Tanzania Safari – Best Time to Travel:
Tanzania is the world’s best-venerated wildlife safari destinations for your family holiday or honeymoon which boasts of areas like Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Selous Game Reserve, and Tarangire National Parks with gigantic regular life people and biodiversity.
Safari Average cost in Tanzania Safaris. Based on my read search, the recommended average cost per person per day starting from US$350.
Traveling to, from, and within Tanzania has never been easier – and cheaper – and there is a range of services that you can choose from. For instance, taking a bus from Dar es Salaam to Arusha example you’re using Kilimanjaro Express/ Marangu express or any recommended bus from us you can use low-cost fares, instead of the airline. The ride takes you 8-10hrs – and you get to see the country close up which will enrich your experiences.
Arrival by airplane
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. For a Tanzania Tours & Safaris and Mountain trekking will pick you up from the airport.
You can also fly to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) and connect the flights to Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha airport. You can also take a bus from Dar es Salaam to Arusha.
If you fly from Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ), then you need to take a small connecting flight to Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha airport.
Tanzania Safari Price
For the Serengeti budget camping safaris price 1 week $2150 and up varies in the season of the year. A 1-week safari would cost the approximately US $3000 – $3500 per person exclusive of international airfare, visas, and insurance.
For Tanzania safari and tour guides at camps and lodges, you may tip the US $10 to the US $20 per person per day, and tip half that amount for half-day activities.
A Tanzania safari thrilling wildlife journey to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Kilimanjaro National Park. South Destination and Coastal area with stunning soak white sand.
The best wildlife viewing months for your a Tanzania Safari are during the Dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February.
Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the world, known for its magnificent lions and the great migration Safaris and best for your Tanzania safari all around the year. It voted as best and a top destination for your Tanzania safari holidays with your family or partner all the time. It is one of the most comprehensive and appealing presentations of nature, conservation, and research in general. Every day, hundreds of nature lovers and tourists from all over the world visit it.
Central Serengeti plains:
The almost treeless grassland of the south is the most emblematic scenery of the park. This is where the wildebeest breed, as they remain in the plains from December to May. Other hoofed animals – zebra, gazelle, impala, hartebeest, top, buffalo, Waterbuck – also occur in huge numbers during the wet season. “Kopjes” are granite formations that are very common in the region, and they are great observation posts for predators, as well as a refuge for hyrax and pythons
Great migration( Northern Serengeti)
- Each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania and loops in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti National Park and north towards the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. This migration is an ordinary spectacle unwavering by the accessibility of feeding.
- During February, the wildebeest spend their time on the short grass plains of the southeastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3-week period. Few calves are born ahead of time and of these, hardly any survive.
- The main reason is that very young calves are more noticeable to predators when mixed with older calves from the previous year. As the rains end in May, the animals start moving northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June.
Migration in Western Corridor
- The crossings of the Grumeti and Mara rivers beginning in July are a popular safari attraction because crocodiles are lying in wait. The herds arrive in Kenya in late July / August, where they stay for the remainder of the dry season, except that the Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles move only east/west.
- In early November, with the start of the short rains, the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the southeast, usually arriving in December in plenty of time for calving in February.
- About 250,000 wildebeest die during the journey from Tanzania to the Masai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya, a total of 800 kilometers (500 mi). Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or predation.
Wildebeest Calving Season
The Great Wildebeest Migration has arrived on the short grass plains of South Serengeti National Park. The calving season when the massive herds of wildebeest arrive in the southernmost point of their migration over February and March. This is without a doubt one of the best times for you to witness this extraordinary spectacle when the herds find themselves on the vast open plains of the southern Serengeti and Ndutu plains. Approximately 8,000 wildebeest are born every day during the peak calving season from early January to late February. It’s also the baby season for the predators so you can expect to see cute lion and cheetah cubs and possibly even endangered African wild dog puppies. With the Calving Season Safari travel in custom-designed 4×4 safari vehicles with open roofs for game viewing.
Best time to See Wildebeest Calving
The long rainy season usually starts in April and goes up to May generally this rain covers the whole of East Africa. However, rainy is very brief and has been experienced mostly during the nights. It is possible to do our Tanzania Safaris at this time where lodges and tented camps are lowering their prices, traffic at this time is usually low and the park is uncrowded. Another option is to visit Southern Serengeti during the months of December to March where the migration of herds is crowded at Ndutu plains for giving birth (synchronized birth).
The months of April and May usually are spent at Central Serengeti plains and around the Seronera area while June and Mid July it is the best time to stay at the Western corridor and around the Grumeti River area. Mid- July to Mid -August you can move to the Northern Serengeti at Bologonja and Lobo areas as well as around Mara River. In months of June and August, the area of Ikoma which is outside the Serengeti National park can be a good place for the game drives.
Animal to See on a Tanzania Safari
The big five include the African Elephant, Cape buffalo, Rhinoceros Lion, and Leopard. You can expect to see other animals like Zebras, Topi, Eland, Impala, Gazelles, Hyenas, Cheetah, Baboons, Monkeys, Foxes, Silver backed jackals, Pangolin, Pythons, Caracals, Bush pigs, Bushbucks, Bat-eared foxes, large birds like Hammer kops, Kori bustards, Secretary birds, Ostriches, in facts Serengeti animals list and birds are endless.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro conservation area is among the world’s breathtaking natural wonders with a breathtaking setting and one of the places to see the big five. Once a giant volcano, the Ngorongoro crater in northern Tanzania is the only unbroken volcanic caldera found in the whole world.
The rea walls of the at crater rim are steep and soar 400 to 610m high giving off an incredible natural drama as predators and prey pursue and graze their way into the open grasslands, acacia woodlands and swamps on the crater base, giving off a wonderful spectacle. Ngorongoro crater is a haven to approximately 25,000 animals and around 400 different bird species.
Main Feature of Ngorongoro
The main feature of the NCA includes the Ngorongoro Crater, The Serengeti Plains that support about 2.0 million migratory wildlife species of the Serengeti Mara-ecosystem (TAWIRI, 2003) and the catchment forest; the Northern Highland Forest Reserve (NHFR) known as ‘Entim Olturot’ in Maa language.
Because of these, particular features and the harmonious co-existence between wildlife and people that has existed for many years. You can find a good population of black manned lions that trail the grasslands, robust herds of wildebeests along with endangered black rhino, zebras, hyenas, and leopards.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park has an incredible variety of fauna and flora, which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this region to film the movie “Hartari” in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne. You will also visit the Ngurdoto Crater, affectionately known as the “Little Ngorongoro”. Buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, and zebras can all be seen all year round here as well as many different bird species. The elephants are a little shyer here but with patience and some good luck, it can sometimes be spotted. You may also spot a leopard.
Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m, in the Arusha Region of northeastern Tanzania. The park is small but varied with spectacular landscapes in three distinct areas.
Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park contains a very large wildlife concentration, including the largest species of Africa’s animals, and hundreds of bird species. The park was established in 1970 and is most famous for its large diversity of wildlife, vegetation, birds, tree-climbing lions, and baobab trees.
Tarangire National Park is one place in Tanzania Safaris where dry-country antelopes such as the stately fringe-eared oryxes and peculiar long-necked gerenuks are regularly practical. It is the only national park that holds the migration during the dry season and home to various species of animals.
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It’s the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem – a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara National Park is a protected area that hosts giant flamingo colonies, for a Tanzania Safari, waterfowls, elephants, hippopotami, buffalos, guenons, banded mongooses, and numerous types of gazelles and antelopes. The park is also well known for its “tree climbing lions”.
Lake Manyara National Park is a protected area in Tanzania’s Arusha and Manyara Regions, situated between Lake Manyara and the Great Rift Valley.
Kilimanjaro National Park
Kilimanjaro National Park covering an area of some 75,575 ha protects the largest free-standing volcanic mass in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, rising 4877m above surrounding plains to 5895m at its peak. With its snow-capped peak, the Kilimanjaro is a superlative natural phenomenon, standing in isolation above the surrounding plains overlooking the savannah.
Take a short trip journey to Kilimanjaro. You will pass the semi-tropical foothills to the Marangu area which is situated on the south-eastern side of the mountain. From the cluster of buildings at Marangu gate, it is some 4 -5 hours walk through patches of coffee plantation and dense rainforest to Mandara Hut. The forest teems with brightly-colored bird life, colobus, and other varieties of monkey. The flora includes numerous mosses, lichens, and flowers, as well as delicate orchids. If the skies are clear, you may have fine views over the town of Moshi lying at the boundary of the plain far underneath.
Selous Game Reserve
The protected area in southern Tanzania. It is Africa’s largest wildlife reserve, and home to large herds of elephants, plus buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, wild dogs, many bird species and some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhinos. Permanent human habitation is not permitted within the reserve
The Selous Game Reserve is a protected area in southern Tanzania. It covers a total area of 50,000 km² and has additional buffer zones. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to its wildlife diversity and undisturbed nature.
Best time to visit
Selous Game Reserve is open throughout the entire year for travelers. In any case, the best time for wildlife seeing in is from late June until October.
What to see?
Selous has horde wildlife offering a standout amongst the best diversion seeing alternatives in a Tanzania Safaris. You can without much of a stretch spot lion, leopards, giraffes, elephants, bison, and rhinos. Hippos and Nile crocodiles can be found in the Rufiji River water.
It additionally has a different birdlife with more than 440 flying creature species. Transient feathered creatures are likewise found in Selous from November to April.
At Selous Game Reserve you can do a lot of activities such as:
- Game drives
- Walking safari
- Boating safari
- Horse safari
- Fly camping
- Bush dinners
Ruaha National Park
A relatively uncrowned park that offered to view a variety of animals. The animals seem to feel safe here & often would a perfect holiday in Tanzania while you’re in 4×4 4WD open roof jeep which led to an amazing experience. Ruaha is the largest national park in a Tanzania Safaris making it the largest park in East Africa.
Ruaha National Park is a national park in Tanzania Safaris. The addition of the Usangu Game Reserve and other important wetlands to the park in 2008 increased its size to about 20,226 km², making it the largest protected area in Tanzania and East Africa. The park is about 130 kilometers west of Iringa.
Ruaha is now Tanzania’s largest national park and offers excellent wildlife viewing. It is particularly good for spotting predators, including very large pride of lion and the endangered wild dog. Elephants and a big variety of antelope species are other big draws to the park. It also has outstanding wilderness appeal, with limited exclusive, luxury camps available.
In addition, Tanzania’s largest national park hosts buffaloes, greater and lesser kudus, Grant’s gazelles, wild dogs, ostriches, cheetahs, roan and sable antelope, and more than 400 types of birds.
Animals found in this park are East African cheetah and lion, African leopard, and wild dog spotted hyena, giraffe, hippopotamus, African buffalo, and sable antelope. Wildlife converges on the dwindling water reserves and river in front of the Lodge.
Best time to visit
Ruaha National Park is open for voyagers lasting through the year. The center and end of the dry season, i.e., June to October are best for diversion seeing as the animals gather around the Ruaha River, which makes spotting of animals less demanding.
What to see?
The biggest national park of a Tanzania Safaris, Ruaha offers amazing wildlife seeing chance. It is home to 10% of the rest of the lions on the planet. You can without much of a stretch detect the imperiled wild pooches and various gazelle species. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, impalas, wildebeests, and bison are additionally found in bounty in the park.
How to get there?
The most straightforward approach to reach Ruaha National Park is by charter flights. Be that as it may, you can likewise achieve the park by street, which is somewhat tiring.
Roadways: Iringa is the closest city to the park and is two hours’ carport from the city. Be that as it may, it is around 10 hours head out from Dar Es Salaam.
Airways: You can take charter flights to the park’s airstrips from Julius Nyerere International Airport or Kilimanjaro International Airport.
You can do an array of activities at Ruaha National Park, such as:
- Game drive
- Walking safari
- Aerial safari
- Cycling safari
- Cultural tour
- Bird watching
Katavi National Park
The national park is located in Katavi Region, for a Tanzania Safaris. The park is approximately 4,471 square kilometers (1,726 sq mi) in area, which makes it the third-largest national park in Tanzania. The park encompasses the Katuma River and the seasonal Lake Katavi and Lake Chad floodplains.
Katavi National Park is a Tanzanian national park created in 1974 and is located in Katavi Region, Tanzania. It is a very remote park that is less frequently visited than other Tanzanian national parks.
Wildlife & Animals – Katavi NP
During your, Tanzania safaris Animals found in this park are East African cheetah and lion, African leopard and wild dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, hippopotamus, African buffalo, and sable antelope.
Katavi National Park is a Tanzania Safaris national park created in 1974 and is located in Katavi Region, Tanzania. It is a very remote park that is less frequently visited than other Tanzanian national parks.
Best time to visit
Katavi is an exemplary dry-nation hold of Tanzania. The best time to visit Kavati amid the dry season, from July to October. As animals of the park assemble around the Katuma River and other solid water sources inside the park, making amusement seeing simpler. However, after the downpours, the park ends up invulnerable so it is best to stay away from the months of April and May.
How to get there?
Katavi National park is one of the remote national parks in Tanzania.
Roadways: You can reach Katavi from Arusha by road. Nonetheless, it is a long voyage crossing more than two days which takes around 15 to 18 hours of drive time because of the poor road.
Airways: It is the simplest method to achieve the park. Traveler can touch base at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha town and afterward take a charter flight to the park’s airplane terminal which takes 3-hours to reach.
Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia Islands
Tanzania is located on the eastern coast of Africa and has an Indian Ocean coastline approximately 1,424 kilometers (885 mi) long. It also incorporates several offshore islands, including Unguja (Zanzibar), Pemba, and Mafia.
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania consisting of Zanzibar Island (locally, Unguja), Pemba Island and many smaller islands
There is a lot to see and to do on Zanzibar Island. First and foremost, do enjoy the amazing white sand beaches especially at the north, east and south coast. The sand has the consistency of castor sugar! The best beaches are Nungwi /Kendwa, Matemwe/Kiwengwa, and Paje/Jambiani, each offering different appeal.
Mahale Mountains National Park
One of the best places in the world for up-close encounters with chimpanzees, Mahale Mountains National Park, nestled on the Lake Tanganyika shoreline in western Tanzania, is absolutely stunning for a Tanzania Safaris. Forested mountains cascade down to the lakeshore, the mist-covered peak of Mount Nkungwe rises up in the background and crystal-clear waters teeming with fish lap against white sand coves.
The park, Tanzania’s most remote and one of its most alluring, is first and foremost a chimpanzee sanctuary. About 1700 chimpanzees live within its 1613sqkm area, but the focal point for visitors is the 60-strong Mimikere, or’ group, which has been the subject of research for more than four decades.
Best time to visit
The Mahale Mountains is accessible throughout the year, however, the best time to visit is during the dry season, July to October. Also, the chances to spots the chimps are less.
What to see?
On another hand you can see different animals, for example, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, alongside woodland flying creatures at Mahale.
You can additionally visit the shoreline on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, watch the stunning sunrise and sunset on the horizon of Lake Tanganyika.
How to get there?
Mahale Mountains National Park is one of the remote national parks of Tanzania. Anyway, there no street routes accessible to the Mahale Mountains and the best way to visit it is through conduits or aviation routes.
Waterways: You need to reach Kigoma first which is 130 km from Mahale from where you can take vessel ride to MV Liemba. From where you need to reach Lagosa by watercraft, from where the park’s pontoon would take you inside the park.
Airways: You can take a planned departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport found in Arusha city. Or Julius Nyerere International Airport to Kigoma Airport from where you can take a charter plane to the airstrip in Mahale.