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Tanzania safaris, tours & holiday packages

One of Africa's best wildlife safari destinations

From the great migration of the Serengeti to the more remote parks, Tanzania 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.

Popular Tanzania safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

10-day HerdTracker August great migration safari

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Tanzania

$ 7,165

£ 5,156

R 84,037

5,833

per person

10 days

Tanzania honeymoon safari

Enjoy the wildlife of Tanzania as well as the paradise of Zanzibar

Price on Request

per person

13 days

Kilimanjaro climb, Machame route - 7 days on the mountain

For the average climber, Machame is probably the most reliable route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and the roof of Africa

$ 2,325

£ 1,673

R 27,269

1,893

per person

9 days

Wildlife and culture – the perfect balance

Balance Tanzania's wildlife highlights, such as the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, with the rich cultural heritage of local tribes like the Masai

$ 4,756

£ 3,422

R 55,782

3,872

per person

11 days

Migration Safari in Kenya and Tanzania

See the beauty of nature's greatest wildlife spectacle on one of the grandest stages of them all

Price on Request

per person

8 days

Tanzania - medium budget, maximum game viewing

Visit Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro Crater and Serengeti for a four-in-one safari you'll remember forever

$ 6,980

£ 5,023

R 81,867

5,682

per person

11 days

HerdTracker July/October Great Wildebeest Migration safari

The movement takes place in Tanzania, which covers Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha and Tarangire National Park

$ 7,495

£ 5,393

R 87,907

6,101

per person

9 days

HerdTracker June/July Great Migration Safari in Tanzania

HerdTracker invites you to join them on a migration safari in Tanzania's Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park.

$ 7,240

£ 5,210

R 84,916

5,894

per person

9 days

Rwanda gorillas and the migration, both sides of the Mara River

Enjoy two of Africa's most magnificent wildlife experiences – mountain gorillas and the Great Migration – on one unforgettable safari

Price on Request

per person

11 days

10-day HerdTracker July great migration safari

Experience the drama of the nature's greatest spectacle in the Serengeti National Park

$ 7,165

£ 5,156

R 84,037

5,833

per person

10 days
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Introduction

Although Serengeti and Ngorongoro are Tanzania's best known protected areas, even its lesser parks have much to offer. See the huge elephant herds of Tarangire in the dry season (June to November), visit Lake Manyara at the bottom of the Great Rift Valley or go in search of primates in the west, where the Kitale swamps also provide good birding (especially raptors and water birds). 

Discover authentic tribes and cultures in Tanzania too, from the colourful and traditionally nomadic Masai and the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers of Lake Eyasi to the Zanzibari people of the islands of the coast with their intriguing customs.  

Know before you go

​Tanzania’s has over 100 ethnic groups, so getting involved in the culture is a must.

Try the traditional foods.

Kilimanjaro is massive and is the world’s largest free-standing mountain at 5895m high and 40km wide.

Driving conditions and the quality of the road surfaces can be challenging.

Travelling by train can be a great way to get around for the budget-conscious tourists. The TARZARA train takes travelers 1160miles from Dar es Salaam, all the way to Zambia. Be prepared to book in advance though.

The clocks tend to run a bit differently - based on the Kiswahili standard, the day starts at 0 hours (6am sunrise) and ends at 12 (6pm sunset).

Only drink from bottled water, the water is not safe to drink.

Get your vaccinations and protect yourself against malaria.

Parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro are massive and may take days to explore.

There are three international airports; Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Dar es Salaam Airport (DAR) and Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ).

Depending on your arrival time, you may have to overnight before catching your connecting flight to your safari camp.

When to go

​All parks: June to October

Serengeti for the Wildebeest migration and calving: June-July and Jaunary-February

Mount Kilimanjaro is best climbed either between July and October or January to March

Zanzibar: best to visit Zanzibar between August and October. Avoid the coast during the long rains of March to May.

What to pack

​Modest clothing is advisable in the bigger towns and Tanzania and Zanzibar, out of resepct for the prevalent Muslim beliefs and culture.

It is especially important to cover shoulders and knees, however various camps and lodges and the beaches of Zanzibar accept shorts, t-shirts and beach wear.

Dark colours like navy and black can attract tsetse flies (bloodsucking flies that transmit sleeping disease).

Keep colours light and neutral in medium-weight fabrics (flies can’t bite through thicker fabric).

Sunglasses, hat and sunblock.

Binoculars.

Sandals and walking shoes.

Small torch and batteries.

Toiletries.

Weather and Climate

​Tanzania’s climate is tropical and coastal areas are hot and humid, while the northwestern highlands are cool and temerate. There are mainly two rainy seasons (the short rains are from October to December and the longer rainy season is March to June).

The central plateau tends to be dry and arid throughout the year.

Safari / Holiday Styles

​Safari and beach style holidays.

Where to stay

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Roving Bushtops, Central Serengeti, Tanzania

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Frequently Asked Questions about Tanzania

When is the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve?

A Grumeti safari is rewarding throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Grumeti Game Reserve is during the migration months of June and July - when massive herds of wildebeest arrive to cross the crocodile-infested Grumeti River… go there.

When is the best time to visit Arusha National Park?

The best time to visit Arusha National Park is from June to October, during the dry season. It is easier to spot the wildlife - since they normally gather around the waterholes, rainfall is minimal, vegetation is not too thick and mosquitos… go there.

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar Island

The best time to visit Zanzibar Island is from June to October - during the dry months of spring. However, another popular time to visit the tropical Island is from December to February - when it’s hot and dry. go there.

When is the best time to visit Rubondo Island National Park

Rubondo Island National Park is best visited in the dry months of July to February. The jungle is less humid - however, there are also less mosquito’s and the temperatures are not as extreme. go there.

When is the best time to visit Saanane Island National Park?

June to August during the dry season, is the best time to visit Saanane Island National Park. This season is great for game drives, picnic as well as rock hiking. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mkomazi National Park. During the dry season - when the wildlife viewing is at its prime. go there.

When is the best time to track chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park?

July to October, during the dry months - is the best time to track the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park. Chimpanzees can be found easily on the low mountains slopes. go there.

When is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park?

June to October is the best time to visit Mikumi National Park. During the dry season, the wildlife concentrate around waterholes and rivers - making it easier to spot them. go there.

How fit do I need to be to climb the Mount Kilimanjaro?

There is no need to go overboard with fitness preparation for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. However, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly with a Kilimanjaro training program. Being in… go there.

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Reviews on our Tanzania safaris

Discover Africa and Carel has put in such an effort for us to experience the annual wildebeest migration, meticulous planning and accurate predictions with logical and the best accommodation options both sides of the Mara River guaranteed us…

Jates and Hil Oettle

from South Africa

I just wanted to thank Discover Africa and Karl Svendsen - the safari was great - we saw many more animals than expected including cheetah, leopard, many lions and even a three-day old elephant calf. Additionally, we had our own hippo…

Margaret Dean

from

We had the most wonderful time in Tanzania. We left yesterday and miss it already. We saw the big 5 and felt super lucky to see the lions and leopard with their kill. Our guide was also wonderful. Thank YOU for planning our trip of a…

Debbie Wei

from

We had a wonderful experience with the Discover Africa team on our trip to Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to head down early and their team were most helpful in arranging exciting new options for us while…

Mark Tomlinson

from South Africa

Our service from Carel at Discover Africa was outstanding. His recommendations on the timing of our trip, the lodges we should book, communication and overall assistance ensured that our trip went off very smoothly and that we were in the…

Patti Legg

from South Africa

History was made in supporting Chaeli Mycroft to become the 1st quadraplegic female to summit Kilimanjaro. What amazing partners Discover Africa are! Great communications from home team ensured that getting to Tanzania happened without a hitch.

Zelda Mycroft

from South Africa

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