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Things to do in your Tanzania safari
A safari in Tanzania can have different kinds of activities and experiences. What’s matters in your safari are just your choices and interests. Below are some of our top and most popular Tanzania safari experiences that you can add on your bucket list.
Experience the movement of more than 1 million animals migrates from Serengeti National Park (in Tanzania) to Maasai Mara Game Reserve (in Kenya).
Tanzania Cultural Tour
Tanzanian people are the most amazing and friendly people in the World. Adding one of our cultural experiences in your safari is the best choice you can ever make.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
Hot air Balloon safari gives you a stunning opportunity to loads of animals from a very different perspective. This experience makes game viewing extremely beautiful.
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Northern Tanzania Safari Highlight
Serengeti National Park
When you hear the word Serengeti National Park, Endless plains, overwhelming wildlife, breathtaking sunsets is what comes in mind for more travelers. Welcome to Serengeti National Park. Here you can see over a million wildebeest and zebras crowd together, hooves kick dust and lions hunt at dawn.
The Ngorongoro Crater offers some of the best wildlife viewings in Africa. This wildlife hotspot is home to almost 30,000 animals, including the Big Five.
The crater is also known as the ‘Garden of Eden’, due to the abundance of wildlife, ever dancing clouds and beautiful colors of the landscape.
The greener forest in the Lake Manyara national park is something everyone should have the opportunity to experience. With its extremely scenic sunrise or sundown, Manyara is really special and of course, the most unique park in Tanzania when it comes to scenery. Its greener dominant forest sets it apart from the other parks in Tanzania which are dominated by savannah vegetation.
Tarangire National Park
In the North West of Arusha, the tourism city of Tanzania, there lies the fantastic National Park of Tarangire.
Covering about 2,600 square kilometers, Tarangire is known to host large concentrations of elephants and buffalos. In Tarangire, the herds of up to the 300 elephants can be stunningly viewed drinking water around the swamps or at the bank of the Tarangire River.
Southern Tanzania Safari Highlight
Selous Game Reserve
If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-track safari in Tanzania with great wildlife viewing, think of Selous Game Reserve. You can see a million wild animals in Selous, of which the rare wild dog and black rhino are the main attractions. The spectacular scenery and the option to enjoy the African bush also on walking and boat safaris too, make Selous an incredible safari destination.
Ruaha National Park
Pure wilderness, amazing scenery, and undisturbed wildlife. Ruaha National Park is the second-largest park in Tanzania and one of the most authentic safari destinations. Since it lies in a remote, untouched area in south-central Tanzania, you can still experience the real feeling of wilderness and a lack of crowds. Thanks to the diverse range of habitats, the variety of wildlife and plants in this park is enormous.
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi is Tanzania’s fourth-largest national park. The main trait of the park is the Mkata River Flood Plain, which is the best place for game viewing, together with the hippo pools and beautiful views over the surrounding mountains. Mikumi offers a wonderfully authentic and uncrowded safari experience. The abundance of wildlife, beautiful sunsets, and amazing birdlife alone makes this park a great place to visit.
Tanzania Safari Accommodation
Accommodation in any safari in Tanzania is as varied as the range of animals. With such an impressive diversity available, we take great care in selecting the accommodation that suits your style, taste, and budget.
Tented camps suit clients who want to experience a truly authentic safari and immerse themselves in the wilderness. It offers you the change of seeing wildlife close by. The camps are in general smaller and more intimate than lodges. They are set in stunning locations with great game viewing. Don’t let the word ‘tent’ mislead you. Many tented camps are luxurious properties offering the same, or even better, comfort levels as the lodges. You can expect private spacious tents on decking platforms, with comfortable beds, furniture, flush toilets, en-suite bathrooms, and sometimes a pool. Often they are more exclusive than lodges, which is the reason they sometimes cost more than a lodge.
Types of tented camps
There are two types of tented camps Tanzania: Permanent Camps and Mobile Camps. The permanent tented camps allow greater infrastructure and facilities, such as larger tents, more comfortable furnishings, flush toilets, 24-hour lighting, and more staff. The advantage of mobile tented camps is that it allows guests to follow the wildlife and be as close to animals as possible.
Lodges are perfect for travelers who like comfort and ease and to sleep behind four solid walls. During the day you can enjoy the game drives out in the bush and in the evenings all the facilities you would find in a hotel, like a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, gift shops and much more. Safari lodges are permanent facilities with solid walls made of brick and stone or other materials. In general, lodges are much bigger than tented camps. Of course, not all lodges are created equal and they have different levels of comfort and pricing. Most lodges consist of a number of buildings scattered across a plot of land.
You can choose to ‘mix and match’ the different styles of accommodation during your safari in Tanzania.
Best Safari Camps, Lodges and Hotels in Tanzania
We work with the best property to make your stay in your safari in Tanzania a life-changing experience. Below is a list of the best and most recommended properties for your stay in your Tanzania safari.
- Ambureni Coffee Lodge
- Four points by Sheraton Arusha
- Arusha Planet Lodge
- Maasailand Safari Lodge
- Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa
- Lake Duluti Lodge
- Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa
- Kibo Palace Hotel
- Venus Premier Hotel
- Gran Melia Arusha
- The African Tulip
- Outpost Lodge
- Arusha coffee lodge By Elewana
- Kili Villa
- A1 Hotel and Resort
- Onsea House & Machweo Lodge
- Sangaiwe Tented Lodge
- Tarangire Simba Lodge
- Lake Burunge Tented Lodge
- Maramboi Tented Lodge
- Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge
- Tarangire Safari lodge
- Tarangire Sopa Lodge
- Ang’ata Tarangire Camp
- Tarangire Mpingo Ridge Tented Lodge
- Tarangire Treetops By Elewana
- Corfield Camps Tarangire
- Tarangire Osupuko Lodge
- Kichuguu Camp
- Whistling Thorn Tented Camp
- Eileen’s Trees Inn
- Country Lodge Karatu
- Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
- Marera Valley Resort
- Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge
- Karatu Simba Lodge
- Kitela Lodge
- Acacia Farm Lodge
- Olea Africana
- Farm of Dreams Lodge
- Ngorongoro Farm house
- Farm Valley House
- Gibb’s Farm
- The Retreat at Ngorongoro
- The Manor at Ngorongoro
- Octagon Lodge
- Flamingo Safari Lodge Karatu
- Kudu Lodge and Campsite
- The Plantation Lodge
- Hhando Coffee Lodge
- Ngorongoro Forest Tented Lodge
- Rhotia Valley Tented Lodge
- Tloma Mountain Lodge
- Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge
- Kirawira Tented Lodge
- Mbalageti Tented Lodge
- Mara Under Canvas
- Kati Kati Tented Camp
- Lemala Ewanjan Camp
- Lemala Nanyukie Tented Lodge
- lake Masek Tented Lodge
- Kiota Camp
- Serenenity on the Lake
- Osinon Camps and Lodges
- Mbugani Camp
- Tanzania Bush Camp
- Serengeti Sopa Lodge
- Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge
- Lemala Kuria Hills Camp
- Lamala Mara Camp
- Serengeti Osupuko Camp
- Embalakai Authentic Camp
- ThornTree Camp
- Heritage Camps and Lodges
- Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
- Mara Mara Tented Lodge
- Sametu Camp Serengeti
- Lemala Ndutu Camp
- Chaka Camp
Tanzania Safari FAQ & Travel Tips
Yes, Tanzania has a tipping tradition, and this is usually done at the end of the service.
Most of the online sources state that tipping during a safari in Tanzania is not expected, but certainly appreciated.
Well, as far as I can tell, the tourism & hospitality industry has a long history of tipping hence saying that tipping is not expected (meaning it is a surprise when given?) may be a bit misleading.
A specific tipping amount is rather what should be said of unexpected as you should tip based on your satisfaction as well as your budget.
While we strongly recommend that our guests do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role in the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and should only be given if the guests are happy with the service they have received.
A clue on what you may tip
We usually suggest that you do tip $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters (in case you climb Kilimanjaro or Meru) are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag.
Tipping isn’t mandatory.
It is important that all our travelers understand that our guides are trained to acknowledge that at times they will get more tips, at times they will get less tip and at times they may get no tips and they must be happy with every situation.
Having said so, you can always tip whatever you consider right, or even not tip at all. I like to believe that you understand the general meaning of “tipping guideline” that you don’t have to do exactly what is in the guideline, it is just a closer idea on what you can do.
In fact, we only set the guidelines a few years ago after most of our customers demanded we give them a rough idea of what would be a fair tip. Coming up with the suggested figure was hard as for others it is seen huge while others consider it being not enough.
If you’re traveling to Tanzania this should be among the top questions that pop in your head, and rightly so.
Well, it should be because it has long been a tradition for the visas to be used when someone enters a foreign country. However, due to different regional integrations and other agreements between a country and another, Visas-free entries are available for some nations to certain countries.
So to answer this question, it well depends on your country of residence.
If you’re coming from any of the following countries, congratulations, your entry is Visa-free;
Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Ashmore & Certie Island, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Brunei, British Virgin Island, British Indian Ocean Territory, Botswana, Cyprus, Cayman Island, Channel Island, Cocoas Island, Cook Island, Christmas Island, Dominica, Falkland Island, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Heard Island, Isle of man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Montserrat, Malaysia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nauru, Naue Island, Norfolk Island, Namibia, Papua new Guinea, Rwanda, Romania, Ross Dependency, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Island, South Sudan, Swaziland, St. Kitts&Navis, St. Lucia, St. Vicent, St. Helana, South African Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Tokelan, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In the above list, most African countries are Visa-free to Tanzania, while most of the overseas countries require a valid Visa to enter Tanzania.
So if you have not seen your country in the list above, you should not worry.
Getting a Tanzania Visa is not a headache unless when you’re coming from the country which requires special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) prior to issuance of the Visa.
This type of Visa is known as Referral Visa. The countries that fall under this category are;
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan Republic, Kyrgystan Republic, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Somali land, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and stateless persons or persons with refugee status.
It is strongly advised that you apply for this type of Visa at least two months prior to your Tanzania safari.
A visa you need as a tourist
While Tanzania has up to 7 different types of Visa, the one you need for your safari is Ordinary Visa which is valid for 90 days of a single entry.
This Visa is also known as a single entry visa and it is granted for the purposes of Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, Attending conferences, Humanitarian and charity activities, family visit, health treatment, or any other purposes that may be decided by the authority.
Tanzania Visa for Americans
However, Americans are required to have a different type of Visa than an Ordinary Visa that is called Multiple-entry Visa. This is the best visa for foreign nationals who visit the country regularly. A good example is directors of companies registered in Tanzania, but they do not reside in the country.
To know more about Visa like;
How to apply for the Tanzania Visa and how much does a Tanzania Visa cost, kindly visit this page for more in-depth information
When it comes to visiting Tanzania, there are the parks that should top your bucket lists. It can be overwhelming to find the top national parks to visit in this noise, but you don’t have to worry. We have carefully put together the parks that every first-time visitor in Tanzania should set their feet if they need a lifetime experience in the country.
Here are our best national parks you should consider in your safari in Tanzania
Serengeti National Park
For more than one occasion, Serengeti has been voted the best safari park in Africa due to its unmatched experiences. To become the top of Africa, SafariBookings conducted an in-depth analysis of over 2,000 reviews of safari tourists and acclaimed travel experts.
In the voting, Serengeti was magnificently rater 4.90/5.
In this best national park in the country, you’ll have several activities to choose from;
- The great migration of over 2 million ungulates (wildebeest, zebras & gazelles)
- Birding to up to 500 species of birds
- Hot air balloon
- Game viewing
- Great wildebeest migration
- Calving experience
- Live predation
- Maasai rock paintings
- Walking safari.
This world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera sinking 600 meters deep that hosts wild animals and human beings (Maasai) is a must-do and visit in Ngorongoro.
Tarangire National Park
Perhaps you’re thinking of where is the best place to spot all the Big 5 animals at once.
Well, that park is Ngorongoro.
However, when it comes to seeing the king of all big 5, elephants, there is no better place to visit than in Tarangire Park. It is among the few remaining nature parks on the planet where up to 300 herds of elephants can be spotted.
When it comes to things to do there, you can go on a game drive, guided walking safaris, night game drives, and cultural visits to neighboring villages.
Tarangire is truly the best park to visit for remarkable scenery made of uncountable baobab & acacia trees and if you like birding, there’re hundreds of species.
Lake Manyara National Park
Tree climbing lions aside, I am not sure if there has ever been the best place for birding than in Lake Manyara Park.
Truly, though small, this evergreen park is just beautiful from its scenery to features. Lake Manyara national park is an amazing place to be and enjoy elephants, large flocks of millions of flamingoes, the unusual tree-climbing lions, and the prolific scenery.
Among many activities, the best things to do here are; a day game drive, night game drive, canoeing, cultural tours, mountain bike tours, and the Treetop Walkway.
Did I mention that the park has more than 600 flowering plants and more than 300 species of birds? In fact, Lake Manyara Park is the best place to enjoy both the territorial & migrant birds from Europe and Asia in your holiday in Tanzania making it among the best national parks to visit in Tanzania & East Africa.
Arusha National Park
Without a doubt, the best park for day trips is the closest park to Arusha city.
Arusha Park is home to Mount Meru which prolongs 14,968 feet high making it the 5th highest peak in the continent.
This park is blessed with prolific birding to more than 500 bird species while it is also home to elephant, the black-and-white colobus Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, monkey, flamingo, bushbuck, giraffe, and the blue monkey among many.
Game drive, birding, canoeing in the small Momela Lake, mount Meru climbing (takes 4 days), a visit to Ngurdoto crater famously known as a little Ngorongoro, visiting an iconic Fig tree arch as well as cultural tourism to the neighboring community are among the best experiences one may have in this city nearby park.
Kilimanjaro National Park
Can you guess how many travelers make an attempt to climb Kilimanjaro each year?
Any idea, hundreds? A certain ten thousand, maybe?
Well, it’s more than 30,000
In fact, more than thirty thousand adventurous travelers from all over the world try to climb the top of Kilimanjaro and on the way, they usually get rewarded with one of the most incredible sites on the planet.
The top of Kilimanjaro is known to be 5,895 meters, the highest in Africa. Nonetheless, that doesn’t tell it all, this is indeed the highest free-standing mountain in the world making Kilimanjaro national park one of the very best parks to visit.
Kilimanjaro, which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites is can be done as a day trip where a partial hike to this mountain will give you an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful vegetation
along with a fantastic view of both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks (the two highest peaks of the Mountain).
Furthermore, in a day trip to Kilimanjaro Mountain, you’ll also be rewarded by a view of the likes of black and white colobus while also having an opportunity to visit a small crater known as Maundi.
What’s more, there is a plateau in Shira which is known as Shira, simply the best place to see the true remains of molten lava, and the deep caldera that expired about half a million years ago. There is nothing that compares the beauty of the Shira rocks and valleys.
Now, if you want to reach the top of this Mountain where you’ll get rewarded with a certificate from Kilimanjaro National Park Authority, you need something from 5 to 8 days.
During these days (regardless of the number of days you decide, they’re well determined by the route you take) have no doubt that you’re going to be treated with among the world’s most beautiful & unique scenery.
Nyerere National Park
It isn’t only it is of the largest National Parks in Africa that makes Nyerere one of the best parks to visit in Tanzania. In fact, nothing compares to Nyerere which is part of the legendary Selous Game Reserve which itself is among the largest remaining animal sanctuaries on Earth.
While Nyerere national park offers among the finest boating safaris than anywhere else in the continent, it receives fewer visitors making it the most undisturbed remaining wilderness of Africa.
From the guided walking tours, traditional game drive, boat safaris around Rufiji River, and birding to more than 400 species of birds in Nyerere, there are good more activities in this park that are liked for being less crowded.
Nyerere National Park is blessed with a wide range of wild animals starting from waterbucks, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, black rhinos, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and lions just to name a few.
By the same token, the park is beautifully blanketed with the vegetation habitats of acacia-Terminalia woodlands, savannah, and miombo woodlands.
Ruaha National Park
I like to call this park a two in one as it also hosts Usangu game reserve, made of small mountains, great grasses making it an epic to spot animals.
This small game reserve is also home for woodlands and miombo that host elephants, lions, leopards, and buffalos just to name a handful.
Game reserve aside here is a few highlights of Ruaha national park;
- It is the 2nd largest national park in Tanzania
- It is one of Africa’s most lions and elephants’ populated areas with more than 2,000 lions.
- It is home to the Great Ruaha River which is one of the main tributaries of Rufiji River, the largest in East Africa which provides life to thousands of elephants.
Over and above that, now there is this one this feature that makes Ruaha national park unique, it is among the best places to viewing big packs of wild dogs, the best national park for viewing big pride of lions predating hence attracting up to 21,000 annual visitors.
Saadani National Park
It is uncommon and rare when a wildlife bush meets and ocean.
And in Tanzania, at Saadani National Park is only place where the bush meets the beach! Only National Park in the country that borders the sea.
In your Tanzania safari, it is here in Saadani, you get both wildlife experience and beach experience all at the same time and at right at the same place.
Taking you about only 4-hour drive from Dar es Salaam, you’ll have enough time to exclusively experience;
- Game drive to where you’ll be lucky to spot Elephants, Wild dogs, Zebras, Buffalo, and wildebeest among many.
- Boat safari
- Birding to over 100 species of birds
Another highlight of Saadani Park is hippos and crocodiles thanks to the Wami River which crosses right in the park.
You won’t afford to miss a trip to Saadani if you’re going to do your safari in Tanzania on the Eastern circuit.
Mikumi National Park
If you’re going to be in Dar es Salaam on your trip to Tanzania, Mikumi should top your list in the best national parks to visit in the country.
Needlessly to say, this is the 5th largest national park in Tanzania only after, Nyerere, Ruaha, Serengeti, and Katavi National Parks.
Apart from being located in the country’s biggest city, Mikumi offers an opportunity to view big numbers of elephants, buffaloes, impalas, giraffes, zebras, lions all seeking to cool their bodies under the baobab trees during the sunny season.
When in Mikumi, you can do some of the following activities;
- Game drives.
- Nature Walks
- Birding to approximately 500 bird species
Achieving your Tanzania Safari requires careful done planning and research.
They’re more than 10 best national parks in Tanzania and focusing on all of them can become a huge distraction.
If you focus on all national parks in the country from; Saanane, Burigi-Chato, Rubondo, Gombe, Mahale Mountains, Ibanda-Kyerwa, Rumanyika – Karagwe, Kigosi, Ugalla, Mkomazi, Udzungwa National Parks plus the other 10 explained in this article, you’ll end up wasting a lot of time.
Start by narrowing down your choices and with a chat or two with our safari planning expert, your safari in Tanzania will start taking shape.
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