Wild Tanzania

Why Tanzania?    Serengeti.  Ngorongoro Crater.  Great Migration.  Zanzibar.  Selous.  Ruaha.

Here is a selection of our best-selling Tanzania Safaris & Extensions.
Of course, there are lots of options & permutations... so contact us to tailor-make a safari just for you.
Why a Tanzania Safari?

Serengeti - Big Cats & The Great Migration (of National Geographic fame).

Ngorongoro - World Heritage listed Crater ecosystem & endangered black rhinos.

Tarangire - semi-arid ecosystem dotted with baobab trees, home to large elephant herds.

Lake Manyara - World Biosphere Reserve, particularly interesting for birders.

Selous, Ruaha, Katavi & Mahale - Wild & remote.  A true wilderness experience. Home to African Wild Dogs.  Chimpanzee Treks.

Zanzibar, Pemba & Mafia Islands - Stone Town & culture, tropical white sand beaches, snorkelling, whale sharks & scuba diving.

Classic Tanzania Safari 

Safari Highlights: The Migration, Big Cats & Africa's Big 5: Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard.
Is this Safari for me? For the first time safari-goer who wants Tanzania's famous highlights.

Quick Look Tanzania Safari Itinerary
  Day Location   Tanzania Safari Highlights
  1 Arusha   Tarangire:  Semi-arid ecosystem, baobab forests & large elephant herds in season.
  2 Tarangire  
  3 Tarangire   Lake Manyara:  World Biosphere Reserve, particularly interesting for birders in season.
  4 Tarangire/
Lake Manyara
 
  5 Ngorongoro   Ngorongoro Crater:  World Heritage listed, 20km wide Crater, with resident wildlife including black rhinos. Excellent Big Cat sightings.
  6 Ngorongoro  
  7 Serengeti   Serengeti: Abundant Grass Plains stretching to the horizon.
Big Cats: lion, leopard, cheetah. Famous Wildebeest Migration, & wildebeest calving in season.
  8 Serengeti  
  9 Serengeti    
  10 Serengeti  
         
Detailed Tanzania Safari Itinerary
         
  Day   Tanzania Safari Activities & Highlights  
  1   Transfer airport to hotel. Relax & prepare for the coming days of adventure.  
 
  2   Drive to Tarangire.  Game drive in Tarangire National Park - a beautiful, semi-arid, baobab-studded ecosystem.  In season, view dense concentrations of wildlife, including large herds of Elephants.  Tarangire is the home of Dr. Charles Foley's 'Tarangire Elephant Project'. (B L D)  
 
  3   Enjoy morning & afternoon or a full day of game drives to explore Tarangire National Park. Enjoy searching for wildlife along the Tarangire sand River.  (B L D)  
 
  4   Today: another day of game drives in Tarangire National Park.
Alternatively: drive to Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara is a soda lake, and part of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. Explore savanna, marshes & acacia woodland.  (B L D)
 
 
  5   Drive to the Crater Highlands today.  See Maasai tribes people herding their cattle & goats.  Afternoon at leisure or a chance to drive further into the rarely visited northern Ngorongoro Highlands for a chance to see Empakaai Crater, and Ol Donyo Lengai - the Masai Mountain God.  (B L D)  
 
  6   Explore World Heritage listed Ngorongoro Crater.  A 20km wide, unbroken caldera (volcanic crater) complete with its own resident wildlife.  Critically endangered black rhinos & lions are the star attractions, along with leopards in the Crater rim forest.  (B L D)  
 
  7   Visit Olduvai Gorge: the "birthplace of Humankind".  See a variety of fossils, including ancient hominid footprint casts at the small Leakey Museum.
Continue to the Serengeti for afternoon game drives. Watch the spectacular sunset over the Serengeti's Grass Plains. (B L D)
 
 
  8   Big Cats are one of the star attractions of the Serengeti. Game drive in search of lion prides, cheetahs & leopards made famous by BBC & Disney's 'African Cats'.  See a myriad of Plains wildlife such as zebra, wildebeest, Thomsons & Grants gazelles, impalas, dik diks & more.  (B L D)  
 
  9   Game drives to see the Great Wildebeest Migration in season - made famous by National Geographic documentaries. You may even see the Wildebeest calving during February, where wildebeest give birth to up to 8,000 calves a day. (B L D)  
 
  10   FLY to Arusha, where you can relax in your day room. Later transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home. (B)  
 
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Luxury Classic Tanzania Safari from only $4,495
Want more Luxury or Exclusivity? from $5,698 to $10,000+
Remote Tanzania Safari 

Safari Highlights: Exclusive, remote wilderness.  Best chance to see Wild Dogs.
Is this Safari for me? For the safari connoisseur who wants to experience Wild Africa - by vehicle, boat & foot.

Quick Look Tanzania Safari Itinerary
  Day Location   Tanzania Safari Highlights
  1 Dar es Salaam   Ruaha:  Vast wilderness. A unique transition zone from Eastern to Southern African species.  Spectacular birdlife.
  2 Ruaha  
  3 Ruaha    
  4 Ruaha  
  5 Selous   Selous: Africa's largest Game Reserve.  Wildlife viewing by boat safari.  Nature walks, walking safaris & fly camping.
  6 Selous  
  7 Zanzibar/ Pemba   Zanzibar: World Heritage listed Stone Town & Swahili coastal culture.  White sand beaches, snorkelling & diving.
  8 Zanzibar  
  9 Zanzibar   OPTION - Pemba Island: for a remote, barefoot island paradise that sees few visitors, swap Zanzibar for Pemba.
  10 Zanzibar  
         
Detailed Tanzania Safari Itinerary
         
  Day   Tanzania Safari Activities & Highlights  
  1   Transfer airport to hotel. Relax & prepare for the coming days of adventure.  
 
  2   Transfer to the airport.
FLY to to the untouched wilderness of Ruaha National Park. Game drive in Ruaha, a unique transition zone of Eastern & Southern African species.  Relax at your lodge & enjoy the beautiful views.  (B L D)
 
 
  3   Morning & afternoon or a full day of game drives in Ruaha National Park, following the Great Ruaha River.  See amazing concentrations of wildlife around the Ruaha & Mzombe Rivers, including lions, elephant & buffalos.  
(B L D)
 
 
  4   Another day to enjoy Ruaha's amazing landscapes, wildlife and wilderness. This is a park that has inspired many an artist, including Robert Glen (bronze sculptor) & Sue Stolberger (painter).  (B L D)  
 
  5   FLY to Selous, Africa's largest Game Reserve.  Explore Selous on game drives, by boat safari & by foot.  See beautiful species such as Roan & Sable antelope.  Selous is home to the largest remaining populations of endangered African Wild Dogs.  (B L D)  
 
  6   Today enjoy wildlife viewing by boat, vehicle or on foot.  On your boat safari, see grunting hippos, crocodiles, diverse birdlife, & maybe even elephants crossing the river!  (B L D)  
 
  7   FLY to Zanzibar. Stay in Stone Town so you can enjoy the Swahili Culture and wandering the World Heritage listed winding streets.  Alternatively, head for the white sand beaches where you can relax and unwind after your safari.  (B)  
 
  8   Day at leisure, with lots of optional activities available, such as: Tour of Stone Town, Spice Farm Tour, Jozani Forest tour where you can see endangered Red Colobus monkeys, snorkelling, scuba diving Mnemba Atoll - or simply relax! (B)  
  9   Day at leisure, or activity options as above. (B)  
  10   FLY to Dar es Salaam & transfer to the international airport to catch your flight back home. (B)

EXTENSION OPTION:  Lake Tanganyika Diving, min 4 days - see 'Extensions' tab for more information.
 
 
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Luxury Remote Tanzania Safari from only $5,887
Want more Luxury or Exclusivity? from $7,965 to $10,000+
Diving in Tanzania

Highlights: Zanzibar diving, Mafia diving & whale sharks, Pemba wall diving.
Is this for me? For the scuba diver that wants a taste of all Tanzania's Island diving highlights.

Quick Look Tanzania Diving Safari Itinerary
  Day Location   Safari Highlights
  1 Zanzibar   Zanzibar:  Mnemba Atoll Marine Park. Coral gardens. Stone Town Swahili culture. Red colobus monkeys in Jozani forest. Spice Farms.
  2 Zanzibar  
  3 Zanzibar   Mafia Island: Chole Bay. Marine Park with excellent diving. Turtles, reef sharks. Snorkel with whale sharks in season.
  4 Zanzibar  
  5 Mafia   Pemba Island: A remote, barefoot island paradise. Pemba Channel, exhilerating wall drift dives, Misali Island.
  6 Mafia  
  7 Mafia  
  8 Mafia  
  9 Pemba    
  10 Pemba  
  11 Pemba    
  12 Pemba    
         
Detailed Tanzania Diving Safari Itinerary
         
  Day   Tanzania Diving Activities & Highlights  
  1   Arrive in Zanzibar. Transfer airport to hotel. Relax & prepare for the coming days of adventure.  
 
  2-4   Zanzibar - up to 6 dives total, as per local weather and tidal conditions. 
Diving on Day 4 restricted to morning. 
Zanzibar's most famous dive sites are off Mnemba Atoll, where there are beautiful coral gardens, and you have a good chance of seeing turtles. For the advanced diver, Leven Banks is an excellent dive with large pelagics - but only reachable in good sea conditions. 
For your time off, or non-diving partner/ family, there are lots of options:
Tour of Stone Town, Spice Farm Tour, Jozani Forest tour where you can see endangered Red Colobus monkeys, snorkelling. (B D)
 
 
  5   Transfer from your hotel to Zanzibar Airport.
FLY Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam - Mafia. 
On arrival, transfer to your Mafia Lodge. (B D)
 
 
  6-8   Mafia - up to 6 dives total, as per local weather and tidal conditions. 
Mafia Island Marine Park was Tanzania's first. The diving around Mafia's Chole Bay is arguably the best in Tanzanian waters. Large schools of reef fish, good chances of seeing turtles & even white-tipped reef sharks. Diving here is suitable for novice to advanced divers. 
In season, up to 2 whale shark snorkelling trips. 
Whale sharks aggregate as little as 200m off the western shores from Nov-early March. You can snorkel with these gentle giants - we frequently see several per trip, and as many as 14 in one 2 hour trip! 
Diving on Day 8 restricted to morning. (B L D)
 
 
  9   Transfer to Mafia Airport.
FLY Mafia - Dar - Pemba. 
Transfer to your Pemba Lodge. (B L D)
 
 
  10-11   Pemba - up to 4 dives total as per local weather and tidal conditions. 
Pemba diving is exhilarating for the advanced diver, particularly off the northern tip where the currents are often strong. There are steep wall drop-offs, sea mounts & sea ridges to explore - recommended only for the advanced diver. 
For the novice & advanced diver alike, Misali Island has beautiful coral gardens, as well as small wall dives with a relatively light current.
Diving on Day 11 restricted to morning. (B L D)
 
 
  12   Transfer to Pemba Airport.
FLY Pemba - Zanzibar.
Continue with your onward journey. (B)
 
 
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Luxury Tanzania Diving Safari from only $4,788
Want more Luxury or Exclusivity? from $5,995 to $10,000+
Extend your Holiday

Want even more?
Explore different parks or regions, focus on particular species, relax by the beach, 
go scuba diving, discover local culture... it's your choice.
Below are some ideas. Contact us for specific recommendations just for you.

  Mafia Island - min 2 nights
Love marine life? Want to go diving, see whale sharks & turtles?
If you're a water baby & love marine life, then head to Mafia Island. Mafia Island Marine Park was Tanzania's first Marine Park, and the most successful, with turtles & white tip reef sharks as regulars.
In season, you have the chance of swimming with the world's largest fish - the incredible whale shark, measuring up to a whopping 18m!
You are almost guaranteed to see turtles in the ocean, and in season, turtles hatching.
This is a laid-back tropical paradise for those that appreciate nature.
If relaxing on a white sand beach is more your style, head to Zanzibar. 
Incl. flights from Dar es Salaam, transfers, accommodation, breakfast.
From US$ 670 pp for 2 nights.
   
  Pemba Island - min 2 nights
Want to head to a remote, tropical island & maybe go diving?
Head to Pemba for a truly chilled out, relaxing end to your safari.  Pemba is a destination for those looking for a Robinson Crusoe style 'barefoot paradise'.  Aqua blue waters & beaches that retain their indigenous mangrove forests.  
Fundu Lagoon is a favourite for romantic escapades & Honeymoons.  The perfect place to relax and do nothing, or go snorkelling/ diving at Misali Island.
The northern tip of Pemba is an excellent destination for Advanced Scuba Divers that enjoy vertical walls, sea mounts, ridges & sometimes fast currents. 
Incl. flights from Dar es Salaam, transfers, accommodation, breakfast.
From US$ 695 pp for 2 nights.
   
 

Zanzibar Island - min 2 nights
Want to visit famous Zanzibar for culture & white sand beaches?
From white sand beaches on the north & east coasts, to World Heritage listed Stone Town & Red Colobus monkeys in Jozani Forest. 
Zanzibar is a large island, taking 2 hours to drive north to south, and an hour across. So, we recommend staying in the area that interests you most. There is an ever increasing range of accommodation options on this resort island.
Incl. flights from Dar es Salaam, transfers, accommodation, breakfast.
From US$ 478 pp for 2 nights.

   
  Lake Tanganyika - min 4 nights Love going remote & unique? Want to dive & see cichlid fish? One of the world's largest & deepest freshwater lakes, and one of Africa's Great Lakes. This is a rarely visited, remote and beautiful lake in Western Tanzania, which we highly recommend. You'll be amongst only a handful of visitors there at any one time - there are only 2 small places to stay. If you're a scuba diver or a cichlid fish enthusiast, you'll know this is a must-do. There are over 250 species of cichlids here, with a high level of endemism - aquarium keepers love Lake Tanganyika species for their bright colours. You also have the option to extend & go to Katavi National Park for its excellent wildlife, or beautiful Mahale Mountains National Park to trek to see chimpanzees. Incl. flights from Arusha or Dar es Salaam, transfers, accommodation, most meals. From US$ 2,498 pp for 4 nights.
   
 

Tanzania's Remote West - we also offer safaris to Mahale & Gombe Stream where you can go trekking in the forest to see chimpanzees, and to Katavi for its great wilderness & high wildlife concentrations during the dry season.  This is an incredible safari for connoisseurs.

   
 
   
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Prices

Q: How much does it cost?    The short answer: It depends....

The long answer:  The World's Wild Spaces are often expensive destinations because of strict government controls, high park fees & complex logistics.  Amongst other things, it also depends on accommodation quality, location & exclusivity; what type of vehicles are used; whether you're flying around a lot; and how many days you spend in-country.  

 

Whatever your budget, we will recommend the best possible adventure to suit you.

 

  Classic Safari 
  Luxury from: US$ 4,495
  More Luxury from: US$ 5,698
 
  Remote Safari
  Luxury from: US$ 5,887
  More Luxury from: US$ 7,965
 
  Diving Safari
  Luxury from:  US$ 4,788
  More Luxury from: US$ 5,995
 
  Extensions
  Standard from: US$   478
  More Luxury from:  US$ 670
     
  Season  
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D
 
 
  Season   Low   High   Peak  
 
    Seasons shown here are based on accommodation pricing, which is based on holiday seasons.  For wildlife seasons & the best time to go, see our "Seasons" tab.    
   

Prices based on 2 people travelling, sharing a room.

 

Choose your own Private Safari or a Small Group - contact us for your tailor-made adventure!

 

No hidden costs - Guaranteed!  
We include everything possible to make your adventure as easy as possible.

 

So what's the difference between a luxury vacation and an even more luxurious or exclusive one?

       
  Luxury   More Luxury & Exclusivity
  High quality lodges &/or tented camps,
which tend to be on the larger side.
Food is of a good standard, often presented 
as a self-serve buffet.
Driving safaris will be in private 4x4 vehicles.
  Small & intimate, lodges or camps, often on a
house drinks & extra activity inclusive basis.
Usually in the best locations for wildlife viewing.
High standards of Guiding, food & service.
Driving safaris will be in private 4x4 vehicles.
       
  Accommodation featured:   Accommodation featured:
  African Tulip Hotel
The Arusha Hotel 
Tarangire River Camp
Ngorongoro Farmhouse 
Ngorongoro Mobile Camp
Serengeti Kati Kati Camp 
Serengeti Mbuzi Mawe Camp
Serengeti Mbalageti Camp
Ruaha Mdonyo Camp
Selous Lake Manze Camp 
Zanzibar The Z Hotel 
Zanzibar Beyt al Chai 
Zanzibar Breezes Beach Club & Spa
  Arusha Legendary Lodge
Arusha Coffee Lodge
Tarangire Oliver's Camp 
Tarangire Treetops Lodge
Ngorongoro Lemala Camp
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Serengeti Sayari Camp
Serengeti, Singita Grumeti Lodges
Ruaha Jongomero Camp
Selous Sand Rivers Camp 
Zanzibar Serena, Stone Town 
Zanzibar Mnemba Island Lodge 
Lake Tanganyika Lake Shore Lodge 
       

We clearly explain what's included & what's not:

 

Inclusions: All your accommodation, most meals, wildlife viewing activities in quality safari vehicle with qualified Driver/Guide, all internal flights, all airport transfers, all park & conservation fees.

 

All government taxes, fuel surcharges, Park & Conservancy entrance fees are included and correct as at date of quote. However they are subject to government & local authority imposed changes, often without notice (!) and therefore beyond our control. We will always endeavour to minimise their impact and inform you if a supplement is required.

 

Exclusions: International airfares to & from your chosen destination. Visa fees, personal & travel insurance, excursions not specified, drinks unless specified, laundry, telephone or internet costs, gratuities, and all other personal expenses. Some airports now charge safety fees, which are payable directly at each airport upon departure.

 

Additional things to consider: Busy times of the year normally have a supplement added by the accommodation providers - Easter, Xmas & New Year holidays.  These will be included in our costs - so no surprises when you get there!

 

Seasons

Q:  When is the best time to go?     
A:
 It depends on what you want to see & experience.

It may sound like a cliché to say that there is no bad time to go, however, it really is true - we know, we're there at all times of the year!  There is always something happening; animals don't disappear because it's raining, although they do disperse into different areas.  The exception here is the remote south & west - although the rainy season is a great time to go, most lodges & camps close down because of the difficult logistics involved with long distances, impassable dirt roads, and wet airstrips!  

 

If you're constrained to travelling at a particular time, don't worry: we'll recommend the best places & parks - and the best locations within the the parks - to visit at that time.

 

If you have specific interests - such as seeing The Great Migration in the Serengeti, or whale sharks off Mafia Island - then you do need to travel at the right time of year, AND to the right area.

 

Guide to the safari seasons & the best time to go to Tanzania


  January - March
Short dry season with rain showers towards the end of the period.
A month of mass wildebeest calvings in the Serengeti/ Ndutu short grass plains: up to 8,000 calves are born each day.  Lots of bounding, wobbly legged wildebeest calves are a sight to behold!
High predator densities & excellent lion, cheetah & hyena sightings.
Great time for birding, with Eurasian migratory bird species present.
   
  April - May
Classified as the Long Rains.
However, this is not monsoonal - the typical pattern is: periods of clear skies & mixed cloud, with an afternoon shower.
An excellent time for photography as the air is crisp & clear.
The Wildebeest Migration is spread out over Serengeti's short grass plains, where they bring up their newly born calves. 
Lush, green vegetation & beautiful wildflowers. 
Southern & Western national parks are closed for this season.
   
 

June

Start of the cooler, dry season.
Wildlife begins to migrate closer to water sources, making for easier wildlife spotting.
Wildebeest start to gather and head into the western corridor of the Serengeti, heading northwards towards the end of the month.

   
 

July - October

Dry season, starting off cool & warming up towards the end of the period.
Animals concentrate further around water sources. 
During July, more wildebeest head north into the Masai Mara, moving backwards and forwards across the Mara River, between Kenya's Masai Mara & Tanzania's Serengeti.

   
  November - December
Short rains, bringing relief after the dry season. 
November marks the start of the Eurasian bird migration into East Africa. 
At the start of this period, the Great Migration starts to head south once again, through the northern Serengeti to the southern Serengeti's short grass plains.

 

Whatever time of year you choose to travel, rest assured that when you choose to travel with us, we will advise you of the best safari locations, safari seasons and safari dates for your particular interests.

 

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