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On a Tanzania Safari you'll experience expansive plains of the Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater, the largest un-flooded, and un-broken caldera in the world, the Great Wildebeest Migration, Mount Kilimanjaro. Enjoy lunch next to a hippo filled watering hole, spot the legendary tree-climbing lion, and watch as massive tusked elephants amble about the Serengeti, and relax in your Safari Lodge in the evenings on a once in a life time safari in East Africa. Tanzania offers travelers the opportunity to experience firsthand the Maasai culture, extraordinary wildlife viewing, and epic ascents up Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's largest free standing mountain. Add a few days on the beaches of Zanzibar and you are in for a truly magical African adventure. Contact our Tanzania Safari experts for help planning your trip.
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Zanzibar, Aldabra & the treasures of the Indian Ocean$770013Feb 8, 2024Experience this 13-day cruise on Le Bougainville in the Indian Ocean and discover the stunning natural environments, exceptional wildlife, and UNESCO …
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Zanzibar, Aldabra & the Treasures of the Indian Ocean$815013Feb 7, 2024Join this 13-day Zanzibar, Aldabra, & Treasures of the Indian Ocean cruise from Zanzibar to Victoria aboard Le Champlain. Discover the natural …
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Madagascar, Zanzibar and the Jewels of the Indian Ocean$743011Jan 28, 2024Embark on this 11-day expedition cruise aboard Le Champlain, exploring the islands in the Indian Ocean like Mauritius, Madagascar, the Seychelles, …
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Golden Trails of Africa$1679517Mar 10, 2024Explore Africa by land and river boat on this 17-day safari cruise! Cruise the Chobe River, visit local villages, take a safari through the Serengeti …
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Tanzania Safaris at a Glance

Strap on your sandals and grab your sun hat as you prepare for your safari expedition in Tanzania. As the blazing African sun stretches across the savanna, you will have unique opportunities to witness and experience a fascinating, yet simpler way of life.

On any tour, you will have the chance to see the resplendent wildlife that call the Serengeti grasslands their home. As you take your African safari, keep your eyes peeled for the majestic lions, towering giraffes, lethargic hippos, and a variety of other interesting prairie wildlife.

Along the way, you'll also have opportunities to visit Maasai villages and walk with them in their day-to-day activities. In the Classic Tanzania Safari, you will meet shepherds and cattle herders who tend their cattle, goats, and sheep in the world's largest volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater.

For the adventurous and daring explorers, a hike up the slopes of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Machame Trek will astonish you with its staggering views of the African plains below and the shifting terrain as you ascend to impressive heights.

Your Tanzania expedition will truly re-define how you think of the expansive African continent. 
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TANZANIA FACT SHEET 
  • Tanzania is home to Africa's tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, with an altitude of 19,341 feet above sea level.
  • There are more than 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania.
  • Tanzania exports gold, cashews, cotton, and coffee.
  • Tourism is a major source of revenue for Tanzania.
  • About 80% of the population lives by subsistence farming or fishing.
  • Tanzania is home to the Serengeti National Park, where massive herds of wildebeest and zebra can be spotted.
  • The largest crab in the world - the coconut crab - calls Zanzibar, Tanzania its home.
  • FUN FACT: Did you know? Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was born in Stone Town, Tanzania!
Which Wildlife to Expect in Tanzania (by region)
Lake Manyara: Buffalo, Elephant, Hippo, Lion, Wild Dog

Ngorongoro: Black rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, Wild Dog

Serengeti: Black rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, Wild dog

Tarangire: Buffalo, Cheetah, Eland, Elephant, Gemsbok, Hippo, Leopard, Lion

Selous: Buffalo, Eland, Elephant, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, Wild Dog
 
Here are some of the top safari camps & Kilimanjaro lodges in Tanzania:

Safari Camps

Lake Natron Halisi Camp- while it doesn't offer running water, that is intentional to put the focus back on a traditional safari experience (don't worry, there are traditional bush showers).

Migunga Forest Camp- 21 traditional safari-style canvas tents that offer excellent access to explore Lake Manyara National Park.

Pakulala Safari Camp- a comfortable tented camp set on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Rhotia Tented Camp- a comfortable tented camp that takes advantage of the space in a creative design.

Serengeti Halisi Camp- focuses on tracking the Great Migration of wildebeest across the Serengeti seasonally.

Tarangire Safari Lodge- traditional thatched bungalows, just 6 miles from the Tarangire National Park.

Kilimanjaro Camps & Hotels
Kilimanjaro Halisi Retreat- a comfortable retreat lodge en route to base camp at Kilimanjaro.
Machame Route Camps - areas where climbers can set up camp along the trek up Kilimanjaro.
Best Time to Take a Tanzania Safari

Tanzania is a good destination to visit at any point of the year, with peak season from June through February.

June through February are also the best months to visit the islands of Zanzibar, while March, April, and May are the least popular times to visit Zanzibar.

Treks to Mt. Kilimanjaro are always in season!
 
How to get to Tanzania? Where do safaris in Tanzania start or finish from, and how can you visit? 

The vast majority of Tanzania’s safaris and tours depart from the surrounding towns near Kilimanjaro International Airport. Whether you are taking a tour climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or visiting the Safaris near Lake Manyara, you will likely fly in through this airport. Contact our travel specialists to help you plan your ideal Tanzania safari holiday.

Before traveling take a look at Tanzania's current laws and advice for travel.

The United States - There are many 1-stop flight options from major cities in the U.S. to Kilimanjaro International Airport and Julius Nyerere Airport. Check out the United States advice for travel to Tanzania.

Canada - There are plenty of 1-stop flights from Toronto and Montreal to the main Tanzanian Airports. Check Canada’s laws and advice for travel to Tanzania.

The United Kingdom - Check the United Kingdom’s current laws and restrictions for international tourism.

India - There are frequent flights from Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, and even more Indian cities to Tanzania’s main two airports. Check India laws and advice for travel to Tanzania.

 
Is Tanzania the best option for safari tours?

Tanzania, the epitome of safari dreams, beckons wilderness lovers with its awe-inspiring landscapes and diverse wildlife. This East African gem stands as the ultimate safari destination, offering a myriad of thrilling experiences for every adventurer. Whether you embark on a classic wildlife safari tour, traverse the untamed terrains with a reputable safari company, or indulge in the opulence of a luxury safari, Tanzania delivers an unparalleled encounter with nature. From the iconic Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater to the hidden gems of Tarangire National Park and Arusha National Park, Tanzania's abundant wildlife and breathtaking vistas create an enchanting backdrop for unforgettable journeys. It is here that the raw beauty of nature unfolds, where the untamed African savannah echoes with the roars of lions, the trumpeting of elephants, and the graceful movements of giraffes, offering a safari experience that will forever stir the soul. 
Tanzania National Parks, Lakes, and Reserves
  • Serengeti National Park: Embark on a journey into one of Africa's most iconic and diverse ecosystems, where vast savannahs stretch as far as the eye can see and witness the awe-inspiring wildebeest migration, an epic wildlife spectacle.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area: Marvel at the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, teeming with abundant wildlife roaming freely in a breathtaking volcanic caldera.
  • Tarangire National Park: Admire vast herds of elephants traverse the golden savannah, ancient baobab trees, and magnificent wildlife. 
  • Nyerere National Park: Experience the untamed wilderness of this vast reserve, home to large populations of elephants, lions, and hippos.
  • Arusha National Park: Begin your Tanzanian safari journey in this picturesque park, nestled at the foothills of Mt. Meru, offering breathtaking scenery and diverse wildlife.
  • Mahale Mountains National Park: Trek through lush rainforests to encounter chimpanzees in their natural habitat, a rare and unforgettable wildlife experience.
  • Ruaha National Park: Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of this vast wilderness, home to diverse wildlife including elephants, lions, and giraffes.
  • Lake Victoria: As the largest lake in Africa and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Victoria offers stunning views, fishing opportunities, and the chance to explore the islands dotting its waters.
  • Lake Tanganyika: Known for its incredible biodiversity, Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake in the world. Its crystal-clear waters are home to a vast array of colorful fish species, making it a paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.
  • Lake Manyara: Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara showcases a picturesque landscape and is renowned for its diverse birdlife. Visitors can enjoy boat safaris, spot wildlife along the shores, and admire the stunning pink hues of flamingos.
  • Lake Natron: This unique and highly alkaline lake is famous for its mesmerizing red coloration caused by microorganisms. It is a breeding ground for thousands of lesser flamingos.
  • Lake Eyasi: Located in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Eyasi offers a serene and off-the-beaten-path experience. It is home to the indigenous Hadza and Datoga tribes, providing an opportunity to learn about their traditional way of life and cultural practices.

Tanzania Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?
Tanzania does require 6-months of validity on a passport and a tourist visa, which can be purchased at the airport upon arrival.
Is tipping customary in Tanzania?
Feel free to tip your guide $10 or more based on the quality of your tour; otherwise, you can leave marginal or small tips in hotels and restaurants. Tips are usually appreciated but not generally expected.
What is internet access like in Tanzania?
Since most of our tours through Tanzania are safari expeditions, it is unlikely that you will have internet access unless you are staying at one of the more luxurious hotels, and even then the access is not guaranteed. You should go with the assumption that you will not have internet access for most of your trip.
Can I use my cell phone while in Tanzania?
Since you will be on a safari-type expedition, during parts of your trip it's unlikely that you will be close enough to any cell towers to be able to use your cell phone.
Do I need power adapters?
The power grid in Tanzania is 220-240v, meaning that you will need a converter for any 110v devices that can't handle the higher voltage. Depending on where you are, you will also encounter both Type G (BS-1363) plugs and Type D (BS-546) outlets, which require converters.
What are the toilets like in Tanzania?


Camp, inn, lodge, or hotel, your Tanzania accommodations will offer a western-style bowl toilet that flushes. It's possible that if you are in more rural parts of the country on an expedition that you'll encounter a squat toilet. 
Can I drink the water in Tanzania?
Tap water in Tanzania is not safe to drink. Only drink the filtered or bottled water provided to you by your tour operator.
Are credit cards accepted in Tanzania? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Except in the cities, you probably won't find any ATMs or card-accepting businesses on your Tanzania safari, but don't worry- that's why our trips are all-inclusive. When you arrive you can take out just enough cash for any tips or souvenirs and then you'll be set for the trip.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always. It's a precaution that you'll hopefully never use but it can save you thousands of dollars, and we offer some great deals via TravelGuard on our Once You're Booked page.
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