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Tanzania Safaris

From the sweeping plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in the north, to Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro, proudly looming with brightly snow-capped peaks, Tanzania has some of the most diverse ecosystems in Africa. Renowned for its big game sightings, witness the millions of thundering hooves as they cross the savannah, during the world renowned wildebeest migration. 25% of Tanzania is protected by national parks, estimated to support about 20% of Africa's mammal population. The Serengeti is extraordinarily vast, ten times larger than the Masai Mara and is widely considered by researchers and travellers alike to be one of the most prime locations to see an abundance of wildlife, including the ‘Big Five’ as well as cheetah and crocodile.

Track chimpanzees on the forested slopes of the stunning Mahale Mountains National Park of western Tanzania or drop down to the lake shore itself for views across to the DRC. For true remote wilderness, head south to the parks of Ruaha and the Selous, providing you with the peace and quiet of walking safaris and boat rides. The 20km-wide Ngorongoro Crater forms part of a conservation area and is known to many as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ as the largest intact collapsed caldera on earth, with walls of up to 600 metres, the crater itself is an ecosystem whose floor is filled with virtually every animal species in East Africa.

Tanzania’s wealth of wildlife combines perfectly with Uganda or Rwanda for the opportunity to track the breath-taking endangered mountain gorillas. Or combine a Tanzania safari with a stay on idyllic island Zanzibar with its tantalising turquoise shades, white shimmering sands and UNESCO heritage, enhancing the kaleidoscopic variety of Tanzania.

Why Natural World Safaris for your Tanzania Safari?

At Natural World Safaris, our team of specialists can create tailor-made itineraries that are designed to meet your specific needs and interests. Whether you want to go on a wildlife safari, explore the country's culture, or simply relax on the beach, we can create an itinerary that is perfect for you. We are committed to responsible travel and sustainable tourism. Working closely with local communities and conservation organisations, we ensure that our trips have a positive impact on the environment. We work with partners that focus on positive impact, so when booking through Natural World Safaris you are choosing to stay in places that give back to the local communities and wildlife conservation, through organisations such as AsiliaGiving.

How Much Does Tanzania Cost?

For your classic 7 day small group Highlights safari, expect to budget $6,000 per person excluding international flights. For a bespoke tailor made, 7 day safari staying in some luxury accommodations, expect to budge $10,000 per person. If you are looking to combine a Tanzania with a gorilla trekking safari, this would start from $15,000 per person.

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The Tanzania Safari Experience

  • The Great Wildebeest Migration - One of nature’s truly great events, as the enormous herds migrate towards fresh pastures.
  • Beautiful Beaches - Tanzania is perfect for combining the best of African wildlife with the stunning beaches just of the coast, or even the beaches of the Spice Island, Zanzibar or Pemba Islands.
  • Big Cats - There are few places in Africa that can offer the density of big cats as the great Serengeti National Park.
  • Kilimanjaro - The world’s highest freestanding mountain and the highest point on the African continent.
  • Namiri Plains - This huge expanse of the Serengeti is one of the ultimate big cat locations.
  • Chimpanzees of Mahale - Staying on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, trek into the forest to track our closest relatives. Tanzania is one of the best places in the world to track chimpanzees and Mahale offers the chance to track them from your beautiful beach accommodation.

Where to Stay?

We only select accommodation that places you away from the crowds. Some of the camps we offer are ultimate permanent luxury tented camps and some are small with superb attention to detail, others are mobile tented camps that ensure you will maximise your chances of witnessing the great migration. Read more about where to stay in Tanzania.

When to go to Tanzania?

Tanzania’s tropical climate is relatively constant all year due to the country’s proximity to the equator. The best time to go to Tanzania is dependent on the wildlife you wish to see; December and February sees the birth of zebra and wildebeest but the dry season June to October is the best time to see a myriad of wildlife gathering around the remaining waterholes. Read more about when to go to Tanzania.


Phoenix Marshall

Africa Team Leader

Phoenix Marshall

Africa Team Leader

Top Tip

Tanzania & Kenya experience a short dry season from December to February so it’s perfect for a winter escape. Calving season usually starts in January so it’s a great time to see the baby grazers and experience a Big 5 safari without the peak season crowds.

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Tanzania Safaris FAQs

Is Tanzania a good place for a safari holiday?

Tanzania is a highly recommended and popular destination for a safari, offering a diverse range of experiences that appeal to a wide variety of travellers. The country is renowned for its stunning landscapes, including the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro, the vast Serengeti National Park with its incredible wildlife migrations, and the picturesque beaches of Zanzibar. Tanzania offers exceptional opportunities for wildlife safaris, cultural interactions with local tribes, exploring vibrant markets, and experiencing the rich history and traditions of East Africa. Whether you're an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or interested in cultural immersion, Tanzania's offerings make it a fantastic choice for a memorable and fulfilling holiday.

Can I drink the water in Tanzania?

In Tanzania, it is generally not recommended to drink tap water. The water quality and sanitation standards may vary, and tap water may not be safe for consumption by visitors who are not accustomed to the local conditions. To avoid potential health risks, it's advisable to drink bottled or purified water, which is widely available in hotels, lodges, restaurants, and shops. Staying hydrated is important, especially in the African climate, so make sure to drink plenty of safe water from reliable sources to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip.

What should I pack for Tanzania?

When packing for Tanzania, include lightweight and breathable clothing for warm weather, long-sleeved options for sun and insect protection, warm attire for cooler evenings or higher altitudes, comfortable shoes, and a hat. For safaris, bring neutral-coloured clothing, binoculars, a camera with accessories, and a small daypack. Health essentials such as malaria prophylaxis, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit are crucial. Don't forget travel documents, power adapters, cash, toiletries, and a reusable water bottle. Consider cultural considerations and dress modestly when needed. Efficient packing tailored to your activities and destinations will ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to Tanzania.

What vaccinations do I need for Tanzania?

Before travelling to Tanzania, it's recommended to ensure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date and receive required vaccinations such as Yellow Fever, as documented proof is necessary for entry. Additional vaccinations to consider based on health advisories include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Malaria prevention measures, Meningitis, and Rabies if engaging in outdoor activities or animal contact. Consult a travel health professional to receive personalised guidance and medication for malaria prevention, and follow preventive measures like using mosquito repellent and practising good hygiene to ensure a safe and healthy trip.