Tanzania offers amazing wildlife, great culture and some of the most stunning scenery on the continent. You will love the feeling of standing on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, knowing you are about to experience one of the best wildlife experiences in the world
Tanzania is iconic Africa. Where the snowclad summit of Mount Kilimanjaro surveys the plains of the Serengeti, wildlife abounds in staggering numbers. This is the site of one of the world’s most remarkable natural spectacles: the annual Great Migration when nearly two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle traverse the savanna in pursuit of water and new grass. Predators like lion and cheetah stalk in their wake. Farther south, in Tarangire National Park, vast herds of elephant outnumber people. With some of the continent’s greatest concentrations of wild animals, Tanzania is duly famed as a top safari destination.
Tanzania is famed for its wildebeest migration, the largest mass movement of land animals on the planet. The entire Serengeti ecosystem depends on the migration, with felines, hyena and birds of prey feasting on the young and weak while crocodiles lie in wait at each river crossing. Plains animals abound, including giraffe and gazelle. Ngorongoro Crater is often called a wildlife Eden. Zebra graze on its rim, while plenty of lion, flamingos and the endangered black rhinoceros are found within. Tarangire is famed for its enormous elephant herds. So is remote Selous, home to 3,000 lion, cheetah, hippo, black rhino and many of Africa’s last wild dogs, often sighted here and in Ruaha National Park. Vast Ruaha sustains buffalo, sable and roan antelope, elephants and rich birdlife. In the rainforests of Mahale and Gombe in western Tanzania, we find chimpanzees and colobus monkeys in their last wild habitat.
The Serengeti tops most Tanzania safari itineraries. A Masai word meaning “endless plains,” this protected ecosystem sprawls across 10,000 square miles. With a network of rivers ensuring year-round water, the region is incredibly rich in wildlife, though specific experiences, such as the Great Migration, vary with the seasons. Exceptional safari opportunities exist in the private reserves adjacent to Serengeti National Park, many of which are the exclusive domain of the camps we use. In addition to classic destinations like Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire, famed for its elephants and baobabs, Tanzania offers vast, little-visited reserves such as Ruaha and Selous, true wilderness with striking scenery where you’ll encounter droves of animals but few other visitors. Mahale Mountains National Park on Lake Tanganyika is home to some of Africa’s last wild chimpanzees. For the perfect finale to your safari adventure, add a few days to relax on the beaches of Zanzibar.
Arusha lies in the shadow of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak. The town can be reached via two airports: Arusha Airport (domestic flights) and Kilimanjaro International Airport (an hour to an hour and a half’s drive away). This easy access makes Arusha the gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit.
Situated next to the Serengeti National Park, the reserve was created to protect Tanzania’s wildebeest migration path. With 350,000 acres of wilderness, Singita Grumeti is a lush ecosystem that’s home to a large diversity of animals. It’s low impact tourism mixed with luxury lodges.
When the annual Great Migration is underway in the Serengeti, everything is alive with action. Predators hunt their prey; and wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles move to new grazing grounds. The Western Corridor is the most remote part of the Serengeti which is defined by two rivers, the Grumeti and the Mbalageti.
When the annual Great Migration is underway, the Serengeti comes alive. Predators hunt their prey; and wildebeest, zebra, and gazelles move to new grazing grounds. The Southern Serengeti is the most accessible area of the park and makes up a third of it.
Lake Manyara is a small national park offering a rich diversity of habitats, from its Rift Valley soda lake to acacia woodlands and baobab-strewn cliffs. Apart from a spectacular setting, the park is famous for its unusual tree-climbing lions and vast herds of elephants.
Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons.
Zanzibar is an enchanting paradise just waiting for your arrival. Set just off the Tanzanian coastline, it has beautiful sandy beaches, luxury accommodation, vibrant culture and some of the best diving spots in the world. Steeped in history the island has been populated over the centuries by traders mostly from India and China.
Katavi National Park, in the far west of Tanzania, is a truly raw and wild reserve – well off the main tourist track. The park centres on a series of wide flood plains, connected by a network of seasonal rivers. These rivers are a hotspot for game viewing.
The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that with is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards. Within the crater rim a daily wildlife drama is played out as large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby lions, leopards, elephants and black rhinos.
The parks in the north of Tanzania are some of the most popular safari destinations in the world; partly because of the opportunity to view the annual Wildebeest Migration from the Serengeti to Masai Mara in Kenya.
The most popular months are January and February when the weather is hot and dry and the wildlife tends to congregate around waterholes.
From June to October, the Migration takes place and it’s an extremely busy (and exciting!) time to visit.
During the long rains (March to May) travel isn’t recommended.