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Tanzania

  • Elephant family in Tarangire by John Lamphee
  • Lions climbing trees in Serengeti by John Lamphee
  • Ostrich in Ngorongoro by John Berry

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Tanzania

East Africa’s most popular safari icon with the annual migration and big game hot spots

With over a third of Tanzania set aside as conservation areas within 40 national parks and game reserves, tremendous biodiversity and dramatic scenery the country offers some of the best wildlife spectacles and safari experiences available in Africa.

Safaris in Tanzania are ideally suited for first-time travel to Africa and a perfect match for seasoned travellers and safari specialists in search of rare species and experiences.

Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro Crater are two of Africa's icons and the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti has made the traditional "northern circuit" world famous.  There's much more to discover by going beyond the obvious though.  Even up north.

In the south however the Selous and Ruaha make up one of the World's largest wildlife reserves.  This southern region is seriously wild, practically uninhabited and one of Africa's most significant strongholds of big game.

Go west and there's little to prepare even old Africa hands for the stark contrasts thrown at them. The remote, rough and raw wildness of Katavi plus the gin coloured waters of Lake Tanganyika with chimp filled forests on the Mahale shoreline present one of the best safaris in Tanzania.  

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Most popular safaris in Tanzania

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Wildebeest in Kenya by John Berry

Blue wildebeest

Gnu gnu gnu - get my drift? Gnuuing is the language of the wildebeests not dissimilar to mooing cows! Gnuu's are also called wildebeest and are related to cattle, goats, sheep as well as antelope. The blue wildebeest is East Africa's most abundant big game species. Many thousands form the annual wildebeest migration from Masai Mara to the Serengeti Plains, following the fresh new grass.

Cheetah in Serengeti by John Lamphee

Cheetah

To understand Africa you need to understand the big cats which are under severe threat. Cheetah are small, have spots and distinguishing black teardrop shaped markings from the eye down the side of the nose. Incredible speed and climbing up termite mounds for good vantage points, makes them efficient killers. Best places to see them is in the Serengeti and the Masaai Mara in Kenya.

Impala on the Serengeti by John Lamphee

Impala

Safety in numbers truly applies to these graceful medium sized antelopes spread throughout eastern and southern Africa. A bark from a look-out warns a herd to run. Leaping up to 10 feet high (3 metres), and 33 feet long (10 metres), ensures a predator finds it difficult to catch an impala. Long spiralling horns on the males make fierce weapons to use in mating season. 

Top safari spots

Wildebeest in the southern grass plains for as far as the eye can see

The Serengeti and beyond

Main focus of the northern Tanzania safari circuit is the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. This year round event in Africa’s most famous safari icon offers far more than vast herds on the move – prides of lions, leopard, cheetah and other resident game always feature. There’s also far more to see in this massive eco-system that includes Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Manyara.

Kwihala Camp in Selous by Tracey Van Wijk

The Selous & Ruaha

Tanzania’s southern safari spots are measured by a captivating scale – massive geographic wilderness, few people. Ruaha is East Africa’s largest National Park, Selous Game Reserve is one of the World’s largest wildlife reserves. The only residents are seasonal safari operations in a region seen by fewer than 2% of tourists to Tanzania. Wildlife dominates vast landscapes here!

A chimp ponders the meaning of life (courtesy John Corse)

Katavi and Mahale

In western Tanzania, Katavi and Mahale offer stark contrasts, diverse habitats and a safari experience you'll find hard to match anywhere in Africa. It’s remote, expensive and seriously rewarding. There's outstanding resident game in the rarely visited and truly wild Katavi park. Wild chimpanzees abound within the deep forests of Mahale on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.