Home to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, as well as the famous Serengeti National Park, Tanzania offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing safari experience.
Tanzania one of the best places in the world to spot lions, zebras, elephants, leopards, and giraffes. It also boasts many exotic, lesser-known animals such as the oryx and the rare black rhino.
And for many, the great migration of an estimated 1.8 million wildebeest and 700,00 zebras as they chase the rains and battle predators, is the most unforgettable spectacle of nature in action.
If you’re planning on visiting Africa soon for your safari adventure, then one or two of these Tanzania safari trips should definitely be on your itinerary!
1. The Big Five & Zanzibar Beach
The best African safari tours take in a variety of landscapes, wildlife, and experiences. This is why the Big Five & Zanzibar Beach safari trip is a popular choice for many visitors to Tanzania.
It’s also a more economical option if you’re looking for a cheap safari in Tanzania.
This safari trip takes in three famous parks in northern Tanzania, including the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater. This park is home to almost 30,000 animals, including the “big five.” These five are the animals that safari tourists most want to see, and consist of the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhino.
You’ll also visit the Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National park. The lake is filled with flamingos, baboons, and incredible views. If you’re lucky, you might even see a tree-climbing lion.
As well an animal-spotting, the safari includes a walking tour of the farming town Mto wa Mbu. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy laid-back beach life on the exotic shores of Zanzibar island.
2. Great Migration Grumeti River
For a truly memorable safari trip in Tanzania, many say that nothing beats witnessing the great migration. And you can see this for yourself on the Great Migration Grumeti River tour.
This safari offers you the chance to witness the largest group movement of animals on the planet and the best national parks in northern Tanzania.
The focus of this safari is on the western part of the Serengeti. Here, the great migration takes place along the Grumeti River from May to July each year.
Watch this amazing natural spectacle as wildebeest and zebra try to cross the river. All while battling crocodiles in the fast-flowing water, and facing more predators waiting on the other side.
As well as spending several days in the Serengeti, you’ll also visit Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater.
3. Victoria Cultural Safari
If you want to experience a Tanzania safari with a difference, then the Lake Victoria Cultural Safari may be the perfect trip for you.
As well as the opportunity to get close to the wildlife in Tanzania’s best parks, you’ll also learn how local cultures live in harmony with nature in untouched areas like Lake Eyasi and Lake Victoria.
The safari starts with the farming town of Mto wa Mbu, home to over 120 different tribes from all over Africa. Close by is the Lake Manyara National Park, where you can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, zebras, and flamingos.
At Lake Eyasi, you’ll discover more about the Hadzabe Bushmen, and will even get the opportunity to participate in a hunting trip with the Bushmen. For many, this is a real highlight of their safari experience.
And at Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, you can discover more about how the lake plays a vital role in the lives of the millions of people who live on its shoreline.
Here you will gain a unique insight into rural life in Tanzania as you go fishing with the locals and learn about African traditional healing. You can also visit Rubondo island for the chance to spot more wildlife.
The trip also takes in both the central and western parts of the Serengeti National Park, and the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s seven natural wonders.
4. Lions of The Serengeti Safari
If the main draw of a safari for you is getting to see the iconic lion in the wild, then the Lions of The Serengeti Safari should be your top choice.
This tour takes in all the best wildlife spots in northern Tanzania, including the famous Serengeti, which is the world’s greatest lion sanctuary.
You’ll also visit Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, which are both home to tens of thousands of animals, including the big five.
And, depending on which time of year you visit, you might even get to see lions in action as they attack the herds of zebra and wildebeest crossing the park in search of water.
5. Great Migration Mara River
The Great Migration Mara River safari takes you to the north of the Serengeti for a chance to see hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras crossing the Mara River.
Usually, later in the year than the Grumeti crossing, the Mara River migration can begin as early as June or as late as August. But, this depends a lot on rainfall.
Here, you will be a witness to one of the most breath-taking natural wonders in Africa. Experience the dramatic chase for life as the herds battle fast-flowing water and stalking lions.
You’re also more likely to see crocodiles attacking the wildebeest and zebra here than at the Grumeti River.
As well as the drama of the great migration, this Tanzania safari takes you to Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park for chances to spot a variety of other wildlife.
6. Wildlife Adventure & Zanzibar
Spanning two weeks, the Wildlife Adventure & Zanzibar itinerary is a truly complete safari experience.
Taking in the natural beauty of Tanzania and its wildlife and finishing off with a relaxing stay on the tropical island of Zanzibar, you’ll get to see all the best that Tanzania has to offer.
With more time to explore this fascinating country, you’ll start at Arusha National Park. Although it is one of the smaller national parks in Tanzania, it boasts an impressive variety of wildlife and landscapes. These include colorful alkaline lakes, dense jungles, and the towering peaks of Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru.
No safari would be complete without visiting the Serengeti, where you’ll spend two days in search of wildlife. From the big five to giraffes and zebras, you’re sure to spot them all.
This safari also includes Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, monkey-spotting in the Jozani Forest, and a visit to Zanzibar’s Stone Town for a unique cultural experience.
The trip ends with three relaxing days on the white sandy shores of Zanzibar’s Nungwi beach. Here you can enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling, or just do nothing at all!
7. Active Safari Tanzania
If you’re looking for a more dynamic way to explore Tanzania, then the Active Safari Tanzania is the one for you.
This tour combines the best wildlife parks with some active Tanzania adventures, including the thrill of exploring the country by bike, on foot, and even from the air.
After settling in, you’ll start with a hike to the Shira Plateau, located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here you’ll experience stunning views of Africa’s tallest mountain.
The itinerary then includes a coffee tour in Arusha, a visit to the Meserani Snake Park, and a camel ride to a nearby Maasai village.
From Mto wa Mbu you’ll cycle to Lake Manyara, then it’s back in the safari vehicle for some wildlife spotting around the lake. Head to the Serengeti to get up close with the animals, then enhance your safari experience with a hot air balloon over the plains at sunrise.
Complete your trip with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, and then a walking tour back in Mto wa Mbu.
8. Serengeti to Zanzibar Safari
For a beautiful blend of amazing wildlife, fascinating cultures, and laid-back beach life, the Serengeti to Zanzibar Safari has it all.
The safari starts in Tarangire National Park. Known for its huge concentration of elephants, Tarangire also boasts a variety of birds, big cats, and the seldom-seen kudu and oryx.
The itinerary also takes in Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. And you’ll spend two and a half days in the Serengeti, home to over 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards.
At Lake Eyasi you will learn more about rural tribes, such as the Datoga and Hadzabe Bushmen.
And the safari concludes with a four-night stay at an all-inclusive resort on Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar.
The stunning white sandy beaches and turquoise water of this beach are perfect for relaxing. Or, you can swim with turtles, or enjoy other activities such as scuba diving and jet skiing.
Our Pick of The Best Tanzania Safari Trips
Which of these Tanzania safaris do you like the sound of the most?
Remember, these are just some examples of possible safari ideas. The beauty of a Tanzania safari is that you can design your dream itinerary to suit your personal preferences.
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