Tanzania safaris is an open invitation for the curious traveller as its untamed landscapes holds a biodiversity like nowhere else. With nearly 40 per cent of the country’s land area set aside for the protection of wildlife, it is no wonder that a wildlife safari to Tanzania is regarded as the ultimate experience. Discover the best of Tanzania with a whole host of star attractions scattered throughout the country.
Your holiday to Tanzania would not be complete without visiting the renowned Serengeti National Park, the stage for the Great Migration. Driven and dictated by the rain, the Great Migration is regarded as the biggest overland event of its kind anywhere in the world with more than a million wildebeest and thousands of zebra and Thomson’s gazelles tempting fate in search of greener pastures. Following close behind are predators like lions, hyenas, and crocodiles, eager to stake their claim in this journey of life and death.
The best of Tanzania is evident in the variety of geographical extremes, characterised by the features of the Great Rift Valley. Tanzania houses the highest peak in Mount Kilimanjaro, the lowest point in the lake bed of Lake Tanganyika and a portion of the largest lake in Lake Victoria on the African continent. You’ll also find the highest density of big game anywhere in Africa in the Ngorongoro Crater. Complete the safari of a lifetime to Tanzania by relaxing on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. Also known as the Spice Island, the diverse marine life of this piece of heaven is best explored by dipping below the surface.
Highlights of a Safari to Tanzania
A Tanzania holiday presents various opportunities to discover the country’s multitude of attractions and array of natural wonders. Abundant wildlife and spectacular landscapes will fill a safari of a lifetime to Tanzania to the brim with magical memories.
Top of the list of the best Tanzania has to offer is the Serengeti National Park. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, is the stage of the Great Migration, the annual movement of more than 2 million wildebeest and zebras.
South-east of the Serengeti, lies the Ngorongoro Crater, another one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. Discover Tanzania and this Garden of Eden, as the crater is also known, with countless species present, including elephant and buffalo and iconic animals like black-maned lions and black rhinos.
A visit to Lake Manyara National Park will make a safari of a lifetime to Tanzania extraordinary. This wildlife haven is well-known for its tree-climbing lions while the soda lake attracts huge flocks of flamingos.
Include the Olduvai Gorge in your Tanzania vacation to satisfy your cultural appetite. Explore the excavation sites containing hundred of fossils and ancient artefacts believed to be more than 2 million years old. The onsite museum provides excellent photographic documentation.
End your Tanzania safari in style with an island excursion to Zanzibar. Explore the vibrant atmosphere of Stone Town before relaxing on the white sandy beaches along the coastline or discovering the rich marine life while snorkelling and diving.
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Best time to visit Tanzania
Planning your Tanzania safari will depend on your preferred activities or special interests. There are no distinct seasons, such as winter and summer, in Tanzania, only the dry and wet seasons.
Dry season in Tanzania
The best time for a Tanzania wildlife safari is during the dry season, from late June to October. The huge herds of animals of the Great Migration reach the northern Serengeti during the month of July and then make their way over the Grumeti River towards Kenya and the plains of the Masai Mara. Between late October and December, the millions of animals slowly start making their way back to the Serengeti, with the first rains expected in January. The calving season for the wildebeest is in January and February, another safari spectacle not to be missed.
Wet season in Tanzania
When considering booking a vacation to Tanzania, keep in mind the country’s position just south of the equator and that there are two rainy seasons. The short rains occur between late October and late December. Even though it is unpredictable, it shouldn’t hamper your safari of a lifetime to Tanzania.
The long rains in Tanzania happen between March and May and travellers can expect heavy downpours, high humidity and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Your holiday to Tanzania can be impacted as some attractions, especially in Zanzibar, can be closed during this time.