Kilimanjaro National Park

Is Tanzania good for a safari?

Is Tanzania good for a safari? Tanzania is among the countries in East Africa which are known for amazing wildlife viewing during safaris carried out in different destinations.

A big part of Tanzania consists of national parks and game reserves which are found in different parts of the country such as in the north, west and southern parts of Tanzania.

The question about safaris in Tanzania being the best has been asked by many tourists especially those traveling to East Africa who tend to compare a safari to Tanzania with safaris in Kenya which also offers wildlife viewing excursions in different destinations.

Here is a number of things that make Tanzania good for safaris;

Beautiful scenery

Tanzania has amazing scenery that ranges from open savannah plains, woodlands, craters, lakes, rivers which can be seen during safaris across the country. Each destination has unique landscape and various attractions to explore during a tour in Tanzania.

Variety of wildlife species

There is a variety of wildlife species which can be seen during safaris around Tanzania and they include the big 5 such as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffalos and also wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, kudu, waterbucks, giraffes, hippos, cheetahs, impalas, reedbucks, hartebeests and many others.

Is Tanzania good for a safari?
Maasai Giraffes

The best time to see these wildlife species during Tanzania safaris is during the months of June, July, August, September and October when wildlife species can be seen around water sources as they gather to drink. Safaris can also be carried out in the rainy season when visiting the destinations of Tanzania.

Numerous activities

During Tanzania safaris, tourists can engage in a variety of activities such as game drives, walking safaris, bird watching, hiking, hot air balloon safaris, canoeing, cultural tours among others.

Game drives around national parks of Tanzania are carried out at different times of day such as in the morning, afternoon and also during the night. A few destinations offer night game drives during safaris in Tanzania such as Lake Manyara national park. this activity can be done as part of a group tour or a private safari as you explore the national parks in search of the different wildlife species like lions, leopards, elephants, cheetahs, buffalos, antelopes, zebras and many others. 4×4 safari vehicles are used during game drives around national parks in Tanzania and with the help of a guide; you can spot the wildlife species during a safari in Tanzania.

Walking safaris are also carried out during tours in Tanzania and they involve moving on foot around the national parks and following trails in the wilderness. These nature walks are done in the company of a ranger guide and wildlife species can also be encountered as you get a closer view of the surroundings in the parks of Tanzania.

Hot air balloon safaris are also something you can take part in during a Tanzania safari as you take in beautiful views from above the national park plains and enjoy seeing different attractions in the parks. This activity is done as early as 5:00 am and costs about 600 USD for a hot air balloon safari.

Hiking is also done in different destinations in Tanzania like Kilimanjaro national park where hikes are done on Africa’s highest mountain which is Mount Kilimanjaro. There are many other places in Tanzania where hikes are done during safaris in the country such as Mount Meru.

Is Tanzania good for a safari?
Mount Kilimanjaro

Cultural tours are also part of the safari experience in Tanzania and they involve interactions with the locals and getting to know more about their way of life and culture. The many tribes of Tanzania have unique traditions and ways of life.

The wildebeest migration

Among the many things that make Tanzania a good destination is the wildebeest migration which takes place annually.

The wildebeest migration takes place in Serengeti national park and can be seen during different months of the year for example around January, February and March, the wildebeest migration can be seen in the southern part of Serengeti national park, around April and May the wildebeests can be seen around the central area of the national park, around June the wildebeest herds can be seen around the western part of Serengeti and in July and August the wildebeest migration can be seen around the northern part of Serengeti national park where the river crossings take place along the Mara river.

During the wildebeest migration in Tanzania, you can also encounter predators like lions, leopards and also cheetahs which prey on the wildebeests. The wildebeests during the river crossings are also attacked by crocodiles.

Zanzibar island

After completing your safari experience in Tanzania or before exploring the different national parks in Tanzania, you can also visit the coastal area where you can relax along the beautiful white sand beaches of Zanzibar island.

There are many things to do while in Zanzibar including boat cruises on the Indian ocean, snorkelling, swimming, diving, stone town tours, visiting Changuu island, Jozani forest walks, dolphin tours among others.

Is Tanzania good for a safari?
Zanzibar Island

Various means of Transport

Tanzania is also a good destination for safaris because there are different ways to access the destinations and they include flights, driving and also using ferry or boat.

Domestic flights are operated in Tanzania and they include scheduled and charter flights to different destinations of Tanzania. Airlines which offer these flights include Regional Air, Coastal Aviation, Auric Air, Precision Air, Flight Link among others.

Driving across Tanzania is the cost efficient way to get to the different destinations in Tanzania. There are both public and private means of transport which can be used during these tours.

The ferry is another way to access the different national parks of Tanzania and this ferry operates around the coastal areas such as in Dar es Salaam. Among the ways of getting of Zanzibar during a trip is by taking a ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar island.

Affordable safaris

Tanzania is also a good destination because safaris are affordable and there are various destinations and packages to choose from.

Visit Tanzania today and enjoy exploring many destinations and taking part in different activities during a Tanzania  safari.

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