Tanzania safaris are about experiencing the true beauty of Africa’s wilderness with opportunities of game viewing, beach vacations, birding tours, riveting cultural tour to experience this African melting pot, tours of historical/archeological sites and many other things that you will never find in other places. Tanzania is an East African country extending for about 365,756 square miles and is bordered by Mozambique and Malawi to its southern side, Uganda to its north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to its west, Kenya to the north-east, the Indian Ocean and Comoro Islands to the East and Zambia to the south-west.

Tanzania is known for being the 6th most populous Nation in Africa with over 61,193,226 people, after South Africa, Ethiopia, Nigeria, D.R. Congo and Egypt. Tanzania safaris are incomplete without visits to world class national parks and reserves as described below;

Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park is the most visited destination during Tanzania safaris and browsing through the sweeping plains for the spotted hyenas, Defassa waterbucks, lions, wildebeests, black rhinos, leopards, and African wild dogs, Cape elands, cheetahs, Topis, jackals, Roan antelopes, yellow baboons, hartebeests, Masai giraffes, Grant’s zebras and gazelles among others.

Besides witnessing the wildebeest migrations, travellers are offered opportunities of game drives, guided walking safaris, hot air balloon tours, Masai Boma tours, photography and bird watching, to mention but a few.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Adventurous visitors can’t afford to miss the 5895-meter tall Mount Kilimanjaro in the northern side of Tanzania. Besides being the highest mountain in the African Continent, it is also the highest free standing mountain in the whole World offering unsurpassed mountaineering opportunities. There are about 7 well-designed climbing routes on this beautiful mountain and they include Umbwe, Northern circuit, Marangu, Lemosho, Rongai, Lemosho and Machame routes of varying number of days but leading to the highest peak at Uhuru.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

For more sights and sounds of the African wilderness, Tanzania safaris lead to the spectacular Ngorongoro Conservation Area, also in the northern circuit known for its large Caldera where large numbers of animals usually gather for water and fresh pastures.

Travellers are introduced to Cape buffaloes, yellow baboons, gazelles, Grant’s zebras, Black rhinos, warthogs, lions, Defassa waterbucks, elephants, leopards, to mention but a few and not forgetting the numerous bird species including colorful pink flamingos that gather around Lake Magadi.

The beguiling Zanzibar Islands

You can’t say you enjoyed Tanzania safaris without exploring the incredible Zanzibar Island, an archipelago that boasts of azure waters of the Indian Ocean as well as smooth white sand beaches. Small and large Islands boast of varying ecosystems with different animal and bird species. The top Islands in Zanzibar are Unguja, Changuu (also the prison Island, Chumbe, Mnemba and so much more. The thrilling things to do on these Islands are snorkeling, beach walks, scuba diving, beach games, swimming and whale watching among others.

Other must-visit places during Tanzania safaris are Mahale Mountains National Park, the Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Gombe Stream National Park for chimpanzee trekking tours, Arusha National Park, Selous Game Reserve, Mafia Island, Lake Manyara National Park and so much more.

Watch the wildebeest migration

The number one pick for things to do during Tanzania safaris is the wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park where millions of wildebeests, hundreds of gazelles and zebras migrate across the borders to Masai Mara National Park.

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing the roof of Africa is other unmissable activity during Tanzania safaris through seven routes that lead to its 5895-meter peak.

Wildlife Safari

Tanzania boasts of numerous National Parks where wildlife safaris can be undertaken, and the most popular being Serengeti National Park where zebras, lions, gazelles, lesser and greater kudu, leopards, cheetahs, African bush elephants, Klipspringer, bushbucks and many others are sighted in their natural habitats. Secluded wildlife safaris can be enjoyed in Tarangire and Selous National Parks.

Tour of Zanzibar Islands

No safari in Tanzania is complete without unwinding in Zanzibar Islands. Undertake tours to the Spice Island, Prison Island, undertake beach adventures, unwind along the secluded Islands and many other activities.

Other must-do activities during Tanzania safaris include chimpanzee trekking in Gombe Stream National Park, Bird watching tours, Cultural experiences and photography at the Great Rift Valley, Walking safaris and Village/Community tours among others.

Best time to visit Tanzania

Tourists can undertake Tanzania safaris all year round but the most wonderful time for watching the wildebeest migration is during the months of June, July, August, September and October while the other safari destinations such as Katavi, Tarangire and Selous National Parks are best explored in the months of August, September and October.

Tanzania Safari Packing List

Visitors planning to undertake Tanzania safaris are advised to always and always pack lightweight and breathable safari pants and long/short-sleeved shirts, a waterproof backpack, a Swahili phrasebook to learn simple words, re-usable water bottle, toiletries, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, pair of binoculars, snacks, swimsuit, rain jacket, warm sweater, first aid kit, camera, gadgets such as headphones, iPod, wide brim hat and sandals, to mention but a few.

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