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Best Tanzania Safari Experiences Our Curated Selection Of The Best Safari Experiences in Tanzania

Tanzania is arguably the safari capital of the world. As well as getting the lion’s share of the Great Wildebeest Migration, it’s home to masses of game that don’t migrate. Apart from that, the best Tanzania safari experiences – which are among among Africa’s best safari experiences – include discovering mankind’s origins, meeting chimpanzees or even sleeping in a luxury treehouse.

The sheer scale of the country is inspiring, and planning a Tanzania safari can at times seem a little daunting. Our East Africa safari experts have compiled their pick of the best Tanzania safari experiences and are ready to create an itinerary that includes the ones that appeal to you most.

Like Kenya, Tanzania is both a terrestrial and an aquatic playground. Its long Indian Ocean coastline – and the islands scattered offshore – add an extra dimension and allow you to enjoy experiences that take you beneath the surface of this amazing country … in every sense.

Tanzania is easily large enough to accommodate contrasting cultures, from maritime Swahili history to the timeless lifestyle of nomadic herders. Respectful interactions with tribes like the Maasai offer insights into ways of life that may seem very removed from your own, but still contain lessons for us all.

Of course, it’s the immense game reserves and national parks that are its biggest drawcard and provide the settings for Tanzania’s best safari experiences. While renowned reserves like the Serengeti get much of the attention, there are ample opportunities to head off the map and discover some of our planet’s lonelier corners. Sharing may be caring, but it can also be rather wonderful when you don’t have to!

In addition to vast migrating herds, Tanzania boasts a wealth of equally fascinating species, from flamingos to chimpanzee. Who would you like to meet?

Rufiji River boat safari | Have sundowners next to the water in the Selous Game Reserve.

Cruising The Rufiji River Delta

Instead of a traditional game drive, how about an unforgettable aquatic safari on a Rufiji River boat, one of Tanzania's best safari experiences? The Selous Game Reserve is a primeContinue Exploring…...

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Tarangire safari | Here’s an iconic sight: an elephant in front of a baobab tree in Tarangire National Park.

Exploring The Lovely Tarangire

If you’d like to see a rare white giraffe, go on a Tarangire safari in northern Tanzania – Omo lives nearby. If you go in the dry season, you’ll seeContinue Exploring…...

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You too can embark on a Serengeti walking safari like these elephant.

Making Footprints Across The Serengeti

A stay in a private concession in the greater Serengeti allows you the opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot. As well as seeing some of the details often missedContinue Exploring…...

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Swim with dolphin | Young woman swiming in the beautiful water on Mauritius island with dolphins

Swimming With Dolphin In Zanzibar

Board a dhow and set sail into the tropical seas around Zanzibar. Don mask and fins, slip over the side and experience the elation of an exclusive swim with dolphinContinue Exploring…...

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Wildebeest calving | A white-bearded wildebeest runs with her newborn calf.

Witnessing Wildebeest Calving In The Serengeti

The awe of witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration can be topped by only one thing: seeing the migrating wildebeest calving. If you visit the Serengeti during February and March, you’llContinue Exploring…...

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The Great Wildebeest Migration masses for the Grumeti River crossing in the Serengeti.

Watching Wildebeest Cross The Grumeti

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the natural world’s most astonishing phenomena. Each year, more than a million wildebeest do a loop of the Serengeti and the Masai MaraContinue Exploring…...

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Wildebeest race across the Serengeti plains during Great Wildebeest Migration.

Going On The Move With The Wildebeest Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the natural world’s most astonishing phenomena. Each year, nearly two million wildebeest and accompanying zebra trek from the Serengeti to the Masai MaraContinue Exploring…...

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Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world.

Discovering Human Origins At Olduvai Gorge

Tanzania’s archaeological sites at Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli make the Ngorongoro Conservation Area one of the world’s most significant places for the study of human evolution. Visit this cradle ofContinue Exploring…...

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Zanzibar dhow cruise | Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland, and consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba.

Watching The Sunset From A Dhow

Board a traditional dhow and set sail from tropical shores on a private Zanzibar dhow cruise – one of Tanzania's best beach experiences. Enjoy sundowners under the tugging triangle ofContinue Exploring…...

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Seeing wildlife run in the wild, like the Selous, is what going on selous safari is all about.

Roaming The Remote Selous On Safari

The immense Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania is one of the largest and least visited of all of Africa’s game parks, making it the perfect place to get farContinue Exploring…...

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Zanzibar Scuba Safari

Scuba Safari On The Magical Reefs Of Zanzibar

In one of Tanzania's best experiences, board a traditional dhow and sail to a pristine coral-reef atoll off the island of Zanzibar. Don scuba-diving equipment and descend into a wondrousContinue Exploring…...

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Fly camping lets you get a real feel for southern Tanzania.

Having A Safari Under The Stars In Southern Tanzania

Head to the Selous or Ruaha reserves in southern Tanzania for a never-to-be-forgotten fly camping safari under the stars – one of Tanzania's best safari experiences. Walk from your lodgeContinue Exploring…...

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Lake Manyara Safari | At certain times of year, Lake Manyara is covered with pink flamingo.

Going On Safari At Lake Manyara

Before our safari in Tanzania, we thought that leopard were the only cats that climbed trees. On our Lake Manyara safari – one of Tanzania's best safari experiences – weContinue Exploring…...

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When they're not sleeping, the chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park spend much of their time on the ground.

Meeting Chimpanzees At Greystoke Mahale

During your visit to the beautiful Lake Tanganyika, you’ll have the chance to meet Tanzania’s chimpanzees in the wild. To spend a morning with one of these troops is sure toContinue Exploring…...

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Toast to your slow safari when staying at Chem Chem Lodge.

Slowing Down Between Tarangire And Manyara

This area of northern Tanzania is the birthplace of the slow safari – when you take a breather from frantically trying to spot game and simply be present in AfricaContinue Exploring…...

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Ngorongoro Crater Safari | Ngorongoro Crater is 20km wide and 600m deep.

Taking A Safari Into The Ngorongoro Crater

When going on a Tanzania safari, an essential, bucket-list experience is a Ngorongoro Crater safari – one of Tanzania's best safari experiences. Descend into this 20km-wide and 600m-deep volcanic caldera forContinue Exploring…...

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Flamingo safari | A flock of flamingo gather on Lake Nakuru.

Dancing With Flamingos In East Africa

The Rift Valley Lakes of East Africa provide the incredible spectacle of immense flocks of flamingos gathering to feed and breed on these otherwise inhospitable stretches of sodic water. TheContinue Exploring…...

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Serengeti Balloon Safaris | Hot-air ballooning is the ultimate African fantasy.

Soaring Over The Serengeti In A Balloon

Serengeti balloon safaris in northern Tanzania offer a thrilling adventure. You’re suspended in a wicker basket above the plains of East Africa with the sun peeping over the horizon andContinue Exploring…...

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Sleeping in a Selous treehouse will add an unforgettable dimension to your luxury Tanzanian safari.

Sleeping In A Selous Treehouse

A luxury, private Selous treehouse in the wilderness offers guests the chance to enjoy a safari under the stars in the middle of the African bush – one of Tanzania'sContinue Exploring…...

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