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From the great migration of the Serengeti to the more remote parks, a Tanzania Safari offers superb game viewing in a dramatic setting of snowy peaks, volcanic craters and the Masai steppe of endless plains. Tanzania is renowned for its sheer numbers of wildlife. There are lots of big cats, and hordes of wildebeest, zebra and Thompson’s gazelle that migrate across the grasslands every year, with dramatic river crossings along the path of this Great Migration.

Few countries can compare with Tanzania’s natural beauty and cultural diversity – with Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater all in one country. If you’re energetic or adventurous, go on a multi-day walking safari in the Serengeti or Ruaha National Parks or tackle a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Don’t miss a visit to the exotic spice islands of Zanzibar for an infusion of aromas and architecture in historic Stone Town.

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Why Tanzania?

  • Africa’s visual masterpiece
  • Follow the Great Wildebeest Migration
  • Float silently over the endless plains on a balloon safari
  • Experience the pristine coral reefs and sheer wall dives off the coast
  • Take in epic Rift Valley scenery and dramatic escarpment views
  • Stand on the high rim of the scenic masterpiece of the Ngorongoro Crater

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  • There are many places to watch the wildebeest migration and all the drama it draws, but we recommend the Mara River, the plains of the Masai Mara National Park, and the Ndutu Plains of Tanzania's Serengeti.
  • In Tanzania's Serengeti, the migration usually lasts for 9 months. During August, September, and October, it is most active in Kenya's Masai Mara.
  • Basically, the animals follow the rains because they want to find green grass. Wildebeest take advantage of the strong seasonal conditions by spending the rainy season on the plains in the south-east and the dry season in the woodlands in the north-west.
Tanzania has plenty of different accommodation options from self-catering to luxury hotels. The best way to book accommodation in Tanzania is with Discover Africa safaris.

Tanzania is best visited during the dry season, which runs from late June to October and is when you see the wildlife cross predator infested waters in unforgettable numbers.

  • The great migration is all year round. However, the river crossings are from September - October and the Calving season is from late January to early February.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is the highest point on the African continent, standing at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet).
  • The Selous Game Reserve is a protected area in southern Tanzania.
  • The official language in Tanzania is Swahili but there are hundreds of other local dialects.
  • English is the second official language and the country's commercial language. It is also the main teaching language used for all higher education institutions.
  • You will find that the majority of the people that you come in contact with are fluent in English and have a surprisingly good command of the language.
Tanzania is a good birding destination - estimated with 800 species are resident and nearly 200 are regular migrant. However, Migrants are present from November to April.
  • The best time to see the wildebeest migration is in August as the herds cross the Nile crocodile-infested Mara River, crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania.
  • For optimal wildlife viewing opportunities, Tanzania is best visited during the dry season months of June - October. However, if you'd like to see the wildebeest migration, a visit during the months of January and February puts you in the middle of the calving season, a period where the herds give birth to their newborn calves.
  • The best place to go for wildlife viewing in Tanzania is Northern Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site, has some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world as well as the Serengeti, but don't forget about the southern circuit.
In some parts of Southern Africa, it is safe to drink tap water, however, it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and consistency from European, American or Asian water.  In East Africa, specifically Kenya, however, water pathogens are a huge problem. So it is advised to always stick to bottled water.
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