Ngorongoro crater

Best wildlife tours in Tanzania

Best wildlife tours in Tanzania : Wildlife tours in Tanzania are among the top reasons that bring many people to explore the different safari destinations around the country.

The various safari destinations in Tanzania are found around the northern tourist circuit, in the southern parks and also in the western part of Tanzania. The northern part of Tanzania is famous for wildlife tours and is the most visited part of the country for wildlife viewing safaris.

Safari parks which are visited for wildlife viewing in the northern part of Tanzania include Serengeti national park, Lake Manyara national park, Tarangire national park, the Ngorongoro conservation area, Arusha national park. These destinations are home to numerous wildlife species such as the big five such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos.

A wildlife tour around Lake Manyara national park involves exploring the diverse habitat in the national park in search of numerous wildlife species such as the tree climbing lions that the destination is known for, elephants, zebras, gazelles among others and also enjoying seeing flamingos along the shores of Lake Manyara which covers about two thirds of the national park.

Tarangire national park is another destination with amazing wildlife tours in the northern part of Tanzania which is also famous for having many elephants and also for being a good birding destination. Wildlife species during safaris in this national park can be spotted around the Tarangire river which is also a major source of water for the wildlife in the national park especially during the dry season.

Best wildlife tours in Tanzania
The tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara

The Ngorongoro crater which is considered the world’s largest volcanic caldera is another wildlife viewing destination where the big five can be spotted after descending about 600 meters into the crater. The Maasai can also be encountered during a wildlife tour around the Ngorongoro conservation area. Another place which can be visited around Ngorongoro conservation area is the Ol duvai gorge which is an archaeological site. Many other wildlife species including black rhinos can be spotted around Ngorongoro.   

Other wildlife species which can be seen during tours in Tanzania include giraffes, hippos, waterbucks, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, impalas, elands, hartebeests, hyenas, warthogs, cheetahs, dik dik, kudu and many others.

Wildlife destinations in the southern part of Tanzania include Selous game reserve also known as Nyerere national park, Udzungwa mountains national park, Katavi national park, Ruaha national park among others.

In the western part of Tanzania, wildlife tours can be done in Mahale national park and Gombe national park where chimpanzees can be seen during a trip. These parks are found on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Transport which is used during wildlife tours in Tanzania includes flying to the different safari destinations and another way to get to the safari parks is by driving. Tours in the northern part of Tanzania start from Arusha town which is also referred to as the safari capital of Tanzania. In the western part of Tanzania, the safaris start from Dar es Salaam and flights can be got from Julius Nyerere international airport to the different safari parks in this part of the country.

Flights for wildlife tours in the northern part of Tanzania can be got from Kilimanjaro international airport and Arusha national park. Many domestic airlines offer flights across the safari destinations north of Tanzania.

At different months of the year, wildlife tours can be carried out around the destinations in Tanzania. The dry season is considered the best time for the wildlife tours during the month of June to October when wildlife species can be spotted around water points in the parks.

The rainy or wet season is best for bird watching which is another activity that is carried out around the safari parks of Tanzania. Tanzania experiences two rainy seasons around March to May and also in November. Wildlife viewing is also done during the rainy season although seeing the wildlife species maybe a little difficult.

Among the wildlife highlights during tours in Tanzania include the wildebeest migration which takes place around Serengeti national park annually. This migration brings many tourists to Tanzania who enjoy watching the wildebeests as they graze around the endless savannah plains of the national park. Over 2 million wildebeests can be seen during the migration which follows a clockwise movement. River crossings are among the highlights of the wildebeest migration and it takes place along the Mara river and the Grumeti river and also the calving season which can be seen in the southern plains of Serengeti national park and around Ndutu area where over 8000 calves are born daily in the savannah plains.

Best wildlife tours in Tanzania
Serengeti Wildlife safari

Activities which are carried out during wildlife tours around Tanzania include game drives which are carried out in the morning, during the day and in some destinations at night. Nature walks are also done during wildlife tours.

There are also hot air balloon safaris done around Tanzania during wildlife tours and they give an aerial view of the different destinations and their surroundings and attractions and wildlife species can also be spotted from the hot air balloons.

During nature walks when taking part in wildlife viewing around the safari destinations of Tanzania, the tourists enjoy a closer view of the surroundings in the national parks and off the track wildlife viewing. This activity is carried out on foot and in the company of an armed ranger guide and wildlife species can also be encountered during the walk.

Visit Tanzania and experience wildlife viewing at its best across the different wildlife parks around the country.

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