Planning a safari to Tanzania can be a daunting task at first glance. When is the best time to visit? Which parks should be explored? Where can we stay? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you plan the ultimate safari experience in Tanzania.
Not only will you be mesmerized by the local wildlife, but your safari expedition also doesn’t have to break the bank. Tanzania safari tours can either be luxurious or budget-friendly.
Here you will find everything you need to know for your trip.
When to Go for a Safari in Tanzania
Deciding which time of year you want to go on your trip depends on what you want to get out of the experience. The season you choose to go in will have an impact on which parks you should visit, what animals you will see and, of course, the prices.
Each season has its perks and drawbacks, which we’ve highlighted for you below.
Calving Season – December to March
The calving season is most notable for the presence of the tens of thousands of baby wildebeest. Those lucky enough will see the babies take their first steps. The herd stays in the Ndutu region until it is time to migrate to the north.
Due to the calving season being a popular time to visit Tanzania and the fact that it is also Christmas and New Year’s makes it a hard time to find hotels. The prices of accommodation also increase during this time.
Green Season – April and May
Though the surroundings will be green and in full bloom, there is a lot of rainfall at this time of year. This means the visibility can be limited at times. And you may also have to spend more time in your tent or hotel than you had hoped.
However, as it is low season, the rates for luxury lodges are often greatly reduced. If you would like to experience a luxury safari in Tanzania for an affordable price, this is the ideal time to visit.
Peak Season – June to September
Without a doubt, this time of year is the most popular time to visit Tanzania. These months are distinguished by the movements of the wildebeest migration – one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife events. Starting from the Southern Serengeti all the way to the Maasai Mara in Kenya.
If you would like to see the herd in motion and the possibility to witness a river cross at Grumeti or Mara River, this is your time to go.
Shoulder Season – October and November
These two months are often known as the short rainy season. Resulting in it being a quiet time of the year. There will be fewer crowds in the parks but accommodations won’t be as cheap as they are in the rainy season.
Your chances of seeing the Wildebeest Migration in the Maasai Mara area are very slim at this time of the year.
Tanzania Safari Tours
Once you know what time of year you’d like to embark on your safari in Tanzania, it’ll be time to figure out which parks offer the best safari tours.
Serengeti National Park
This park is known worldwide because of the role it plays in hosting the Wildebeest Migration each year.
The park itself is split into several regions. The Ndutu region is home to the annual calving season. While the Seronera region is popular among visitors as it has a large big cat population.
Though the Grumeti Region section is often overlooked, you should definitely add it to your list. Each year it hosts the Grumeti River crossing – an unforgettable sight.
The Northern Serengeti is very popular during the months of July through August. This is when the Mara River crossing takes place. A stunning experience to witness.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Crater is home to Tanzania’s largest rhinoceros population. Fear not, you will also spot animals like elephants, buffalo, hyenas, hippos, lions, and much more.
Lake Manyara National Park
This might come as a surprise to some, but Lake Manyara National Park is best to visit during the rainy season. Its waters will be at its peak, attracting hippos and colorful flamingos. It’s also famous for its tree-climbing lions and variety of birdlife.
It is one of the few places in Tanzania that offers a canoe safari and a night game drive. Both of which are unique experiences.
Tarangire National Park
As one of Tanzania’s most unique parks, Tarangire is home to the distinctive baobab trees and the country’s largest elephant population.
Visit this park during the dry season as animals gather along the banks of the Tarangire River. Increasing your chances of spotting giraffes, zebras, elephants, and lions.
Where to Stay on a Tanzanian Safari
Tanzania offers something for travelers from all walks of life. From roughing it out on the plains of the Serengeti to swimming in your own private pool.
For those on a budget or with a thirst for adventure, camping is a great choice. You’ll usually camp in a public area with communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. A great perk is that you will be sleeping under the starry night sky.
Though in most cases you won’t find these within park boundaries, towns such as Arusha and Karatu offer a few options for those on a tight budget.
While the lodges don’t offer any fancy frills, you will have a comfortable place to sleep.
Luxury Lodges and Luxury Tented Camps
These types of accommodations are the ultimate, once-in-a-lifetime safari experience. But do keep in mind one needs a big budget.
Imagine sipping on a glass of champagne in your private pool surrounded by Tanzanian wildlife.
Final Thoughts – Tanzania Safaris
No matter how many videos or pictures you have seen of wildlife, it will never be as glorious as your first close encounter. That moment will be a memory that you will cherish for life. Wait no longer and book your Tanzanian adventure now.
Do keep in mind to be diligent and respectful of the animals. We are the guests in their homes. Follow the guidelines and regulations during your Tanzania expedition and you are bound to go home with spectacular photos and experiences.