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Home of Mount Kilimanjaro, and known for the famous wildebeest migration, Tanzania offers some of the most spectacular safaris in all of Africa. From vast plains to beautiful craters, and even paradise islands, a Tanzania safari is ideal for the entire family. With proper planning and amazing local guides, visitors can enjoy the sensational beauty of this magical East African country.

What makes a safari in Tanzania unique?

Tanzania has a wonderful diversity of terrain and wildlife. There’s coastal lowlands, wild savanna, and volcanic highlands, each offering a remarkable and different experience. On game drives throughout the national parks you can spot African lions, wildebeest, hyenas, leopards, elephants, and herds of buffalo. The great wildebeest migration provides a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience should you time your trip right.

The best places for safari in Tanzania

Tanzania has something for everyone, and activities include wildlife tours, hiking, and cultural experiences. Below are some of the great safari destinations in Tanzania.

Be part of the Great Migration in the Serengeti

The Serengeti is home to a variety of wildlife, but the best spectacle of all is the wildebeest migration in June and July. Hordes of wildebeest make a 300-mile journey across this grassland in search of greener pastures. Board a hot air balloon to get the best view of this thundering natural spectacle.

Meet Mount Kilimanjaro

Come to Tanzania to experience the heights of the tallest mountain in Africa. With its snow-capped peaks and mild volcanic activity, this mountain provides a remarkable view across the plains of Tanzania. The lush mountain forests and alpine meadows are truly beautiful, and a range of hikes are on offer to explore the region. If hiking isn’t your thing, simply camp in a luxury tent in the mountain’s shadow and take game drives in the surrounding reserves.

Explore the Ngorongoro Crater

Any wildlife tour of Tanzania should include Ngorongoro. Sitting within a huge volcanic caldera, the landscape is essentially a bowl of life, with giant elephants, laughing hyenas, and even giraffes living side by side. You can take guided walks around the crater’s edge, or participate in the cultural dances of the local Maasai tribe.

Meet lions at Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara is park is renowned for its unusual tree-climbing lions, who are often seen dangling their tails as they perch precariously on branches of acacias. On a game drive here, you’ll also see troops of baboons and playful monkeys, and around the lake spot thousands of flamingos and pelicans.

Head to an ancient stone town

Stone Town is a UNESCO world heritage site on the island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania. This historical area has some interesting architecture, and here you can learn more about the Swahili culture and sample some of Zanzibar’s unique cuisine.

What is the best time of year for a safari in Tanzania?

The ideal period for a Tanzania safari is during the dry season between June and October. The dry months are suitable for game drives as most animals converge at the many watering holes, and the wildebeest migrations tends to take place around June and July.

When to go in Tanzania?

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Inland regions have a temperate, tropical climate, whilst the coast is very humid and can, sometimes, get too hot. The best time to visit Tanzania is during the dry season, which runs from May to October. Avoid the rainy season between March and the beginning of May. Another option is to go during a short rainy season that lasts from November to mid-December. There are fewer tourists and the country is in bloom. All of this depend on what you plan to do when there. The dry season is ideal for safaris in most of the parks, but to see the wildebeest and zebra migration (as well as the predators at large), opt for the rainy season. If you dislike the heat, avoid January and February, the hottest months of the year.
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