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Stunning Safari Holidays In Tanzania

Tanzania is a thrilling safari destination. Its fantastic network of National Parks offers some of the world's best safaris.  You may want to go to the Serengeti National Park to see the magnificent sight of the wildebeest migration or just its incredible density of predators. Or you may want to go to the Ngorongoro Crater which has the highest density of game of any game park in Africa. Perhaps its the vast Selous Game Reserve (now the Nyerere National Park) or the remote and extraordinary Ruaha National Park. They are all different and all wonderful.

These national parks are some of the best places in the world to see the Big Five, as well almost all the other game species you might want to see, and hundreds of species of birds!

We can help you choose and plan your stunning safari in Tanzania with the best tour operators, to the best hotels and lodges for you, at the best times. We will make sure that you get value for money whether you choose the most luxurious safari or the most basic one. And with ABTA and ATOL protection, we will make sure that you have the most exciting, rewarding, hassle-free holiday. We use tour operators who are committed to sustainability and we offer carbon offsets.

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Stunning Safari Options In Tanzania

For most people if you say 'safari' the place that comes to mind is the Serengeti. There have probably been more wildlife films made there than anywhere else on earth. And for good reason!

So Tanzania has a very well deserved reputation as one of the best safari destinations that there are.

But the Serengeti, magnificent as it is, is only a tiny part of it! Tanzania offers far far more, including many habitats, landscapes, animals and birds that you would not see in the Serengeti. It is a country that you will need to visit over and over again to truly appreciate the extent and diversity of its beauty.

Your choice of where to start will depend on what you want to see:

  • savannah and wide open plains
  • dense forests
  • mountains and lakes
  • the famous migration of wildebeest
  • predators
  • particular species of antelope such as roan or sable
  • chimpanzees or other specific primates
  • birds
  • flowers.

It will also depend on when you want to go and how you want to go. Do you want to fly in and stay at a luxury lodge, or go on a small group tour, or self-drive and camp?

For convenience, the information below is divided into three sectors:

1. The Northern Circuit, including Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Manyara and Tarangire.

2. The West, including Gombe, Mahale and Katavi.

3. The Centre & South, including Ruaha, and Selous.

But these are not fixed divisions or categories. You can mix and match bewteen them! We can give you advice on how to find what you most want to see and plan your holiday to make sure that you have the best chance of seeing it.

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The Serengeti is a world heritage site and truly one of the most special places on earth. It covers 5700 square miles stretching to the Kenyan border on the north and to Lake Victoria on the west. Much of it is vast plains dotted with acacia trees.

This is the home of the great annual migration of wildebeest, zebra and Thompson's gazelles, which is one of the most spectacular wildlife experiences in the world.

But at any time it is full of plains animals:  buffalo, eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant's gazelle, as well as elephant and giraffe. Because of the huge abundance of prey there are also large numbers of predators, including all the big cats and some smaller ones, hyena and jackals.

There are more than 500 species of bird!

And there is every type of accommodation available. Although this is one of the most popular safari destinations in the world, because of its size it does not get overcrowded.

To start planning your stunning safari to the Serengeti contact us now!


The Ngorongo Conservation Area lies between Urusha, the safari capital of Tanzania and the Serengeti. At its heart is the Ngorongo Crater. This is actually a 'caldera' formed when a volcano collapsed in on itself. It is the world's largest unbroken caldera, with a diameter of 12 miles.

The crater is said to have the highest permanent density of game anywhere in Africa, with about 30 000 animals in it, and can certainly be seen to be teeming with game, including elephant, lion, cheetah, wildebeest, buffalo and black rhino.

It is also home to a fantastic selection of birds, including much-photographed flamingoes.

As well as being an exceptionally beautiful area, the conservation area includes the archeologically important Oldupai Gorge.

Because of its more confined size and its great popularity the area can become rather full of holidaymakers. Some people prefer to do walking safaris to be more out of the way.

To talk about the best way to include the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in your Tanzania safari, contact us now!

Lake Manyara

Do lions climb trees? Well only very occasionally if they really have to ..... except in the Lake Manyara National Park, where, by some quirk of evolution, the lions routinely climb trees!

There is also a particularly high population of baboons and of elephants, and several smaller, more unusual creatures like Kik's dik dik.

With the beautiful Rift Valley as a scenic backdrop and lots of birds, this is a wonderful game reserve. Like the other smaller northern circuit parks, it can become quite full.

Do you want to try to find the tree dwelling lions? Then contact us to talk about about including Lake Manyara in your Tanzania Safari!


Tarangire National Park is the closest of the northern circuit parks to Arusha and is a very popular inclusion in northern circuit safaris. It has particularly large numbers of elephants.

It is also well known for less common antelope such as fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk, and like the other parks, it is fantastic for birding.

To talk about a safari to Tarangire or anywhere in the northern circuit, send in an enquiry and we will get straight back to you! 


Gombe is a very different safari destination.

Its attraction is the Chimpanzees made famous by the studies of Jane Goodall.

This, the smallest Tanzanian national park, on the shores of lake Victoria gives the opportunity to spend time on foot tracking the chimpanzees and admiring fish eagles and palm-nut vultures. It also provides the opportunity to swim and snorkel in lake Victoria.

To talk about tracking chimps and chilling in Lake Tanganyika as part of yout Tanzania Safari, enquire now!


The mahale Mountains national park offers an experience very similar to Gombe. It is also on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, with a beautiful mountain and forest background, and it also offers swimming and snorkeling in the lake and kayaking on it, as well as swimming in mountain streams and pools.

Again the main safari component is tracking chimpanzees and birding.

To talk about a safari to the Mahale Mounains national Park send us an enquiry!


Katavi National Park is also in the far west of Tanzania. It is extremely remote and isolated, and barely discovered by tourists. As such it offers an experience very different from the well frequented parks on the northern circuit.

Known for its vast numbers of hippos and its huge crocodiles, this is also a fantastic place to see roan and sable antelope. It also has plenty of predators.

If you really want to feel as if you have the vast African wilderness to yourself, contact us about including Katavi in your Tanzanian safari!


Not quite as far west as Katavi, but as remote and inaccessible, is the magnificent Ruaha National Park. This is a semi-arid landscape, fed by the Ruaha and its tributaries. With huge herds of elephant, there are also sable and roan antelope, lots of lions, leopards and cheetahs and good numbers of African wild dogs (also known as painted wolves).

In particular this is an incredible place for birding with over 540 species of birds, many of which cannot be found in the north.

With very few other visitors around and a good choice of accommodation this is a great choice for your Tanzania safari.

Contact us today to talk about adding Ruaha to your stunning safari in Tanzania!


This is the biggest game reserve in Tanzania, covering 17000 square miles, which is more than 5% of the area of Tanzania. Only the part of it to the north of the Rufiji river, which bisects it, is accessible, however.

Like the other more remote Tanzanian parks, this one is not nearly as well known as the northern circuit parks, but offers a fantastic safari experience.

As well as large numbers of all the other game varieties, there are puku to be seen here, and good populations of wild dog.

There are 445 recorded bird species.

As well as game drives and walking safaris, there are also river based game viewing outings available in Selous.

For a stunning safari to Tanzania including Selous, contact us and we will get back to you to start planning!

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Travel Time

With One Stop From Major Airports to Arusha: From 12 hours

Time Difference

At 12 o'clock in the UK it's 3 o'clock in Tanzania or 2 o'clock during daylight saving.


Have a look at the weather graph to see how the average temperature and average rainfall in Arusha, the main town in the northern safari circuit, compare with the averages in London each month. The south and west of the country are hotter and drier.

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