With its trademark abundant wildlife, magnificent scenery and welcoming people, together with bush and beach options, Tanzania offers a classic wildlife safari. On the popular northern circuit see the annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, the southern circuit parks such as Selous and Ruaha are less-visited gems while in the west Gombe and Mahale Mountains offer chimpanzee trekking.

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Tanzania Safari Tour Packages:

7-Day Off the Beaten Path Safari

Phine Safaris
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This safari visits some of Kenya's very best wildlife areas, renowned for seeing wildlife as well as picturesque scenery; Samburu (2 nights), Olpejeta (1 night), Lake Nakuru (1 night) and Maasai Mara (2 nights). It can start in Nairobi with the option...

  • Country:
    Kenya,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided
  • Safari Standard:
    Luxury, Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Nairobi city, end in Nairobi city
  • Price Tag
    7 Days from
    $2762 p/p in USD
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1-Day Maasai Mara Fly-in Safari

Samson's Safaris
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Enjoy a full day game viewing safari at the famous Maasai Mara with a return flight from Nairobi. Depart early morning to see the Big 5 in action, see plenty of other wildlife and take a walking safari along the Mara River for a chance to spot the crocodiles,...

  • Country:
    Kenya,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Small Group
  • Start/end:
    Start in Nairobi, end in Nairobi
  • Price Tag
    1 Days from
    $943 p/p in USD
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5-Day Paradise of Chimpanzees Trek

G-Family Adventure Safaris
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This unique safari in Tanzania takes you to Gombe Stream National Park, via scheduled flight and boat transfer, the park known for Jane Goodall and her chimpanzee research in the 1960s. The dense forest is the home of chimpanzees and other species of...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Chimpanzee Safari, Guided Safari, Walking Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Independent, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Budget
  • Start/end:
    Start in Dar es Salaam, end in Dar es Salaam
  • Price Tag
    5 Days from
    $3432 p/p in USD
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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Machame Route

Tanzania Classic Tours
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The Machame route is perhaps the most popular climbing route. It is the choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accommodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Camping
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
  • Price Tag
    7 Days from
    $2562 p/p in USD
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7 Days Kenya and Tanzania Explorer Safari

Umani Bliss Safaris
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Embark on the ultimate wildlife safari adventure as you explore the untamed landscapes of both Kenya and Tanzania. This extraordinary journey takes you through world-renowned national parks and reserves, where you'll witness the breathtaking beauty and...

  • Country:
    Kenya, Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided
  • Safari Standard:
    Budget
  • Start/end:
    Start in Nairobi, end in Arusha
  • Price Tag
    7 Days from
    $3300 p/p in USD
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7-Day Big Five Luxury Safari in Tanzania

Domus Aurea Safaris
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Experience the biggest stars of the East African savanna: the mighty lion, the majestic elephant, the rare and powerful black rhino, the graceful leopard, and the stoic Cape buffalo. There is no better way of experiencing a classic safari adventure.

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
  • Price Tag
    7 Days from
    $3499 p/p in USD
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5 Days Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara Safari

Kenya Tru Nomads Tours
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This private safari takes you to Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Lake Naivasha; an experience of tented camps this gives an opportunity for an exceptional and exclusive wildlife experience with high quality guiding. We are sure that the safari will leave...

  • Country:
    Kenya,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Nairobi, end in Nairobi
  • Price Tag
    5 Days from
    $1800 p/p in USD
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3 Days Unforgettable Serengeti Mid-Range Lodge Safari

Kilimanjaro Heroes Adventures
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Tanzania is a safari paradise with stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and diverse cultures. This tour will take you to Ngorongoro Crater where you can enjoy its blue-green vistas and unparalleled concentration of wildlife; Serengeti, a UNESCO world heritage...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Big Five Safari, Guided Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha, end in Arusha
  • Price Tag
    3 Days from
    $1840 p/p in USD
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3-Day Best of Tanzania in Mikumi National Park

Obag African Safaris
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The tour takes you in MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK that allow you to enjoy thrilling game drive in the park. In the park you will experience more animals and commonly seen animals includes elephant, lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, crocodile, hippos...

  • Country:
    Tanzania,
  • Safari Type:
    Guided, Walking Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Guided, Large Group, Small Group
  • Safari Standard:
    Budget
  • Start/end:
    Start in Dar es Salaam, end in Dar es Salaam
  • Price Tag
    3 Days from
    $500 p/p in USD
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4-Day Mombasa All Inclusive Beach Getaway

Samson's Safaris
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Enjoy your Mombasa beach getaway in the scenic, white sand beach popular for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and relaxing in Nyali Mombasa. Your beachfront hotel offers luxury accommodation and their many amenities ensure you get the best of the coast...

  • Country:
    Kenya,
  • Safari Type:
    Beach Safari, Coastal Safari, Romantic Safari
  • Tour Type:
    Independent
  • Safari Standard:
    Mid Range
  • Start/end:
    Start in Mombasa, end in Mombasa
  • Price Tag
    4 Days from
    $468 p/p in USD
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Tanzania is renowned for its wilderness areas, including the Serengeti National Park, a top safari destination where visitors can encounter the “big five” animals (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino), and the Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. For those looking for a different experience, the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park offer opportunities to explore coral reefs and swim with whale sharks.

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Major Tanzania Safari Attractions

Tanzania Safari Tour Highlights

  • See the epic annual wildebeest migration in the Serengeti as herds move in search of greener pastures.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for unique tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park.
  • Experience the thrill of chimpanzee tracking in Gombe National Park or the Mahale Mountains.
  • For a bush/beach combo, head to the spice island of Zanzibar for sandy beaches and fascinating history.

Facts About Tanzania Safari Tour

  • Tanzania is an amalgam of Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which merged in 1964 to form Tanzania.
  • At 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
  • The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest intact caldera and where the Maasai tribe coexist with the wildlife.
  • Olduvai Gorge, a significant paleoanthropological site, is where the world’s earliest human skull was discovered.

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FAQ’s for Tanzania Safari

  • When is the best time to travel to Tanzania?

    For wildlife safaris the best time to travel to Tanzania is from July to October. This is the dry season when viewing opportunities are better due to vegetation dwindling making the bush less dense while animals congregate around water holes to drink. Keep in mind that this is the peak season and Tanzania attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world so it can be busy plus it’s a more expensive time of year. On the other hand, the shoulder season, November to March is a great time to travel too. Although the bush is thicker so it’s harder to see wildlife, this time of year has less visitors and can be more affordable  For more information about the best time to travel to Tanzania, including its’s coastline, check out our Best Time to Visit Tanzania guide.

  • When is the great wildebeest migration?

    The great wildebeest migration in Tanzania and Kenya is the largest annual migration of around 1.5 million wildebeest and thousands of zebras, antelopes, gazelle, impala and eland. The migration is a result of dwindling grazing making the animals move to greener pastures following the rainfall pattern. This large-scale migration is fraught with dangerous river crossings where predators are lying in wait. The migration continues year round as the animals travel in a circular route from Tanzania to Kenya and back again. The rains in April and May get the herds of wildebeest on the move in the Serengeti on their journey towards the Masai Mara, Kenya. Once they have reached Kenya, they graze in the Mara. In a few months, the vegetation is exhausted and the animals start their journey back to the Serengeti, and the cycle repeats.

    Check out our Great Migration Timeline to see how the wildebeest migration progresses over the months.

  • Is Tanzania a family-friendly safari destination?

    From the postcard-perfect beaches and large open skies to the majestic animals and spectacular wilderness, Tanzania offers children mesmerising sights and wildlife adventures. Tanzania is a family-friendly safari destination, but before you hop on to the plane, you’ll need to do some research.

    There are some safari lodges and camps that have age restrictions for children. When you book a safari tour, discuss this with your tour operator and find out details about the restrictions; it might be a lodge or camp which only accepts children over a certain age, or it could be some of the activities where there are age restrictions such as walking safaris or game drives. Some camps offer children-specific activities for families. In terms of safety, it is quite safe to take your kids on a safari, just ensure that they listen to the guide at all times.

  • What languages are spoken in Tanzania?

    Even though Swahili, a Bantu language, is the official language of Tanzania and majority of the population speak it, not everyone in Tanzania speaks it. They might speak a variation of the Bantu languages as there are quite a few Bantu and Nilotic languages spoken throughout Tanzania. English is the second official language, spoken by a large number of Tanzanians – a remnant of colonial rule (formerly known as the Tanganyika territory).

  • What currency is used in Tanzania?

    Although Tanzania’s official currency is Tanzanian Shilling, which is accepted throughout the country, US Dollars are also widely accepted in a majority of tourist areas. However, the locals don’t usually accept US dollar notes printed before 2009. We recommend visitors exchange money at authorised dealers in Tanzania plus there are options to use ATMs to get the local currency. Most of the Tanzanian outlets accept Mastercard and Visa.

    To make things a little simpler, we have shared a quick currency conversions (2021):

    Currency Tanzanian Shillings
    1 Pound Sterling 3212.97
    1 Euro 2911.17
    1 United States Dollar 2319.26
    1 Canadian Dollar 1826.27
    1 Australian Dollar 1800.13
    1 Japanese Yen 22.10
  • Do I require a visa and passport to travel to Tanzania?

    The majority of visitors travelling to Tanzania require a visa to enter Tanzania. There are certain exceptions to that rule. Visitors can either obtain a visa on arrival or get a visa prior to travel from the Tanzania Consulate in their country of residence. Some visitors (from specific countries) may not require a Tanzanian visa at all. Refer to Tanzania Immigration website for the complete list of visa-exempt countries. You can also refer to the same page for Referral Visa Cases, as it provides a list of countries that can acquire a visa on arrival. There are numerous types of visa, but visitors who want to travel to Tanzania for leisure require a Single Entry or an ordinary Visa. In addition make sure your passport has at least six months validity.

  • What transport will be used on safari in Tanzania?

    It’s unlikely that you will have to worry about transport once you arrive in Tanzania. Many safari packages include a vehicle with a driver guide who will can take you around Tanzania on your safari. The vehicle included in the package will be your primary mode of transportation together with any charter or scheduled flights to take you to remote game areas or off shore islands such as Zanzibar.

  • Where are Tanzania’s best birding spots?

    Arusha National Park: The park has more than 400 bird species, the most well-known amongst them the pink flamingoes that can be seen in the shallow waters of the Momela Lakes in Arusha National Park.
    Lake Victoria: Home to more than 200 diverse bird species: cormorant, goliath, great-white egret, sacred ibis and malachite kingfishers are some of the most frequently spotted species.
    Lake Natron: Boasting a diverse population of 127 bird species including ostrich, helmeted guinea fowl, coqui francolin, flamingoes, buff-crested and kori bustards, red-chested cuckoo and white-backed vulture. As well as Lake Victoria and Lake Natron, other lake destinations which are great birding locations include; Lake Eyasi, Lake Manyara-, and Lake Tanganyika are also ideal birding locations are Lake Eyasi, Lake Manyara and Lake Tanganyika.
    Mt. Kilimanjaro National Park: With the highest number of bird species around 750, its diverse habitats are home to numerous turaco species, four of which are Hartlaub’s turaco, rose turaco, Schalow’s turaco and violent-crested Turaco. There are also more than 30 species of cuckoo in the park, including klass cuckoo and emerald cuckoo.
    Ngorongoro Crater: Home to 500 bird species we mention some of the common bird species found in this area in FAQ 18.
    Ruaha National Park: One of Ruaha National Park’s attractions is its large concentration of bird species, 450 bird species, including night-heron, storks, kingfisher, glossy ibis and goliath.
    Rubondo Island National Park: The park has around 300 bird species, which include egrets, herons, flamingoes, kingfishers, spoonbills, African fish eagles and vultures.
    Serengeti National Park: More than 500 bird species call Serengeti National Park  home. Some of them are grey-crested helmet shrike, grey-backed fiscal, Schalow’s turaco, Rupell’s vulture, Verreaux’s eagle and silverbird.
    Usambara Mountains: Usambara Mountains region is teeming with birds including little yellow flycatcher, east coast akalat, dapple-throat arcanator, southern banded snake-eagle and Fischer’s turaco.

  • What are Tanzania’s major attractions?
    • Arusha Game Reserve
    • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Lake Victoria
    • Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
    • Ruaha National Park
    • Selous Game Reserve
    • Serengeti National Park
    • Tarangire National Park
    • Zanzibar Beaches and Historical Sites

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