Overview: Incredible Safaris in Tanzania
Tanzania is every bit Kenya’s rival for wildlife and adventure. And while the Serengeti and Maasai tribes echo her neighbor to the north, a safari in Tanzania offers a truly wild, tantalizing experience.
Ancient pathways and off-the-beaten-path trails offer otherworldly discoveries to the adventurous traveler. Enjoy views of Kilimanjaro from its base, or make the climb to its summit for extraordinary views of the lands below. Dip your toes in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean for ultimate relaxation.
The untouched beauty and grandeur of Tanzania will lift your spirits as you venture back to your day-to-day life. This is an Africa that has withstood the advance of modernization.
- The greatest wildlife theater on earth, the endless plains of the Serengeti
- The largest movement of wildlife in the world, The Great Wildebeest Migration (roughly nine months long)
- The “gift of life,” Ngorongoro Crater (8th Wonder of the World), is the largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera is home to 30,000 large mammals
- Large elephant herds and prehistoric baobab trees of the Tarangire
- Views of Africa from “above the shadow of the giant,” Kilimanjaro
- Practice your Swahili and learn about the importance of beaded glass jewelry in ancient Maasai villages
- White-sand beaches, turquoise waters, the fusion of African, Arabian, and European cultures, and the aromatic spices of Zanzibar
When To Visit Tanzania
The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater offer great wildlife viewing throughout the year. June and July are typically viewed as the best months for seeing the great migration and February is the best month for the wildebeest calving. Tarangire is best visited from June through October in the dry season when the elephants have migrated to the park in search of water.
- The best wildlife viewing months are during the Long Dry Season from late June to October which also coincides not coincidentally with the high season. The Great Wildebeest Migration, a highlight of any safari in Tanzania, is a continuous process and animals move in a huge circuitous route clockwise around the Serengeti ecosystem. By August the migratory herds are moved out of Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya. While there are greater crowds, the wildlife is easier to view as animals gather around water and the bush is thinner. You can expect cool mornings and evenings. The days are sunny.
- November to mid-December are the time of the “Short Rains.” The animals graze on the green grass.
- Mid-December to March are the Short Dry Season are also considered high season and the game viewing is good. February is the warmest month. Late-January to February is the time to see the wildebeest calving and probably the biggest concentration of predators in the world during this time.
- March through May are the wet season or “Long Rains.” By April many lodges and tented camps shut down because the rains make the roads impassable in the western and southern circuit parks while the northern circuit parks still get plenty of visitors. The scenery is green and beautiful and it is the least expensive time to safari in the game parks.
Our selection of camps, lodges, and resorts are situated in prime locations, maximizing the experience of your safari in Tanzania. Secluded and picturesque, they’ll immediately transport you to a different state of mind. Each location offers exceptional standards of service. And more important, they all take conservation seriously. Not only do they make as small a footprint as possible, but they aim to give back to the communities and ecosystems in which they exist.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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