Tanzania Safaris

Tanzania is home to the world’s highest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, which provides breathtaking views from its summit and a glorious backdrop for many of Tanzania’s popular parks. Tanzania boasts a dynamic wildlife experience through it’s range of well-known game parks, with spectacular scenery right at your doorstep. Clients will get up close and personal with the natural world, which is bursting at the seams with wildlife. Located to the north of Tanzania, lies the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Serengeti’s landscape is 15,000 sq km in size and borders with other reserves including the Masai Mara (in Kenya) to the north and Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the south. All of which combined, encompasses a massive ecosystem in which wildlife can live freely whilst being protected.

Several notable rivers run across the Serengeti such as the Seronera River in the middle, the Mara River to the north and the Grumeti River towards the west. The Serengeti’s ecosystem is a mix of nutrient-rich grasslands and fragmented woodlands, with lush green areas scattered with Acacia trees – all dominated by the central ranges of mountains.

The Serengeti is one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries with it being best known for its annual migration of wildebeests and high concentration of plains animals, which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Moreover, a variety of gazelles can be found at the Serengeti park including the Grant’s gazelle, the tiny dik dik, and Thomson’s gazelle – to name a few.

Whilst the Serengeti doesn’t feature many monkeys, visitors will be able to see baboons and black-faced Vervet monkeys, particularly near the lodges. Other wildlife animals the Serengeti is host to include impalas, waterbucks, hyenas, zebras and wildebeests, to name a few. Not only are visitors likely to see wildebeests and zebras, the Serengeti has large herds of buffalo and a large giraffe population.

Predators that can be discovered in the Serengeti include lions, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards. The popular mammals have been highlighted through a multitude of films and documentaries. Making a welcomed return to the Serengeti National Park is the rhino, which was once on the verge of extinction. Aside from the larger game, there are some charming little animals to be found on the Serengeti landscape, including mongoose, bat-eared foxes, and rock hyraxes. Hippos can be found in their pools throughout the year, no matter what season it is, with elephants frequently spotted too. However, it’s important to note that the Serengeti population is migratory, and the number of elephants can differ, depending on the season.

Almost 500 species of bird have been identified in the Serengeti, including those that have migrated from Europe and Asia during the winter season. The Serengeti’s birds are just as impressive and diverse as its mammals. Bird species found in the Serengeti include eagles and vultures of various species, as well as ostriches, secretary birds, Kori bustards, hornbills and guinea fowl.

Discovering wildlife when out on a safari will depend on multiple factors. The ecosystem of the Serengeti is vast due to the changes in weather throughout the seasons, the types of wildlife to be found can vary as herd migrations alter. Therefore, it is an unrealistic expectation for visitors to anticipate seeing all the wildlife the Serengeti may have to offer.

Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest inactive, unfilled and intact caldera on the planet. Considered to be a “natural wonder” and home to over 30,000 animals, the Ngorongoro Crater is not to be missed on your trip to Tanzania. 

Wildlife animals can usually be found in the vicinity of the Ngorongoro Crater, including elephants, hippos and buffalos. While there is some migratory movement in and out, most of the animal population remains year-round due to the protected nature of the area and the abundance of grazing and water. Moreover, there are several of Tanzania’s few remaining rhinos as well as multiple lion prides. As a result, Ngorongoro is an excellent place to see wildlife.

The Ngorongoro Crater covers over 102 square miles with a huge soda lake and in turn, provides a contained space for a large number and variety of animal species. The entire Ngorongoro Crater radiates a distinct and almost mystical atmosphere. Massive flocks of flamingos can be found in the alkaline soda lake, making for a spectacular and everlasting sight, which is not to be missed. 

The crater edge is lined with lodges and camps providing the opportunity to stay overnight at the Ngorongoro Crater. If on a day trip, the descent into the crater and tour are conducted in four-wheel-drive vehicles due to the steepness of the entry and exit routes, which are unsuitable for minibuses. On some tours the opportunity to have a scenic picnic lunch in the centre of the crater, is available. 

The conservation area is estimated to be home to around 40,000 residents who share the landscape with wildlife. Traditional grazing rights for Maasai tribesmen exist here and they can be seen tending to their cattle in their distinctive tribal attire.

The park is nestled close under the Great Rift Valley. Permanent water sources have harvested a rich forest with a range of established and fascinating trees, despite the lake being considerably shallow. 

The park is 330 square kilometres in size and the lake accounts for 230 square kilometers of this. While this endearing park is miniscule in comparison to most others across Tanzania, it is definitely worth a visit due to its distinctive features and vast array of wildlife.

Although the park is not classified as a rainforest, the dense and shady environment  is home to many monkeys, birds, and other forest life.

Lake Manyara National Park is populated by large troops of baboons who enjoy strutting their stuff in front of tourists. On the banks of the lake eagles, pelicans, flamingos, storks, hornbills, egrets, cranes and more can be discovered. Not forgetting the high volume of resident hippos who are more often than not lounging by the ‘hippo pool’. 

A common misconception of Lake Manyara National Park is that tree-climbing lions are often seen. However, this isn’t as frequent as is thought. Other animals that can be found include elephants, buffalos, gazelles, lions and giraffes. 

Tarangire National Park is situated only a two to three hour drive away from north eastern city of Arusha – an easily accessible location and the perfect destination for a Tanzanian safari trip. As a member of a much larger game protection area, the Tarangire National Park is only 2,600 square kilometres in size.

Many safaris will neglect Tarangire on their way north to more well-known attractions. However, during the drier season especially, there is an extraordinary quality of game viewing to take advantage of, matched with jaw-dropping scenery.

Furthermore, the dry season also allows for many migratory wildlife species to return to the Tarangire River’s permanent waters. Giant herds of Wildebeest, Zebras, Elephants, Eland, and Oryx congregate in Tarangire before the rain arrives, at which point they migrate to drier climates and grazing areas. Due to the fact there is year-round availability of water, the Tarangire National Park attracts a large number of bird species to its midst. 

The vast number of mammoth baobab trees in Tarangire is one of the park’s most striking attributes. Otherwise known as upside down trees, these colossal structures are an unusual but phenomenal sight to many. The rolling hills and a captivating river gorge creates some of the most exquisite scenery in the heart of east Africa.

Various luxury camps and lodges in the area provide bush walks and night game drives for visitors to make the most of, ensuring that there is something for everyone at the Tarangire National Park. 

The park contains a variety of ecosystems, ranging from a flamingo-fringed soda lake to thick forest, a crater floor that looks almost identical to that of Ngorongoro and the uplands of Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak at 4566 metres. Arusha National Park is considered to be a relatively small park, with a total area of just 137 square kilometres. Not as well known as some of its counterparts, it is often overlooked by tourists with time constraints who are more keen to visit well-known parks. Nevertheless, Arusha National Park is ideal for visitors who want a short day trip, particularly if they’re still recovering from their long journey to Tanzania. 

Located a short distance from the city of Arusha, it is highly unlikely that when visiting this park you will see huge predators or massive plain animals roaming. However, there are plenty of monkeys, birds, giraffes, gazelles, warthogs and zebras around for you to spot. 

The park itself has been established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Covering a vast proximity of land (652 square miles), Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is home to a diverse range of ecosystems, including bushland, rainforest, heath, alpine desert, and arctic.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the world’s largest free standing mountain and is Africa’s tallest mountain at 5,895 meters above sea level. A popular attraction when visiting this park is to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Peak. On your climb up the mountain you may see animals such as monkeys and birds. Larger mammals tend to stay hidden in the deep forests away from human traffic, although on rare occasions they have been spotted.

The mountain’s snow-capped peaks are renowned for their iconic image and have inspired artists such as Hemingway and more over the decades. Mount Kilimanjaro serves as a truly magnificent backdrop as it dominates the view, particularly from the Amboseli National Park. 

It is no surprise that it’s such a popular destination for tourists when they visit Tanzania.

Selous Game Reserve

The reserve itself contains some of Africa’s most beautiful virgin bush, which has hosted three quarters of a million wildlife species over the centuries, while remaining unblemished. The Selous Game Reserve is vast, remote, and wild, with no human habitation permitted within its borders, with the exception of camps and lodges.

When visiting the Selous Game Reserve you won’t be short of wildlife to feast your eyes upon. Hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffalos, wildebeests, giraffes, waterbucks, baboons, leopards, lion, wild dog, sable, and roan, reside in the river systems and gorges, as well as swamps, woodlands, and savannahs. Selous Game Reserve also has an abundance of birdlife in its midst for visitors to enjoy. Game drives are conducted by boat or in an open four-wheel drive vehicle and they are a great way to witness wildlife in harmony. Selecting a safari that includes escorted walking safaris is a sure way to make your experience even more memorable. 

The 55,000-square-kilometer reserve used to be difficult to reach, but now there are many scheduled flights from Dar es Salaam and a convenient dirt road connecting it to other popular southern Tanzania attractions.

The Selous Game Reserve was named after a famous elephant hunter called Captain Frederick Courteney Selous, who was killed in 1917 by a German sniper. 

Ruaha National Park

Situated in the southern half of Tanzania, Ruaha National Park might not be visited as often as northern Tanzania reserves. However, it provides the perfect location for visitors that are looking for a less crowded safari experience. 

Ruaha National Park is Tanzania’s second largest park at 10,300 square kilometres. With over 10,000 elephants calling Ruaha National Park home, it is the ideal place to spot them and at an additional cost, visitors can take a walking safari, providing an unforgettable experience in the true serene wilderness of Ruaha National Park.

Vehicle game-viewing is also available at Ruaha National Park along the park’s extensive trail network, which features herbivores such as roan antelopes and impalas. Herbivores at the park are faced with daily challenges to evade predators such as lion prides and leopards. 

Mikumi National Park

Mikumi National Park is home to 400 species of local birds, including a number of European migrants, during the wetter months. In addition to this, elephants, lions, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, as well as giraffe and buffalo herds, are among the indigenous southern mammal species found at Mikumi.

Visitors are able to go out on 4×4’s with experienced rangers, scouting for the local wildlife. Early morning animal movements, such as elephants drinking from the watering holes, are particularly impressive to see and are well worth waking up early for. 

Mikumi National Park covers an area of 3,230km sq and is Tanzania’s fourth largest national park. Its prime location makes the reserve ideal for those who are looking for any start to the southern safari circuit. 

Udzungwa Mountains National Park

The sounds of hundreds of bird species, some of which are unique to this area, fill the Udzungwa Mountains National Park’s closed canopy forest, creating a serene atmosphere.

The Udzungwa Mountains National Park has numerous ecological zones: mountain forest, tropical rainforest, grassland and miombo woodland. The park has an area of 1,990 square kilometers and is an ideal retreat for hiking enthusiasts. Hikers will discover a majestic view of the Sanje Waterfall as it cascades 170 meters to a forested valley below, following a four hour trek in the park’s bush and hills. 

Six primate species can be found in the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, including the rare red Colobus monkey and the Sanje crested mangabey.


Saadani National Park

Saadani National Park is the only coastal wildlife reserve in Tanzania. Bordering the Indian Ocean and located north of Dar es Salaam, the park is easily accessed by scheduled air travel or road transportation. Saadani National Park is Tanzania’s 13th National Park, offering a tranquil and unrivalled setting for it’s visitors. 

When visiting Saadani National Park, there is an opportunity to visit local villages and interact with the local people as well as taking part in game drives where wildlife such as leopards, hyenas and monkeys can be spotted. 

The addition of sandy beaches and crystal waters, makes the Saadani National Park really stand out from the crowd. Closeby is the Wami River where local fishermen are at work. 

Gombe Stream National Park

A hidden gem on Tanzania’s western border at Lake Tanganyika lies the Gombe Stream National Park, best known for its high volume of chimpanzees. 

At only 56 sq km, Gombe Stream National Park is one of Tanzania’s smallest parks. The park was brought to fame thanks to primatologist Jane Goodall’s revolutionary research into chimpanzee behaviours.   

It is advised that a minimum stay of 2 days is required at the Gombe Stream National Park to increase the chance of seeing the chimps. Tourists can sign up for regular monitoring sessions and spend time watching the incredible chimpanzees, who are believed to have evolved in a similar way to human beings. 

The Gombe Stream National Park is also an ideal location for bird enthusiasts. The fish eagle and Peter’s twin spot are among the more than 200 species that have been identified at the park. 

From Kigoma, the park can be reached by boat or air travel. Kigoma is accessible via regular flights from Dar es Salaam, as well as flights from the Northern Circuit and Arusha, twice a week.

Mahale Mountains National Park

Mahale Mountains National Park is considered to be a hidden treasure in the remote west of Tanzania. The Mahale Mountains National Park spans 1,600 square kilometres of the Mahale Mountains and is host to approximately 1,000 chimpanzees. 

When visiting the Mahale Mountains National Park there are an abundance of excursions to take advantage of, such as snorkelling, fishing and nature hikes. However, tracking chimpanzees is the most frequented activity at the park. 

Mahale Mountains National Park is only accessible twice a week or  by privately chartered flights, therefore most trips are around 3 or 4 nights long. Mondays and Thursdays are the only days that scheduled flights are available. Additionally, since the scheduled flight departs from Ruaha early in the morning, at least one night in Ruaha National Park is expected, if travelling from Dar es Salaam. Return flights arrive in Dar es Salaam, where you can connect to Zanzibar.

Katavi National Park

Established in 1974, Katavi National Park is located between both lake Tanganyika and lake Rukwa, on the western side of Tanzania. Katavi National Park features some of Tanzania’s highest concentrations of crocodiles and hippopotami along with a broad range of safari wildlife such as antelopes and sables. Approximately 4,000 elephants call Katavi National Park home, with predators such as lions and hyenas also found roaming the park. 

Visitors can explore the 4,471 kilometer landscape via foot and/or vehicle, with the best game viewing believed to be along the Katuma River. When the water supply in the pools is poor, capturing a glimpse of a territorial dispute between hippos makes for an interesting watch. Additionally, visitors to the area flock to the terimand tree. It has been believed for many years that the tamarind tree inhibits the spirit of celebrated hunter, Kitabi, who is to this day still honoured by local tribesmen through offerings left at the tree in hope of his blessing. 

Katavi National Park can be accessed via both scheduled and chartered air travel with plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets.

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