Tanzania is the perfect stage for both epic natural events and intimate shared moments.

Best Tanzania Safaris

The sheer scale of Tanzania – one of the best African safari destinations – can be a little daunting at first, which is why expert safari advice is invaluable. The best Tanzania safaris are created from a carefully curated blend of the best safari lodges, wildlife experiences, safari parks and reserves and itineraries, like this…

Tanzania provides ample space for many different kinds of safari holiday, and Tanzania safaris take full advantage of the country’s scope for both adventure and indulgence. 

Tanzania’s best safari lodges are as varied as the landscapes; they include luxury mobile camps that move with the wildlife, classic tented camps under flat-topped acacias, traditional safari lodges with safari suites and repurposed island mansions beneath swaying palm trees. 

The quintessential wildlife encounter here is witnessing Africa’s wildebeest migration, which, depending on the time of year, you can see crossing the Grumeti or calving in the southern Serengeti. However, that’s not all that’s on offer – the best Tanzania safari experiences also include hot-air ballooning over the Serengeti or cruising the Rufiji River delta by boat.

Many of Tanzania’s best safari parks and reserves are within reach of each other as part of the fabled northern safari circuit, including the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. The vast wild spaces of southern Tanzania, like Ruaha and the Selous, provide enhanced seclusion, while the Mahale Mountains offer the chance to walk among primates, much like Jane Goodall.  

Tanzania’s best safari itineraries can either be focused on one particular region or can employ light-aircraft flights to link destinations – nationally or in other safari areas, such as neighbouring Kenya and Uganda. 

Timing is vital in Tanzania, as many key wildlife events are linked to seasonal rainfall (or its absence). Avoiding peak seasons can mean better pricing and availability, and the opportunity for experiences that few other travellers have had. When to go is a key question, but come rain or shine, Tanzania consistently enthrals. 

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When to Go

After the rains of April and May, the vegetation is lush at the outset of the dry season, but gradually dies back, making wildlife easier to spot. Temperatures are delightful – warm days bracketed by cooler mornings and evenings. This is the best time of year to visit the southern parks, or to experience a chimpanzee safari at Mahale Greystoke. The Great Wildebeest Migration arrives in the Serengeti in June and July, so this area can become a little crowded – but you can always escape to the Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar, Benguerra or the Quirimbas.

Short rains in November refresh the savannah, but are followed by a dry spell which withers the grasses again, prompting incredible congregations of game at waterholes. Synchronised wildebeest calving on the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti in January and February represents a bonanza for predators – and wildlife photographers. With the parks less crowded, it’s also a great opportunity to concentrate on resident wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater and the flamboyant Great Rift Valley Lakes flamingo. Humidity on Zanzibar climbs from February, so visit in December and January.

Tanzania experiences two rainfall peaks each year: the short rains in November, and the long rains in April and May. The rains – and the resulting new grass growth – are of course the main drivers of the Great Wildebeest Migration. During April and May, the herds move north within the Serengeti, through Seronera and towards the Western Corridor. November sees the wildebeest return from the Masai Mara into the northeastern Serengeti. It’s worth noting that exact rainfall periods – and migration patterns – can of course vary from year to year.

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