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Wildlife Holidays in Tanzania
Tanzania Wildlife Safaris

Tanzania Wildlife Safaris

Our Best Tanzania Safari Tours

Top 5 Animals to See on Tanzania Safari Tours

1. The African Elephant:
One of the most majestic and awe-inspiring creatures you can encounter on a Tanzania safari is the African elephant. These gentle giants roam the savannah in large herds, often seen socialising, grazing or bathing at watering holes. Observing elephants’ fascinating social dynamics and playful antics is an unforgettable experience.

2. The Lion:
Known as the “King of the Jungle,” the lion is another iconic species that attracts travellers from around the world to Tanzania. The country’s vast grasslands provide the perfect hunting grounds for these apex predators, giving you the opportunity to witness their raw power and stealth in action. Whether lounging under a tree or stalking their prey, watching lions in the wild is a thrilling experience that lets you appreciate their strength, grace and social behaviour in their prides.

3. The Giraffe:
On Tanzania safari holidays, you’ll get to meet the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe, which gracefully roams the acacia-studded landscapes of the national parks. With their long necks and elegant gait, giraffes are a captivating sight as they browse for leaves high in the trees or interact with each other in gentle displays of affection. The opportunity to witness these gentle giants moving through the savannah, silhouetted against the African sunset, is a vision you won’t forget.

4. The Wildebeest:
No Tanzania safari is complete without encountering the sturdy wildebeest, particularly during the Great Migration in the Serengeti. Each year, millions of wildebeest, along with zebras and other herbivores, embark on a perilous journey across the savannah in search of greener lands. The sight of huge herds thundering across the plains in a cloud of dust, braving crocodile-infested rivers and predatory big cats, is a testament to nature’s unrelenting life cycle.

5. The Cheetah:
Last but not least, the cheetah is a highlight of any Tanzania safari, renowned for its speed and agility as the fastest land animal on Earth. These sleek and solitary predators can often be seen prowling the savannah in search of prey, using their remarkable hunting skills to pursue and capture swift-footed targets. Witnessing a cheetah in full sprint or relaxing in the shade after a successful hunt is a rare and thrilling sight.

This trip exceeded all expectations in terms of the iconic wildlife we saw and the spectacular scenery, with a wonderful guide and crew. Also we had a good group of only 7, and being outside peak season camp sites were quiet, and there was less competition between safari vehicles for prime viewing spots.

Bridget Bennett Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

This was my fifth trip to Kenya and my second to Tanzania and it didn’t disappoint. It was a small group of seven and we had a great team to lead us. There were several changes to the itinerary and all enhanced the trip. We camped the first night near Lake Naivasha and had a great boat trip the following morning, seeing hippos, fish eagles and other water birds. When it came to game watching in Nakuru, Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro we couldn’t have done better. We saw a pride of lions devouring the buffalo they’d just taken down, a cheetah and prey, a leopard up a tree with its impala prey as well as vast herds of zebra and wildebeest between the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Our two days at Cristal Resort at the end provided a relaxing end to the trip, apart from a noisy first night. We ate very well throughout thanks to our cook, Dan, who provided a wonderful range of freshly cooked meals, many of them vegetarian together with African specialties such as mandazi and ugali. Ben was an excellent driver and he and Godfrey were ever helpful, putting up and taking down our tents most efficiently. Caroline was an excellent tour guide, always cheerful and informative, always striving to improve our experience.

Susan Thackray Kenya & Tanzania Adventure

When is the best time to go on a Tanzania safari?

The best time to go on Tanzania safari holidays is during the dry season, which is between June to October. This is when the wildlife is more concentrated around water sources, making it easier to spot animals in their natural habitat. The shoulder months of May and November can also be good times to visit, as the vegetation is lush and green, and there are fewer crowds.

What types of animals can I expect to see on a Tanzania safari

Tanzania is home to diverse species of wildlife, making it a paradise for animal lovers and conservationists. The country’s rich biodiversity plays host to the Big Five, including the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros. Throughout the game reserves you’ll also have the opportunity to spot giraffes, wildebeest, zebras and hippos, among many others. The country is also renowned for its abundant birdlife, with over a staggering 1,000 different species of birds.

FAQs on Tanzania Safari Tours

What are the most popular national parks and game reserves in Tanzania?

Tanzania is renowned for its vast and diverse parks and reserves, with spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife. The Serengeti National Park is famous for the annual wildebeest migration, a breathtaking natural phenomenon that beckons wildlife lovers from around the globe. Other must-visit destinations include the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with wildlife, and the stunning Tarangire National Park home to a large elephant population. Tanzania’s conservation efforts have led to the protection of rare species like the black rhino and wild dog.

Is it safe to go on safari in Tanzania?

Tanzania safaris are generally safe when you follow recommended precautions. The country’s national parks and reserves are well-regulated, and game safaris are led by highly experienced guides who prioritise guest safety. However, it’s essential for you to take standard safety measures such as staying aware of your surroundings, following park rules and paying close attention to your guides. While wildlife encounters can be unpredictable, incidents involving tourists are rare. Additionally, travel advisories should be checked before planning a trip, and you should consider purchasing travel insurance.

Do I need a visa to visit Tanzania?

Most visitors to Tanzania will need a visa to enter the country. Visas can be obtained in advance from the Tanzanian embassy or consulate in your home country, or upon arrival at the airport. It is important to check the visa requirements for your specific nationality before traveling. It’s important to note that visa requirements can quite often change, and you are responsible for ensuring you have obtained the correct visa prior to travelling.

How long should I plan for an African safari?

Embarking on an African safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that requires ample time to fully immerse yourself in the beauty and wonders of this East African destination. The ideal duration for a Tanzania safari should be at least 7 to 14 days to explore its diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife. This timeframe allows you to explore national parks such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire, as well as the chance to witness the Great Migration, encounter the Big Five and enjoy unique cultural experiences.

Do I need vaccinations to go on a safari in Tanzania?

Vaccinations aren’t essential when traveling to Tanzania, however, you might want to protect against various diseases such as yellow fever, typhoid, hepatitis A and B and measles, among others. These vaccinations not only safeguard yourself but also help prevent the spread of diseases within the local population. Some vaccinations may be required for entry into Tanzania as per international health regulations. Therefore, it is crucial to consult with a healthcare provider or travel medicine specialist well in advance of your trip to ensure you are fully protected and compliant with vaccination requirements.