Tanzania Safari Guide , what to see & do

Tanzania Safari Guide , what to see & do

Welcome to Tanzania Safaris Guide offering news and updates about tanzania national parks, park fees , what to see, when to visit tanzania, tour operators & Safari Lodges, camps in Tanzania parks plus tourists attractions in the country and the tourism news about visa .

Tanzania is a country with great national parks, where you can see some of the finest African flora and fauna. Tanzania is home to several national parks and game reserves. Safaris in Tanzania can be put into two categories, the Northern Circuit (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire) and the Southern Circuit (Selous, Mikumi and Ruaha). This is certainly an oversimplification and does not include other interesting but harder to reach parks such as Katavi and Gombe.

Tanzania is the largest country among the five  East Africa countries  and its bordered by Kenya, Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. from the location point that’s why you find that its ease to book a combined Tanzania Safari with congo safari to form the multi country safari that will include gorilla trekking ( Primates & wildlife safari)

Tanzania is one of the East African countries popularly known for the African Safari “Big 5” mammals that most travelers tend to associate with.

How to Get to Tanzania, Getting around Tourists Attractions in Tanzania

Tanzania can be accessed by road, water and flight with  two major airports; one in Dar es Salaam, Julius Nyerere International Airport  DAR) (formerly known as Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere International Airport and Dar es Salaam International Airport), and one in Kilimanjaro, Kilimanjaro International Airport , which is halfway between Arusha and Moshi. Car hire in Tanzania has started developing but the self drive adventures are mainly done by two safari companies that is self-drive Tanzania and road trip Tanzania all owned by Ugandan that started the idea  from Uganda and they are working hard to expand the deal to cover the whole east African Countries with the extension to Democratic republic of congo under car rental congo.

The bus is the most common way to travel around in Tanzania. Most buses have a simple design, and the roads are poor, although 1st class air-con buses are available on the Dar-Moshi-Arusha route . Nearly all buses go in and out of Dar es Salaam

Traveling in Tanzania National Parks by Car rental

Warning: You must be careful about driving in Tanzania, or throughout most of Africa, unless you have already experienced the driving conditions in developing countries.

Drive on the left side of the road

  • Tanzanians drive on the left (like in the UK, India, Australia, Japan, and other countries), as opposed to driving on the right, like in North America and most European countries. Experienced drivers from “right-hand drive” countries will need about half a day of driving around before adjusting to the change. Although the gear shift, windshield wipers and turn signal activators are reversed, luckily, the pedals are not. Just follow the traffic. However, even with some practice, you should always be vigilant, as you could easily find yourself disoriented, which could put you at risk of a head-on collision or hitting a pedestrian, if you are used to driving on the opposite side of the road.

Choice of vehicle

  • If you’re hiring a car when you get here, your best option is a 4×4 sport utility vehicle with good road clearance, especially if you plan on going on safari in any of the national parks. Look for the Land Cruiser, Hilux Surf (4Runner), and Range Rover vehicles. Avoid mini-SUVs, such as the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CRV, because they can’t always negotiate the poor road conditions in most of Tanzania’s national parks. Another issue is 4-wheel drive options. Low-slung cars are not a good choice despite having 4-wheel drive. These vehicles were designed for driving in the snow on paved roads or through small mud holes. What you encounter in national parks in Tanzania is quite different and demands a proper 4-wheel drive vehicle capable of traversing large mud holes and sandy roads. Even then, you may still get stuck.

Tanzania Car hire Agency and Tour Operators. You can rent 4 x 4 car in Arusha for Airport transfers, research, safari and outdoor travel. Most game drives roads in National parks are paved. Off road driving is allowed for special photographic permits. There are Open 4 x 4 car game drives and there are slide open roof safari cars. Tour Operators in Arusha provide cheap car rent to which suits your budget.

If you want to hire a car for wildlife safaris in Tanzania, it is advised to get 4 x 4 car with professional safari guide. Some safari guides speak more than one language like English and German, English and French, Spanish and Italian. Benefits of going safari with a guide is knowledge of environment because they are used to, knowledge of species of wildlife, taking care of car because you are on holiday, you need not to hustle replacing flat tire.

Best time to visit tanzania for Wildlife Safari

Tanzania’s weather varies from humid and hot in low lying areas, such as Dar es Salaam, to hot during the day and cool at night in Arusha. There are no discernible seasons, such as winter and summer — only the dry and wet seasons. Tanzania has two rainy seasons: The short rains from late-October to late-December, a.k.a. the Mango Rains, and the long rains from March to May

Many popular resorts and tourist attractions on Zanzibar and Mafia Island Marine Park close during the long rains season, and many trails in the national parks are impassable during this period. For that reason, in most cases tours are restricted to the main roads in the parks. Travelers should plan their trip accordingly.

During the dry season, temperatures can easily soar to above 35°C in Dar. You should seek shelter from the sun during the midday heat and use copious amounts of sunblock, SPF 30+.

Best times to visit are:

  1. June to August: This is the tail-end of the long rainy season and the weather is at its best at this time of year — bearable during the day and cool in the evening. However, this is not necessarily the best time of year for safaris, as water is plentiful in the parks and animals are not forced to congregate in a few locations to rehydrate, as they do in the middle of the dry season right after Christmas.
  2. January to February: This is the best time to visit the Serengeti. It is usually at this time that huge herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo migrate to better grazing areas. You could observe some of the 1.5 million wildebeest that inhabit the Serengeti undertake their epic journey. Be advised this is most likely the hottest time of year in Tanzania, when even the locals complain about the heat. You’ve been warned!

Where to Go & What to do in Tanzania

Apart from the islands that are found in the Zanzibar Archipelago,   Mafia Islands- Mafia Island is Part of the Tanzania Zanzibar Archipelago that is mostly visited by travelers for relaxation after the wildlife adventures and primates trekking in Rwanda or Uganda or Dr congo for Gorilla trekking experiences .

While Zanzibar has become very popular to tourists, Mafia remains much unknown to many. Activities. Mafia Island is the only place in Africa where you can swim along Whale Sharks. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling are among the activities in the area.

Nice beach areas and clear sky in some seasons are worth the trip. Reaching. You can reach Mafia by flight from Daresalaam, currently three charter makes trips between the two areas. Coastal Aviation, Tropical Aviation and Auric Air Aviation. You can also reach Mafia by Boat through Nyamisati area.

Tanzania has over 10 National Parks that are known to be tourists destinations in Africa and four of these are the mostly visited parks by tourists that adventure to explore the tanzania land scape.

  1. Serengeti National Park, made famous by numerous Discovery Channel specials, hosts a wide range of wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hippopotamuses, elephants, zebra, buffalo, water buck, crocodiles, gazelle, warthogs, and wildebeest. One major attraction is the wildebeest migration, which occurs continuously between the Serengeti and Masai Mara (Kenya). Park fees are $50/person/day as of July 2008, and a guide with a 4-wheel drive vehicle is required. If the migration is your main purpose for visiting the Serengeti, you should advise your tour company as this may require travel much further afield and could be more costly.
  2. Ngorongoro Conservation Area also hosts an abundance of wildlife, particularly in the Ngorongoro crater. Formed by the same volcanic activity that generated Kilimanjaro and the Great Rift Valley, Ngorongoro consists of the highlands around the crater (rich in elephants) and the crater itself (similar animals to Serengeti, but at higher densities and with a small population of black rhino). Park fees are $50/day/person as of July 2007, plus $200 per vehicle for a six-hour game drive in the crater.
  3. Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve are far less popular but very enjoyable. You will find much greater variety of wildlife than you would in the Serengeti, if you’re looking for a destination with fewer tourists these parks are for you. Ruaha is known for having the largest elephant and giraffe population of any park in Africa and often goes by the name ‘Giraffic Park’, it is also a good place to see large prides of lion and the elusive and rare hunting dogs. Additionally, Selous is the only other place besides Ngorongoro where you may see a rhino. You can also visit the Uduzungwa Mountains Park for a truly wilderness hike through unspoiled and spectacular scenery. There are few places left in the world like this one. With new gates opened up on the Iringa side of the park with great camping it is a great addition to any visit to Tanzania.
  4. Tarangire National Park is in the northern circuit of Tanzania and was named after the Tarangire river flowing within the park. The park area is approximately 2,600 sq km. Similar to Serengeti, the park has a high concentrations of wildlife during the dry seasons. Also, over 570 bird species have been identified, and the place is surely a birdwatchers’ paradise. Safari accommodation is available in quality safari lodges and campsites.

*When visiting wildlife parks be sure to stay as close to the viewing areas (center of the parks) as possible and leave as soon as you can in the morning as animals are typically most active soon after sunrise.


Zanzibar is an island off the coast of Tanzania; it includes both Zanzibar and Pemba. Zanzibar has beautiful beaches and a historical Stone Town. Zanzibar is great for scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming with dolphins. Other attractions include spice tours and the Jozani Forest, which shelters a small population of red Colobus monkeys.

  1. Mafia Island Marine Park is south of Zanzibar and boasts some fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling. You may also get to swim with whale sharks, as this is one of the few areas in the world where they congregate annually.
  2. Bongoyo Island is easy to get to with a boat from slip way. It is has a remarkable beach with excellent snorkeling in clear water, although you may be better off taking your own snorkels as renting is costly. The island is not tide dependent therefore you can swim at any time. There is a residence price and a ‘muzungu’ price’ but still quite reasonable.
  3. Sinda Island is a small uninhabited island of ínner sinder’ and outer sinder’.
  4. Mbudya Island can be accessed from silver sands hotel. The water is amazing although it looks clear you cannot snorkel in it as it is surprisingly murky underneath the surface.
  5. Lazy Lagoon There are just 12 rooms on the private 9km long white sandy island with deserted beaches. It boasts swimming at all tides in clear azure blue water, ideal for snorkelling to be mesmerized by the shoals of iridescent tropical fish hiding among the pristine coral gardens that protect the island. The island is accessed from the mainland, just south of Bagamoyo town 70km north of Dar es Salaam. It is home to bushbabies, wild pigs, genets, baboons, duiker and Suni antelope. The bandas were well appointed and have solar powered hot water, a large shady verandah with spacious rooms and big windows.
  6. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and one of the highest freestanding mountains in the world. Many people travel to Tanzania just to climb this mountain. Does tend to be crowded with tourists. You can either organize your trek up the mountain from your home country through a travel agency, but you’ll pay a lot more for this convenience, or, if you’ve got a bit of time, hop on plane and save some money by organizing it in Arusha, Moshi or in Dar. Be advised that there are as many incompetent and dishonest trek organizers as there are good ones. Ask around to make sure your guide will deliver on his promises.

What to see in Tanzania

  1. Wildlife Safaris for big five in tanzania will lead you to the most loved national park of Serengeti located in the northern circuit , find the most reliable Tanzania Safari company to tailor make for you a tanzania safari holiday to explore Tanzania Parks .While you are in Tanzania you may organize your safari to Serengeti and other National parks at an affordable price. If there’s one trip that will change your perspective on life, it’s an African safari. Contact some of the tour operators for Safari Details.
    • Most tanzania Tour operators offer group safaris to Serengeti and other national parks like Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro craters. These group tours are cheaper than any other safari type that are offered, Traveling with Big companies can be great  and  allows for a more intimate safari experience. Expert guides make a big differences because they know where the best migration river crossings are.
  2. Cultural Tours Touring Tanzania for culture is interestingly great as it encompasses more than 150+ ethnic groups. There is plenty of traditional food, cultural practices (such as hunting with bushmen, beeskeeping, traditional medicine) that one enjoys within the boundaries. You will also get to visit a number of locations that normally people would be completely unaware of. If you happen to be a person who loves to explore the world and meet new people in order to gain knowledge about different customs, a cultural tour is definitely the best type of vacation for you.The services are not expensive and can turn out to be cheaper than expected provided you get the right information on where to stay, best tour companies and just knowledge of what you want. This way, it will save you time and costs as well.
  • There are loads of National Parks for those wanting to watch Tanzania’s wildlife. You can gain entry for around $100 US and benefit from a tour (and perhaps a night’s accommodation). The better parks, though packed with tourists, are found in the north of the country. Ruaha National Park is the best in the south (locals actually say this is the best park, especially if you want to see wild animals as opposed to semi-tame ones in the northern parks). Don’t just be sucked into the tourist circuit in the north; the south offers great parks and towns (base yourself out of Iringa), and you will feel less of a tourist and more of a guest if you travel this way.
  • Scuba diving in and around Pemba and Zanzibar is another good experience.
  • You can also visit numerous historical Slave Trade sites, which could make for an interesting, if a little depressing, excursion.
  • Beaches: Did you know that Tanzania has some of the best, most unspoiled beaches in the world? They are stunning, with their white sand, palm trees, and cool Indian Ocean water!
  • Kayak the beautiful coastal waters with a tour operator.
  • Tanzania has two of the best Stone Age sites in the world: Isimila Gorge (near Iringa) and the earliest known examples of human art among the rock paintings, near Kolo, north of Dodoma — some of which are reckoned to be around 30,000 years old.
  • Kilimanjaro is one of Tanzania’s main attractions. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. Many visitors come to Tanzania to summit this great mountain. The main peak is estimated to be 5895m high making it a real challenge for mountaineers.
  • Aside from safaris in the national parks and beach holidays on Zanzibar, Tanzania Tour operators offer mount Kilimanjaro climbing tours on all established trekking routes. While climbing the greatest mountain of Africa is more of a hike, skilled guides and the right equipment are as important as being physically fit.

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