit who will take you to the perfect destination to witness the abundant wildlife up close. These drivers are safari experts, and they will teach you things about the land and its inhabitants that will stick with you forever.
While on a game drive, you have the chance of witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the most breath-taking events in history, where millions of Wildebeest herds migrate in a circular fashion. Witnessing this annual event is truly a life-changing event to witness.
Summit Africa’s tallest mountain – Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the tallest mountain in Africa but also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. The standalone titan stands 6000 meters tall and is truly one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.
While Kilimanjaro is not an easy adventure, it certainly is not an impossible dream. Practically anybody who trains well in advance and books through a reliable tour operator has a guaranteed chance of success when attempting to reach Uhuru Peak, the mountain’s summit.
The sense of adventure that comes over you while walking up the mountain is an experience you will never forget as you traverse through a multitude of different ecosystems and witness beautiful African landscapes throughout your trek.
Go for the greatest show in the world
The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the most fantastical events on the planet, and it happens every single year. Starting in the Northern Serengeti, millions of Wildebeest begin to move south, following the annual cycle of rain clouds. The rain clouds bare green grass which feeds these giants, and so they move with the weather.
There are an estimated 1.5 million wildebeest that move in a cyclic fashion every year, and they aren’t doing the journey alone. During their migration, lions, hyenas, leopards, and cheetahs take this opportunity to feast. Acting as allies, an estimated 250,000 zebras migrate with the massive wildebeest herds.
The zebra alerts the herds to any predators which they see, turning the entire event into a brilliant spectacle of life and death. Along the year-long journey, the herds are eventually forced to cross The Grumeti River and The Mara River, which are infested with hungry crocodiles. These two river crossings offer travelers a front-row experience of nature’s most intense events.
Soak in the white sand beaches
The one and only Zanzibar itself and its neighbouring chain of islands. Zanzibar offers the most pristine beaches and diving safaris in the world, as well as heritage safaris through Stone Town. Stone Town is a charming town that falls part of Zanzibar City and is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Witness the volcanoes
Tanzania has 11 volcanoes within its borders, and some of them offer trekking routes to give you an experience you’ll never forget. These volcanic mountains are sacred symbols to indigenous tribes of Tanzania. The Chagga Tribe are ancient people who live at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit is a source of fables and storytelling for these beautiful people of Tanzania. If you’re feeling adventurous, set your alarm for midnight and attempt an epic day summit of Tanzania’s only active volcano, Oi Doinyo Lengai.
Go for the big five
When you visit Tanzania and opt to go on a game drive through Serengeti, Ngorongoro, or Tarangire, you will witness the most iconic animals of Africa: the big 5. Lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.
National Parks are not wildlife sanctuaries. National Parks have no boundaries to hold the animals in. This is Mother Nature, her kingdom of animals and plants. So, get ready for the most up-close experience you’ve ever had with these beautiful animals.
Experience the Serengeti at sunrise in a hot air balloon
Since Serengeti National Park is breath-taking. It is the largest National Park in the country and is almost 15,000 square kilometres. There is an impressive population of elephants and it is swarming with pride of lions. The wilderness here is unspoiled, untouched, and ancient. There is a way in which you can experience it by hot air balloon. It provides travelers with the experience of waking up just before dawn and riding a hot air balloon over the park where you will spot countless animals from the balloon basket, all soaking up the most beautiful sunrise of your life.
Enjoy the Maasai warriors
With over 120 different tribes in Tanzania, the Maasai are probably the most well-known in the region. When you come to Tanzania, you may be invited to their ancient ritual, the “Adamu.” It is a traditional dance of the Maasai people and an opportunity for young warriors to show off their strength. Taking part in such a ceremony is one of the most culturally rich experiences Tanzania has to offer.
There are four main seasons in Tanzania each with its own accommodation prices. The most expensive time of the year to go on a Safari in Tanzania is from the middle of December to the end of February and from June all the way through to the end of October
This is the busiest time of year in Tanzania, where tourists flock in from Europe and America to experience the best weather conditions for a safari. The weather is usually hot and dry during these months with the occasional rainfall. You need to book at least 8 months in advance if you want to experience an African safari during these times.
Then, the second most expensive time of the year in Tanzania is in March and from November to the middle of December. The weather is hot with the occasional rainfall, and the crowds are moderate. You will need to book a month or two in advance for these months of the year, as accommodations still fill up quite fast.
Lastly, the best time of the year to go to Tanzania for a budget safari is in between the months of April and May. This is the long rain season in Tanzania, and crowds are few and far between each other. The accommodation rates are the lowest during these months and you usually only need to book a few weeks in advance.