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