How to plan a perfect Tanzania Safari

With 14 national parks, 13 wildlife reserves, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), two marine parks and several protected marine reserves it’s no surprise that millions of tourists come to Tanzania each year to see its unparalleled wildlife, breathtaking sceneries and immerse themselves its rich culture. With so many options available, planning may seem overwhelming at first but we’re here to walk you through each step – making sure your safari runs smoothly from start to finish. With our local knowledge and years of experience we’re able to sort everything out and promptly make any adjustments, however small, to your itinerary should you ask for it.

You just need to set your budget, decide what you’d like to see in Tanzania and how many days you’d like to stay. So let’s get started…

HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUR TANZANIA SAFARI HOLIDAYS?
If this is your first time, we suggest that you check our special offer – the 5 day classic Northern Circuit safari tour! You’ll be able to witness a truly unique wildlife show – the yearly Great Migration, spot all of the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, rhino) as well as giraffes, zebras, hyenas, jackals, gazelles, impalas, warthogs, elands and over 550 species of birds, including ostriches, vultures and eagles.
Shorter safaris are also possible: if you have just one day (maybe you’re climbing Mount Kilimanjaro but want to see fabulous wildlife before going back home) we suggest that you visit Tarangire National Park, famous for its baobab trees and its huge population of elephants, or Lake Manyara to see pink flamingos and its fabulous sunset.

If you have 2 days your should visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area which boasts highest density and variety of the wildlife in the country. The area is a unique closed ecosystem located inside huge caldera, literally packed with wildlife.
If you have more days, you should add Serengeti National Park for a 3 or 4 day safari –think of Disney’s Lion King and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from this park! In fact, simba actually means lion in Swahili – you’ll hear this word often. It is also the home to the Great Migration – almost 2 million wildebeests and zebras following rain patterns each year..along with all the predators preying on them!

If you have more than a few days, you can certainly extend your stay in one of the Northern parks, do some cultural tours or visit beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. However, if you’re feeling more adventurous you may try other, more remote circuits:

The Southern circuit – Ruaha, Mikumi and Udzungwa Mountains National Parks and the Selous Game Reserve – has been receiving increasing attention, although it still doesn’t see close to the number of visitors that the north does. Most areas tend to have more of a wilderness feel and the wildlife is just as impressive, although it’s often spread over larger areas.

In Western Tanzania you’ll find Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Parks, where the main attraction is the chimpanzees, and remote the Katavi National Park, with its large herds of wildlife. Rubondo Island National Park in Lake Victoria is of particular interest to bird-watchers. And then there is Saadani Game Reserve lets you mix beach and bush.

Please refer to our destinations page for more information on each of the parks. Once you’ve had a read through, send us a message using the live chatbox in the corner of the screen and we’ll get right back to you. Alternatively, you can fill out a contact form contact form or contact us through Skype. We will strive to answer all of your questions.